Archive for April, 2011

Game 26 – A Needed W for Garza and the Cubs

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 3

Box Score / Video Highlights / Condensed Game

What Went Right

  • Matt Garza allowed only three runs in eight solid innings.  He was in  complete control for most of the game.  The Cubs offense was able to support him with more than four runs for the first time this season.  Garza notched his first win in a Cubs uniform.  He fanned ten to move his season K total to 51, which leads the NL.
  • Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney continued to play key roles.  Who knows where the Cubs would be without those two.
  • Alfonso Soriano stayed red hot.  After two long balls on Friday night, he homered again and added a run scoring single on Saturday.  Sori totaled ten dingers in the month of April, the most in his career.  No other player on the ballclub has more than two home runs, while Alfonso has already reached double-figures.
  • Marlon Byrd picked up two hits.  He was dropped to the seventh spot in the lineup and is off to a rough start.
  • Carlos Pena came off the bench and made two nice picks at first in the ninth inning.
  • Carlos Marmol it down for his seventh save.  Marmol’s stuff was electric in the ninth inning, although the D’backs did bring the tying run to the plate.

What Went Wrong

  • Kosuke Fukudome cooled off with an 0-for-5 day at the plate.  He still had a very good month of April, but his usual June swoon is right around the corner.  If Tyler Colvin, who’s hitting .137, doesn’t heat up, the Cubs could be in trouble in right field.
  • Jeff Baker left the game in the top of the eighth inning with a shoulder injury.  He started at first base for the second straight day, but went 0-for-4.

News and Notes

  • In the top of the ninth inning, Geovany Soto attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but was unable to get the job done.  Marlon Byrd was out at second on the fielder’s choice.  Mike Quade argued with second base umpire Dan Bellino about the call, and ended up notching his first big league ejection.  Pat Listach managed the conclusion of the game while Q watched from the clubhouse.  On the replay, it looked as if Bellino made the correct call.
  • The Cubs are looking at other rotation options.  Doug Davis pitched in a rookie league game in front of Jim Hendry, while Todd Wellemyer is scheduled to start for Triple-A Iowa in the next week.
  • Soriano’s blast hit off the scoreboard, becoming the first player to nail the board in Arizona since Richie Sexton in 2004.
  • Alfonso’s ten blasts in April is also a club record.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Darwin Barney (.299 WPA)

2nd Star – Gerardo Para (.221 WPA)

3rd Star– Matt Garza (.177 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Buddy 3-1 (.750)

Joe 6-6 (.500)

Mark 2-3 (.400)

Chet 0-1 (.000)

Brandon 1-3 (.250)

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Game 25 – Soriano Calls His Shot

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 2

Box Score / Video Highlights / Condensed Game

What Went Right

  • Carlos Zambrano started out the game by walking the first hitter he faced allowing that runner to score on a two-run bomb of a home run to Justin Upton. They say it went 455ft, but I’m not buying. I’m gonna go with 480 ft. At the time, I was almost certain the game was going to go sour early and it was going to be another blow out. Zambrano settled down and was pretty dominant from that point on finishing with a final line of: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K. I don’t need to see a lot of strike outs racked up by Carlos. What I look for in his starts now is that he’s effective with his pitches, throws ground balls, and gets through six or seven innings. Last night he got the win and looked decent doing it, but he still has work to do.
  • The Cubs rebounded from the 2-0 deficit with a back to back home run series from Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto. It’s the first time the Cubs have gone back to back this season according to the broadcast on CSN. That probably has something to do with the fact that you typically need two hitters to be able to hit a home run to make that happen. This year we’ve only had Soriano. Before the game, I had a conversation with Chet who called Soto out for sucking. He told me to watch his approach at the plate. I know what he was saying, but it made me laugh that the day that conversation happened, Geo went deep and had Lizzie begging for more. The funny thing about the Soriano home run was that when he came into the dugout, he was confident that he was going to do it again. You could hear him say it. Bob Brenly even pointed it out twice on the broadcast before Sori hit the 2nd homer in the 7th. Why is it that Soriano is the only one that doesn’t appear to have lost his power stroke? Does it bother anyone else that, as a commentor pointed out, Koyie Hill has more home runs than Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Pena and Marlon Byrd combined? Those are our 3-4-5 guys in the order!!!
  • Darwin Barney came up big in the 8th with a nice leadoff triple over the head of Chris Young in CF. You don’t typically see a little guy like Barney hit one over someone’s head, but he did and it yielded a nice insurance run in the 8th to give the pen some cushion to close it out without incident.
  • Starlin Castro was OK after being hit by a pitch the very next at bat.
  • Len and Bob pointed this out on the broadcast and I didn’t notice it until then. Kosuke Fukudome has made subtle changes to his approach at the plate as the pitch is coming it. You can see he’s adopted the Jaramillo toe tap and doesn’t appear to be bailing out of there like he used to. Everything seems more balanced in his approach. It’s hard to know if his success this season is due to that or if it’s his typical April dominance, but it’s working for him right now.
  • It appears that the condensed version of the game, something that was exclusively for MLB.tv subscribers is available free now. Please let me know if it works for you if you don’t have a subscription to MLB.tv in the comment section. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go under the picture above and click the condensed game link.

