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Where’s John Grabow?

By bullpenbrian - August 12, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

Add John Grabow to the list of Cubs players who drastically underperformed this year–1-3 with a 7.36 ERA in 28 appearances.

Sidelined with a sore left knee since June 29, the left-handed specialist has been shut down for the remainder of the season with a Grade 3 tear of the MCL on his left knee, which he suffered while on a rehab assignment in the Arizona League.

He’s to meet with a team orthopedist in Chicago on Monday to discuss options for recovery, surgery being one possibility.

The Cubs acquired Grabow via trade on July 30, 2009. He resigned with the club as a free agent for 2-years, $7.5M. Since joining the Cubs, however, Grabow has slumped through 58 games posting a 1-3 record and 5.33 ERA.

If signing Marlon Byrd was GM Jim Hendry’s best move this past offseason, resigning Grabow was certainly his worst. It’s not Milton Bradley bad, but Hendry clearly overpaid for a guy who’s grossly underperformed his contract, and still has another year left.


You Know That’s Chipper, Right?

By bullpenbrian - April 8, 2010 - 1:30 am Leave a comment.

Yeesh. What a way to start the season. Blowout on Monday…heartbreaker on Wednesday.

It’s like watching 2009 all over again. Quality start…faulty bullpen…no runs.

You couldn’t ask more from Dempster and Marshall. Grabow, obviously, failed miserably.

He knew that was Chipper Jones, right?

A guy you’re always careful with…a guy you avoid falling behind in the count against…a guy who can end the night with one swing, as he did in the eighth inning.

And just one stinking run from the whole Cubs’ lineup…0-for-4 with RISP and two more double plays. What’s it feel like to be Rudy Jaramillo right now?

The Braves, meanwhile, draw two walks…strike out 12 times…and leave 12 men on base.

You can’t lose games like this!


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