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Former Cubs In The 2012 Postseason

By bullpenbrian - October 16, 2012 - 3:45 pm Leave a comment.

Not much going for former Cubs players in the postseason this year.

Aside from the threesome of Angel Pagan, Ryan Theriot & Xavier Nady in San Francisco, the rest are out of the playoffs.

Ryan Dempster and Geovany Soto, deserving or not (depending on your Cubs perspective), couldn’t fend off the A’s in Game 162 for the AL West title. Dempster blew an early 4-run lead and was shelled for 5-ER in 3.0 innings. It forced Texas into the AL play-in game, which they lost 5-1 to Baltimore.

Meanwhile, it’s a shame Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson & Jeff Baker couldn’t advance past Atlanta’s play-in game vs. St. Louis. It would’ve been enjoyable to see Maholm make his first-ever postseason start coming off the best season of his career. And who doesn’t root for Reed Johnson?

The same can be said of Mark DeRosa, whose Nationals fell to those same Cardinals in the division series. DeRosa never appeared in the series, but Chad Tracy appeared in all 5-games, going 0-for-4. And Tom Gorzelanny pitched just 0.1 of an inning, allowing one hit.

Sean Marshall appeared in 3-games for the Reds and shined in his 4.0 innings of no-run, no-hit baseball. But the Reds, of course, squandered it 2-0 series lead to lose 3-straight at home against the Giants.

Pagan is arguably having the best postseason for former Cubs while his Giants have advanced to the NLCS. He’s tied with Buster Posey with a team leading 2 HR & 5 RBI through two rounds, in addition to several defensive gems in the outfield.

Theriot and Nady have each appeared in 4-games: The Riot is 1-for-4 with 2 RBI (coming on a bases loaded single in Game 2 of the NLCS) while Nady is hitless in 4 at-bats.

I’ve never particularly enjoyed rooting for Theriot, especially after his back handed comments about the Cubs, and then his world championship spent with the Cardinals.

Pagan, however, has been a pretty good player since leaving the Cubs and joining the Mets before heading to San Fran this year. Go figure the Cubs never found enough playing time for Pagan during his two seasons spent on the North Side (2006-07).


DeRosa, Greenberg & Buccos

By bullpenbrian - October 3, 2012 - 3:15 am Leave a comment.

A couple of interesting notes while waiting for the first series in 50-years between 100-loss clubs to play out this afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The Astros (54-106) at Cubs (60-101) series marks the first time since 1962 triple-digit loss teams have squared off against one another…and the Cubs, not surprisingly, were also part of that history with its (59-103) record taking on the lowly expansion Mets (40-120). Good grief.

MARK DeROSA: Davey Johnson penciled former Cub Mark DeRosa into the Nationals’ starting lineup against the Phillies Tuesday night.

That’s hardly news worthy, except for the fact DeRosa was the starting shortstop–a position he hasn’t played since doing so for a single inning while with Chicago in 2008.

DeRosa’s last start at SS came with Texas in 2006. D-Ro (.198, 0 HR, 6 RBI) finished last night’s game 2-for-4 with a double in the Nats’ 4-2 win at Washington.

ADAM GREENBERG: Very cool to watch Adam Greenberg’s at-bat with the Marlins. It was a quick, three strikes and yer’ out…but exciting and heart-felt, nonetheless.

Although some might feel Greenberg was dealt a tough break facing knuckleballer RA Dickey, I think it may have been a blessing.

With the odds already terribly low Greenberg gets a base knock in his lone at-bat, striking out against a legitimate stud like Dickey should add more closure to Greenberg’s career than had he whiffed against say, Chris Volstad. Whereas there’s absolutely no shame in Greenberg fanning against the NL leader in strikeouts and potential Cy Young Award winner. 

And is it just me, or do you get the feeling this isn’t Greenberg’s last stop in the major leagues? I think there’s a real chance he ends up on a big league spring roster…you never know.

