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How good is this team

Only a week ago many fans were actually envisioning a .500 season. We'd actually had a good West Coast road trip and Lake had arrived as the Cubs answer to the Dodgers Puig. We were heading home...


Volstad has problems with Men on Base- The Numbers

Chris Volstad has had a specific problem in all of his starts this year. The big inning has turned him into an 0-5 pitcher with a 6.92 ERA. Most of that damage has been done by having big innings....


The case for Campana in the leadoff spot

Granted that his sample size is small so far this year, but the results are amazing. Let's look at the comparison between runs scored and times on base. Last year 34% of both Cub runners and all...


Can the Cubs win with Pena's L-R splits hitting 4th

Carlos has respectable numbers against RHP. .259/.368/.505  However his stats against LHP is worse than terrible. .107/.233/.280 His RISP numbers are also very bad .179/.330/.403. But most of those...


What do these players have in common

Geovanny Soto, Luis Montanez, Buck Coats, Corey Patterson and Jose Molina. Answer: These are the only position players drafted out of high school by the Cubs who were played ML ball and are still...


Quade's 37 game interview

Last year we watched as Quade was tossed a bone in the midst of a disastrous season under Piniella. Sweet Lod had his moments as manager but it was clear to everyone that his time was up. Rather...


Joe Ricketts tells it like it was

I ran across this YouTube video with Joe Ricketts discussing the purchase of the Cubs. He is very open about the process and his involvement. However I found it very insightful into the character...


Our Minor League team stats compared to their competition

  With the trip to Boston and the play of this year's team, again the organization's philosophy has been questioned. Despite the emergence of Castro and Barney, many people question the infrequency...


Team results vs RHP in 2010

The Cubs had remarkable split differentials against RHP (.689) and LHP (.805). Those numbers rank 13th and 1st in the NL. That helps explain our dysfunctional results last year versus right...


What are Cub fans entitled to expect

There is no doubt that everyone here WANTS the Cubs to win every year. Obviously that hasn't happened and isn't about to happen. And let's admit, many of those people are VERY knowledgeable fans....


What can we expect in 2011

  Looking forward to 2011, just what can we expect to see that’s going to improve the team? From a position player starting roster, we will probably see only a change at 1B. Is there any likely...


The Cubs 1st inning blues

  We’re all aware that the Cubs offense is the team’s Achilles heel. We’re not a team famous for comeback victories. Through 89 games, we’ve come from behind only 12 times and the largest comeback...


An apology to Ricketts is in order

When Zambrano recently went off the reservation and was subsequently suspended, Tom Ricketts was with his family in Africa. Many Cub fans were very critical of his trip and were incensed that he...


Is there any doubt the playoffs are unthinkable

Playoff odds are now less than 2%. And while I respect those who refuse to believe we can not turn the season around, the odds tell us everything a prudent man or woman needs to know. We have a...


Is Castro ready to bat leadoff?

Let's see what we have this year. The only two guys that have really been given a chance are Theriot and Fukudome. Ryan is .277/,314/.303/.617 in 2010. But since he was moved to 2B he has plunged...


Has Hendry issued an ultimatum

While I don't claim to have any insider information, I'd like to present some reasons why I believe Lou has been told it's time to fish or cut bait. Henry's presence on the road trip, while not...


Look at the numbers and then make a decision

Today in the 9th Dotel entered the game. RHB have a BA of .158 vs Dotel. LHB are .458 against him. Lou bats Fontenot for Marmol and he grounds out. Castro takes a walk and Fukudome who batted for...


Why aren't the Cubs scoring more runs?

The Cubs team BA at .271 and OBP of .341 is 5th highest in the league. According to Baseball Prospectus we have faced the 2nd worst pitchers in both leagues. So the obvious question should be why...


When is a team out of contention?

Obviously we can all understand when a team has been mathematically eliminated. However, we all have different ideas about when we feel a season is over and it's time to look ahead to the following...


The numbers don't lie. We are a .500 team.

For all intents and purposes, our playoff chances are gone. Our mathematical odds are now down to 1%. The common belief is that our offense was the cause of our failure. And while there certainly...


Perception is not reality

Lou seems convinced that it's always better to use a LHP against LHB and a RHP ve RHB. The truth is that many  Cubs players do not perform according to the book. Let's take a look at some of those...


Short term memory=Short term gain

The Sunday game against Washington marked season highs for the offense. The thing that struck me as remarkable was the willingness of the hitters to go with the pitches. Even Brenly noted the...


Lou is angry at reporters

and most all his offense including his hitting instructor. After back to back losses to Atlanta when the offense scored 2 runs on 13 hits while drawing only 2 walks, Lou was asked all the usual...


Soriano is angry at Lou

but he refuses to discuss the issue with him. It seems that Piniella didn't give Sori adequate notice that he wouldn't be starting Wednesday. According to Alfonso, he expects at least 24 hours...


A tragic number

For those of you who felt that our pitchers haven't seemed to shut down the opposition by getting their first batter out, you were right. As a team, our pitchers have allowed the first hitter they...


Soriano needs to go on DL

It's time to accept that Soriano needs to be put on the DL. In his past 100 plate appearances he is hitting .154 with an OBP of only .230 with an OPS of .505. To continue to keep him in the...


Where is Fox

Looking through the box score tonight for Iowa I noticed that Jacob Quirin Fox was missing from the lineup. Since he had played in the last 4 games and went 2-5 last night, it seemed odd. Joshua is...


Hitting splits and possible improvements

I attempted to break down the stats for each key position player in an attempt to find when each is at a general advantage or disadvantage according to their performance this year. While I’m...


Marmol 2009 vs 2008

The first thing that jumps out is his current WHIP is 1.52 against 0.93 last year. He has already been in 30 of our 54 games. That projects to a season total of 90 games. Since the 70’s only 1...


2008 vs 2009 offensive stats after 42 games

While everyone is well aware of our problems this year, a look at the numbers might indicate the depth and extent of our problems. Our R/RA last year was 245/174. This year it is 187/189, a...

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