BP Wrigleycast - Chicago Cubs News

BP Wrigleycast - Chicago Cubs News

Brought to you by some of the writers behind BP Wrigleyville, this Chicago Cubs podcast combines analytics with a fun, fresh approach to make sure you're up to date on all things Cubs.

Bret Sayre Sports 60 rész Brought to you by some of the writers behind BP Wrigleyville, this Chicago Cubs podcast combines analytics with a fun, fresh approach to make sure you're up to date on all things Cubs.
Episode 48: Winter is Coming - Cubs not good at the All Star break...or for 2018
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We take a look at our biggest disappointments and pleasant surprises of the season. The starting pitching has been bad. The bullpen has been good. The offense has not been good.

There's a lot of negative stuff to cover but the guys valiantly try to focus on the positive.

Can Theo Epstein keep the window of contention for this team extended for another few years? Ryan sure thinks so. But only time will tell...

And Joel is back with his patented 60 seconds with a former Cub.
Episode 47: Time to send Happ back down?
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The guys took a little time out on Memorial Day to bring you another episode of BP Wrigleycast. Ryan and Isaac welcome back Joel to the podcast, and they dive in head first with discussion about the Cubs' recent struggles in Los Angeles. They break down the poor hitting of Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell, and later they talk about whether it would be appropriate to send Ian Happ back to Triple-A.

Ryan decides to wrap the show with a "Five Questions" segment, with interesting results. Please follow us on Twitter @BPWrigleycast and feel free to email any questions or comments to bpwrigleycast@baseballprospectus.com. And don't forgot to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes.
Episode 46: Cubs playing better thanks to Zobrist and Happ
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After a one month absence, Ryan and Isaac get together to chat about the recent HAPPenings with the Chicago Cubs. Jake Arrieta's strong start against Milwaukee is discussed, which leads into more trade discussions about starting pitching. The guys also discuss the hot bats of Ben Zobrist and rookie Ian Happ, and later go into some hypothetical scenarios where they both end up trading Kyle Schwarber off the roster.

Please follow us on Twitter @BPWrigleycast, and feel free to email any questions if you'd like it read on the show at bpwrigleycast@baseballprospectus.com. If you like what you hear and want to hear more of it, subscribe and give us a rating and review on iTunes.
Episode 45: Heyward gets hot, Lackey loses his cool
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Ryan and Isaac lead off discussing the recent struggles of John Lackey, including a few reasons why this could be who the 38-year-old pitcher is now. But are there any potential upgrades from within the organization or via trade?

Later, the guys discuss Jason Heyward's progress and just how valuable he can be to the team if his new-found power stroke is the real deal. A few laughs about Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot ensue, as well as a battle royale on the topic of the DH in the National League. Please subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes!
Episode 44: As Cubs play eh baseball, we are all spoiled
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After an intro gone horribly wrong, the guys discuss the hot/cold offense and then move onto the pen, where a fantasy draft ensues. Who ends up with the more desirable pair of relievers? You'll have to tune in to find out.

We also take a look at the Pirates to determine if they'll be a serious challenger in the NL Central before delving into the lower velocity readings from starters. Is that a strategy or just an April fluke?
Episode 43: Cubs raise banner at home, baseball feels different, week 1 thoughts
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Real baseball that actually counts is back! The guys discuss what (if anything) has changed now that a World Series titled has been accomplished.

Then they discuss some quick hits from the early season. From Heyward's bat to Almora's glove, there are some early signs that everything is going to be OK.

Tommy Birch joins to give his thoughts on several players in Triple-A Iowa and which ones might have an impact this season or could just be fun to watch.
Episode 42: Previewing the 2017 baseball season
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Ryan and Isaac talk about some vague changes in the future of the podcast before digging into what you've all come here for: Hardcore baseball talk! The guys chat about changes to the 2017 roster, Albert Almora Jr., Tommy La Stella, and a little bit on the St. Louis Cardinals and the Yadier Molina contract extension.

Later, they give a full rundown of their projected division winners, the wild card teams, award winners, and playoff predictions. Since he wasn't able to join them for the episode, Ryan and Isaac were free to do a little over/under without the guilt of confusing Carlos. Follow us on Twitter @BPWrigleycast to stay caught up on any show related news and, as always, please subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes.
Episode 41: Spring Training is here and why it matters
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Spring Training is here and that means Dr. Pepper? Carlos starts things off with a bizarre comparison that includes a desert and Dr. Pepper.

