Kyle Hendricks has been pitching great this year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 6:04 pm

No one could have seen this coming, but 26-year old righty starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks has the best numbers of any starter on the Chicago Cubs right now!  It’s true!  He has pitched in 18 games (17 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 8-6 with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  Hendricks has given up only 78 hits and 29 walks while whiffing 89 batters in his first 104 2/3 innings for the Cubs so far this year!  He has the lowest ERA and WHIP of any of the Cubs’ starting pitchers right now!  Hendricks has now pitched in 63 games (62 starts) in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 23-15 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  The Cubs hope that Hendricks keeps up the good work moving forward.

Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 July 2016 at 12:36 pm

32-year old lefty starting pitcher Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs has been named to the All Star team for the 4th time in his career.  Lester has pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 9-4 with a 3.01 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  He has given up 92 hits and 28 walks while whiffing 108 batters in his first 110 2/3 innings for the Cubs so far this year.  Lester has now pitched in 303 games (302 starts) in his first 11 years in the show and he is 136-83 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.

Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 July 2016 at 12:32 pm

30-year old righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs has been named an All Star for the first time in his Major League career.  He has pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 12-4 with a 2.68 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  Arrieta has given up 82 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 121 batters in his first 114 2/3 innings for the Cubs so far this year.  Arrieta has now pitched in 154 games (148 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 68-42 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Arrieta has been amazing since the Cubs traded for him a few years back.

Hector Rondon is the gift that keeps giving for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 24 June 2016 at 12:47 pm

28-year old righty closer Hector Rondon has been awesome so far this year for the Chicago Cubs!  He has pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-1 with 12 saves, a 1.48 ERA and a 0.66 WHIP.  Rondon has only given up 13 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 33 batters in his first 24 1/3 innings this year for the Cubbies!  Rondon was a Rule 5 Draft Pick back on December 6th, 2012…..when the Cubs snatched Rondon away from the Cleveland Indians.  Rondon has now pitched in 206 games (0 starts) in his first four years with the Cubs and he is 13-10 with 71 saves, a 2.67 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  Rondon is already #6 in career saves (71) in Cubs’ history!

The starting rotation has been downright awesome for the Chicago Cubs!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 6 May 2016 at 7:39 am

The Chicago Cubs‘ starting rotation has been awesome so far this year.  They have a combined record of 18-4 with a 2.12 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP so far in 2016!!!!   30-year old righty Jake Arrieta is off to a great start and he wants to win back to back Cy Young Awards!  He has already thrown a no-hitter this year!  Arrieta has started 6 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 6-0 with a 0.84 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP.  He has only given up 20 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his first 43 innings this year!  32-year old lefty Jon Lester has been excellent at the Cubs’ #2 starter this year.  He has started 6 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 3-1 with a 1.58 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  He has only given up 33 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 38 batters in his first 40 innings pitched this year.  The Cubs paid big bucks for 37-year old righty John Lackey over the winter, and he has been their “worst” starter so far this year.  Lackey has started 5 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  He has worked 33 1/3 innings so far this year for the Cubs and he is 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  33-year old righty Jason Hammel is right at home for the Cubs.  He has started 5 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  He has given up 21 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 25 batters in only 29 innings so far this year.  The Cubs tried all winter to trade for a 5th starter to replace Kyle Hendricks in the rotation.  He has started 5 games so far this year and he is 2-2 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  He has given up 23 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 23 batters in his first 29 innings this year.  As long as these five guys stay healthy, the Cubs have to feel good about winning every day/night!

Adam Warren has been lights out this year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 11:47 am

When the Chicago Cubs dealt Starlin Castro to the Yankees for Adam Warren, it made more than a couple of people blink an eye.  But the trade opened up 2B for manager Joe Maddon to get one of his Tampa guys back (Ben Zobrist).  Warren has been proving his worth so far this year for the Cubs.  He has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP.  Warren has only given up 2 hits and 4 walks in his first 9 innings for the Cubs this year and he has 10 whiffs!  Warren has now pitched in 155 games (20 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 15-15 with 5 saves, a 3.29 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Warren can work in short or long relief and he could move into the rotation if the need arises for the Cubs in 2016.  He is a perfect fit on a Joe Maddon pitching staff.

Jason Hammel has been lights out so far this year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 1:21 pm

33-year old righty starting pitcher Jason Hammel has been lights out so far this year for the Chicago Cubs.  Hammel has started 4 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  He has only given up 16 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 22 batters in his first 24 innings so far this year, which are eye popping numbers.  Hammel has now pitched in 52 games (all starts) in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 21-12 with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  Hammel appears to have found a home with the Cubs, as he is pitching the best baseball of his career for them.

Jake Arrieta tosses a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 9:22 pm

30-year old righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta was brilliant tonight in Cincinnati as he threw the second no-hitter of his Major League Career!  He threw 71 of his 119 pitches (59.7%) for strikes tonight, as he did walk 4 batters while whiffing 6.  He also helped himself with the bat as he was 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored!  Arrieta improved to 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP.  Arrieta had little problem concentrating on the task at hand as the Cubs were running up to the plate against Reds’ pitchers.  The Chicago Cubs won the game 16-0 to improve to 12-4 on the season.

Here is a look at some of the guys that had big games to back up Arrieta on the mound tonight.  Kris Bryant was in full beast mode for the Cubs at the plate tonight as he went 4 for 6 with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs!  Ben Zobrist also had a monster game at the plate as he was 3 for 5 with 1 run scored, 1 walk, 1 double, 1 homer and 3 RBIs!  Veteran catcher Dan Ross isn’t known for his bat, but he was 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored, 1 walk, 1 homer and 1 RBI.  Anthony Rizzo was only 1 for 6 on the night, but he scored 2 runs, cranked a homer and he knocked in 3 runs.  Dexter Fowler (2 for 5, 3 runs scored, 1 walk, 1 double and 1 RBI) and Jason Heyward (2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 walks) set the table at the top of the order for the Cubs’ offense tonight!

It was truly a night to remember for the Cubs and their fans!

Neil Ramirez continues to roll for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 18 April 2016 at 8:51 am

26-year old righty reliever Neil Ramirez continues to roll for the Chicago Cubs.  He has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 72 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 4-3 with 3 saves, a 1.76 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He has only given up 42 hits while whiffing 71 batters in his first 61 1/3 innings for the Cubs, but his only wart is his 25 walks.  Imagine how good his numbers would look if he tightened up his control a little bit!  Ramirez came to the Cubs in the deal that sent Matt Garza to the Rangers.

Jake Arrieta is off to a blazing start in 2016 for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 April 2016 at 2:33 pm

30-year old righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta is off to a blazing start in 2016 for the Chicago Cubs.  He has pitched in 2 games (both starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP.  He is also 1 for 3 (.333 avg, 1.667 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs so far this year, as he is helping himself at the plate!  Arrieta pitched in 33 games (all starts) last year for the Cubs and he was 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP.  He won the N.L. Cy Young Award in 2015 and he was #6 in the voting for the MVP Award.  He led the Major Leagues in wins (22), complete games (4) and shutouts (3) in 2015.  He also led the N.L. in games started with 33 of them in 2015.  Arrieta is off to a great start as he tries to win back to back Cy Young Awards.

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