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Griffey’s Goodbye?

By bullpenbrian - September 2, 2009 - 1:37 am 5 comments.

Say so long to The Kid.

This is it for Ken Griffey Jr., one more month of baseball is all that’s left.

Yet we haven’t heard a peep from MLB about Griffey’s departure, although you’d think baseball would do a better job of sending off one its best players of all time.

Where’s the celebration, where’s the coverage, where’s the awareness that this is the end for one of the game’s best all-around talents to ever play?


Cubs Lazy Against Lehr

By bullpenbrian - August 6, 2009 - 12:25 am 3 comments.


Wow, talk a about a sorry effort.

Cards lose in New York long before the first pitch in Cincy leaving the door wide open for the NL Central lead.

Chicago, surprisingly, gives us one of its worse efforts of the season:  shutout by a kid making his second career start.

It’s not like Justin Lehr is unhittable, either. The guy never topped 87 mph on the gun all night, but the free swinging Cubs didn’t have the patience to create any offense.

That’s pitiful given the Reds are a god-awful (-94) in run differential entering the game.

Furthermore, by the numbers Harden was primed for his third win since the break. He entered the game 4-1 on the road, 5-1 in night games and 4-0 all time against Cincinnati.

None of that matters, however, when you don’t score runs!


Gozelanny Lilly Like

By bullpenbrian - August 5, 2009 - 12:53 am Leave a comment.


Tom Gorzelanny could have passed for Ted Lilly Tuesday night.

The lefty threw much better than I expected him too.

Probably didn’t hurt that he was throwing for his home town team in front of an unusual home town crowd.

Of course, I assume Gorzelanny would’ve been motivated pitching in Death Valley instead of throwing another inning for the Pirates.

Amazing how effective a hurler’s stuff can be knowing there’s actually a chance to win the game.

Larry Rothschild gets full credit for what he’s done with all the Cubs’ young hurlers this season.

Chicago has pitched seven rookies but still rank third in the majors in runs allowed.


Zero Confidence In Marmol

By bullpenbrian - August 4, 2009 - 1:34 am Leave a comment.


It’s hard to find confidence in Carlos Marmol.

I can’t ever remember saying that before this season, but it’s been the same old story with Carlos all year.

It seems the guy is a sure bet to walk the first batter he faces, as he did again Monday night.

It’s like Marmol is afraid to throw strikes. And if it’s not a fear of being hit, then what’s the problem?


Rich Harden’s Gem

By bullpenbrian - July 27, 2009 - 1:40 am Leave a comment.


This was the pitcher the Cubs traded for a year ago.

The Rich Harden who’s capable of setting down 16 straight batters with ease.

The Cubs needed this sweep of a down-and-out Reds club, and Harden delivered a gem!

What I equally love is Harden dismissing his home and away splits as ‘ridiculous.’

The numbers don’t always tell the whole story, as is the case this season with Rich, so why dwell on them?


Long Live Aramis!

By bullpenbrian - July 26, 2009 - 9:20 am Leave a comment.


Aramis is showing just how much one player can make a difference.

In 14 games since his return from the DL he’s 15-for-54 (.277) with three home runs and nine RBI, and doesn’t appear to be playing at full health yet, either.

Best of all, Ramirez’s hot-stick is relieving pressure off Derek Lee and Milton Bradley.

With Aramis back in the order the Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are a combined 16-for-32 (.500) with four home runs, 10 runs scored and 13 RBI in the last three games. Sweet!

And look what Soriano is doing from the sixth hole. He’s strung together an eight-game hitting streak going 14-for-32 (.437) with a couple of jacks.


Cardinals Celebrate Holliday

By bullpenbrian - July 25, 2009 - 12:36 am Leave a comment.


I’m glad we can all laugh at Aaron Harang’s three-run tater.

The guy is probably the worst hitting pitcher in the NL, and there’s little doubt Wells won’t live it down for awhile!

The Cubs could use a good laugh, however, with the Cards adding Matt Holliday earlier in the afternoon.

St. Louis is looking scary good with its newest additions of Julio Lugo and Holliday. Not to mention, Troy Glaus is nearing a return to the lineup as well.

Those moves now return the pressure back on the Cubs, and this begs the question whether Chicago needs to add another bat before July 31.


Cubs On The Grind

By bullpenbrian - June 8, 2009 - 1:45 am 2 comments.


Talk about a grinder. Whew!

Alfonso Soriano’s game-winning blast in the 14 inning felt like a small miracle, and it may take another week for the Cubs to score six runs.

Although, you look at the big picture in this series and the Cubs win two of three–not bad.

Look closer, and its evident the Cubs can’t score with men on base–not good.

It’s one thing to not hit in April and May, but an entirely different matter not to be hitting in June.


Blame Hitting, Not Fontenot

By bullpenbrian - June 7, 2009 - 2:04 pm Leave a comment.


The fear Chicago won’t turn the corner offensively feels real.

It’s not that the scoring opportunities haven’t been there. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Through two games this series Chicago is hitting 0-for-17 with RISP.

Three times Saturday the Cubs lead off an inning with a double–none scored.


Hard To Stay Mad At Big Z

By bullpenbrian - June 6, 2009 - 1:53 pm Leave a comment.


It’s hard to stay mad at Big Z.

One moment he’s throwing a world class tantrum and missing the team’s plane. The next minute he’s unhittable through six innings and bopping the game-winning home run for good measure.

Now, Zambrano is declaring his retirement at the end of his contract (2012).

C’mon Z, there’s no way!

Not a chance Zambrano walks away from all the money or the chance to compete—he’s too passionate about the game to retire early.

Lucky win for the Cubs Friday night. You can’t go 0-10 with RISP and expect to win many games.

Let’s face it, without Zambrano’s 408-foot blast Chicago wastes another stellar outing from one of its starters.

The Cubs can’t keep doing this for much longer.


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