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Cubs Poll – 2012 Schedule

By bullpenbrian - January 27, 2012 - 12:01 pm Leave a comment.
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World Series Set, Almost

By bullpenbrian - October 13, 2011 - 2:30 pm Leave a comment.

Get ready for a St. Louis-Texas World Series.

I’m speaking ‘unofficially,’ of course, but that’s where the LCS’s are headed.

Texas has the all too commanding 3-1 lead over Detroit. And even with the Tigers throwing Justin Verlander in Game 5…at best they’ll need him to come back on three days rest for a potential Game 7 in Arlington.

The Rangers’ bullpen, more so than its potent lineup, has been the difference maker. The relief corps allowed just a single run through 15 innings of the first three games–and one run in Game 4. Simply, Lights. Out.

Meanwhile, back in St. Louis…the Cardinals and Chris Carpenter withstood Milwaukee’s best chance to gain the series winning Game 3, 4-3.

For all intents and purposes, Yovani Gallardo lost the game, and perhaps the series, in the first inning allowing the first five Cardinals to reach base. Four of those runners scored–and that was that.

Cards win game. Cards take 2-1 series lead.

In fact, the Cardinals bullpen retired the last 12 Milwaukee hitters in a row and allowed just a single base runner from the fifth inning on. Sound familiar, Detroit fans?

Now St. Louis feasts on Randy Wolf in Game 4, coming off a 7 ER performance in his NLDS start vs. Arizona. And for dessert, a tasty treat of Zach Greinke and his 9.00 postseason ERA in Game 5.

The Brewers have lost eight consecutive postseason games on the road. They don’t beat the Cardinals in Milwaukee, and now they have to take 3 of 4 to win the series.

Not impossible, but not likely either.

St. Louis vs. Texas. Who knew?

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MLB Playoffs Game 5

By bullpenbrian - October 6, 2011 - 3:01 pm Leave a comment.

We knew the MLB Postseason would have a hard time surpassing, let alone matching, the high drama of last Wednesday’s playoff push.

However, for just the second time since 1995 three of the four Division Series are headed to a decisive Game 5, the first of which begins tonight at Yankee Stadium.

The last time this happened was 2001. Aside from Atlanta sweeping Houston 3-0, Arizona defeated St. Louis in five games, Seattle bested Cleveland 3-2, and New York rallied from an 0-2 hole to take the series against Oakland.

But the excitement was short lived with both league championship series ending in five games: Arizona defeating Atlanta 4-1, and New York doing the same against Seattle.

Conversely, under the shadow of 9/11, the postseason closed with one of the more memorable World Series in recent memory: the Diamondbacks winning a seven-games series against the Yankees.

Obviously, there are no guarantees this Fall Classic will follow suite with 2001. But so far, baseball’s playoffs are living up to the hype!

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Favre, Twins Own Minnesota

By bullpenbrian - October 7, 2009 - 1:29 am Leave a comment.

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Talk about epic.

You’ve got players on both sides saying this was the greatest game they’ve ever played in, and I wouldn’t questions those feelings one bit.

Rallies, comebacks, home runs, guys getting thrown out at the plate…all ingredients to classic postseason baseball games, even if this one technically counts towards the regular season.

Take the ‘07 Mets off the hook…Detroit now holds the most recent colossal collapse in baseball, blowing a three game lead with four to play, a first in Major League history mind you.

Maybe Miguel Cabrera can drink to that?

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Tiger By The Tail

By bullpenbrian - September 29, 2009 - 12:13 am Leave a comment.

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I picked Minnesota to finish dead last in the AL Central.

I figured Joe Mauer’s early season back troubles and the tough economy would kick start the Twinkies into rebuilding mode.

Instead, Mauer is a legitimate MVP candidate and the Twins are just two games back of the division leading Tigers. My bad, dawgs.

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Geo Gets Fat Off Munchies

By bullpenbrian - June 26, 2009 - 1:25 am Leave a comment.

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Now we know the cause of Geovany Soto’s weight gain: the munchies.

I guess winning the Rookie of the Year Award means you celebrate by smoking a couple of fat ones?

Common mistake for a 26-year old, but am embarrassing mistake for a pro ball player.

Worse, it appears Soto took his sophomore season for granted, got lazy during the offseason, and dated Mary Jane instead of working out.

Not surprisingly, he’s now battling both his weight gain and batting average in year two.

You hope the embarrassment is enough to motivate Soto back to his old form. After all, no one likes having a muddy name.

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Cubs Can’t Buy Clutch

By bullpenbrian - June 25, 2009 - 1:23 am Leave a comment.

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Lou’s got one thing right; the Cubs’ lineup can’t do any worse.

To this point, however, a shake-up of the batting order has been nothing short of an empty promise on Lou’s part, and that needs to change.

Piniella further added that he’s not interested in holding a team meeting. I’m fine with that decision, but falling back to the .500 marker is yet another reality check for this club.

And, if Lou isn’t going to address the team he should at least address the batting slump with some lineup changes.

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Kevin Gregg Is Not The Problem

By bullpenbrian - June 24, 2009 - 3:36 pm 2 comments.

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Let’s not get overly critical of Kevin Gregg.

Despite leading the NL in blown saves last season, he’s pitch well with Chicago.

Prior to Ryan Raburn’s walk-off job, Gregg had strung together nearly 10 innings of scoreless baseball.

He’s held opponents scoreless in 20 of his last 23 outings, converted 11 of 14 save opportunities (78 percent), including seven-straight from May 1-29.

At the very least, he’s still on pace for Woody’s All Star season from a year ago (34 saves).

Of course the blown save hurts, they always do, but that’s part of the job. It’s up to Gregg to bounce back, and I think he will.

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