The End of the Impotence: Theriot's Homerless Streak is Broken

Ryan Theriot's grand slam on Friday put the Cubs ahead to stay, as did his first-inning home run on Saturday.

Friday's blast ended a string of 620 at-bats and 157 games in which Theriot had failed to homer. In terms of GP, Theriot's homerless string was the 15th longest among Cub non-pitchers since 1954.

The list of 15 follows:

  1. Don Kessinger (5/15/66 through 9/3/68) 404 G
  2. Larry Bowa (5/13/83 through 8/11/85), 310 G
  3. Mick Kelleher (4/17/76 through 10/5/80), 304 G
  4. Don Kessinger (8/16/72 through 7/11/74), 279 G
  5. Rey Sanchez (8/30/92 through 7/2/95), 256 G
  6. Richie Ashburn (4/12/60 through 10/1/61), 255 G
  7. Ivan DeJesus (5/28/80 through 10/4/81), 223 G
  8. Don Kessinger (7/13/74 through 9/28/75), 220 G
  9. Don Kessinger (4/24/70 through 6/11/71), 202 G
  10. Doug Dascenzo (5/5/91 through 10/4/92), 197 G
  11. Don Kessinger (7/4/71 through 8/13/72), 185 G
  12. Scot Thompson (7/4/80 through 7/19/83), 179 G
  13. Larry Bowa (4/5/82 through 5/7/83), 165 G
  14. Jimmy Stewart (4/18/65 through 5/14/67), 158 G
  15. Ryan Theriot (4/16/08 through 4/30/09), 157 G

That's a whole lotta shortstops and a whole lot named Kessinger. For what it's worth, Theriot had a far higher batting average (.311), on-base percentage (.387), and slugging percentage (.360) during his homerless streak than anyone else in this group.

And now, in 2009, he has as many home runs as Derrek Lee and Milton Bradley.

Stats from Play Index



and courtesy of ye olde world o' roto:

"Dating back to last year, he had gone 40 straight games (43 including the postseason) without driving in more than one run."

Wow I never realized Scot Thompson had a complete lack of power. I remember him as a pinch hitter on some of the first Cubs teams I remember seeing around 82 or 83. And this was a guy who played first base quite a bit. A player like this today would pretty much be laughed out of the league. Even Doug Mienkiewicz hit doubles in his best years.

Thompsons career OPS was 640 thats sub-Neifi/Miles.

Thompson had 66 career extra base hits in 1391 at bats, to go along with only 17 stolen bases and 97 career walks. But he also only struck out 141 times.

I recall that he was also heralded as a real star in the Cubs system back then, which says all that needs to be said about the players coming out of the Cubs system in the '70s.

Another interesting tidbit I turned up at B-R:

Thompson finished 3rd in Rookie of the Year balloting in 1979 with just one vote (had to be from a Chicago guy, right?). The NL ROY in '79 was won in a landslide. The winner was Rick Sutcliffe.

I have two Scott Thompson memories.

He crashed into the ivy head first catching a fly ball came out with broken collar bone.

He doubled in Philadelphia and he made the turn and kind of walked back to second and Larry Bowa came running up behind him with the ball and tagged him out.

He was kind of the perfect Cub in those days.

Just as a short point of comparison:

A. 14 HRs in 8,529 MLB PAs
B. 17 HRs in 548 MLB PAs

A. Kessinger
B. My favorite insane pitcher

Whose got the Cubs record for HR's in consecutive games? Was it Ryno's streak in '89? I think Theriot is going to give it a run.

Hack Wilson, Sammy Sosa, and Sandberg all had streaks of 5.

Soriano, Riot, Fukudome, Lee, Bradley, Godenot, Soto, Miles, Z


Bonifacio, Baker, Ramirez, Cantu, Uggla, Hermida, Ross, Gload Nolasco

Ross, Gload or Ross Gload?

Punctuation joke. Funny stuff.

in the title and not one Cialis or Viagra joke...


I wish the end of the impotence meant the Indians gave us back Kerry Wood. Or at least his wife. Yeah, that might do it.

Meet Bob. Bob is feeling pretty good because Bob swings a big stick. He handles a big bat. Opposing players know that Bob provides some stiff competition.

I thought it was a pun on the Don Henley song...

could be...I see impotence and I want to see limp dick jokes.

Skinny Dick sat today...

pulled hammy or something running out a bunt single...

Derrek Lee sucks.

See? I said that they shouldn't let Zambrano try to hit, he should just strike out every time up.

Z can't be hurt, I have been told many times the last couple days that the chances of him getting hurt hitting and running are so small that it is stupid for me to even bring it up...:)

Firstly, let's hope it is not serious and that this stops Lou from using him as a PH anytime in the near future.

Did he get hurt PHing?

Foxsports's blurb on Bradley:

News: Bradley homered in Chicago's 8-2 loss to Florida in 10 innings thursday night.

