Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Pitching News and Questions

Um, Bob Howry? Really? Howry has gotten worse since he left the Cubs. Don't let the 3.39 ERA for the Giants fool you. Howry is a massive fly ball pitcher who has a diminishing K rate and seems to have lost the control he once possessed. This is a bad signing Hendry. I'd rather they call up Jay Jackson or Andrew Cashner.

Speaking of Jackson, the Cubs have an embarrassment of riches in #2 and #3 type starters. Right now, they have the following pitchers I would categorize as likely #2 guys:

Ryan Dempster
Ted Lilly
Carlos Zambrano

And the following pitchers I would categorize as #3 guys:

Tom Gorzelanny
Randy Wells
Carlos Silva (at least for now)

Also the following pitchers are potentially in this same boat:

Sean Marshall
Jay Jackson
Andrew Cashner

Now for whatever reason, Jackson has been pitching in relief in Iowa but realistically the Cubs are really just missing a real #1 starter in order to have what is quite possibly the best rotation in baseball. #1 starters are usually hard to find but it's an interesting problem to have.

This begs the question. Who the Hell goes back to the bullpen when a certain large, bat weilding Venezuelen re-enters the rotation? Certainly not Gorzelanny who continues to pitch his brains out. You can't take Silva out of the rotation. Dempster is not a good choice as he's pretty much now spent 2 and a quarter years as the Cubs nominal ace. Lilly doesn't seem right. Either does Wells. I have no clue. I don't think the powers that be on the Cubs have a clue either. They almost seem to be hoping for an injury or for one of these pitchers to blow up but that just isn't happening.

Cashner & Jackson are plusses

Why is Jackson & Cashner not up in place of Berg & Gray. As to who goes out, right now its the team's toughest decision but I do know moving Big Z was a mistake. Lou & Larry fooled the fans after a short 3 day experiment but in all reality it was a very poor decision that could haunt the team chemistry of the pitching staff.
I like Ricketts involvement with the fans but to let Hendry keep making the decisions of the future of the Cubs is not a very smart move. Tom, your the top dog so come out with a big bark & place some pressure on your employees. Change is needed.
You realized that with Wrigley Field, now realize that with the team you own, the Cubs. The fans deserve a "true Cub leader" up top so be one. You bought this team, the #1 fan base in the nation, you owe them for their loyalty. Sometimes in this business you have to make tough decisions. Hendry is not a good baseball decision man and Maddux would be a better pitching coach than Rothschild. Enough said, good luck !!!!!!!!

If Wells's development

If Wells's development continues on its current path, he'll be a "#2" starter by the end of the year. He put up a FIP of 3.88 next year, although his xFIP was half a run higher. This season, in limited action, he has a FIP below 3 and an xFIP of 3.47. Simply put, he's been awesome.

A new nickname for Hendry

Finally, we have one that I think could stick. At least in my house Hendry will be called "Bad Sign."

Honestly, this news has ruined my day: a Cubs fan living in Philadelphia the day AFTER the Cubs spank the Phillies 4-1 and my day is already effing ruined. Thanks so much, effing Bad Sign.


I couldn't believe it at first, but then I thought: our bullpen is so freakin' bad, what's wrong with taking a flier on a guy? If Howry pitches poorly two or three times ... well, that's probably what would have happened if Caridad or Berg went out there anyways. And if he does well, great!

I doubt he'll contribute the way Jim Edmonds did in '08, but remember that he was awful when San Diego let him go as well.

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