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Big Z Finally Cubs History

By bullpenbrian - April 8, 2012 - 7:00 pm Leave a comment.

Many Cubs fans had been waiting a long, long time for this day—and no, I’m not referring to the Cubs first win of the 2012 season.

Rather, Carlos Zambrano finally made his first major league start wearing a uniform other than Cubbie Blue.

Big Z lasted six innings allowing 4 ER on 4 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6 against the Reds at Great American Ballpark on Sunday.


Former Cubs Spring Stats

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


San Diego

A. Cashner


0.00 ERA

(all relief)


5 Games

5.0 Innings

4 Hits


2 Walks

6 Strikeouts

1 Save





C. Zambrano


4.82 ERA

(all starts)


3 Games

9.1 Innings

9 Hits


5 Walks

16 Strikeouts

No Ejections



M. DeRosa

.429 (6-14)

3R, 2B, HR, RBI

8 Walks


F. Pie

.158 (3-19)

2R, 2B, 3B, K


T. Colvin

.346 (9-26)

6R, 2B, 3B, HR


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



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%)


Who Is New Cub Chris Volstad?

By bullpenbrian - January 9, 2012 - 2:01 am 1 comment.

Born – Sept. 23, 1986 (Age 25)
From – Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Big Fella – 6’8, 225lbs – Throws: Right, Bats: Right

Drafted – 2005, Out of H.S. by FLA 1st Round (16th overall)

High Praise – Named the Marlins’ No.1 prospect by Baseball America in 2006

Games Started – 102
Overall Record – (32-39) 4.59 ERA

By Season:
-2008: (6-4) 2.88 ERA
-2009: (9-13) 5.21 ERA
-2010: (12-9) 4.58 ERA
-2011: (5-13) 4.89 ERA

About That 2010 Season: Volstad pitched 175 innings including two complete games. He set career highs in Win, Starts, Complete Games & Innings Pitched. His three home runs allowed at home tied teammate Anibal Sanchez for the second fewest long-balls surrendered at home by an NL starter with at least 10 home starts.


Cubs Poll – Zambrano Win Total

By bullpenbrian - January 6, 2012 - 2:01 am Leave a comment.

‘Z’ Trade Worth Every Penny

By bullpenbrian - January 5, 2012 - 2:01 am 4 comments.

The $15M dollars the Cubs are paying to rid themselves of Carlos Zambrano is worth every penny of Tom Ricketts’ money.

Although it’s not the big-splash move Cubs fans had hoped for at the Winter Meetings, or the looming trade of Matt Garza, it’s certainly the most critical move Theo Epstein has made this offseason—and I couldn’t be happier.


Cubs Wish – Trade Z

By bullpenbrian - December 20, 2011 - 2:01 am Leave a comment.


The Z-Bomb For An A-Bomb?

By bullpenbrian - November 14, 2011 - 2:01 am Leave a comment.

The Cubs need a third baseman. The Yankees need a starting pitcher.

Carlos Zambrano for Alex Rodriguez? Hmmm…

Chicago desperately needs to rid itself of Zambrano. Although trade options are limited, the Big Apple makes sense for a couple of reasons.


Hasta Luego Carlos Zambrano

By bullpenbrian - November 10, 2011 - 2:01 am 1 comment.

I couldn’t care less where Carlos Zambrano pitches next season, just as long as it’s not with the Cubs.

Fortunately, we know some team, some where, will revert to the old Cubs ways of making excuses for and enabling Zambrano’s childish behavior just to land him in their rotation. All fine by me.

Such is life in professional sports. One team’s trash is another’s treasure. And the Cubs are way past due taking this load to the dump.


Cubs And The Bunny Hutch

By bullpenbrian - August 16, 2011 - 2:47 am Leave a comment.

Go Cubs Go

When I first heard of the ‘Bunny Hutch’ I thought what a great place for a bachelor party!

Turns out it’s not that kind of Bunny Hutch, but a rather family oriented place of batting cages and miniature golf. Still not a bad way to spend a Monday afternoon.

I took a couple rounds of BP from both side of the plate then shot eight-over par for the course. Finished the day off with some Lou Malnati’s–deep dish pepperoni. Yum!


I was home in time to catch Big Z’s exclusive interview on Comcast SportsNet. Wasn’t much to it. Zambrano apologized, denied throwing at Chipper Jones and stated he wants to remain a Chicago Cub. Blah, blah, blah

Carlos likely followed the script of his agent making his apology less sincere than usual. But it’s all too little, too late.

Zambrano might recover some of his pay that the Cubs are withholding, but there’s no undoing Friday night.

The guy’s gotta go…don’t know where, don’t care how. But he simply can’t return to the Cubs.


Would you believe the Cubs have the second best record in baseball since July 31? They’re (12-3) with only Philly and Milwaukee playing better.

Go back to the All Star break and the Cubs are (17-13). And if they win one more game in Houston this week that’ll be five straight series victories.

As I’ve said before, with the pressure off the Cubs perform as we expected. But what does it say for Quade that his guys don’t play up to standard when they’re still in the hunt?


Dan Uggla

The Cubs ended Uggls’s terrific hitting streak  at 33-games Sunday afternoon. Here’s a quick wrap of his streak.

-The streak marked the longest in the majors this year.
-It’s the second longest in Atlanta’s franchise history–Tommy Holmes (37).
-It started on July 5th and lasted five weeks.
-He batted .377 during the march (49-for-130).
-11 were multi-hit games, with 9 infield hits.
-That also including 5 doubles, 15 HR & 32 RBI.
-His 15 HR ties the MLB record during a streak–DiMaggio, McCovey, A-Rod.


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