A quick tour of some of the Cubs that have been recently vanquished by Jim Hendry and the Hendry-nots
Michael Wuertz - He entered today with 7 scoreless innings, no walks and 9 K's plus a win and a hold. He was called upon today in a tie game with a runner on versus the Yanks and the runner got caught stealing but Wuertz's scoreless streak came to an end with back-to-back doubles followed by back-to-back singles to give the Yanks a two-run lead which the A's subsequently erased to get Wuertz off the hook for the loss.
Felix Pie - Playing left fied mostly for the Orioles with a few stints in center...he's sporting a 135/220/216 line so far with a a home run and 11 K's versus 4 BB's in 42 PA's.
Rich Hill - Expected to begin a rehab assignment later this week that should last the full 30 days.
Luis Montanez - Just got called up by the Orioles to replace the DL'd Ryan Freel. Montanez had a 29-game streak of reaching base in the minors dating back to last year and an OPS at 1.000 so far this season. He went 1-for-5 with a double and a strikeout in his first game back.
Matt Murton - A crowded Colorado outfield forced the Rockies to send Murton to Triple A where he's responded with a 1.169 OPS along with 5 BB's to just one 1 K, plus 5 doubles and 3 HR's.
Scott Eyre - 2.2 perfect innings so far on the season with three strikeouts in five games. Will strikeout lefty for food.
Jerry Blevins - He only got two outs in two outings for the A's before being optioned to the minors. Doing a little better in the minors with a 3.38 ERA in 2 outings.
Sean Gallagher- Three appearances for the A's out of the pen this season, giving up runs in two of them and an 8.10 ERA.
Eric Patterson - Hitting well in Triple A with a 311/415/578 line in 45 AB's.
Jason Marquis - A 4.26 ERA in three starts including a win over the Cubs last week. Just Jason being Jason.
Casey McGehee - Beat out Mike Lamb for a spot on the Brewers bench and saw him play second base last night when Rickie Weeks went out with an injury. Hitting 250/250/250 in just 8 PA's.
Mark DeRosa - Batting just 241/323/431 but with 15 RBI's which is tied for third in the AL (6 of those RBI's came in Saturday's laugher at Yankee stadium).
Kerry Wood - A 6.23 ERA in the early going but 2 of 2 in save opportunities with 9 K's in 4.1 IP.
Bob Howry - A 3.38 ERA in 6 games (5.1 IP) for the Giants, 5 K's to just 2 BB's and no HR's allowed. He has 2 Holds and 1 Blown Save.
Ryan Harvey - 267/290/567 for the Rockies Double A affiliate with 2 HR's in 30 AB's and 8 K's to just 1 BB.
Ronny Cedeno - Has played LF/SS/2B/3B for the Mariners while hitting 174/240/348 in 25 PA's.
Henry Blanco - Blanco has hit 2 HR's for the Padres in 18 PA's for a total line of 188/278/563.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?
#Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.
Fun with FIP
- J. Hammel 3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
- J. Arrieta 2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
- J. Lester 2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
- K. Hendricks 2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
- J. Lackey 3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k
he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.
JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.
My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.
Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...
joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1
not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.
really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.
Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.
Classic Scully - great stuff.
Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)
Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:
"And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."
When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.
If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.
cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.