Then the guys discuss some quirky Maddon moves and whether he's overmanaging or not: Schwarber in the leadoff spot and a two-headed #5 starter.

The question of the week compares Jorge Soler and Eloy Jimenez, while Joel digs up some old guy for 60 Seconds with a former Cub.

Baseball is back!
Episode 40: PECOTA Projections and Cubs add pitching depth
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Projections are fun because fresh stats in the winter are like a warm hug from an old friend you haven't seen in a long time.

But that's all they are: projections, and the guys highlight some interesting outliers.

Then they discuss some recent SP signings and what they mean for 2018. Then Isaac drops out because he's so important and his computer hates him.

At which point Ryan and Carlos heroically carry on for a few more minutes before signing off.

Baseball will be here soon, folks, and all will be better.

Episode 39: BP Top Ten Prospects List and Cubs Convention
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The BP Top Ten is out and the guys run through some overall thoughts on the list, as well as some strong opinions by Isaac on one particular player.

Then we chat about some players to keep an eye on that didn't make the top ten and why we like them.

We close it out with Ryan regaling us on his coverage of the Cubs Convention over the weekend.

P.S. We're trying out a new piece of software, so please let us know if you like the sound on this one—it should be better than before.
BP Wrigleycast Episode 38: Ryan goes rogue, and also Cubs talk
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Ryan, Isaac, and Joel get together to discuss the events of the last two weeks. Included is debate about the merits of the Wade Davis for Jorge Soler deal, the bullpen overall, the Jon Jay signing, the split of playing time among the outfielders, and some chatter about the starting rotation.

Later, the guys give their picks for who could be the leadoff man now that Dexter Fowler is wearing Cardinal red. If you like this episode, please follow us @BPWrigleycast on Twitter and send us your feedback!

Episode 37: Gauging the Urgency of the Offseason after Winning it All
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Things have changed now that the Cubs are World Series champions. But does that change the urgency in the front office and how badly fans want to win?

The guys take a look at that and the most pressing offseason needs for a team that has only a few items on their to-do list this winter. From Dexter Fowler and Albert Almora to veteran leadership and the Charlie Blackmon/Chris Archer rumors, the guys cover it all.
Episode 36: Replacing the Departed and Subverting the Narrative
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The guys discuss their favorite moments of the 2016 postseason before closing the book on a magical season and discussing potential offseason moves.

While they appear to have obvious candidates for Dexter Fowler, Jason Hammel, and Aroldis Chapman—things aren't as simple as they might appear.

Epstein and the Cubs have another busy offseason ahead of them. 

Here are our top moments from the postseason:

Joel: The Contreras pinch hit single


Ryan: Montero's pinch-hit grand slam


Carlos: The Rajai Davis homerun


Isaac: Cubs Win!




Episode 35: The Cubs Win the World Series!
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They did it! Joel and Carlos were on hand in Cleveland to witness the epic seventh game of the World Series, while Isaac and Ryan watched from home. They collaborate to give their recollection of the events, including how this changes things for the Cubs and their fans going forward.

Plenty of time is spent waxing poetic about the dramatic weight of the event, but the guys find some time to dig into the nuts and bolts of the game as well--including some headscratching decisions by Joe Maddon and a late Rajai Davis home run that nearly ruined everything.

Thanks for listening this season! It's been a pleasure to do this podcast, and we appreciate everyone from the bottom of our hearts. Please continue to reach out on Twitter @BPWrigleycast and via email at bpwrigleycast@baseballprospectus.com and send us your questions and comments.
Quick Take: One More W
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The Cubs had to win...and they did. Despite the offensive outburst from Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Anthony Rizzo, the talk will inevitably center around how Joe Maddon used Aroldis Chapman.

But let's not forget: The Cubs will be playing in game 7 of the World Series tomorrow.

As Isaac answered when asked how he felt about it, "I'm going to barf."

It's a great time to be alive.
Quick Take: Joe Maddon Burns the Ships, Cubs Head to Cleveland for Game 6
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Joe Maddon made some questionable decisions, including bringing closer Aroldis Chapman in to pitch in the 7th inning (and never warming anyone up after that). But in the end the Cubs won the game and lived to play another day.

The guys discuss defensive plays, Javy Baez, and David Ross. 

Then they focus on game 6 and their best case and worst case scenarios, which include a perfect setup for the Cubs if they were to reach a game 7.
Quick Take: Cubs Win a World Series Game, Even Series
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The Cubs made history by winning a World Series game for the first time in a LONG time. It's historic, it's special, it's amazing. But the guys seem to forget about it and jump right into analyzing the game until Isaac steers the ship in the right direction.

