NL Central Preview: Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs Manager: Joe Maddon (5th Season) 2018 Season: 95-68 (2nd in Central)    2019 Payroll: $210,800,714 (2nd in MLB) Additions: RP Brad Brach, 2B Daniel Descalso, RP Kendall Graveman, RP Xavier Cedeno, RP George Kontos, RP Tony Barnette Losses: 2B Daniel Murphy (Rockies), RP Justin Wilson (Mets), 3B Tommy LaStella (Angels), RP Jesse Chavez … Continue reading NL Central Preview: Chicago Cubs

NL Wild Card Game: Pitching Comparison

Divisions have been settled and the wild-card games are upon us. The Cubs and Rockies meet at Wrigley Field for a win-or-go-home game on Tuesday night. Let's take a look at the starting pitchers for the game. First, a quick pitching comparison Name IP ERA WHIP K/9 GB% FB% WAR WPA Kyle Freeland 202.1 2.85 … Continue reading NL Wild Card Game: Pitching Comparison

Willson Contreras is Hurting His Pitchers

I will get into the Cubs and Willson Contreras later, but first I must talk about catcher defense in general. One area of the game that is hard for a lot of people to understand or quantify is catcher’s defense. It’s a lot easier to see how a catcher produces offensively than defensively. There are … Continue reading Willson Contreras is Hurting His Pitchers