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Jerome-O-Meter | Gm 26-30

By bullpenbrian - March 21, 2012 - 5:00 pm Leave a comment.

Jerome Walton

Bearing down on Benito Santiago’s rookie record of 34 consecutive games with a hit, Jerome Walton’s hitting streak came to an end after 30 games.

On Monday, August 21 vs. the Reds at Wrigley Field Walton went a combined 0-for-4 against Ron Robinson, Rob Dibble & John Franco with the Cubs losing 6-5 in 10 innings.

Not surprisingly, however, Walton managed a least one hit through his next five games with an at-bat before going 0-for-4 against the Astros eight days later.

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Sean Marshall Trade Not About Travis Wood

By bullpenbrian - March 20, 2012 - 12:30 am Leave a comment.

Cubs fans are coming down hard on Travis Wood. He’s had a terrible spring training. He’s pitched himself out of the competition for the starting rotation, and perhaps, off the big league roster.

Instead of locking down a rotation spot, as many anticipated he would, it’s more likely he’ll begin the season at Triple-A, where he’s spent the better part of three seasons with the Reds organization.

That’s well below expectations for most Cubs fans who value Wood solely on the Sean Marshall trade, which is a bad idea because that’s not what the trade was all about.

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Cubs Spring Stats Hot & Cold

By bullpenbrian - March 16, 2012 - 1:01 am Leave a comment.

 

Hot Spring Batters:

Average

Extra Base Hits

RBI

A. Soriano

.450

7 (4 HR)

6

J. Mather

.444

3

6

D. Barney

.421

4

7

 

Cold Spring Batters:

Average

Extra Base Hits

RBI

G. Soto

.200

x

x

D. DeJesus

.167

2

x

J. Vitters

.154

2

2

 

Hot Spring Pitchers:

Record

Games

Innings

ERA

R. Lopez

(0-0)

3

7.0

2.57

J. Samardzija

(1-0)

2

6.0

3.00

L. Castillo

(0-0)

4

5.0

1.80

 

Cold Spring Pitchers:

Record

Games

Innings

ERA

M. Garza

(1-1)

2

3.1

16.20

C. Marmol

(1-1)

4

3.2

17.80

T. Wood

(1-1)

2

2.2

20.25

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Cubs Tweet Tweet

By bullpenbrian - March 15, 2012 - 11:01 am Leave a comment.

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Jerome-O-Meter | Gm 21-25

By bullpenbrian - March 14, 2012 - 5:50 pm Leave a comment.

Jerome Walton

Jerome Walton finished his rookie season with 46 RBI (a career-high). Five came during an August stretch as he ran his hitting streak to 25-games. 

Walton twice drove in catcher Joe Girardi during a wild 16-13 loss to the Phillies at Wrigley Field (the most runs the Cubs allowed in a single game all season).

The following day Jerome’s 2-out, 2-run single was part of a six-run fifth inning, and 9-2 win against Philadelphia.

Two games later Walton smashed a 2-out double down the left field line scoring Domingo Ramos to tie the Phillies 2-2 in the fifth, but the Cubs eventually lost 5-3.

However, Jerome’s biggest hit during this run didn’t drive in a single run.

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Cubs Fortune | Soriano

By bullpenbrian - March 13, 2012 - 9:00 am Leave a comment.

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Cubs Home Opener In 24 Days!

By bullpenbrian - March 12, 2012 - 12:27 am Leave a comment.

Countdown

Cubs’ Opening Day is just 24 days away!

In honor of this countdown let’s take a look at the men in blue who wore No.24 for Chicago.

FIRST CUBS PLAYER TO WEAR No.24:
-Fabian Kowalik (1935-36)

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Cubs Final Four Poll

By bullpenbrian - March 9, 2012 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.
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Cubs Tweets

By bullpenbrian - March 8, 2012 - 4:00 pm Leave a comment.

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Jerome-O-Meter | Gm 16-20

By bullpenbrian - March 7, 2012 - 1:17 am Leave a comment.

Jerome Walton

On August 5, 1989, Jerome Walton’s ninth inning single to right field scored Shawon Dunston as the go-ahead run in a 4-2 come-from-behind victory at Pittsburgh.

The thrilling win tied Chicago (63-47) with Montreal atop the NL East Division.

Despite a heart-breaking 5-4 setback in 18 innings the following day vs. the Barry Bonds led Pirates, the Cubs returned to Wrigley Field and promptly swept the Expos three games to none.

It was a signature series win for the North Siders, turning its first place tie into a comfortable 3.0 games lead in the division. As it turns out, the Cubs never relinquished its top spot for the remainder of the regular season.

Walton, meanwhile, was swinging a red-hot bat during this five game stretch hitting at a .458 clip (11-for-24), including a 5-for-12 performance against Montreal pitching, all while running his hitting streak to 20-games.

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