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Silva, Quade & Marty

By bullpenbrian - March 3, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

1.) Right now, Silva is to blame for his poor outing–not Aramis.
2.) The more I learn about Quade the more I like him.
3.) Marty, Marty, Marty…the guy loves hating our Cubs.

1.) This winter Carlos Silva called his audition for the Cubs’ fourth or fifth rotation spot ‘ridiculous.’ Perhaps, but what’s more ridiculous is Silva’s dugout behavior following a tough first inning Wednesday afternoon.

There’s a professional way to call-out teammates. Barking at them between innings isn’t the best method. Not to mention, Silva is stepping on the toes of one, Carlos Zambrano, who’s managed a career of crafting such a role.

Meanwhile, what Silva fails to realize is that three of his own fingers are pointing right back at him while he singles out his own infielders. Since when did allowing two HRs and a walk permit you the right to chewout your defense?

Sometimes, a kick-in-the-pants is what’s needed to motivate a teammate. But Silva should kick his own butt following a poor outing before he lays wood to the guys he’s relying on around him. And as far as Silva being a lock for the rotation–hardly.

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Ricketts, Marmol & Santo

By bullpenbrian - March 2, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

1.) Was Ricketts’ purchase a poor investment?
2.) Marmol says Cubs have the best bullpen.
3.) Ron Santo Day: March 10th.

1.) Think about it. The Ricketts family dropped roughly $900M to purchase the Cubs. That’s a lot of dough for a club full of back-loaded contracts and an under-achieving record the past two years.

Since the stakes for winning were raised in 2007, Cubs fans have come to expect a winning team. Long gone are the days of fans filling the ballpark just to be at Wrigley Field. Don’t believe me? Just check out those new season ticket packages. Since when were the Cubs heavily advertising ticket sales?

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Cubs Polls & Miserable Sports Cities

By bullpenbrian - March 1, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

1.) The results of my last two Cubs polls.
2.) Is Mark Buehrle St. Louis bound?
3.) Most miserable sports cities.

1.) Each Friday, as many have noticed, I toss-up a Cubs poll question. Two weeks ago I asked ‘who’s the best 1B in baseball?’ The results show Pujols is the clear winner, as expected, but Ryan Howard, Paul Konerko & Prince Fielder received no votes. Of course, I voted Pujols, but where are my Beer Maker readers! Poll results:

44% – Pujols
24% – Teixeira
20% – Votto
08% – Gonzalez
04% – Cabrera
00% – Howard, Konerko & Fielder

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