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Randy Wells Earns First MLB Win

By bullpenbrian - June 21, 2009 - 1:37 am Leave a comment.


This is how Cubs baseball is suppose to look.

The lineup hit like it should…a quality outing from Randy Wells…and Kevin Gregg closes the door.

Keep hitting the repeat button and the Cubs close in next on St. Louis.

I said Saturday the Cubs could use a nice 6-3 win to complement its three consecutive walk-off wins. Sunday’s 6-2 margin of victory does the trick.

Of course, walk-off wins are positive reminders that you’re never out of the game, but winning in the fashion the Cubs did Sunday should remind this team what winning feels like on a consistent basis.


Some Cubbie Swagger!

By bullpenbrian - June 20, 2009 - 2:07 am Leave a comment.


At last, some Cubbie swagger!

We’ll all remember the Cubs’ three consecutive walk-off wins if they make the postseason.

Had they gone the other way, however, the Cubs would have been in a world of hurt. Instead, they’re just 2.5 games back of first place St. Louis.

Another steal sets the table for a walk-off win–Fukudome stealing second base after leading off the 13th with a single.

I’d like to see Lou run his guys more often. There’s no reason Theriot, Soriano, and Fukudome shouldn’t be on the move after reaching base.

Ever since Soriano’s hot start fizzled out and Aramis went down, the Cubs have been without a clutch hitter. It’s been the root of their problems offensively.


More D-Lee Please!

By bullpenbrian - June 19, 2009 - 12:41 am Leave a comment.


Cubs baseball hasn’t been this exciting for a long time.

Maybe the confidence is back to string together a winning streak?

It should be after erasing a 7-0 deficit!

This is the Derek Lee the Cubs need batting cleanup: three hits, two home runs, and a 16-game hitting streak. Plus, the man has reached base safely in 26 straight games!

When you’re down a run in the bottom of the ninth, you want the cleanup batter at the plate. Lee delivered with a game-tying blast, and that’s the way it should be!


Return Of The Big Blue Train?

By bullpenbrian - June 18, 2009 - 10:27 pm Leave a comment.

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Not exactly the Big Blue Train, but close enough.

Andres Blanco’s sac bunt in the ninth was huge.

If Blanco fails to move Reed Johnson from first to second, who knows if the Cubs win the game?

No idea why Matt Thornton chose to throw Soriano a fastball over a breaking ball low and away—a pitch that seems to get Sori every time.

Zambrano found the perfect balance between energy and control. If Z can duplicate his emotions from this outing he’ll be an 18-game winner.


Lou Has Leverage

By bullpenbrian - June 17, 2009 - 1:42 am Leave a comment.

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Changing the lineup is long overdue.

It’s the third week of June and the Cubs are sitting sub .500 (30-31) with a .244 team batting average.

At this point, Lou has all the leverage to make whatever moves he wants–veteran pride aside.

Whether it’s dropping Soriano in the order, flip-flopping cleanup hitters or simply sitting players, you have to do better than 10 runs scored in the last six games.


NY Times Uncorks Sosa Saga

By bullpenbrian - June 16, 2009 - 12:57 am Leave a comment.

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So much for hard work and dedication.

Not that we need the New York Times to tell us Sammy Sosa used PEDs.

The man grew from a Dominican stick figure into a modern day Transformer.

What other proof did you need?

Had Sosa come clean, all would have been forgiven yeas ago.

Instead, he chose the path of Bonds and Clemens: fans are pathetic suckers who will believe anything.


Cubs Pull Plug On Perry

By bullpenbrian - June 15, 2009 - 1:17 am Leave a comment.


I said it several times last week.

Lose the weekend series against the Twins and Monday would be a reevaluation period for the Cubs.

Turns out Jim Hendry pulled the plug on Gerald Perry a day earlier.

Of course it’s not fair to blame Perry for the Cubs’ collective brain cramp at the dish, but it’s a smart move.

The hitters on this club need a wakeup call.


Milton Bradley Playing His Own Game

By bullpenbrian - June 13, 2009 - 12:49 am Leave a comment.


Milton Bradley got a laugh from his poor showing Friday.

I’m glad someone finds a .500 record in mid June so amusing–even if Chicago is only three games back in the division.

On the other hand, I wasn’t giggling when Bradley tossed the ball into the stands with one out, either.

That play alone makes it’s easy to question the Cubs’ focus, not to mention, the lineup’s one walk vs. 12 strikeouts performance.


NL Central Placed On DL

By bullpenbrian - June 12, 2009 - 12:48 am 1 comment.


The NL Central is a race of who can get healthy first.

Cellar dwellers Pittsburgh and Houston have five players each on the DL.

The Cubs and Cards each have four players on the training table. Cincinnati is missing three and Milwaukee two (Mike Cameron is serving a suspencion).

The many injuries have seemingly leveled the talent field and smushed the Central standings into a five-game separation from first (Milwaukee) to worst (Houston).


Same Old Cubs

By bullpenbrian - June 11, 2009 - 1:03 am 2 comments.


So much for the Cubs breaking out offensively.

Eleven men left on base, two walks and eight punchouts–same old Cubs.

How many quality starts can Chicago waste this season and still compete for the division title?

Yesterday I talked about Soto’s power stroke returning. When a player with Geo’s power starts spraying line drives you know the home runs will soon follow.


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