Goatriders of the Apocalypse

It's not all Dusty's fault

Now, those of you who know me know better than to think that I would Contrive a POV just to be different.

So when I look at the complete third-world refugee camp shambles that is our bullpen, as you most certainly are, I am going to assign blame, as you would. It is certainly fashionable right now to lay the Blame for the up-and-down, disabled-list, elbow-torn-from-bone disheveled bullpen on Dusty Baker.

Certainly, he earns Moron-of-the-New-Millenium status for throwing his newly ordained, crystalline-fragile closer out there to hold a seven run lead, only to watch him literally Dravecky on us. But I have a lot of time to sit, and watch, and think about what I have seen, and without running through mounds of numbers, here's who I blame for the sad, sad condition of our bullpen:

- The So-called Vaunted Cubs Starting Rotation.

The touchy-and-tender Mark Prior is going six innings a start. The brittle-and-cranky Kerry Wood is going five. The volatile-and-crazy Carlos Zambrano might go eight, or he might not make it through five before he is given the heave-ho. Dumpster just sucks, and Maddux should start completing games any month now.

I figure the average Cub start is 5+, which means we have to use 3+ of bullpen every day, more when we were stuck in that extra-inning rut when the Brewers were in town. By contrast, the average Cub start in 2003 was almost seven innings, which really means that an extra man (or two) from the shallow-end of the bullpen talent pool is being burnt up every day.

I know the excuses by heart, but the fact remains that if the starters were executing like you would expect "top-flight" starting pitchers to, you would never see a Leicester, Novoa or any other genetically short-changed trolls in the sixth inning.

It ain't all on Dusty. You can thank Wood, Prior, and especially the Formerly Beloved Z for their lack of "staying power", if you catch my drift.

And I think you do....I'm sending them all a tube of Maxiderm now.

Scott G. F.

If Prior, Wood and Z weren't abused in 2003 this wouldn't be the case. Dusty's still to blame.

Tom

I think you contrived a point of view just to be different.

James

Exactly Tom... what would be the point of contriving a POV just to be the same?

Shouldn't the presence of Glendon Rusch in the bullpen mitigate a large share of the starters' inefficiency?

Oh... that's right. Every time Dusty puts Rusch out there for one inning and then pulls him to get an at-bat for Jose Macias, I throw something at the wall... and my wall has quite a few marks in it.

Jason R.

Well, if Macias was a better hitter than Rusch, it would not be such a big deal. As it is, it is just a big pile of stupid.

Tom

Um, why is "Macias" on a major league roster?

Tom

(Oh, and in case you were wondering, I'm one of the few remaining people who knows how to correctly use single quotes, double quotes, elipses, and (god help us) apostrophes, so the quotes around Macias were a subtle jab at his worthiness, not an ill-advised or ignorant use of a punctuation. Just, you know, in case you misunderestimated me or something.)

Jason R.

I'm of the opinion that punctuation is a wonderful thing to abuse...you know - if it is done for "effect."

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