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The Cubs have talked a lot about how their Pitching Infrastructure, led by Tommy Hottovy and Craig Breslow, provides a competitive advantage on the pitching front. However the results the past two years have not been especially strong. There have been a lot of individual success stories, but because of the lack of investment prior to this year there hasn’t been a full pitching staff meant to win games as opposed to a collection of individual pitchers meant to be flipped in July.
2023 is y
Coming off a third consecutive series win, including the first at Dodgers Stadium since 2014, the Chicago Cubs are starting to gather some national attention.
Granted, they still aren’t being mentioned as one of the top teams in the league, at least by most observers. But many of the updated Power Rankings now seem to view the Cubs as a middle-of-the-road, potential Wild Card type of team. Of course, these Power Rankings can be more fickle than Sean Barber’s strike zone in the Cubs-Dodgers
Or more like the 2014 Cubs… or maybe somewhere in-between?
At the end of the 2014 MLB Season, the Chicago Cubs finished sixteen games under .500, finishing in last place in the NL Central. During that offseason heading into 2015, the Cubs made radical changes, and that started with hiring Joe Maddon as manager. We all know the story behind that move, and how a contract loophole with Tampa Bay’s front office led to Joe being able to walk away and get hired elsewhere. Continuing on to the off
For those of you who may not know me, I am Southpaw19 on the NSBB Forum. I run the annual Home Run Derby game on the Forum. My friends and family call me Josh. I am a family man with two beautiful daughters. The second of whom was only three months and six days old when the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series. That was a great year for me and my family. We officially adopted my oldest daughter that October. Our second was born in July. Oh yes, and the Cubs won the World Series!
This is one of the most-requested features on communities we run and I'm happy to announce that Dark Mode is finally a thing you can use across the site! Dark Mode is a new way to use North Side Baseball, especially at night or in darkened rooms. Instead of the background being black text over white background, it's the inverse: white text over black background. Some people find sites easier to use and read in this inverted scheme and now it's really easy to toggle back and forth as needed.
For an introduction, my name is Seth Stohs. I am one of the four founders of Twins Daily. I have been blogging since 2003 (I'm old), and Twins Daily started in spring training of 2012. I am old enough to remember the Twins World Series championships in 1987 and 1991. I love following prospects. And I love the history of the 60+ years of the Twins.
That said, the Twins games weren't on TV all the time, at least not in West Central Minnesota in the '80s. But you know who was on TV almost eve
Forgive the images, they're from Twins Daily but how the stream operates is identical.
The new feed is pretty awesome and I suspect after reading this, some of you (particularly forum users) may set a custom feed as your North Side Baseball landing page. It's that useful. Instead of having to click through the (kinda insanely large now) NSBB site, you can tailor a feed to show basically whatever you want: select authors, topics you've followed, fellow users, unread content only... the list
North Side Baseball Tips & Tricks, Part One: Tables! With this series of blog entries, I'm going to try to cover some of the features of the new site in a few paragraphs.
Using the old site, as I'm sure many of you are aware, tables were basically unusable. That has changed! I'll tackle B-Ref tables quickly in this post but you can do similar things with FanGraphs or other sites that use table data (which is how almost all stat sites display their content). First, pop on over to Marcus