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   1. Andere Richtingen Posted: September 24, 2007 at 04:39 AM (#2539691)
It's worth mentioning that the last time the Cubs had as much as a 3.5 game lead in the NL Central was August 3, 2001.
   2. NTNgod Posted: September 24, 2007 at 04:42 AM (#2539694)
3.5 games down with 7 to play is too many for a roundup; I usually have been using 2.5 as a max for a roundup, and will shrink that as fewer and fewer games remain.
   3. Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: September 24, 2007 at 04:44 AM (#2539696)
But it ain’t over. The series of events that led to the Cubs’ demise in 2004 was not expected by anyone, and they would not be the first team to blow a 3.5 game lead with 6 games left.


I believe this to be untrue. The Cubs Chatterers were predicting the impending implosion.
   4. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: September 24, 2007 at 01:43 PM (#2539818)
23. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: April 02, 2007 at 01:26 PM (#2322665)

87 wins

Cubs
Brewers
Cards
Reds
Stros
Pirates


*Cabbage Patch*
   5. Andere Richtingen Posted: September 24, 2007 at 01:45 PM (#2539821)
3.5 games down with 7 to play is too many for a roundup; I usually have been using 2.5 as a max for a roundup, and will shrink that as fewer and fewer games remain.

I can see that. I do think it's worthy of reflection, however. I mean, whether the Brewers win or lose, this past weekend will be remembered as a crucial turning point.
   6. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: September 24, 2007 at 01:51 PM (#2539831)
I am beginning to believe that, should the Cubs be playing in October, Don Soto will be the starting catcher in those games.

The Cubs fans on this board are probably unanimous in favoring this development but it's nice to see a manager go to the young guy in the heat of a divisional race. Now, if he would only give Marmol some higher leverage innings...

BTW, how has Kerry looked in his last couple of outings? I didn't see them on television but I have heard favorable things.
   7. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 24, 2007 at 01:59 PM (#2539848)
Andere:

The crucial turning point in the Brewers season was August 26th. Aside from the loss to the Giants thanks to the bullpen it was on that day that Ned Yost benched Bill Hall for "poor performance". Bill had struck out five times over two games so Yost planted him on the bench and specifically told everyone in the local press what he had done and why.

Bill took offense. And said so.

The clubhouse was now in a state of discontent. Hall is a well-respected guy on the Milwaukee team and the squad had already developed growing doubts about their manager's judgement. This move caused multiple players to conclude that their manager was indeed "lacking".

Yost then compounded the situation by tow days later pinch-hitting for Hall in a key situation in a 5-3 loss to the Cubs. While the focus in the popular press was the loss and how the bullpen blew one of the unmentioned items was that Hall was seething. And he had company.

Eventually, Yost benched Hall for most of September until about three days ago.

In the heat of a divisional race Ned Yost picked a fight with the team's most popular player. All because Hall thought Yost was being uneven in his application of discipline. Everyone on the team had watched Yost continue to support Turnbow and then Capuano as they flamed out repeatedly. Hall wasn't even playing that poorly and he gets benched. Bill stated it was because he wasn't the kind to complain and he didn't think that was fair.

Yost took umbrage at being challenged. And he made his point.

And now the entire franchise will suffer for it.

Nice work Ned. And nice job by Melvin. Letting his manager run amok over petty nonsense.........
   8. Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:00 PM (#2539851)
23. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: April 02, 2007 at 01:26 PM (#2322665)

87 wins

Cubs
Brewers
Cards
Reds
Stros
Pirates

*Cabbage Patch*


If the Cubs go 4-2 to finish the season, you should change your name to Popstradamus.
   9. Voodoo Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:07 PM (#2539864)
BTW, how has Kerry looked in his last couple of outings? I didn't see them on television but I have heard favorable things.

I can only comment on the two innings he threw yesterday when his stuff looked filthy. He was getting ahead in the count, his breaking stuff seemed to have incredible movement, and IIRC the only balls hit off him were weak grounders. The crowd was chanting his name as he struck out the last guy to finish the 8th. It was one of the better moments of the year, IMO.
   10. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:14 PM (#2539875)
The crowd was chanting his name as he struck out the last guy to finish the 8th. It was one of the better moments of the year, IMO.

