Game 148 – Cubs Lose in a Bore
Cubs 1, Reds 2
Reds pitcher Mike Leake carved up the Cubs in this yawn fest, leading the Reds to a 2-1 victory. His last two starts have been against the hacktastic Northsiders and he’s went 17 innings while throwing a combined 181 pitches; Ryan Dempster would throw 128 in just 7 innings tonight.
What went right:
- Starlin Castro opened the game with a walk and did NOT get tagged out after nearly getting faked out by Joey Votto.
- Darwin Barney knocked two hits to get that OPS up to .674. Remember in April when some people were calling him ‘untouchable’?
- Bryan LaHair played.
- We’re one game closer to the end of Mike Quade.
What went wrong:
- Speaking of Mike Quade, with the Cubs down one and 8 outs remaining, he decided to let Dempster hit despite already having thrown 100 pitches. This is September. There are 14 pitchers on the staff and plenty of position players to pinch hit. Dempster would finish the game with an unnecessary 128 pitches; third most in his career and most pitches in a decade.
- Tyler Colvin has 4 hits against Mike Leake, all of them home runs. He did not get an at bat. Also not getting an at bat were D.J. LeMahieu and Tony Campana.
- The Cubs offense. The impatience of the entire organization is unbelievable:
- Major League: 29 out of 30 in walks
- AAA: 16 out of 16
- AA: 10 out of 10
- A+: 9 out of 12
- A: 16 out of 16
- A-: 2 out of 8
- Rookie/AZL: 13 out of 13
- Set your DVR’s for 9pm Central Sunday night to the MLB Network as Bob Costas narrates the evolution of statistics in Behind the Seams: The Stat Story.
Stars of the Game
Base on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star – Mike Leake (.471 WPA)
2nd Star – Francisco Cordero (.165 WPA)
3rd Star – Brandon Phillips (.146 WPA)