View From The Bleachers

Talking Cubs Baseball Since 2003

Monthly Archive: August 2009

Monday

31

August 2009

0

COMMENTS

Are throws to first to hold the runner a waste of time?

Written by , Posted in General

A fast runner is at first and the pitcher keeps throwing over to hold the runner. Sometimes this can get pretty monotonous for us fans, especially after the first couple of throws. Is the pitcher getting anything out of this? About a decade ago, we examined the issue based on data in the 1990s and found that pickoff throws did make a difference in stolen base success rates. As teams have become more efficient with stolen bases over the past few years, it’s possible that the results have changed. As it turns out, it still does make a difference. Based […]

Saturday

29

August 2009

0

COMMENTS

Something to think about

Written by , Posted in General

During this week’s news coverage of one of the significant news events mention was made of one family’s mantra. It went as follows: “To whom much is given much is expected.” I thought about how this might apply to a person that made ten million dollars a year and that naturally led me to think about a certain Cubs right fielder. One who got cheered resoundingly a couple of times today when he performed well, it made me wonder whether or not there was some kind of disconnect between what this man perceives and what really goes on. If some […]

Saturday

29

August 2009

0

COMMENTS

A Chicago Tavern

Written by , Posted in Reviews

When traveling, I generally try to avoid obvious tourist spots. A few years ago, my wife and I were in New York City, staying in a Manhattan Hotel. I observed (just by watching) a steady stream of hotel guests exiting the elevators, making a beeline for the front desk, pleading for directions to “The Soup Nazi Place”. I’m not that big a fan of Seinfeld, but I knew what they were referring to. I just didn’t want to spend time going there. I did spend a lot of quality time running through Central Park. We saw a Broadway show. We […]

Friday

28

August 2009

0

COMMENTS

GirlieView (08/28/2009)

Written by , Posted in General

I’m late! Quick Weekly Wrapup Friday, 08/21: @ Los Angeles Dodgers, L (2-1) Saturday 08/22: @ Los Angeles Dodgers, L (2-0) Sunday 08/23: @ Los Angeles Dodgers, W (3-1) Monday 08/24: off Tuesday 08/25: vs. Washington, L (15-6) Wednesday 08/26: vs. Washington, W (9-4) Thursday 08/27: vs. Washington, L (5-4) Question of the Week Let’s play a game. (We’ve got nothing else to do for the rest of the season!) I’m going to list off a random collection of Cubs (this week, pitchers), you tell me whether you would like to see them on the team next year. You can […]

Thursday

27

August 2009

0

COMMENTS

Let the selloff begin

Written by , Posted in General

Today’s Chicago Tribune reports that Cubs pitchers Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman have been claimed off the wavier wire. This means that the teams who have submitted the claims have until Monday to work out a deal or the Cubs can pull them back. This is not an uncommon thing this time of year as many teams will offer players just to see what they could get in a trade; they also do it to gauge other teams’ interest in their prospective free agents. However in this instance I think that Hendry’s putting these guys on the market because he […]