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Browsing posts from February, 2010

Cubs’ Bullpen ‘Paper-Thin’

By bullpenbrian - February 26, 2010 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

The Cubs will not compete for the post season with its current bullpen.

Not during an age of multi-million dollar contracts and limited pitch counts for starters.

Bruce Levine of ESPN Radio 1000 described the Cubs’ bullpen as ‘paper-thin.’     I couldn’t agree more.

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Cubs A Sub-.500 Team?

By bullpenbrian - February 25, 2010 - 2:04 am Leave a comment.

I’m not picking the Cubs to win the NL Central. I’m not picking them to win the Wild Card, either.

But I know this team is better than the 79-83 record predicted by Baseball Prospectus, which has the Cubs finishing nine games behind St. Louis and in second place in the Central.

Chicago’s starting pitching is too good. Its lineup is too good. And, the Cubs play the Pirates way too many times to end the season below .500!

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Derrek Lee Contract

By bullpenbrian - February 24, 2010 - 1:45 am 1 comment.

Derrek Lee’s contract runs dry at the end of this season, which is a positive omen for the first baseman and Cubs fans.

Credit human nature, but we’re all more focused when money is on the line, especially pro ballplayers who are positioned to earn millions.

Question is, should the Cubs resign Lee who turns 34 in September?

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Cubs History A Blur

By bullpenbrian - February 23, 2010 - 12:49 am Leave a comment.

Early baseball history is often a blur of fact vs. fiction.

The case of HOF left-hander and former Cub, Rube Waddell, is no exception.

Luckily there are guys like Dan O’Brien, a well respected source on Waddell, who’ve dedicated countless hours to uncover the truths of baseball’s past.

My latest ‘Cubs History’ piece featured Waddell’s brief tenure with the Cubs. O’Brien was kind enough to fill me in on some slight inaccuracies with the post, and I’ve since updated the post accordingly. Below is a copy of his email to me.

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Ryan Theriot Deal $2.6M

By bullpenbrian - February 22, 2010 - 12:13 am Leave a comment.

Ryan Theriot is handeling the loss of his arbitration case with class–at least for the time being.

He will be paid $2.6M for the upcoming season, more or less confirming Theriot is an average shortstop who will be paid accordingly.

Theriot was quick to point out there’s no bitterness on his end. I say, hogwash–how could there not be?

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Cubs Chasing Cardinals

By bullpenbrian - February 19, 2010 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

The Cubs are no longer the class of the NL Central–St. Louis is.

Dan Shoptaw blogs Redsbirds baseball at C70 At The Bat and is also the founder of the BBA, or Baseball Bloggers Alliance.

He agreed to answer a few questions about the outlook for the 2010 Cardinals–the team Chicago must top to regain the Central crown.

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The Cubs Minus 40lbs!

By bullpenbrian - February 18, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

Give Big Geo credit for losing the weight this offseason.

He dropped 40lbs, which is no small feat. And of course, the hope is he’s lost his sophomore slump with the extra weight, too.

As a tribute to Soto, here’s what some other Cubs would weigh-in at having lost 40lbs–not that they all should, of course. But if there is a lone exception it’s none other than the round mound of pounds that is Carlos Silva.

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Chicago Cubs History – Rube Waddell

By bullpenbrian - February 17, 2010 - 1:01 am Leave a comment.

I wonder if the Cubs–then known as the Orphans– had any idea what they lost by suspending left-hander Rube Waddell late in the summer of 1901?

Just seven months earlier Chicago acquired the 24-year-old from Pittsburgh, who in turn led the club in wins (14), ERA (2.81) and finished second on the staff in strikeouts (168).

But with the Cubs finishing the 1901 season 33-games below .500, perhaps the entire team was viewed expendable, including the future HOF Waddell, who ended up in the CALIFORNIA League the following season.

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Noah Lowry An Option For Cubs

By bullpenbrian - February 16, 2010 - 12:15 am Leave a comment.

Noah Lowry should be a realistic option for the Cubs.

The Cubs need more depth to the rotation and Lowry, looking to sign before the start of Spring Training, is in the market for a cheap, one-year, incentive laden deal.

Of course, the guy’s a total rebuild project, not quite reaching the level of a Mark Prior, but heading down the same road, nonetheless.

Since last pitching in the majors two seasons ago, Lowry has suffered through neuromuscular forearm problems, bones spur removal in his pitching elbow, the removal of a rib and thoracic outlet syndrome–shoulder and neck pain that causes numbness in the forearm. Yeesh!

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Baseball On The Air

By bullpenbrian - February 15, 2010 - 5:15 am Leave a comment.

The  Baseball Bloggers Alliance is taking to the airwaves.

Beginning Tuesday, February 16th at 11 pm Eastern, BBA Baseball Talk can be found at Blog Talk Radio.  It’s a one-hour show discussing the big stories in and around MLB.

Callers are welcome to chime in at 347-884-8690.

Hosting the first edition will be BBA founder Daniel Shoptaw, who writes at C70 At The Bat, and Ron Kaplan of Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance is a confederation of 132 blogs working together for collaboration and discussion possibilities.

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