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One in a series of posts catching up with former Cubs.
That's kinda being a dick!
Randy D was never actually a Cub because Ryan Dempster vetoed the trade with Atlanta that would've made it happen. Instead, the Cubs got Kyle Hendricks and Christian Villanueva from the Rangers. This will be the last time Delgado appears in this feature unless he does something truly extraordinary down the line.
I thought the Cubs should've brought him and Alex Avila; instead we got Chris Gimenez and now Bobby Wilson.
He's already been in the A's, Cubs and Yankees organizations.
8. Jacob Turner.
Dude's using a scooter to get around.
Defensive metrics look bad.
Was it "Welly" or Geovany Soto that Len Kasper kept promising was the next Yadier Molina? Probably both.
They'll need to work on their defense, though, until about 10 days into next April.
4.09 FIP, FYI.
"[H]e seems to have worked his way into the high-leverage mix by posting a 2.03 ERA and 0.98 WHIP through 13.1 innings in August."
(He's throwing his cutter more than ever, FYI.)
"He has a 5.65 ERA over 192.2 innings as a starter and is sitting on a 7.11 ERA in 10 outings since coming to Texas in the Cole Hamels trade."
"Thirty-two-year-old southpaw James Russell has a 2.33 ERA in 84 innings with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. The former Texas Longhorn made 394 appearances for the Cubs, Braves, and Phillies from 2010-2016."
"Signed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract in the winter, Cahill has become one of the biggest bargains in baseball in part by reducing the use of his fastball and generating more swing and miss with his slider, more than doubling its usage. Cahill has a 3.44 ERA, and his 2.1 WAR according to FanGraphs is the second-best mark of his career."
Cahill had once been heavily dependent upon his sinker, but he told FiveThirtyEight that the A's have given him "weighted pitch" data, which he's used to diversity his overall pitch mix. For the first time since 2012, he has four above-average pitches, according to FanGraphs linear weights.
"If you can throw four different pitches, and they are doing different things in the zone, it's tough [for batters] to guess," Cahill said.
The A's also have pitch-tracking Rapsodo technology for use in between appearances, which Cahill uses to monitor his release point and the underlying characteristics of his pitches - like spin rate - between starts.
"I go look at my curveball and see if the spin rate is higher," Cahill said. "I look at where I am releasing it."
21. So Is Edwin Jackson!
"The well-traveled, and perhaps forgotten about, Jackson has given the A's 60 quality innings this season - not bad for a guy playing on his 13th (!) MLB team. Jackson has done this by getting crafty: reducing the use of his fastball from 35.3 percent last season (47.9 percent for his career) to 16.2 percent this season."
I always think of him in conjunction with Cahill.
23.5. Bob Brenly was also in attendance.
It appears he was then brought up to the big club.
He was injury-prone with the Cubs, too.
Allowed five runs in his inning of work. Also wears his shirt weird.
Left knee tendinitis, which we probably can't blame on Joe Maddon.
Was once Cubs closer-of-the-future.
Still the Grimm Reaper.
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Posted on Oct 11, 2021