Lucky Number Seven

Quite a night for the Cubbies, who looked nothing like the team with the best record in baseball, other than the final result. Errors, defensive miscues, bad starting pitching, bad relief pitching and yet they overcame all that thanks to Craig Hansen's pitching and Geovany Soto's hitting. Soto had been on a steady decline since his monstrous April putting up OPS numbers of 1.048, .868, .747, .740 heading in August. But things have turned around for him and he's put up a 1.014 OPS with 20 RBI's matching his April RBI total with five games still to go this month. His seven RBI outburst yesterday tops his 6 RBI game in April versus the Brewers and is the second most RBI's for a Cubs catcher in a game trailing the likes of Barry Foote, George Mitterwald and Ed Bailey (since 1956).

If you happen to be wondering who had the most RBI's in a game for the Cubs since 1956 like I was, the answer is after the jump.

 (Drumroll)....Sammy Sosa had a 9 RBI game in 2002 versus the Rockies thanks to three, three-run home runs.


Seven is more than six.

I suppose I worded that i tweaked it.

Technically it was correct, but it definetly wasn't the standard use of the phrase ; )

Is that game Sosa pulled himself out early of so he wouldn't embarass Rockies with 4 homers?

I noticed that on the B-R page you linked to, Soto's lowest OPS for a month was the .740 he put up in July, way off the numbers from April-May. The funny thing is, in all of Cubs history, in only 15 seasons has the team's regular catcher (400 or more AB) had an OPS higher than .740 for the year, and Gabby Hartnett was responsible for seven of those.
Yes, Soto is a keeper.

i assume Rick Wilkens was one of those seasons...and Barrett has to have a few.

I do wonder how Jody Davis fares when you adjust for the era they played in...

Well... he had a career OPS+ of 92.

He only had one season where he was over 100.

Yup, WIlkins and Barrett were both in there. Davis had a season in there, too, if I recall correctly.

The funny thing is, in all of Cubs history, in only 15 seasons has the team's regular catcher (400 or more AB) had an OPS higher than .740 for the year, and Gabby Hartnett was responsible for seven of those.


Jody Davis' highest OPS was .795 in 1983. In 1984, his OPS was .736. His only other season with an OPS higher than .740 was 1987 when he managed a .749 OPS.

For the year, Soto's OPS is .877 Yep, he's a keeper.

Isn't Cueto already way over his previous high for innings pitched? Quel surprise.

Cueto threw 161 last year. Is at 129 this year.

fwiw, I was just pointing out that it wouldn't help his reputation, Cueto's pitch counts are pretty respectable.

He's stayed under 100 in 8 of his last 9 starts and his tops is 120 on the season. He's had more games with less than 100 pitches than over 100 for the season.

yes, sosa was taken out of that game before his 5th AB, but i can't remember if he did it or if it were bruce kimm (either one is pretty surprising)

i was at that was the hottest i've ever been at wrigley field....they had a hose in the bleachers that they sprayed the fans with between innings.

which game? the 9-RBI game was in Colorado...

Sosa left early in every 3 HR game I can remember. I always wondered why. I would never believe that it was out of respect for the other team. More likely, he didn't want to fail with all the flashbulbs popping...

I'll excuse that on a case of temporary insanity for you...

Game 1, bottom of the 9th, NLCS

the entire 1998 season

etc, etc...

As if he could walk away from those moments...

So, back to it then, do you really think he left the game out of respect for the other teams? If not, then why did he leave? I do recall that in at least two of those, he requested to come out of the game.

It's an honest question since I clearly don't have a good answer...

I remember watching this game on WGN (I'm pretty sure it was Chip Caray and Joe Carter on the call) and I remember they interviewed Sammy in regards to him leaving the game. Whoever interviewed him (I can't remember who gave the interview or when it was) asked him if he took himself out of the game or if the manager took him out.

Sammy's answer was that he "wanted to give Chad a chance to play".

You may remember "Chad" as Chad Hermanson, who came over briefly (from Pittsburgh?) in exchange for Darren Lewis (who then retired).

I remember the Cubs had a HUGE lead in this game. The lead was so big that Colorado took Larry Walker out of the game an inning earlier to give him a rest.

Do you really think Sosa left to avoid the limelight? The guy was an attention hog and if he didn't hit a 4th HR, no one would have cared.

yeah, it's a little odd, I agree, but I don't think anyone has a good explanation.

yeah that makes sense, he always tried to stay out of tough situations.

~rolled eyes~

Okay, I did some research to be fair to Sammy. I still like the guy, despite any proven or unproven transgressions.

Turns out he hit 3 dingers in a game a whopping 6 times. Here's how it shook out:

6/5/96: HR #3 came in his last AB
6/15/98 (remember that month?): HR #3 came in his last AB
8/9/01: He left the game after HR #3. Stairs hit in his place.
8/22/01: He left the game after HR #3. DeShields hit in his place.
9/23/01: He had another AB after HR #3. F8.
8/10/02: He left the game after HR #3. Hermansen hit in his place.

So he left the game early three times, and once he did have an AB after HR #3. I don't know what any of this means or doesn't mean in terms of his intent, but there it is.

It means that the games were blowouts and plenty of guys have had (ok not plenty but some) 4 HR days, so what was the point? Did he ever leave a game with a chance to hit 5 HR's?

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  • if they dont win at least 130 games this season they can pack it all up, turn wrigley into a concert venue, and move the damn team to san jose.


    crunch 5 hours 18 min ago view
  • I see where catcher Cael Brockmeyer was promoted to Tennessee a couple of days ago, to fill a roster spot vacated by David Freitas, recently promoted to Iowa. Caratini is the other catcher at Tennessee.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 21 min ago view
  • They've already clinched a minimum winning percentage of .607 for the month, and that's only if they lose the last 2 games. If they win both, they can push that up to .679. So much for "stumbling" in May. When you're winning over 60% of your games, you're doing baseball well.

    John Beasley 6 hours 35 min ago view
  • If the best walk-off hit possible is a solo home run in a zero-zero game--Eloy did it tonight!

    (But maybe it's a grand slam when your team is down three? He didn't do that.)

    Number eight for Jimenez. His team is 31-17. Yesterday they scored 17 runs against Lansing. Two weeks ago it was 15 runs against the same team. This is a nice team, South Bend. The Cubs must have had a good draft last year.

    Tonight the pitchers were Sands, Brooks and Effross.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 42 min ago view
  • RIP Zoobrest.

    crunch 8 hours 16 min ago view
  • He'll be fine. He's not some wimpy young pup.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 46 min ago view
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    johann 10 hours 42 min ago view
  • Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?

    Old and Blue 11 hours 18 min ago view
  • 34-14...awww yeah.

    crunch 12 hours 14 min ago view
  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 13 hours 35 min ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 14 hours 9 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 17 hours 5 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 17 hours 8 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

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    Arizona Phil 17 hours 18 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 18 hours 52 sec ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 22 hours 46 min ago view