VIDEO: Here’s a terrific video recapping the 20-years of futility for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who enter the season finale (79-82). Click here

And here’s a funny blurb about the Buccos from BaconSports.com with a slight Cubs reference:

“The Pirates have been nothing short of a Milton Bradley disaster in the second half of the season and seem as likely to win 5 of their next 6 games as Rae Carruth has at starting at WR for the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.”


Former Cubs Spring Stats

By bullpenbrian - March 19, 2012 - 12:29 am Leave a comment.


San Diego

A. Cashner


0.00 ERA

(all relief)


5 Games

5.0 Innings

4 Hits


2 Walks

6 Strikeouts

1 Save





C. Zambrano


4.82 ERA

(all starts)


3 Games

9.1 Innings

9 Hits


5 Walks

16 Strikeouts

No Ejections



M. DeRosa

.429 (6-14)

3R, 2B, HR, RBI

8 Walks


F. Pie

.158 (3-19)

2R, 2B, 3B, K


T. Colvin

.346 (9-26)

6R, 2B, 3B, HR


D. LeMahieu

.214 (3-14)

2R, 2 RBI

2 Steals

San Francisco

M. Fontenot

.333 (6-18)

5R, 3-2B, 3 BB


R. Theriot

.200 (6-30)

5R, 2B, HR



Former Cubs In The News

By bullpenbrian - June 23, 2010 - 1:03 am Leave a comment.

Mark DeRosa has quietly opted for season-ending surgery on his left wrist. He underwent surgery last offseason on the same wrist, but in a different area from his current nerve injury.

Because of the surgery, the Giants took much grief for signing the 35-year-old to a 2-yr, $12M deal this offseason. The criticism is sure to linger with DeRosa out after batting .194 with 1 HR and 10 RBI through 26 games.

–Gary Matthews Jr. signed with Cincinnati after the Mets cut him loose earlier this week. All indications show Dusty Baker is doing his long time friend, Gary Matthews Sr., a favor by bringing the Little Sarge aboard. The elder Matthews played four years for the Cubs (1984-87)…Matthews Jr. played two seasons on the North Side (2000-01).

–Eric Patterson, the younger brother of Corey, was DFA by Oakland this week. He was shipped to the A’s in the Rich Harden deal.

–Baltimore sent Oakland a minor league pitcher and cash to acquire former Cub Jake Fox, who was DFA by Oakland last week. If Fox rebounds to his 2008 form, .259, 11 HR, 44 RBI, it could spell the end to Garrett Atkins’ tenure with the O’s.


Scott Podsednik & Mark DeRosa

By bullpenbrian - December 29, 2009 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

Scott Podsednik doesn’t belong on the North Side, and it’s not just a White Sox thing, either.

The guy’s injury prone and his defense isn’t what it use to be, which was never above average to begin with.

Despite Podsednik’s ability as a solid leadoff man, he’s just not the fit the Cubs need in center field. Better options are available (Reed Johnson) and the Cubs are better off taking a flyer on Scotty Pods.

Besides, an aging Alfonso Soriano in left field is already enough poor defense to overcome. Adding a second sub-par defender isn’t the shot-in-the- arm Jim Hendry should be looking for.


Mark DeRosa’s Day

By bullpenbrian - September 27, 2009 - 12:52 am Leave a comment.


As if watching the Cardinals win the division wasn’t bad enough, there stood Mark DeRosa in the middle of the celebration.

How’s that for the Cubs needing a left-handed bat this past offseason?

Come to think of it, if DeRosa stays a Cub chances are he’s popping champagne on the North Side.

Instead, his former team is toast and his replacement suspended for the remainder of the season.

Rest assured I won’t be pulling for the Cards come October, but I will be pulling for DeRosa.

I hope he sticks it to Hendry even more with an impressive postseason.

Knowing De-Ro, he’ll come through…especially with all the crazy Cubs curses aside.


