Posts tagged "bullpen"

Who is in the 2012 Cubs bullpen?

Last Thursday, Cubs management appeared to act decisively in the formation of the current year’s roster after organizational meetings the night before.  Blake DeWitt, Joe Mather, and Steve Clevenger were given good news; Randy Wells, Wellington Castillo and Cubbie Boy (aka Last Year’s Mascot aka Campy aka Tony Campagna) were amongst those who have nothing... Read more »

Carlos Marmol - THE singlemost highest risk/reward pitcher in all of baseball

Carlos Marmol - THE singlemost highest risk/reward pitcher in all of baseball
UPDATE: Wells, Coleman, Beef Wellington sent to Iowa.  Clevenger, Mather, DeWitt make the team.  I think we just pissed away a ton of trade value, but now you know how the team is shaping up. Ran across this article by a saberween today, which firstly reminded me of the tenuous relationship between “fantasy” sports and... Read more »

It appears Carlos Marmol has been allowed to destroy himself

It appears Carlos Marmol has been allowed to destroy himself
PROLOGUE: next time you want to say something snide to us about grown men caring too much about a meaningless sporting event, I want you to recall this, then STFU. It is a little-known codicil that, in the case of Carrie Muskat actually writing something worthwhile on cubs.com, we must follow it up with our own... Read more »
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Blind, unconditional trust in Theo Epstein must continue

Blind, unconditional trust in Theo Epstein must continue
On MLB radio today, Jim Memelo and Todd Hollandsworth noted quite correctly that if Jim Hendry was still in the Cubs’ GM chair, with the underwhelming lack of activity so far, that we Cubs fans would be storming 1060 W. Addison with torches and pitchforks.  I mean, eff you, Memelo…I don’t even own a pitchfork!... Read more »

A shortlist for improvement, Part 2

A shortlist for improvement, Part 2
In the instantly classical Part 1, we took a look at the first and most important improvement needed for 2012 to be an other-than-sucky season.  (That would be instructing every hitter from the Rookie Leagues on up on the importance of drawing walks.  May the term “aggressive approach” never again be uttered by a Chicago... Read more »

The 2010 Cubs were great at being awful

The 2010 Cubs were great at being awful
The folks at Baseball Reference recently posted an item to their blog titled, 2010 Cubs: Blowout Specialists. The Cubs lost 11 games last season by 10 or more runs; only 12 teams have managed to do that since 1901. How does a team manage to lose repeatedly by ten or more runs? I suppose conceptually it’s... Read more »
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Cubs Spring Training Mega-Preview: James Russell

Just because you pitch left-handed does not mean you should be a starter is what the Cubs should be thinking. If your five pitchers are all right-handed, then so be it. The last few years, the Cubs were able to have Ted Lilly anchor the left side and do it quite well. Mike Quade said... Read more »

Readers' Blog: Samardzija to the pen: Am I missing something?

I’ve read several articles recently arguing that Jeff Samardzija has a guaranteed spot in the bullpen because he’s out of minor league options. If the Cubs wish to send Samardzija to the minors at any point this season, he must first be exposed to the other 29 MLB teams via irrevocable waivers. If another team... Read more »

Cubs Spring Training Mega-Preview: Marcos Mateo

I wish I had a story to tell about Marcos Mateo. Alas, I’ve never seen him pensively strolling around Wrigley in a University of Texas tracksuit (James Russell) and he never tipped my girlfriend poorly at Bar Louie (Tom Gorzelanny). I feel about as informative as his Wikipedia page. Still, Mateo is important enough to... Read more »
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