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Browsing posts from February, 2012

Jerome-O-Meter | Gm 1-5

By bullpenbrian - February 15, 2012 - 2:01 am 2 comments.

Jerome Walton

In 1989 Jerome Walton burst onto the scene winning the NL Rookie of the Year Award and helping the Cubs to the NL East title.

His thrilling 30-game hitting streak from July 21st to August 20th culminated a sensational season for the 23-year-old.

During the next several weeks I’ll recap Walton’s 30-game hitting streak that sparked the Cubs from a 2.5 games deficit in the division to a 2.5 game lead!

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New Season New No. For Cubs

By bullpenbrian - February 14, 2012 - 2:01 am 2 comments.

Several Cubs changed uniform numbers this winter. Several more are sporting Cubbie Blue for the first time.

Here’s a quick look at the numbers some of our Cubs will be wearing during the 2012 season.

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Cubs Fortune – Spring Training

By bullpenbrian - February 13, 2012 - 2:01 am Leave a comment.

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Cubs Poll Review

By bullpenbrian - February 10, 2012 - 1:01 pm Leave a comment.

Big Z wonders how many wins he'll have in 2012

Here’s a look back at the results of my Cubs Polls since the beginning of the New Year.

I asked: Which Cubs home series are you most looking forward to?
You answered:
-Boston Theo Series (41%)
-Big Z & Ozzie’s return with Miami (35%)
-St. Louis (11%)
-Detroit & White Sox (5%)

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Ridiculously Early Playoff Predictions

By bullpenbrian - February 9, 2012 - 2:01 am 2 comments.

I was asked this week for my early (very early) regular season projections on the 2012 final standings.

Granted the most influential offseason moves are over and done with at this juncture (Pujols, Fielder, Reyes..etc.), spring training is still more than a week away!

Considering the Cuban dynamo of power-hitting outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Solar are still unsigned, not to mention, Roy Oswalt remaining another late addition that could potentially put a contender over the top, there’s still a bit of wiggle room for division foes to separate themselves before Opening Day.

But working with what we know right now, here are my predictions:

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Cubs Wish – Carlos Marmol

By bullpenbrian - February 8, 2012 - 2:01 am Leave a comment.

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Adrian Cardenas The New Mike Fontenot

By bullpenbrian - February 7, 2012 - 12:01 pm Leave a comment.

Adrian Cardenas reminds me of Mike Fontenot. Utility infielder, left-handed bat and a nice complementary piece on the 25-man roster.

Even his minor league numbers mirror Fontenot’s, who made his Chicago debut in 2005 before rejoining the club for the 2007 division title run.

And so it appears Cardenas, a first-round pick of the Phillies in 2006, will play a similar role with the Cubs this season, especially with his defensive versatility at multiple infield positions and the corner outfield spots, if necessary.

Although the move lacks excitement, that doesn’t mean it’s without significance. The Cubs are in sore need of added depth, especially up the middle on defense.

Think of Cardenas as a security blanket for Dale Sveum. He’ll give the skipper flexibility with the lineup, relief for Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro, and a valuable left-handed bat as a pinch-hitter.

Cardenas, 24, is two years younger than Blake DeWitt who was DFA to clear a roster spot. DeWitt’s $1.1M contract can be moved if the Cubs are able to trade him within the next four days.

Otherwise, DeWitt will be released having played 174 games for Chicago over 1.5 seasons batting .258 with 9 HR and 48 RBI.

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Giants Defeat Patriots 21-17

By bullpenbrian - February 6, 2012 - 1:01 am Leave a comment.

Congratulations to Therese M. on winning Brian’s Super Bowl Bash XII!

And a pat on the back for all who tabbed the Giants as Super Bowl champions.

A big thank you to everyone who participated. It’s always a pleasure catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.

Let’s do it again next year!

~AS FOR THE GAME…

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Favorite Cubs Now Former Cubs

By bullpenbrian - February 3, 2012 - 2:01 am 4 comments.

It recently occurred to me that all my favorite Cubs players are now former Cubs players.

Aramis moved north to Milwaukee.  Pena returned south to the Rays. Ted Lilly is still with L.A.. Derrek Lee is straddling the line of retirement, Jim Edmonds is already there.  Not to mention, no more De-Ro, Sweet Lou or Ryno for that matter.

So the question becomes, who is my favorite current Cub?

My answer: the funny man from north of the boarder, Ryan Dempster, who I’ve long been a fan of for all he does both on and off the field.

Who’s your No.1 Cub?

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How To Read A Baseball Slashline

By bullpenbrian - February 2, 2012 - 2:01 am Leave a comment.

slashline

Are you still confused by a player’s ‘slashline’, left wondering what the heck it stands for, or how to read one? If so, have no fear!

Below is a simple breakdown of how to digest the numbers, what those numbers mean and why it’s become inevitable when discussing a player’s offensive contributions.

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