Bubble Boys

Let's take a look at what those guys on the NLDS roster bubble have done in the past 2 weeks, understanding that these short-term stats won't be the entire basis for decision-making, but will influence it.

Batters
Micah Hoffpauir-If you decided to take a Cubs sabbatical this week (you know, spend some time with the family you've been ignoring for 5 months, catch up with your Cyber-friends, play some Warcraft), you may have missed Hoff's 5 for 5 night last night, which included 2 HR's, a double, and 5 RBI's. He is 8 for 15 over the last two weeks, meaning he was still hitting .300 for the span before last night. While Lou is probably not starting Hoff in the playoffs, it will be hard to keep him off the roster.

Felix Pie-Pie is hitting a respectable .294 over the past two weeks, while striking out 5 times in 17 AB's. He has a double and a triple, and has scored 4 times. He also has a steal to his credit. He hasn't done anything to wow anyone, but he certainly hasn't hurt his chances of making the club.

Daryle Ward-Since my co-worker wants to tear apart my analysis, I thought I would include Ward on this list. He is 2 for 11 (.182) in the last two weeks, including 0 for 4 in a pinch. But he has coaxed two walks in pinch hit appearances, giving him a .300 plus OBP. I still think Lou goes with experience, but it's hard to keep a guy hitting .216 on the year while leaving Pie or Hoff off.

Casey McGehee-McGehee's on here just as a courtesy to see his numbers. 3 for 11 (.273), but an impressive 5 RBI's. If Lou needed a guy, McGehee would be valuable as a backup 3-sack/1-sack, but he seems to have too many bats.

Pitchers
Bob Howry-Howry seems to be a lock in the minds of management, but not so much in the minds of fans. He has pitched 4 and 2/3 innings over the past two weeks, not giving up an earned run. But he has allowed at least one base runner in all but one of those appearances.
Jason Marquis-Marquis made two starts over the past 14 days, allowing 7 runs over 12 innings (a 5.25 ERA). But the bigger number is the 23 baserunners allowed, giving him a WHIP of nearly 2. He's also thrown a wild pitch in each of his last two outings. Marquis may be on the taxi squad headed to Mesa, unless he shows something.

Jeff Samardzija-Lou made it a point of emphasis that he had been putting Jeff ND in in tight spots and later in the game. He's allowed 2 runs in his last 4 innings of work. He escaped Wednesday night's game with only one run, despite giving up two hits and two walks.

Chad Gaudin-Gaudin hasn't been sharp since returning from the D.L. He pitched last Sunday and walked 2 batters before getting out of the inning. Last night, he allowed an earned run.

Sean Marshall-After getting a spot start 2 and a half weeks ago, Marshall hasn't pitched much. He has made two appearances, not allowing an earned run. His last outing didn't go smoothly as he gave up 2 walks and a hit in an inning and a third.

Randy Wells-When Wells was first mentioned as getting a possible roster spot, he has 4 and 1/3 scoreless innings. He still has 4 and 1/3 scoreless innings. He may have thrown some good numbers, but Lou obviously hasn't seen enough to warrant his consideration.

Kevin Hart-Whether Lou was trying to see if Hart could show that great September 07 form again or whether he just wanted to give his roster guys some more rest, Hart has pitched the Cubs last two games. Unfortunately, it hasn't gone well. Wednesday night, he gave up 2 hits, but held the Mets scoreless. Last night, he lost the game. After giving up a leadoff hit to Reyes and walking Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran came through with a two out hit that broke the tie and ended the game.

Comments (2)

jumbo

September 26, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Forgot to mention this in my post and looks like you haven't seen it-we can take Randy Wells out of this equation. Per, GDub, Wells has a stress fracture in his right forearm and has been shut down.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/1186321,CST-SPT-cubnt26.article

Detroy

September 26, 2008 at 12:33 PM

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