Tag: Bullpen

What if? An optimistic plan for a 2014 Cubs contender

What if? An optimistic plan for a 2014 Cubs contender
What combination of things would have to happen to make 2014 an interesting season to watch at the major league level?  I am not talking about winning a postseason spot in a division with two 90 win teams (Cardinals and Pirates) and another quality foe (Reds). I am talking about what would have to happen... Read more »

Cubs Sign Wesley Wright. What That Means for James Russell, Bullpen

Cubs Sign Wesley Wright. What That Means for James Russell, Bullpen
Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs made their first real free agent signing of the off season, and many fans were left unimpressed. While other teams are making trades for key players such as Prince Fielder or Ian Kinsler, and others are signing players to contracts like Jacoby Ellsbury, the Cubs went ahead and signed a... Read more »

The Ghost of Joe Borowski or the death and rebirth of the multi-inning reliever

The Ghost of Joe Borowski or the death and rebirth of the multi-inning reliever
Cubs Den writer Mauricio Rubio brought up a favorite name of mine on twitter last night. He talked about Joe Borowski‘s first full season with the Cubs which was in 2002. That season Joe Borowski threw 95 quality innings. The reason for this discussion was the fact that in 2002 Joe Borowski was asked to... Read more »
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Fixing the bullpen

Fixing the bullpen
The Chicago Cubs have been bad for several seasons now. The Cubs have not had a winning season since 2009 and the Cubs bullpen has been below average in preventing runs during that entire stretch. The Cubs have been near the bottom of the league in save percentage since 2010. Clearly the Cubs woes are... Read more »

With the Cubs Bullpen Lacking Any Trust, Two Pitchers Expected to be Added Tonight

With the Cubs Bullpen Lacking Any Trust, Two Pitchers Expected to be Added Tonight
There is simply no other way to say this, so I will just cut to the chase. The Chicago Cubs bullpen is an absolute disgrace. This surely comes as no surprise to anyone, as this has been a complaint from every fan on the North Side for the entire year. There were always the players... Read more »

Bullpen Narratives

Bullpen Narratives
Narrative is a powerful part of the human experience. We are bombarded with more information than it is possible to understand fully, and so we construct narratives to make sense of disparate information. Narratives are a simplification of reality by their very function, and it has become a shorthand used by many to discredit ideas.... Read more »
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Fathers' Day post-mortem

Fathers' Day post-mortem
Happy Fathers’ Day to all the dads and your dads and grandpas etc. out there!  By now you are probably still recovering from the Cubs’ loss against the New York Mets where Carlos Marmol came in and did silly Marmol things in the ninth inning.  And how about that David Aardsma?  Seems that the Cubs... Read more »