Note: this will be updated a few times today as I add notes and charts. The overview and details on Freddy are up already -- HP 10am 6/17
Charts for Marquez and Logan up, adding Ayala who was left out by mistake -- HP 4pm 6/17
AJ and more -- HP 8am 6/18
Notes on yesterday's relievers added with their charts; last batch coming soon -- HP 9am 6/19
Interleague play round 2 starts today, the Cubs host the Yankees before a series against the White Sox on the South Side next week. The Yankee pitching staff has been in flux with lots of injuries and roster moves. As of Thursday night, this is who the Cubs expect to face over the three-game series at Wrigley.
Freddy Garcia Fastball (88 mph)/Cutter+ (81)/Splitter (80)/Change-up (81)/Curveball (72)/Slider+ (75)
A.J. Burnett Fastball (93)/Curveball (83)/Change-up (89)/Sinker (93)
CC Sabathia Fastball (94)/Slider* (82)/Sinker (93)/Change-up (87)
Mariano Rivera Cutter (91)/Sinker (92)
Boone Logan Fastball (93)/Slider (82)/Sinker (93)/Change-up (89)
Luis Ayala Sinker (92)/Cutter (86)/Fastball (92)/Change-up (85)/Slider (81)/Curveball (74)
Jeffrey Marquez Sinker (89)/Slider (85)/Curveball (75)/Fastball (89)/Change-up (81)
Hector Noesi Fastball (94)/Slider (85)/Curveball (79)/Sinker (93)/Change-up (85)
David Robertson Fastball (94)/Curveball (81)/Change-up (88)
Cory Wade Fastball (89)/Change-up (82)/Curveball (74)/Sinker**/Slider**
+Garcia's "cutter" is what you'd recognize as his "slider"; the short curves in the 70s took the slider label ... but those may be something else, too
*CC throws a few curveballs, too
**Wade has only thrown one of this pitch so far
The Cubs won't see starters Ivan Nova and Brian Gordon.
The bullpen is interesting--Mo is obviously one of the all time greats and you probably know Logan from his days with the White Sox. Otherwise a fairly anonymous group.
The first game of the series will feature Venezuelan veteran Freddy Garcia. Freddy has been in the big leagues since 1999 when he won 17 games and worked over 200 innings for the Mariners. Since his heyday with Seattle, Freddy has pitched for the White Sox (twice), Phillies, Tigers and now the Yankees. He hasn't thrown over 200 innings since 2006 but he did throw more innings in 2010 than he had over the previous three seasons combined.
If Garcia gets the first out of the sixth inning against the Cubs, take note. He'll have completed 2000 innings pitched in his career at that point.
Garcia's stuff isn't what it used to be, but he throws a ton of different pitches. Lefties see a whole mess of stuff, mostly off-speed. Freddy clearly likes to work the outer half of the plate, which is advisable with his velocity, or lack thereof. His fastball is running sub-90 and down towards 85 these days. Freddy will be facing Doug Davis, an opponent that will keep the radar gun readings in the same range.
First update: with Garcia struggling early, Marquez gets up in the pen in the bottom of the third. He made his big league debut last year for the White Sox.
Basically a sinker/slider guy, Marquez barely pushes the velocity up from the low readings Freddy and DD have been putting up so far. He'll throw some four-seam fastballs, but mostly the sinker, throws a change to lefties and mixes in curveballs. This is his second stint in the Yankee organization, he was originally drafted by them in the 41st round in 2004.
Marquez didn't get in, Logan could be next in the seventh if Garcia falters.
Garcia survived the seventh, but Logan is still someone the Cubs will see this weekend, if not today--he's the only southpaw at Joe Girardi's disposal.
Ayala came on for the 8th inning.
Game two is set for later this afternoon. It will be hard to match Friday's opener in terms of excitement. Burnett will face Ryan Dempster and a pretty well rested bullpen. Marmol got four outs and threw nearly 30 pitches, but he'll surely be available.
Burnett is going to be a big switch from Garcia, featuring a hard four-seam fastball and a power curve. A.J. throws change-ups to left-handed batters and a smattering of sinkers to both left and right.
He'll work away from righties but isn't scared to attack the zone when the platoon effect is supposedly hurting him. Guess what, he has essentially no platoon split advantage. Stack your righties as much as you want, it makes no difference.
|vs RHB as RHP||3715||767||103||351||764||2.18||.236||.316||.383||.699||44||.274||99|
|vs LHB as RHP||4195||901||80||427||922||2.16||.246||.330||.374||.704||48||.305||101|
Fun game, despite the bad decision to send Carlos Pena on what turned into a 7-2 LDDP. Burnett was tough on the Cubs, but didn't get out of the sixth inning. First man out of the rightfield bullpen was Cory Wade, who picked-up what could have been a double play grounder (E4) but was the beneficiary of the aforementioned windmilling.
Wade last saw action in 2009 with the Dodgers (if you remember him facing the Cubs you have a better memory than I do, which may or may not be a very low bar). His fastball went from just over 90 (on average) to just under between '08 and '09, and he's been over 89 but still not even at the middling velocity he had before shoulder problems sidelined him in Spring 2010 (more on Wade can be dug up at MSTI.
Noesi took over in the seventh, making quick work out of Tony Campana and Kosuke Fukduome. Starlin Castro battled for 10 pitches before flying out.
Robertson took the eight, and was overwhelming. He struck out Blake DeWitt and Pena on three pitches with a ground out by Aramis Ramirez sandwiched in between. Robertson threw eight of his cutting four-seam fastballs (how's that for a hedging pitch classification?) in his inning of work, along with three curves. The fastballs yielded two called strikes, one foul ball strike, four whiffs and the ARam grounder. Yikes. Seven were up in the zone, with the lone knee height heater being the called strike.
Mo closed it. What can I say about Mo. Besides this.
The last pitcher is none other than CC Sabathia.