A Look at the Past, Present, and Future of Junior Lake and the Cubs

Lost in the wealth of young Cubs talent like Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, and Arismendy Alcantara are some of the other players of their generation. Junior Lake typifies this crowd, which also included former Cubs Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters—players best left forgotten. What shouldn’t be readily forgotten is how hot Lake’s 2013 […]


Castro Cleaning Up Was a Mess

Photo courtesy of Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports On Monday afternoon when the Cubs lineup was posted on twitter, many noticed a rather large change: Starlin Castro was no longer in the clean-up spot. I’m not sharing any new information with you by saying that Castro has looked rough at the plate of late, you’ve seen […]


Castro’s Bat Stuck in Neutral

Photo courtesy of Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports Early in the season Castro was hitting .355, and for that brief moment it looked like the ghosts of 2013 might’ve been completely behind him. Castro’s production has cratered since that high water mark; he entered play on May 20 with a .646 OPS and a mysterious lack […]


Breaking Down the Cubs Defense

Photo courtesy of Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports Cubs fans had every right to be excited entering 2015. In addition to the wealth of young talent, new additions like Jon Lester, Jason Hammel, Miguel Montero, and David Ross had even the most jaded Cubs fan thinking positive thoughts. In the face of this optimism, a rational […]


Radically Young, Cubs Hope to Break Mold of Playoff Mix

The Cubs gave 25 plate appearances to players 25 years old or younger during Tuesday night’s win over the Mets. That leaves them with 683 PA by players in that age range this season—exactly 500 more than the Yankees gave to players that young all of last season. Add together last year’s Yankees and Athletics, […]


That’s So Cub: A Look at the Top April Contributors and Moments

Photo courtesy of David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports Today is May 1st. That means, for one thing, that Mother’s Day is a mere ten days away. Purchase your thoughtful presents now. It means, for another, that—by virtue of their off day yesterday—the Chicago Cubs have completed their April schedule. Although mothers are undoubtedly important, it is that […]