Slighter Sliders: The Curious Case of Hector Rondon’s Missing Pitch

As Tom Petty once said, the waiting is the hardest part. As the Cubs have capped off their successful 2016 season with lineups that include Javier Baez at first base, Tim Federowicz catching, and the likes of Rob Zastryzny/Jake Buchanan starting,  fans have cast about for reasons to continue to pay attention, all the while constantly glancing down at their […]


The Bullpen: Not the Achilles Heel You’re Looking For

The irony of the legend of Achilles is that his name, far from being a symbol of strength, is now largely associated with the notion of a single critical vulnerability. And, more to the point, whenever we’re confronted with something that strikes us as without weakness, our minds immediately flit to the young demigod, dipped by […]


Embrace the Target: The Cubs’ Bullpen Options Are Good in 2016, Pt. I

Last week, I wrote about the wealth of bench options the Cubs have available to them in 2016. Happily, the team finds itself in exactly the same circumstances with respect to its bullpen, which is loaded with dozens of pitchers competing for just a few spots. Sure, the final composition of the ‘pen isn’t locked in […]