Found August 08, 2012 on
Ivan De Jesus
Los Angeles Dodgers
Boston Red Sox
I was checking out Starlin Castro's disappointing offensive season on Fangraphs and thought I'd check to see where the Cubs rank offensively as a team. I didn't realize it had gotten so ugly. Their 77 wRC+ is dead last behind the Mariners at 81. The two offense's may actually be equal if we eliminated the pitcher in the NL, but that's too much work and I don't really care that much about being that precise.
At this point I started to wonder when the last the Cubs offense was this bad. As I started looking back at each year for the Cubs using wRC+ I remembered I had already looked at the Cubs historical wRC+'s. On the now retired Another Cubs Blog I had taken a look back to see how many times the Cubs were above 100 (average). It was correctly pointed out in the comments (no longer there) by commenter AB that league average wRC+ in the NL is not 100 due to the pitcher batting. While the article I wrote talked about league average as if it was 100 and ther...
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Arodys Vizcaino is planning to be ready by spring training.
On Tuesday, Vizcaino was at Petco Park to work out for pitching coach Chris Bosio and meet the staff. He won't make his Cubs debut this season, having undergone Tommy John surgery in March.
Vizcaino will continue his rehab in Mesa, Ariz., at the Cubs complex.
"I'm going to be ready next year in Spring Training...
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Darwin Barney (Age 26):
268/309/389 .306 wOBA, 85 wRC+
4.9 BB%, 9.5 K%
31 XBH, 31 RBI, 48 R, 6/7 SB
7.9 UZR, 2.0 WAR
Starlin Castro (Age 22):
272/301/414 .303 wOBA, 83 wRC+
3.9 BB%, 16 K%
32 XBH, 52 RBI, 53 R, 17/27 SB
7.1 UZR, 2.1 WAR
Tony Campana walked once and stole two bases. That is all.
Spellcheck Jr was 2-5 and stole his 2nd base in AA since his promotion. Logan Watkins drew three walks and now has an OBP of .373. Junior Lake hit his 8th HR of the year. The Smokies faced top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker who allowed 1 ER in his 4 innings of work.
Peoria is a lot like...
David Bote reached base four times on two RBI doubles, a single, and a walk, and Shawon Dunston Jr tripled, singled, scored two runs, and drove-in another, leading the AZL Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the AZL Dodgers in Arizona League action tonight at HoHoKam Park in Mesa.
Cubs 1st round draft pick Albert Almora and Cuban mega-defector Jorge Soler went a combined 1-8...
The Chicago Cubs' starting rotation suffered another body blow Monday when the team announced that right-hander Matt Garza will be out indefinitely with what's described as "stress reaction" in the back of his pitching elbow. Garza has not pitched since July 21. He left his start that day with what the Cubs said was cramping in his right triceps. It's very...
The Chicago Cubs have officially launched their rebuilding process, with the call-ups of many key pieces. Despite the current team's tremendous struggles, the season is beginning to get interesting as Cub fans fancy the future.
APNewsNow The Chicago Cubs have promoted left-hander Brooks Raley from Triple-A Iowa to start against the San Diego Padres.
Raley was scheduled to pitch Tuesday night, making him the eighth Cubs player to debut in the major leagues this season. He was 4-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 14 starts for Iowa and 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA in eight starts at Double-A Tennessee.
Raley takes the roster...
CHICAGO (AP) -- Alfonso Soriano hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the slumping Cincinnati Reds on a rain-soaked Thursday night.
With the score tied at 3, Reds reliever Sean Marshall (4-4) walked Anthony Rizzo. Just as the skies cleared up, Soriano cracked a two-run shot to center field off Logan...
I’m in the process of creating baseball card wallpaper with all of my old common and random baseball, basketball, football, and hockey cards that I have. Today I pulled out this 1989 Tops All-Star Rookie Mark Grace Chicago Cubs card.
The back of this card tells us that Mark Grace collected his first Major League hit on 5/2/88 and belted his first home fun on 5/4/88. I did some...
Since the Cubs changed management this past offseason I thought it might be fun to look back at the transactions and see how they've turned out so far. Keep in mind these are a final analysis. There's still much time left for some of these deals to look different than they currently do. I considered breaking this into parts, but decided to post it at once instead.
Alfonso Soriano hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the slumping Cincinnati Reds on a rain-soaked Thursday night.
With the score tied at 3, Reds reliever Sean Marshall (4-4) walked Anthony Rizzo. Just as the skies cleared up, Soriano cracked a two-run shot to center field off Logan Ondrusek.
A National League Central showdown will be on display this weekend at Wrigley Field as the fifth-place Chicago Cubs (43-66) play host to the division-leading Reds (66-45) beginning on Thursday night. Here's a breakdown of everything you need to know to get you prepped and ready:+ Game times for the 4-game set are as follows: Thursday (8:05et), Friday (2:20et), Saturday (4...
Riding an eight game losing streak and consecutive sweeps on the west coast, the Cubs continue their upset bid to take the number one pick away from the Houston Astros. The Reds, meanwhile, are two and a half games ahead of the Cardinals and the still hanging in there Buccos. For all the slagging I like to do on the Reds pitching staff, they've allowed the fewest runs in the...
Padres 7, Cubs 4. Updates. With AP Photos. Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer, Ross Ohlendorf pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the San Diego Padres ruined Brooks Raley's major league debut Tuesday night with a 7-4 victory over the floundering Chicago Cubs.
Chase Headley and Everth Cabrera each drove in two runs for San Diego, which has won eight of 10 at home...