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Cubs Need More IP From Maholm

By bullpenbrian - June 8, 2012 - 1:45 am Leave a comment.

Forget the fact Paul Maholm (4-5) is winless over his last five starts.

It’s not the victories the Cubs need most from Maholm. It’s innings logged that’s crucial from their lone left-handed starter.

With the Cubs weakest link its bullpen, it’s imperative the starters last long enough to shorten the game for the pen.

Maholm, unfortunately, simply isn’t getting the job done.

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#Cubs Tweet Tweet!

By bullpenbrian - June 7, 2012 - 9:00 pm Leave a comment.

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Still In Love With Tony Campana?

By bullpenbrian - June 7, 2012 - 11:00 am Leave a comment.

Much to the chagrin of many Cubs fans, we’re finally seeing the true limits of Tony Campana’s abilities as a major league player.

Since a blistering start to the season when Campana finished the month of April hitting .370 with a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen bases, his average has plummeted 93-points during the last 30-games with 11 steals and three caught stealing.

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Barney Bouncing Back With Bat

By bullpenbrian - June 7, 2012 - 2:45 am Leave a comment.

I had my concerns with Darwin Barney’s stamina heading into the season.

After hitting well over .300 during the season’s first half in 2011, Barney slumped terribly in late August through the finish line hitting .208 over the final 30 games.

It seemed the rigors of a full major league season and advanced scouting took its toll on the young rookie second baseman in his 143 games played.

After a slow start this year, Barney has bounced back to being a productive hitter, especially lately.

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Should Cubs Trade Starlin Castro?

By bullpenbrian - June 6, 2012 - 1:30 am 3 comments.

Starlin Castro

Starlin Castro says he feels awful about his mental lapse during Monday’s loss at San Francisco when he lost awareness of how many outs the Cubs had in the fifth inning.

‘‘I want to say I’m sorry to my teammates and it will never happen again,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m real embarrassed. There’s no excuse for that. That can’t happen in a game. That will never happen again.’’

Here’s the troubling part. The above quote from Castro wasn’t from Monday’s post-game.

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Cubs Losing One-Run At A Time

By bullpenbrian - June 5, 2012 - 1:00 am 2 comments.

The chart below details the results of 10 recent Cubs games. See the common thread?

at Brewers

7-8

at Cardinals

6-7

Phillies

7-8

White Sox

2-3

at Astros

1-2

at Pirates

0-1

at Pirates

2-3

at Giants

3-4

at Giants

1-2

at Giants

2-3

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Name That Cub!

By bullpenbrian - June 4, 2012 - 2:45 am Leave a comment.

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He’s reached base safely in 13 of last 15 starts.
Is hitting higher off RHP (.292) than LHP (.212).
Has drawn 6 walks.
Switched jersey No. this offseason.
Current jersey No. last worn by coach Alan Trammell.
Name that Cub! (Answer after the jump)

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Mr. Cubs Race!

By bullpenbrian - June 3, 2012 - 2:00 pm Leave a comment.

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Cubs Lineup With Dick Stockton

By bullpenbrian - June 3, 2012 - 12:30 am Leave a comment.

Stockton

Welcome to Fox Saturday Baseball. I’m Dick Stockton.

Here’s the starting lineup for the Chicago Cubs:

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Cubs Don’t Score When It Matters Most

By bullpenbrian - June 2, 2012 - 3:30 am Leave a comment.

The Cubs have scored more runs in the ninth inning than any other frame this season.

It happened again Friday night when Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run shot in the top of the ninth to pull the Cubs within one-run of the Giants.

But as has been the case for much of the season, it was too little, too late with San Francisco holding on for a 4-3 victory. (Continued after the jump)

Inning

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

x-I

Total

Cubs

23

13

18

26

16

13

19

21

37

2

188

OPPS

32

18

31

23

24

31

19

36

19

2

235

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