When you think about it, there are really only a few guys who aren't shovelers.
Guys with I'm not kiddin', for real, honest-to-God command.
Of the Cubs, the only recent one I can think of is Greg Maddux.
But for most pitchers, it seems, pitching is a series of digging holes and getting out of them, digging holes and getting out of them, digging...
The 1-0 count?
Men on 1st and 3rd with 1 out: big hole.
Giving up 6 runs in one inning: Journey To The Center Of The Earth.
I like Ryan Dempster.
He's funny, doesn't hide from anybody when things are tough.
But he's really a shoveler.
After this last performance, I figure Ryan's still down at the bottom of that giant hole.
So GET OUT OF IT, RYAN.
You're the freaking 3rd starter.
Quit freaking me out.