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Name That Cub!

By bullpenbrian - September 20, 2010 - 12:01 pm Leave a comment.

Is averaging one home run per 17.85 at-bats.
That’s 11th best in the NL.
Five of his home runs have come vs. southpaws.
Has 14 homers and 40 RBI in his last 76 games.
Batting .296 when hitting in the five hole.
Was a Florida State League All Star in 2007
Name that Cub!


Troy Tulowitzki’s Hot September!

By bullpenbrian - September 19, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Seeing the Cubs win five straight is pretty remarkable, but pales in comparison to Troy Tulowitzki’s month of September.

When you’re hot, you’re hot. And Tulo is most definitely hot! We’re talking firecracker hot, blue flame hot…a .394 average with 35 RBI in his last 16 games hot. That’s nearly as many RBI as Kosuke Fukudome has all year (40)-hot!

Tulo smacked two more homers Saturday giving him 14 in his last 15 contests, which ties the modern major league record set by Albert Belle (1995) & Barry Bonds (2001).

Perhaps the best explanation for Tulo’s success is Carlos Gonzalez, who’s sets the stage in front of Tulowitzki from the three-hole.

If it wasn’t for the Little Pony’s .341 average and league leading 184 hits and 328 total bases, Tulowitzki wouldn’t see anything to hit at all!

The duo, not surprisingly, has carried the Rockies during its patented late season run.

Having won 20 of its last 26 games, Colorado has climbed within 1 game of the West leading Padres and 2.5 back of Atlanta for the Wild Card. That’s pretty hot, but not exactly Tulo hot!


Fontenot & Theriot Update

By bullpenbrian - September 18, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

In 16 games, eight starts, Fontenot has gone 12-for-40 (.300) with one double and three RBI. He’s batting .370 with RISP, .286 vs. right-handers and .300 vs. southpaws. Overall this season he’s batting .287 with 1 HR and 23 RBI.

In 40 games with the Dodgers, Theriot is batting .253.
He’s scored 18 runs, hit five doubles, a home run and driven in eight RBI.
His 18 runs scored in August led the club.

Theriot also has 43 multi-hit games, the most on the Dodgers, and tied for 15th in the National League. In addition, he’s swiped 20 bags in 29 attempts while committing just 10 errors in 136 games between shortstop (29) and second base (105).


Ted Lilly Update

By bullpenbrian - September 17, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Ted Lilly suffered his worst outing with L.A. Thursday night.
Unable to keep the ball down, the Giants tagged Lilly for six earned runs, two coming via the long ball, courtesy Aubrey Huff & Buster Posey.
Teddy’s 3.1 innings pitched is his shortest outing since joining the Dodgers.

After winning his first five starts with the L.A., Lilly has dropped his last three, but isn’t getting much run support, either.

The Cubs and Dodgers have combined to provide Lilly with just 2.89 runs per game, the lowest in the Majors. L.A. scored two runs Thursday night, one with Lilly in the game, during its 10-2 loss against San Fran.

Through his nine starts with L.A., Lilly is (5-3) and (8-11) overall this season. Two more wins in his final three starts, however, gives Lilly eight straight seasons of ten or more victories.


Cubs First Sweep Of Cards Since 1988!

By bullpenbrian - September 16, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Cubs sweep its first three-game series at St. Louis since 1988!
Perhaps more impressively, they do it against the Cardinals Big Three:
Garcia, Wainwright & Carpenter.

Back in ’88 it was Jeff Pico, Rick Sutcliffe & Greg Maddux defeating Cris Carpenter, Joe Magrane & John Tudor. This time around it’s Samardzija, Wells & Zambrano pulling off the Turkey!

Meanwhile, this might be the best series Chicago has played all year.
First credit the pitching, then some timely hitting and lastly Mike Quade.
The skipper is pressing all the right buttons since taking over the helm.
The Cubs are now (14-7) under Quade’s watch.

St. Louis, eight games back of Cincy, has all but handed over the division by losing a series they couldn’t afford to lose–let alone, get swept.
It must be leaving Cardinal fans feeling what Cubs fans have all year–sick.

Big Z has been ridiculous since rejoining the roation.
He’s (6-0) with a 1.37 ERA in seven starts.

