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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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Cubs Season Slipping Away

By bullpenbrian - August 14, 2009 - 1:47 am 2 comments.

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You can just feel the playoffs slipping away.

The Cards lead the Central by 4.5 games with less than 50 games to play.

And while I sat in section 209 watching Cliff Lee and the Fightin’ Phils complete a convincing three-game sweep of the Cubs, I thought about a scene from the movie Cast Away.

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Don’t Rush Samardzija!

By bullpenbrian - August 13, 2009 - 2:45 am Leave a comment.

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The Cubs better be careful with Jeff Samardzija.

It doesn’t take long for major league hitters to ruin a young pitcher’s confidence.

At some point, of course, you have to get Jeff’s feet wet as a starter, but as I’ve said all season long, this kid isn’t big league ready yet–as a starter or reliever.

That’s not Samardzija’s fault, either–he’s just 23-years-old.  And so what if he needs another year of minor league seasoning under his belt.

The Cubs, however, don’t seem as patient. They’ve continuously bounced Samardzija between Triple-A and the major leagues.

I think it’s a noticeable disservice to the young man, especially rushing the guy to The Show as a reliever when you want him to start?

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No Aramis No Runs

By bullpenbrian - August 12, 2009 - 2:44 am Leave a comment.

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The Cubs are toast without Aramis Ramirez.

They can’t seem to score without him, and it’s costing them dearly in the standings.

Doesn’t matter that Ramirez won’t be fully healthy for the remainder of the season, the Cubs just need whatever he can give.

D-Lee could use the protection, Fukudome could use the leadoff spot and the starting pitching could use the support that was present with Aramis batting fifth.

Until Aramis’ return, however, we’re subject to watching the Cubs’ offense repeat its struggles from the season’s first half.

This aint May or June, mind you, so what you see is what you get…and I see the Cubs slipping worse than a rusty bicycle chain.

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Cubs Can’t Score

By bullpenbrian - July 22, 2009 - 1:16 am 6 comments.

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The lack of run scoring just doesn’t make any sense.

Since June the Cubs have improved its average 38-points entering Wednesday’s game.

Yet, they’ve scored a meek two runs in two games against Philly.

With all the pop in this order there’s no excuse for the amount of quality starts wasted. And if it hasn’t come back to bite the Cubs just yet, it certainly will.

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Lilly Lays A Stinker

By bullpenbrian - July 21, 2009 - 1:25 am 3 comments.

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This was a stinker from the words ‘play ball.

A label which applies anytime you make more errors (2) than runs scored (1).

Lilly was behind in the count and left pitches up all night, which is never a good thing at little ‘ol Citizens Bank Ballpark.

Don’t know if the left knee was bothering Ted or not. Either way, it’s a forgettable outing.

Despite the two errors (Soriano’s dropped fly ball and Blanco’s errant throw) the Cubs are still ranked second in the majors in fielding efficiency according to Baseball Prospectus.

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