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Mid-Season Review, Part Deux

Posted by dannmckeegan on July 2, 2010

Part Deux, as one might guess, implies that this entry will focus on the Cubs middle infield.  With the May promotion of Starlin Castro to the majors from Double A Tennessee, everyone else’s role changed.  Ryan Theriot moved from short to second.  Fontenot became a backup at second.  And Jeff Baker found himself on the bench, for the most part, pinch hitting until Aramis Ramirez went to the DL in June.  As a group, the best descriptor is probably “frustrating,” but each man merits that adjective for different reasons.  So without further ado, let’s begin.

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Jake Peavy: a Jekyll and Hyde Case Study

Posted by dannmckeegan on May 4, 2010

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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 ESPN.com

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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Opening Day 2010

Posted by dannmckeegan on April 6, 2010

It seems appropriate to use baseball’s Opening Day 2010 as the starting point for what I hope to be a thoughtful, informative, and entertaining contribution to the massive body of baseball commentary and analysis on the web.  As this blog’s url implies, my location and primary loyalty as a fan is to the Chicago Cubs.  I try my best to keep one eye focused on the national scene (not the Nationals’ scene, as I’d lose half my vision) and to maintain an objective view of the Chicago National League Ball Club. Read the rest of this entry »

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