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Early 2011 Predictions

By bullpenbrian - December 31, 2010 - 12:01 am 2 comments.
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Bullpen Session – Leg Lamp

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

The Bullpen Session is a weekly round-up of my observations surrounding Cubs baseball and much, much more!

–Another holiday season in the books. As always, I ate way too much dessert and starved my body of way too much beauty sleep. Oh, the holidays!

–Nothing beats a Best Buy gift card. Got two of them, but not sure how I’ll spend the plastic. Last year was a new PC. Still weighing my options for this January.

–Also got a new pair of comfy lounge pants. It’s an Indianapolis Colts print, hand-made by Momma Bear, and similar to my Cubs pants, which could use their own offseason.

–The best gift, however, wasn’t mine. Although, I wouldn’t mind having one. A miniature Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story. Twenty-bucks at Walgreens.

Best articles I read this week: SI.com’s rating of media sports personalities and Ron Santo’s last gift to his family.

Best meal this week: M. Henry’s breakfast burrito. Dear Lord, it’s tasty.

Best holiday commercial is Kahlua’s new campaign.

–Watched some good flicks this week, too. The Town, staring Ben Affleck, was terrific, and of course, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. But the best was Rocky III & IV. Gets me throwing punches every time!

–MEANWHILE, some baseball and our CUBS…

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Cubs Top Story Lines 2010

By bullpenbrian - December 29, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Cubs.com writer, Carrie Muskat, detailed the top story lines of the Cubs’ 2010 season. I’ve highlighted parts of her article below.

The Cubs never got above .500.
They were 22-32 in one-run games.
Those 32 losses were the most in baseball.
The starting pitchers led the NL in quality starts.
Aramis Ramirez posted a .207 average in the first half.
Mike Quade’s record as manager (24-13).
Carlos Marmol saved more than half (38) of the Cubs’ 75 wins.
He also set a MLB record by averaging 15.99 strikeouts per nine innings.
Alfonso Soriano and Derrek Lee each hit their 300th home run.

Cubs’ 2010 top story lines:

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How Baseball Bats Are Made Video

By bullpenbrian - December 28, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.



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Name That Cub!

By bullpenbrian - December 27, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Traded to Cubs from Texas in 1988.
Wore No.28 during his two seasons in Chicago.
Made his lone NL All Star squad in 1989.
Traded to Philadelphia in 1991.
Saved 43 games for the Phillies in 1993.
Earned 192 saves over 11 seasons–52 with the Cubs.
Name that Cub!

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Happy Holidays!

By bullpenbrian - December 25, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

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Cubs Poll – Starting Pitching

By bullpenbrian - December 24, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.
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Bullpen Session – Pat & John

By bullpenbrian - December 23, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

The Bullpen Session is a weekly round-up of my observations surrounding Cubs baseball and much, much more!

–The best news out of Cubs camp this week is Pat Hughes’ five-year extension. Heading into his 16th season on the North Side, the radio play-by-play man is a five-time winner of the Broadcaster of the Year Award in Illinois, and three time recipient in Wisconsin.

Personally, I love Hughes’ call, his professionalism, his preparation and his stories–even those non-baseball related.

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Derrek Lee Heading To Baltimore?

By bullpenbrian - December 22, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Andy MacPhail, former CEO of the Cubs, is hard at work in Baltimore trying to land another former Cub–Derrek Lee.

Despite Lee’s Gold Glove at first base, the 34-year-old is coming off his worst season offensively.

Lee slightly improved at the plate following his trade to Atlanta, but combined to hit .260 with 19 HR an 80 RBI between the Cubs and Braves.

MacPhail’s first target, Adam LaRoche, was offered a three-year deal worth $21M, but has reached an impasse with the club.

That’s opened the door for Lee, whose age and declining durability make it likely he’ll only receive a one-year offer.

Meanwhile, I’ve always been fascinated by teams willingness to sign Corey Patterson. The Blue Jays inked the former No.3 overall pick to a minor league deal this week.

Could the biggest Cubs bust of the last decade do anything worse not to deserve a contract? He’s a career .253 hitter and has never posted an on-base percentage above .320–lousy for a leadoff-type hitter.

Why, why, why do teams keep signing him?

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How Greinke Helps Cubs

By bullpenbrian - December 21, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

The Brewers’ trade for Zach Greinke is big-time. You win with strong starting pitching, and Milwaukee’s 1-2-3 punch of Yovani Gallardo, Shaun Marcum and Greinke is awfully strong.

The Brewers, of course, gave up its young talent to land a true ace and Cy Young Award winner. But in a single move they’re right back in the hunt for the NL Central.

So what if Milwaukee gave up its future to compete now. I’d make the same trade in a split second.

The Giants, remember, won the World Series with barely any regular season offense. The Brew Crew, however, has plenty of offense to go with its revamped rotation.

Milwaukee finished fourth in the NL in runs scored, batting average and RBI. And, finished second in the league in home runs (182). That’s enough offense to win with in Milwaukee.

As far as the Cubs, the move turns up the offseason heat on Jim Hendry. No way the Cubs keep up with Cincy, St. Louis, and now Milwaukee, without adding another strong-arm to its rotation.

Signing Brandon Webb is a must, but hardly counters Milwaukee’s move of Greinke. Trading Carlos Zambrano for a starter is a no brainer, but also seems unlikely. Is Matt Garza the answer or is it time the Cubs part with some younger talent for a true ace?

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