Closer Report, Week 13: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Bullpen

I am equating this one solely on one thing for the Cubbies... and that term is?  Pseudo-intellectual.  Joe Maddon does everything different and it's gotta be the glasses.  He makes everyone want, need or have to be involved in his bullpen.  Basically, he is the united colors of Benetton of managers.  His hydra approach at the bullpen is not only bothersome or troubling for...
Via Razzball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs pitcher accepts apology from Bob Costas: ‘We all do stuff we have to apologize for’

This is how adults act. Bob Costas knew he went too far in comments about Cubs reliever Pedro Strop during Friday’s St. Louis-Chicago game on MLB Network. In case you missed it, Costas had this to say about Strop’s terrible outing as he was leaving the mound. “Strop is on his way out, pointing toward the heavens. We can only ask, or wonder, that he is asking some departed relative...
Via Sherman Report
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bob Costas Tried To Liven Up A Game And It Didn’t Go Well

Here’s what he said: @ESPNChiCubs @BornOnThirdCubs Costas went there huh? — Human Fund (@Gcarter3) June 27, 2015 That’s a burn. 3rd degree. And Costas has already apologized to Pedro Strop after everyone seemed to be offended. One of the Internet’s favorite go-to’s is ripping on whatever national announcer is calling whatever game is being...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Strop accepts apology from Bob Costas

Legendary broadcaster Bob Costas caught a lot of flak for his comments about Pedro Strop on Friday, but on Sunday Costas atoned for his mistakes as he apologized – face-to-face – to Strop. “Everybody makes mistakes,” Strop told CSN Chicago. Strop struggled in Friday's loss and when Cubs manager Joe Maddon pulled Strop from the game Costas said, “Strop is on his way...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bob Costas to apologize to Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop

We told you about Bob Costas going all HAM on Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop during Friday night’s Chicago-St. Louis game on MLB Network. Costas was not happy with Strop as he pointed skyward after getting pulled after just 18 pitches. The Holy Diminutive One wondered out loud if Strop would ask for forgiveness from a departed relative “for his atrocious performance.” Well, it...
Via Awful Announcing
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bob Costas apologizes for harsh words about Pedro Strop

Veteran broadcaster Bob Costas admitted that he owes Pedro Strop an apology for being unnecessarily harsh towards the pitcher during Friday’s game against the Cardinals. Costas was calling the play-by-play action of the game for MLB Network and took exception with Strop pointing to the sky after being pulled following a shaky outing. “Strop is...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Intense Series Bring Out the Overreactors

I love sports (breaking news, I know), I love baseball, and I love baseball fans. Sports fans are passionate beyond just about any other group of people in the world. When they are upset, they will let you know in as many words as they feel are needed, and tend to go on endless rants about anything that upsets or excites them. Fans of the Chicago Cubs are no different, they have...
Via World Series Dreaming
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bob Costas Was Weirdly Mean To Pedro Strop Last Night

Pedro Strop entered yesterday’s Cubs-Cardinals game with a 2-1 lead and as a set up guy, you’re supposed to go in and get...
Via Busted Coverage
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bob Costas tears apart Pedro Strop after blown save (Video)

Bob Costas may have gone a bit too far in attacking Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop after his blown save in Friday night's game in St. Louis.Strop came into the game in the eighth inning with a 2-1 lead and immediately gave up a game-tying home run. He was taken out after facing four batters and recording only one out while also walking a batter and hitting another with a pitch...
Via Holdout Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Intense Series Bring Out the Overreators 

I love sports (breaking news, I know), I love baseball, and I love baseball fans. Sports fans are passionate beyond just about any other group of people in the world. When they are upset, they will let you know in as many words as they feel are needed, and tend to go on endless rants about anything that upsets or excites them. Fans of the Chicago Cubs are no different, they have...
Via World Series Dreaming
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bob Costas Goes ‘Billy Madison’ On Poor Cubs Pitcher Last Night

Bob Costas thought Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop did a lousy job on the mound last night...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bob Costas asks if Pedro Strop's dopey point to sky is plea to dead relatives for forgiveness

Cubs reliever Pedro Strop ended a dreadful appearance by pointing to the heavens as he left the mound. Which led Bob Costas to question whether he was begging some dead relative for forgiveness for his terrible outing.Bam.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bob Costas rips into Pedro Strop (Video)

Legendary broadcaster Bob Costas must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Calling Friday night’s Cubs-Cardinals game for MLB Network, Costas absolutely tore apart Chicago reliever Pedro Strop after Strop gave up the game-tying home run in the 8th inning to Cardinals shortstop Greg Garcia. While Garcia’s homer was smoked...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bob Costas goes off on Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop

