|Greg Maddux||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||101.2||119||15||19||62||4.96||15||1||to Blanco||39.0||39||5||5||24||3.92||4||3|
|Carlos Zambrano||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||87.2||69||10||34||73||3.39||1||6||to Blanco||59.1||42||2||28||59||3.03||0||3|
|Mark Prior||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||25.0||24||5||8||29||4.68||1||0||to Blanco||81.1||59||12||27||83||3.32||0||2|
|Ryan Dempster (SP)||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||23.1||25||2||14||25||5.01||1||2||to Blanco||11.1||12||1||8||11||5.56||0||0|
|Ryan Dempster (RP)||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||22.1||16||1||14||24||2.42||0||0||to Blanco||11.0||9||0||5||5||3.27||1||0|
|Mike Wuertz||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||34.2||33||4||24||43||5.19||3||3||to Blanco||10.0||8||0||5||8||3.60||1||0|
|Roberto Novoa||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||17.2||21||1||16||14||5.09||0||0||to Blanco||9.0||6||0||3||12||1.00||0||0|
|Todd Wellemeyer||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||17.1||20||5||9||18||6.75||1||0||to Blanco||7.1||1||0||5||7||0.00||0||0|
|LaTroy Hawkins||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||12.0||12||3||3||7||4.50||1||0||to Blanco||7.0||6||1||4||6||1.29||0||0|
|Will Ohman||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||18.1||16||2||6||17||1.96||2||0||to Blanco||6.2||8||2||6||6||5.40||1||0|
|Mike Remlinger||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||27.2||24||3||10||23||4.23||0||1||to Blanco||5.1||7||2||2||7||8.44||0||1|
|Glendon Rusch (RP)||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||28.0||35||3||15||28||4.50||0||1||to Blanco||3.0||6||0||1||3||6.00||0||0|
|Chad Fox||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||5.1||5||1||6||9||6.75||0||0||to Blanco||2.2||3||1||2||2||6.75||0||0|
|Sergio Mitre (RP)||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||10.0||16||5||4||13||8.10||2||0||to Blanco||2.1||2||1||2||1||3.86||0||0|
|Cliff Bartosh||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||18.1||21||7||9||14||5.89||1||0||to Blanco||1.1||2||0||2||1||0.00||0||0|
|Joe Borowski||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||10.0||12||5||1||10||7.20||2||0||to Blanco||1.0||0||0||0||1||0.00||0||0|
|Jon Leicester (RP)||IP||H||HR||BB||K||ERA||SB||CS||to Barrett||5.1||5||0||7||3||6.75||0||0||to Blanco||0.2||1||0||1||1||13.50||0||0|
- It appears as though when pitching to Barrett, a lot of our staff has had problems keeping the ball in the park, and allowing home runs is the single worst thing a pitcher can do. Look not just at Maddux, Zambrano and Prior, who all have higher home run rates with Barrett, but also Wellemeyer, Hawkins, Mitre, Bartosh and Borowski, who've gone crazy and given up 25 dingers in just 67.2 innings pitching to Barrett. That's insane, about twice as bad as Eric Milton even! With Henry Blanco on the other hand, even if you don't overlook Mark Prior and his nine homers allowed in three starts, this hasn't been as much of a problem. If this enormous difference in home runs allowed is for real, and it may not be, Barrett's game calling could be rendering his bat null and void.
- Just how amazing is Henry Blanco's arm? He's allowed just eight stolen bases this year, and has thrown out ten. But four of the steals he's allowed were off Greg Maddux, who does so little to hold runners that Michael Barrett has thrown out just one of sixteen this year. Off pitchers not called Greg Maddux then, Henry Blanco has allowed just four bags to be swiped off him in nearly 220 innings behind the plate, and, as we all know, even though it was a bad throw, Hector Luna was clearly out in that Sunday night game against the Cardinals! So that's three. Scott Podsednik, Willie Harris and, last night, er, Chase Utley. Yes, that's right, it took until August 4th for a National League baserunner to really steal a bag off Henry Blanco!
- Blanco seems to work better with Zambrano and Novoa in particular, the two pictures for whom Spanish is also their mother tongue. Perhaps then it would be a good ploy to use Blanco as Zambrano's personal catcher, and to then use Novoa specifically in relief in those games. At the very least that might establish whether or not Novoa and Blanco really have something going, or whether it's just an oddity of the nine inning sample size involved. Sergio Mitre threw a complete game shutout, remember, nine innings is nothing. With Zambrano and Blanco, it's a bit clearer - they seem to work well together.
- Does Blanco have trouble catching lefties? Not one of Ohman, Remlinger, Rusch and Bartosh has fared particularly well with him behind the plate. Then again, besides Ohman, they've not fared particularly well with Barrett either, although Rusch as a starter was of course excellent. That's not to mention though that Remlinger and Bartosh probably wouldn't fare that well with the greatest defensive catcher in the history of the world back there. It's probably nothing, or just 16.1 innings...
Yay! KB at 3B!
Molina in the Cards lineup.
Fowler (CF), Schwarber (RF!), Bryant (3B), Rizzo (1B), Castro (2B), Coughlan (LF), Russell (SS), Ross (C), Lester (P)
If the baseball gods would guarantee that result, I'd take it :-).
I wonder if it is about numbers specifically against the Mets. But, it could also be because Kershaw can go 9 innings everytime, while Grienke very rarely makes it through the game. They don't want to expose their weak bullpen.
I have trouble getting past the extraordinary 1.66 ERA, but I don't know what the heck will happen with the Cy Young vote this year.
So Kershaw is opening the series for the Dodgers. How, then, does Greinke get the Cy Young? Not even the best pitcher on his team!
You have angered the baseball gods. Now Lester will lose and Hendricks will win.
Cubs go home 1-1, with Arrieta starting game 3, I like our chances in this series. Tomorrow's pitching matchup is lousy on paper, so today is obviously crucial.
Will be fun to watch. My two keys are scoring early, and keeping Lester's pitch count below 15 per inning.
Hopefully Der Kaiser won't be doing this until December
So, yes, I have been quoting your, "mediocre pitcher" label all year in jest - good or bad.
He has been pretty filthy against the Cards, and this is the game they need to "steal".
I am hoping against hope that Pedro Strop only sees the mound if the Cubs are up 8 in a game.
I've been pretty harsh with Lester here at various times but that's how it is when you pull in that kind of money, and besides, it's not like he reads my posts or would care what I have to say if he did read them for some reason. If I was him, the first thing out of my mouth would be, what level have you played this game at, pal?
Anyway, he's really looked good lately, and overall his body of work turned out pretty good, too. I'm glad his worst struggles were in April. This is such an easy team to like that I even like the overpaid free agent.
Gordo's lede today:
ST. LOUIS – Whether it’s a year early or right on time, Jon Lester’s $155 million moment arrives just after 5:45 p.m. Friday.
*checks pulse again*
Who are you? Andy Rooney?
Colbert has our backs
K-DUB: I get a chance to see the other MLB clubs Player Development operations out here and I have talked to scouts and other baseball people about it, and I can tell you that the Cubs Player Development program has gone from being almost a joke to one of THE best.