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Should Cubs Fire Lou?

By bullpenbrian - May 18, 2010 - 12:30 am 4 comments.

I’d hate to see the Cubs fire Lou, but it’s worth consideration.

Look no further than the visiting Rockies who fell 10-games below .500 last May before firing Clint Hurdle in favor of Jim Tracy.

The Rocks thrived under Tracy going 74-42…set a franchise-record for wins, 92, and captured the NL Wild Card. Tracy earned Manager of the Year honors, as well.

But could the same hold true for our Cubbies this season? Perhaps, if Lou’s likely replacement, Alan Trammell, garners the same response Tracy received from Colorado.


Colorado Rocks!

By bullpenbrian - October 4, 2009 - 12:20 am Leave a comment.


I’m hearing many baseball experts project St. Louis as the team to beat in the NL.

No doubt the Cardinals are a tough bunch, but I think the Rockies are a better club.

Colorado has posted both the best second-half record of any NL club (45-27) and the best record since September 1 (20-9).

Not to mention, the fact Colorado still has an opportunity to win the division despite trailing the Dodgers by 15 games this season is simply amazing.


Fourth Inning Cubbie Blues

By bullpenbrian - August 11, 2009 - 9:00 pm 2 comments.


I’m turning the light out on this road trip.

It’s only the fourth inning, but the Cubs already trail 8-0.

Yes, I know it’s Colorado, a park where supposedly you’re never out of the game, but the Cubs can’t score, or at least is seems that way with Aramis out of the lineup again.

Bases loaded in the top of the first, no runs. Bases loaded in the top of the second, no runs.

Score after two innings: Cubs 0, Rockies 6.

And with Gorzelanny down Lou’s trying to limit the damage with fresh meat, Emailin Caridad, who’s making his major league debut.

Shame on me if the Cubs stage a game-tying rally, but I’ve got a feeling their chances are about as good as they’ve been with RISP.


Lou Ejected In Colorado

By bullpenbrian - August 10, 2009 - 2:33 am 2 comments.


Hard to believe the Cubs scored just five runs on 17 hits.

Since July 1 the Cubs were 14-0 when collecting 10 or more hits, but that undefeated streak is history.

Wouldn’t expect Lou to get suspended for his tantrum…he had every right to go bananas.

For certain, the bad call cost the Cubs a run, but it did give us a classic Lou explosion! Loved it too!


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.


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