How Do Shifts Affect League-Wide BABIP?

by John Dewan I was recently asked the following question [by Rob Neyer]: If infield shifts work so well, why aren’t league-wide BABIPs (Batting Average on Balls in Play) dropping? […]

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All-Star Teams Are Announced, Another Ace Goes Down & More!

It’s hard to believe, but the MLB All-Star break is now upon us. So much has happened in the first half of the season, and this week was no different. Let’s get to it!

Five Things Cub Fans Should Know For Monday

As you start your week, the rest of baseball prepares for a break. Here are the five things you need to know.

Who could be the next Cub moved?

Luke Jett takes a look at some of the names still on the trade market as we inch closer to the July 31 non-waver deadline.

There is no such thing as a shortstop “logjam”

If you are upset that the Cubs’ are stockpiling shortstops; you may want to re-think it. Chris Neitzel takes a look at why.

GirlieView (07/10/2014)

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!

5 Things Cubs Fans Should Know for July 10

I’ve seen a lot of fans that are in panic mode, saying we’ll never win again, and that this management has no idea what it’s doing. Let’s talk about that.

How Do You Define An Ace?

Joe Aiello takes a look at how we should define each slot in the rotation and what we can reasonably expect out of each.

Five Things Every Cub Fan Needs To Know for July 9th, 2014

Joe Aiello takes you through everything you need to know as you start your Cubs fan day, including a look at yesterday’s double header, trade rumors, and a look at the farm.

What the Samardzija and Hammel Trade Means for the Rebuild

By obtaining Addison Russell from the A’s in the Samardzija/Hammel trade, the Cubs did the one thing they could not have done by trading them individually: get a top ten prospect in baseball. And if there’s one thing having the best assortment of position player prospects in baseball, including three of the top ten prospects in baseball, gives a team, it’s options.