|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...
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For sure! Russell and Baez are the first infielders in a while to make me think of star defensive players in football or basketball--it's almost like they force turnovers, and they definitely play the field with a degree of athletic aggression I'd expect from a linebacker.
[Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]
tebow hit a HR in the 1st pitch he sees in instructs..lulz.
I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.
I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.
And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.
When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.
Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.
I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.
Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.
My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.
Old Cub fans remember when Ken Hubbs died at 22 in the crash of a small plane he was piloting in a storm in Utah in 1964. But Hubbs was not an elite power pitcher like Score and Fernandez. Score lived a long time after the accident but it was (effectively) career-ending.
HAGSAG: Since I've only seen them throw in one game and in one "live" BP session, all I can do is provide initial first impressions.
Brailyn Marquez is listed at 6'4 but is probably more like 6'5 or 6'6. I would describe him as a younger version of Bryan Hudson, throwing a ton of ground balls but not getting a lot of swings & misses (yet). Because of his size he could eventually grow into more velocity, but right now he's mostly a pitch-to-contact guy. He generally throws strikes.
Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?
It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.
Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.
He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.
Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.
Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.
101 wins...most since 1910 (104).
neat. ...or sad. pick one. pick both. 'murica.
Just looked up Grimm's stats -- after a great run, he gave up 2 runs vs. MIL then didn't pitch for 10 days. Don't remember why?