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Zambrano Equals Manny

By bullpenbrian - October 21, 2009 - 12:56 am Leave a comment.

We can only hope the Cubs are paying attention to what’s transpired with Manny’s arrival in Hollywood.

Despite Philadelphia’s 3-1 series lead in the NLCS, the Dodgers’ over-hyped, over-paid knucklehead is once again the headliner and for all the wrong reasons, of course.

Instead of enduring L.A.’s tough loss in Game 4 with his teammates on the bench, Manny gets caught showering in the clubhouse before the end of the game.

And in typical fashion, the Dodgers’ entire organization covered for him…again.

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Cardinals Season Over?

By bullpenbrian - October 9, 2009 - 12:23 am 2 comments.

It’ll be interesting to see how Holliday responds after his error cost the Cardinals a split in L.A.

St. Louis, remember, was suppose to be the team to beat because of Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright.

That’s now out the window with the Dodgers leading two-zip.

Series isn’t over, of course, but Holliday’s miscue most likely cost St. Louis its season.

By the way, how much does Mark DeRosa hate the Dodgers!

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Cubs’ Moment Of Truth

By bullpenbrian - June 2, 2009 - 1:41 am 3 comments.

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June 1 is a moment of truth during the baseball season.

Generally speaking, if a club isn’t competing after two months they won’t be competing after four more, either. And this has been a baseball truth for a long, long time.

By June 1 last year all the division leaders in the AL eventually made the playoffs, including Boston, which held the Wild Card lead at the time.

The NL saw only a slight variation from the June 1 standings. Two of the three division leaders made the playoffs–the exception being the Dodgers who later acquired Manny Ramirez and blew past Arizona. And, St. Louis lost its five game Wild Card lead to the Brewers after CC Sabathia arrived in Milwaukee.

So, what does this mean for the fourth place Cubs, who are four games back in the Central and three games behind the Wild Card leading Cardinals?

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Cubs vs. Dodgers ’09

By bullpenbrian - March 6, 2009 - 12:06 am Leave a comment.

Last October the Dodgers made Chicago look like chopped liver.

And now that Manny is back in L.A. the West Division appears to be won.

Yet, despite re-signing No.99, the Dodgers have put together an interesting off season, largely over shadowed with Manny’s prolonged negotiations, of course.

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Manny, CC, Crede & the Giants

By bullpenbrian - November 18, 2008 - 2:34 am Leave a comment.
Could the Giants land Manny, CC & Crede?

Could the Giants land Manny, CC & Crede?

One team I’m keeping my eye on this winter is San Fran.

I like the Giants’ chances to land not only Manny but also CC Sabathia and Joe Crede.

Manny would be the perfect short-term replacement for Bonds, Sabathia is a west coast native that could continue to dominate the NL and Crede could reunite with his close friend and former White Sox teammate Aaron Rowand.

In the meantime, the Giants just inked left-hander Jeremy Affeldt to a 2-year deal.

Affeldt’s number aren’t great (26-28, 7-years) but, not bad for a guy stuck in a trifecta of ineptitude: Kansas City, Colorado & Cincinnati.

In fact, I would have loved to see the Cubs add Affelft to the bullpen: hard throwing lefty with ability for long-relief, set-up or spot-starter.

Speaking of lefties, word on the street is the Big Unit would consider a move to the North Side.

Bad idea, Johnson is 45-years-old with a bad back and a shell of who he was as a pitcher just three years ago (17-11) with the Yanks.

Too much money and too much risk for the Cubs, a team not desperate enough for Randy’s swan song.

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