I feel like there is some sort of bias going on again poor Jermaine Van Buren. Maybe it's because the name Jermaine doesn't really go with Van Buren? Maybe they fear he's one of the Van Buren boys? Most probably it has something to do with the 40 man roster, but who cares. The important thing is I want him to get a chance against Major League hitting.
So far, VB has clocked in with a 1.75 ERA in 25 relief innings which, it turns out, is very good work. Actually, it is better work than any other reliever in AAA. Roberto Novoa, aka Johnny Jerked-Around, has bounce back and forth between AAA and the majors like a superball in a broom closet while VB is stuck in the minors. This is a sad reality of the politics of the 40 man roster. Of course, once you realize that Jose Macias is filling one of those slots, logic goes out the window. But that's life as a Cub fan.
This isn't the first taste of success that J-VanB has experienced in professional baseball, as most of you probably know. The Burenator posted sub-2 ERAs at both single and double A last year, and had a slightly-higher-than-2 ERA at AAA. And now, of course, he is eating up AAA. Raise your hand if you think he'd enjoy the majors. Me too. So let's start the campaign now. No more Novoa, no more wasting 40 man roster space. He's earned a spot and so he should have one. Free JVB!
The not-Koronka watch
Hopefully Koronka proves me wrong tonight, but I am also looking very closely at anyone who can fill the void created by Koronka being not-so-good. Yes, he has been his own personal void on the mound. He's the void-bringer.
Jerome Williams, brought over in the LaTroy purge, has been pretty good at AAA Iowa, sporting a 2.95 ERA in 3 starts, with 13 strikeouts and only 3 walks. Solid numbers from someone who has proven himself in the past to be a quality major leaguer. If Koronka doesn't put on a solid show at Wirgley tonight, I think we might see the fruits of the LaTroy departure.