It would be a terrific story if Kerry grabbed a little postseason glory of his own.

I feel like he has been the worst victim of the Cubs' desperation and self destructive idiocy. It's been fairly popular for the press to bash him as one of those proverbial ten cent heads but the organization repeatedly failed him in big ways over his career.

I'm disappointed to have missed his time in sun yesterday.
   11. Sweet Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:21 PM (#2539884)
I predicted 86-76, which is looking a game or so low but will probably get it done. I plan to revisit my other predictions a week from now -- some of them were pretty spot-on, others not so much.

<u>From memory</u>:

In the great green room
there was a telephone
and a red balloon
and a picture of
the cow jumping over the moon

and there were two little bears, sitting on chairs
and two little kittens
and a pair of mittens
and a little toy house, and a young mouse
and a comb and a brush and bowl full of mush
and a quiet old lady who was whispering hush

goodnight room
goodnight moon
goodnight cow jumping over the moon
goodnight light and the red balloon
goodnight bears
goodnight chairs
goodnight kittens
and goodnight mittens

goodnight house
and goodnight mouse

goodnight comb
goodnight brush
goodnight nobody
goodnight mush
and goodnight to the old lady whispering hush

goodnight stars
goodnight air
goodnight noises everywhere
   12. Spahn Insane Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:28 PM (#2539890)
I am beginning to believe that, should the Cubs be playing in October, Don Soto will be the starting catcher in those games.

And I'm hopeful that he's able to forever cement his legacy as "Don Geovany." I'm particularly proud of that nickname. :)

I think Soto HAS earned Piniella's trust as the starting catcher, and that the Soto situation is the ultimate instance of Piniella's complete lack of sentimentality with regard to playing time decisions. Not that Kendall's a long-term Cub who's really had time to become "bonded" to the organization, but he WAS the veteran guy Jim Hendry picked to plug the team's yawning chasm at catcher--and he did so quite capably for over a month. And yet, when he started to stumble, Piniella didn't hesitate long to plug in the young guy who'd torn up AAA but had almost no big league experience, because he thought (correctly) that that was what gave the team the best chance to win, player egos be damned.

Stark refreshing contrast between Piniella and Baker No. 3,258,399.
   13. Spahn Insane Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:34 PM (#2539893)
I predicted 86-76, which is looking a game or so low but will probably get it done.

I predicted 91 wins and a first-place finish. Obviously, I overshot the former by a bit--I'm of course hoping to've been spot-on with the latter.
   14. Spahn Insane Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:35 PM (#2539899)
It would be a terrific story if Kerry grabbed a little postseason glory of his own.

He seems to have regained a great deal of his command the last several times out, and there's never been any doubt that he can still bring it. Nice to have yet another flamethrower in the pen who's a good bet to shut down the opponent.
   15. Spahn Insane Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:37 PM (#2539903)
Wow--if and when the Cubs clinch, Pops will have likely picked the exact order of finish, and quite possibly the Cubs' exact win total. Damn.
   16. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:38 PM (#2539907)
Nice to have yet another flamethrower in the pen who's a good bet to shut down the opponent.

A healthy and effective Kerry Wood would bring the Cubs: Dempster, Howry, Marmol & Wood to use in the pen for 2008. If only the Cubs had some left handed relief pitching...

Will Sean Marshall be the answer to that problem next year?
   17. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:42 PM (#2539911)
I think Soto HAS earned Piniella's trust as the starting catcher, and that the Soto situation is the ultimate instance of Piniella's complete lack of sentimentality with regard to playing time decisions. Not that Kendall's a long-term Cub who's really had time to become "bonded" to the organization, but he WAS the veteran guy Jim Hendry picked to plug the team's yawning chasm at catcher--and he did so quite capably for over a month. And yet, when he started to stumble, Piniella didn't hesitate long to plug in the young guy who'd torn up AAA but had almost no big league experience, because he thought (correctly) that that was what gave the team the best chance to win, player egos be damned.

Stark refreshing contrast between Piniella and Baker No. 3,258,399.


STRONGLY CONCUR.
   18. Spahn Insane Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:43 PM (#2539913)
If only the Cubs had some left handed relief pitching...

Will Sean Marshall be the answer to that problem next year?


