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Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs

2005 ATL Season Review

by "Hex" Oreamnos
Sports Reporter
Chicago Baseball

One June 15th the Chicago Cubs were in first place. Hank Aaron, and Ted Williams were carrying the offense. While Jim Palmer and a four relievers, Double-Duty Radcliff, Tom Henke, Jeff Reardon, and John Wetteland carried the pitching staff. Things went down hill from there. The Wrigley Family brought in a new manager, Matt "Blood and Guts" Rauseo who immediately demanded the team focus more on defense. As he constantly reminded the team, "those things on the end of your arms are gloves, you should try using them."

Cubs Legend Earnie Banks was put on the trading block and free agent Japanese shortstop Takuro Ishii was brought in as a stop gap, and played solidly in spot action hitting with 9 hits and 14 games, posting a .365/.385/.400 line. Over the course of the next 83 games, Blood and Guts turned over 6 of the Cubs starting 8, in an effort to bring better defenders and better all around players into the organization. He succeeded in bringing better fielders and certainly better base runners, all though the results don't indicate that they players brought in were better players than the ones inherited.

Position        Start of the Season      End of the Season
Catcher           Roger Bresnahan         Roger Bresnahan
First Base        Ted Kluszewski  Mark Grace/Frank Chance
Second Base       Ryne Sandberg              Bingo DeMoss
Third Base        Jackie Robinson          Robinson/Rolen
Short Stop        Ernie Banks                 Bill Dahlen
Leftfield         Ted Williams             Oscar Charlton
Centerfield       Dale Murphy               Jelly Gardner
Right field       Hank Aaron                   Hank Aaron


When Rauseo took over the Cubs were 36 and 35, afterward they were 34 and 49 – not the kind of turnaround the Wrigley Family expected when hiring the old fashion ass-kicking manager. The problem was the pitching –through the first 71 games, the Cubs allowed 4.95 runs per game. It was apparent after asking around and checking the waiver wire there were no real ways to improve the teams pitching enough to get the runs per game down to an area where they could contend for the world championship. Instead the Cubs decided to try and improve the defense. They brought in Mark Grace, an excellent rated fielder, replacing Ted Kluszewski a fair rated defender at first base. They brought in Bingo DeMoss, an excellent rated (45 error rate) second baseman to replace Ryne Sandberg (53 error rate) a very good fielder. They brought in Bad Bill Dahlen, an excellent (85 error rate) short stop to replace Ernie Banks an average short stop (77 error rate). Oscar Charlton a very good leftfielder (75 error rate) replaced the splendid splinter Ted Williams an average leftfielder (98 error rate). They replaced Dale Murphy a fair centerfielder (84 error rate) with Jelly Gardner an excellent fielder (120 error rate). Despite all of these defensive improvements the team's allowed more runs per game after June 15th than before.

From the pitching side of the ledger there really isn't a lot to say. It was bad. That about sums it up. Jim Palmer was the ace, of the staff going 14-13 with an ERA of 3.97. Setup man Tom Henke, was second on the team with 11 wins against 3 losses. Gaylord Perry, Black Jack McDowell, Vida Blue, and Don Drysdale made all but 8 of the starts not made by Palmer. The foursome went 31 and 52, with a 4.43 ERA.

The back end of the bullpen was as strong as any in the leagues with Tom Henke and John Wetteland around to close out wins, and to keep it close in losing efforts. Reardon and Radcliff imploded in the second half. Reardon, posting an ERA 2 runners higher after June 15th while Radcliff posted an ERA almost 4 runs higher after June 15th. Fred Hutchinson was promoted in August and pitched 30 good innings as a long man, over the last month of the season. Hutchinson may have positioned himself for a larger role next season, as Blood and Guts will certainly be turning over a lot of his current pitching staff.

Hank Aaron was the team's best everyday player, hitting cleanup and slugging 29 homers. Oscar Charleston the teams third hitter, hit well after being acquired hitting .288 with 27 stolen bases against 6 caught in only 63 games. Jelly Gardner, the third member of the outfielder stat line looked modest only hitting .274/.365/.378 but stole 36 bases against 7 caught stealing, in only half a season. Jackie Robinson was a major problem for the Cubs last season and might find himself playing for another club next season. He hit .249/.316/.362 with only 32 extra base hits, 25 stolen bases and 14 caught stealing. The other major sinkhole in the offense was catcher Roger Bresnahan, who posted slugged below .300 in almost 400 At-Bats.

The Cubs plan to address their starting pitching as their first priority during the off season. They hope to add anywhere from 2 to 3 new starting pitchers. They also are looking for an option at catcher, and a left-hand hitting third baseman. The Cubs are also considering moving to a bigger park for the up coming season.
 
