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Cubs Blank The Brewers and the Jason Hammel Stock Continues to Rise

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Sometimes I just don’t understand this team. We can crush it and score eight runs and then get crushed and score one or two. Why can’t we put together a good streak of like five or six in a game? Nonetheless, here were the highlights.

  • Anthony Rizzo hit not one, but two home runs to take the team lead with 10. I predicted Mike Olt would lead the team in this category at season’s end, so he needs to get out there and take back the lead.
  • It was an odd day as not only did Darwin Barney do something of value, but so did Chris Coghlan and John Baker. Strange.
  • Jason Hammel pitched like an ace, which is nice as we turn the calendar to June and open the door for the beginnings of early trade talks. I could see Hammel dealt before the end of the month if Theo and Jed get aggressive.
  • Wesley Wright returned from the paternity leave list only to see Hector Rondon be put on it as his wife gave birth to a baby boy on Friday.

Misc Notes

  • I had a post go live on ESPN.com on Friday discussing what we should expect from each slot in a pitching rotation in terms of WAR. I was quite surprised at the results, especially at the back end of the rotation. Take a look at it here.
  • Gordon Wittenmyer took some time out of his day of hating the Cubs ownership to highlight 8 outside the box thinking misses in the Cubs history
  • This nugget comes from Carrie Muskat’s blog: “Since May 12, the Cubs bullpen has a 1.96 ERA, giving up 12 runs over 55 1/3 innings.” I told you this pen would be good.
  • Doc Raker

    This team is showing signs of success for the future, Capn Obvious is wrong about the path of this team.

    Big game tonight, BLACKHAWKS game 7, don’t miss it.

    Kim- do you like hockey?

    • PLCB3

      I was going to see a movie at 7pm, but I decided not to to watch the hockey game. It was a good decision.

      • Doc Raker

        It was a great series, truly one of the best series and most entertaining series I have ever seen. Of course it would have been better if the Blackhawks scored the last goal but what a series between 2 great teams.

      • PLCB3

        The last time the NY Rangers were in the finals was 1994. That year, NYC was denied a double title as the Knicks lost the NBA Finals. 2 years prior, Chicago was denied the double when the Hawks lost, with the same head coach who would lead the Rangers to the 1994 title.

  • Doc Raker

    This team is showing signs of success for the future, Capn Obvious is wrong about the path of this team.

    Big game tonight, BLACKHAWKS game 7, don’t miss it.

    Kim- do you like hockey?

    • AC0000000

      I was going to see a movie at 7pm, but I decided not to to watch the hockey game. It was a good decision.

      • Doc Raker

        It was a great series, truly one of the best series and most entertaining series I have ever seen. Of course it would have been better if the Blackhawks scored the last goal but what a series between 2 great teams.

      • AC0000000

        The last time the NY Rangers were in the finals was 1994. That year, NYC was denied a double title as the Knicks lost the NBA Finals. 2 years prior, Chicago was denied the double when the Hawks lost, with the same head coach who would lead the Rangers to the 1994 title.

  • Seymour Butts

    With both Rondon and Wright having babies in May is seem that they, or at least their wives, were focusing on something other than baseball last September.

    • Eddie Von White

      Maybe they were trying to help Theo and Jed in the prospect department.

  • Seymour Butts

    With both Rondon and Wright having babies in May is seem that they, or at least their wives, were focusing on something other than baseball last September.

    • Eddie Von White

      Maybe they were trying to help Theo and Jed in the prospect department.

  • PLCB3

    Seems to me that the common denominator in the years we did good is we had 4 starters who qualified for the ERA title. Even if they don’t provide a lot of WAR, they can still eat innings. When we signed Marquis in 2007, I said having him to eat innings is certainly an improvement over a makeshift staff, but there were red flags on him. Namely pitching for the 2 best coaches in the game in Leo Mazzone and Dave Duncan and being left off the Cardinals post-season roster in 2006 even with all the health issues their pitchers had.

    • Dork

      This should relate to being a Edwin Jackson supporter

      • PLCB3

        In a year where we are competitive possibly, but in a rebuild, I don’t like the contract

      • PLCB3

        As for 2007, I felt that we should have signed Gil Meche instead of Marquis.

  • AC0000000

    Seems to me that the common denominator in the years we did good is we had 4 starters who qualified for the ERA title. Even if they don’t provide a lot of WAR, they can still eat innings. When we signed Marquis in 2007, I said having him to eat innings is certainly an improvement over a makeshift staff, but there were red flags on him. Namely pitching for the 2 best coaches in the game in Leo Mazzone and Dave Duncan and being left off the Cardinals post-season roster in 2006 even with all the health issues their pitchers had.

