Vogelsong was told in a phone call Wednesday -- he wouldn't say
who called -- that the Cubs knew what was coming as he gave up 19
hits and 15 earned runs over eight innings in the consecutive
"I can think of a couple of things off the top of my head that
it is, but I'm not sure," said Vogelsong, whose best pitch is a
moving fastball that has hit 96 mph this season. "I'm going to
have to look at the tape and see what it is."
The right-hander gave up three homers in each loss, 9-1 in
Pittsburgh on Tuesday and 8-3 in Chicago on April 14. The Pirates'
best starter during spring training, he began the season by
allowing one run in seven innings in a 6-2 victory over
Philadelphia on April 8.
Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon wouldn't confirm Vogelsong was
revealing what he was throwing, but said, "It's something that
will be corrected the next time we play the Cubs."
Cubs manager Dusty Baker wouldn't acknowledge having inside
information. However, Baker managed the Giants when Vogelsong was
one of the team's top pitching prospects. Vogelsong was dealt to
Pittsburgh in 2001 in the Jason Schmidt trade.
"I've known Vogey since he was a Giant, he was one of my
favorite guys ... but I don't know nothing about it," Baker said.
"If I did, I wouldn't tell you. But, honestly, I don't know about
Moises Alou, among several Cubs, said they prefer not to know
what a pitcher is about to throw. Baker said it takes an
experienced hitter -- he mentioned former major leaguers Reggie
Smith and Joe Carter -- to be able to adjust to the information and
react to it.
"Some guys didn't want to know, and for a long time I didn't
want to know because if I knew, I'd swing," Baker said. "You have
to be a certain age and have a certain concentration level to be
able to handle doing that."