I don't know about that (Marshall's repertoire seems better suited to starting to me), but I reckon there'll be a cattle call of decent LOOGY options brought to spring training, with the thinking being that one or two will be useful. Are there any decent lefty relievers on the free agent list this year?

And of course, Eyre's still under contract for another year, which seems a lot less horrifying now than it did in June. He's been lights-out in the second half.
   19. Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:44 PM (#2539914)
Will Sean Marshall be the answer to that problem next year?


Does he have a dominant pitch like Marmol? If not, he probably wouldn't be a great reliever.
   20. Spahn Insane Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:44 PM (#2539915)
STRONGLY CONCUR.

Man bites dog! ;)
   21. Kiko Sakata Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:48 PM (#2539923)
I am beginning to believe that, should the Cubs be playing in October, Don Soto will be the starting catcher in those games.

The Cubs fans on this board are probably unanimous in favoring this development but it's nice to see a manager go to the young guy in the heat of a divisional race.


I'm really excited to see Soto getting the bulk of the playing time and playing well and I do think that if the playoffs started tomorrow, Lou would probably go with him.

Overall, Piniella has really impressed me. I was so used to seeing a manager who had irrational favorites and refused to play kids, that I'd come to expect that sort of thing. But Lou has really been exceptionally good at not playing irrational favorites, at giving guys a chance, and at making really good decisions about who to play. He's done a nice job working Murton into the mix here lately; he was really quick to replace Izturis with Theriot; he's worked Marmol into the mix fairly nicely (I'd just go ahead and make him the closer and forget Dempster, but Piniella's handled the situation far better than Baker, who would have buried Marmol at the back end of the bullpen as a mop-up man).

The other thing that's really impressed me about this team is their bullpen in general. I was talking to my wife about this yesterday. It seems that every year every team has one guy in the bullpen who the fans dread coming into a game. In 2003, we had Alfonseca; in 2004, it was Hawkins (always bad when that guy's your closer). It was Farnsworth about half his time here in Chicago. But this year, the Cubs have nobody in the bullpen that I actually dread seeing. Eyre's turned his season around nicely; Dempster's just a mediocre closer, but in the classic sense of "mediocre" (he's average-ish), and everybody else strikes me as being comfortably above-average. A lot of this is because Lou's been pretty quick to stop using the guys who might have become that guy (Ohman comes to mind). But come playoff time, I think I'd be pretty comfortable with the Cubs using any of Dempster, Howry, Marmol, Wood, Wuertz, or Eyre as needed. That's pretty nice.

Of course, now that I've said nice things about the team and made two references to the playoffs in this post, they'll go out and lose 5 of 6 on this road trip and let the Brewers back into it.
   22. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:52 PM (#2539930)
STRONGLY CONCUR.

--Man bites dog! ;)


Acorn, blind squirrel. I'll let you decide which one of us is which.
   23. Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:54 PM (#2539934)
And of course, Eyre's still under contract for another year, which seems a lot less horrifying now than it did in June. He's been lights-out in the second half.


Eyre's resurgence has me feeling better about him now. He was good in 2006, and the second half of 2007.

A few things about Eyre.

Right handed batters have a .402 BABIP on him, and in the first half all batters had a .426 BABIP.

March/April saw a .571 BABIP
May saw a .400 BABIP
June saw a .395 BABIP.

And finally, a .550 BABIP on 0 days rest.

Can someone with PI see if he was used on 0 days rest and against RHB more often in the first three months? If so, then usage itself might have been the problem.
   24. Kiko Sakata Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:57 PM (#2539946)
Right handed batters have a .402 BABIP on him


The nice thing about the Cubs having 5 other reliable bullpen arms is that they can just use Eyre as a LOOGY without losing much in the way of bullpen flexibility.
   25. Spahn Insane Posted: September 24, 2007 at 02:57 PM (#2539949)
Acorn, blind squirrel. I'll let you decide which one of us is which.

Hm. Tough one. I'm both squirrelly and nutty.
   26. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: September 24, 2007 at 03:07 PM (#2539976)
Does he have a dominant pitch like Marmol?

Very good fastball for a left handed pitcher. My impression is that his breaking ball has been touch-and-go.

Looking at his numbers, he hasn't shown a very strong platoon split at the major league level but that could be partially due to sample size.

Aren't lefty relievers always available?

