Browsing posts from May, 2012
Why is it the Cubs don’t score runs behind Ryan Dempster?
You’d think a guy who’s posted 1,2,0,1 & 1 earned runs in five outings would take pressure off the lineup. Instead, the Cubs have scored a grand total of five runs for Dempster. Five runs!
Run support continues to be an ongoing problem for Dempster and largely explains why he’s winless over his last 14 starts dating back to August of last year.
Cubs win 5-1 vs. Braves Monday night. That’s 3 wins in the last 4 games.
Since starting (3-11), the Cubs have won series against St. Louis & L.A., and split series vs. Philly & Cincinnati.
The Cardinals lead the Central division. The Reds are second. Los Angeles has the best record in the National League and the Braves lost for just the 8th time in the past 26 games.
What does it all mean? It means our woeful Cubbies are competitive, and may have a shot at reaching the .500 mark by June. Who would’ve thunk it?
Batting .363 on the current homestand.
At home he’s hitting .310 overall.
Has drawn a walk in 11 of 27 games played.
Is tied for the team lead in walks (14) & runs (15).
Leads the team in Hit By Pitch (2).
Name that Cub!
Chris Volstad (0-4) continues to be consistently ineffective.
He was again haunted by the big inning on Saturday thanks to a two-run double by the opposing pitcher. I mean, that just can’t happen.
It’s been 17 consecutive starts since Volstad last won a big league outing. He’s taken a loss nine times with eight no decisions.
Travis Wood is replacing Garza on Sunday. If Wood pitches well, the Cubs might give some thought to replacing Volstad in the rotation.
It’s only been six starts, but Volstad hasn’t shown improvement. His ERA is above 6-runs and he’s yet to pitch past the sixth inning.
Let’s not get caught up in Dale Sveum’s semantics. The skipper’s not “considering removing Carlos Marmol from the closer’s role.”
Marmol is as good as gone. The real question is what took so long?
Watching Marmol toss meatball sliders has been frustrating to no end, and a red–faced Todd Hollandsworth said as much on CSN Chicago following Marmol’s latest meltdown.
“You owe it to the rest of the clubhouse to fix this situation…this will beat a clubhouse up.”
Just when everything was looking up, too. Dempster off the DL with his 0.95 ERA, three home runs in one game, a 3-0 lead heading in to the ninth and the potential for a 4-2 road trip through Philly & Cincy on the horizon.
Carlos Marmol, C’mon on down!
Wishing for a revamping of the Cubs pitching staff is not wrong at all. The troubling part, however, is the organization is void of better options for the time being.
As of this posting the Cubs team ERA of 4.21 ranks 22/30 in the majors. The starting staff’s ERA is 4.20 and ranks 20th in the majors. The Cubs bullpen ERA is a tick higher at 4.23, ranking 22nd in MLB.
Any way you shape it, that’s not very good. But to be fair, the Cubs starting rotation doesn’t deserve much blame for the team’s (8-15) start to the season.
Matt Garza & Ryan Dempster have been simply terrific. Jeff Samardzija is holding his own and Paul Maholm has come on strong winning his last two starts.
But that’s where the good ends and the bad begins.