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Browsing posts from March, 2010

Chad Tracy The Best Fit?

By bullpenbrian - March 31, 2010 - 12:30 am Leave a comment.

Last year it was Milton Bradley. This year it’s Chad Tracy. Hit from the left side and the Cubs will love you like a curse.

Tracy’s left-handed swing and defensive versatility prevailed over Kevin Millar’s attempt to win the Cubs’ final roster spot. But does that mean he’s the right pick?

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Randy Wells Will Not Slump

By bullpenbrian - March 30, 2010 - 1:03 am Leave a comment.

Why Cubs fans fear a sophomore slump for Randy Wells I don’t know.

He showed up early to spring camp…has a perfect 3-0 record in Mesa…and shows no signs of a Geovany Soto letdown.

Wells should have been a 15-game winner in 2009…maybe even more…but the Cubs gave him practically no run support in his first seven outings.

He started 0-3…didn’t earn his first win until his eighth appearance…and yet he led the staff in ERA (3.05) while tying Ted Lilly for most wins (12).

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How Tyler Colvin Made The Cubs

By bullpenbrian - March 29, 2010 - 12:10 am Leave a comment.

Credit Tyler Colvin for his superb spring…he earned his spot on the Opening Day roster.

Part of me, however, believes Colvin made the club because of how he handled his MBL debut two years ago.

Due to a rash of injuries and a commanding lead in the Central, the Cubs came calling in September 2009.

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Jim Edmonds’ Comeback

By bullpenbrian - March 27, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Jim Edmonds made Milwaukee’s 40-man roster this week.

Pretty cool for a 39-year-old, especially one who sat out last season.

Smart move for the Brew Crew, too. Young buck, Carlos Gomez, could use a mentor…Edmonds wants a last dance…and the Brewers, frankly, don’t have much to lose.

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Cubs In 3D

By bullpenbrian - March 26, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

Kudos to the NHL for broadcasting the first ever hockey game in 3D.

Fans watched from the Madison Square Garden theatre as six state of the art cameras captured the action between the Rangers and Islanders Wed. night.

Early reviews claim the broadcast was terrific entertainment, despite the Rangers 5-0 drubbing of its cross-town rival.

To the best of my knowledge the NHL is the first of the big four to do so, but wouldn’t it be grand if MLB was next!

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NL Central Prediction

By bullpenbrian - March 25, 2010 - 1:00 am 1 comment.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance is collecting predictions for the NL Central.

Below is the ballot I submitted. Right? Wrong? Respond!

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Former Cubs This Spring

By bullpenbrian - March 24, 2010 - 12:15 am Leave a comment.

Not that it matters, but I was looking at how some former Cubs are doing this spring.

Funny enough, Jerry Hairston Jr. blasted a three-run homer off Rich Harden Sunday.

Harden, by the way, allowed six runs in the fourth inning after giving up a double, triple, home run, and walked in another.

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Cubs’ Spring Numbers Mean What?

By bullpenbrian - March 23, 2010 - 11:00 am Leave a comment.

Ryan Theriot’s hitting above .500 and leads all of baseball in batting average.

Soriano strung together a six-game hitting streak to push his avg. above .400.

Soto is also part of the .400 club, and Marlon Byrd is dang-close to it over the last two weeks. But what does it all mean? Zero. Zilch. Nada!

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Kerry Wood Status Quo

By bullpenbrian - March 22, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

Kerry Wood’s spent 12 seasons in the bigs. He’s also made 12 trips to the DL, and a 13th is in the making.

Prognosis: a strained muscle below his lower right shoulder–out 6-8 weeks.

The Indians had to know this was coming. But they still forked over $20.5M for two-years. Foolish.

Last season the 32-year-old went 3-3, 4.25 ERA, and 20-of-26 in save chances. Decent, but clearly not worth the money.

My guess, given Wood makes a full recovery, is the Tribe eats some of the contract and deals Kerry by the end of July. Somebody will take him, I just hope the Cubs are not that desperate.

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Bobcat Pride!

By bullpenbrian - March 19, 2010 - 12:05 am 6 comments.

Home Page of SI.com & ESPN.com!

Unbelievable. My Ohio Bobcats as official bracket busters!

Not in a million years!

Wonder if Bob Brenly, Ohio class of ’76, picked the Cats over Georgetown? Or how about Ohio grads Peter King, Jay Mariotti and Thom Brennaman?

Did anyone, for that matter, pick the Cats to topple G-Town? I certainly didn’t. In fact, I placed the Hoyas in the Elite Eight. But of course,  I couldn’t be happier for the ol’ alma mater.

Ohio reaches March Madness about as often as the Cubs do. But actually winning a tournament game, dear lord, that’s a story in itself. We’re talkin’ Cubs in the World Series kind of territory!

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