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Cub’s Bullpen continues to ROCK!

Happy Late Memorial Day!!  Hope everyone’s was good.  The weekend would have been a little better if the Cubs were better than the Bad News Bears.

This weekend has brought up one irrefutable fact for the ’07 Cubs – YOU WILL NOT WIN WITH A PIECE OF CRAP BULLPEN.  Why does the Cubs management never seem to get this little gap corrected? 

Let’s see, the last time the Cubs had a solid bullpen was…. oh yeah….2003….when they were one out from the World Series.  Might I add, that our closer from that season, Joe Borowski is second in the majors in saves in 2007. 

In order to not give myself a coronary, I’m only going to focus on one game, Tuesday May 29, 2007. 

In a quick recap, the Cub’s managed to rally on Theriot’s (PH Homer) 2 run HR in the bottom of the seventh.  However, a DETERMINED Cubs bullpen made sure the Cub’s rally would be short lived.  Tonight’s helper was Wuertz.  To be fair to Wuertz, he’s been the best Cub’s reliever so far this year.  Tonight, he allowed 4 runs on 3 hits, and walked 2.   He was credited with one whole inning worked.  Slap Hands!  His ERA shot up to 3.13.

Here’s an awesome Cubs Bullpen stat, W-L Record: 4-14!  Maybe Wade Miller can chime in with his 10.54 ERA?

 I can’t type anymore about this bullpen.  This team is scoring runs, but ALLOWING too many.


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Cubs Puke and Rally, then Puke again….

Welcome to the scariest ride in Baseball – the Chicago Cubs Coaster!   Weee…..  Up, then down, now all around….

 Wow.  If you stayed up for last night late game, it was exactly like a roller coaster.  First, the Cubbies were down 5-0 to the Dodgers after 5.  The Cubs then picked up 1 in the 6th, and likely a season high 7 in the 7th.  AWESOME INNING!

However, as I’ve posted here previously, our worst bullpen in baseball was able to snag defeat from the clutches of victory.  The Cubs won’t be a playoff contender until the take care of the bullpen, which is a disaster this season.  Note: Wade Miller has REDUCED his ERA to an svelte 10.54.  Way to go Wade!

If this doesn’t tell a sad tale – nothing does.  Bob Howry started things off in his normal fashion by allowing 3 runs and getting no one out.  Bad Bob.  The Will ‘Always a Thrill’ Ohman and Guzman combined for a one-two punch.  It was a mess, but, in the end, Ohman was charged for a LOSS, and Guzman was charged for a BLOWN SAVE.

Well, the GOOD news is that the Cubs offense was able to rally to take the lead, just too bad the bullpen couldn’t hold them.



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Congrats to Cubs! The worst bullpen in Baseball!

I found this on the Internet, so, it must be true…  but, the CUBS HAVE THE LOSING-EST BULLPEN IN BASEBALL!!!

Puke….  I know that Nick will defend this group of misfits, but, yesterday’s game was a new low – even for the Cubs. 

Michael Wuertz had pitched 1 1/3 innings, giving up one walk. Will Ohman struck out four over 1 2/3 innings. Then it was Dempster’s turn. The bullpen, which now has 11 losses, most in the National League, has been puzzling to Piniella.  

BEARDED BEARS THOUGHT:  I bet it has been puzzling, Lou.  This bullpen is AWFUL!Our relief pitching needs an overhaul if this ins’t fixed quickly.  Thursday’s game should be a BIG wake-up to Cubs management that something is serously wrong here!

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Go Ryno!!!!

ryno.jpg Peoria’s Sandberg ejected from game

Ryne Sandberg may be well-suited for managing. He was ejected Monday night in the Class A Peoria Chiefs’ game in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The visiting Chiefs beat the host Fort Wayne Wizards, 10-4, but Sandberg wasn’t around to see the finale.

The trouble may have started Saturday. The Chiefs staff, which includes pitching coach David Rosario, apparently wasn’t happy with the calls by home plate umpire Bronson Martinez while Jose Ceda was pitching.