Retro, you're probably right about Eyre. He will have as good a resume as anyone the Cubs can bring in. I suppose the real question is whether to deploy Marshall as a starter in 2008.
   27. Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: September 24, 2007 at 03:14 PM (#2539983)
Retro, you're probably right about Eyre. He will have as good a resume as anyone the Cubs can bring in. I suppose the real question is whether to deploy Marshall as a starter in 2008.


It depends on whether or not Trachsel gets to become a starter, or if he's moved before then. My guess is that Trachsel gets traded for a prospect and Marshall gets to start based on how bad Trachsel was. Marshall just needs to get more consistent to be a good starter.
   28. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: September 24, 2007 at 03:17 PM (#2539989)
Marshall is/was a good starter in 2007: a 114 ERA+. Granted, he didn't pitch very deep into games but that seems like an experience issue.

I would be happier with Marshall penciled into the rotation next year than Marquis but that isn't going to happen.

My guess is that Marshall will be a starter unless Prior gets healthy *knock Kerry*.
   29. SouthSideRyan Posted: September 24, 2007 at 03:26 PM (#2540007)
I'd trade Marshall this offseason, I've never been that enamored with him, and I dont' see how he wouldn't have pretty good value.
   30. Biscuit_pants Posted: September 24, 2007 at 03:28 PM (#2540012)
From memory:

In the great green room
there was a telephone
and a red balloon
and a picture of
the cow jumping over the moon

and there were two little bears, sitting on chairs
and two little kittens
and a pair of mittens
and a little toy house, and a young mouse
and a comb and a brush and bowl full of mush
and a quiet old lady who was whispering hush

goodnight room
goodnight moon
goodnight cow jumping over the moon
goodnight light and the red balloon
goodnight bears
goodnight chairs
goodnight kittens
and goodnight mittens

goodnight house
and goodnight mouse

goodnight comb
goodnight brush
goodnight nobody
goodnight mush
and goodnight to the old lady whispering hush

goodnight stars
goodnight air
goodnight noises everywhere

You beat me to it; I would be impressed if it wasn’t for the fact that I have read that book multiple times a day for the last 4 months. It's to the point of anger towards some of the things in the book...I mean who leaves a bowl of mush sitting out all night, and who lets cats play with a ball of yarn so close to a fire, and honestly how do we know the mouse is young!
   31. Andere Richtingen Posted: September 24, 2007 at 04:04 PM (#2540072)
I'd trade Marshall this offseason, I've never been that enamored with him, and I dont' see how he wouldn't have pretty good value.

That's kind of what I would be thinking. That's not to say I don't like him, but a young, cheap guy who put up a 4ish ERA as a starter might land you a good position prospect. My feeling is that the other Sean should be ahead of him on the depth chart.

You beat me to it; I would be impressed if it wasn’t for the fact that I have read that book multiple times a day for the last 4 months. It's to the point of anger towards some of the things in the book...I mean who leaves a bowl of mush sitting out all night, and who lets cats play with a ball of yarn so close to a fire, and honestly how do we know the mouse is young!

What I want to know is why the kittens are playing with a stupid ball of yarn when there's a mouse wandering around a few feet away. Those are some lameass kittens.
   32. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: September 24, 2007 at 04:09 PM (#2540074)
Gallagher has only thrown 100 innings this year. Has he been hurt or was he stowed on the major league roster and left unused for longer than I remember?
   33. Uncle Willy Posted: September 24, 2007 at 04:09 PM (#2540075)
goodnight nobody

I have read this book more times than I can count over the last few years. This line (which is actually a whole page) is just lazy writing. I mean, there's nothing else in that room that could be mentioned here?!

Though to be honest, I much prefer this book to the various Cinderella/Snow White/Little Mermaid stories that my daughter is so fond of.
   34. Andere Richtingen Posted: September 24, 2007 at 04:19 PM (#2540092)
Gallagher has only thrown 100 innings this year. Has he been hurt or was he stowed on the major league roster and left unused for longer than I remember?

