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Name That Cub!

By bullpenbrian - June 27, 2011 - 1:38 am Leave a comment.

He’s batting .375 vs. left-handers.
And .344 with two outs in an inning.
His six pinch-hits are seventh most in the majors.
Has started 13 games in the outfield, six at third and five at second.
Name that Cub!

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Cubs’ Best Option At 2B?

By bullpenbrian - March 22, 2011 - 12:01 am 1 comment.

A meeting between Mike Quade and Jim Hendry today will likely determine who will start at second base for the Cubs: Jeff Baker, Blake DeWitt, Darwin Barney or a combination of two of the three. Here’s a snapshot of the three candidates.

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Early Returns Theriot For DeWitt Trade

By bullpenbrian - August 28, 2010 - 1:01 am Leave a comment.

Here’s a comparison of part of the Cubs’ July 31 trade that sent Ryan Theriot to L.A. for Blake Dewitt.

As early returns go, it’s been a respectful draw–their numbers as similar as their mug shots!

Ryan Theriot

24 games with L.A.
Batting .301 (28-for-93)
16 runs scored, 5 RBI, 4 doubles and 1 home run.
Has eight multi-hit efforts, including a current seven-game hitting streak.

Blake DeWitt

25 games with Chicago
Batting .301 (25-for-83)
11 runs scored, 12 RBI, 3 doubles and 3 home runs.
Has hit safely in 18 of 21 starts, including six of his last eight games.

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Who Is Blake DeWitt?

By bullpenbrian - August 1, 2010 - 12:01 am 3 comments.

The Dodgers’ main trade piece in return for Ted Lilly & Ryan Theriot is Blake DeWitt, a 24-year-old, left-handed batting second baseman selected by the Dodgers in the first-round of the 2004 amateur draft.

He debuted with L.A. in 2008 as a third baseman batting .264 with 9HR & 52 RBI in 117-games.

Against Chicago in the NLDS, DeWitt went 3-for-11 plating two runs and recording one RBI.

In 2009, however, DeWitt bounced between Triple-A and Los Angeles six times backing up All Star Orlando Hudson. In his 33-games with the big club, DeWitt hit just .204 with 2HR & 4 RBI.

That changed in 2010 with Hudson’s departure and DeWitt in the starting role. He’s rebounded nicely batting .270 with 1HR & 30 RBI in 82-games with the Dodgers.

Although DeWitt is expected to start at second base for the Cubs, he’s started nearly as many games at 3B (82) in his three seasons as he has at 2B (100).

DeWitt also brings to the Cubs this season a .297 avg. with RISP and a .295 avg. for the month of July, including a triple, three doubles and six RBI. He’s also batting .316 avg. in 26 day games, which he’ll see plenty more of playing at Wrigley Field.

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