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Edwin Jackson pitched well once again, and the bullpen did its job. Once again, the Cubs put a lot of baserunners on, but didn’t get many of them home. Until an assist in the 9th, anyway …

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  • MadMax

    How about Lake going from first to home and not making it a close play? You can’t teach speed.

    • Jason

      Right after he beat out what would have been a game ending double play too…

  • walter sobchak

    Can we see Mike Olt soon and stop the nonsense of Barney and Villa being in the same lineup? Is the team that loaded where we can put two automatic outs in the lineup?
    Dejesus
    Lake
    Castro
    Rizzo
    Schierholtz
    Olt
    Castillo/Navaro
    Barney/Villa
    P
    Im no expert but jesus I can see these two being all we have

    • Jimmy James

      Patience young grasshopper

      • Melrosepad

        I’m hoping Olt comes up on Aug 12 since I got tickets to the Aug 11th game for the I-Cubs

    • jeff.rey

      Barney’s BABIP is .228 fyi, so he’s not actually this bad. Plus his GB/FB rate has improved quite a bit, unfortunately at the expense of his line drive rate.

      • Bwa

        You have to compare that to his career babip though. You can’t just day he’s getting unlucky because it is low, because it is probably low because he is bad. When Miguel Cabrera has a babip near 400 he is not getting lucky, he’s just good, but if that were Barney ten Barney would be lucky. It’s relative per player and career norms.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          Miggy’s BABiP is nothing close to that.

        • jeff.rey

          There are a few things you can do to increase your BABIP: be a fast runner, hit line drives, and avoid infield fly balls. Barney’s obvious not too speedy, his line drive rate is lower than normal, and is hitting a fair amount of IFFBs. That being said, a guy who has a career .276 BABIP shouldn’t have a .224 BABIP, so he’s getting unlucky. He should be hitting closer to .250-.260 if it was closer to his career numbers.

          As for Cabrera, he just hits the ball really hard. Some of his .369 is luck, but it’s also something that happens when you make hard contact with the ball regularly.

          • Scotti

            Barney isn’t unlucky, he’s slumping. He’ll continue to slump until he makes some corrections (i.e. waiting for a better pitch to hit and then using the whole field). It doesn’t help that he’s hit in front of the pitcher quite a bit but the 8th hitter still needs to stay fundamentally sound in his approach.

      • Jared W

        Screw his babip. I’d like to see what percentage of his balls in play are weakly hit ground balls… gotta be pretty high. (Which would presumably drive down his babip)

        • Scotti

          Correct. Guys who are slumping see their BABIP go down. If said player isn’t a guy who frequently hits HR and takes BB or Ks then you are basically left with line drive percentage as the only factor to determine if he’s slumping (that and actually watching his PA). Barney is slumping.

  • sven-erik312

    Great win. Love the west coast games. Here in Europe, I can see the game when I get up in the morning…

    • Harry Ramirez

      Likewise. Day games at Wrigley are also great, it’s prime time for us.

      • Inkastad

        Agreed! Woke up in the 8th, just in time for some action :)

  • B

    Need to hurry up and trade russell before he loses all his trade value.

    • Hansman1982

      Any team that trades for him is going to pay for him as more of a loogy that as a “seam Marshall-esque” pitcher some folks around here have built Russell up to.

    • baldtaxguy

      He’ll lose trade value between now and 7/31?

  • Mat B

    I’ve always liked Darwin Barney and the way he plays defense. I, like every Cubs fan, wish that he would do more offensively. However, I stated last year that he influences a game defensively as much as many players wish they could influence it offensively. That play on Posey’s grounder was nothing short of amazing. I don’t know where I’m going with this. I’d still like to see him hit .250 with an OBP of .340, but man can he play defense!

    • Kramden

      While Barney’s a starter with the Cubs, other teams likely see him as a defensive replacement.

      • Mat B

        I know, but he is amazing in the field, and your statement makes me a little sad that there is no room (in a starting role) on the field for someone that good with the glove.