Jake Arrieta wasn't great, but he was good enough. Kyle Schwarber continues his amazing comeback by steering the offense to a 5-1 game over Cleveland. Mike Montgomery came in and did his best Andrew Miller impression and Aroldis Chapman got four outs to even out the series.

But the biggest question remains: will Kyle Schwarber play the outfield at Wrigley Field if he gets cleared? The guys speculate...wildly.
Quick Take: Fly the L for Game One
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With the Cubs playing in the World Series for the first time in 71 years, the guys come away unimpressed with the overall performance. Discussion includes positive and negative takeaways from the game, Corey Kluber's utter dominance, and the triumphant return of Kyle Schwarber.

If you like what you hear, please be sure to rate and review on iTunes and follow the podcast on Twitter @BPWrigleycast to interact and ask questions for our usual Question of the Week segment.
Episode 34: The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series
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With Game 6 of the NLCS in the books, the Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series for the first time since 1945! Ryan, Isaac, and Joel get together and recall a magical evening from their individual perspectives.

Later, they look ahead to Kyle Schwarber potentially playing a role on the team and a little bit about the matchup with Cleveland in the Fall Classic. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @BPWrigleycast and subscribe/review on iTunes.
Quick Take: Cubs take game 5, don't touch the cupcake
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In an episode we've dubbed "Don't Touch the Cupcake" in honor of Ryan and The Simpsons, we cover the aftermath of game 5, which includes some positives and some negatives.

From Javy Baez and Jon Lester to Aroldis Chapman, we break it all down and set the stage for game 6 between Kyle Hendricks and Clayton Kershaw.

Why was this episode posted so late? I'll go ahead and blame all the DDOS attacks...
Quick Take: Cubs Offense Awakens to Take Game 4
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The bats needed to come to life if the Cubs were going to have a shot at winning the series, and last night it finally happened.

Also, big moments from Willson Contreras and the bullpen as the Cubs guarantee a return to Wrigley Field.
Quick Take: Dodgers Take Game 3, Offense Still Missing
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Nothing good happened last night as the Cubs lost game 3. Oh wait, Kris Bryant had a few singles.

Is it time to panic or is this just #baseball? The guys discuss.
Quick Take: Cubs look dead and shock us all, plus looking ahead
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Still trying to put into words what happened the night before, Ryan and Isaac get together and discuss the events of Game 4 and Game 3. That includes questionable decisions by Joe Maddon, brilliant decisions by Joe Maddon, and how things were feeling in the Giants series heading into that fatefull ninth inning.

Later, the guys run down the tentative pitchers for the NLCS matchup that could feature either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Washington Nationals and give their pick for the best opponent for the Cubs.

If you like that we put out these Quick Take's and appreciate the podcast, or even if you have a critique and want to hear something different, please leave a rating and review on iTunes.
Quick Take: Wood homers, Cubs get Samardzija, 2-0 series lead
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The Cubs take game two over the Giants, thanks in large part to a surprise contribution from Travis Wood. We look at what happened and give instant reaction, talking about Jeff Samardzija, Wood's homer, Kyle Hendricks' early exit, and looking ahead to the Bumgarner/Arrieta matchup in game three and the likelihood of the Cubs closing out the series.

If you like these quick takes, please leave us a rating and review! You can also follow on Twitter @BPWrigleycast.
Quick Take: Baez Homers Into Wind, Cubs Take Game 1
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Cubs beat the Giants in a pitcher's duel at Wrigley thanks to Jon Lester and Javy Baez.
Quick Take: Giants Beat Mets, will face Cubs
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Yeah, the Mets would've been better, but the Giants are still a team that played terrible baseball in the second half. And Madison Bummergarner isn't going until Game 3. So there's that...

The guys start off a bit somber after the Giants win becomes official, but then end on a high note thanks to something we call "The Joel Cornhole." Tune in for the details.

Episode 33: Mets vs. Giants, Bumgarner's success, and postseason anxiety
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With the National League wild card teams set, Ryan, Isaac, and Joel discuss which one would be the ideal matchup for the Cubs. Then, they flip the script and talk about which team they think will win the one-game playoff and why.

Later, the trio muse about players they believe will be x-factors for the Cubs, players they are somewhat concerned about, and the recent struggles of Hector Rondon.

