How Does Gallagher Spell Relief? W-A-L-K-I-N-G...

I delayed my end-of-homestand post for a day so I could see how Sean Gallagher followed up on his brilliant outing from last week.

The results? Mixed.

Gallagher retired the first ten Fresno hitters he faced. He entered the sixth having surrendered only one run and retired the first two routinely before an infield single dripped from the faucet. A stolen base followed, then an intentional walk, then an accidental walk and Gallagher called it a night, leaving the bases loaded and the water running for Carmen Pignatiello.

Channeling his lone big league appearance of the season before being dispatched to Iowa, 'Piggy' walked both of the batters who stood in against him. With the water now rising quickly, Randy Wells waded right in and served up a grand slam to the first guy he faced and the ballgame floated away.

All five of Gallagher's whiffs on the night were swinging, giving him seventeen straight of that variety over his last two starts. He seems to be foolin' people.

Five starts and 30 innings into the season and Gallagher is sporting a .196 BAA. Good stuff.

Jose Ascanio also continues to impress. He's saved six of the team's eleven wins, and the I-Cubs are 9-1 when he appears in a game.

Neal Cotts is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA so far. Versus lefties he's allowed only two hits in five frames while walking one and fanning seven.

Those three hurlers are the only silver linings this prospector has found on the club.

Jake Fox has somehow managed to produce 18 runs with his 15 hits, but his BA has plummeted to .169 for the year. In the last ten games he's 2/38 [.053]. Want more? He's tagging southpaws at an .063 clip [1/16].

Patterson's on the DL with the hammy he strained last week, Fuld still isn't playing due to his bad thumb and Hoffpauir remains a fond memory from last year.

Old war-horse Les Walrond got his walking papers yesterday in favor of Justin Berg who was promoted from Tennessee where he'd been 0-3 with a 3.49 ERA in five starts.

The pesky redhead should be back with the team when they return from the road on May 6. I can only hope...MW



When are we going to start the "Let Cotts play" campaign?

As soon as Eyre comes back and (predictably) gets pounded.


It'll take a lot of dominating AAA, and his peripherals will have to be great, to convince me that he doesn't still suck.

Lou looks like a genius for the team he selected from Spring Training. With few exceptions, the guys he returned to the minors have performed like crap down there.

Great writeup, as always!

pitcher James Russell already up to AA. I know AZ Phil did a write-up on him, but 14th round pick last year is already in AA. 6-4", 205, 22 years old lefty was 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA at Hi-A Daytona, 27.1 IP, 25 H, 14 K, 7 BB, 2 HR as a starter.

Gallagher's going to be one of the top pitching prospects in baseball in next year's rankings if he doesn't lose his eligibility this season. It seems his new slider is working. I know he's got the same control issues as Rich Hill, where the numbers generally look good in AAA, but he doesn't quite have that good control as the numbers suggest. Nonetheless, this kid is developing into something special.

That's some serious minor-league Cubbery there. Two-out, nobody on turns into six runs, with only two hits. Wow.

Cubbery, indeed.

Re comparing to RHILL, (not John Hill), is Gallagher's fastball a "real" one?

Re comparing to RHILL, (not John Hill), is Gallagher's fastball a "real" one?

Gets up to 95 mph, sits in the low 90's like most. It's just a matter of how well he can control it.

Thanks - never seen him live. Only during ST on TV.

Mike Cameron has a career .295 BA and .411 OBP at Wrigley.

I hope we keep the Cheater off the bases.



okay, i give up. i finally found a strawman arguement that's worse than blaming a manager for everything.

let's buy every issue and bury them in concrete supporting the Banks statue...light a few catholic decorated candles every home game...sacrifice a chicken on the full moon...drag our scrotums through the underbrush banging on drums to moon gods during losing streaks...

baseball players have enough superstitions...heh.

not upset, just ranting for the hell of it. doesnt really bug me, but some people put actual emotion into the stuff.

myself, i know a lot more people that wont step on the 1st/3rd lines on a field more cuz they don't wanna piss off the grounds crew more any superstition. still...some players/managers/coaches got more rituals, quirks, and lucky charms than some people who play too much bingo and slots. =p

lol crunch. I'm not a big fan of superstitions, either.

Ahhh, Rob G. and the other authors finally being able to say things like the "Cubs are so fucked." Just one nice benefit of no longer being at MVN.

i will frame it up to my 1994 si predicred world series of cubs and red sox.

my 2003 si cover of chicago heat with wood and prior.

and of course the2004 preview issue with wood on cover predicting world series .


McCready pretty much confirms everything...

Drugs, affairs, perjury... sounds like somebody is ready for a successful career in American politics!

The dude's in his forties and he still frosts his tips. Will he run for Congress on the "Forever Spring Break '98" platform?

What a boner.

speaking of...

clint hurdle finally shaved that "hipster" facial hair off, but he's still getting that $100 club-boy haircut.

players think he's fun...whatever works.

42 right now in Chicago...35 degrees tonight. Yikes!

We couldn't have played these first two series in Milwaukee, huh?

I get a chuckle out of it...others find it disturbing how reporters are treated.

that reporter should have stuck with the pack rather than roaming around. hehe..

and the players pay for that clubhouse for the most part between tips, dues, and yeah...stay off their f'n furniture meat. heh...

funny stuff.

The featured post/recent posts is now one "block" and you can tab between the two. Save some sidebar space. I'll probably be adding more of that around the site.

It does seem to screw up on Internet Explorer (of course) as the picture and headlines overlap the tabs. I'm hoping I can fix it by changing the style of the tabs,, but I'll have to play around with that later.

think I fixed the IE issue, just had to shorten the tab names so it displayed on one line...

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  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    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.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • 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?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.