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Let me start by saying that this post is not the least bit inspired by Anthony Rizzo's 3 strikeouts in 6 plate appearances vs lefties this season. It's 6 plate appearances. That's it. This is something I've been meaning to write since the 2012 season ended and I'm just finally getting around to it.
We all know Anthony Rizzo had a rough debut season in 2011 with the Padres. We all know he had a pretty good first season with the Cubs last year. We can probably guess that he was terrible vs lefties in 2011 because he wasn't very good overall. We'd also probably guess that he was better vs lefties last season. We'd be wrong.
In 2011 Rizzo had only 33 PA vs lefties (appears he was given days off when lefties were on the mound) and he hit .172/.273/.345. That's a .279 wOBA and an 80 wRC+. In 2012 Rizzo had more than 100 plate appearances against lefties and hit .208/.243/.356. His wOBA was .260 and his wRC+ was 56. He was 12th worst in baseball in wRC+ ...
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ATLANTA — Matt Garza rejoined the Cubs on Friday, one day after his first bullpen session since mid-February, and said he was already penciling himself into the rotation for May.
"I'm pushing for early May and pushing hard, too," Garza said.
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Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol has been pulled from his ninth inning role after his first blown save of the year last night in Atlanta. Kyuji Fujikawa will replace Marmol as the Cubs' fireman, according to reports.
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Fujikawa didn't fare much better in a three-run eighth...
The D-Train is either running out of steam, or is just about to leave the station. I’ll choose the later.
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Today, while the Cubs were about to lose their final game in Atlanta and get swept before their home opener, I was driving the family over to my son’s friend’s birthday party and listening to the last of the Cubs’ ninth on the radio.
The Cubs recorded the final out and I switched off the radio. I told my son that the game was over. Let’s check in on the conversation that...
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs are on their second closer, and the season is only a week old. The Milwaukee Brewers are missing two key sluggers, and a third is struggling with a neck issue.
This should be quite the opener at Wrigley Field.
Chicago and Milwaukee are dealing with some early challenges heading into the first game of the season at the Cubs' longtime home on Monday...
I have a confession to make. The reason the Cubs are 2-1 right now has little to do with the outstanding starting pitching in the Pirates. It has little to do with, lets be generous and call it, inconsistent offense. A solid bullpen with the exception of Carlos Marmol also has had little influence. No the 2-1 and currently tied for first place Chicago Cubs has everything to...
The Cubs somehow managed to scratch together enough runs to take a series from the Pirates. Now they head to relatively warm Atlanta for another three game set. Atlanta beat up on their aging divisional rivals, the Phillies in their opening series.
Here's how the teams looked in 2012. NL Ranks in parentheses.
The Chicago Cubs are on their second closer, and the season is only a week old. The Milwaukee Brewers are missing two key sluggers, and a third is struggling with a neck issue.
This should be quite the opener at Wrigley Field.
Chicago and Milwaukee are dealing with some early challenges heading into the first game of the season at the Cubs' longtime home on Monday.