Category Archives: defense

Two-way baseball

A big Cub advantage and value-add (although it’s never mentioned) is that in the late innings, everybody out there can catch. Other teams are not so scrupulous about defense. Maybe the Brewers win the game Thursday if Broxton makes a fairly routine catch at the wall on Jay’s fly ball leading off the tenth. It […]

View from the Potomac*

My wife and daughter and I went to the Saturday and Sunday games at Nationals Park. Bryce Harper sat on Saturday (and the night before) with an ingrown toenail. Sunday he was oh for two with two walks. Feldman gave him one walk, Russell the other. Both pitchers have pinpoint control but had no intention […]

Hill’s challengers

No one ever said Koyie Hill could hit. What they did say, especially following the 2009 season when Hill gunned down 20 of 50 would-be base stealers (40%), was that he could throw. Unfortunately for Hill and his supporters, that caught-stealing percentage plummeted to 18% in 2010. Full disclosure: I consider myself a long-time Hill […]

Most likely to stick?

Word was out last week that nineteen Cubs not currently on the 40-man roster have been invited to spring training with the major-league team. Infielders: Barney, Camp, Castro, LaHair, Lalli, Scales, Vitters Outfielders: Jackson, Snyder Catchers: Chirinos, Clevenger, Robinson Pitchers: Cashner, Coleman, Diamond, Kennard, Mathes, Perkins, Russell Say hello to your 2010 Iowa Cubs!–with the […]

Who’s catching tonight?

The Cubs’ starting pitchers have been lined up through the end of the season, but so far no announcement concerning the starting catchers, which might be the more useful information. While (except for newcomer Gorzelanny) the pitchers have pretty much the same record, the two catchers have win-loss records that diverge widely. Until very recently, […]