Tag Archives: Chicago Cubs

Hey, Nicholas Castellanos: Don’t be such a grump about analytics!

Castellanos has improved a lot on balls hit to deep right field.

Which pitchers topped the command rating leaderboard for 2018?

Sports Info Solutions charts how good a pitcher was at hitting the catcher-pre-pitch target. Dallas Keuchel was atop the list.

David Bote handled third base well in Bryant’s absence

By WILL HOEFER If you’re a fan of baseball, chances are you’ve watched the David Bote walk-off grand slam at least 25 times by now. We’re talking about a perfect moment. In the wake of that, there have been excellent pieces written about the sheer magnitude of that play in terms of Win Probability Added […]

Which infielders are best at making the toss-up plays?

BY HARRIS YUDIN Since the start of the 2017 season, 325 infielders have been the primary fielder on a ball in play with a Sports Info Solutions Defensive Difficulty rating of 3 (1-5 scale). In this piece, we will identify the best and worst at each infield position at converting such plays. A play with […]

How much has Kyle Schwarber improved on defense?

BY MARK SIMON Kyle Schwarber had a rough re-acclimation to left field for the Chicago Cubs last year. He finished 2017 costing his team 9 runs defensively, which ranked fourth-worst among all left fielders. But in 2018, after a rough Opening Day, he’s flipped the script. His 5 Defensive Runs Saved rank fourth best at […]

The Best Position Player in Chicago

It’s been a rough year for Chicago baseball fans. With disappointing seasons from the likes of Starlin Castro and Paul Konerko, plus the trades of Alfonso Soriano, Alex Rios, Jake Peavy, and Matt Garza, there have few bright spots on either side of town. In a few short weeks, Chicagoans will look back and realize […]