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Posts tagged "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 »

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 »

The Postseason Bullpen: It's a Crapshoot

The Postseason Bullpen: It's a Crapshoot
This past postseason was fun, wasn’t it? Besides the Cubs not being involved in the World Series, I had a blast watching two offensive juggernauts battle it out. Neither team seems to ever be “out of it.” And that’s pretty neat from my seat as a fan. But one thing that seemed to be a... Read more »
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Anarchists' Brunch: Potpurri Of Lunacy

Anarchists' Brunch: Potpurri Of Lunacy
Bit of a grab bag this week. Let's run through it all. -Last night was the first time the Cubs popped up on FOX for a game. As unenjoyable as it turned out to be, most of us had been eying Anderson vs. Yankees for a few days ahead of time and getting the Maalox ready, it was more unenjoyable for some because Joe Buck was on the call. I've never understood the angst toward Buck, honestly. I know he comes from St. Louis, and some think that makes him biased. I honestly have never heard that or felt it. Maybe I'm not paying close enough attention, but I feel like everyone thinks the national broadcasters have it in for their team. Never mind that Buck actually had talked for years how much he wanted to cover the Cubs in the World Series...

Anarchists' Brunch: So Joe

Anarchists' Brunch: So Joe
I've written about it before, but I found the whole "unveiling" of the Cubs "slogans" this season weird, if not silly, if not downright stupid. And yes, having four slogans is stupid. I don't have to qualify that. You either have one or you just have things you say. In the end, it's probably about just selling t-shirts, which fair enough Maddon puts toward his charity. And there's nothing wrong with that. We knew when Maddon arrived here in the winter before the 2015 season he came from a different place. He didn't just see the game differently than any other Cubs manager, he saw life differently. And that's cool. We certainly can't argue with the results. He's put up exactly 200 wins in two seasons, and the small matter of a certain trophy the Cubs are trying to turn into the Stanley Cup. Still, I can't help but wonder if he's becoming a bit TOO Joe...

Tuesday Talking Points: An Anniversary, SP Depth, Best Bullpen, Craig Sager

Tuesday Talking Points: An Anniversary, SP Depth, Best Bullpen, Craig Sager
This week marks my one year anniversary at Cubs Den. I remember the excitement of opening the email from John last December, and I also remember feeling a bit nervous about hitting “publish” on that first piece. Myles and I came aboard at the same time, and I’ve genuinely enjoyed his work here along with... Read more »
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Anarchists' Brunch: Things To Do In Denver...

Anarchists' Brunch: Things To Do In Denver...
I've sort of always been fascinated by the city of Denver. I'm not sure exactly why it started, but I'm pretty sure it had to do with John Elway and the Broncos on my television. They were the leading AFC team when I was a kid, which meant they were always basically a punching bag for whoever came out of the NFC. But that also meant they were always on my television. And because of the mountain time zone, their games were always starting at 2pm locally which meant that from about October one they were always played during sunset. It gave them this sort of mythic quality, which was only enhanced by how good Elway was and that they were usually playing exciting games that he had to pull them out of miraculously. Thrown in shots of the mountains in the background, and those simply awesome "Orange Crush" jerseys that they should still be wearing, and you can get smitten when you're young and don't know any better. Denver is actually a neat place, and no I don't just mean the legal weed. But now I find myself with a different sports fascination, and that's how you would put together a pitching staff in Coors Field...

The Jon Lester Walk Off Game: Cubs 7, Mariners 6 (12)

The Jon Lester Walk Off Game: Cubs 7, Mariners 6 (12)
My biggest hope as I write this is that I can do this game justice, but it just feels too big and too weighty right now. I don’t want to attach too much meaning to one game, but it’s the kind of game I will bet we’ll look back on as a catalyst for something... Read more »

You go, we go: Cubs 5, Brewers 2

You go, we go: Cubs 5, Brewers 2
Sometimes you don’t realize how much you’ve missed someone until they return. Or, really, in this case, we knew, because we watched a lot of painful baseball while Dexter Fowler was rehabbing his hamstring injury. But, there was something about seeing him pick up right where he’d left off and serving as the catalyst for... Read more »
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Lots of Reasons and Few Answers for Cubs Struggles

Lots of Reasons and Few Answers for Cubs Struggles
These days it seems everyone in every circle of the sports media are trying to dissect what is wrong with the Cubs. There is truly a plethora of reasons why the wheels have come off the once humming blue sports car. We all know some of the issues too well by now. The Cubs are... Read more »