Awards Won by Cubs Players

John Wetteland
All-Star

Jackie Robinson
Gold Glove

Legends League


Team Batting -- 2005 Chicago Cubs


S Name P AVG OBP SPC G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI BB K HBP IW SB CS
Ishii* ss .360 .385 .400 14 25 9 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Pappas sp .333 .250 .667 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0
Cedeno cf .324 .386 .484 88 182 59 4 2 7 31 25 19 30 0 0 13 7
Rolen 3b .295 .354 .636 36 44 13 3 0 4 5 14 4 9 0 0 0 0
Aaron rf .288 .348 .494 144 569 164 16 7 29 75 101 51 65 3 2 15 8
Charleston* cf .288 .341 .468 63 250 72 7 1 12 37 49 21 47 1 0 27 6
Stephens,V ss .284 .321 .419 33 74 21 3 2 1 12 7 4 14 0 0 0 0
DeMoss 2b .276 .335 .346 61 246 68 8 3 1 32 26 20 29 3 0 21 9
Grace* 1b .274 .326 .486 63 175 48 9 5 6 21 26 14 8 0 0 3 0
Gardner,J* rf .274 .365 .378 64 259 71 4 7 3 49 17 37 34 0 0 36 7
n Williams,T* lf .274 .409 .555 83 292 80 20 1 20 50 66 67 47 2 4 1 1
Kluszewski* 1b .266 .300 .390 90 267 71 13 1 6 32 22 11 23 2 0 2 1
n Sandberg 2b .264 .320 .423 87 345 91 11 4 12 58 43 29 55 1 0 11 4
Robinson,J 2b .249 .316 .362 147 586 146 13 7 13 86 64 52 84 7 1 25 12
Dahlen ss .240 .320 .373 65 225 54 10 4 4 32 27 27 38 2 0 8 7
n Murphy cf .235 .291 .415 58 183 43 3 3 8 22 15 15 49 0 0 3 6
Radcliffe c .228 .290 .354 80 158 36 5 0 5 15 19 10 37 5 2 0 0
Monday* cf .224 .253 .382 54 76 17 3 0 3 6 15 3 25 0 0 2 0
Chance 1b .219 .314 .354 85 178 39 8 2 4 26 18 24 36 1 2 4 5
Herzog 2b .214 .333 .250 17 28 6 1 0 0 2 1 3 3 2 1 0 1
n Roush* cf .207 .258 .276 9 29 6 0 1 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 1
Bresnahan c .205 .308 .282 121 386 79 18 3 2 43 29 54 59 4 7 4 1
n Banks ss .194 .237 .423 68 253 49 7 0 17 32 41 12 43 3 0 0 1
Drysdale sp .192 .222 .327 28 52 10 1 0 2 4 12 2 17 0 0 0 0
n Bando 3b .188 .235 .563 17 16 3 0 0 2 3 3 1 3 0 0 0 0
Hutchinson* sp .167 .167 .167 14 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wetteland cl .143 .143 .143 57 7 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Henke cl .143 .143 .143 68 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Foster,G lf .143 .269 .190 13 21 3 1 0 0 0 2 4 6 0 0 0 0
Sheckard* lf .135 .196 .231 50 52 7 2 0 1 5 3 4 7 0 0 1 2
Ferguson c .125 .192 .250 8 24 3 0 0 1 2 1 1 6 1 0 0 0
Perry,G sp .125 .169 .143 31 56 7 1 0 0 3 5 2 17 1 0 0 0
Goodman* 2b .115 .207 .154 14 26 3 1 0 0 3 1 3 2 0 1 0 0
Palmer sp .111 .111 .153 31 72 8 0 0 1 5 7 0 36 0 0 0 0
McDowell,J sp .094 .111 .094 29 53 5 0 0 0 1 2 1 8 0 0 0 0
Blue,V# sp .070 .167 .140 29 43 3 0 0 1 5 2 5 29 0 0 0 0
Reardon cl .059 .059 .059 56 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0
O'Toole# sp .059 .111 .059 64 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0
Matlack* sp .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Olson cl .000 .000 .000 49 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Podres* sp .000 .000 .000 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total .245 .313 .391 154 5304 1300 174 53 165 700 668 504 892 38 20 176 79


Team Pitching -- 2005 Chicago Cubs


S Name P ERA W L S G GS CG SHO INN H R ER BB K HR GDP BF
Wetteland cl 2.85 4 3 21 57 0 0 0 60.0 55 20 19 20 54 5 2 255
Hutchinson sp 2.93 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 30.2 22 14 10 7 18 4 0 124
Henke cl 3.15 11 3 2 68 0 0 0 88.2 75 37 31 32 85 12 6 367
Palmer sp 3.97 14 13 0 31 31 5 1 190.1 206 100 84 83 97 18 14 850
McDowell,J sp 4.01 8 8 0 29 27 2 1 168.1 172 83 75 57 89 18 8 721
Blue,V* sp 4.17 8 14 0 29 29 5 2 157.2 148 82 73 49 94 23 6 670
Reardon cl 4.42 1 0 1 56 0 0 0 91.2 91 51 45 49 54 14 7 407
Perry,G sp 4.49 9 16 0 31 31 3 1 188.1 191 107 94 77 101 18 10 827
Radcliffe c 4.71 2 3 0 33 0 0 0 70.2 65 44 37 38 44 12 6 306
Drysdale sp 4.97 6 14 0 28 28 3 0 159.1 169 99 88 47 120 19 10 695
Pappas sp 5.68 1 0 0 4 2 0 0 12.2 14 9 8 8 7 2 1 58
O'Toole* sp 5.86 4 6 3 64 6 0 0 106.0 116 71 69 52 68 17 3 483
Olson cl 6.59 2 1 2 49 0 0 0 56.0 62 44 41 33 50 4 3 266
Podres* sp 9.00 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 3.0 7 3 3 1 1 1 0 15
Matlack* sp 27.00 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.1 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 5
Total 4.41 70 84 29 154 154 18 6 1383.2 1394 765 678 556 882 167 76 6049



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