Two bits of really important news there. The first is that crunch's spelling of 'thursday' is now the agreed one, but more bizarely, somehow Bradley homered 10 times, but the Cubs only scored 2 runs. Maybe the umps are out to get him.

capital letters are for jerks.

evidently if you throw marmol 64 pitches over 3 days in a row he needs more than just 1 day off.


awwwright...leadoff homer, bb...K, popout, K...

Cubs Win, 3 of 4, 5 of 8....see, they're awesome

I believe Esmalian Caridad was scheduled to start today for Iowa...looks like it might have been a rainout though.

He pitched 3 scoreless innings in the suspended game.

Chris Carpenter had a good day for Peoria, and Starlin Castro and Robinson Chirinos hit their first homeruns of Daytona's season.

Anybody else think Caridad sees the majors this year?

'Grit and Gravy' could have been another name for Theriot and Fontenaught.

We're going to have to come up with some nickname for Chris Carpenter, being that his name is already taken... keeps confusing me. If there is a pitcher called up, I'd suspect he gets the chain re-action promotion to La Florida.

Groundball machine Ryan Searle pitched well again for Daytona today, dropping his ERA to 1.88, which would make another logical promtion. TN got rained out as well.

How 'bout "Jesus Carrying Wood Craftsman"? Too wordy?

Musket says it's day to day... however without him to PH, I hope AramRam is ready to go tomorrow or they may have to use the DL just because of the bench crunch.

"...or they may have to use the DL just because of the bench crunch."

Alternatively, they could release or DFA Gathright in order to call someone up. They didn't even use him to pinch run today when Z got hurt, choosing to turn to Harden instead. Of course, I suppose one could blame that ON the bench crunch, rather than considering it another situation that exacerbates the bench crunch. To be fair, though, Harden is fast. Funny fast.

Yeah, Harden runs like someone using a hack in an FPS game. I'd be really interested in him and Gathright doing a foot race to first.

I would guess that you're right about saving the 'bat' of Gathright for later in the game.

SB: C Crawford 6 (17)

They must have had throwback to 1985 day in Tampa.

Submitted by Charlie on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 4:15pm.
He pitched 3 scoreless innings in the suspended game.

Anybody else think Caridad sees the majors this year?


CHARLIE: I believe Esmailin Caridad will get promoted to the big leagues sometime this year. If the Cubs were to bring him up to replace Zambrano for a start or two and then option him back to Iowa, it wouldn't be any big deal, because Caridad gets four minor league option years since he has completed only one "full season" (2008) going into 2009. And he is 25, so he is probably as physically and emotionally mature now as he's ever going to be. He was developed by the Hiroshima Carp at their Dominican academy, so he knows all about the rigors of hard work. Also, Piniella apparently liked what he saw of Caridad in ST, keeping him around a little bit longer than was expected.

But Randy Wells would probably be the best bet to succeed at the big league level as a starter right now. A rubber-armed convetrted catcher and a Jon Lieber clone, Wells is 26, he's already on the 40-man roster, he throws strikes, he gets a lot of ground balls, and he has pitched well at Iowa so far this season. But he also hasn't pitched for several days because of the rain out at Memphis this weekend, so he might be out of synch to replace "Z" in the Cubs rotation on Friday.

It's also possible that if Zambrano can't make his next start, that Jeff Samardzija will start in his place, and Chad Fox will get brought up from Iowa. C. Fox has pitched very well at AAA and appears to be healthy, but even if he were to break down later this season, the Cubs could always put him on the DL and use his spot on the 40-man roster as a post-season roster exemption (like they did last year), presuming the Cubs make it to the NLDS.

Can it possibly be a coincidence that if you rearrange the letters in Theriot and add a D at the end, you get Thteroid, which is how a person with a speech impediment would say steroid? Spooky...


I really like it. Would suggest that you put slightly recessed boxes around all the letters, and pull the 'E' forward so it doesn't look like an 'F', or do the new letter with the final 'R', since that's how a scoreboard operator would probably do it.

hybrid from the Muskat article linked above and the Sun-Times (Toni Ginnetti):
"I tried to initially [take Zambrano out], but he told me that it was more of a cramp than anything else," Piniella said. "After a pitch, he realized it was more than that. I tried to get him out initially, and he talked me out of it.

At first he tried to convince trainer Mark O'Neal and Piniella it was only a cramp. After one pitch to the next batter, Alfonso Soriano, ''he realized it was more,'' Piniella said. ''We did the right thing by getting him out.''

Zambrano then slowly walked back to the dugout. The problem is in the "belly" of the (left) hamstring, Piniella said.

Zambrano's next scheduled start is Friday in Milwaukee.

''I'd say it's in jeopardy,'' Piniella said. ''And if I had to guess, I'd say no. We'll see. I'd guess we'd have to do something to bring up a starter, but let him get his [MRI].''
MRI results to be released today (MRI was done sunday after the game).

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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

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    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

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    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

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