I’ve held steadfast to my belief the Cubs should trade Zambrano this offseason.
His numbers, however, can’t be ignored–maybe my advise should?


Chicago’s Other Coach Q

By bullpenbrian - September 15, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

At 18 games out of first, you take pride in small victories.
Defeating the Cardinals is one of them.
Beating Adam Wainwright is another!

Wainwright entered the game with an MLB-best 1.52 home ERA.
The Cubs tagged him for a career-worst 12 hits,
and scored five runs against him in eight innings.
Wainwright lost for just the third time at home (11-3).

Where were these Cubs the first five months of the season?
And who knew the answer was 90-feet away in the third base coaching box!

Tuesday night is another feather in Mike Quade’s cap.
Cubs have gone 13-7 under ‘Q’, winning five of its last six series.
The skipper’s case for the full time job is growing stronger.

Also to Quade’s benefit, Fredi Gonzalez, once a leading candidate for the position, has declined the Cubs request to interview him.
Gonzalez is unquestionably heading to Atlanta to replace Bobby Cox.
Just another win for Quade.

A few more wins and Quade may have a real chance to catch Ryno in the polls!


Jeff Samardzija Update

By bullpenbrian - September 14, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Decent outing by Jeff Samardizija Monday night.
5.2 innings, no runs, six hits, four walks and one strikeout.
Good enough to pace the Cubs in a 5-1 win against a division rival.

Samardzija appeared more in control of his pitches with the new delivery.
He battled Pujols and Holiday well, too.
Made tough pitches, made smart pitches.

It’s been a long road back for Jeff.
Hasn’t made an appearance since April 19.
But tonight earned himself another turn in the rotation.

I’ve been tough on Samardzija since last year.
The guy wouldn’t throw strikes and couldn’t control his breaking pitches.
But credit to him for making the adjustments, keeping his trap shut and waiting for his next opportunity.

Samardizija, however, isn’t in the clear just yet.
He’s yet to show improvement consistently at the big league level.
The overall numbers are not good, but his outing Monday showed promise.

Samardzija with Triple-A Iowa:
15 starts, (11-3) with a 4.37 ERA.
111.1 innings pitched, 86 hits, 9 HR and 102 Ks vs. 67 walks.

Samardzija with 2010 Cubs:
5 games, 1 start (1-1) with a 7.00 ERA
9.0 innings pitched, 11 hits, 1 HR and 2 Ks vs. 10 walks.


Name That Cub!

By bullpenbrian - September 13, 2010 - 12:01 am 1 comment.

Has started five of the last six games.
Is batting .391 in his last nine games.
Made his Major League debut August 12.
First career hit came August 16 vs. Kevin Correia.
His 142 hits led all of Triple-A at the time of his call-up.
Played on Oregon State’s back-to-back College World Series championships in 2006-07.
Name that Cub!


Ryan Dempster Owns Milwaukee!

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

Congrats to Big ‘D’ for career win 100!
It’s Dempster’s 50th win as a Cub.
He’s also collected 87 saves with Chicago.

Dempster (13-10) has simply owned the Brewers.
He’s (11-1) in his last 14 starts against Milwaukee.
And has strung together seven consecutive wins vs. The Brew Crew!

Ryan’s 15-career wins against Milwaukee are the most among active pitchers, tying Roy Oswalt.

Demps has also won four consecutive road starts and improved to (6-3) in his last 13 September starts since 2008.

With Ted Lilly gone, Dempster is the staff ace.
The guy should be the 2011 Opening Day starter.
He’s earned the privilege.


Big Z’s Stats Since Rejoining Rotation

By bullpenbrian - September 11, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

Carlos Zambrano since returning to the rotation August 9:

5-0 with a 1.95 ERA.
8 earned runs in 45 innings pitched.
Has allowed two or fewer runs in last seven starts.
32 strikeouts in his last four games.

Big Z has won four-consecutive starts for the first time since mid July, 2007.

Despite his dreadful Opening Day outing at Atlanta (8-ER in 1.1 IP), Zambrano has posted an (8-4) record in 16 starts.

Overall this season, he’s (8-6) with a 3.88 ERA.
He made 16 relief appearances going (0-1) with a 4.32 ERA.
For his career he’s (113-74) with a 3.50 ERA since joining the Cubs in 2001.


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