Found January 18, 2013 on
The Flagrant Fan:
After years of being the golden boy and fan favorite who couldn't quite get there, Jeff Samardzija arrived as a starter in 2012. His record and ERA perhaps belittle the type of season he really had. His record of 9-13 with an ERA of 3.89 in 28 starts might not excite anyone. If you dig a little deeper, there was a lot of impressive stuff about his season considering it was his first full one in the rotation. Let's look a little closer.
Baseball-reference.com uses a statistic called the Game Score which has been talked about here before. Basically, what the statistic does is start a pitcher at 50 points. And then the pitcher gains points for innings pitched in the game and for strikeouts. He loses points for walks and hits. Anything over 50 was a good start and under 50 is a bad start. 50 is an average start. Samardzija had a Game Score average of 55.1, which was 5.1 points over average. And 61% of his starts were quality starts when the league average there is 51%.
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There isn't much to be excited about in this Chicago Cubs pitching staff. There is depth sure, but there are only two or three true quality arms in the rotation. One of those arms is the breakout pitcher of 2012, Jeff Samardzija.
After the laughter subsided following Samardzija's declaration that he wanted to be in the rotation, he went out and dazzled all of us in spring...
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
The Chicago Cubs have announced plans to begin a $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field. See photos of the plans here.
The Cubs have avoided arbitration with another of their players. Last week they re-signed Luis Valbuena and they have now reached an agreement with Matt Garza for $10.25 million.
Cubs right-hander Matt Garza avoided arbitration and agreed to a new $10.25 million contract on Thursday.
Garza's representatives at CAA announced the new deal on Twitter: "#Cubs Matt Garza (@Gdeuceswild...
It's that time again! Every winter, the Cubs gather their current players, management, and any ex-players for whom they have blackmail material and trot them out like showdogs for their fans in a massive effort to "build their brand" or "polish the turd." Yes, the Cubs Convention is tomorrow and the Cubs have been very busy planning how best to shovel...
There have been several trade rumors swirling around Chicago
Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano this offseason, but the veteran told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that he hopes to remain with the club and be a part of their
next winning team.
"I want to stay here and finish my career here and try
to win before I retire," Soriano said. "I signed here to bring a
Although the Chicago Cubs are coming off a 61-101 season, team president Theo Epstein sounded an optimistic tone in recent days as the team's push toward spring training heated up. "It's postseason or bust every year," Epstein said. "That's what our goal is." If teams and their executives, even realistic ones like Epstein, can't be optimistic...
Jesse Rogers of ESPN-Chicago
reports that Theo Epstein, Chicago Cubs GM, spoke optimistically about two of
his projected starting pitchers for 2013, Matt Garza and Scott Baker.
"Both guys should be ready to start the year," Epstein said
Baker, 31, was acquired via free agency on November 13. The righty
starter has spent his entire career with...
Matt Garza and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $10.25 million, one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration.
Creative Artists Agency, which represents the right-hander, announced the deal Thursday night on Twitter. Garza also posted on his account, ''Business side over! Hooray! Time to focus on what really matters 2013.''
Garza avoided arbitration a year ago...
The Chicago Cubs announced plans Saturday for a five-year, $300 million renovation to Wrigley Field. It is not clear how it will be funded but owner Tom Ricketts said he is confident the renovations can start as early as October, starting with the home clubhouse. Crane Kenney, the Cubs president of business operations, said Ricketts will pay for the project if the city limits...
The Chicago Cubs announced a five-year, $300 million plan to renovate Wrigley Field at the annual Cubs convention on Saturday.
There are still several hurdles to clear, including funding for the project, but owner Tom Ricketts is confident renovations can begin as early as October, starting with the home clubhouse.
Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said the Ricketts...
This will be relatively brief but serves to consolidate all the random Tweets by Anno, Roobs and other bloggers all over the interwebs. The Cubs hosted an informational session where they revealed their plans to restore Wrigley Field, and not to rebuild it. For the source you can check out the Twitter feeds on our sidebar run by Anno and Roobs. I’m sure photos will be available...
It was reported yesterday that the Cubs signed Jeff Samardzija and James Russell to avoid arbitration. The Cubs signed Matt Garza yesterday and earlier this week they signed Luis Valbuena. Those were the only four players the Cubs had eligible for arbitration.
The Jeff Samardzija contract is worth $2.64 million and they signed James Russell for $1.075 million. Totals for arbitraiton...
By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
The Chicago Cubs are no longer talking to the Arizona Diamondbacks about star outfielder Justin Upton. Justin Upton
The two teams were engaged in talks to see if they were a match to send Upton to Chicago. But the D’Backs reportedly wanted shortstop Starlin Castro in return for Upton.
But the team...
Ok, so it’s “Cubs Convention Eve”, and the bags are packed, batteries for the camera are charged, sharpies placed in a strategic place in my purse for easy grabbing for those unexpected run-in’s with any of the 75+ current, former, and future players, not to mention the management, ownership, broadcasters, etc that will be easily accessible this weekend! I kind of feel...