        • Ivy Walls

          Peter Brand:

          “Okay, people who run ball clubs, they think in terms of buying players. Your goal shouldn’t be to buy players. Your goal should be to buy wins and in order to buy wins, you need to buy runs. … When I see [Darwin Barney]n, what I see is…is an imperfect understanding of where runs come from. The guy’s got a great glove

      • Mat B

        Actually, I think he could still be a starter in the AL. With the DH a team could justify putting him out there everyday.

  • Kramden

    Schierholtz, DeJesus, Russell, Gregg and then they’re done til next year’s deadline.

    Make it happen, Theo.

  • Carmelo

    The ball Lake hit in the first towards 3rd and Rizzo’s ball in the 9th both should have been ruled hits—Rizzo’s ball almost ended up at the warning track hit was hit so hard—I’ve seen Puig hit two hoppers to 3rd off the 3rdbasemans glove and get credited for hits.

    • Kubphan82

      While I agree about how hard that ball was smoked… All that really matters is the Cubs got credit for the win ;) a come from behind in the ninth!

  • Die hard

    Really trying hard to like Sveum but he’s costing Cubs wins by not being aggressive on base paths

    • Rebuilding

      Odd thing to put in a thread about a Cubs win, Die Hard. Not to mention its one of the things he does right

    • baldtaxguy

      How many wins are we short with this lack of aggressiveness?

      • Die hard

        15 or more– he seems to wait for 3 run homer that’s not going to happen even more often with Sori gone

        • baldtaxguy

          Really? Team would be 61-40, or better, due to Sveum’s lack of baserunning aggressiveness? Tell me more….

          • Die hard

            Bunt … hit to right field ..hit and run and run and hit… Many ways to be aggressive without stealing

            • chrisfchi

              The great baseball mind speakth! What else you got for us all knowing baseball god?

        • DarthHater

          Welcome back. It’s good to have the blog’s “utter stupidity quotient” boosted back to normal levels.

          • Mike

            Such hate for a fellow blog nerd.

    • Rcleven

      Actually the Cubs have been too aggressive on the base paths. The Cubs don’t have the horses to be successful at running. How many times has Rizzo been thrown out trying to take a extra base?
      Now that Sveum has a new toy with Lake he’s been running him like crazy. Sveum has done a fine job picking situations in witch to run. .

  • Dawn Strand

    Glad to see some Barney love on this comment thread. I keep holding out hope that his bat wakes up. I would be crushed to see him go. He is such a joy to watch out on that field and seems like such a solid guy to have around the clubhouse. His play last night was just gorgeous…

    • Jason

      Agreed. How many runs has he saved over the last year and a half? Those count just as much as those that you drive in.

    • Ivy Walls

      Runs= Wins, getting on base = runs, runs = wins. Barney’s WAR = 0.6, barely 1/2 win over AAA replacement value (Wadkins?), Barney’s OBP = .263 (last year Barney’s WAR was decent at 2.3 and a OBP of .299 for a glove guy that is respectable because his FLD was 14.8, this year it is 10.6) so he has saved 10 runs this year above replacement value,

      He might be loved, but this is not a good year for a marginal glove guy…Now if I were a cunning GM/FO I would keep Barney, trade Castro over the winter for a big haul, a true big LHP stud who is in the AA or AAA, like trading with Seattle and getting their stud RHP and LHP’s plus…

      Seattle needs to do something and their system is loaded with pitchers, move Barney to short until Baez and Alcantara are ready.

  • AshlandAndIrving

    Was looking up numbers last night after the game regarding Rizzo and although I understand people want to be patient, I am growing a little concerned. He’s got over 800 career at bats under his belt and that is normally when players under 25 start to define themselves as players. Obviously, there are exceptions (Konerko comes to mind) but to be honest, a lot of the premiere 1st basemen in the league now, were playing much better than Rizzo is after 800ABs. His contract isn’t a problem obviously, he’s a great guy, and plus defender. With that being said, it may be time to understand what Rizzo is, and start planning for what he will never be.

    • Hansman1982

      What numbers were you looking at?

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