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Starting Jeff Baker At 2B

By bullpenbrian - August 17, 2009 - 12:37 am Leave a comment.

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I couldn’t care less about the Cubs being rained out Sunday.

With all the pending bumps and bruises this club could use an extra off day, even with the Pirates in town.

Instead, I was more interested in watching the fighter jets fly over the city as part of the Chicago Air & Water show.

The rain, however, cancelled out the jets too.

Meanwhile, I can’t find a reason why Jeff Baker shouldn’t become the Cubs’ everyday second baseman.

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Milton Bradley A No. 2

By bullpenbrian - August 16, 2009 - 12:42 am 2 comments.

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Milton Bradley batting from the 2-hole isn’t as crazy as you might think.

In fact, it’s a page Piniella is borrowing from Tony La Russa.

As White Sox manager in 1983 La Russa moved a struggling Carlton Fisk into the two-slot.

Fisk, not surprisingly, balked at the move initially. He was, after all, a power hitter use to hitting from the three, four and five hole.

The move, however, worked in Fisk’s favor. After spending the early part of the season batting below .200, the catcher rebounded to hit .289 with 26 home runs, a career high at the time.

With Fisk once again thriving at the plate the White Sox went on to win the division by 20 games.

The similarities are there with Bradley, too.

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Long Live The Peg-Legs!

By bullpenbrian - August 15, 2009 - 1:06 am Leave a comment.

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Nothing cures a losing streak like the Pirates.

The Cubs, thankfully, get Pittsburgh eight more times this season–three on the road and five more in Chicago.

Anything short of finishing 6-2 against the Buccos is unacceptable, and a weekend sweep is hugely important for keeping pace with the red-hot Cardinals, as well.

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Randy Wells An All Star

By bullpenbrian - July 2, 2009 - 2:06 am 2 comments.

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Randy Wells is deserving of an All Star selection.

Of course, there’s a fat chance he’ll represent the Cubs in St. Louis, but that doesn’t mean he’s not worthy.

Had the guy been given any run support this season he’d have the number of wins to be legitimately considered.

Nonetheless, Wells has been simply terrific through 10 starts.

In exactly half his outings he’s lasted at least seven innings pitched.

He‘s also totaled 45 strikeouts vs. just 14 walks, and has managed to win three games in a row despite receiving a meek three or fewer runs of support in seven of 10 outings.

What stands out to me most about Wells, however, is his ability to keep the ball low in the strike zone. Of the 26 batters he faced Thursday, 12 were ground ball outs. That’s huge!

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Pittsburgh Is Cubs’ Medicine

By bullpenbrian - June 30, 2009 - 12:57 am Leave a comment.

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Pittsburgh is the perfect opportunity for Chicago to get healthy in the standings.

Thankfully for the Cubs, the Central Division is the tightest in baseball. Only five games separate first from worst, and the Cubs are just 3.5 games back despite a sub .500 record.

To put that in perspective, all other division in baseball are separated by at least 10.5 games top to bottom.

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