He's made 19 starts, so he's only averaged a little over 5 IP/start. I'm not sure exactly why that is, since he's generally been excellent. Probably mostly a matter of being careful with him since he's only 21.
   35. UCCF Posted: September 24, 2007 at 04:43 PM (#2540122)
You beat me to it; I would be impressed if it wasn’t for the fact that I have read that book multiple times a day for the last 4 months. It's to the point of anger towards some of the things in the book...I mean who leaves a bowl of mush sitting out all night, and who lets cats play with a ball of yarn so close to a fire, and honestly how do we know the mouse is young!

I believe the New York Times, maybe 4 or 5 years ago, had an article where someone went through and "cleaned up" all of the things in Goodnight Moon that parents today would never do. It was pretty funny (and I think it was Goodnight Moon, but it might have been a different children's book).
   36. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: September 24, 2007 at 04:56 PM (#2540138)
Probably mostly a matter of being careful with him since he's only 21.


He threw 151 and 164 innings over the past two years. Could the Cubs be taking a different approach with their pitchers? If you add his ML innings, which I forgot to do, he's thrown about 115 this season - still significantly fewer than at age 19.

In a context-neutral world, I would give Gallagher one more year in the minors (his four starts in AAA went very well) and see what Marshall offers when he isn't handled with kid gloves.
   37. Andere Richtingen Posted: September 24, 2007 at 05:17 PM (#2540165)
He threw 151 and 164 innings over the past two years. Could the Cubs be taking a different approach with their pitchers? If you add his ML innings, which I forgot to do, he's thrown about 115 this season - still significantly fewer than at age 19.

His minor league season was disrupted three times by call-ups where he received little use in the majors, so that has something to do with it.

This year in the minors he was used solely as a starter, and yet the low innings totals. He must have been babied for some reason.
   38. Dr. Vaux Posted: September 24, 2007 at 05:18 PM (#2540166)
Goodnight Moon is art. I have seen very few children's books written in the past 25 years that qualify; they're all franchise-based, attempts at being "hip," or political-correctness lessons. And kids who were brought up on that stuff think art is lame, which is why that stuff is b-a-d. . . (yes, I know that the posts I seem to be responding to are sarcastic; I just felt this had to be said.)
   39. Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: September 24, 2007 at 05:18 PM (#2540167)
Fun Facts:

Cubs starters have a 4.20 ERA, good for a 109 ERA+

Relievers have a 3.71 ERA, good for a 123ERA+
   40. Sweet Posted: September 24, 2007 at 05:24 PM (#2540176)
On Goodnight Moon:

goodnight nobody

I have read this book more times than I can count over the last few years. This line (which is actually a whole page) is just lazy writing. I mean, there's nothing else in that room that could be mentioned here?!


Far from lazy writing, I think this is one of the great lines in all of children's literature. It's an acknowledgment of the ineffable and potentially terrifying things that inhabit a child's room (i.e., his mind) as he prepares to face the darkness of nighttime and sleep. Saying "goodnight" to "nobody" puts those bogeys to rest just as surely and serenly as if they were a kitten playing with a ball of string. It gave me the chills the first few times I read it.

The NYT article Eamus mentions: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/04/opinion/04karbo.html

There's a children's museum in New Haven, CT that recreates the great green room. It's a little freaky, actually.

OK, enough on that. (I'm not obsessed, I promise, though it is one of my favorite children's books.0

On the Cubs:

- I think Marshall's a fine pitcher, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him traded this winter, particularly if both Prior and Guzman are in the mix next year. Lou (or possibly Hendry) has commented that they'd prefer to have three righties in the rotation than three lefties. (I don't necessary endorse this view -- I'd prefer the five best pitchers, regardless of handedness -- but I do think it's a glimpse into the club's mindset.) Marshall doesn't seem to me to be cut out for bullpen work; he doesn't have a single dominating pitch, though his curve is good, and he seems more like the the steady, unspectacular type than the short-but-sweet shutdown specialist. Trading Jerry Blevins, while maybe justified, is going to hurt next year when he's a key part of the Oakland pen and we sign John Franco for 3 years, $15 million.

