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john baker cubsIt’s hard to do the normal posts during the Blogathon, because I get so caught up in all the other stuff.

  • John Baker was the winning pitcher last night, throwing a scoreless frame in the 16th inning. He also scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning, but that’s less whacky, so let’s instead focus on Baker, the pitcher. Although he got out of the inning without giving up any runs, that one walk will really damage his line. He sports a 0.00 ERA, but a 6.13 FIP and a 7.40 xFIP. The 50% groundball rate is nice, and could save him some further damage down the line. I’m not sure that the .000 BABIP or 0.0% line drive rate are sustainable, though. His one win ties him with Jake Peavy, who was recently traded for a couple interesting pitching prospects.
  • Multiple sources indicate that Baker was the first Cubs position player to get a win in over 100 years.
  • Awesome quotes from Baker here on the win, the ensuing shower (beer, chocolate milk, hair gel, shampoo, and body wash), and the fact that he had to shake off Welington Castillo a couple times because they “weren’t on the same page,” and Baker “trusts [his] stuff.” Yeah, I pretty much love John Baker. (And I’m in good company.)
  • In case you missed it, here’s some video of John Baker pitching:

  • Baker was also pretty much money on the walkoff:

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