Friday, May 17, 2013

The Bullpen

I consider myself a baseball fan but I don't really follow any other team but the Cubs. Until they play the Cubs. But once that series is over, I forget 90% of the other team's roster. With that said, I'm not sure that any other team has as much uncertainty as the Cubs bullpen.

The Cubs have used 15 pitchers this season. They've had three different players designated as the closer already this year (Carlos Marmol, Kyuji Fujikawa and Kevin Gregg) although ten different pitchers have finished a game.

It is not a good sign when your closer has the same amount of blown saves as wins and actual saves.

Fujikawa became the closer but was then put on the DL, which led to the Gregg signing.

I believe there was a collective groan among Cubs fans when they re-signed Gregg. His first stint with the Cubs in 2009 didn't necessarily go as planned with seven blown saves and a 4.72 ERA. However, since his return, he has essentially been lights out. He has yet to allow an earned run and has a WHIP under 1.

Another unsung hero of the bullpen is the James Russell. The only lefty in the group, Russell went 7-1 last season after going 1-6 in 2011. He is keep up that momentum with a 1-0 record, a 0.61 ERA and is also sporting a WHIP under 1.

Despite the 17-23 record, the Cubs are actually under the league average in ERA. Let's get those bats going and provide the starting pitchers some run support! That way we don't have to watch the last couple of innings through the hands over our eyes.

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