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Cubs Need Just Three

By bullpenbrian - August 9, 2009 - 2:26 am Leave a comment.


It’s all about the runs, man.

Chicago is 55-15 when scoring three or more runs, the best record in all of baseball.

That’s a huge complement to the starting pitching as well.

Big outing from Dempster. Wasn’t spectacular, but he didn’t need to be.

With the bullpen running on fumes, the Cubs just needed Demps to eat up some innings.

We saw the bad Jason Marquis Saturday. The Marquis, who fades in the second half, walks too many batters and thus, made him tradable this offseason.


Cubs Merry Go Round

By bullpenbrian - August 8, 2009 - 1:19 am Leave a comment.


It’s like the DL has become the Cubs’ personal merry-go-round.

One player comes off the training table and another goes on.

Wouldn’t be surprised at all if Big Z is the next in line.

Toughing out a back injury is risky business for any pitcher, let alone a No. 1 like Zambrano.

Here’s a good way to lose a ballgame: leave 19 men on base, hit into three double-plays and go 1-for-11 with RISP.


Rocky Road Ahead

By bullpenbrian - August 7, 2009 - 2:04 am Leave a comment.


The Rockies are tougher than you might think.

They have a 14-game winning streak against NL Central opponents and have also gone 39-17 since June 4, the best winning percentage in the majors since that date.

Lots of credit goes to its starting staff, which is tied for the major league lead in quality starts (67).

Plus, the staff as a whole has issued the second fewest walks in the NL, and closer Huston Street leads the NL with 28 saves, including 20 straight.


Mr. Inconsistent

By bullpenbrian - April 16, 2009 - 12:11 am Leave a comment.


The Cubs faced Mr. Inconsistent on the wrong day. It’s the story of Jason Marquis’ on-again, off-again career. Really good when he’s on and really bad when he’s not.

However, my money was on the Cubs getting the better of their former mate, but Marquis did a nice job of staying around the plate and letting the Cubs get themselves out.

Conversely, once Harden lost his touch it made things too easy for Colorado at the plate. Give the Rockies some credit, they waited on strikes, took walks and somehow scored four runs while also striking out eight times in three innings.


Lilly’s Rainy Day

By bullpenbrian - April 14, 2009 - 12:15 am Leave a comment.


What a difference a day makes. Sunday the weather is absolutely gorgeous and Monday looks like a typical January day in Labrador. All the better for Lilly I suppose!

I thought Teddy had No-Hitter written all over him after retiring Helton for the second out in the top of the seventh. Then Atkins steps to the plate and delivers a single into left field – DANG IT!

Still, it’s all good news for Lilly. It took him four starts last season to find his rhythm…and he still won 17 games.

Obviously, the weather factors into the Rockies collecting just one hit…but I take nothing away from Lilly’s performance. After all, the Cubs’ lineup played under the same conditions and scored four runs on nine hits.


Climbing Everest

By bullpenbrian - May 30, 2008 - 7:24 pm Leave a comment.


  • Friday May 30th – Wrigley Field
  • Game 55: Cubs 10 – Rockies 9
  • Record (34-21) – 1st place in the NL Central

This is a game to be remembered. Not just for today, or just for this season. No, this one won’t be forgotten by Cubs fans for a long, long time.

 You just don’t see comebacks like this one: down 9-1 after five innings only to storm back for a dramatic victory. Seriously, when’s the last time you saw that happen?

Perhaps, what’s even more remarkable is the Cubs won this game with a never-say-die attitude from its reserve players; bench guys who simply made the most of their opportunities.

Henry Blanco, for example, had not homered since Sept., 2006. Light-hitting Fukudome hit one, too. Old man Jim Edmonds took a ball deep over the wall and, of course, Mark DeRosa put the icing on the cake with his two-run blast in the eighth.

Good teams find all sorts of ways way to win, which speaks volumes about today’s thriller. It certainly wasn’t pretty early on. But after today’s comeback you can rest at ease knowing our first place Cubbies may get down, but they’re never out. These guys are legit, and their best this season may be yet to come.



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