When Bob Costas is trending on Twitter, either “Get Off My Lawn” Sunday Night Football halftime commentary, has made some comment on a nationally syndicated radio show, or has crushed someone on a game broadcast. On Friday it was the latter. During the Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals game on MLB Network, Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop came in and basically stunk up the joint. Strop...
Via Awful Announcing
9 days ago  |  Discuss

SAGNOF Special, Week 12: Pull Out Your Hair

This is the Saves Ain't Got No Face "eff the team managers" edition which will give me a chance to both vent and try to deflect blame for bad calls I've made.  Joe Maddon of the Cubs decided to go a different route on his closer situation by removing Hector Rondon from the role.  For like three days.  And I make the call that Pedro Strop had a good chance to take over as closer...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Strop me if you’ve heard this one…

Jason Hammel pitched a great game in Saturday’s Chicago Cubs victory over the Washington Nationals. This earned them at least a split of the series. Check out Hammel’s outing: Unfortunately, Hammel couldn’t go the distance as manager Joe Maddon had a plan from the get-go. Hammel would be allowed to try for the complete game if he went 1-2-3. That didn’t happen because Bryce...
Via World Series Dreaming
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Starlin Castro takes Cubs teammates out on his boat

The Cubs are in Miami for a series against the Marlins and while all road trips are "business trips" for the players, there's no rule that says they can't also have some fun. And what's more fun than cruising around Miami in a boat? Starlin Castro took some of his teammates out on his boat this week and right-hander Pedro Strop chronicled the experience. Photo Credit: Rick Scuteri/AP Photo
Via Fox Sports
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Royal Relief Needed For Chicago Cubs

On Sunday, the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals completed their shortened two-game series. While it is only May, dare we say that this could be a possible World Series Preview? For the Cubs, it was certainly a litmus test on where they stand on this young season of improved play. The Royals are the defending American League Champions and there is certainly one area where the Cubs...
Via Baseball Essential
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Pitching Prospect Promoted, Could Be Answer To Bad Bullpen In The Future

The Chicago Cubs awful bullpen was at it again Friday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals at Wrigley Field. Yet, help may be on the way sooner than later, as earlier on Friday the Cubs promoted pitcher C.J. Edwards to Triple-A Iowa. With the help of a pair of home runs by Jorge Soler and Addison Russell, the Cubs erased a 4-1 deficit on Friday against the Royals. Yet, the bullpen...
Via Sports Mockery
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Denard Span Proving Invaluable Atop Nationals Lineup

  Washington Nationals’ Denard Span (2) watches his home run off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Denard Span missed the first 12 games of the Nationals season after undergoing two core surgeries over the winter. For a light-hitting, 31-year-old leadoff hitter...
Via The Sports Journal
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Where's the Beefy?

The Cubs version of Fluffy will no longer exist as the Cubs have traded "catcher" Welington Castillo to the Seattle Mariners for relief pitcher Yoervis Medina.  Before I dig into the new guy, let's eulogize Beefy for a bit. While I'm all for letting prospects develop, Beefy got on my nerves from the very get go. For a "catcher" he didn't do that very well...literally. I'm sure my...
Via Cub Reporter
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

The Chicago Cubs Bullpen Sucks Right Now

Just how the Chicago White Sox were at the time, the worst team in baseball last week, right now the Chicago Cubs bullpen sucks. We all saw this weekend against the Milwaukee Brewers, but the quality of suck by Cubs relievers has been seen since very early in the season. The three-game series in Milwaukee simply magnified the Cubs’ biggest problem at the moment. No one can get...
Via Sports Mockery
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs 7, Brewers 6 (5/8/15)

OSS: Pile of home runs just barely shores up a shaky bullpen Three up 1. The aforementioned HR, by Fowler, Rizzo, Soler, and Castro. IIRC all of them that had an upper deck in their way landed there. 2. Jason Hammel was solid going seven innings and striking out eight, allowing two runs. He probably could have come out for the eighth inning, but I don’t have a beef with Maddon...
Via Obstructed View
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Starters Fueling Bullpen Failures

It is really easy to sit on the couch at home, watch the bullpen enter the game, squander the lead by allowing 2 or 3 runs to score, and blame the relief core for blowing the game.  Sometimes, that’s exactly how it works.  Sometimes, a starter comes out and shuts down an opposing team for 6.2 or 7 innings and the pen just blows it.  And there are times where the opposing team...
Via World Series Dreaming
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals 10, Cubs 9 (4/5/15)

OSS: I can’t even. Such a weird game all around. Three up 1. Kris Bryant had a great day at the plate, going 1-1 with 4 walks. Hard to believe this is the same guy who had a golden sombrero a few games ago, but that’s just how his game rolls. 2. Rizzo and Russell both hit solo shots, with Russell’s in the 9th cutting the cards lead to one. 3. Miguel Montero reached base three...
Via Obstructed View
May 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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