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Cubs Rocky Mountain Low

By bullpenbrian - July 31, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Friday night wasn’t just another low-point in the Cubs’ disappointing season. Instead, the Rockies’ 12-runs on 13-hits in the bottom of the eighth sank the Cubs to new lows.

Colorado’s 17-total runs are the most the Cubs have allowed against any opponent in 2010. As are the 12-runs in the eighth for the most runs allowed in any inning this season. The Rockies’ 11-consecutive hits in the eighth also set a MLB record.

Sean Marshall, who’s been nothing short of terrific, allowed five earned runs in the eighth. Andrew Cashner, meanwhile, coughed up six-runs on six-hits without recording an out.

It was the train wreck of the season, which explains, perhaps, why I watched the entire inning unfold. I couldn’t believe what I was watching, and I couldn’t turn away from it, either.

But for those who were fortunate, or smart enough, to tune out, here’s a recap…share my pain, Cubs fans!

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Ted Lilly’s New Look

By bullpenbrian - July 30, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

The Mets, Twins, Dodgers & Cardinals are reportedly
still in the mix to trade for Ted Lilly.

Here’s a peek how Lilly would look in each roation.

–Ted Lilly (3-8) – 3.69 ERA

New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey        (10-5) – 4.00 ERA
Johan Santana    (8-5)   – 3.11 ERA
Jonathan Niese   (7-4)  – 3.43 ERA
H. Takahasshi      (7-5)  – 4.47 ERA
R.A. Dickey          (6-4)  – 2.55 ERA

Minnesota Twins
Carl Pavano        (13-6) – 3.21 ERA
Fran. Liriano      (9-7)  – 3.35 ERA
Kevin Slowey     (9-5)  – 4.76 ERA
Scott Baker         (8-9)  – 5.00 ERA
Nick Blackburn (7-7) – 6.66 ERA

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Should Cubs Resign Derrek Lee?

By bullpenbrian - July 29, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

You can’t be upset with D-Lee’s decision to revoke a trade to Anaheim.
As a 10-5 player, he’s earned the right to do so.

I am surprised, however, Lee’s decided to go down with the sinking ship
on the North Side vs. playing for a contender.

Of course, it would’ve been nice to get a little something in return for him,
but having Lee around isn’t all that discouraging, either.

Now the question looms as to what to do about Lee this offseason?
The two-time All Star turns 35 in two months, he’s scuffling offensively
and presumably looking to sign his last professional contract.

But what Lee lacks in production he makes up for in character.
And the Cubs, no doubt, need that leadership with a multitude
of promising prospects on the horizon
.

The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of Lee returning
for another two years. Then again, maybe I’m just thinking with
my heart and not my head?

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If Ted Lilly Is Traded…

By bullpenbrian - July 28, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

I’ve said many times Ted Lilly has been the staff ace since signing a four-year deal in 2006.

But it’s likely his outing Tuesday night was his last as a Chicago Cub.

The Dodgers, Twins and Yankees are heavy favorites to trade for Lilly before Saturday’s deadline.

Lilly’s record with Cubs:
2007: (15-8)–3.83 ERA–207.0 IP
2008: (17-9)–4.09 ERA–204.2 IP
2009: (12-9)–3.10 ERA–177.0 IP
2010: (3-8) –3.88 ERA–117.0 IP

Summary: (47-34)–3.73 ERA–avg. 177.0 IP

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Steve Stone Says Cubs Need Speed

By bullpenbrian - July 27, 2010 - 12:15 am Leave a comment.

During his interview on 670 The Score Monday morning,
Steve Stone suggested the Cubs have undervalued team
speed for many years.

Stone says the Cubs would benifit from more speed than
power-bats with the wind typically blowing out at
Wrigley Field for 4 out of the 6 months of the season–
April, May, June & September.


Right away Rays center fielder BJ Upton jumped to mind.
Upton, 25, has major upside…and serious speed.
He would flourish in Wrigley’s small outfield and could
bat anywhere from 1-6 in the lineup.

It’s been no secret the Rays have grown tired of Upton’s
apparent lack of motivation from time-to-time, and trading
him wouldn’t be out of the question.


Chicago has the chips to get him, but whether or not they
value Upton is another question. According to Stony, probably not.

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Bobby Valentine’s Resume

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

Texas Rangers
1985: (53-76)…replaced Doug Rader 32-games into the season.
1986: (87-75)…2nd place AL West.
1987: (75-87)…7th place AL West.
1988: (70-91)…6th place AL West.
1989: (83-79)…4th place AL West.
1990: (83-79)…3rd place AL West.
1991: (85-77)…3rd place AL West.
1992: (45-41)…fired & replaced by Toby Harrah.

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Tyler Colvin NL Rookie of the Year?

By bullpenbrian - July 25, 2010 - 12:15 am 11 comments.

Put Tyler Colvin in the race for the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

*He leads all rookies in home runs with 15.
*Leads Cubs with six game-winning RBI.
*Has nine home runs & 20 RBI since June 15.
*Is 7-for-25 in his last six games batting leadoff,
including 3 home runs & 4 RBI.
*Has played all three outfield positions well.
*And has 64 games remaining this season.

Braves outfielder, Jason Heyward (.266, 11 HR & 48 RBI),
and Washington pitcher, Steven Strasburgh (5-2. 2.32 ERA),
are sure to remain the front runners in the National league.
But Colvin, (.264, 15 HR, 36 RBI), has enough time to win
the numbers game, given Lou continues to start the 25-year-old.

Colvin, however, also faces tough competition from
Cincinnati starter Mike Leake (7-1, 3.45 ERA) and
Mets outfielder Ike Davis, (.249, 14 HR, 46 RBI).

As noted by reader Joe Robino…Florida’s Gaby Sanchez is also in the running. He leads NL rookies in hits, doubles, multi-hit games & extra-base hits.

And another commenter, Route53, reminded me of the Giants’s Buster Posey. Hot start in first 50-games, but can he keep it up?

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Joe Girardi’s Resume

By bullpenbrian - July 24, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

Florida Marlins
2006: (78-84)…kept Marlins in Wild Card race despite the
league’s lowest payroll–$14 million.

New York Yankees
2008: (89-73)…3rd place division.
2009: (103-59)..Won World Series against Philadelphia.
2010: (61-34)…1st place division.

Notes:
*Won 2006 NL Manger of the Year Award.
*2006 candidate to succeed Dusty Baker in Chicago.
*Catcher for the Cubs from 1989-92.
*Graduate Northwestern University.
*Native of East Peoria, Illinois.

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Bob Brenly’s Resume

By bullpenbrian - July 23, 2010 - 12:06 am Leave a comment.

Arizona Diamondbacks
2001: (92-70)…Won World Series against Yankees.
2002: (98-64)…Won division, lost to St. Louis in NLDS.
2003: (84-78)…Finished 3rd in division.
2004: (22-59)…Fired after 3 1/2 seasons (303-262) .536%

Notes:
*Was member of Cubs 1990-91 radio team, partnering with
Harry Caray, Thom Brennaman & Ron Santo.
*Serves as the Cubs television analyst since 2005.
*Attended Ohio University!
*Has a terrific mustache…on par with Mike Ditka’s,
Joel Quenneville’s & Phil Jackson’s cookie dusters!

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Ryne Sandberg’s Resume

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

Single-A — Peoria Chiefs
2007: (71-68)…lost Midwest League Championship Game.
2008: (60-78)…7th place, 18.5 games back.

Double-A — Tennessee Smokies
2009: (71-69)…2nd place division.

Triple-A — Iowa Cubs
2010: (56-39)…leading North Division by 7-games.

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