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Posts in category "Bullpen"

Bullpen is Duensing

Bullpen is Duensing
Forgive the lame pun as the title, but this offseason has done terrible things to many of our brains. The Cubs made a perfectly good and solid addition this morning bringing Brian Duensing back. Jon Heyman is reporting that the Cubs have inked the veteran lefty reliever to a 2 year $7 million deal. It... Read more »

A Closer Look: The Cubs new look bullpen depth

A Closer Look: The Cubs new look bullpen depth
This offseason may be slow when it comes to big name free agents flying off the board, but changes to the makeup of the bullpens in Chicago and Iowa have been rapid. After a postseason bullpen meltdown littered with walks and punctuated by home runs, the front office made a public proclamation they would look to improve the situation... Read more »

Small Ways the Cubs Can Improve in 2018: Pitching

Small Ways the Cubs Can Improve in 2018: Pitching
Any discussion of the Cubs getting better must always begin with the caveat that they are already very good. This is a supremely talented baseball team, and one that collectively has played in more postseason games in the last three years than anyone else; in fact, they are the only team in baseball to make... Read more »
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Steve Cishek Signs But What About The Closer?

Steve Cishek Signs But What About The Closer?
The Cubs have had a clear cut, top 5 closer in all of baseball since the July 25, 2016 acquistion of Aroldis Chapman. The Cubs managed to pull off the same feat a little four months later in trading for Wade Davis. It is a comforting luxury to have that kind of guy to make a 9... Read more »

A Closer Look at Dario Alvarez

A Closer Look at Dario Alvarez
I’ve been out of action quite a bit the past few weeks and haven’t been writing with the same frequency that I would prefer. Thankfully the hot stove has heated up this past week and Jared stepped in with a number of great articles covering all the recent action, so hopefully I haven’t been missed... Read more »

Pedro Strop is Better Than You Think

Pedro Strop is Better Than You Think
On the rare occasion that Pedro Strop struggles through an inning, searching his name on Twitter will inevitably yield a forest of tweets about how his hat is situated on his head. As if it is somehow to blame for the bad outing, he is flooded with the unsolicited advice of assuredly otherwise rational adults who... Read more »
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Do You Trust Brandon Morrow?

Do You Trust Brandon Morrow?
The Cubs have been rumored to have interest in former Dodgers setup man Brandon Morrow, and if they really are moving on from Wade Davis, he’s a viable candidate to take over as closer. But this hypothetical forces a question that should be asked: Do we want that? While Morrow is an exciting prospect in this... Read more »

Beginning to Make Sense of the 2018 Bullpen

Beginning to Make Sense of the 2018 Bullpen
With the almost-always exception of Wade Davis, the Cubs bullpen drove us a little mad, especially during the postseason. The primary concern for the bullpen was the inability to throw strikes with consistency; they were tied for the second-worst walk rate in baseball last season, with the Mets at 4.25 BB/9. This seems an obvious part of... Read more »

40 man roster outlook and organizational depth for 2018 - The Pitchers

40 man roster outlook and organizational depth for 2018 - The Pitchers
Starting Pitchers Kyle Hendricks Jon Lester Jose Quintana ??? (FA or Trade) ??? (FA or Trade) Swing: Mike Montgomery Three of the five slots are set in stone and the Cubs still possess valuable swing man Mike Montgomery to act as the 6th starter throughout the season. The expected free agent losses of Jake Arrieta... Read more »
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The John Arguello Awards – Short Season Player and Pitcher of the Year

The John Arguello Awards – Short Season Player and Pitcher of the Year
With the minor league season winding down, the Cubs Den staff got together in order to recognize some of the players that made an impact for the Cubs’ system this year. We could not think of a more fitting memorial than to name them after our site’s founder John Arguello. While John was a passionate... Read more »