Joel recalls a former Cy Young winner in 60 Seconds with a Former Cub, Ryan fields a question from a listener about concerns with the starting staff, and Isaac gives us an at-bat of the week to remember. Don't forget to follow us on @BPWrigleycast and leave a review on iTunes!
Episode 32: Arrieta Rests, Montero is Back, and Theo is a Bro
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Isaac is MIA this week but the guys take a look at Jake Arrieta's rest before the playoffs, Montero making a comeback, and the Epstein profile on ESPN.

60 Seconds with a Former Cub takes us to Shawon Dunston and the guys wonder if the era of coasting on your laurels is over.

The Question of the Week wonders about who has overperformed their projected WARP numbers from before the season, and it turns into a nice little game.
Episode 31: The gang talks to Mark Grote, NLDS matchups discussion, and more!
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With another pinch-hitter needed for the transient Carlos, Mark Grote from 670 The Score and Chicago Cubs pre- and post-game joins the rest of the team. Among the topics discussed, the differences between this Cubs front office and those of the past, Miguel Montero's spot on the postseason roster, and the playoff rotation. Mark even does his exceptional Pat Hughes impersonation!

Later, Ryan, Joel, and Isaac dive further into who they'd prefer to see the Cubs play in the NLDS. 60 Seconds with a Former Cub harkens us back to an experience Joel once had with Mark Grace, and the guys debate who might play members of the organization in a movie about the 2016 Cubs. Isaac finishes things off with his At-Bat of the Week and by declaring his love for Aaron Rodgers.

Episode 30: The Kyle Hendricks Episode, Cy Young, and Playoff Roster Questions
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Kyle Hendricks was so close to throwing a no-hitter until he threw a meatball to Jebediah Hazelfrankenstein on an 0-2 count. It's too bad, but what does this near brush with greatness do to his Cy Young chances? And also: where should the Cubs slot him in the playoff rotation?

The guys discuss some other playoff roster implications, like Montgomery vs. Hammel and Coghlan vs. LaStella.

Joel gets political with 60 Seconds with a Former Cub.

Ryan brings up a question from the fans dealing with...the playoff roster? I can't remember, but it was a good conversation.

Then Isaac's At Bat of the Week revels in the greatness that is Kris Bryant.
Episode 29: More on Heyward, Hammel, and the Playoffs
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It's not easy coming up with negatives when you're the best team in baseball, but the guys decide to take a look at Heyward's offense, Hammel's post-season role, and potential playoff matchups.

For 60 seconds with a former Cub, Joel picks a player that wasn't anything special but almost did something very special. And for the question of the week, Ryan tackles a potential Dexter Fowler long-term deal. Isaac, unfortunately, was purposefully muted throughout the entire episode as punishment. Let that be a lesson to you, young man.
Episode 28: The Gang Chats with Matt Spiegel, plus more!
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With Carlos missing in action yet again, the gang turns to a veteran radio voice to pick up the slack: Matt Spiegel, of The Spiegel & Goff Show on 670 The Score. Isaac, Joel, and Ryan talk to Matt about Joe Maddon, the clubhouse vibes, Theo Epstein, and Matt's prediction for how this season will end.

Then, the guys beat the 'pitch usage' horse to death, they talk about what Jorge Soler can show down the stretch, and how the playoff roster might shake out. Joel harkens us back to the days of Ryan Theriot and Isaac gives us the At-Bat(s) of the week.
Episode 27: Strop Injury, Papelbon Rumors, Hendricks and the Playoffs
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Pedro Strop should be back for the playoffs, so how big a deal is his injury? Would his injury have the Cubs give Papelbon a chance to come aboard and see some familiar faces? Isaac's head might explode if they do. And how about Kyle Hendricks? Should he trump Jon Lester in a game two start in the playoffs? And more follow up on the Tommy La Stella story.

Joel is back with 60 Seconds, and he takes us back to Scott Sanderson and his...good looks?

The question of the week is all about giving Jason Heyward a "Starlin Castro benching" to try to ignite his bat.

The at bat of the week is David Ross...but it's not a sac fly this time around.
Episode 26: Cubs got Problems but Depth Ain't One: Soler, LaStella and Cahill
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Jorge Soler is back! But how will Joe Maddon use him without a DH spot in the lineup?

Tommy LaStella was sent down to Triple-A...a while ago, but still hasn't reported. What's that all about?

Trevor Cahill is being stretched out at Triple-A to start, so what does that mean for the rest of the rotation.

All those questions and more, along with our Question of the Week, which Ryan tackles. It's about Chris Coghlan vs. Tommy LaStella.