    • Dork

      This should relate to being a Edwin Jackson supporter

      • AC0000000

        In a year where we are competitive possibly, but in a rebuild, I don’t like the contract

      • AC0000000

        As for 2007, I felt that we should have signed Gil Meche instead of Marquis.

  • Doug S.

    Cubs – 8-0, take that Brewers!
    Brewers – I see your 8 and raise, 9-0!!
    Strange back to back games.

  • Doug S.

    Cubs – 8-0, take that Brewers!
    Brewers – I see your 8 and raise, 9-0!!
    Strange back to back games.

  • Dork

    Joe, good to see you took some time to “dork out”

  • Dork

    Joe, good to see you took some time to “dork out”

  • Dork

    Seriously Joe, that was a really good article on the rotation spots. I have never seen this laid out like that anywhere else. It does make you lament 2003, as Zambrano was right there too. It would be a good artilce to also run on Fangraphs.
    I do have a couple of questions, does it change how you think of Edwin Jackson? Last year he was below replacement, but this year so far he is in that 2-3 starter area. Fangraphs generally would say that free agents are being paid about 6.5 to 7Mil per war. The contract expectation then only should be for 8 war over the 4 years, or a 3-4 starter. I think colectively as a fan base our expectation is too high becasue he is the only player we are paying. A little unfair to him.
    Second question would be does this change how you think of signing Samardjza? yesterday was rough hopefully an outlier, but he would be in that #2 category in war so far this year. Can we expect this to continue (no one really knows) and what is it worth for that chance. I do believe he could produce 20 war over 6 years, puting a 130 – 140 mil. He might be able to get more than that though on the open market.
    Third, is what I have been sort of alluding to, where does the top of the rotation guy come from in this rebuild if we do not keep Samardjza?

    • Joe Aiello

      Thanks man.

      I am not a huge Edwin Jackson hater. He is a filler. I don’t see him as a 2-3 starter, but as a guy who can eat innings. The biggest issue for him is walks.

      I’m all for signing Samardzija IF it’s no more than three years. At this point, with all the Tommy John surgery out there, I just don’t see how you can feel good about investing heavily in long term deals for pitchers. If someone else is willing and you can get back a huge amount of booty for him, make the deal.

      As for # 3, that’s a tough one. I like Kyle Hendricks a lot, but I don’t know that I’d qualify him in that frontline starter role. CJ Edwards is good, but not sure if he has the frame to be a 200 IP guy. He’s awful scrawny.

      • Eddie Von White

        I’m all for more booty.

  • Dork

    Seriously Joe, that was a really good article on the rotation spots. I have never seen this laid out like that anywhere else. It does make you lament 2003, as Zambrano was right there too. It would be a good artilce to also run on Fangraphs.
    I do have a couple of questions, does it change how you think of Edwin Jackson? Last year he was below replacement, but this year so far he is in that 2-3 starter area. Fangraphs generally would say that free agents are being paid about 6.5 to 7Mil per war. The contract expectation then only should be for 8 war over the 4 years, or a 3-4 starter. I think colectively as a fan base our expectation is too high becasue he is the only player we are paying. A little unfair to him.
    Second question would be does this change how you think of signing Samardjza? yesterday was rough hopefully an outlier, but he would be in that #2 category in war so far this year. Can we expect this to continue (no one really knows) and what is it worth for that chance. I do believe he could produce 20 war over 6 years, puting a 130 – 140 mil. He might be able to get more than that though on the open market.
    Third, is what I have been sort of alluding to, where does the top of the rotation guy come from in this rebuild if we do not keep Samardjza?

    • Joe Aiello

      Thanks man.

      I am not a huge Edwin Jackson hater. He is a filler. I don’t see him as a 2-3 starter, but as a guy who can eat innings. The biggest issue for him is walks.

      I’m all for signing Samardzija IF it’s no more than three years. At this point, with all the Tommy John surgery out there, I just don’t see how you can feel good about investing heavily in long term deals for pitchers. If someone else is willing and you can get back a huge amount of booty for him, make the deal.

      As for # 3, that’s a tough one. I like Kyle Hendricks a lot, but I don’t know that I’d qualify him in that frontline starter role. CJ Edwards is good, but not sure if he has the frame to be a 200 IP guy. He’s awful scrawny.

      • Eddie Von White

        I’m all for more booty.