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Noah Lowry An Option For Cubs

By bullpenbrian - February 16, 2010 - 12:15 am Leave a comment.

Noah Lowry should be a realistic option for the Cubs.

The Cubs need more depth to the rotation and Lowry, looking to sign before the start of Spring Training, is in the market for a cheap, one-year, incentive laden deal.

Of course, the guy’s a total rebuild project, not quite reaching the level of a Mark Prior, but heading down the same road, nonetheless.

Since last pitching in the majors two seasons ago, Lowry has suffered through neuromuscular forearm problems, bones spur removal in his pitching elbow, the removal of a rib and thoracic outlet syndrome–shoulder and neck pain that causes numbness in the forearm. Yeesh!


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.


Cubs’ Road Woes

By bullpenbrian - September 28, 2009 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.


Winning a division means winning on the road.

The Cubs didn’t do that this season and not surprisingly, they’re not winning the division either.

Eighty one road games in the books and the Cubs finish seven-games below.500 at 37-44. That hurts.

What worse is their disappointing road series record of 10-15-1.


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.


Zambrano & The Rat

By bullpenbrian - September 26, 2009 - 12:15 am Leave a comment.


No doubt Zambrano wanted to best Tim Lincecum Friday night.

He did it, too: complete game two-hitter. Impressive stuff for sure.

I’d like to ask Zambrano why he can’t crank it up like that more often.

The thing is, I think he could if he wanted to, but he’s just too lazy to care, and that’s a shame.


Baker’s HR, Dempster’s 200

By bullpenbrian - September 25, 2009 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.


Jeff Baker is hitting .433 in his last eight games.

This month alone he’s batting .347 through 21 games.

Are we talking about the Cubs’ starting second baseman for 2010?


Timmy Time

By bullpenbrian - May 6, 2009 - 1:27 am Leave a comment.


Tim Lincecum is now (23-1) when he gets three or more runs of support. Marshall gave him that in the first inning — game over.

Not to mention, the Giants are (11-0) when scoring first. Nothing Marshall could do after the first to change that mark either.

Can’t fault the Cub hitters. Lincecum was on his game. All told, 113 pitches, 70-percent going for strikes.

You can’t play from behind and expect to win against this guy…at least not when he’s living up to his reputation on the bump like Tuesday afternoon.

Special day for Bobby Scales. Thrilled to see him in the starting lineup. And, he played well on both sides of the ball.

If Bobby never sees another major league at-bat, which seems unlikely, at least he can hang his hat on getting a hit off the reigning Cy Young Award winner — a single down the left field line in the fifth.

Hats off to the Cubs fan who tossed Scales’ first hit back into the dugout. Makes Chicago fans look smart, which they are. Tampa fans should take note.


No Bonds No Problem

By bullpenbrian - May 5, 2009 - 12:47 am Leave a comment.


Not once did I hear the name Barry Bonds mentioned during the broadcast. And, I hope we don’t hear it tomorrow either. Good for Len and Bob.

Best outing of the year for Dempster. And, he only allows one run if Miles makes a clean exchange on a double play ball in the fifth.

Marmol was his old self again. And, the three straight sliders punching out Renteria were sick!!!

How many home runs for Theriot this season??? I put the over/under at 10. The little man is in a zone and, he’s oozing confidence at the plate.


E. Burriss The Right Fit For S.F.

By bullpenbrian - December 2, 2008 - 1:38 am Leave a comment.

Emmanuel Burriss, not Renteria should play SS for S.F. in 2009

What’s a great way to kill a youth movement?

Sign a 33-year-old Edgar Renteria to play SS next season.

And that’s exactly what the Giants are close to doing.

Since the club’s last winning season in 2004 (91-71), the Giants have averaged just 73 wins per year without finishing higher than third in the division.

Yet, if the past four losing seasons have meant anything it’s that San Fran has slowly rebuilt itself into a young and talented squad.

The 2005 season highlighted the arrivals of Noah Lowry, 24, and Matt Cain, 20.

In 2006 came 25-year-olds Brian Wilson and Fred Lewis.

The following season soon-to-be Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, 23, arrived.

And last season 13 players 26-years-old or younger played for the Giants at one point or another, many playing in 30+ games.

It’s understandable the team’s new owner, Bill Neukom, is looking to make a splash since taking over October 1st for the retired Peter Magowan but, why revert to old ways that didn’t work?

Besides, the club’s first round draft pick in 2005, SS Emmanuel Burriss, is merely 23-years-old with 95 games under his belt from last season.

Stick with the plan S.F., go young and talented…let Renteria play elsewhere…give your young guys a chance to play.

And so, be gone with the days of signing aging veterans the likes of: Ray Durham – Omar Vizquel – Randy Winn – Rich Aurilia – Dave Roberts – Ryan Klesko – Mark Sweeney – Steve Kline – Armando Benitez - Steve Finley – Moises Alou – Jose Vizcaino – Tim Worrell – Jeff Fassero

All I’m saying is it worked for Tampa Bay didn’t it.


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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