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Mike Fontenot A Bust?

By bullpenbrian - March 4, 2010 - 2:00 am Leave a comment.

It’s obvious the Cubs need rebound years from Zambrano, Soriano and Soto to compete, but Mike Fontenot is on that list, too.

If for no other reason than allowing Piniella to rest Ryan Theriot, who played a career-high 154 games last season.

By the numbers, September has proven to be Theriot’s worst month. And the popular theory is the shortstop is simply run-down come the stretch-run.

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Cubs’ Pen Needs Andrew Cashner

By bullpenbrian - March 3, 2010 - 2:23 am Leave a comment.

Lou says the bullpen is an open competition this spring, which is a bit unusual.

Most clubs reserve bullpen spots for veterans only, but I like the competition.

Not only will spring games be more meaningful, but it appears the Cubs are committed to taking the best arms north for Opening Day–regardless of seniority.

One odds on favorite to make the staff is the Cubs’ first-round pick from 2008, right-hander Andrew Cashner–a Jonathan Papelbon like talent.

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MLB 2K10 Release March 2

By bullpenbrian - March 2, 2010 - 2:00 am Leave a comment.

MLB 2K10 releases today. I’ll be interested to see where the Cubs finish in a simulated season. I have faith the game will keep the Cubbies in contention, unlike Baseball Prospectus. Then again, who knows?

Nonetheless, I yearn for the days of EA Sports’ MVP series, which surprisingly, has gone unmatched by other developers since EA Sports signed its exclusive deal with the NFL for its Madden series.

That in turn has left gamers, like myself, stuck with unrealistic, bug-filled simulations–especially on the PC.

If we’re lucky EA returns to its baseball series in 2012. Until then, however, you can settle in for MLB 2K10–the gaming version of the Pittsburgh Pirates!

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Tinker-Evers-Chance

By bullpenbrian - March 1, 2010 - 12:19 am Leave a comment.

Three position changes, three Hall of Famers and three names as recognizable to Cubs fans today as they were more than 100 years ago.

On September 15, 1902 they took the field together for the first time. Tinker a 21-year-old rookie shortstop, Evers a 20-year-old rookie second baseman, and Chance a 25-year-old first baseman.

The threesome turned its first double play the following game and quickly developed into one of the best infield dynamos in professional baseball for the time.

The three remained teammates through 1912, but are best remembered for a seven-year run from 1903-1909. During this time they led the Cubs to four pennants and two World Series championships.

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