How Does Gallagher Spell Relief? W-A-L-K-I-N-G...

I delayed my end-of-homestand post for a day so I could see how Sean Gallagher followed up on his brilliant outing from last week.

The results? Mixed.

Gallagher retired the first ten Fresno hitters he faced. He entered the sixth having surrendered only one run and retired the first two routinely before an infield single dripped from the faucet. A stolen base followed, then an intentional walk, then an accidental walk and Gallagher called it a night, leaving the bases loaded and the water running for Carmen Pignatiello.

Channeling his lone big league appearance of the season before being dispatched to Iowa, 'Piggy' walked both of the batters who stood in against him. With the water now rising quickly, Randy Wells waded right in and served up a grand slam to the first guy he faced and the ballgame floated away.

All five of Gallagher's whiffs on the night were swinging, giving him seventeen straight of that variety over his last two starts. He seems to be foolin' people.

Five starts and 30 innings into the season and Gallagher is sporting a .196 BAA. Good stuff.

Jose Ascanio also continues to impress. He's saved six of the team's eleven wins, and the I-Cubs are 9-1 when he appears in a game.

Neal Cotts is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA so far. Versus lefties he's allowed only two hits in five frames while walking one and fanning seven.

Those three hurlers are the only silver linings this prospector has found on the club.

Jake Fox has somehow managed to produce 18 runs with his 15 hits, but his BA has plummeted to .169 for the year. In the last ten games he's 2/38 [.053]. Want more? He's tagging southpaws at an .063 clip [1/16].

Patterson's on the DL with the hammy he strained last week, Fuld still isn't playing due to his bad thumb and Hoffpauir remains a fond memory from last year.

Old war-horse Les Walrond got his walking papers yesterday in favor of Justin Berg who was promoted from Tennessee where he'd been 0-3 with a 3.49 ERA in five starts.

The pesky redhead should be back with the team when they return from the road on May 6. I can only hope...MW

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When are we going to start the "Let Cotts play" campaign?

As soon as Eyre comes back and (predictably) gets pounded.

Touche

It'll take a lot of dominating AAA, and his peripherals will have to be great, to convince me that he doesn't still suck.

Lou looks like a genius for the team he selected from Spring Training. With few exceptions, the guys he returned to the minors have performed like crap down there.

Great writeup, as always!

pitcher James Russell already up to AA. I know AZ Phil did a write-up on him, but 14th round pick last year is already in AA. 6-4", 205, 22 years old lefty was 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA at Hi-A Daytona, 27.1 IP, 25 H, 14 K, 7 BB, 2 HR as a starter.

Gallagher's going to be one of the top pitching prospects in baseball in next year's rankings if he doesn't lose his eligibility this season. It seems his new slider is working. I know he's got the same control issues as Rich Hill, where the numbers generally look good in AAA, but he doesn't quite have that good control as the numbers suggest. Nonetheless, this kid is developing into something special.

That's some serious minor-league Cubbery there. Two-out, nobody on turns into six runs, with only two hits. Wow.

Cubbery, indeed.

Re comparing to RHILL, (not John Hill), is Gallagher's fastball a "real" one?

Re comparing to RHILL, (not John Hill), is Gallagher's fastball a "real" one?



Gets up to 95 mph, sits in the low 90's like most. It's just a matter of how well he can control it.

Thanks - never seen him live. Only during ST on TV.

Mike Cameron has a career .295 BA and .411 OBP at Wrigley.

I hope we keep the Cheater off the bases.

goats...

magazines...

okay, i give up. i finally found a strawman arguement that's worse than blaming a manager for everything.

let's buy every issue and bury them in concrete supporting the Banks statue...light a few catholic decorated candles every home game...sacrifice a chicken on the full moon...drag our scrotums through the underbrush banging on drums to moon gods during losing streaks...

baseball players have enough superstitions...heh.

not upset, just ranting for the hell of it. doesnt really bug me, but some people put actual emotion into the stuff.

myself, i know a lot more people that wont step on the 1st/3rd lines on a field more cuz they don't wanna piss off the grounds crew more any superstition. still...some players/managers/coaches got more rituals, quirks, and lucky charms than some people who play too much bingo and slots. =p

lol crunch. I'm not a big fan of superstitions, either.

Ahhh, Rob G. and the other authors finally being able to say things like the "Cubs are so fucked." Just one nice benefit of no longer being at MVN.

i will frame it up to my 1994 si predicred world series of cubs and red sox.

my 2003 si cover of chicago heat with wood and prior.

and of course the2004 preview issue with wood on cover predicting world series .

yikes!

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees...

McCready pretty much confirms everything...

Drugs, affairs, perjury... sounds like somebody is ready for a successful career in American politics!

The dude's in his forties and he still frosts his tips. Will he run for Congress on the "Forever Spring Break '98" platform?

What a boner.

speaking of...

clint hurdle finally shaved that "hipster" facial hair off, but he's still getting that $100 club-boy haircut.

players think he's fun...whatever works.

42 right now in Chicago...35 degrees tonight. Yikes!

We couldn't have played these first two series in Milwaukee, huh?

http://deadspin.com/385210/lou-piniellas-balls-are...

I get a chuckle out of it...others find it disturbing how reporters are treated.

that reporter should have stuck with the pack rather than roaming around. hehe..

and the players pay for that clubhouse for the most part between tips, dues, and kickdowns...so yeah...stay off their f'n furniture meat. heh...

funny stuff.

The featured post/recent posts is now one "block" and you can tab between the two. Save some sidebar space. I'll probably be adding more of that around the site.

It does seem to screw up on Internet Explorer (of course) as the picture and headlines overlap the tabs. I'm hoping I can fix it by changing the style of the tabs,, but I'll have to play around with that later.

think I fixed the IE issue, just had to shorten the tab names so it displayed on one line...

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  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 32 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 10 hours 34 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 11 hours 17 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 11 hours 28 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 11 hours 35 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 11 hours 38 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 11 hours 49 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 11 hours 55 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 12 hours 11 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 12 hours 11 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 15 hours 2 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 17 hours 35 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 18 hours 8 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 18 hours 9 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 20 hours 6 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 22 hours 26 min ago view