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NL Central Rotations: Who’s Got the Stuff?

As pitchers rise through the minor leagues, fans are bombarded with projections of their supposed ceilings: “future ace”; “mid-rotation guy”; “back-end at best.” These are just that: projections. The projections tell us about the pitcher’s potential, but not usually where the pitcher is now.  That’s… [More]

NL Central Rotations: Who Can Stay Healthy?

The 2013 Detroit Tigers featured the most productive starting rotation since the 1997 Atlanta Braves, generating 25.5 Wins Above Replacement (Fangraphs fWAR). One reason is that the Tigers had five very talented pitchers. But another is that the Tigers enjoyed terrific health, and had only… [More]

Ranking the Best (and Worst) Roster Cores in the NL Central

Earlier this week, Baseball Prospectus published my calculations and rankings of the “core” roster quality of all 30 teams. Having a strong “core” means not only having players who produce, but who also produce while they are under long-term control and preferably while at or… [More]

The Brewers’ Central Problem

I don’t need to tell you that it’s bad for the Brewers, right now. Their team ERA is 4.55, worst in the National League. Prior to Thursday’s game, the Brewers’ high-powered offense was only hitting .243 with runners in scoring position, which is lower than… [More]

Where do NL Central Teams Stash their Cash?

Earlier this week, the folks at the LA Times put together a pretty sweet, interactive tool that can compare where each MLB team has spent its payroll for the 2013 season. I highly, highly recommend that you check it out. I find the disparity of… [More]

Bringing It All Back Home: Shaun Marcum’s Junkball Blues

No matter how much the Brewers’ management team and Shaun Marcum explained away his spring shoulder pain, I gather that most Brewers fans held their breath until they could see him in real game action. Behind the shoulder pain and the talk of a mechanical… [More]

3 Questions: Chicago Cubs

By on March 28, 2012

3 Questions: Chicago Cubs

This is the second in an ongoing series on the teams of the NL Central. You can find part 1 on the Houston Astros [here]. 1) Will Starlin Castro take the step forward to true stardom? In May 2010, the young shortstop was busy posting… [More]

Brewers lose De La Cruz to Cubs

Thursday, the Brewers cut five from their spring training roster. Friday, they lost one more, albeit perhaps unintentionally — reliever Frankie De La Cruz was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs. Everyone’s best guess is the Brewers tried to slip De La Cruz, who… [More]

Building and Rebuilding: NL Central Contract Cores

While working on my 2012 NL Central previews, it occurred to me that the teams can be compared to one another for their contractual cores, as well as their 2012 rosters. The more I research these rosters, the more it amazes me how close some… [More]

The Cubs Are Dead, Long Live The Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have fired general manager Jim Hendry. The unceremonious dumping of Hendry as his team slumps to a fifth place finish despite the largest payroll in the division by some $25 million underscores the successes of the early Hendry era. From Hendry’s promotion… [More]