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

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

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

Touche

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.

goats...

magazines...

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 .

yikes!

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees...

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?

http://deadspin.com/385210/lou-piniellas-balls-are...

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 kickdowns...so 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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  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 7 min 43 sec ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 49 min 17 sec ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 53 min 14 sec ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 4 hours 35 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 5 hours 10 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 5 hours 23 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 6 hours 47 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 48 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 54 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 6 hours 58 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 1 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 7 hours 10 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 12 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 7 hours 18 min ago view
  • QuietMan 7 hours 26 min ago view