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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  • 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.

    The E-Man 8 hours 28 min ago view
  • Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.

    billybucks 9 hours 43 min ago view
  • Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.

    billybucks 10 hours 27 min ago view
  • 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!

    billybucks 10 hours 28 min ago view
  • Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.

    billybucks 10 hours 29 min ago view
  • Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.

    Jackstraw 10 hours 32 min ago view
  • 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.

    billybucks 10 hours 33 min ago view
  • Baez still learning

    jacos 11 hours 57 sec ago view
  • 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.

    crunch 12 hours 4 min ago view
  • 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.

    crunch 13 hours 10 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 13 hours 59 min ago view
  • 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.

    VirginiaPhil 18 hours 30 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    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.

    Rob G. 1 day 9 hours ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #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

    Rob G. 1 day 9 hours ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    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.

    Rob G. 1 day 9 hours ago view
  • great defense

    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.

    Rob G. 1 day 10 hours ago view