What Went Wrong

  • Zambrano issued two walks to Chris Young, who had only drawn three walks all year to that point. That means Zambrano has now issued 40% of the walks Young has drawn. (Insert sample size reference here)

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Alfonso Soriano (.238 WPA)

2nd Star – Sean Marshall (.177 WPA)

3rd Star– Justin Upton (.138 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Buddy 3-1 (.750)

Joe 6-6 (.500)

Mark 2-3 (.400)

Chet 0-1 (.000)

Brandon 0-3 (.000)

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Week 5 Prediction Contest Questions

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The VFTB Weekly Prediction Contest
Official Rules

  • Each week, on Friday morning, we will open the ballot for predictions on five questions for the games running that Mon – Fri. Questions will, for the most part, be Cubs related but may vary based on what is going on in the season. Each entry must be completed in full with guesses for each of the five questions. Ballot locks Monday morning at 7am Eastern time.
  • Stats will be compiled based on the total number someone is off on each of the five questions. The entrant deemed to be the closest cumulatively among the five questions will be awarded the weekly prize from the VFTB prize pool and be entered to compete in the playoff edition come October for the grand prize, a $100 gift certificate to the Wrigleyville Sports online store.
  • You may win more than once over the course of the season, so continue to play. Each time you win it gives you that many more chances to play come playoff time for the grand prize.
  • Winners and questions will be announced in the Funtastic Friday post each week, with winners being notified via e-mail to confirm and claim their prize.

Update From Week 3

The winner is Doug Bagley.

Here are the top 10:

Doug Bagley = 14
Adam Levine = 15
Jerry Wachs = 15
Thomas Paukovitz = 16
Eric = 17
Andy = 19
Chris Weiner = 20
Glenn Posner = 20
greg dean = 20
Mike Mahon = 20

Here is the link to the full report:

Week 5 Questions

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Game 24 – What is there to say?

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 11

Box Score / Video Highlights

I could sit here and type out what went wrong and what went right, but what’s the point is what should be the heading. After last nights loss, I’ve got a few things that I want an opinion on. Don’t be shy. Maybe you’ve never left a comment, but now is the time.

  • Cubs starters have an ERA of 5.91 which puts them last in all of baseball. I truly believe some of that should be chalked up to the fact that Larry Rothschild is not here anymore. People grew tired of his towel drills and things like that, but the fact remains that he’s a quality pitching coach and the staff never looked this bad under his tenure, especially not with the talent we have in that rotation.
  • Situational hitting for this team is brutal. In the leadoff spot, Cubs hitters are producing at a .485 / .535 / .631 clip and yet still rank near the middle of the pack in runs scored. Why? Because the middle of the order, particularly the 3rd spot in the order has sucked. Through 24 games, the # 3 spot has produced .236 / .257 / .302 with just 6 RBI. People always say that each season you’re going to win 60 and lose 60. It’s the other 42 that matter. I’m beginning to wonder if we’ll win the 60 that are supposed to be a given. If the middle of the order continues to suck like this, we may not.
  • Since April 16th in Colorado, Carlos Pena is hitting .071 with strikeouts in one-third of his plate appearances. Why he continues to be anywhere other than the 7th spot in the order is beyond me. The dude can’t hit. I was a Pena backer when we signed him, but I’m off the bandwagon.

