A few weeks back when I wrote up the Rich Harden deal I managed not to mention Chad Gaudin. A commenter took me to task for this and rightfully so, as Gaudin was not some extra throw-in but rather a guy that Lou Piniella would be looking to in key situations in big games down the stretch.
Since joining the Cubbies, here is what Gaudin has chipped in:
IP H BB SO ERA
Gaudin 10.7 8 2 12 1.69
Last night in a critical NL Central showdown in Milwaukee, Gaudin was called upon to face the middle of the potent Brewer lineup in a tie-game in the eighth inning. Keeping in mind that J.J. Hardy and Ryan Braun had each homered earlier in the game, have a look at what went down:
J.J. Hardy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hardy struck out swinging.
Ryan Braun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Braun struck out looking.
Prince Fielder: Ball, Ball, Intentional ball, Fielder intentionally walked.
Corey Hart: Ball, Strike (missed bunt), Foul, Hart struck out looking.
Gaudin made the heart of one of the very best lineups in the National League look foolish. If his excellent relief work is to continue, the timing could not be any better for Chicago. Bobby Howry has scuffled badly of late (7.15 July ERA) and Kerry Wood is reportedly not even close to returning. Gaudin will be the guy to get the ball to Carlos Marmol and Jeff Samardzija
Not a bad throw-in, huh?