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Seventh Inning Killing Cubs

By bullpenbrian at 07.06.2010 Leave a comment.

The seventh inning proves to be the worst for Cubs’ pitchers.

They’ve allowed opponents to score 74 runs in the frame, including the Reds’ 9-run inning Friday and 8-run explosion Sunday.

The next worst inning is the first…opponents scoring 57 runs. Then it’s the eighth inning, having allowed 51 runs.

No surprise the late innings are a problem given the loss of Angel Guzman and the promotion of three rookies to round out a young, thin, and inexperienced bullpen.

Then, of course, there’s Jeff Samardzija’s lack of development…a worn-out Bob Howry…and the forgotten about Esmailin Caridad, leaving no wonder why the Cubs can’t get a lead to Marshall and Marmol.

But middle relief has been a glaring weakness since spring training, only long overshadowed by the ineptitude of the Cubs’ offense.

If I’m Jim Hendry…bullpen arms are at the top of my trade list.

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