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Cubs Need Power Arms

By bullpenbrian at 11.03.2010 3 comments.

Nine out of the last 13 World Series have lasted no more than five games. A big reason is the significance power-arms played in October.

Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain underscored the importance of such talent again this year. Despite a meager offense, the two dictated the postseason by shutting down the opponent with swing-and-miss stuff.

The Diamondbacks did it with Schilling & Johnson in 2001. Boston had Schilling and Pedro in 2004 and added Josh Beckett in 2007. The White Sox used Mark Buehrle & Jose Contreras in 2005. And Philly went with Cole Hamels & Brett Myers in 2008.

The Cubs, meanwhile, lack a true power arm, let alone a dynamic duo. Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano are good enough to win the division, but shutting down a postseason lineup is questionable.

With all the talk of signing an Adam Dunn or Carl Crawford, more attention should be paid to landing that true ace–that power-arm built for October.

Without one, the Cubs are no better off winning the title than San Fran was before the arrival of Lincecum and Cain.

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  1. Douglas Heeren says:

    If we have the technology to clone, why can’t we just get about seven or eight clones of Marmol?

    • bullpenbrian says:

      Seriously, wouldn’t that be nice.
      Until then, Hendry’s left to do things the old fashion way:)

      Who wins if eight Albert Pujols play eight Carlos Marmols?

  2. Douglas Heeren says:

    I’ll take Marmol. Albert can only guess fastball so many times. Marmol needs to pickup the forkball as a changeup.

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