The Hot Stove….Revisited

This past off-season was one of the biggest and most scrutinized in the history of the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs Faithful was up in arms over the World Championship going to the ‘Wrongside’ of Chicago.

There were many moves made and not made by the Cubs that fueled that Hot Stove fire. Many wanted (and expected) the Cubs to sign Rafael Furcal. Many wanted the Cubs to go after Kevin Millwood and Jeff Weaver. What about Nomar? Corey Patterson? ….and so on. So from time to time this season the CCO will take a look at the stats of ‘What Was or What Could Have Been’ and compare them with the additions the Cubs made….

What Is

Jacque Jones – .421 (8 for 19) in 9 games, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3BB, .500 OBP, .579 SLG
Juan Pierre – .214 (6 for 28) in 10 games, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .241 OBP, .286 SLG
Ronny Cedeno – .167 (4 for 24) in 11 games, 0 HR, 2 RBI, .231 OBP, .167 SLG
Marquis Grissom – .304 (7 for 23) in 10 games, 0 HR, 4 RBI, .360 OBP, .391 SLG

Scott Eyre – 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 games, 5 IP, 2 Hits, 6 SO, 1 Save
Bobby Howry – 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 games, 5 IP, 3 Hits, 3 SO
Glendon Rusch - 1-1, 7.00 ERA, 3 games, 9 IP, 14 Hits, 4 SO, 2 HR
Jerome Williams – 0-3, 9.00 ERA, 3 games, 9 IP, 15 Hits, 1 SO, 0 HR

What Was

Nomar Garciaparra – .172 (5 for 29) in 10 games, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .200 OBP, .172 SLG
Jeromy Burnitz – .375 (6 for 16) in 6 games, 2 HR, 4 RBI, .375 OBP, .938 SLG
Corey Patterson – .286 (10 for 35) in 12 games, 1 HR, 4 RBI, .342 OBP, .457 SLG, 6 SO

LaTroy Hawkins – 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 games, 4 IP, 3 Hits, 6 SO, 1 Save
Sergio Mitre – 0-0, 1.80 ERA, 3 games, 10 IP, 6 Hits, 6 SO, 0 HR
Ricky Nolasco – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 games, 8.2 IP, 4 Hits, 5 SO, 0 HR
Renyel Pinto – 1-0, 3.60 ERA, 3 games, 5.0 IP, 5 Hits, 7 SO, 0 HR

What Could Have Been

Rafael Furcal - played 1st game of the spring on Wednesday, 0 for 1
Alfonso Soriano is in the WBC
Miguel Tejada is in the WBC

Kevin Millwood – pitched one game this past Monday, 4 innings against a Seattle lineup that was all Minor Leaguers, he gave up 1 run on 3 hits and threw 58 pitches. Millwood is scheduled to pitch tomorrow against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jeff Weaver - 0-1, 15.43 ERA, 3 games, 9.1 IP, 21 hits, 1 SO, 4 HR
Barry Zito – 1-0, 4.00 ERA, 3 games, 9.0 IP, 10 hits, 8 SO, 1 HR
A.J. Burnett – 0-1, 7.71 ERA, 2 games, 7.0 IP, 7 hits, 10 SO, 1 HR
B.J. Ryan – 0-0, 3.60 ERA, 5 games, 5.0 IP, 4 hits, 6 SO, 0 HR

If there is a player you would like me to keep track of during the season, let me know. Hindsight is always better than foresight….at least that’s what I’ve been told, so it should be interesting to see how those decisions, made so long ago, transpire throught the season

Quote of the Day

"Baseball, just a game as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes." - Ernie Harwell
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