Lou's rotation math

Lou's rotation math

Posted by Bruce on Tue, 06/10/2008 - 18:27
Cubs manager Lou Piniella made it official today and said that Carlos Zambrano will start Thursday's series finale against the Braves, pushing Sean Gallagher back to Friday in Toronto. Monday's off-day enabled Lou to move Big Z up a day. "We've done the pitching schedule, basically, about through the all-star break," Lou said this afternoon. "I think Carlos will get 7 starts, Lilly gets 7 starts and the other three starters get 6 apiece." Never mind that Lou's math is off a little. That would add up to 32 starts, and including tonight's series opener against the Braves, there are 31 games before the break. The basic plan is to get the top starters the most amount of starts. Actually, Dempster has pitched well enough to be the No. 2 starter ahead of Lilly, but Lou's plans, just like his math, aren't always an exact science, and things are subject to change. The Cubs have 30 "quality starts" (at least 6 innings and no more than 3 earned runs) this year. The team has gone 22-8 in those quality starts, and the ERA of the starters in those games is 1.74. Here is the quality-start breakdown: Zambrano (10) Dempster (8) Lilly (5) Marquis (4) Gallagher (2) Rich Hill (1) In other developments, look for infielder-outfielder Daryle Ward to miss the weekend series in Toronto as he continues his rehab from a bulging disc in his lower back. Micah Hoffpauir is likely to be called up to help with DH and infield-outfield duties.
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