A Look at the 2016 Cubs Bullpen

Rob Willer chimes in to take a look at what to expect from the 2016 Chicago Cubs bullpen, which is the key to any potential championship team.


Falling in love with baseball

Published on January 22nd, 201638 comment

During a part of the offseason when the news cycle runs pretty slowly and quietly, here’s a post on that initial spark that fueled a lifelong love of the game of baseball. Read and share your experience with falling in love with the game.

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GirlieView (01/21/2016)

Published on January 21st, 201686 comment

GirlieView is a VFTB recap column on alternate Thursdays. We give our readers props for having timely and funny quotes from the past two weeks of VFTB commentary. Join us for a few good laughs!

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Two Pitchers that need to take a step forward if the Cubs want to improve

Published on January 20th, 201622 comment

Last year, expectations were low, and when the Cubs were successful it came as a surprise to many around baseball. This year, expectations are high, and in order for the Cubs to achieve those expectations, these two pitchers must improve.

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Watching Ryan Williams

Published on January 19th, 201640 comment

In 2016, I’m taking a look at Ryan Williams who I think has a chance to do great things for the Cubs in the future. He could be a future back end rotation member of the 2017 rotation.

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Published on January 16th, 2016101 comment

With apologies to Sidney J. Harris, this posting is about things I learned while trying to research an altogether different idea for VFTB. My initial idea relates to one of […]

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5 Things for Cubs Fans to Know on January 15

Published on January 15th, 201620 comment

For mid-January, there’s surprisingly a lot of Cubs news to keep up with. Jared Wyllys has five of the things that have been making some headlines with the Cubs this week.

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Salaries Gone Wild

Published on January 13th, 2016140 comment

Are you tired of the escalating price of going to see your favorite baseball team? One fan is and she’s here to talk about it.

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Stat of the Week: Relief Pitcher Leaderboards

Published on January 10th, 201613 comment

Context is critically important in evaluating relievers. Pulling from The 2016 Bill James Handbook, here are a few leaderboards that provide a window into some greater context for relievers from 2015 than what saves alone can provide.

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The day that changed the Cubs’ 2015 season

Published on January 9th, 201622 comment

Ever heard of a no-hitter turning a teams’ season around? Well, on July 25, the Cubs season was changed, for the good, because of a Cole Hamels no-hitter.

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