Isaac's At Bat of the Week is a heads-up sac fly by Dexter Fowler, along with great baserunning from Matt Szczur himself.
Episode 25: What Would Joel Freak Out About, CJ Edwards as Starter, Trade Value
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Joel is out today, but we've channeled our inner Joels to see what we're all freaking out about these days. Should CJ Edwards give it a shot out of the rotation next year? We take a look at the possibility. More on the trade deadline and the value the Cubs could've gotten for Gleyber Torres.

The Question of the Week is about how Cub greats Mark Grace and Ron Santo compare to current players Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

Isaac takes us through his At Bat of the Week...which doesn't involve David Ross.
Episode 24: The Aroldis Chapman Trade and Everything that Comes With It
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It finally happened: the Cubs traded away their top prospect (and more) for a top pitcher. Did they get enough? Was this a good move? The guys weigh in, with Isaac and Ryan taking a pretty clear stance on the whole thing.

This move also comes with a ton of baggage, and the guys talk about the domestic violence issues surrounding Chapman and the role that plays in assessing this trade.

Joel's 60 Seconds with a Former Cub revisits with another closer: Joe Borowski.

Ryan's Question of the Week is a poll about the Chapman trade that shows a pretty split fan base.

Isaac takes on the At Bat of the Week and Anthony Rizzo locks that down...again.
Quick Take: The Dan Vogelbach Trade
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The Cubs pull off a trade well in advance of the deadline and acquire a lefthander to work out of the pen. In exchange, they traded away long-time trade-rumor fodder Dan Vogelbach. 
Episode 23: Second Half Kicks Off, Improving from Within and Chatting About Iowa
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As the second half of the season kicks off, the guys chat about what they think will happen, what they’d like to see happen, and what they’re afraid will happen (Joel’s idea, of course). Then we take a different look at improving at the deadline by examining some internal options rather than focusing on trading for another team’s player. Then we chat with Isaac about his visit to the Iowa Cubs, including conversations with Joe Nathan and Brian Matusz. 

No 60 Seconds with a former Cub today as Joel is “busy.”

Our question of the week comes from a loyal listener and tackles the issue of who gets bumped from the rotation come playoff time and how to best use that arm out of the pen down the stretch.

The at bat of the week is an ovbious one, even if Carlos thinks it should be a David Ross sac fly.
Episode 22: Cubs Limp into Break, How Good is Contreras?, and Injuries
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Is it time to panic as the Cubs struggle to win games, or could there be a silver lining to confronting some adversity at this point in the season? Then the guys discuss Willson Contreras and whether he's your starting catcher come playoff time. The BP Midseason Top 50 is out and three Cubs made the list...the guys talk about them and the state of the system. Every team faces injuries, but how have the Cubs fared so far this year in coping with theirs?

Joel's 60 Seconds with a Former Cub features Andre Dawson.

The Question of the Week is about the spike in homeruns allowed and what, if anything, can be done about it.

Then Isaac takes us to the At Bat of the Week with a guy who very well might be an MVP candidate.
Episode 21: Cat sits in, Joel is concerned, and the Cubs are bad at baseball
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Carlos and Isaac are out, so the guys welcome Cat Garcia to pick up their slack. The Cubs have had a tough few weeks, but should fans be concerned or merely frustrated with the drought? Later, the trio discuss how the team can best improve heading into the second half of the season and a few intriguing names that have been rumored as trade targets for the Cubs. 

Joel gives us a '60 Seconds with a Former Cub', recalling back to the days of a certain beefed up outfielder from the late 90s. Ryan's 'Question of the Week' relates to Addison Russell and Javier Baez. Be sure to give us a rating and a review on iTunes!
Episode 20: Cubs recent slump, the projected All-Stars, and CONTRERAS!
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With Carlos and Joel away at ANTHROCON 2016, Ryan and Isaac take the reigns in discussing the Cubs recent slump. Later, they tackle the topic of relievers on the trade market, the Cubs needs, which of the All-Stars are truly deserving of their spot, and how awesome is Willson Contreras? 

Isaac has a short but sweet at-bat of the week and Ryan brings an interesting question of the week from the fans. Be sure to rate and review on iTunes and follow the podcast on Twitter @BPWrigleycast. 
BP Wrigleycast Episode 19: Coghlan is Back, Almora Up, Catching Situation
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The Cubs surprise everyone and trade for Chris Coghlan. With him and Almora now on the roster, how does playing time look moving forward? The guys touch a little bit on the draft (and the Cardinals' draft) as well as the whole "how long can they carry three catchers?" ordeal. What's up with that?

