Watching Brian Schlitter and Company destroy the Cubs’ lead against the Pirates Tuesday night was just another reminder of how bad this bullpen has been over the years. It’s almost as if they think, “Oh, you have a five-run lead? Not anymore!” and all hell typically breaks loose.
So while we were all hailing Schlitter the newest disaster the other night, let’s take a look back at some other bullpen pitchers who made us scream, cry, throw things, give up all hope in life, you get the idea.
El Pulpo. The Octopus. Yeah, the guy with the sixth finger, remember him?. You’d think that sixth finger would help him get control of the ball. Nope. Alfonseca is in? Home runs for everyone!
Nine blown saves for the Cubs in 2007 alone. NINE. Nothing like having your closer undo the starting pitcher’s work. But thanks for serving up that home run to Dexter Fowler in Colorado earlier this month to give the Cubs the lead in the ninth inning. That was one save certainly worth blowing.
Who could forget our boy Marmol? The Cubs could have an unimaginable lead, seemingly impossible to lose, but Marmol would almost always find a way to get the job done. Arguably one of the most disliked players on the Northside of recent times, the right-handed closer was always the go-to-guy for manager Dale Sveum. Needless to say bringing Marmol in to close the game rarely ever worked out well for the Cubs.
The dreaded bullpen pitcher of 2015 seems to be Brian Schlitter as of now. In seven games this season, Schlitter has given up six earned runs in just over five innings pitched. Chances are when you see the big bearded guy with the long hair coming from the bullpen, you change the channel because it’s probably going to get ugly.
Who else would you add to this list of painful memories?
*Note: Edwin Jackson was not added to this list because he is still fairly new to the bullpen. And it didn’t hurt that he was the only relief pitcher to get through an inning against the Pirates with no problem on Tuesday night. This may change as the season progresses.