I’d like to use this thread each day from now on for some sort of discussion as well as information. I want to use it as a way to talk about random things that are on my mind for that day. I may throw a trivia question at you or pose a question for discussion, which is what I’m going to do now. Don’t forget to take our survey, though, at the end of this and every other post. I’m running it during the month of June to get a better handle on what makes the readers tick and could use your feedback. I’m giving out five prizes at the end of the month for participating. I’ve got some good ones, too. Now that I’ve gone on a quick tangent, here is the question I was thinking about yesterday.
Would you rather have a starting pitcher or a pitcher in general pitch according to their strengths when they’re on the mound or have them pitch to the weaknesses of the hitter?
I ask the question because I heard an interview with the Dodger’s prospect, Clayton Kershaw, in which he mentioned that his goal was to try to continue to be aggressive and pitch to his strengths instead of the hitter’s weaknesses. I couldn’t decide if this was smart baseball or arrogance or a little of both. So, play pitching coach with me for a second and use our starters. What do you want to see them do? What approach should they take? Does it matter who it is on the mound? For example, do you want something different from Zambrano as opposed to Gallagher? Should one pitch to their strength and the other to the hitter’s weaknesses?
I’d love to know your thoughts on this as well as the idea of using these game threads the way I’m doing today.
Ubaldo Jimenez had his worst outing of the season Tuesday at Philadelphia. Jimenez labored through 36 pitches in the first inning and wound up giving up 10 hits and seven earned runs in four innings. Jimenez struck out four, walked two and threw 94 pitches, 57 for strikes. Despite giving up seven runs, the Rockies offense once again was unable to give him any run support.
- Owns a devastating combination of high-90’s heat and a jaw-dropping curve. His change-up is also a pretty good pitch.
- Has been known to struggle with his mechanics and his command, which leads to big innings and high pitch counts.
- A very good mid-rotation starter.
- 0-1, 5.73 in last 11IP
Sean Gallagher is making a case to stay in the rotation. The right-hander held the Dodgers to one run on four hits over seven innings and picked up the win in the longest outing of his young career. He picked a perfect night to pitch, as the temperature was 42 degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like 35. He wore short sleeves, so it must not have bothered him. Neither did a comebacker by Andre Ethier in the first that deflected off the middle finger of his right hand.
News & Notes
- Randy Wells only allowed one run in 6.0 innings pitched
- Donald Veal only allowed one run in 8.0 innings pitched
- Jonathan Mota hit 2 extra-base hits
- Ryan Harvey was 3-for-4
- Mark Reed was 3-for-4
(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – No Game
(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Won vs. West Tenn (5-3)
(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Lost vs. Jupiter (5-10)
(A) – Peoria Chiefs – Won vs. Cedar Rapids DH (7-3) & (3-1)
(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th
(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd
View the full organizational report courtesy of First Inning here.