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Cubs Poll | Samardzija

By bullpenbrian - March 30, 2012 - 2:06 pm Leave a comment.
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Why You Missed Opening Day

By bullpenbrian - March 29, 2012 - 4:00 pm Leave a comment.

Believe it or not, the MLB regular season is already underway. That’s no joke.

If that’s news to you, however, don’t feel left out. It certainly is for most baseball fans, even the diehards, because MLB did little, if anything, to promote the opening series between Seattle & Oakland in Japan.

I bet most of you have no idea who won, who pitched, who homered…who was the home team? I know I didn’t, except for a small blurb I caught on Baseball Tonight. The rest of the story I found online. (Seattle won Game 1, Oakland won Game 2).

Funny enough, there’s such irony in the fact that while MLB tries to expand its horizons, they failed to reach the fans in its own country, and for the season’s lid-lifter no less!

Even those aware of the ‘official’ overseas opener couldn’t find it on television, including players and managers still wrapping up meaningless spring training games.

And there’s your big kick-off to the 2012 season. Hooray?

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Figuring Out Randy Wells

By bullpenbrian - March 28, 2012 - 2:47 pm Leave a comment.

*This post was updated on March 29

Randy Wells is starting the season at Triple-A Iowa. It’s certainly not where Randy expected to be, or where the Cubs wanted him to be.

But it’s not surprising the topsy-turvy career of the 29-year-old right-hander has come down to a minor league demotion.

Wells’ inconsistency has always made it troubling to size-up his development and potential on the mound.

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Soriano Not Far From Leading Off

By bullpenbrian - March 27, 2012 - 12:53 pm Leave a comment.

Don’t be surprised if Alfonso Soriano ends up in the leadoff spot this season.

It won’t happen anytime soon, or necessarily come as a permanent change, but dire circumstances could place Soriano atop the Cubs order once again.

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Cubs Home Opener In 10 Days!

By bullpenbrian - March 26, 2012 - 1:41 am Leave a comment.

Countdown 10

Cubs Opening Day is just 10 days away!

In honor of this countdown let’s take a look at the men in blue who wore No.10 for the Cubs–in addition to the great Ron Santo!

FIRST CUBS PLAYER TO WEAR No.10:
-Al Todd (1940)

NOTABLE CUBS TO WEAR No.10:
-Bob Scheffing (1946-50)
-El Tappe (1958-59)
*Ron Santo (1960-73)
-Dave Kingman (1978-80)
-Leon Durham (1981-88)
-Lloyd McClendon (1989-90)

MOST RECENT CUBS TO WEAR No.10:
-Bruce Kimm (2002)

CUB CURRENTLY WEARING No.10:
-The Cubs fittingly retired Ron’s No.10 in 2003.

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Dempster Right Choice For Opening Day

By bullpenbrian - March 22, 2012 - 4:00 pm Leave a comment.

Even if Dale Sveum isn’t saying it, the Cubs Opening Day start was Ryan Dempster’s to lose.

That’s the only way to explain Sveum’s ‘open’ competition for the rotation’s No.1 spot between Dempster and Matt Garza.

Otherwise, Sveum has a no-brainer decision selecting Garza, a 28-year-old stud who was the Cubs best starter in 2011, vs. the soon to be 35-year-old Dempster coming off a career-worse 14-loss season.

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Jerome-O-Meter | Gm 26-30

By bullpenbrian - March 21, 2012 - 5:00 pm Leave a comment.

Jerome Walton

Bearing down on Benito Santiago’s rookie record of 34 consecutive games with a hit, Jerome Walton’s hitting streak came to an end after 30 games.

On Monday, August 21 vs. the Reds at Wrigley Field Walton went a combined 0-for-4 against Ron Robinson, Rob Dibble & John Franco with the Cubs losing 6-5 in 10 innings.

Not surprisingly, however, Walton managed a least one hit through his next five games with an at-bat before going 0-for-4 against the Astros eight days later.

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Sean Marshall Trade Not About Travis Wood

By bullpenbrian - March 20, 2012 - 12:30 am Leave a comment.

Cubs fans are coming down hard on Travis Wood. He’s had a terrible spring training. He’s pitched himself out of the competition for the starting rotation, and perhaps, off the big league roster.

Instead of locking down a rotation spot, as many anticipated he would, it’s more likely he’ll begin the season at Triple-A, where he’s spent the better part of three seasons with the Reds organization.

That’s well below expectations for most Cubs fans who value Wood solely on the Sean Marshall trade, which is a bad idea because that’s not what the trade was all about.

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Former Cubs Spring Stats

By bullpenbrian - March 19, 2012 - 12:29 am Leave a comment.

Pitching

San Diego

A. Cashner

(0-0)

0.00 ERA

(all relief)

 

5 Games

5.0 Innings

4 Hits

 

2 Walks

6 Strikeouts

1 Save

Miami

 

 

 

C. Zambrano

(0-0)

4.82 ERA

(all starts)

 

3 Games

9.1 Innings

9 Hits

 

5 Walks

16 Strikeouts

No Ejections

Hitting

Washington

M. DeRosa

.429 (6-14)

3R, 2B, HR, RBI

8 Walks

Cleveland

F. Pie

.158 (3-19)

2R, 2B, 3B, K

Colorado

T. Colvin

.346 (9-26)

6R, 2B, 3B, HR

7 RBI

D. LeMahieu

.214 (3-14)

2R, 2 RBI

2 Steals

San Francisco

M. Fontenot

.333 (6-18)

5R, 3-2B, 3 BB

 

R. Theriot

.200 (6-30)

5R, 2B, HR

4 RBI

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Cubs Spring Stats Hot & Cold

By bullpenbrian - March 16, 2012 - 1:01 am Leave a comment.

 

Hot Spring Batters:

Average

Extra Base Hits

RBI

A. Soriano

.450

7 (4 HR)

6

J. Mather

.444

3

6

D. Barney

.421

4

7

 

Cold Spring Batters:

Average

Extra Base Hits

RBI

G. Soto

.200

x

x

D. DeJesus

.167

2

x

J. Vitters

.154

2

2

 

Hot Spring Pitchers:

Record

Games

Innings

ERA

R. Lopez

(0-0)

3

7.0

2.57

J. Samardzija

(1-0)

2

6.0

3.00

L. Castillo

(0-0)

4

5.0

1.80

 

Cold Spring Pitchers:

Record

Games

Innings

ERA

M. Garza

(1-1)

2

3.1

16.20

C. Marmol

(1-1)

4

3.2

17.80

T. Wood

(1-1)

2

2.2

20.25

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