My secret Cub Fan reason for loving the Anthony Rizzo for Andrew Cashner trade
So the Cubs traded flamethrowing Andrew Cashner for a real first base prospect, Anthony Rizzo of the Padres
Sure, young Andrew has tremendous potential.
Last year, he was one third of the whole reason we were supposed to be excited about the Cubs.
The other two thirds... well one got traded and the other accused of sexual assault (but that's another story or a hundred, just wait).
The point is the Cubs got a seriously fabulous chance at a real first baseman, and I no longer have to worry about Cashner's shoulder.
As a Cub Fan, pitchers and shoulders and elbows and MRIs and towel drills - those things make me want to set myself on fire.
No can deal any more.
When Cashner went down with the shoulder last year, that was all I could think about.
When was the Big Disaster gonna happen?
You know the one.
It comes after he secures an important role in the starting rotation.
He's cruising along about the 5th inning of a game against the Cardinals in July and you've got the fire going and some burgers on the grill and a frosty cold brew and suddenly Pat Hughes says, "Uh oh. Something's wrong with Cashner..."
I can't do those things any more.
So yeah, it's great the Cubs got Anthony Rizzo.
But I'm telling you, the other reason I'm happy is Cashner's shoulder ain't on my list of concerns.
Hopefully, he never has another issue with his arm at all and pitches like the stud he's supposed to be.
I'd be happy as a clam if it worked out that way.
I'm just sayin'...
PS: I don't mean to be mean to Scott Maine, but his performance against the Red Sox last year... Yeesh!
PSPS: Yeah, I know there were other guys in the trade. I ignored 'em to simplify.
Correct. Castro 5th, AJax 6th; I'll edit my lineup post to fix this.
Lineup: Fowler, Soler, KB, Rizzo, Castro, AJax, Montero, Hendricks, Russell
I believe Castro batting fifth, Ajax (LF) sixth
Maddon did not listen to me yesterday re Strop, or EricS on Schwarbs today.
Wtf is up w/that?!
Crunch got his wish - Ajax not hitting 1-2 in the lineup ...
I know he's struggles against lefties but Schwarber seems zoned in - hope he starts tonight.
Awesome stuff, Phil.
That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.
should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?
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.
Brooksbaseball.net 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?