Post updated June 30 to include Paul Maholm’s walk issued against opposing pitcher Bud Norris yesterday afternoon. Ahh!
I’ve had it watching the Cubs staff walk the opposing pitchers.
It happened three times during the Mets series: once by Randy Wells on Tuesday and twice by Jeff Samardzija on Wednesday. Paul Maholm joined the party Friday afternoon against Houston walking opposing pitcher Bud Norris.
The Cubs have walked an opposing pitcher nine times this season. NINE TIMES!
That’s the second worst mark in the majors only behind the Braves, who’ve issued 10 free passes to opposing pitchers.
Atlanta, however, actually has a run-scoring offense and a record 5-games above .500. In theory, they can overcome such a bone-headed mistake.
But when you’re the Cubs, where run support appears a foreign language to the lineup, walking an opposing pitcher is intolerable.