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The pre-season ritual of BP releasing their preliminary PECOTA numbers is upon us and as expected the Cubs are in the bottom 5 of the league. They've got them tabbed at 71 wins at the moment, 3rd worse in the league with only the Astros and Marlins being worse. Apparently that doesn't include the recent Jason Hammel signing, which should be good for maybe a win on the positive side (maybe not). Of course, it's all just theory now, but until there's something practical to follow, forecasting and guessing are about as much fun as we're going to have around here.
I don't subscribe to BP anymore, but the link to the Cubs page can be found here and apparently it's particularly unkind to Jeff Samardzija (0.1 WARP forecast). Fangraphs posted the ZIPS projections last week as well, and they were much kinder to Samardzija (3.2 zWAR forecast). Both systems seem to think Castro and Rizzo should have solid bounceback seasons. The #1 Comp column on the ZIPS tables is...
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Baseball Prospectus has come out with their annual PECOTA projections and today we'll take a look at the Cubs pitchers. For what it's worth, the depth chart over there has them projected for 5th in the NL Central with 71 wins. Only one team is projected to be worse in the National League (69 wins): the Miami Marlins.
I'm fairly sure that 71 wins is pretty close to any...
While the Chicago Cubs were among the first teams to send scouts to watch Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon throw this week, it appears that the right-hander will not pitch for them any time soon. The Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan reports that the Cubs are unlikely to sign Yoon because of contract demands.By Rdikeman, via Wikimedia CommonsAccording to Sullivan, Yoon is seeking a...
Chicago Cubs Baseball – The Chicago Cubs are predicted to finish dead last in the NL Central with a record of 71-91, based on the recent PECOTA Projections. PECOTA is a saber metric system used to forecast players’ performances. While the 71 wins would be 5 more than the Cubs had in 2013, they would still be one of the worst teams in the league. The Twins are also projected...
Darwin Barney is looking for a fresh start.
The 28-year-old former Gold Glove winner is most known for his defense at second base, but it was his work at the plate that dominated his attention last season, hitting a career-worst .208 with a .569 OPS.
In the previous two-plus seasons in the majors, Barney sported a .263 average with a .654 OPS, totalling 6.9 WAR (2.7 offensive WAR...
Their quest for the heralded Masahiro Tanaka felt just short, but the Chicago Cubs have a new pitcher in mind to import to Wrigley Field. MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports that the Cubs have sent scouts to Arizona to watch Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon throw.By Rdikeman, via Wikimedia CommonsYoon threw 30 pitches in front of scouts for the Cubs and the Texas Rangers, and he will...
While Keith Olbermann has been back at ESPN, he’s had some decent segments and features. This coming from someone mostly indifferent on Keith, and a fan of Bill Simmons. That said, I have enjoyed his new role while back at ESPN more than I thought. Now, Olbermann names Chicago Cubs today’s World’s Worst Persons in the sports world. Cubs excerpt comes in around 2:00 mark of...
The Cubs were among several teams scouting Korean free agent pitcher Suk-Min Yoon in Arizona this week, but are unlikely to get into a bidding war for his services.
Yoon threw a bullpen session for the Cubs and Rangers on Tuesday, according to mlb.com. The 27-year-old right-hander has drawn interest from teams looking for rotation help, but reportedly is seeking a multi-year contract...
It's the second annual (holy ****, I've been blogging over a year) installment of Assume the Position! I don't plan on making many changes since last year, though I imagine I'll have to edit these a bit as the last few signings or so trickle in. The one thing I will do is just remove the players that aren't on the team this year (sometimes there were people that...
The Cleveland Indians signed first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair to a minor league deal with a spring training invite, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon.
LaHair, 31, is most well known for his torrential start to the 2012 season with the Chicago Cubs. A long-time minor leaguer and 2011 Triple-A Pacific Coast League MVP, he earned the team’s starting first baseman job...
Bryan LaHair and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league contract.
The 31-year-old first baseman and outfielder hit .230 with 16 homers and 57 RBIs last year for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League. He was released on Jan. 23.
LaHair was an NL All-Star in 2012, when he batted .269 with 16 homers and 40 RBIs for the Chicago Cubs. He has 21 homers...
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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s February, so we’re heading into the most romantic time of the year. No, I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day. I’m talking about baseball! On February 13,...
We continue our countdown of the 20 Hottest MLB players today. Here is today’s pick:
#9 – Anthony Rizzo
Born : August 8, 1989
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB Debut: June 9, 2011 (Padres)
With all the recent talk about the up-and-comers on the Cubs farm system, it seems we have some what forgot about...
The Cleveland Indians have signed former All-Star Bryan LaHair to a minor league deal.
LaHair, 31, was selected to the All-Star game in 2012 as a member of the Chicago Cubs but found himself playing overseas with the Fukuoska Southbank Hawks in Japan’s Pacific League last year. In his lone season there he hit just .230/.236/.428.
The deal between LaHair and the Indians includes...
We continue our countdown of the 20 Hottest MLB players and you get two today since yesterday I was unable to blog because of, well, life. Here are today’s picks:
#11 – Carlos Villanueva
Born : November 28, 1983
Birthplace: Santiago, DR
Bats: Right. Throws: Right
MLB Debut: May 23, 2006 (Brewers)
He’s been with the Cubs since...
With baseball season just around the corner, here at World Series Dreaming, we want to make some updates. If you have been a fan of our Facebook page or twitter the past few seasons, you know that we post a home run call every time a member of the Chicago Cubs hits a home run.
The current home run call goes like this. “Swung on & theres a drive! Its To The Track, To The Wall...