4/26 Extra bases

* With Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Marlins, the Cubs now have had 18 of their 21 games decided by three runs or less, and the Cubs are 6-12 in the close games. More than half of the losses (eight) have been by two runs or less. Four of the Cubs’ seven wins have come in the last at-bat.

The Cubs have equaled a franchise record by having 18 of first 21 games decided by three runs or less. The last team to do so was the 1950 squad, managed by Frankie Frisch and which included Hank Sauer and Andy Pafko.

In total, the Cubs have seen all 21 of their games this season decided by four runs or less, which also matches a franchise record. The 1908 Cubs also began the season that way, but that team was 14-7 in the first 21 games.

* In 13 quality starts this season, Cubs pitcher have recorded a 1.85 ERA, yet only have three wins. Only three teams in all of baseball have more quality starts than the Cubs: Cincinnati (16), Philadelphia (15) and St. Louis (15). The Reds are 6-0 in their quality starts, the Phillies are 5-1 and the Cardinals are 9-3. The Cubs are 3-4.

* Overall, Cubs starting pitchers have a 3.04 ERA in the first 21 games of the season, third-lowest team ERA among starters in the National League. Through the first 21 games last season, the Cubs starters had a 4.35 ERA.

* Cubs starting pitchers have limited opponents to a .209 batting average and .618 OPS, lowest marks in the Majors this season

* Chicago’s bullpen has a 1.29 ERA (3 ER/21 IP) in its last eight games to lower the collective ERA from 6.06 to 4.29.

* The Cubs are tied with the Marlins for second-most errors in the Majors with 18. The Nationals lead with 19. The Cubs’ miscuse have led to 14 unearned runs, tied with the Astros and Blue Jays for the most in the Majors.

* On this road trip, the Cubs also are 6-for-45 (.133) with runners in scoring position, and batting .148 with RISP for the season, lowest in the Majors.

14 Comments

Thanks for these figures, C. Are very telling and explai

Would be good if I could finish. Thes offensive numbers tell you all you need as to why our record is what it is. Absolutely pathetic!

Nice finish jhosk.

Carrie, do you have a breakdown of the players comprising the 45 ab’s with runners in scoring positon?

RISP – Plate Appearances – BA – OPS (sorted by Plate appearances – total 178 for team)
Rizzo – 22 – .100 – .482
Castro – 22 – .143 – .325
Valbuena – 19 – .231 – .935
Castillo – 19 – .250 – .646
Soriano – 18 – .125 – .347
Schierholtz – 15 – .385 – 1.121
Hairston – 10 – .000 – .100
DeJesus – 9 – .167 – .611
Barney – 8 – .000 – .125
(36 other PA by pitchers, demoted players, bench players or new players)
Thank goodness for Schierholtz, eh?

That’s the year so far, of course. Would take much longer for me to separate out the road trip, but probably wouldn’t be much different.

That’s nice work RD, thanks. I thought Schierholtz would be the only one with a good average. That is why I would like to see him moved up in the order along with Castillo and even Valbuena who compared to Soriano’s TWO runs batted in is an RBI MACHINE…. Time for Sveum to put his money where his mouth is, work with the roster he has and shake up the batting order a little bit. Not much to lose and while we are playing our brethren, the other bottom feeding team Marlins…why not NOW??? It may give us fans who are still tuning in a little change in the “plot”, could even be as interesting as Mamma’s “As The Ball Rotates”!

C’mon you guys who saw that beautiful catch from Barney!? :D not just me right!?!? C’mon I know everyone had to see THAT play! It was the most BEAUTIFUL play I have ever seen before!!! :D
-#1 fan right here!

That was a “smilely” play for sure, Isabel. I think the whole baseball world can appreciate that one!!!! But you and I know that we are the biggest Barney fans of all time. Me – #1 fan – you #2 fan! We will work on figuring out a way for you to meet him and have a chat. Any ideas yet?

Please White don’t kid yourself. We all know who his number one fan is, even Carrie! :) Ummm..maybe Carrie can just tell him how devoted I am :)

Encouraging numbers pitching wise, but hitting must desperately improve. Still, i feel very encouraged by the way pitching (even bullpen as of late) has stepped up.

Cubs win 3 in row. Defense & pitching were sterling, RISP coming around also. Travis Wood is making the trade of Marshall look like a win for us. As Russell is a younger version of Marshall. Get the sweep on Sunday, come home and let’s see where we are at. Go cubs

Rizzo certainly looks like he is improving his RISP AB’s all the while his BA has climbed to .211
AND Soriano has seen his RBI’s increase from two to …uh…never mind. But he has seen his BA climb to…uh…never mind. BUT, he has caught a ball at the wall (HOF stuff, break open the leftover champagne from 1984….) AND seen his stolen bases soar from 1 to THREE. He more than single handedly has matched the production from the sorely missed CAMPANA. I am encouraged by Soriano’s play however as every day he plays is one day closer to the end of his contract, and the last smoldering remnant of the team Hendry burned to ashes.

Ha, ha….too funny Mamma. Way to get under the skin of “HWSRN”. Nice. Next week (it’s May of course) Soriano may go on a tear and propel the Cubs to 60 wins!!! Maybe Sandberg DID learn that…hence the slight from Hendry, couldn’t take the risk of Sandberg not being on the same page in the Soriano MVP play book.

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