Wood & DeRo - Where are they now?
Jim Hendry has deservedly received a lot of flack for his off season moves this year. He rolled the dice on Bradley -- so far coming up a loser, although time may tell a different story -- he took a risk on Fontenot -- also a loser move -- and he dealt for Kevin Gregg after declaring that Wood had no home in Chicago.
The loss of Wood and Mark DeRosa in particular upset a lot of Cub fans. How many times have we heard or read this year that "da Cubs would be doin' betta with Da-Rosa!" How many of us lamented that Kerry Wood -- a certifiable "big game pitcher" -- was to be replaced by Kevin Gregg and his hipster-doofus glasses?
While the fan in me still misses Wood considerably, at this point Hendry's decisions look less decisively poor and more ambiguously positive than they did back in May.
Wood presently has 14 saves and 4 blown, while posting an ERA of 4.93 through 34.2 innings of work. Not exactly elite. Compare that with Gregg, who has 21 saves to 3 blown with an ERA of 3.42 in 47.1 innings of work.
DeRosa, meanwhile, is still hitting the crap out of the ball -- he's batting .266 with 18 homeruns so far this year. Although, since coming to St. Louis, DeRo is hitting a Fontenesque .244.
Speaking of Fontenot, at this point he has me longing for the days of Mickey Morandini. Font is batting .229 and should never, ever face another left handed pitcher in a game that matters.
As for Milton Bradley, he is doing better but not great. He's certainly not earning his contract this season. He was chosen by the Cubs over guys like Bobby Abreu, Adam Dunn, and Raul Ibanez, all of whom are either lacking power, defense, or a legitimate "I'm doing it clean" argument.
Nevertheless, the Cubs are now leading the NL Central. They'd undoubtably be better off with a guy like DeRosa on the team, but Gregg at least is looking very good. And Bradley? Meh. Let's talk about him again in a year.