What Was or What Could Have Been – The First Month

With the first month of the 2006 season behind us, I thought this would be a good time to take a look at the numbers from those players we started keeping track of back in Spring Training and during the Hot Stove.

With a night game on the West Coast on Thursday night, feel free to use this article as a way to share some of your thoughts from the first month of the season. Like all of you, I have mixed feelings about the first month, but after Wednesday night’s loss to the Diamondbacks the Cubs are still 2 games over .500 and Carlos Zambrano has yet to win a game and Aramis Ramirez, Jacque Jones and Juan Pierre are not hitting.

The Cubs did release good news about Kerry Wood on Wednesday and according to a report on Cubs.com, Wood will likely make a start for the Peoria Chiefs on Sunday….and according to a report in the Thursday morning Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Prior has been slowed with food poisoning but Wade Miller is expecting to be back in the first couple of weeks of June and the Daily Herald had an update on Thursday on Angel Pagan.

What Is

Jacque Jones – .219 (14 for 64) in 21 games, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 3BB, .261 OBP, .453 SLG
Juan Pierre – .248 (25 for 101) in 25 games, 0 HR, 2 RBI, .276 OBP, .317 SLG
Ronny Cedeno – .306 (26 for 85) in 24 games, 1 HR, 8 RBI, .337 OBP, .459 SLG
Todd Walker – .365 (27 for 74) in 24 games, 2 HR, 13 RBI, .442 OBP, .514 SLG

Scott Eyre – 0-0, 1.98 ERA, 11 games, 13.2 IP, 7 Hits, 14 SO, 10 BB
Bobby Howry – 2-0, 1.50 ERA, 12 games, 12 IP, 9 Hits, 8 SO, 2 BB
Glendon Rusch – 1-4, 8.46 ERA, 5 games, 22.1 IP, 24 Hits, 14 SO, 11 HR
Jerome Williams – Optioned to AAA Iowa on April 21st

What Was

Nomar Garciaparra – .313 (10 for 32) in 9 games, 2 HR, 9 RBI, .410 OBP, .656 SLG – Activated from the 15-day disabled list on April 22nd
Jeromy Burnitz - .218 (22 for 101) in 27 games, 6 HR, 16 RBI, .255 OBP, .416 SLG
Corey Patterson – .293 (17 for 58) in 21 games, 3 HR, 11 RBI, .305 OBP, .483 SLG

LaTroy Hawkins – 0-1, 4.97 ERA, 13 games, 12.2 IP, 15 Hits, 5 SO, 0 Save
Sergio Mitre – 1-3, 3.82 ERA, 5 games, 30.2 IP, 28 Hits, 23 SO, 5 HR
Ricky Nolasco – 1-1, 6.97 ERA, 7 games, 10.1 IP, 12 Hits, 10 SO, 1 HR
Todd Wellemeyer - 0-1, 4.32 ERA, 8 games, 8.1 IP, 8 Hits, 8 SO, 0 HR
John Koronka – 3-1, 4.25 ERA, 5 games, 29.2 IP, 28 Hits, 20 SO, 3 HR

What Could Have Been

Rafael Furcal – .204 (21 for 103) in 25 games, 0 HR, 3 RBI, .317 OBP, .233 SLG
Alfonso Soriano – .308 (36 for 117) in 28 games, 8 HR, 17 RBI, .357 OBP, .556 SLG
Miguel Tejada – .423 (47 for 111) in 28 games, 8 HR, 26 RBI, .458 OBP, .658 SLG
Julio Lugo – Lugo has only played in 1 game this season – placed on the 15-day DL on April 6th, retroactive to April 4th

Kevin Millwood – 2-2, 3.89 ERA, 6 games, 37 IP, 46 hits, 30 SO, 2 HR
Jeff Weaver - 1-4, 6.43 ERA, 6 games, 35 IP, 42 hits, 24 SO, 6 HR
Barry Zito – 2-2, 4.63 ERA, 6 games, 35 IP, 25 hits, 27 SO, 4 HR
B.J. Ryan – 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 12 games, 12.1 IP, 3 hits, 10 SO, 0 HR
A.J. Burnett – 0-1, 6.30 ERA, 2 games, 10 IP, 12 hits, 10 SO, 4 HR
– A.J. Burnett was placed on the 15-day DL for the second time this season on April 22nd

(Note all stats are from end of day on Tuesday, 5/2/06)

If there is a player you would like me to keep track of during the season, let me know, either leave a comment or drop me an email – neil@chicagocubsonline.com. 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 throughout the season.

Quote of the Day

"Change is inevitable, but personal growth is a choice." - Bob Proctor
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