Around The Horn: The Cubs & Wrigley Field
Chicago enters its final game vs. the Nationals on Thursday afternoon having dropped 15 of its last 18 games at Wrigley Field.
- Jeff Samardzija is 7-11 with a 4.12 ERA
- Edwin Jackson is 7-13 with a 4.89 ERA
- Travis Wood is 7-10 with a 3.13 ERA
- Jake Arrieta is 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA
- Chris Rusin is 2-3 with a 3.08 ERA
2012 Park Factor (Park Factor compares the rate of stats at home vs. the rate of stats on the road. A rate below 1.000 favors the pitcher. Higher than 1.000 favors the hitter).
- Runs: 1.024
- HR: 0.962
- H: 0.981
- 2B: 1.077
- 3B: 0.930
- BB: 1.134
Interesting facts about Wrigley: The oldest National League facility and second oldest in MLB, it has been the home ballpark of the Cubs since 1916. Originally built for the Chicago Federal League baseball team the Chicago Whales. From 1921 to 1970 it also served as the home field of the Chicago Bears. The facility also hosted the second annual NHL Winter Classic in 2009. "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks nicknamed the park "The Friendly Confines". It is the 10th-smallest actively used ballpark with a capacity of just over 41,000. To say there is a lot of history surrounding this place would be an understatement obviously, but to summarize what the park is most famous for: its unusual wind patterns off Lake Michigan, the "hand turned" scoreboard, the ivy covered brick outfield wall, the red marquee over the main entrance and the fact that it was the last major league park to have lights installed for play after dark (installed in 1988). "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" is sung by different notable people during the stretch, a tradition started by Hall of Fame announcer Harry Caray in 1982.
Has home field been an advantage for the Cubs over the last five years?
- 2008: 97-64 overall. 55-26 at home. 42-38 on road.
- 2009: 83-78 overall. 46-34 at home. 37-44 on road.
- 2010: 75-87 overall. 35-46 at home. 40-41 on road.
- 2011: 71-91 overall. 39-42 at home. 32-49 on road.
- 2012: 61-101 overall. 38-43 at home. 23-58 on road.
2013 as of writing: 54-72 overall. 25-40 at home. 29-32 on road.
Over the last half decade, the Cubs have finished in first place in the NL Central, and also in last. But with three sub-par records over the last five years, and with what must be considered an overall brutal performance once again in 2013, it's safe to say that home field is not an advantage for the Cubbies.
The Cubs host the Phillies at the end of the month for a three-game set.
These teams played three in Philadelphia earlier this month and the home side went 2-1.
They played against each other twice in 2012 at Wrigley Field and the Cubs lost both.
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The Rockies squeaked out a win last night but I expect the home side to bounce back with its best pitcher taking the mound. Colorado sends Jorge De La Rosa (0-2, 9.69 ERA) to hill the hill after a game in which he was pounded for six earned runs over just 4 1/3 innings of work. De La Rosa has a career 4.92 ERA versus the Friars. The Padres who couldn’t hold a late lead in yesterday’s game will send their ace to the mound in Andrew Cashner (1-1, 1.29 ERA). Cashner is coming of a near perfect game where he allowed zero runs on one hit while striking out 11 in a win over the Detroit Tigers. Cashner has given up just one run in 15 innings of work this year at Petco Park and I expect some more solid pitching here. Colorado is just 3-6 on the road this season. San Diego is playing some good ball right now with four wins in the last six games. These two pitchers are no strangers as they faced off twice last season, with the Rockies getting the better of the deal. The Rockies have already found a way to lose a lot of games this season that have been close so I feel even if De La Rosa finds his groove, the bullpen will be at risk after pitching so many innings of late. Consider laying the price on the clearly superior starter.