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Kevin Gregg vs. Big Papi

By bullpenbrian - July 12, 2011 - 12:13 am 3 comments.

David Ortiz vs. Kevin Gregg was far from a title bout on the field. But pit these two against each other in the ring and it’s a legit heavy weight match-up in the making.

Gregg is a strapping 6’6 230lbs, Big Papi 6’3 and a generous 230lbs.

No punches were landed during the batter vs. pitcher confrontation a week ago, but I suspect they could last tow-to-toe for several rounds in the ring anyway.

That got me thinking, in all fun of course, what would be a good feather weight bout?

How about Tony Campana vs. Mike Fontenot, each listed at 5’8, 165lbs, in a speed vs. speed battle?

Gregg, meanwhile, has made a good go of it since departing the Cubs–(5-6) 23 saves– following the 2009 season. He saved (37) games for Toronto in 2010 and has (15) with Baltimore at the break this season.

-Papi finished the first half at .304, 19 HR & 55 RBI.
-Fontenot is batting .227, 2 HR & 9 RBI with the Giants.
-Campana is hitting .263, 2 RBI & 10 stolen bases.


Kevin Gregg AL Saves Leader

By bullpenbrian - May 23, 2010 - 2:00 am Leave a comment.

Former Cub Kevin Gregg is the American League saves leader (12).

After his crash-and-burn season in Chicago, Gregg’s converted 12/14 save opportunities…posted an ERA below 2.00 for most of the season…and has a solid 22:7 K:BB ratio.

Maybe all Kevin needed was the change of scenery…the obscurity of closing in Toronto, the withdrawal from a pressure-cooker like Chicago?

But despite his early success, it’s hard to imagine Gregg keeps pace given his past…the league-leader in blown saves in 2008 (9)…and seven more the following season on the North Side.

Never appeared the Cubs made a mistake by letting Gregg walk…his $4M contract far exceeded his production…and Angle Guzman was primed to setup Marmol anyway.

Funny how things work out, though…Guzman’s career is in jeopardy and Bob Howry is back in a Cubs uniform. Ouch & ouch!

It’s 20/20 vision looking back…but how better off would Chicago be had they kept Gregg one more year… just as the right-handed setup man they so desperately need? That, of course, we’ll never know!


Former-Cub Gregg Now A Jay

By bullpenbrian - February 8, 2010 - 1:00 pm Leave a comment.

Can’t believe the Jays forked over $2.75M for Kevin Gregg.

That’s one sign Toronto’s not going to win the AL East.

Gregg led the league in blown saves with the Marlins, then nearly did the same as a Cub last year, and yet, somehow managed to qualify as a Type-A free agent. Eh?


Kevin Gregg Type-A F.A.

By bullpenbrian - November 16, 2009 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Kevin Gregg has been classified a Type A free agent.

Basically, that means if another team signs him the Cubs get a first-round compensation pick.

Are you kidding me, what a steal!

Think about this, a first-round pick for a guy with a losing record, seven blown seven saves and a 4.72 ERA. Eh?

Of course, considering Gregg was suppose to saves games for a team destined for the postseason, it’s not all that funny, but interesting nonetheless!

Rich Harden, on the other hand, is classified a Type B free agent.


Gregg, Cubs Blow Season

By bullpenbrian - August 18, 2009 - 1:51 am Leave a comment.

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As a young whippersnapper I loved listening to the West Coast games in bed.

I’d tuck my portable radio beside the pillow and will my tired body through inning after inning.

There was something special about staying up late on a school night, in particular, that made it worthwhile–win or lose.

More often than not, however, I’d drift asleep before the end of the game, only to check the final score first thing in the morning.

This evening, unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. I was there to the end, another blown save by Kevin Gregg.


Should Gregg Keep Closing?

By bullpenbrian - August 3, 2009 - 12:44 am Leave a comment.


I know what you’re thinking; the Cubs need a new closer.

In actuality, however, they don’t.

What I’ve always liked about Kevin Gregg is his closer’s mentality. A mindset that’s helped him avoid long stretches of inconsistency.

Although Gregg has certainly been dismal the past two games, he’s still worthy of the closer’s role.


Kevin Gregg Is Not The Problem

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


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.


Gregg Still Better Than Hawkins

By bullpenbrian - May 17, 2009 - 1:55 am Leave a comment.


Kevin Gregg led the NL in blown saves last year. Meaning, more outings like this one are bound to happen with the right-hander.

Doesn’t mean Marmol should close. Doesn’t mean Gregg can’t cut it in the ninth. And, Lou says he’s ready to throw Gregg back out there Sunday, if need be. It’s one of the beauties of baseball–there’s always tomorrow!

This was vintage LaTroy Hawkins pitching at Wrigley–blowing the save opportunity. Never liked the guy as the Cubs’ closer. And, I’d take Gregg over Hawkins any day.


Marmol Thinking NFL

By bullpenbrian - March 30, 2009 - 12:40 am Leave a comment.

Two seasons in the bigs and Carlos Marmol already has an ego problem suitable for the NFL.

His melancholy comments in regards to being named the set-up man, and not the closer, are far from congratulatory words for teammate Kevin Gregg.

“I guess it’s good for the team,” said Marmol.

Worse, Marmol is now saying the team’s competition for the closer’s role was a hoax, that he’s been mislead and that the Cubs already had their mind made up Gregg would be closing even before heading to Spring Training.

How convenient Marmol mutters this after the fact. No sense mentioning these views a few weeks ago, Carlos?


Marmol Forfeits Closer’s Role

By bullpenbrian - March 2, 2009 - 12:15 am Leave a comment.

So much for the Cubs’ closer competition, Carlos Marmol is forfeiting with his decision to pitch for the D.R. in the Classic.

No, it’s not official, but believe me, the competition is over, Kevin Gregg is the Cubs’ closer.

And I have to believe Marmol knows this too or he wouldn’t have declined the invite from the D.R. in the first place.

Of course, I don’t know why Marmol changed his mind, but I still think it’s a silly decision.


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