I don’t know where this team goes from here. You can’t blame everything on the loss of Cashner and Wells when we see the other three starters pitch like garbage and the hitters not hitting. It’s just a bad team right now. I’m not giving up, but I’m losing hope fast.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Stephen Drew (.154 WPA)

2nd Star – Chris Young (.083 WPA)

3rd Star– Barry Enright (.076 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Buddy 3-1 (.750)

Joe 5-6 (.455)

Mark 2-3 (.400)

Chet 0-1 (.000)

Brandon 0-3 (.000)

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Cubs / Diamondbacks Series Preview

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Probable Pitching Matchups
by MLB.com

Ryan Dempster vs. Barry Enright

Maybe being on the road will get Dempster back on track. He is 0-2 with a 7.91 ERA in three starts at Wrigley and 1-0 with a 7.15 ERA in two games on the road. He lost to the D-backs on April 6, giving up 10 hits over seven innings. Enright struggled to finish off innings against the Mets in his last start. All five of the runs he allowed came with two outs. Enright had trouble locating his breaking stuff early, and was missing his spots throughout the 5 2/3-inning stint.

Carlos Zambrano vs. Armando Galarraga

Zambrano’s winning streak ended in his last start against the Dodgers. He had gone 10-0 since last Aug. 14, but was rocked for five runs in the first. He is 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA in six games vs. the D-backs. Galarraga struggled with his location against the Mets in his last outing on Sunday and paid the price, allowing six runs and lasting just three innings. Four of the runs were unearned due to an error behind him.

Matt Garza vs. Ian Kennedy

Garza is still looking for that elusive first win with the Cubs. In his last start against the Rockies, he gave up five runs — one earned — on three hits over six innings. For the season, he’s struck out 41 over 30 2/3 innings. Kennedy pitched the game of his life in his last start, striking out 10 in a complete-game shutout of the Phillies. He commanded all of his pitches, especially his curveball.

Casey Coleman vs. Daniel Hudson

Coleman, whose previous start was rained out, was roughed up in his last start on April 22, giving up six runs on six hits over 2 2/3 innings. All of the hits and runs came in the third inning. He threw 90 pitches, including 51 in the third alone. Hudson gave up at least one run in the first inning for the fifth time this season but showed poise in his last start against the Phillies to earn his first win of the season.

Jeff Summer’s Scouting Report on the Diamondbacks

All that was needed was a big helping of home cooking.  After a rough road trip in New York against the Mets the Arizona Diamondbacks returned to Chase Field to face a tough Philadelphia Phillies squad. Arizona took the first two games from the defending NL East champions beating Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt in consecutive nights.

With the conclusion of the Phillies series the Diamondbacks welcome the Chicago Cubs for a four game series in the Cubs only visit to Chase Field this season.  The Diamondbacks will continue to look for more consistent starting pitching.  Going into the Cubs series the Diamondbacks starters have an atrocious 5.85 ERA.  The only consolation is that the Cubs have a worse ERA at 6.06.

Who’s Hot – Infielder Ryan Roberts continues his hot month and hopes to build on the success he has had.  With the injury to third baseman Melvin Mora, Roberts has been a pleasant surprise.   Second baseman Kelly Johnson is rebounding after a slow start and is becoming more of a base stealing threat after swiping two Tuesday night against the Phillies.

Who’s Not – Center fielder Chris Young continues to struggle at the plate.  He seems to be pressing especially against breaking balls.  Manager Kirk Gibson is standing behind first Baseman Juan Miranda giving him every opportunity to show he deserves to be starting.

Interesting News/Notes – Closer J.J. Putz wife gave birth to their fourth child on Tuesday one day after starter Ian Kennedy’s wife gave birth to their first child (also a girl).  These two births mark the fourth and fifth babies born to Diamondbacks players since Spring Training began.

