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Lilly Lays A Stinker

By bullpenbrian - July 21, 2009 - 1:25 am 3 comments.


This was a stinker from the words ‘play ball.

A label which applies anytime you make more errors (2) than runs scored (1).

Lilly was behind in the count and left pitches up all night, which is never a good thing at little ‘ol Citizens Bank Ballpark.

Don’t know if the left knee was bothering Ted or not. Either way, it’s a forgettable outing.

Despite the two errors (Soriano’s dropped fly ball and Blanco’s errant throw) the Cubs are still ranked second in the majors in fielding efficiency according to Baseball Prospectus.


Cubs Broom Nats

By bullpenbrian - July 20, 2009 - 1:12 am Leave a comment.


The Washington series couldn’t have gone much better.

Aramis and Soriano both found their power strokes, the defense was superb, and of course, the pitching was sufficient.

Additionally, Chicago makes up a little ground against St. Louis, builds a little separation from Milwaukee and improves the road record to 20-25.

Taking care of business against the bottom feeders is so important, and they don’t get any worse than the Nats.


Cubs Call To The Pen

By bullpenbrian - July 19, 2009 - 11:49 am Leave a comment.


Nothing against Soriano’s home run, but this win belongs to the bullpen.

A pen, mind you, that’s come a long way since its April ERA of 5.37.

Ever since late April, however, the relievers have collectively lowered its ERA each month to a very respectable 2.44 come July.

Twice Saturday night the Cubs wiggled out of late inning bases loaded jams. But, that’s been the norm lately.

Of the pen’s last 20 inherited runners, just a single one has scored! That’s big time!


Big D For Big Z

By bullpenbrian - July 18, 2009 - 1:28 am Leave a comment.


The Nationals posted the worst record in baseball last year (59-102).

They’re on pace to do the same in 2009, and may even end up with fewer wins than a season ago.

It’s no wonder DC fans don’t show up to the ballpark.

If the Cubs were this bad I wouldn’t spend the money, either.


Staying Above .500

By bullpenbrian - July 17, 2009 - 2:34 am 2 comments.


Staying above .500 is the name of the game.

Twenty times already this season Chicago has leveled its record at .500. From here on out that number can’t change if the Cubs are to win the division.

I heard Tim Kurkjian on ESPN Radio say 90 games will win the NL Central. For Chicago to reach that mark they’ll have to post a minimum of 46 wins in the second half.


BJ Ryan A Good Fit For Cubs

By bullpenbrian - July 16, 2009 - 2:19 am 1 comment.

I like the B.J. Ryan signing.

He’s a proven player with something to prove.

Best of all, the Cubs get him on the cheap.

If Ryan doesn’t work out, so what?

Reminds me a lot of the Jim Edmonds signing last May.


Winning the NL Central

By bullpenbrian - July 15, 2009 - 1:12 am 1 comment.


We all know what changes the Cubs need to make during the season’s second half.

More runs scored, a better road record and fewer injuries.

In a way, that’s expecting a lot. Then again, considering the amount of  talent on this club it’s not asking a whole lot, either.


Thirteen Wins And Counting

By bullpenbrian - July 14, 2009 - 12:27 am Leave a comment.

Well, we’ve seen this movie before.

Thirteen straight wins for the AL. What an embarrassment for the NL.

Somebody explain to me how the AL having World Series home field advantage for seven consecutive years is good for baseball.

The last eight World Series to reach a Game 7 have all been won by the home team.


No Star Game

By bullpenbrian - July 13, 2009 - 10:40 am Leave a comment.

I’ve said many times that Bud Selig is not the bonehead many believe him to be.

Is he guilty, however, of some boneheaded moves as the Commissioner of Baseball?

Without question, yes.

The significance of World Series home field advantage being tied to the All Star game is perhaps, at the top of his stupidity list.

It’s not that I don’t welcome a competitive game between both leagues, but a meaningful game played under exhibition rules makes zero sense.

They’re two options to enhance the Mid Summer Classic.


Cubs Cards Double Dip

By bullpenbrian - July 12, 2009 - 1:17 am Leave a comment.


In all fairness, the Cardinals gave away Game 1 of Sunday’s twin bill.

That’s not to take anything away from Zambrano’s wonderful outing, including his home run.

But the Cards’ dropped infield popup, missed force play at home, and error by Pujols’ led to the Cubs’ final three runs.

Other than this fortunate string of miscues, it was another ghastly performance with RISP (1-for-12).

Is there a Cub more in need of the All Star break than Soriano?


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