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  • Piggy and Fox get the callup

    The Cubs have reportedly called up utility OF Jake Fox and LHP Carmen Pigneitello. In the process, Blanco was shifted to the 60day DL to let Piggy on the 40man, and Sean Gallagher and Eric Patterson will likely get the demotion to make for Piggy and Fox.

    Piggy is a finesse lefty, he doesn't crack too much in the velocity category but he has good movement and location on all of his pitches. He's likely to be used as a lefty specialist while Ohman is out yet he's better than just that.
    What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
    Line Drive: .356
    HBP: .342
    Non-Intentional Walk: .315
    Intentional Walk: .176
    Outfield Fly: .035
    Groundball: -.101
    Bunts: -.103
    Infield Fly: -.243
    Strikeout: -.287
    It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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    Originally posted by Bob Sacamento View Post
    The Cubs have reportedly called up utility OF Jake Fox and LHP Carmen Pigneitello. In the process, Blanco was shifted to the 60day DL to let Piggy on the 40man, and Sean Gallagher and Eric Patterson will likely get the demotion to make for Piggy and Fox.

    Piggy is a finesse lefty, he doesn't crack too much in the velocity category but he has good movement and location on all of his pitches. He's likely to be used as a lefty specialist while Ohman is out yet he's better than just that.
    This one makes sense to me. We were missing a big outfield bat and a lefty reliever.
    To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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    • #3
      Are Piggy and Rapada up to the task of being the lefties of the future for our pen?
      Senior Editor/Featured Writer for Home Of The Chiefs

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      • #4
        Originally posted by nathanKent View Post
        Are Piggy and Rapada up to the task of being the lefties of the future for our pen?
        In my opinion, yes. Lefty specialists are a dime a dozen. Personally I thought it was a mistake to give Eyre his contract when we did especially with the number of pitchers (who project as relievers) that we had coming up. Ohman's to a point where he is expendible, his salary keeps going up and we have kids who can put up comparable numbers.
        What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
        Line Drive: .356
        HBP: .342
        Non-Intentional Walk: .315
        Intentional Walk: .176
        Outfield Fly: .035
        Groundball: -.101
        Bunts: -.103
        Infield Fly: -.243
        Strikeout: -.287
        It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bob Sacamento View Post
          In my opinion, yes. Lefty specialists are a dime a dozen. Personally I thought it was a mistake to give Eyre his contract when we did especially with the number of pitchers (who project as relievers) that we had coming up.
          I agree that lefty specialists aren't that valuable. However, it's possible that at the time the Cubs acquired him, they might have viewed Eyre as a general reliever after the 2005 season he had, when he had splits of WHIP 1.04/1.12 and BAA of .182/.213. If so, that might explain the money thrown his way. In fact, in 2006, Eyre pitched slightly better against righties.

          Of course, this year, he's being hit silly by lefties and is downright being stripped of his manhood by righties. Over his entire career, he's been better against lefties.
          Last edited by Scartissue; 08-14-2007, 07:34 PM. Reason: fix
          To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bob Sacamento View Post
            In my opinion, yes. Lefty specialists are a dime a dozen. Personally I thought it was a mistake to give Eyre his contract when we did especially with the number of pitchers (who project as relievers) that we had coming up. Ohman's to a point where he is expendible, his salary keeps going up and we have kids who can put up comparable numbers.
            that and ohman seems to be willing to nuke his bridges behind him.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rockin500 View Post
              that and ohman seems to be willing to nuke his bridges behind him.
              I'm guessing you are alluding to Will's claim that the organization knowingly pitched him injuried. Then the team brought up that he never saw the trainer. Then Will said.... Personally, I wouldn't be at all suprised that Lou or at least Larry knew Ohman was in some pain but needed him to "stick it out" with the pen in shambles. If Ohman didn't have the argument, he'd still would have been on the tops of our trading list this offseason.
              What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
              Line Drive: .356
              HBP: .342
              Non-Intentional Walk: .315
              Intentional Walk: .176
              Outfield Fly: .035
              Groundball: -.101
              Bunts: -.103
              Infield Fly: -.243
              Strikeout: -.287
              It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Scartissue View Post
                I agree that lefty specialists aren't that valuable. However, it's possible that at the time the Cubs acquired him, they might have viewed Eyre as a general reliever after the 2005 season he had, when he had splits of WHIP 1.04/1.12 and BAA of .182/.213. If so, that might explain the money thrown his way. In fact, in 2006, Eyre pitched slightly better against righties.
                There is no doubt that Hendry viewed him more than just a LOOGY when he signed him. You are right the contract was for a setup man, but 2005 was a career year that he would have never repeat. The walks and hits were all down in 05 but he had never shown it in the past, his best past was 04 with his supreme stats against lefties. Hendry got dupped, he bit hard and he bit quick to get Eyre so someone like the Yanks wouldn't take him. His pumpkin act this year is no real suprise, this isn't the first time Jim got screwed on givng a reliever a longterm deal, see Mike Remlinger (3YR/11M).
                What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
                Line Drive: .356
                HBP: .342
                Non-Intentional Walk: .315
                Intentional Walk: .176
                Outfield Fly: .035
                Groundball: -.101
                Bunts: -.103
                Infield Fly: -.243
                Strikeout: -.287
                It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bob Sacamento View Post
                  There is no doubt that Hendry viewed him more than just a LOOGY when he signed him. You are right the contract was for a setup man, but 2005 was a career year that he would have never repeat. The walks and hits were all down in 05 but he had never shown it in the past, his best past was 04 with his supreme stats against lefties. Hendry got dupped, he bit hard and he bit quick to get Eyre so someone like the Yanks wouldn't take him. His pumpkin act this year is no real suprise, this isn't the first time Jim got screwed on givng a reliever a longterm deal, see Mike Remlinger (3YR/11M).
                  I'd take Remmy over Eyre any day.
                  Senior Editor/Featured Writer for Home Of The Chiefs

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bob Sacamento View Post
                    You are right the contract was for a setup man, but 2005 was a career year that he would have never repeat. The walks and hits were all down in 05 but he had never shown it in the past, his best past was 04 with his supreme stats against lefties. Hendry got dupped, he bit hard and he bit quick to get Eyre so someone like the Yanks wouldn't take him. His pumpkin act this year is no real suprise, this isn't the first time Jim got screwed on givng a reliever a longterm deal, see Mike Remlinger (3YR/11M).
                    When he came over, I thought he was overpaid as well, but I expected him to be more productive than this--I was hoping for ERA somewhere between 3.4 to 3.7.
                    To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Scartissue View Post
                      When he came over, I thought he was overpaid as well, but I expected him to be more productive than this--I was hoping for ERA somewhere between 3.4 to 3.7.
                      Remmy or Eyre? Remmy was in that range, which were a little better than his career numbers but not too terribly far out of proximity to be a reasonable expectation. Eyre's career numbers don't lie though. Keeping Remmy would have been the better option, albeit not at the salary either of these guys got paid.
                      Senior Editor/Featured Writer for Home Of The Chiefs

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by nathanKent View Post
                        Remmy or Eyre? Remmy was in that range, which were a little better than his career numbers but not too terribly far out of proximity to be a reasonable expectation. Eyre's career numbers don't lie though. Keeping Remmy would have been the better option, albeit not at the salary either of these guys got paid.
                        I was talking about Eyre. I didn't really have a view of Remmy's contract at the time.
                        To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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