Prediction For the Series – The Diamondbacks bats are beginning to heat up with the Phoenix temperatures.  Given the Cubs pitching struggles of late the Diamondbacks have an opportunity to steal a rare four-game series but given both teams inconsistent play I’m expecting a 2-2 split.

Jeff Summers is the editor for Diary of a Diehard, a blog about the Diamondbacks.
Follow him on Twitter @AZJazzyJ

Joe’s Prediction for the Series

I’m expecting Ryan Dempster to bounce back at some point and something tells me it’s tonight. I’m expecting a 7+ inning outing from Demp with under 2 runs allowed and a game one win. I think the Zambrano / Galarraga matchup is a winable one as well. The last two games are a crap shoot. Like Jeff, I think it will probably be a series split, but it’s doable to win the series if we can get the first two.

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Are the Cubs Handcuffed to Ramirez in 2012?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

We’ve talked about the hole at third base for as long as I can remember before Aramis Ramirez came over from the Pirates in 2003. He’s anchored a position that featured a host of terrible options since Ron Santo. Now, it’s coming time for the Cubs to make a decision on his future for 2012, but is there really any decision that needs to be made? Do the Cubs really have a choice in the matter? Let’s first take a look at some of the details of Ramirez’ contract.

After the 2010 season, Ramirez had the right to void the final two years and become a free agent. He chose to exercise his player option and return this year. We knew that was going to happen given the injury issues and lack of production in 2010. Now that puts the ball back in the Cubs court. The Cubs have an option to bring Ramirez back at a rate of $16 million, a $1.4 mil raise over the 2011 salary, or buy him out for $2 mil. You can call it an option, but is it really? What options do the Cubs really have?

Free Agents

A quick look at the crop of upcoming free agent third baseman not named Aramis yields three names. Greg Dobbs from the Marlins, Casey Blake of the Dodgers and for Cub and current Giant, Mark DeRosa. Maybe those names excite you a little, but they don’t do a thing for me. That means the replacement would have to come in the form of the farm system or a trade.

Farm System

The biggest name in the system, the guy that was supposed to be the heir apparent, is Josh Vitters. He was drafted out of high school in 2007 which was supposed to give him four years to develop and be ready to slot in there next year when the Cubs declined the 2012 option. Unfortunately, Vitters hasn’t developed as quickly as you would hope and leaves the Cubs with a gap before he’s ready (assuming one day he will, in fact, be ready). I’m not really ready to bet on Vitters at this point, if he was listed in the baseball lines found at BetUS.

The other intriguing name, and it could be a viable option for a temporary solution while we wait on Vitters, is Marquez Smith. He had a nice year in 2010 and turned some heads in the process. He’s still learning at the AAA level, but should he continue to improve, he may do enough to at least be given a shot. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a lock right now out of the farm system. Just some dice we can roll and hope.

It’s hard to predict trades, especially because the Matt Garza trade depleted the farm a little, so at this point you really have to ask yourselves whether or not the Cubs really have a choice on bringing Ramirez back next season.

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Chet’s Corner: Five Burning Questions

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

My round of golf was canceled at the last minute on Saturday, so I had the pleasure of attending my first Cubs game of the year.  It was a doozy, filled with the usual sloppy defense, questionable coaching decisions, and plenty of the newly priced $7 beers!   The Cubs did manage to win but it took 10 runs. The entire time I was asking myself (and anyone else who would listen to my drunken babble) questions regarding the mystery that is the 2011 Chicago Cubs.

Without further ado, here are some of the peaches that were fluttered about section 11.

1) Quite a few Cubs hitters have gotten off to a nice start (and some unexpectedly), which player is most likely to go into a slump in the month of May?

I hate to say it, but I think it will be Jeff Baker.  Somehow, he seems to be way above his usual level of performance from both sides of the dish.  Personally, I think he is having a hot start and I wish it would continue, but fair is fair and at some point he will bottom out.

2) Has Jeff Samardzija finally figured it all out?

This may be an exaggeration but Jeff seems to be “getting it”….or at least he is getting something.  A guy who couldn’t find the strike zone is now all over it.  Did Mark Riggins fix him? Is this the first Mark Riggins success story? He would be a nice surprise in relief if he can pull it all together.

