It’s Thursday so that means Dave will be here with In the News, right? Nope, he’s retired so you’re stuck with me. Let’s get it on.
On Tuesday I asked the question “Since 1960, there have been five (now only four) players who have thrown at least 200 innings, struck out at least 200 batters and have failed to win more than 10 games. Name them.”
Here are the answers:
Nolan Ryan (3 Times)
Where are they now?
In case you forgot, the Cubs used to have a certain red-headed young OF that wasn’t really given a proper chance to hold down the starting LF job for the Cubs. Said redhead just made some news in Japan. (Source)
NAGOYA — Matt Murton topped the 200-hit mark, Atsushi Nomi threw seven innings of one-run ball as Hanshin beat Chunichi 6-1 in the Central League on Thursday.
Murton became only the fourth player in Japanese baseball history and first since Alex Ramirez in 2007 to have a 200-hit season when he had a solo homer in the seventh off Kazuki Yoshimi (12-9), the second of his three hits in the game.
Nomi (5-0) struck out nine and allowed five hits. Hanshin took over second place from Yomiuri in the CL standings.
In other CL games, at Tokyo Dome, Jose Castillo hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning as Yokohama beat Yomiuri 5-2 to snap a six-game slide; and at Mazda Stadium, Shohei Tateyama outpitched Kenta Maeda with his third shutout of the season, leading Yakult over Hiroshima 3-0.
In the Pacific League, Softbank took advantage of a shaky Bryan Corey to score eight runs in the first inning and went on to beat the Lotte Marines 9-3. With their fourth straight win, coupled with the Seibu Lions’ fifth consecutive loss later in the day, the Hawks held a half-game lead atop the Pacific League standings and had a magic number of two to clinch the PL title.
Elsewhere in the PL, at Seibu Dome, Rakuten chased Seibu ace Hideaki Wakui after just three innings en route to a 4-3 win for the Eagles.
Hmmm, very interesting
I’ve been tough on a guy like Koyie Hill over the last few years. I like him as a guy and appreciate his ability to call a game, but he just can’t hit the baseball. I questioned why the Cubs didn’t go with another option like Robinson Chirinos while we let someone like Wellington Castillo develop. The other day I found a nugget that may explain why. Koyie Hill is the player’s rep. Obviously that’s not preventing a move, but it does mean he’s got responsibilities and every responsibility means you’re more valuable to the team.
Did You Know?
Bruce Levine mentioned in his latest chat on ESPN Chicago that “Adam Dunn is a top priority for the Cubs if they can afford him.” Dunn will be a type A free agent, which means a team that signs him will have to yield their first round pick to the Nationals as compensation, right? Wrong!!! The Cubs will finish in the top 15 picks, which means their first round selection would be protected. They would have to give a 2nd round pick to Washington.