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August 2009



What's a Gaub Gotta Do?

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Scouting the Starters

Ross Ohlendorf was nothing short of efficient in his last start as he gave up three runs on six hits in six-plus innings for the win against the Rockies on Tuesday. Ohlendorf is in the midst of a second-half surge as he’s 3-1 with a 3.07 ERA in five starts — the last four of which have been a quality start — since the All-Star break. If there’s anything that could derail him, it might be his ribs. Ohlendorf fielded a ground ball in the sixth inning against the Rockies and had his wind knocked out. He stayed in the ballgame and said he was a little sore postgame. (

Owns the ideal pitchers’ frame. Can throw an array of pitches with good pace but his best may be a nasty sinker. Has shown capablility as both a starter and as a reliever. He tends to give up too many hits. Is still a bit raw in terms of craft and mechanics, as he doesn’t have a lot of innings under his belt at levels above the lower minors. Solid middle reliever or rotation candidate. (

Pitch Usage % – (AVG MPH)
Fastball – 64.6 – (90.8 mph)
Slider – 23.6 – (80.4 mph)
Changeup – 11.5 – (81.3 mph)
Curveball – 0.2, but my guess is that those were sliders that Fan Graphs miscalculated (76.6 mph)

Rich Harden did not get a decision in his last start vs. the Phillies. He retired the first 16 batters he faced before walking Carlos Ruiz with one out in the sixth. One batter later, Jimmy Rollins spoiled Harden’s no-hit bid with a two-run homer. That was one of two hits off Harden in his seven innings of work. He also struck out six. Harden has a 1.95 ERA in his last six starts. (

Minor League Notes

  • John Gaub continues to impress me. Really, all three pitchers we got in the DeRosa trade have been very good. Jeff Stevens has made appearances with the big club. Chris Archer has pitched well as a starter, and Gaub is pitching the lights out in AAA, which has me curious as to why he hasn’t been promoted as of yet. With all the need we have for a lefty in the pen, why not give Gaub a shot? If he doesn’t see the bigs by September 1st, he better be a call up when the roster’s expand.
  • Luis Rivas hit 3 extra-base hits
  • Vismeldy Bieneme hit 2 extra-base hits
  • Francisco Guzman was 3-for-5
  • Vincent Watkins was 4-for-6
  • Jae-Hoon Ha was 3-for-5

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Photo Op

Craig Muschko and three relievers combined for Daytona’s first no-hitter since 1996 as the Cubs beat Dunedin, 4-0, in the opener of a doubleheader on Saturday. The four hurlers issued two walks in the seven-inning contest. The Jays rebounded to win the nightcap, 3-2. Daytona’s Craig Muschko has allowed three earned runs over his last 25 innings. (Scott Jontes/