9/27 Extra bases

* With one inning tonight, Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood will reach 200 for the first time in his big league career. The lefty will join teammate Jeff Samardzija (207 2/3 innings) in reaching the milestone. Entering the game, only two other pairs of National League teammates have reached 200 innings this season: Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels and Cincinnati’s Mat Latos and Homer Bailey. With 4 1/3 innings tonight, the Cardinals’ Lance Lynn would join teammate Adam Wainwright in the 200 club. Wood and Samardzija would become the first pair of Cubs teammates to reach 200 innings since Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly did so in 2008.

In the last 40 years, only two Cubs left-handed pitchers have reached 200 innings: Lilly (twice in 2007 and 2008) and Jamie Moyer (twice in 1987 and 1988)

* Wood begins tonight with a 2.98 ERA. In the last 50 years, only one Cubs left-handed pitcher has turned in a sub-3.00 ERA with at least 200 innings pitched, and that was in 1963 when Dick Ellsworth had a 2.11 ERA. No Cubs lefty in the 50 seasons since Ellsworth has compiled an ERA of 3.10 or less with at least 200 innings.

Going back further to 1920, only four Cubs left-handed pitchers have tossed at least 200 innings with an ERA of less than 3.00 covering those 94 seasons: Ellsworth, Johnny Schmitz (twice in 1946 and 1948), Larry French (1935) and Hippo Vaughn (1920).

* The Cubs have 90 quality starts this season, tied for fifth-most in the NL and 17 more than the 73 quality efforts Cubs starting pitchers recorded last season. In their 90 quality starts this year, Cubs pitchers have gone 42-20 with 28 no-decisions and a 1.93 ERA (131 ER/610.2 IP). The team is 14 games above .500 in those 90 games, posting a 52-38 record.

* The Cubs are 18-38 (.321) in their last 56 games starting July 29, the lowest winning percentage in the NL since that date. However, the Cubs turned in a 30-25 record in 55 games from May 26-July 28, a .545 winning percentage that was fourth-best in the NL in that span

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Wood had a huge year for the Cubs, he has excelled and really to bad his record does not indicate that. Should he continue to progress, I see him getting a long term contract next mid season.
Congratuations Travis Wood.

There is no open forum to put this, so;
Feldman for Pedro Strop and Jake Arrieta. Hairston for Ivan Pineyro. Carlos Marmol for Matt Guerrier. Garza for C J Edwards, Justin Grimm, Mike Olt and Neil Ramirez. Soriano for Corey Black. DeJesus for a PTBNL.
Cubs loses. Feldman, Hairston, Marmol, Garza ( FA at end of year), DeJesus and Soriano. All veterans, the only one traded that excelled was Soriano. When you really look at those names, wheres the loss??
Cub gains. Jake Arrieta (P), Ivan Pineyro (P), Matt Guerrier (P), C J Edwards (P), Justin Grimm (P), Neil Ramirez (P), Mike Olt (3B) and Corey Black (P), plus a PTBNL from Washington.
Does anyone see the upside to these trades?

Gee, um, well, oh…let me think….yeah, duh.

All of us know the “suits” were going to go with the youth movement. So what’s the big deal?
All the players mentioned still need to have a complete year in the ML in order to be evaluated.
They could be gold. Or they could be fool’s gold. So any upside is “on hold” until we see the numbers they produce. My advice. Don’t get excited over a bunch of rookies that have yet to cut their teeth between the white lines.

Why not? If not excited about the UNPROVEN rookies…we are left with being excited about the PROVEN journeymen??? I’ll go with the UNKNOWN prospects to get me through the off-season thank you. Jasper has it right…these trades are ALL GOOD even if a majority of the “bunch of rookies” don’t step up. It needed to be done in order to MOVE ON with developing talent. It’s what Epstein and Hoyer are paid to do and they are doing it very well. A+

It beats being excited for overpaying for a bunch of over-30 veterans, handing them no trade clauses to seal the deal, and hoping that they don’t drop off too much right away so you have a year or two window before the bottom falls out and you’re stuck with a bunch of once-good players who invoke their no-trade because “they like playing here.” That’s exactly what happened between 2007 and 2011. You want to go back to that era?

Diamondjim, with the money saved on those players just this year, the trades are already worth it.
So far Strop has stepped up and been very impressive. Arrieta went 4 & 2, 3.66 ERA for the Cubs. Grimm had a 2.25 ERA in 9 games with the Cubs. C J Edwards and Corey Black were lights out in the Minor League Playoffs.
If you do not see the upsides to these trades, there is something seriously wrong with your thought process.

Some of the stats are pretty amazing above.With a #1 bonified starter the pitching actually looks decent.Move Samardzija to #3.The Cubs will not have a 1-2-3 lights out pitching staff ready to compete with the elite,but with a#1 starter they might be impressive,

Kenly cub, I just want to put this out there. Twice the Cubs have tried to sign Samardzija to a long term contract, twice he has put them off.
Then you look at the Roster and who do the Cubs have left to trade? It is possible Samardzija may be done as a Cub. If I was Hoyer, I would get what I could while I could come trade time. There was alot I seen in Samardzija this year, I really didnt care for.
There is alot of value in a Starter that puts up over 200IP with 200 K’s.

Right you are,being moved down to the three hole would actually show more value in him.Stat wise with wins and losses battling the other teams #3 starter should only improve his stats.Throw in 200 innings plus 200 Ks the previous season and you have a very good trading piece.Possibly a couple of very good prospects to help out in a couple of years down the line.They are building for the future,one he might be no part of.

Protect your guy Tom. I hate the Cubs, but loved them and look at that. Thanks Carrie

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