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Kudos To Jim Hendry

By bullpenbrian - January 18, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

I love the job Jim Hendry is doing this offseason. It’s been a tricky act, finding the right mix of players to compete in 2011 and beyond, but Hendry’s delivered.

Trading Gorzelanny is another feather in the GM’s cap. The deal relieves the Cubs of valuable dollars, about $2M, on Gorzo that can now go towards signing Matt Garza.

In return for Gorzelanny, the Cubs acquire several prospects that help offset the the trade for Garza which sent five potential major leaguers to Tampa Bay.

How his moves shape up, obviously, is yet to be determined. Although fully aware that none of Hendry’s moves, individually or collectively, guarantees the Cubs a winning season, he still deserves credit for his offseason thus far.

And with his job security seemingly in jeopardy, Hendry has also shown he’s a capable GM despite the money crunch the Cubs are under–of course, not all Cubs fans will agree.

Nonetheless, how Mike Quade’s team performs three months from now will ultimately decide Hendry’s fate. But there’s no question the Cubs have improved during the past several weeks under Hendry’s direction. For now, Jim’s job is safe.


Give It Up For Tom Gorzelanny!

By bullpenbrian - July 19, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

Huge series win for the Cubs!
Should’ve been a four-game sweep, but 3-of-4 ain’t bad.

After watching Marmol’s meltdown and Soto’s missed hurried tag on Saturday,
I figured the Cubs would split the series facing Roy Halladay Sunday night.

But who thought Tom Gorzelanny would outduel the Phillies’ ace, who
was riding an 18-consecutive scoreless innings streak!

Gorzo’s made a strong statement since spelling Zambrano in the rotation.
He’s 3-0 with a 3.06 ERA in his last three starts, having allowed
three or fewer runs in 10-of-13 outings, including the last four.
That’s Big-Time!

No question Gorzelanny’s name resurfaces in trade rumors this month.
But the Cubs shouldn’t deal this guy. He’s young, affordable, and a solid
back-of-the-rotation starter. At the very least, he’s more dependable
than Carlos Zambrano.


Don’t Trade Gorzelanny

By bullpenbrian - July 11, 2010 - 1:09 am 2 comments.

The Cubs should hold onto Tom Gorzelanny.

Two months ago I wouldn’t have said this, but the kid’s earned his keep, despite bouncing between the rotation and bullpen–thanks to Carlos Zambrano.

With Z’s situation completely unstable, why deal a legit No.3 starter whose future promise is on the rise?

Meanwhile, the Cubs’ staff has the second most quality starts in the majors, which they’ve accomplished in large part without Zambrano–Gorzelanny claiming six of those quality starts in his 12 outings.

Keeping Dempster, Wells and Gorzo together (and possibly Lilly) gives Chicago a terrific chance to rebound in 2011.


Gorzo Getting It Done

By bullpenbrian - May 14, 2010 - 12:30 am Leave a comment.

It’s hard to believe Tom Gorzelanny is 1-4 this season.

He’s posted a 2.83 ERA through six outings…four of which have been quality starts, including three straight, and opponents are batting just .235 against him.

Gorzo’s been a wasted asset…his record should easily be a reversed 4-1…but his mates give him virtually zero runs support!

If the lefty stays true to form Friday…the Cubs have a terrific opportunity to right the season this weekend against Pittsburgh.

You’ve got to think sweep against the Buccos…a series win at the very least…because there’s not been a better opportunity to close the gap with St. Louis than right now!

The Cardinals are slumping…they’ve lost three-straight…and seven of its last 10 games…and face a red-hot Reds team in Cincy this weekend.

If the Cubs can’t give Gorzelanny enough run support…and they can’t win a home series against the Peg Legs…we’ll know they can’t win this division, either.


How Good Is Gorzo?

By bullpenbrian - May 3, 2010 - 12:30 am Leave a comment.

The Cubs scored more runs in the first inning Sunday, four, than they’ve averaged all season for Tom Gorzelanny…about 1.75 rpg.

The southpaw entered Sunday’s game as the best pitcher in baseball…without a win! (0-3, 2.45 ERA). But don’t blame Gorzo…the Cubs just don’t score runs for the guy.

Sunday, however, Chicago stakes Gorzelanny to an early seven-run lead…and sure-as-shootin’, the kid wins himself a ballgame. Imagine that.

It’s not like Gorzo needs a boat-load of run support, either. Actually, all he needs are three runs. THREE. RUNS!

Get this…in his last four starts he’s allowed just two earned runs apiecethat’s awesome! And, anytime you get that kind of production from a fourth starter…you’re in business!

Look, Gorzo’s no fluke; he managed a 14-win season with Pittsburgh…which is borderline remarkable.

All the guy needs is a little offense…and with it…there’s no telling where Tommy G. ends up in the win column…could be a 15-win season…maybe more? Only the Cubs offense really knows!


Cubs’ Season Is Not Early

By bullpenbrian - April 12, 2010 - 12:30 am Leave a comment.

Don’t tell me the season is early. Leave that for  pitchers and catchers reporting in February…and meaningless games in March. That’s early.

Believe me, I understand this is a marathon season…we’re only six games in…there’s plenty of time to turn things around. I get that.

But as of last Monday, these games count…it’s part of the 162…a loss is a loss…a win a win…doesn’t matter how you get there…it all counts in the standings.

There’s no good reason for the Cubs to be 2-4…they’ve had five quality starts in the six games…they’ve held the lead in each outing…and for heaven’s sake, they’ve had plenty of opportunities to score runs.

In the three games at Cincinnati, however, the Cubs left 25 men on base…25unreal! Collectively the lineup is batting .197…Theriot, Ramirez, Soriano…they’ve all been awful.

First inning, bases loaded, no outs…and the Cubs fail to score a single run against a 22-year-old rookie making his major league debut. Sad, sad, sad.


Gozelanny Lilly Like

By bullpenbrian - August 5, 2009 - 12:53 am Leave a comment.


Tom Gorzelanny could have passed for Ted Lilly Tuesday night.

The lefty threw much better than I expected him too.

Probably didn’t hurt that he was throwing for his home town team in front of an unusual home town crowd.

Of course, I assume Gorzelanny would’ve been motivated pitching in Death Valley instead of throwing another inning for the Pirates.

Amazing how effective a hurler’s stuff can be knowing there’s actually a chance to win the game.

Larry Rothschild gets full credit for what he’s done with all the Cubs’ young hurlers this season.

Chicago has pitched seven rookies but still rank third in the majors in runs allowed.


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