On Monday, Rosario felt Peoria starter Rafael Dolis was being squeezed, and voiced his opinion from the dugout in the bottom of the third inning. Martinez ejected Rosario while he was still in the dugout. Rosario then went onto the field to argue face-to-face with Martinez, and covered home plate with dirt.

After Rosario exited, Martinez approached Sandberg and the two exchanged a few words. Martinez quickly tossed Sandberg, the Hall of Famer’s first ejection as a manager.

In his playing career, which spanned from 1981-94, and again from 1996-97, Sandberg was ejected twice. This is his first season as a manager.

The Chiefs snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth against Fort Wayne starter Aaron Breit and reliever Wilton Lopez. Yusuf Carter led off with a solo homer that initially looked like a triple until the umpires got together and ruled the ball hit the netting for a homer. Jim Adduci singled and advanced to third on a one-out hit by Matt Camp. Dylan Johnston walked to load the bases, and Alfred Joseph hit a two-run single. Russ Canzler added a two-run double to go ahead, 6-1.

Dolis walked four and struck out five over 4 1/3 innings. Alex Maestri (2-0) picked up the win in relief, pitching 2 1/3 innings. He gave up one run on two hits

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Finding Felix (Pie that is)….

Pie_2 Felix

I dig Felix.

I realize it’s early.  I also realize we FINALLY have a prospect that may live up to his hype!  Unfortunately, it took Soriano to get hurt to get a good look at Pie (I don’t get Iowa Cubs games on TV – sorry), but I like what I see so far:

1)  Speed.  Home-boy is fast.  This guy can flat out haul the mail.  Can you say, ‘real lead-off hitter’?  PS – we should have kept Pierre, but, that’s another story.  He’s not worth 44 for 5 years though….

2)  Arm = cannon.  The way he threw out the runner at the plate the other night in extra innings!  Nice arm kid.   Soriano can throw too, but, that was on a rope!

3)  He’s not Murton.  I don’t want to get down on Matt, but, why the hell is he in Chicago, and Pie in Iowa with broke-ass Prior?

 4)  Bat.  Let’s not jinx him early, but, it looks like he can hit.

This weekend could be a BREAKOUT series that Pie needs to stay in the bigs.  If he plays well against the Braves tonight, then has a strong series against the Cards, we could see much more of Pie…..FINALLY!


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The 100th Post!


The Bearded Bears are happy to have posted our 100th post today!  This is actually the 101st, but, hey, nobody really reads this thing anyway.

 Also, we’re on the verge of our 6000th hit or view, whatever you want to call it.  We’re at just over 5950, so we should be at 6000 by the end of the day.  I know that’s not a ton, but, what started out as a Bearded Bear prank, actually has gone a lot further than any of us have thought!  Better said, for what we talk about (absolutely nothing serious!), that’s not too shabby!  So nice work to the four of us who post! 

 Well, adios for now, and keep reading.  CHEERS!  GO CUBS and BEARS!

Also, Cheifs game tomorow night….if it’s not snowing!


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Cubs Bullpen Blows in Cinncinasty…

Ay yi yi….

Can someone PLEASE punch Howry’s ticket to Des Moines?  Send Eyre to the Chiefs.  Unbelievable how bad the bullpen looked yesterday.  Ohman should be playing for “Rick’s Auto-body” in the Central Peoria Little League. 

I don’t even want to get in to the particulars of how the Cubs blew this game, but the biggest problem is our bullpen.

 SURPRISE!  Marquis helped people forget that he lead the National League last year in:

  • Losses
  • Home Runs allowed
  • Base Hits allowed

Jason pitched a solid game and allowed 1 run in 6 solid innings of work.   We’ll not put him in Cooperstown quite yet, but, we’ll give him some kudos for a good game pitched yesterday.

Cubs play at Milwaukee at 7 PM tonight with Rich Hill  making his first start of the year.


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