No-Fun Nine: A team of recent Cub tormentors - NBCSports.com

No-Fun Nine: A team of recent Cub tormentors - NBCSports.com

Great … Paul Goldschmidt goes to St. Louis. The 88-win Cardinals added an MVP caliber as the first baseman. It's a known fact that he has a steady appetite for Cubs pitching. To make matters worse, I'm here today to introduce a whole team of "Cub Killers" – one in each position (two starter launcher) that has messed up the Wrigley believer's life. I limited the list to those who played the majority of their careers since 1990. As an excuse for Daniel Murphy (* Spoiler *) I added playoff games to the total number of "Career vs Cubs" for each player. Here is the team:

catcher

Mike Lieberthal

60 games, .309 / .361 / .512, 7 HR, 32 RBI

I went with Lieberthal because selecting Yadier Molina (.297 / .361 / .430, 16 HR, 103 RBI in 209 games) would be a cliché.

First base

Paul Goldschmidt

43 games, .353 / .471 / .699, 14 HR, 39 RBI

It could be argued that Mark McGwire was slightly better (.227 / .453 / .832, 23 HR, 41 RBI in 42 games), but Goldschmidt was the driving force behind this piece #content select him. Also good: Albert Pujols (. 297 / .399 / .613, 56 HR, 144 RBI in 182 games).

Second base

Daniel Murphy

64 games, .331 / .375 / .595, 14 HR, 30 RBI

Hit her and then join the group. I estimate that this is a .361 / .425 / .833 with 5 HR & 8 RBI in 9 postseason games

Shortstop

Jeff Blauser

78 games, .351 / .413 / .611, 15 HR, 48 RBI

In his career, he beat 257 / .350 / .393 (regular season) against everyone else. Blauser is the only player in the team whose career began before 1990 (1987).

Third base

Nolan Arenado

39 games, .305 / .347 / .591, 11 HR, 39 RBI

If this had been an all-time list, Goldschmidt & Mikeschmidt could have been at the corners of the infield. But it's not like that, so Arenado is the guy.

Left field

Ryan Brown

172 games .317 / .394 / .557, 35 HR, 125 RBI

I bet you're buffing while you read this.

midfield

Carl Everett

44 games, .369 / .421 / .671, 10 HR, 41 RBI

Right. Carl Everett [insert dinosaur joke here],

Right field

Bobby Abreu

66 games .323 / .432 / .638, 16 HR, 57 RBI

One of the sizes under the radar of his time. Did you know that he is one of only five players ever to have 250 HR, 400 SB and 1,000 Walks? The other four are either in the Hall of Fame or called Barry Bonds.

Start pitcher

Randy Johnson

15 games / 14 starts, 13-0, 1.91 ERA in 103.2 IP, 143 K, 0.984 WHIP

He had more than 10 failures in 10 of his 14 starts against the Cubs. His team were 1-0 in the 14 games he started, 14-0, in the game he had replaced.

Start pitcher

Cole Hamels

9 games / 9 starts, 5-1, 1.74 ERA in 62.0 IP

9 starts … 8 quality starts (including one that ruined the day of @CubsNoHitStreak) … and a start in which he allowed 9 runs.

helper

Billy Wagner

48 games, 1.47 ERA in 55.0 IP, 64K, 0.836 WHIP

Billy Wagner had allowed 1,196 rashes and 601 hits in his career. He could be the second best helper of all time behind Mariano.

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