Monthly Archives October 2008

Putting Hoffpauir in perspective

The table below tries to put Micah Hoffpauir’s performance in 2008 in the context of other AAA hitters. It shows all AAA hitters from 2004 through 2008 who meet these criteria: A minimum of 200 at bats. Hoffpauir had 290. A minimum batting average of .320. Hoffpauir hit .362. A minimum slugging percentage of .600. […]

Four number threes?

Since Lou maybe picked a guy with the wrong makeup to start Game 1, I’ve been trying to figure out who the ace is on this staff. Personality issues aside, the case against Zambrano rests on his wildness. He was 43rd in the league in K-to-BB ratio among pitchers with 140 innings. Zambrano’s number was […]

Fire the coaches, trade the big dude

I’ve written everything that I think needs to be said about Larry Rothschild and the Wuertz-ification of the Cubs’ staff, except to offer some historical perspective: when Rothschild coached the Marlin staff in ’97 and they won the Series, Cleveland scored 44 runs in 7 games, or 6.3 per game. I’d rather turn my attention […]

Not his finest hour

I thought Lou was not classy in the postgame on TBS. He blamed the players, and talked about twelve runs scored in six postseason games on his watch. He said you can’t win with this many runs unless your pitchers throw shutouts. I don’t think he should have been praising his hitters but in the […]

The Wuertz effect

The problem with having Larry Rothschild as the pitching coach is that in moments of stress, Cub pitchers tend to become Michael Wuertz. At the age of 29, in his fifth season under Rothschild’s tutelage, the once-promising Wuertz has attained the status of triple-A reliever. Wuertz is the embodiment of his coach’s two-pronged philosophy: don’t […]