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The Cases for Adrian and Adam

Posted by dannmckeegan on October 8, 2010

Both Adrian Gonzalez of San Diego and soon-to-be free agent Adam Dunn have reportedly expressed interest in playing for the Chicago Cubs. Gonzalez, as first basemen by trade, expressed this sentiment to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmeyer last week as the Cubs were in the midst of hurting the Padres’ playoff chances. Carlos Zambrano claims, according to Bleed Cubbie Blue, that Dunn told him way back when the “first baseman”/slugger first was traded to the desert from the banks of the mighty Ohio. Read the rest of this entry »


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Jake Peavy: a Jekyll and Hyde Case Study

Posted by dannmckeegan on May 4, 2010


Jake Peavy delivers as a Padre. His pitches when with San Diego tended to make their way to the seats whenever he strayed too far from the Pacific coast. Photo from

There is nothing quite like a visit from the Kansas City Royals to cure what ails you.  Enter Jake Peavy, the nominal White Sox ace acquired by Kenny Williams in the middle of 2009.  Peavy had struggled with both his velocity and location this season up until Monday night’s start against an offensively challenged (and pitching-challenged and defensively challenged) Royals team.  Relying heavily on the newly regained zip on his fastball (94-95 at times), Peavy mixed in a cutter, curve, slider and change to the tune of only 4 hits and a walk through 7+ shutout innings.

This enticing outing for White Sox fans comes as concerns have been coming to a head.  Surprisingly, there has been little historical analysis to explore Peavy’s baseball past.  That is, sabermetric projections were happy to give Peavy’s potential a nod in the preseason, but nobody quite looked at what’s happened before.  Leave the predictions to Miss Cleo.  This isn’t about analysis, per se, but rather a take on the historical record.

Peavy has won a Cy Young Award (2007) and twice been an All-Star (2005, 2007).  Since debuting in 2002, Peavy has surpassed 200 innings in a season three times (2005-07) and started 30 or more games in four seasons (2003, 2005-07).  He left San Diego with a career record of 92-68, averaging 61/3 innings and 103 pitches per start.  His cumulative rate stats are impressive as well: 3.26 ERA, 1.182 WHIP, 3.10 K/BB ratio, and 0.667 opponent OPS all merit ace consideration in this day and age.  He clearly amassed the numbers and reputation of a top pitcher.

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Notable Ex-Cub Watch, Vol. 1

Posted by dannmckeegan on April 6, 2010

Occasionally I’ll help you check in on some of the former Cubs, prominent or not, floating around MLB in 2010.  This is intended to isolate trends more empirically based than Ron Berler’s theory of the Ex-Cub Factor.  The Ex-Cub Factor simply posits that three or more former Cubs doom a team to failure in the World Series.

I argue, rather, that loading up a roster with available pieces from a non-World Series team is not likely a recipe for success.  If Player X isn’t going to be retained by a team close to getting over the hump, he isn’t likely to be the tipping point for a team in a worse position.  Of all the ex-Cubs floating around MLB in 2010, none can be more prominent than the focus of today’s feature.

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