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Im curious about jackson being pulled wonder is he is being moved
Live-armed 24 yo AA reliever.
Live-armed 24 yo AA reliever.
Brigham is mostly a starter.
Yeah - and decent K rate, too... the scouting reports seem to think his future is in the bullpen.
Guess that'd be the answer to my question "Don't we have any stopgaps other than Casey Friggin' Coleman?". Trading Dempster and Maholm was the right thing to do, but the rotation will now rival 2011's for sheer amateurish ugliness.
And then fall apart the next season.
I mean I'm all for pie in the sky silver lining but you have to be at least somewhat grounded in reality.
Okay, who are these pitchers that have taken advantage of their "last chance" and have gone on to be productive for at least a season or two afterwards?
Trachsel for almost his entire career was basically putting up seasons that were good enough to be a #3 pitcher or better.
In 1997 Steve was basically an average starter.
I'm not sure Randy Wells fits since we're still waiting on those actual good years to come about.
The Cubs signed Marquis to a 3 year deal. I'm not sure how that qualifies as a "last chance".
Mike Bielecki had his good year in 1989 and then stunk as a full time starter after that.
in terms of conventional stats he had almost the exact same year as he did in 1997 except his team won 7 more games when he was pitching.
Jason Marquis hit FA after 2006 and why would the Cards view 2006 as Marquis' "last chance" to prove himself in the rotation heading into that season?
So when was his "last chance"? Why would his first year as a major league starter be his "last chance"?
Yes it happens but you don't exactly plan for it to happen. You don't pencil in some pitcher into the rotation who has thrown 540 innings of suck so far in the hopes that he is one of those undistinguished pitchers that happens to have a decent year.
Turn it around to what? Again, my stance is that even if Wood and Volstad have a good 6 to 10 game run they still are sucky pitchers likely to have sucky years. A decent short run doesn't negate the years of futility.
OK, fine, so what? I don't expect much from Volstad either, and I suspect zonk doesn't either. But what do you do?
If Chris Volstad has a decent 8 game run to end the season I still wouldn't plan on him cracking the rotation next year.
Chris Volstad is a longshot to be anything other than a crappy pitcher.
Volstad wishes he could be as crappy as Zambrano at this point.
But I'm not sure how saying Zambrano has been just as bad as Volstad is proof that Volstad should get a shot at starting when you also mention that Zambrano has lost his starting spot.
The Cubs pitching plan for the season was never going to end either with them having a full staff for September or them having a good staff ready for 2012. They tried out a whole bunch of cheap guys and tried to get a good return on some veterans. Maholm turned into a couple prospects, Samardzija turned into a good pitcher, and the rest of them flopped. Next year they've got Garza and Samardzija, and maybe they can hope on Volstad or Wood (though I didn't realize how bad those guys have been in Iowa). That's not the ideal return on the guys they had to start the season, but it's in the range of reasonable. The Cubs will need to be active in the offseason to build a starting rotation again.
If I was the GM I would not be having Volstad start. It's pointless. I'd rather go waiver wire hunting looking for a soot covered jewel than have Volstad start at this point.
Who was the other player droppes from the 25 man to make room?
Who won the pre-season bet for number of players from opening day active roster who are still in the organization?
Brooks Raley headed up to start. There's an open spot on the 40-man so I guess that's easy enough.
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