Cubs Hits Of The Week (For the Week of 4/14 through 4/20)

The five hits that did the most to enhance the Cubs' chance of winning during the past week of Dusty-dissing and Pirate punishment, as measured by FanGraphs' Win Probability Added (WPA):

#5 Big Hit:
Friday, v. Pittsburgh, 4th inning-- With the Cubs trailing 1-0, Kosuke Fukudome rips a leadoff triple against Ian Snell. (Fukudome would score moments later on a Mark DeRosa single). WPA .120

#4 Big Hit:
Wednesday, v. Cincinnati, 1st inning-- Here comes that Fukudome guy again. WIth the bases loaded and one out in a scoreless game, Fukudome plates the Cubs first two runs with a double off Josh Fogg, scoring Ryan Theriot and Derrek Lee, and getting the home team on their way to a 12-3 win. WPA .149

#3 Big Hit:
Saturday, v. Pittsburgh, 1st inning-- Derrek Lee begins the Cubs' second bombardment of the Pirates' Tom Gorzelanny this season by mashing a two-run homer to get the Cubs on the board and provide all the scoring they needed to win on Saturday. WPA .165

#2 Big Hit:
Tuesday, v. Cincinnati, 2nd inning--Mark DeRosa's two-run homer against Aaron Harang puts the Cubs up 2-1, before the Reds leapfrog back into the lead, thus setting the stage for the #1 Cub Big Hit of the Week. WPA .171

#1 Big Hit:
Tuesday, v. Cincinnati, 5th inning-- Mr. Lee tops this week's list with a three-run shot off Harang to erase a 3-2 Reds lead and put the Cubs up, 5-3. WPA .321

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against the Pirates, a text-book hit and run executed by Theriot and Johnson.

Many of you point to Johnson's poor 2007 showing. However, those of you who have back problems, and the debilitating effects of pain and the restriction of movement, can attest to the fact that this could be a major contributor to his off-year.

So far, we have been very lucky on this addition.

The question is: will Lou have the stones to bury Soriano down in the lineup.

I have had a bad back ever since I was introduced to Johann's mom....coincidently, I was trying to bury my stones in her lineup.


That's just a sound execution of fundamentals, right there. On so many levels.

I second that. ROTFLMFAO

Really love the Cubs Hits of the Week. Keep 'em coming!

Thanks. Glad to hear it.

I agree. It's a very good way to recap the week.

According to the Orioles website, it is "extremely likely" that Alex Cintron will eventually take over at shortstop.

I present you with exhibit A

sweet...thought today was an offday...and i get evening baseball.

everything's coming up millhouse. woo.

jerry hairston jr and his AAA 421/.450/.772 line is getting a callup to the bigs for the reds.

looks like dustbag has him a new leadoff and/or #2 hitter.

Ha... the article says that Hairson adds "some right-handed pop to their bench."

Hairston is the same guy who has 29 career homeruns in the minors (in 1509 at-bats) and 33 career homeruns in the majors (in 2534 at-bats).

he meant Hairston adds some "poop to their bench"

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  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on my Ted Abernathy imitation when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. So I'll always have a soft spot for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.