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  1. Good for Lou Piniella. Not since June 4th, 2002, when he sobbingly carried that miniature Australian version of himself off the field, has Piniella had a squatty, quick-batted underdog to love and cherish. I just hope Ryne White is up to the task. He looks a bit too McAnulty for Sweet Lou’s taste.

    Comment by Choo — November 19, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

  2. The stats may say that Heilman pitched well but his strand rate and LOB % both might indicate otherwise. He had good stuff when wasn’t trying to nibble on every pitch but he still walked too many for a 7th/8th inning guy. As a Cub fan, I have to say good riddance and nice job getting more than some fungos for him.

    Comment by odbsol — November 20, 2009 @ 8:53 am

  3. Agreed. He seems to be almost universally disliked on BleedCubbieBlue.

    Comment by John — November 20, 2009 @ 10:22 am

  4. I don’t typically hold grudges against players, but after Game 7 in 2006, just hearing “Heilman” upsets me. Yadier f’ing Molina

    Comment by MPC — November 20, 2009 @ 10:38 am

  5. Heilman is one of those guys whose mere appearance does not inspire confidence. I know we’re “not selling jeans here” but that guy always just looked incompetent. We called him Nibbles…

    Comment by Tim Kelly — November 20, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

  6. I shed no tears upon hearing the Cubs traded Heilman. He is an irritating pitcher to watch.

    “What’s that you say? Bring me in with 2 on and nobody out? Absolutely, please allow me to throw 10 straight balls – a catcher visit and a pitching coach visit – before yielding a 2 run single, then finally getting my act together and getting out of it with 0 of my own ER.” 46% of his inherited runners scored in ’09. 46%!

    What I find most interesting about Heilman is that his slider hibernated from ’05 – ’07, which coincides with his 3 best seasons as a pro. In ’08, it reappeared, and his FIP was the big loser.

    The slider seemed to come at the expense of his changeup. While his slider has proven to be a valuable pitch, the lack of a changeup seems to have turned his fastball into a steamy pile of dung (-7.7 and -2.2 runs in ’08 and ’09). That (to my untrained eye) has made him a pretty mediocre pitcher.

    Comment by China Brown — November 20, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

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