Contact, OBP, and an Early Slump

Monday evening, the Reds shut out the Cubs and allowed only two hits in the process. Sunday afternoon, the Marlins shut out the Cubs and scattered eight hits in the process. Had I heard of either starting pitcher before these two games? Well, no. Dillon Peters and Tyler Mahle are not world-beating pitchers (although Mahle […]


Cubs Add to Cadre of Aces, Nab Darvish

Our long National League nightmare is over. On Saturday afternoon, Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Cubs had signed free agent ace Yu Darvish to a six-year, $126 million contract, or $21 million in average annual value, breaking the months-long freeze on free agent contracts. There are incentives attached to the deal that could escalate its […]


2017 Player Profile: Jon Lester

Position: Starting pitcher 2017 Stats: IP K% BB% GB% HR/FB% BABIP ERA DRA 180.2 23.6 7.9 46.2 15.8 .310 4.33 3.94 Year in Review: By most accounts, Jon Lester’s 2017 was a disappointment. Every one of the above stats represents a worse performance than 2016, and, sometimes, Lester looked more like a league-average starter than […]

BP Wrigleyville Wants You!

BP Wrigleyville is looking to add aspiring writers to our staff on an intern basis. For three years now, BP Wrigleyville has sought to provide unique, critical perspectives on the Chicago Cubs, and we are eyeing 2018 with the goal of both continuing the excellent work that our writers have produced, while striking out in […]


Cubs Happily Prep for 2019, too, Sign Drew Smyly

It’s mid-December, the Winter Meetings are underway, and the Cubs have already inked three pitchers to multi-year contracts. Two of those signings—Tyler Chatwood and Brandon Morrow—are primarily for 2018, as the Cubs found themselves with glaring holes in both the rotation and the bullpen, but the third positions them well for 2019. That’s because Drew […]