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Four Plugs Two Holes

By bullpenbrian at 04.02.2009 2 comments.

The Cubs have four pitchers competing for the final two bullpen spots.

  • Chad Gaudin
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Angel Guzman
  • Rule 5 Draft pick David Patton

Here’s how I see it going down:

Gaudin, despite a shaky spring, has the positive track record to make the Opening Day roster. Guzman, for experience reasons only, takes the last spot.

Samardzija heads to Triple-A to begin stretching his arm out as a starter and Patton, due to his Rule 5 status, is returned to Colorado.

However, here’s what I would do:

I stick with Gaudin too. Spring numbers mean very little to me and Gaudin may be the savior for Heilman, who I’ve never been high on.

Secondly, give Patton a chance. He’s shown enough this spring to earn a spot in the pen, and what’s the use of taking him in the Rule 5 Draft if he’s returned to Colorado before April 6th?

Guzman is just 26-years-old, of course, but in 33 MLB appearances he’s (0-7) with a 6.00 ERA–not exactly your reliable type.

And although I’d have Samardzija in the rotation from day one, he’s probably best served returning to Iowa as a starter vs. coming out of the bullpen.

Still, no matter how you cut it, this final roster competition highlights the Cubs weakest link to winning a third straight division title.

Marmol-to-Gregg is a wash…the question is how are the Cubs going to get there?

This pen doesn’t last through July and Hendry will eventually need to make a move for improvements.

Believe me; this middle relief conversation is far from over.

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  1. afrankangle says:

    As a Reds fan, please return Patton. If he was good enough for the Cubs to take, he’s good enough for us to have around … after all, we need help today and tomorrow.

    Good luck to your Cubs … you’re the class of the division … plus Cincinnati likes Lou!

  2. bullpenbrian says:

    Sorry guys, my mistake on David Patton.

    Scoreboard says: E-Bullpen.

    Had the wrong ‘C’ in the original post.

    If Patton doesn’t remain on the Cubs MLB roster he’s to be returned to Colorado – not Cincinnati.

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