Posts in category "Bullpen"

Deck Chairs: The Bullpen

Deck Chairs: The Bullpen
We're winding down Spring Training and while we've seen the majority of the cuts to the Cubs roster heading towards Opening Day there's still a couple to decide as it pertains to the bullpen. Jose Veras, Pedro Strop, James Russell and Wesley Wright are viewed as locks for the bullpen but that leaves three remaining spots (assuming the Cubs carry the standard of 12 pitchers) between about four players...

It's Time To Walk Away from Carlos Marmol

It's Time To Walk Away from Carlos Marmol
It starts with a walk.  Then maybe another, and often another after that. Sometimes it includes hitting a batter or two.  In four of his last five appearances, he has walked or hit the first batter he has faced.  Once there are runners in scoring position, what usually follows is a string of hits, or... Read more »

Cubs call up Blake Parker, Scott Maine to Iowa

Cubs call up Blake Parker, Scott Maine to Iowa
Blake Parker, come on down! You’re the next contestant to try and add some stability to the Cubs bullpen.  The Cubs will recall Parker from AAA Iowa today (h/t apalifer) and it makes for an interesting roster decision to come. First, a little bit about Blake Parker… Parker is another conversion success story.  He was drafted as... Read more »
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Fixing the Cubs bullpen: Trade or internal options?

Fixing the Cubs bullpen: Trade or internal options?
I understand that the bullpen is the last and easiest thing you should try and fix when you’re rebuilding.  I also understand trading Marshall for three possible future starters, trading Cashner for your future everyday first baseman in Anthony Rizzo, and moving Jeff Samardzija to the starting rotation.  All of these could help the Cubs... Read more »

Rafael Dolis zoning in on role as Cubs future closer

Rafael Dolis zoning in on role as Cubs future closer
When Carlos Marmol got taken out of the game yesterday with an injury, the possibilities started flashing through my mind.  With Sean Marshall gone to the Reds, it left Kerry Wood as the only experienced candidate to take over the closer’s spot — but then what if he got hurt or faltered in that role?... Read more »

In case there was any doubt, Sean Marshall won't be returning to the Cubs

In case there was any doubt, Sean Marshall won't be returning to the Cubs
When Sean Marshall was first traded to the Reds for Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt, and Ronald Torreyes, the thought among many Cubs fans is that perhaps they could re-sign their best bullpen arm when he becomes a free agent in 2013.  Gail Fischer further fueled this hope by asking him if he’d like to return... Read more »
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Camp surprise candidate: Blake Parker

Camp surprise candidate: Blake Parker
Every spring there seems to be a surprise player who either makes the team or puts himself on the radar for the near future.  Last year Welington Castillo rebounded from a mediocre 2010 minor league season and had a big spring, re-established his status as the Cubs top catching prospect, and eventually got the call... Read more »

Cubs still have plenty of power bullpen arms left

Cubs still have plenty of power bullpen arms left
UPDATE: Comments now working! While it’s never a good thing when you lose a 26 year old, cost-controlled arm like Chris Carpenter, young power bullpen pitchers are one area where the Cubs can take a hit.   The system is loaded with relievers capable of throwing in the mid 90s or better and the list... Read more »

2012 Cubs breakout and bounce back candidates: The pitchers

2012 Cubs breakout and bounce back candidates: The pitchers
Last night, Tom wrote about Epstein’s optimism regarding the pitching staff, particularly the depth.  He also spoke of players entering their prime or pre-prime years.  Today, I wanted to delve a little further into that and look at some starting pitchers and a couple of bullpen arms who stand to improve this season because they... Read more »
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Cubs interested in RP Todd Coffey

Cubs interested in RP Todd Coffey
The Cubs continue to try and stockpile arms and now have their eye on ex-Nationals reliever Todd Coffey. The 31 year old Coffey was 5-1 with a 3.62 ERA (FIP 3.41).  He struck out close to 7 batters per 9 IP while walking 3. The departure of veteran Sean Marshall and hard-throwing late inning reliever... Read more »