3) What will Starlin Castro’s batting average be at seasons end?

My guess = .319

4) How many errors will Starlin Castro finish the season with?

My guess = infinity

5) If you had to pick one Cub from the current roster, based on April,  to represent us at the All- Star game who would it be?

Me= Starlin Castro.  It is sad because I literally cringe when even an easy grounder gets hit his way, but I am not sure anybody else stands above him. What are your thoughts? Am I missing a performance from the first month that should get recognized?

And Finally:

-A fantastic article about preserving what is left of Tiger Stadium and my hometown. It is an “insider” article, so you need the subscription.

-Here is bit on the MLB playoffs expansion…..say it ain’t so.

-Your official All-Star ballot.

-Not that any of us need a walk down this memory lane but I will probably watch it……

-An article about Starlin for those who know little about his past.

That’s it for this week folks…enjoy your Cubs!

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Game 23 – Cubs fall to three games below .500

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Cubs 3, Rockies 4

Box Score / Video Highlights

I’ve been watching this season with a sense of growing apprehension, particularly because of the Cubs starting rotation. Going into 2011 the Cubs looked to have one of the better starting staffs, at least one that was better than average. But the results so far have been slightly less than abysmal – going into this evening’s game the Cub starters sported a combined ERA of 5.81, last in the majors. Tonight Jeff Russell did nothing to improve that and the Cubs lost the game 4-3.

What went right:

  • The top of the order impressed once again – Castro and Barney are the new daily double. Don’t you love these guys? If Starlin can just shore up his defense the Cubs appear to be set up the middle for years to come.
  • Jeff Baker continues to impress: I’m surprised but he’s hitting both righties and lefties. This is really big because so far Carlos Pena appears to be a big bust – the Cubs first base version of Corey Patterson. Thank goodness he’s a rent-a-player.
  • The Cubs bullpen is hot – they’ve pitched over sixteen innings of scoreless baseball, at least when it comes to earned runs. Berg, Marshall, Woody and Grabow all had effective relief innings tonight.
  • Soriano homered which is always a good thing.

What went wrong:

  • Jeff Russell continues to be unimpressive as a starter – I’m finished with Russell after being patient, this guy doesn’t presently have what it takes to start at the Major League level. For example: Gopher balls thrown to Helton and Wigginton – these guys can hit, why did we throw pitches they could jump on? I can excuse Helton’s first home run but not the next two. Mike Quade has been patient – he’s the team manager. But my patience has run out – send this guy down now, not tomorrow.
  • The wind was blowing out tonight, why didn’t our hitters hit more line drives? Quade did the right thing and loaded up the order with right handed hitters but the hitters didn’t respond. If the Cubs want to be one of the two top teams in the division rank and file players have to produce – we have what we need in the one and two holes, what about three through eight?

So the Cubs go three games below .500 and look to avoid a sweep tomorrow. The game will be televised on CSN and begin at 1:20 CDT. The Cubs have now lost four out of five to the Rockies and I’ll be glad to see them leave town.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Jorge De La Rosa (.257 WPA)

2nd Star – Todd Helton (.139 WPA)

3rd Star– Ty Wigginton (.139 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Buddy 3-1 (.750)

Joe 5-5 (.500)

Mark 2-3 (.400)

Chet 0-1 (.000)

Brandon 0-3 (.000)

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Game 22 – Wash Out

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Cubs 3, Rockies 5

Box Score / Video Highlights

WHAT WENT RIGHT

  • Kosuke Fukudome kept swinging a red-hot bat, collecting five more hits.
  • Surprise slugger Darwin Barney drove a breaking ball through the wind for a 1st-inning home run. It was his first homer as a big leaguer.
  • Alfonso Soriano went to RF and delivered a sac fly to make it 3-0 Cubs.
  • Matt Garza battled the elements and bad defense (including his own) to give the Cubs six respectable innings. He struck out seven and gave up one earned run. Unfortunately, he left the game trailing by two.
  • Jeff Baker filled in nicely for Aramis Ramirez with three hits and a walk.
  • Marlon Byrd actually walked against a RHP. Can the winning lottery ticket be far behind?
  • The Shark tossed two more scoreless innings. I’m not sure how he’s doing it, but the Cubs need to ride this horse until it breaks.

