Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 3, Cubs 0 – September 17, 2012

Travis Wood had a decent game in every category save the “earned runs” one, but Kevin Correia took the Cubs apart. That isn’t infrequent after a multi-hour rain delay that has a game going into the wee hours of the morning.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

27 responses to “Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 3, Cubs 0 – September 17, 2012”

  1. Idaho Razorback

    Good thing he started or there could have been a no-no.

  2. Darwin Barney

    “Really guys? I thought his stuff wasn’t even that good tonight. I didn’t really have any trouble with it at all. Did you see my hit in the 6th? Yea, I mean I guess it was a pretty good pitch, but I just smacked it into right, no big deal. But did you see my other hit? Yea, that one. That one was pretty sweet, too. I mean, I don’t mean to toot my own horn or anything, but…”

  3. fortyonenorth

    Good game, DB – not that I watched it or anything. Fortunately, the Cubbies averted falling from the #2 slot in the reverse standings. But, hey, it’s the Cubs. There seems to be a certain inevitability to it, though. No worse than #3, right? Right?

  4. Mat B

    Don’t look now, but Darwin Barney’s confidence is growing. Not only is his BA climbing, but so is his walk total. I think next year may be his offensive breakout season after this year’s defensive breakout season.

    1. DocPeterWimsey

      Barney’s “surge” is due to a really high BABiP: it’s been over 0.370 this month. As his extra base hit rate is actually lower than it was in August (where he had an equally unlucky 0.225 BABiP), the superficial evidence indicates that he’s actually hitting the ball worse than he did in August, but that he’s getting better results (i.e., more grounders and bloops sneaking through) than he did in August.

      Barney’s walk totals are pretty much in keeping with the rest of the year. It (probably) will be his best month for walks, but it will not fall outside his expected distribution.

      And, of course, it probably has helped that he’s faced a lot of really bad pitching this month: after the Nats, it has been Pirates and Astros, which is sort of like AAA but without any good prospects in the mix…. ;-)

      1. Mat B

        Since you’ve apparently researched his walk totals for the each month of the season, how do they break down? It seems to me he has been drawing more lately, and yes that can be attributed to the pitching, but the hitter does have to take the pitches, which Cub hitters in general have trouble doing. While on the subject, how much would one extra walk per week over the course of a season affect OBP?

        1. Cubbie Blues

          Walks per month both percent and total walks;
          March/April 4.7% / 4
          May 8.2% / 8
          June 3.9% / 4
          July 3.9% / 3
          August 5.0% / 5
          Sept 11.5% / 7

        2. DocPeterWimsey

          Here are Barney’s walk totals and the approximate proportion of PAs in which he’s walked:

          Apr: 4 5%
          May: 8 8%
          Jun: 4 4%
          Jul: 3 4%
          Aug: 5 5%
          Sep: 7 12%

          These last couple of weeks have been pretty good: you would expect Barney to have a week this good about 2 times every three seasons if all the pitching he faced was the same. But, of course, there is the rub: 3 of the 4 series in the last couple of weeks have been against pitching staffs that walked a lot of guys. Indeed, a couple of the games were noted by the ESPN guys as exhibitions of really bad control because of how many Cubs were walked and how tough it is to walk Cubs!

          Incidentally, if you added 22 walks to Barney’s totals, then he’d be up to 0.352. However, I really doubt that we are witnessing Darwin evolving a batting eye.

          1. Mat B

            I don’t know, set a goal for an extra walk a week with incentives. Yeah, probably optimistic, but I wouldn’t think it would be out of reach. Oh & thanks Cubbie & Doc

          2. Darwin Barney

            Yea, don’t see too much drastic improvement from Darwin’s batting eye this season, but he’s definitely added some power. He’s got career highs in all of the power categories, and his OPS and wOBA have been hurt by a low BABIP. So yea, I think this has been a good year for Darwin offensively, in that he has taken a step forward by adding a little bit of pop.

  5. ssckelley

    Barney will be an All Star next season!!!

  6. MaxM1908

    Hey all, I’ve been absent from this site for some time working in Europe. Is Barney still chasing the record? Or did he have an error in the past month? Sorry to be ignorant, but I’ve swamped with work and Cubs baseball has been a low priority.

    1. Mat B

      Blew the record away & still counting. He’s over 130 now.

  7. fortyonenorth

    I was curious about Barney’s home vs. away splits so I looked them up. Get this:

    Home: .321/.374/.846
    Away: .215/.255/.532

    I knew he was better at Wrigley, but I was surprised by the disparity.

    1. Mat B

      Whoa, that’s big. I’m too lazy to check it out, but I’ve been wondering about his splits in the 2 hole vs. anywhere else in the lineup. It seems to me he produces more when he’s batting second.

      1. Mat B

        Alright, I looked it up & I was wrong. His splits are much better as the 8th hitter: .238/.291/.288 vs. .295/.355/.426

    2. Darwin Barney

      All 6 of his dingers have been hit at Wrigley, too.

      1. hansman1982

        WOW, talking in the 2nd AND 3rd person – Darwin Barney’s ego has increased in size.

        1. SirCub

          Haha, forgot to change my handle back.

  8. RoughRiider

    I guess Barney was the only one not SITTING around waiting for the game to start.

  9. hansman1982

    So the day after Barney gets a gift that keeps his errorless streak alive; he singlehandedly keeps the Cubs No-Hit streak alive.

    Paying it forward…I like it.