'P' Stands for Pitching?

The first hint that it was not a normal night at Principal Park came when the national anthem was whistled.


Then a thing uncommon in the PCL, where there are typically lots of bombs bursting in air, broke out - a pitchers' duel! The scoreboard practically had the night off as Nashville, behind undefeated Mike Fiers, nipped the I-Cubs, 1-0.


All was not lost for the home team - hardly. The enigmatic Jay Jackson recorded his 6th consecutive quality start and matched a career high with 11 whiffs in his six inning stint. He was succeeded by Bobby [there's no Roberts in baseball!] Coello who continued his sparkling work out of the bullpen with three more scoreless frames. Since moving exclusively to relief duty Coello has worked 34 innings, allowing a mere 18 hits while walking 13 and fanning 46. The non-starter ERA is 1.04; the BAA .158! Significantly, he's been touched for no home runs after serving up 11 in 60 innings as a starter. If he keeps this up, call him Robert-0.


Watch out for Fiers in the NL Central. He's 7-0 since promotion from Double A and his cumulative body of work for the summer shows only 80 hits permitted in 120 innings. He never exceeded 90 on the scoreboard radar last night but complete game shutouts in this league are about as rare as whistled anthems.


As for record-breaking slugger Bryan LaHair, he was in the lineup after shoving Joe Hicks even deeper into franchise trivia with his 38th homer of the season the night before. He flew to the warning tracks in both left and right while playing 1B after a recent run in left. On my way to the park I heard him interviewed on the pre-game radio show where he strongly hinted that he has reason to believe any playing time he gets upon call-up to Chicago will be in the outfield. He also mentioned that, thanks to lots of vacancy in the right-field bleachers Tuesday night, it was his wife that was able to fetch his record-setting long ball. Ah, the charms of the minor leagues.


Andrew Cashner is on hand and slated to work an inning tonight after manning a post as bullpen sentry last night while Coello loosened.

Comments

"a hole in his swing large[r] than the hole in the Titanic."

First time I've heard of a hole in Colvin's swing. I think his swing is magnificent, and produces such anomalies as a .205 BA in August, where 10 of his 16 hits were for extra bases including 4 homers and 2 triples.

The flaw is in Colvin's approach. He thinks his job is to swing at every pitch in the strike zone. Smarter hitters are quite comfortable taking strikes if they don't like the bend of the pitch or the location.

I don't know how Wilken could have drafted a better tool-set in the first round. Colvin has everything except a brain, and they don't give IQ tests to hitters, because it's usually not necessary. It's not rocket science, or even NFL quarterbacking.

I do like the idea (above) of using all of Colvin's options, buying time, hoping he gets a clue before the Cubs have to give him up.

The ability to hit a baseball is not a good test of intelligence.

I'd like to see him play every day in RF at Des Moines in 2012. No call-up shuttle unless it is absolutely urgent to fill a huge hole in Chicago.

Then give him 2013 in Chicago at MLB minimum salary to prove he belongs.

Submitted by crunch on Mon, 09/05/2011 - 7:24am.
probably...i truly would like to see the guy get 30-50ab's before the season is over, though. he probably won't pry too many games from pena at 1st, so he'll have to get OF time somewhere.

they know whether his arm is good enough for RF, but i'd like to see it or have that info shared. when he was still with SEA in their minors his arm was still decent enough, supposedly.

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CRUNCH: Bryan LaHair played more games in LF than at 1B in both 2009 (with Tacoma) and 2010 (with Iowa), so he's certainly not a stranger to the position. But if he had the arm to play RF, I suspect he would have played more than 23 career games there.

Also, LaHair is at best an average defensive 1B, so while he could play 1B for the Cubs if necessary (as a default), LF is probably the best place for him in MLB. It's just that the Cubs already have a LF who is locked-in through 2014 (or through 2013 if the Cubs decide to cut bait after the 2013 season).