The Mark DeRosa Trade

By bullpenbrian - June 28, 2009 - 12:01 pm Leave a comment.
Mark DeRosa chases after Jim Hendry

Mark DeRosa chases after Jim Hendry

I feel for Mark DeRosa.

All the guy wants is to play for the Cubs. Instead, he’s suiting up with the rival Cardinals.

No doubt it’s a move up from playing with god-awful Cleveland, but I would rather see DeRosa in a White Sox uni before seeing him wear the birds on the bat.

It’s fitting DeRosa now has the chance to punish his former GM, Jim Hendry, for the remainder of the season, and maybe even longer if the Cardinals decide to resign Mark to a multi-year deal.

What’s worse, however, is watching Milton Bradley, DeRosa’s offseason replacement; slowly divide the Cubs’ clubhouse.

Who knew ditching DeRo would ever hurt the Cubs this much?


Some Cubbie Swagger!

By bullpenbrian - June 20, 2009 - 2:07 am Leave a comment.


At last, some Cubbie swagger!

We’ll all remember the Cubs’ three consecutive walk-off wins if they make the postseason.

Had they gone the other way, however, the Cubs would have been in a world of hurt. Instead, they’re just 2.5 games back of first place St. Louis.

Another steal sets the table for a walk-off win–Fukudome stealing second base after leading off the 13th with a single.

I’d like to see Lou run his guys more often. There’s no reason Theriot, Soriano, and Fukudome shouldn’t be on the move after reaching base.

Ever since Soriano’s hot start fizzled out and Aramis went down, the Cubs have been without a clutch hitter. It’s been the root of their problems offensively.


Cubs Chemistry.com

By bullpenbrian - February 28, 2009 - 12:15 am Leave a comment.

Not everyone believes in team chemistry, but I do.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional ballplayer or a professional salesperson…it’s inevitable you’ll get along with some co-workers better than you will with others.

That’s reality and that’s life.

The Cubs’ decision to trade high-character guy Mark DeRosa vs. the signing of bad-apple Milton Bradley is a poor one.

Anytime you favor statistics -or left-handedness in this case- over leadership you’re taking a big risk…see Terrell Owens of the National Football League.

I won’t disagree that trading DeRosa was beneficial to the Cubs on paper, but for heaven’s sake…you can’t replace a team leader like Mark with the likes of Milton Bradley and expect a sound clubhouse.

There’s no question the Cubs have the talent to win the NL Central and perhaps the pennant, but its biggest obstacle won’t be the Cardinals, Reds or Brewers; instead, it’s their right fielder.


D-Ro Misses Cubs

By bullpenbrian - February 10, 2009 - 12:10 am 1 comment.

As a guest Monday morning on ESPN 1000′s Waddle & Silvy Show Mark DeRosa says he still has moments when he gets ticked about being traded by the Cubs.

The former North Sider went on to say that despite his arrival in Chicago as a virtual unknown player (to Cubs fans) the Chicago faithful welcomed him with open arms even to the point of making him a fan favorite, and that affection continues to resonate with him.

Plus, on top of his popularity in Chicago is the fact he’ll miss out on a chance to be part of the first Cubs team to win a World Series in more than 100 years.

Of course, listening to the interview made me wish for sentimental reasons that DeRosa was still a Cub, but I stand by my earlier opinion that dealing Mark was in the best interest of the team.

However, because D-Ro is a class act I have no doubt he’ll be shown the same love in Cleveland.

And according to Forbes.com DeRosa has plenty of company leaving town.

In this article Chicago is listed as one of America’s most miserable cities: terrible winter weather, high sales tax and plenty of corrupt public officials – to name a few – has steadily pushed Chicagoans to seek better living elsewhere during the past seven years.

Heck, even Obama left for Washington.

On the bright side, with the Indians playing in the AL Central Cubs fans still have an opportunity to get some more D-Ro when the Tribe visits US Cellular (June 4-7).


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