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Dempster Better Than Record

By bullpenbrian - September 8, 2011 - 1:01 am Leave a comment.

Ryan Dempster is quietly putting together another strong season.

He made his 30th start on Wednesday night against Cincinnati, is on pace for 200-plus innings (176.2) and has fanned 169 batters vs. 64 walks.

If there’s any glaring weakness at all, it’s having issued 20 home runs. Otherwise, Demps is earning every bit of his $13.5M salary.

Despite going winless over his last five starts, Dempster is pitching better than his (10-11) record indicates.

He’s allowed 3 ER or less in seven of his last eight outings, but has fallen victim to the staff’s worst run support–4.32 runs per game. That equals two runs or less of support in nearly half his starts (14), which is tough on any starter.

With four more starts this season Dempster can match his total from last season (34). Although his 15 wins from a year ago is out of reach, give him two wins in his last four starts and he finishes the campaign with 12 victories.

Not bad for a starter whose team is on pace for 90-plus losses.

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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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Pujols Still Best 1B In Baseball?

By bullpenbrian - February 18, 2011 - 12:10 am Leave a comment.
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Bullpen Session – Big Jones

By bullpenbrian - February 17, 2011 - 1:00 am 3 comments.

Damn you, AMC

The Bullpen Session is a weekly round-up of my observations surrounding Cubs baseball and much, much more!

The weekly Bullpen Session comes to a close now that Cubs pitchers and catchers have reported to Arizona. Although, this feature is sure to resurface whenever Cubs baseball isn’t being played, like during the All Star break.

–My Friday Cubs poll asked if the Cubs should pursue Albert Pujols if he remains a F.A. following the season. The results of that poll…

55% said ‘Yes, absolutely.’
44% said ‘Nah, too pricey.’

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Marmol, Young & Pujols

By bullpenbrian - February 16, 2011 - 1:01 am Leave a comment.

Here’s my take on some of the recent Cub headlines:

1.) Evaluating the Carlos Marmol deal.
2.) Addressing Michael Young to the Cubs rumors.
3.) Pujols feeling pressure from Players’ Union?

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What Would Pujols Look Like In A Cubs Uniform?

By bullpenbrian - February 14, 2011 - 12:00 pm 2 comments.

Check out this photo gallery from Fox Sports Midwest!

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Albert Pujols Poll

By bullpenbrian - February 11, 2011 - 12:01 am 3 comments.
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Bullpen Session – Streaking

By bullpenbrian - December 16, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

The Bullpen Session is a weekly round-up of my observations surrounding Cubs baseball and much, much more!

My Friday Cubs poll asked whether Carlos Pena was a good signing for Chicago.
55% said ‘Yes’.
33% said ‘Take it or leave it’.
11% said ‘No way’.

I was surprised the majority approve the signing. Although I like the move too, my guess was most Cubs fans would not. Ah, the beauty of the Cubs poll!

–I can’t belive Albert Pujols would ever become a Chicago Cub. The Cards might not have A-Rod type-money to offer Pujols, but that shouldn’t keep the first baseman from re-signing with St. Louis–long term.

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Jason Bay Gets Holliday’s Pay

By bullpenbrian - December 30, 2009 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

Still hoping Matt Holliday doesn’t re-sign with St. Louis, but Jason Bay’s new 4-year deal with the Mets heavily increases the odds Holliday remains a Redbird. And that’s trouble for the Cubs considering Holliday and Pujols combined for 60 HR and 190 RBI last year.

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Albert Pujols The Great

By bullpenbrian - November 25, 2009 - 1:09 am Leave a comment.

As a Cubs fan it’s easy to dislike Albert Pujols, but you have to respect the guy, even as a rival Cardinal.

Take a look at Pujols’ 162-game averages for his career and tell me there’s not a better player in the game:

.334/.427/.628 with 42 home runs, 129 RBIs, 94 walks, 124 runs scored, a 1.055 OPS and 374 total bases.

    That from a guy who was taken in the 13th round of the 1999 draft…and just another reason I love the game of baseball.

    Ted Keith of Sports Illustrated wrote a terrific article on Albert Pujols’ third MVP Award. He sums up Pujols best with this line…

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