Joel's 60 Seconds with a former Cub goes for some prose with Bryan LaHair. Ryan's Question of the week pitts Javy Baez against Addison Russell. Isaac's At Bat of the Week hopes Jason Heyward has finally reached a turning point.
BP Wrigleycast Episode 18: Willson Contreras Develops, Maddon Doing Great, More
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Carlos makes his triumphant return as Ryan Davis slinks away to Summer Camp. Willson Contreras seems ready for the Big Leagues, but what about his defense? It's easy to say Joe Maddon is doing a great job when the team is winning games, but what is he missing? Isaac profiles some lefty relievers the Cubs might go after before the trade deadline.

Joel keeps it in the current century with 60 Seconds with a Former Cub, tackling Carlos Zambrano. 

Isaac's At Bat of the Week should give you a better appreciation for Kris Bryant and this team in general. Enjoy it, fans!
Episode 17: Carlos is missing, the starting rotation, and Cubs are streaking
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The guys move on without Carlos this week, and lead off discussing the Cubs complete 180 degree turn. They've played well, but has it been a combination of better performance and poor competition? Next, a discussion about Javier Baez and what the Cubs might be trying to do with him. That leads into yet another talk about playing time, and the Jorge Soler and Tommy La Stella "problems". 

Joel harkens us back to the days of Larry Biittner, Ryan fields a hypothetical trade question, and Isaac finally has an at-bat of the week that's truly an at-bat! 
BP Wrigleycast Episode 16: Julie DiCaro is On, Slumping Cubs, the Ramirez Move
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Julie DiCaro is our special guest, and she brings her view on the current Cubs slump to the table. We also talk Jason Heyward and whether players should be a little more careful early in the season to avoid injury. The Cubs are losing games but is that reason to panic or is this just baseball? The Cubs called up Matt Szczur and designated Neil Ramirez, essentially losing Ramirez so they could keep three catchers on the roster. Is that OK or was this a bad move?

Isaac jumps into the podcast with some observations from Sunday night's game after writing the recap for it. Our Question of the Week is about Heyward moving down in the order. Joel goes all Corey Patterson on us in 60 Seconds with a Former Cub. And Isaac's AB of the Week is another PA of the Week. We may have to rename the segment...
BP Wrigleycast Episode 15: Russell Breaking Out, Arrieta Extension, and Injuries
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The Cubs continue to play good baseball, but the guys zero in on Addison Russell and what could be a breakout season for the young shortstop. Jake Arrieta is great, but should the Cubs extend him while they have him? There are pros and there are cons. Heyward is still struggling, but is there reason to worry...yet? 

Joel debuts a new segment that ponders "What if?" And today they talk about what the biggest injury would be to this team.

Isaac throws a curveball by doing a plate appearance of the week...sneaky guy.

The question of the week comes from such a ridiculous person that it may actually be true.

In 60 Seconds with a Former Cub, we revisit the tenure of one Mike Harkey.
BP Wrigleycast Episode 14: Domination, Zobrist Coming Alive, a AAA Review
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The Cubs are absolutely dominating right now, and the guys remind listeners to enjoy it while they can—it's something special that you don't see every day. Ben Zobrist has been heating up lately, and the guys take a closer look at his recent run. A week ago Isaac complained that the bullpen wasn't being used per the plan, and over the past week Maddon flipped the switch and began following the plan, so, you're welcome. Also, some AAA players you may not be familiar with.

60 Seconds with a Former Cub: Joel drops another instant classic with Pete LaCock. Get your giggle machine ready...

Question of the Week: Ryan takes a question on Jason Heyward. Is there reason to panic yet?

At Bat of the Week: It isn't Addison Russell, but Ryan Kalish with a well-deserved mention here. 

The guys close with some baseball memories in honor of Mother's Day. 
BP Wrigleycast Episode 13: Hail Szczur, Almora Interview, Deviating from Plan
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The Cubs keep winning despite some of the team's big offensive names coming up short. But Tommy LaStella and Matt Szczur had a nice week. We touch on Jorge Soler again and the perpetual mystery of whether or not he'll be a big leaguer. Miguel Montero gets hurt and Willson Contreras doesn't come up, which makes sense. 

We also talk about Adam Warren, John Lackey, and the plan to pull pitchers early. Whatever happened with that? Oh and was Dusty Baker really that bad? Judging from the analogies we all draw...yes. But we still like him.

