Our win streak should continue....
- This is going to be 25 year old RH pitcher, Jeff Karstens, National League Debut.
- Karsten's career record is 3-5 in 15 games while playing for the 2006 and 2007 NYY. In 9 games as a starter: 5.93 ERA. In 6 games as a relief pitcher: 4.72 ERA.
- Karstens only has 57.3 innings of work put into the big leagues with an E.R.A. of 5.65 over his two years of work. In 2007 he posted an 11.05 E.R.A. in 7 games and 14.7 innings pitched.
- In 2000, Karstens was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 45th round but didn't sign a contract until he was drafted in 2003 by the NYY in the 29th round.
- If he is still on the NYY contract, he is only making a minimal $389,495 (although it is more then most of us could imagine making in a year).
- At first glance over the batters he has faced, I did not notice any current Cubs, so we get our first look at him today.
- Karstens v. LHB: .273(avg)/.326(obp)
- Karstens v. RHB: .304(avg)/.361(obp)
- Karstens has been about the same at home as he has been away: 5.54/5.74
- Hitters have been most effective (.667/.500) against Karstens when he falls behind the batter to a 2-0 count.
The Cubs enjoy playing the Pirates, and it is pretty clear in their .750 winning percentage (9-3) against them, 5-1 at Wrigley, and this is WITH Jason Bay. Now that he is gone this should be enough for Jason Marquis to post a "CUBS WIN" on the historical Wrigley Field "Marquis". Get it?!? LETS GO CUBBIES!!!!!