- One thought on Eyre: he's been vastly better since the ASB than he was before, but his peripherals don't quite justify the improvement in ERA. (TOo lazy too look them up right now.) He still makes me nervous.
   41. Spahn Insane Posted: September 24, 2007 at 05:27 PM (#2540179)
For the love of god--the Cubs are in position to nail down a division title, and you guys are talking about children's books. TITTL. :)
   42. Biscuit_pants Posted: September 24, 2007 at 05:29 PM (#2540182)
Goodnight Moon is art. I have seen very few children's books written in the past 25 years that qualify; they're all franchise-based, attempts at being "hip," or political-correctness lessons. And kids who were brought up on that stuff think art is lame, which is why that stuff is b-a-d. . . (yes, I know that the posts I seem to be responding to are sarcastic; I just felt this had to be said.)
I think we are just having fun at the books expense. Otherwise why would we still be reading this to our kids, multiple times a day? Plus even cute things that are good for us and our kids can rub wrong once in a while when done for the 45,655 time.
   43. McCoy Posted: September 24, 2007 at 05:59 PM (#2540218)
I predicted 87 to 93 wins, but I thought the offense would be better and the pitching worse.

August 1st? I disagree.

On May 9th the Brewers were 6.5 up. Over the next 20 games they went 6-14 and were 6.5 up. They go 10-10 and they are in first right now. They go 11-9 and they are 1.5 games up. After those 20 games they have another 10 games in which they go 4-6 including two losses to the Cubs and at the end of it they are still 5.5 games up. So from May 11th to to June 12th the Brewers go 10-20 and only lose a game in the standings. That right there is what cost them the season.
   44. SouthSideRyan Posted: September 24, 2007 at 06:09 PM (#2540229)
Trading Jerry Blevins, while maybe justified, is going to hurt next year when he's a key part of the Oakland pen and we sign John Franco for 3 years, $15 million.


Sarcasm, I know, but if we spend a penny on a bullpen arm this offseason that isn't Kerry Wood, I'm gonna be really pissed.
   45. Neil M Posted: September 24, 2007 at 08:08 PM (#2540416)
I'm very late to this discussion but I'll make a couple of brief comments.

Soto -

Bringing in a rookie catcher in the September of a tight race is pretty damned adventurous for any manager to do (is there any other position for which veteran-ness seems to traditionally have more import?) and I salute Lou for doing it. I was especially impressed when Geo literally grabbed Z's attention (by the shirt-button) yesterday. I think Soto is for real and I'm glad to see a young Cub being used when the easy and safe thing to do would be to stay with the old hand.

Pitching - Eyre's WHIP since the ASB is unimpressive. I think that his post-ASB ERA looks so good because A) he has been used more as a LOOGY than previously, and B) because other relievers have bailed him out when the #### has been nearing the fan.

DTM wondered about Trachsel's future. IIRC, he has a 100k buy-out this fall and I fully expect him to recieve the check before the ink is dry.

Marshall - I think he has trade value and I would definitely market him. Kevin Hart looks like he could be ready, the club is clearly high on Gallagher, and who knows maybe Guzman or Prior might actually show up healthy.

Any consideration of roster additions or subtractions for next year should be framed in the context of Hendry's words on WGN tv the day that Zambrano's new deal was announced. He told Len & Bob that he did not expect the Cubs to get involved in the FA market, but that he expected to be actively trading.
   46. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: September 24, 2007 at 08:23 PM (#2540441)
In his last 27 outings, Eyre has allowed 15 hits and 14 walks in 23 innnings.

He's had 8 outings where no one has reached base. Two of those were 0.3 IP, and another was 0.7 IP. To be fair, I guess, all 8 have come in his last 16 appearances.

He has 12 times he's only allowed one man to reach base.

He's only allowed three extra base hits - a triple and two doubles.

I'd be interested to see how he does in terms on inherited runners.
   47. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: September 24, 2007 at 08:30 PM (#2540453)
the club is clearly high on Gallagher

We should all be high on Gallagher. He's a pitching prospect without any great weaknesses. He has very nice K rates, his walk rates are acceptable, and he suppresses home runs. The icing on that cake is that he has succeeded at AAA and has a totally clean health record to this point.

Were it another dismal year for the Cubs we would have been drooling over him on a fairly regular basis.

Hart's walk rates have been all over the map. I don't know what to think of him but he is an interesting prospect.

There will be much revision of BA's prospect list for this organization. And most of it, thankfully, is due to improvements rather than failures.
   48. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: September 26, 2007 at 09:18 PM (#2543903)
they would not be the first team to blow a 3.5 game lead with 6 games left.

Who are the others, if any?

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