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The Magic Jersey Trick

By bullpenbrian - July 29, 2009 - 3:01 am Leave a comment.


Not even the well seasoned Lou has ever seen a baseball disappear into a pitcher’s uniform.

Fukudome’s fifth inning shot that bounced into the jersey of Houston pitcher Jeff Fulchino, ruled a base hit, was a first for Kosuke too.

I’ve seen it first hand, however, twice for that matter and in the same game, nonetheless!


NL Central Placed On DL

By bullpenbrian - June 12, 2009 - 12:48 am 1 comment.


The NL Central is a race of who can get healthy first.

Cellar dwellers Pittsburgh and Houston have five players each on the DL.

The Cubs and Cards each have four players on the training table. Cincinnati is missing three and Milwaukee two (Mike Cameron is serving a suspencion).

The many injuries have seemingly leveled the talent field and smushed the Central standings into a five-game separation from first (Milwaukee) to worst (Houston).


Same Old Cubs

By bullpenbrian - June 11, 2009 - 1:03 am 2 comments.


So much for the Cubs breaking out offensively.

Eleven men left on base, two walks and eight punchouts–same old Cubs.

How many quality starts can Chicago waste this season and still compete for the division title?

Yesterday I talked about Soto’s power stroke returning. When a player with Geo’s power starts spraying line drives you know the home runs will soon follow.


Lilly Blossoming Into All Star

By bullpenbrian - June 10, 2009 - 1:13 am Leave a comment.


Another big outing from Mr. Lilly.

I’ll keep singing the guy’s praises.

The lefty is putting together an All Star type season (7-4, 3.00 ERA) and working towards a career year.

He leads the Cubs’ staff with nine quality starts, and in 10 of 12 outings he’s lasted six innings or more while sporting a 5-0 record when the Cubs give him four or more runs of support.

As I keep saying, what more can you ask?

Of all the positives at the plate Tuesday night, I was mostly thrilled to see Big Geo crack three hits.


Hoffpauir Over Lee?

By bullpenbrian - May 8, 2009 - 1:40 am Leave a comment.


Cubs pound out 14 hits against a team they should dominate. And beating lesser teams, like Houston, is a huge part of winning the division title.

Top four hitters in the Cubs’ lineup — Soriano, Theriot, Fukudome and Ramirez — combined for eight hits, seven run and three walks. That’s big-time!

Micah Hoffpauir goes 2-for-4. He’s batting .313 for the season. And, Lou says he’s thinking twice when leaving the big lefty out of the lineup.

If Micah could improve defensively at first, it seems Lou would take a longer look at playing him over Lee.

But, Micah improving to Lee’s Gold Glove standard in the field is still an unknown. Until then, Lee’s starting job is safe.



Picture Perfect In Houston

By bullpenbrian - May 7, 2009 - 2:46 pm Leave a comment.


A picture perfect night for the Cubs. Scored early, scored late and gave the lead to Marmol and Gregg.

This is the kind of win we didn’t see much of in April. But, the Cubs were banged up. Now they’re getting healthy. And, that should mean more wins like Wednesday night.

Terrific plate patience against Hampton, who threw a ton of pitches in the first two innings.

Not to mention, the Cubs drew four walks pushing their total to (14) in the last three games!!! And, they’re now (11-3) when drawing four or more walks.


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