Jake Arrieta looked pretty solid for the Chicago Cubs this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 28 September 2013 at 9:36 am

27-year old righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta was pretty impressive for the Cubs after coming over as part of the return in the deal that sent Scott Feldman to the Orioles.  Arrieta pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 4-2 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  He gave up 34 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his 51 2/3 innings for the Cubs, which are pretty impressive numbers.  He pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Cubs and Orioles overall this year and he was 5-4 with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Arrieta has now pitched in 78 games (72 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 24-27 with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

Travis Wood has been rock sold in 2013 for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 9 September 2013 at 9:55 am

26-year old lefty starting pitcher Travis Wood has been impressive for the Cubs in 2013.  He has now pitched in 28 games (all starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 8-11 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  He has given up 143 hits and 58 walks while whiffing 125 batters in his first 179 innings this year for the Cubbies, which are impressive numbers.  He even made the All-Star team this year for the Cubs.  Wood has now pitched in 54 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 14-24 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  The Cubs acquired him on December 23, 2011 in a deal with the Reds that sent lefty reliever Sean Marshall to Cincinnati.

Kevin Gregg has been a godsend for the Chicago Cubs in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 7 September 2013 at 2:17 pm

35-year old righty closer Kevin Gregg has been rock solid for the Cubs in 2013.  He has pitched in 56 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-4 with 30 saves, a 3.05 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Gregg has given up 46 hits and 29 walks while whiffing 47 batters in his first 56 innings pitched so far this year for the Cubs.  Gregg has saved 30 of the 60 Cubs’ wins this year, so he has been a big part of the success that they have had in 2013.

Pedro Strop is pitching well for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 15 August 2013 at 6:59 am

28-year old righty reliever Pedro Strop has pitched really well since the Cubs acquired him from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman trade.  Strop has pitched in 19 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 2.41 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP.  He has only given up 8 hits while whiffing 21 batters in his first 18 2/3 innings for the Cubs, but he has walked 7 batters and that’s a little too many.  Strop has now pitched in 48 games (0 starts) overall this year for the O’s and the Cubs and he is 2-4 with a 5.05 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  I really liked the Scott Feldman deal as Strop and Jake Arrieta could both have better major league careers than he will.

Chris Rusin is looking good so far this year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 1 August 2013 at 8:45 am

26-year old lefty starting pitcher Chris Rusin is looking sharp so far this year for the Cubs.  Rusin was called up recently by the Cubs and he has started 3 games for them so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.  Rusin also has pitched in 19 games (18 starts) in AAA-ball this year for the Cubs and he is 8-7 with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 10 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 3-3 with a 5.20 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  This is Rusin’s big shot, as a spot in the rotation is wide open due to the deal of Matt Garza.

James Russell has pitched really well for the Chicago Cubs so far this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 26 July 2013 at 12:48 pm

27-year old lefty reliever James Russell has been excellent this year for the Cubs.  Russell has pitched in 50 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 2.68 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  He has given up 33 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 29 batters in his first 37 innings pitched so far this year, which are impressive numbers.  The Cubs are playing it smart with Russell, as they will not deal him unless they get an offer that they can’t refuse.  Who knows, that could happen as Russell is one of the best lefty relievers in baseball right now.

Matt Garza is likely in his last month as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well,Trade Rumors by joelapinski on Wednesday 10 July 2013 at 7:03 am

29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Garza is one of the best pitchers on the trade market this month, so I look for some team to make the Cubs an offer that they can’t refuse for him.  Garza has pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 5-1 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  Garza has now pitched in 59 games (all starts) in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 20-18 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  The Indians and Rangers have been scouting Garza the most heavily, but he has a lot of potential suitors.  The Red Sox, Royals, Nationals and Rockies are also teams with likely heavy interest in Garza.  Garza has served the Cubs well in the last three years and he is going to really help them rebuild the team for the future later this month…..when they deal him.

Kevin Gregg has been a lifesaver for the Chicago Cubs so far in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 18 June 2013 at 2:24 pm

The Cubs signed 34-year old righty reliever Kevin Gregg to a minor league deal after the 2013 season started.  He bided his time as Cubs’ relievers kept blowing leads late in games.  Gregg finally got his big shot to close for the Cubs and he hasn’t looked back.  Gregg has pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-0 with 9 saves, a 0.83 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  He has only given up 14 hits and 7 walks while whiffing 24 batters in his first 21 2/3 innings this year…..which is impressive!  Gregg has now pitched in 94 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 7-6 with 32 saves, a 3.79 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  The Cubs need Gregg to keep up the good work as the closer, because they have no one else to turn to.

The Chicago Cubs are getting solid work out of three of their starting pitchers in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 13 June 2013 at 8:23 am

28-year old righty Jeff Samardzija, 26-year old lefty Travis Wood and 30-year old righty Scott Feldman have all been rock solid for the Cubs so far this year.  Samardzija has pitched in 13 games (all starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 3-7 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  He has given up 67 hits and 29 walks while whiffing 98 batters in his first 85 innings this year.  Wood has pitched in 13 games (all starts) in which he is 5-5 with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  Wood has given up 57 hits and 28 walks while whiffing 60 batters in his first 85 innings so far this year.  Feldman has pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 5-5 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Feldman has given up 65 hits and 20 walks while whiffing 54 batters in his first 72 2/3 innings so far this year.  This trio has been rock solid for the Cubs this year and they hope that they can keep up the good work.

Scott Feldman has been rock solid so far this year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 10 May 2013 at 8:10 am

30-year old righty starting pitcher Scott Feldman has been solid so far this year.  I thought the Cubs were a little nuts when they signed Feldman to a 1-year, $6 million dollar deal last winter.  After all, Feldman pitched in 29 games (21 starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 6-11 with a 5.09 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  But, he has looked good so far in 2013.  Feldman has pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 3-3 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  Feldman has only given 27 hits and 14 walks while whiffing 27 batters in his first 36 2/3 innings this year, which is impressive.  Here’s to hoping that Scott Feldman keeps up the good work for the Cubbies in 2013.

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