Let’s talk about Jeff Samardzija. As a lifelong Cubs fan, I’m all too familiar with him, both highs and lows. He was the ordained ace for a lot of Chicago’s bad seasons, until he turned down a 5-year contract in the neighborhood of $85 million and ended up on the South Side by way of […]Read more "Shark’s Selection: How Jeff Samardzija is Producing for the Giants"
I really like Yasiel Puig. I always have. Let’s get that clear (I have a bobblehead on my desk), because picking apart a player’s rough year always seems a bit mean. He’s fun to watch, and he has all the potential in the world. That being said, he underachieved a bit last year (but he […]Read more "Yasiel’s Yield: Looking at Yasiel Puig’s Early-Season Struggles"
After a cooler start, Ben Zobrist, just one of the Cubs’ important additions, has heated up quickly. His batting average has jumped up to .305 in a week, up from .253 on May 2. He’s on track for his best hitting season since back in 2009, when he finished the season at .297. He just […]Read more "In The Zone: Ben Zobrist’s Career-Best Plate Discipline"
It’s not surprising that Kris Bryant was unhappy with his league-leading strikeout rate last year. It might not even be surprising to find out that he wasn’t satisfied with his breakout rookie campaign, in which he batted .275 with 26 home runs and an on-base percentage of .369, amassing a rookie WAR of 6.5. Hunger […]Read more "New Contact: Kris Bryant’s New Swing and How It Impacts His Hitting"
The Los Angeles Dodgers have had a rough go over the last few games. Going into Sunday’s game against the lowly Padres (heavily favored, with an excessive -300 line per ESPN), they were on a six-game skid that included Clayton Kershaw’s only loss of the season so far. Most baseball statheads know that Wins and […]Read more "Do Not Walk: Looking at Clayton Kershaw’s 2016 Start"
It’s been awhile since baseball was a winning sport all across Chicago. The Chicago White Sox won the city a title back in ‘05, but they haven’t made much noise since beyond a couple seasons around the 90-win mark. The Chicago Cubs have had three or four “next year is this year” teases in the […]Read more "North Side, South Side: Comparing the Hot Starts of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs"