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Ryan Dempster Game Score 76

By bullpenbrian - June 30, 2011 - 1:42 am Leave a comment.

Ryan Dempster was simply outstanding in the Cubs 2-1 win vs. San Fran. Wednesday night.

The right-hander pounded the zone needing just 83 pitches, 59 for strikes, in eight-plus innings of work. Solid!

According to Game Score, a Bill James statistic cooked up 25 years ago that gauges the quality of a start from a pitcher’s stat line, Demps registered a 76.

To put that in perspective, less than 50 pitchers have scored 80 or more all season. And had it not been for a bloop single by Pat Burrell in the ninth, Dempster likely breaks the 80-mark.

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Davis, Lopez & Grabow

By bullpenbrian - June 29, 2011 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

The broken soundtrack of the Cubs’ 2011 season continues–one step forward, two steps back.

Chicago is 16-games below .500, eight games behind third place Pittsburgh and a mere four games ahead of Houston for the NL’s worst record.

What more does Jim Hendry need to see?

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Carlos Pena’s HR Log

By bullpenbrian - June 28, 2011 - 1:39 am 2 comments.

Len Kasper mentioned something very interesting during Monday’s broadcast, a 7-3 win for the Cubs vs. Colorado paced by Carlos Pena’s two home runs.

Which pitcher has Pena hit the most home runs against? The answer: Andy Pettitte, with six of his 246 career HR coming against the Yankee great.

I dug deeper and discovered Pena has quite a track record against some of the league’s top hurlers.

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Name That Cub!

By bullpenbrian - June 27, 2011 - 1:38 am Leave a comment.

He’s batting .375 vs. left-handers.
And .344 with two outs in an inning.
His six pinch-hits are seventh most in the majors.
Has started 13 games in the outfield, six at third and five at second.
Name that Cub!

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Trading Zambrano Never Better

By bullpenbrian - June 26, 2011 - 1:08 am Leave a comment.

Carlos Zambrano’s trade value has never been higher…and the Cubs’ chances to move him will never be better.

Yes, Carlos has lost some velocity. Yes, he’s thrown a lot of innings over his career. But the 30-year-old isn’t washed-up. There’s plenty left in Z’s tank to help out a contender.

His efforts Saturday night in Kansas City, again wasted by a lack of offense, seconds the motion—it’s time for the Cubs and Carlos to part ways.

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Mr. Cubs Race!

By bullpenbrian - June 25, 2011 - 1:01 am Leave a comment.

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Cubs Best Not Good Enough

By bullpenbrian - June 24, 2011 - 1:28 am Leave a comment.

“Telling someone, or yourself, to just “do your best” is believed to be a great motivator. It isn’t. Theoretically, it encourages without putting on too much pressure. In reality, and rather ironically, it is more-or-less permission to be mediocre.” -Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson

I’ve had it with hearing the Cubs played a good game following a loss.

I hear it from the players. I hear it from the broadcasters. I hear it enough to make me puke.

Is that what this season, this team, this organization has come to?

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Pena Power, Central Sour

By bullpenbrian - June 23, 2011 - 11:01 am 2 comments.

We’re finally seeing the $10M Carlos Pena.
The K’s have been there all season without the home runs.
But his last four hits have left the yard.
Including a HR in all three games vs. White Sox.
All of Carlos’ 14 HR have come since May 3.
That ties him with Prince Fielder & Matt Kemp with the most HR in the NL over that span.

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Albert Pujols The Next Derrek Lee?

By bullpenbrian - June 22, 2011 - 1:01 am Leave a comment.

Lots of question marks surrounding Albert Pujols’ broken left wrist.

How will it change Albert’s contract negotiations? Will he return to his old form? Can he still break Bonds’ career home run record?

I’m immediately reminded of Derrek Lee suffering a broken wrist during the 2006 season.

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Video Sunday Night Baseball Wrigley Field

By bullpenbrian - June 21, 2011 - 1:05 am Leave a comment.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmFtG_i4giE?rel=0&w=640&h=390]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKjzCYqLx00?rel=0&w=640&h=390]

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