|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...
2nd in defensive WAR, NL.
6th in NL in RBI
Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.
Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.
Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.
There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!
Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.
Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.
Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.
Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.
Baez still learning
heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.
he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
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.