Cubs Epic Blunders

It’s Catching

On Wednesday night, with the bases loaded and the game tied, one out in the bottom of the ninth, Mike Wuertz struck out Pat Burrell swinging. Michael Barrett though allowed the ball to get away, and though he recovered in time to catch Jimmy Rollins in no man's land, marooned between third and home, Barrett then literally threw the game away. What ought to have been a simple inning-ending rundown turned into a catastrophic game-ending score. And that led me to think, just how bad is Barrett's defence? And to what extent does it undermine his rather more quantifiable offensive value? The common consensus, which is based based largely on just watching the two behind the plate and with which I agree, is that Barrett is at best a mediocre defensive catcher, but that Henry Blanco is a fine defender, one of the best in the game. Perhaps it would be interesting to monitor just how the two have fared so far this year. There are plenty of complex defensive metrics around that aim to measure defence, but I generally find them just too obscenely obscure, abstract, incalculable, contradictory etcetera. But Catcher ERA, a very simple yet alarmingly crude and therefore flawed statistic, gave me an idea - calculate each pitcher's line throwing to Barrett, and then their line throwing to Blanco, and see what that throws up. And so I did...

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  • Carrie Muskat [email protected]

    Shane Victorino added to Iowa #Cubs roster today

  • The awesome quote was something like "Just gotta play a little country hardball..."

    It was awesome. I envisioned him in snake-skin boots, Stetson, and a lump of dip in his lip with his Texas gun strapped to his hip.

  • Listening to an interview with Lackey on WSCR - he sounds a bit like a gruff Fozzie Bear

  • FWIW -- Lackey was the only RH batter to get a hit off of Scherzer. KB and Baez were 0-for-6 with 6Ks. Gotta love lefty/righty balance, and switch-hitters.

  • Somebody needs to explain to Richard the concept of run differential. Dammit, this was a tough one to absorb.

  • In the same vein, I hope we can now dispense with "LaStella sucks as a starter".

  • They just wanted to get Rondon a save is why they gave up those runs. Madden is a genius that way....

  • 15 games over .500...not a bad place to be on may 6th.

  • Brian Schlitter moments aside - what a sweet win!

  • this ump...at least he seems consistently shitty.

  • c.richard with another outing making him look expendable...

    hey may be a righty, but f.pena put in another strong night last night...2ip 0h 1bb 3k

    last thing the club seems to need is another reliever, though. the cubs starters keep putting lack-of-work pressure on the pen more than anything so far.

  • Good thing Bryant can play multiple positions. If he was only a 3B he'd be frustrated sitting.

  • I think it might have been just the push he needed.

  • I believe +411 by the '39 Yankees is the all-time record.

  • From now on maybe there's no point keeping score of the game, just track the run differential.

  • +102