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Reed It And Weap Padres!

By bullpenbrian - April 21, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

The importance of Reed Johnson’s walk-off job in Game 1 of Wednesday’s DH goes without saying.

His game-winning blast pushed the Cubs above .500, assured a series win against the Padres and placed the Cubs atop the NL Central–albeit short lived following the Game 2 loss. (However, the Cubs are still in a four-way tie for first in the Central).

But also of significance is the shot of confidence the hit provided Johnson, who’s struggled offensively coming off the bench.

Hitting a messily .182 before his pinch-hit bomb in the 11th inning, Reed followed that up going 3-for-4 with a double and RBI in Game 2.

All totaled, Johnson went 4-for-5 on the day…raising his average to .355.

With Reed showing a hot hand, it will be interesting to see if Quade stays with him in the short-term as a starter. Tyler Colvin, after all, is hitting .136.

Regardless, we know Reed’s calling card is his glove, not his bat. But I’m happy to see ‘White Slice’ back with the Cubs, and contributing on both sides of the plate.

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Former Cubs – Eric Patterson

By bullpenbrian - April 20, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

The major league road has been a long and winding one for Eric Patterson.

He’s been back-and-fourth from coast to coast…bounced up and down from the minor leagues…and been a prized trade-piece in several notable deals along the way.

Since being drafted by Chicago in the eighth round of the 2004 draft, Patterson has changed teams three times since his Cubs debut in August 2007.

Much like his older brother, Corey, the younger Patterson has been coveted for his potential, which has yet to turn into production.

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Padres Need Kim Ng

By bullpenbrian - October 19, 2009 - 12:03 am Leave a comment.

The Padres should hire Kim Ng as the team’s next general manager.

Ng is more than qualified for the job and the move would also help transition MLB away from its long-standing good ol’ boy policies, which is still prevalent given the lack of minorities managing from both the front office and the bench.

Thus, the hiring of Ng is a wonderful opportunity for San Diego to forever change baseball for the betterment of the league, and the Padres organization.

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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.

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Old School vs. New School Lou

By bullpenbrian - May 25, 2009 - 12:33 am Leave a comment.

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Old school Lou tears up the clubhouse after losing Saturday night. New school Lou holds a pep talk before Sunday’s game.

Either way, it’s now a seven-game losing streak. Cubs are back to .500, and fourth in the division.

Five runs scored the entire road trip. Shaved beards, high socks, Micah Hoffpauir…didn’t change a thing, except the number of Cubs losses.

What did you feel most while watching the Cubs go (0-6) on the road trip: frustrated or embarrassed? For me, it felt a lot like last October.

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Lou Stays Cool, Offense Too

By bullpenbrian - May 24, 2009 - 12:17 am Leave a comment.

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As it turns out, Lou didn’t erupt and neither did the Cubs offense.

Soriano sits…doesn’t matter. Fontenot breaks his slump with two hits…doesn’t matter. D-Lee homers…doesn’t matter. One stinking run against a pitcher with a plus-five ERA. Awful.

Chicago’s scored one run or less in all five games during the road trip. They’re batting .166 with a .225 OBP. They’ve scored three stinking runs the entire road trip. Pitiful.

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Mt. Sweet Lou Explodes!

By bullpenbrian - May 23, 2009 - 1:12 am Leave a comment.

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It’s time for Mt. Sweet Lou to erupt.

I’m talking classic blowup–kick some dirt, toss the cap, and throw first base for good measure.

The Cubs need a kick in the rear reminding them they’re indeed the best team in the NL Central.

Nothing else seems to be working. Getting too cute with the lineup and the defense isn’t the answer in the long term, either–there’s still four months of baseball left to play.

If Lou goes wild maybe the Cubs respond with some runs. It worked nearly two years ago when Piniella went berserk on third base umpire Mark Wegner–the Cubs won five of their next six games.

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Milton Bradley’s Suspension

By bullpenbrian - May 15, 2009 - 12:16 am Leave a comment.

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Milton Bradley says he’s not treated fairly by MLB. And, Milton is right. But, that’s to be expected with his history of suspensions.

Doesn’t matter if Bradley’s contact with the umpire was incidental–you can’t touch the guys in blue! When there’s contact there are also grounds for a possible suspension.

I didn’t have a problem with MLB’s initial two-game ban for Bradley. And I don’t have a problem with the reduction to a one-game ban either.

My only issue is that it took MLB a full month to resolve the problem. That’s too long.

Give Milton credit for addressing the media after the game. Answering the questions keeps the story from lingering any longer. He’ll serve the suspension Friday and put this whole story to bed.

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Soto Sighting!

By bullpenbrian - May 14, 2009 - 1:26 am Leave a comment.

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The Cubs made the most of their seven hits Wednesday. Four of six runs scored with two outs.

Soto drove in THREE two-out RBI! He’s nearing the .200 mark, and has reached base safely during his last 10 starts. Maybe his first jack of the season loosens him up even more at the plate?

Without question, Lilly has been the best starter on the staff. He was strong through all 6.1 innings. Even better, the lefty didn’t walk a single batter!!!

And, without the defensive miscues by Lee and Fukudome, Lilly probably last another inning.

Adrian Gonzalez is terribly underrated around baseball. Put this guy on a winner and he’s a house hold name.

Plus, it’s remarkable the way this guy hits with power to the opposite field. He makes it look easy– a calling card for the truly gifted athlete.

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Bobby Scales’ First Home Run!

By bullpenbrian - May 13, 2009 - 2:24 am 2 comments.

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I’m buying a Bobby Scales tee-shirt.

His pinch-hit bomb in the seventh–his first MLB home run–reminded me of Felix Pie’s dramatic three-run shot against the Mets on Apr. 21 last year. Although, Pie was sent down less than a month later.

Scales, on the other hand, is off to an impressive start. A five-game hitting streak which includes a home run, triple, three runs scored and a .429 average to boot!

He’s making the most of his opportunity and, making it tough on the Cubs to send him back to Iowa. I hope he stays in Chicago all summer.

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