WHAT WENT WRONG

  • I couldn’t believe my eyes, but Starlin Castro made three errors (not a typo) in the 2nd inning and allowed Colorado to tie the game. It was like watching an animal get tortured. Or a Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson movie.
  • Castro’s bad night in the field followed him to the plate as he went 0-5.
  • Matt Garza’s throwing error with two men on gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead.
  • The Cubs stranded 12,754 baserunners. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but you get the idea.
  • Carlos Pena went hitless again and even chewed out the home plate umpire for good measure. Weak.
  • Len and Bob didn’t call in sick today, which meant I had to listen to them call the game. Yes, I could have turned down the sound and listened to the radio broadcast instead, but I’m pretty lazy.
  • The Reds won. I can’t stand the Reds.

ANOTEHR ROUND OF RANDOM THOUGHTS

It seems like only yesterday when the Colorado Rockies joined the National League. In reality their first season was 1993. In addition to thinking about how many beers I have consumed since then, I thought it might be interesting to look back at the Rockies original roster (or at least the bulk of it)…

  • C-Joe Girardi: The Rockies selected Girardi as the 19th player in the MLB expansion draft. He rewarded them with a .290 batting average, which of course doesn’t mean much in Colorado. Still, Joe was a fine defensive player in his day.
  • 1B-Andres Galarraga: At age 32, the “Big Cat” put up monster numbers during his first year in Denver (.370/.403/.602). He would go on to enjoy an impressive second act to his career.
  • 2B-Eric Young: The future Cub posted a .355 on-base percentage in 1993. To nobody’s surprise, he was much better at home. However, he was still very fast everywhere.
  • 3B-Charlie Hayes: Mr. Hayes muscled up in the thin air, swatting 25 homers for Don Baylor’s club. He didn’t approach those power numbers again.
  • SS-Vinny Castilla: Vinny never met a pitch he didn’t like. In 1993 he walked 13 times in 357 PA. In the next few years he would graduate to bigger and better slugging stats, but the walks wouldn’t follow.
  • LF-Jerald Clark: Did you know that Clark attended Lamar University? That’s the most interesting fact about the Rockies forgettable LF.
  • CF-Alex Cole: The former Pirate played 126 games for the Rockies and didn’t hit a single home run. He did swipe 30 bases, which was second to E.Y.’s 42.
  • RF-Dante Bichette: Ah, Dante. How many times did you go deep against my pitching staff in Earl Weaver Ball? Too many to count. As a result I still hate this guy, but Rockies fans sure didn’t. By 1995, he was a 40-homer player.
  • SP- How would you like to be the pitching coach for this rotation? Armando Reynoso (who was actually pretty decent that year), David Neid (completely terrible), Butch Henry (made Neid look like Greg Maddux), Kent Bottenfield (checking in with a sparkling 6.10 ERA), and Willie Blair (there aren’t enough guys named Willie in baseball these days). If that staff doesn’t turn your stomach, nothing will. However, the fan-base didn’t seem to mind. The Rockies drew 4.5 million that season.
  • RP- Baylor’s closer was RHP Darren Holmes. Holmes saved 25 games in 1993, easily his all-time high. He knocked around for 10 more years, finishing his career with Atlanta. Other relievers from the 1993 Rockies included Steve Reed, Bruce Ruffin, Gary Wayne (who?), Jeff Parrett, Curt Leskanic, and future starter Andy Ashby.

Colorado finished that first season at 67-95. Two years later, they were in the playoffs. Not too shabby.

Back to present day…On a tough night to play baseball, the Cubs defense made things even tougher. Hopefully the bats (and gloves) get going in game two. With James Russell on the mound, Quade’s crew will need all the offense they can possibly generate.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Matt Lindstrom (.227 WPA)

2nd Star – Kosuke Fukudome (.219 WPA)

3rd Star– Chris Ianetta (.140 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Buddy 3-1 (.750)

Joe 5-5 (.500)

Mark 2-2 (.500)

Chet 0-1 (.000)

Brandon 0-3 (.000)

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