Isaac talked to Albert Almora about confidence and the role it plays in the game, which was fascinating.

Then Joel goes into 60 Seconds with a Former Cub and breaks out his thesaurus to describe the zaftig Hector Villanueva. 

Ryan's got the Question of the Week on who the Cubs's best player has been so far.

Isaac breaks down a great at bat by his idol Addison Russell in At Bat of the Week.
BP Wrigleycast Episode 12: Sarah Spain on Cubs' Start, Maddon, and More
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Our special guest this week is Sarah Spain, and we discuss the importance of a good start for a team with such high expectations, as well as Joe Maddon, Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, and much more. 

Jake Arrieta threw another no-hitter and no one is that surprised...talk about high expectations.

Ryan has our question of the week on Rizzo hitting homeruns, Joel can't quite match last week's 60 Seconds with a Former Cub, but he gives it a shot with Bill Madlock, and Isaac has our At Bat of the Week with a Jason Hammel at bat.
BP Wrigleycast Episode 11: Cubs Winning, Cardinals In Town, Trading Baez
62 perc 11. rész Bret Sayre
With the Cubs off to a good start, the guys break down how it's happened despite some very unimpressive offensive stats (other than Dexter Fowler). Taking pitches has definitely helped, but pretty amazing to be off to this kind of start when so many players are around the Mendoza line. The Cardinals are coming! Wouldn't anyone in their right mind want the Cubs roster over the Cardinals roster? The guys discuss. Also, Javy Baez is back on the team and they discuss the benefits of having him vs trading him.

For 60 Seconds with a former Cub, Joel drops some serious A-material on Bob Tewksbury and the guys can't stop laughing. Well done, Joel. Ryan has the question of the week and Isaac covers the at bat of the week. Can you guess which one he picked? It's an easy one...
BP Wrigleycast Episode 10: Rian Watt, Schwarber's Injury, Initial Impressions
64 perc 10. rész Bret Sayre
Special guest and Editor in Chief of Baseball Prospectus Wrigleyville joins the team to break down the Kyle Schwarber injury and whether or not the front office needs to adjust so early in the season. The Cubs are 5-1 so far and the offense is clicking, the bullpen is solid, and things are looking good. Also, Rian shares something that surprised him when entering a big-league clubhouse for the first time.

For the 60 Seconds with a Former Cub segment, Joel stalks Steve Trout and almost gets him to open up. Ryan takes a question from a listener about other positions Kris Bryant might play, and Isaac debuts the At Bat of the Week with an Anthony Rizzo number.
BP Wrigleycast Episode 9: Opening Day is Here, Watching Live, Cubs Predictions
65 perc 9. rész Bret Sayre
The guys talk about their most important questions of the season as game one wraps up WHILE THEY RECORD. Can the bullpen really keep it together this season? Will the Cubs win the NL Central? Will they have to trade away any prospects to reinforce the team? Will all the young players improve or is that asking too much. Lots of questions but we have answers!

Joel brings Nomar back for 60 Seconds with a former Cub and his horrifying groin injury. Ryan's got the Question of the Week and it's about a six-man rotation. And Isaac hits up the final Stat of the Week segment to make way for At Bat of the Week.

Then everyone gives their predictions for the NL Central. After that, the Cubs wrap up the win as the guys wrap up episode 9 and all is well in the world. Cubs win.
BP Wrigleycast Episode 8: NL Central Team Previews and Cat Garcia is Our Guest
69 perc 8. rész Bret Sayre
We are one week away from real baseball, so the crew invited Cat Garcia (@TheBaseballGirl) from BP Wrigleyville and BP Southside to help with the team previews. Cat covers the rebuilding Reds, Joel discusses the slightly-ahead-of-the-Reds-but-also-rebuilding Brewers, Isaac fills us in on why the Pirates could afford a relatively quiet offseason, Ryan has the Cardinals #devilmagic, and Carlos touches on the Cubs and their depth.

After delving into the NL Central, Joel takes us back in time for our 60 Days with a Former Cub segment with Lee Smith. The question of the week is about potential trade targets and Isaac takes us through Win Probability Added for our stat of the week.
BP Wrigleycast Episode 7: Rondon Struggles, Schwarber & Hammel, and Laroche
59 perc 7. rész Bret Sayre
Hector Rondon has some pretty miserable Spring Training numbers, but should fans be concerned? How would the pen hold up if someone else had to step up and close games? Word on the street (or at least Rick Sutcliffe's street) is Kyle Schwarber will be catching Jason Hamel on the regular. Wasn't this inevitable in a way?

