Is David Ross Really That Bad?

by CubsfaninCA

A lot of people have been complaining since we signed David Ross.  Many felt we had to give up a better catcher (Welly) for very little as a result. Others say Lester shouldn’t have a “personal catcher.” But mostly everyone talks about how he’s an automatic out in the lineup.  Well, folks, he’s a backup catcher. They have been a topic on Cubs message boards for as long as I can remember, debating the merits of Koyie Hill, Henry Blanco, and the infamous John Baker.  

So the question is: is Ross really that bad for a backup catcher and how much does it really matter? 

Meet the Mets SPs

Much has been made of the Cubs and Mets as natural trading partners because of the Cubs potential log jam of infielders and the Mets starting pitching. Does a trade make sense? And what might one look like? Thanks to MLB's blackout restrictions, I rarely get to see the Mets, so I went to my go-to guy for all things Mets, James (aka, the Mayor of Bridgeport), and posed some questions to him.

Cubs @ Nationals: Hendricks vs. Zimmermann (Game 55 Thread)

CHC (29-25): RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 3.99)
WAS (30-26): RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-2, 2.88)
First pitch: 3:05pmCT

Fowler# cf

Rizzo* 1b

Bryant 3b

Montero* c

Coghlan* lf

Castro ss

Denorfia rf

Hendricks p

Herrera# 2b


Span* cf

Espinosa# 3b

Harper* rf

Rendon 2b

Ramos c

Desmond ss

Moore 1b

Taylor lf
Zimmermann p

Hendricks gave up 1 ER in 7 innings against the Nationals last time around. The Cubs won it in the 9th on a Russell double. Last time out, Hendricks gave up 4 ER in 6 innings in Miami and took the loss in the game that ended 5-2.

Zimmermann went 7 innings and gave up 1 ER against the Cubs at Wrigley but didn’t factor in the decision. In his last outing, he kept the Blue Jays off the board for 8 innings and got the W in the 2-0 WAS victory. He will look really nice in Cubbie blue next year.

Rizzo has the best numbers against Zimmermann, 4-10 with a HR, and is now working a career-high 11-game hitting streak. Meanwhile, his 1.051 OPS is currently the third best in all of baseball, behind only Harper and Goldschmidt. Montero (7-19) also has had success against Zimmermann. Castro (4-22), Coghlan (4-19), and Fowler (3-17), not so much. The Nationals are 5-22 (.227) against Hendricks. Harper (8-20 in June) has a HR--his solo shot in the 7th last week against him, for which he managed to keep his helmet on.

Castro returns to SS, after a much-needed day off--I was in NYC getting a good bagel and seeing the Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image and was sad to miss Russell’s debut there--and Russell gets a not-needed day away from SS.

Tale of Two Javys

Five innings were enough tonight.

At one point the I-Cubs trailed 5-0 and the Vice-Cardinals from Memphis had all of one hit, that being a single. Rarely is so much made from so little. When Carlos Pimento was excused from further duty he'd thrown 80 pitches in three innings, only 35 of them strikes. I think he walked eight.

Giants Rally to Edge Cubs at Riverview

1B (ex-LHP) Nick Jones reached base four times (two singles and two walks) and drove-in what proved to be the game-winning run, Nathaniel Javier drilled a two-run double, singled, and scored two runs, and Julio Pena singled twice, knocked-in two runs, and scored another, as the Giants rallied from a 7-2 deficit to edge the Cubs 8-7 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #1 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.  

Eloy Jimenez belted a solo HR, Adonis Paula hammered a two-run double, singled twice, and scored a run, and Shawon Dunston Jr singled twice, stole a base, and scored two runs for the Cubs in a losing cause.  

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only) 

Projecting End-of-Season Statistics

The Cubs will play their 54th game tonight, which will put them at the one-third mark of the baseball season. I thought it would be interesting to see what each player’s full season stats would be if we project out based on these first two months. For most players, it was as simple as taking their current stats (as of yesterday prior to the game) and multiplying by three. But for players who started in the minors or were injured, I have taken that into consideration and examined the percentage of days they have been on the roster when making the calculations. For Soler, I removed three weeks’ worth of stats to account for his current injury. The normal caveats, of course, apply. Players can get injured at any time, fall into slumps, or get hot, and so these will most definitely not look the final lines for a lot of these players. But it should provide a quick sense of how good/bad of a season players are currently having.



Recent comments

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  • I know, man. What a season. 3rd best record in all of baseball, good enough to have won any division other than the one there in.

    With a win tomorrow, the Cubs will match their 2008 record. Bad omen, I know. If they do win, the most recent year in which the Cubs will have won more games would be 1945 (98-56), the last time they went to the World Series.

    I'll take that omen instead...

  • "oh yeah, and get the fuck off my lawn. :D"

    Ok, now that was funny. :)

  • KB 0-5 with 8 LOB. Really? He is torturing me with 99 RBI. He is also a very different hitter at home vs. road. I suspect most young hitters are.

  • Greinke still in for the 8th. 3 up, 3 down. After 8. 108 pitches, ERA still at 1.66 according to mlb boxscore and he's in line for a 19th win.

  • Greinke 95 pitches through 7. Gives up one run (solo HR to Hedges). ERA at 1.66. Doubt that they will let him give up 5 runs in the 8th.

    Dodgers ahead 2-1.

  • 96 wins with one game to go. Who woulda thunk it.

    Cubs 96 wins have clinched a better record than any AL team and the NL West/East division winners too.

  • cubs win, pirates lose...

  • the curse is now yours.

  • cog a HR away from the cycle after a single in the 6th.

  • Hendricks: 15 up, 15 down.

  • he strongly separates his post-playing career from his playing career, though he loves to visit the barrier of player and fan. many ex-players don't put up this barrier.

    he's not interested in going back to the clubhouse or pretty much anything field/game related, but he'll grab a ticket and observe with the fans and visit ex players on "neutral" ground. he's written 3 pieces for the new yorker and other pieces elsewhere. i remember one photo/bio piece he did, but don't remember where i read it (years ago).

  • ?
    I find your comments rather obtuse. He recognized he didn't want to pursue baseball anymore and went back to school to learn how to become a better writer - opening up a new chapter in his life.

    I don't know where you find a "sad disconnection" because he is writing about his experiences? He pursued a ball career for a long time so no doubt there is some meloncholy in his tone, but I just don't know what the fuck you are talking about.

  • he has an almost sad disconnection from the game based on his writings. even though he's "been there" (no matter how much of a minor role) he doesn't seem to feel like he belongs or deserves to belong in the boy's club.

    he seems to go to great lengths to enjoy the game from an arm's length while occasionally getting close enough for a high-5 from those who affirm him that he belongs.

  • I read that guy's article about why he quit baseball and it was really well done too. In terms of Rizzo, I have seen multiple references to how this is Rizzo's team just as much as Madden's and it makes that pick up that much better that we have someone that is not only a great player but a leader and all around great guy (been reading about all the charity work he does too). There is really nothing not to like about Rizzo.

  • Nice article on Rizzo

    Written by ex teammate

  • JD concurred with Ariettas second at bat