Mapping out the Rotation

In News And Rumors by berselius33 Comments

Shawn pointed out in the comments that given the number of off-days, the Cubs can limit the 5th starter somewhat. But given that they’re spaced 7 days apart there will still be a few starts. Here’s how it maps out 4/6 Ryan Dempster OFF DAY 4/8 Carlos Zambrano 4/9 Matt Garza 4/10 Casey Coleman 4/11 Demp 4/12 5TH STARTER 4/13 …

Diamondbacks @ Cubs

In Game Threads by Obstructed View Staff185 Comments

Just the numbers from now on. RS equals Runs Saved on defense. Diamondbacks wOBA wRC RS Cubs wOBA wRC RS Willie Bloomquist .296 .409 -0.13 Kosuke Fukudome .343 .602 -0.06 Chris Young .339 .571 0.00 Starlin Castro .332 .545 -0.03 Kelly Johnson .360 .650 -0.01 Marlon Byrd .338 .564 -0.01 Justin Upton .381 .712 0.03 Aramis Ramirez .350 .594 -0.03 …

Entire team lands on DL

In News And Rumors by dmick8943 Comments

Andrew Cashner left yesterday’s game with tightness in his shoulder and had an MRI after the game. The results revealed a tear in his rotatar cuff. It’s what they are calling a mild strain, which is the same thing as a mild tear. Randy Wells also landed on the DL becasue of pain in his forearm. Hendry has said it …

Cashner exits game with tightness in his right shoulder

In News And Rumors by dmick89108 Comments

Andrew Cashner was taken out of today’s Cubs/Diamondbacks game in the 6th inning with tightness in his pitching shoulder. He had thrown the ball as well or better than any starter so far. He’d averaged about 94.5 mph on the fastball, but on one pitch in that 6th inning you could see him lower the shoulder after the follow through. …

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5 Cubs Trends Sure to End

In News And Rumors by andcounting178 Comments

The Cubs are five games into the 2011 season, so naturally we know everything we need to know about this team. But for anyone who thinks the sample size isn’t quite large enough to draw conclusions, I just want to correct a few lies the opening weekend may have told us. For the record, I wrote this before today’s game, …

Diamondbacks @ Cubs

In Game Threads by Obstructed View Staff176 Comments

The projections below are from the 2011 ZiPS spreadsheet. I’m using last year’s bullpen numbers. Diamondbacks wOBA wRC Cubs wOBA wRC Willie Bloomquist .296 .409 Kosuke Fukudome .343 .602 Dan Johnson .349 .612 Starlin Castro .332 .545 Justin Upton .381 .731 Marlon Byrd .338 .564 Miguel Montero .339 .553 Aramis Ramirez .350 .594 Chris Young .339 .536 Tyler Colvin .318 …

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Kevin Millar Can Die in a Fire

In News And Rumors by aisle424154 Comments

I happened to be driving in the car when Kevin Millar went on the Waddle and Silvy Show on ESPN 1000 so I heard this live and I was pissed as hell I wasn’t able to transcribe any of it because I was screaming at my radio by the end of it.  Thankfully, Paul Sullivan took the trouble of doing …

The Stats We Use: Baserunning

In Major League Baseball by dmick8997 Comments

Believe it or not, baserunning is a relatively simple aspect of the game to quantify. If you think for a moment about the possibilities in baserunning, there aren’t really that many of them. There are several of course, but it’s not as many as you may think. For example, a runner on 1st when a single is hit can move …

Random Thoughts

In News And Rumors by dmick8959 Comments

Three games doesn’t tell us anything, but they were three predictable games. The offense struggled, which they’re going to do all season long. That’s especially true against right-handed pitchers. The defense let the team down late in Sunday’s game. Rather than a tie, a defensive mistake allowed the Pirates to take the lead. The pitching staff was solid, which they …