The Cubs must win all the rest of their games to finish above .5OO (the mark by which all great Cub teams are judged since pennants are out of the question)

"it would be nice to see him actually putting a ball in LF if it wasn't for the fact he was trying to pull it toward RF and got jammed."

For the record, LaHair stroked a single to left on a 1-2, outside-corner breaking ball in the 3rd inning.

"I didn't see them but saw one was an infield single?"

He hit a ball that the pitcher deflected to Cedeno, who could have fielded the ball and stepped on second for a force, but booted it. Later on, the scorer changed his initial ruling of a base hit to an E-6.

yes, but he was trying to pull it and he was a little late with his swing...that's what jammed him a bit. he still made good contact, though. if he can pull that off with a pitch lower in the zone as well as that high in the zone then that's a special talent...rarely works out that way. you could make and argument that he was just really quick getting his hands inside after starting late, but even then that's an awkward approach to a fastball in the zone.

found a video...slow mo around the 25 second mark

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=...

You guys are talking about different hits. The video is of his jam shot in the 6th. Phil is talking about a line drive he hit to left field in the 3rd, which was a clean opposite field single in which he was clearly trying to take the ball to left.

Gets the start at first today, despite Pena's Barry Bonds imitation yesterday.

Only in the Quade universe is Jeff Baker a cleanup hitter. Well maybe if Dusty was still here...

even vs. lefties that one makes no sense to me...he keeps doing it, though. well, i know why he does it, but i wish he would stop.

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  • Thanks for the updates Phil. Too bad about Frazier.

    Hagsag 1 hour 44 min ago view
  • The Cubs have released RHRP Scott Frazier (2013 7th round dfraft pick - Pepperdine).

    A Cubs pitching coach told me in Spring Training 2014 that he thought Frazier had the best pure stuff in the organization. Absolutely electric fastball & breaking ball combo. Other pitchers would gather behind the screen just to watch him throw "live" BP. That's how amazing he was. 

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 52 min ago view
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    ZACK GREINKE: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (34 strikes)

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 7 min ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez grand slam tonight. Hoping Soler power returns and gets hot but future looks bright in the outfield regardless.

    Eric S 11 hours 18 min ago view
  • Have fun - It may be good for Arrieta to be facing a team that doesn't know him as well as the NL teams. A nice shutout would do wonders for his confidence. He is confident in public but baseball is hard and he could use a boost, I'm sure.

    Old and Blue 11 hours 59 min ago view
  • Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.

    Brick 12 hours 23 min ago view
  • Last few games have been the April version of the Cubs that disappeared completely the past two months.
    Hope they can sustain it.

    blockhead25 12 hours 50 min ago view
  • Don't sell yourself short, Judge.

    Jackstraw 13 hours 17 min ago view
  • I love this team.

    Looks like Mother Nature is trying to call this fight.

    Rob Richardson 14 hours 45 min ago view
  • Hey! I remember this team!

    billybucks 14 hours 53 min ago view
  • The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...

    Eric S 16 hours 20 min ago view
  • I'm sorry - I was probably not looking at the correct line, or spot, or...who knows!

    I could blame it on the weed, but I stopped smoking many years ago.

    Fortunately, I can rely on the rest of you sober and astute folks to bring the correct info forth.

    The E-Man 16 hours 47 min ago view
  • Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.

    Old and Blue 17 hours 53 min ago view
  • Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.

    I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....

    Dusty Baylor 18 hours 10 sec ago view
  • @Dusty Contreras if it's a Lester or Arrieta start. TLS is good PH too. You also forgot about Heyward, assume Fowler is CF.

    chitownmvp01 18 hours 1 min ago view
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    Maybe Coghlan is up to see if he can get on track before someone acquires him.

    This move could also be to assure that we have as much OF depth as possible to maximize Joe's ability to rest players in September once we've clinched.

    chitownmvp01 18 hours 3 min ago view