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Are The Cubs Really This Stupid?

By bullpenbrian at 03.15.2010 4 comments.

Sean Marshall in the rotation? You’ve got to be kidding me.

If he’s proven anything during his four years on the North Side it’s that he’s not starter material.

I’m not blaming Marshall–he is what he is, a left-handed specialist, and a pretty darn good one at that.

But the Cubs don’t see it this way. Instead, the fantasy of Marshall becoming a regular starter appears to be alive and well in Mesa, Arizona.

I have no doubt it’s a terrific dream, but reality proves it’s a nightmare. Just look at his numbers from last season.

Out of the pen: 1-2, 3.30 ERA. As a starter: 2-5, 5.24 ERA. Career record: 19-29, 4.55 ERA.

Not to mention, this bullpen is in critical condition! The Cubs NEED relief arms, and they NEED Marshall for those middle innings.

Yet the Cubs are positioning Marshall is in the rotation mix along with Gorzelanny, Samardzija and Cashner?

Does this make any sense to you? Me, neither!

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  1. art says:

    so all these #1 picks, can’t miss players should be traded or released according to your comparison of Castro and that guy from Cincinnati. hell why even have a farm system. just keep signing old, slow, over the hill prone injury players.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      Yes, the Cubs should absolutely trade all their top prospects.

      Then, if they’re smart, they’ll sign veteran players 40-years and older.

      Farm system, why bother? All you get is a bunch of Brandon Larson’s.

      I guess I couldn’t have been more clear.

      C’mon Art! Don’t be like that.

      You’re entitled to your own opinion, but don’t take the article out of context.

  2. Joe says:

    Hey, don’t worry, Gorzelanny and Silva won the 2 rotation openings.

  3. bullpenbrian says:

    Glad to hear it, too!

    I like Gorzo, and I think he’s got a real chance of becoming a consistent starter.

    Who knows about Silva. I’d be more convinced if the guy took some steps to get in shape.

    Seriously, what’s your dedication as a pro athlete when you’re grossly out of shape? It’s pure laziness. That’s hard to root for.

    I do feel for Samardzija, though. He pitched well enough this spring to earn a starting role, which is what he wants.

    The Cubs, however, don’t seem to have a plan for this guy. If he’s a starter, start him. If not, either trade him or develope him FULL TIME as a reliever.

    I know it’s a numbers game with Guzman and Lilly out, but Samardzija’s career path shouldn’t be up in the air like this. We’ll see.

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