It may not be Cubs news, but the guys chime in on Adam Laroche and his decision to retire rather than stop bringing his son to games EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Before we fire Isaac, he brings you the stat of the week (WHIP) and Joel revisits the days of El Pulpo in our 60 Seconds with a Former Cub segment.Ryan, in the meantime, has surprising results from a Twitter poll.
BP Wrigleycast Episode 6: BP Top Ten Cubs Prospects & Road to the World Series
62 perc 6. rész Bret Sayre
We’re getting closer and closer to real baseball, but for now let’s discuss Baseball Prospectus’ Top Ten prospects for the Cubs. We go deep on Dylan Cease, Jemier Candelario, and a scratch the surface on a few other guys. Kyle Hendricks is apparently a lock in the rotation. Ryan regales us with stories of his trip to Arizona and we talk a teeny bit about the Brewers and former Cub Matt Garza.

In our main segment we muse on what might get in the way of the Cubs making it to the World Series this year, and Carlos gives a very unsatisfying answer.

In our 60 Seconds with a Former Cub, segment, Joel takes us back to the days of Bill Mueller.

And for our Stat of the Week, Isaac walks us through the publicly available information behind WARP.
BP Wrigleycast Episode 5: Let the Games Begin
55 perc 5. rész Bret Sayre
Spring training games are underway! Small sample sizes be damned! We review the first two games and chat about Javier Baez's versatility, Pierce Johnson's chances of pitching at Wrigley in 2016, and Kyle Hendricks' expectations. 

Then we go around and each of us picks our top players that might surprise in 2016. 

Joel takes us back to the Hee-Seop Choi era in the 60 seconds with a former Cub segment, and Isaac walks us through Fair Run Average in our stat of the week. Ryan tackles a Matt Szczur question from a listener and Isaac almost makes it to the end of this one before getting fired. Again.
BP Wrigleycast Episode 4: Dexter Fowler is Back!
54 perc 4. rész Bret Sayre
Dexter Fowler shocks the world and comes back to Chicago. We take a look at the repercussions on other players of his return as well as the return on the Chris Coghlan trade. Does this mean the final bat off the bench is now decided? 

We go around the table and pick out which player worries us the most in terms of how a bad performance would impact the team going into 2016. Then Joel tells us what Michael Barrett has been up to in our 60 seconds with a former Cub segment. 

The stat of the week is ISO and Joel makes a bad Vanilla Ice joke. 

The question of the week asks who will lead off: Fowler or Heyward?
BP Wrigleycast Episode 3: Spring Training is Here! How Will Heyward do in CF?
63 perc 3. rész Bret Sayre
Spring Training is here! We take a look at some storylines to watch out for, including how much playing time Chris Coghlan will get this season. Can Heyward cut it in CF? We take a look at some comparables as well as the Cubs strategy of signing 153 relievers to fill one open spot in the bullpen. We'll also go around the room to fill in the blank: "The Cubs will be awesome if ________ has a good year." Also, Isaac professes his undying love for Addison Russell.

Isaac talks about FIP for the stat of the week and Ryan takes our first ever fan question.

And thank you to the Drive-By Truckers for allowing us to use their track for the intro and outtro on the podcast!
BP Wrigleycast Episode 2: PECOTA Projections, Regression Candidates, and BABIP
67 perc 2. rész Bret Sayre
PECOTA projections are out! Curious how the Cubs fared according to our robot overlords? We take an in-depth look at players like Jason Heyward, Jon Lester, and Addisson Russell to find out where we agree and where we agree to disagree. We'll also take a look at which players might take a step back in 2016 after everything going so well last year (sorry Jake!).

For Stat of the Week, Isaac covers BABIP and Joel tackles old-time Cub George Mitterwald in our 60 Seconds with a Former Cub segment.

BP Wrigleycast Episode 1: Cubs Top 101 Prospects and Matt Murton is Back!
61 perc 1. rész Bret Sayre
Some of the writers behind BP Wrigleyville get together to talk about the Chicago Cubs. In this debut episode, we take a look at the Cub prospects that made the Baseball Prospectus Top 101 prospect list and what that means for the system. Believe it or not, Dexter Fowler is still a free agent, and Matt Murton is back with the club after his stint in Japan.

For the stat of the week, Isaac Bennett takes a look at Baserunning Runs and the surprising player who is on top of the leaderboard.

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