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Some team stats, with NL rank.
BA/OBP/SLG Overall: .272/.327/.412 (3rd, 9th, 7th)
w/ None On: .271/.327/.419 (4th, 5th, 6th)
w/ Runners On: .274/.328/.403 (4th, 12th, 8th)
w/ RISP: .257/.318/.369 (6th, 14th, 9th)
w/ RISP, 2 Outs: .213/.293/.303 (9th, 15th, 12th)
w/ Bases Loaded: .455/.417/.545 (1st, 2nd, 4th)
Close and Late: .197/.284/.235 (16th, 15th, 16th)
Innings 1-6: .297/.338/.465 (1st, 7th, 4th)
Innings 7+: .222/.306/.302 (14th, 14th, 16th)
GDP: 18 (4th most)
This team is losing an awful lot of one run games, and the inability to score on middle relief is a huge part of it. Whose responsibility is that? Hitting coach? Manager? The players themselves?
Good teams tend to wear a starter down and then pounce on the bullpen. I just don't see that with these guys.
Do any other Baseball Toaster writers read this blog? Do they care that it doesnt meet the same standard of excellence as the rest of the blogs here?
The Cubs were held to two runs in 12 innings against the San Diego pen. Expected. They're good.
Unexpected: In six games against the Reds, the Cubs have scored only one run off relievers.
But against the Brewers, a team with a better bullpen ERA, the Cubs have scored 14 runs in six games.
2 Poultryman, if you don't have anything to add to the discussion, I don't see why you bother commenting.
And not much else.
Not much happens here. And I read every day hoping for more. The rest of the blogs are excellent. Ken Arneson is a wonderfully funny, talented writer. Mike Carminati's rants are some of my favorites. Ive been a fan since I first read the Joe Morgan rants a few years ago. The Score Bard may be my favorite of all. Scott Long is excellent. And so are all the others. Dodger Thoughts has a huge following.
Cub Town. Not so much. I miss Derek and his take on situations, games, personnel moves, baseball in general. Its what made me start reading the Toaster, and Im glad I did because I found all these other wonderful blogs to read and follow. But Cub Town leaves me wanting for more. Anything more. Something. Analysis, drawing conclusions, insight on the team that the regular media people cant or wont offer. Connect some dots.
Instead...a list of stats that I can find in the paper or at MLB.com.
Tell us what the stats mean to you. Unless it was just food for thought, and in that case, what was the point?
I want the old Cub Town back. This season's version just leaves me wanting.
I'll say no more on the matter. Let's talk about the Cubs.
It kills me that we can't get hits with less than 2 outs and runners in scoring position...that milwaukee series was flat out depressing for the first 2 nights...how many double plays can we hit into?
Again and again, the Cubs will have men on, especially early in the game, and then just flat out fall on their faces.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say our guys are all trying to hit home runs in this situation. FWIW, the Cards also have a bad home record and trouble scoring runs with RISP.
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