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Friday, September 30th, 2016

Kevin Gregg Is Trying To Kill Cubs Fans

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A few days back I asked Twitter if they knew of any closers that had given up 20 bombs in one season. I asked because I said Gregg was well on his way to achieving that fate. But after giving up jack #12 last night, his home run balls are now more likely to come during earlier innings. It’s got to be over for him as the Cubs closer. At least for a spell.

Gregg wasted a great performance by Ted Lilly, as well as bullpen mates Carlos Marmol and John Grabow, when he allowed 4 9th inning runs. The 3-run blast by Kyle Blanks won it for the Padres.

Paul Sullivan has the quotes: “It’s just making stupid mistakes,” Gregg said. “Seeing something in a hitter and not executing it when you see it. Knowing a game plan you have for a hitter, and not doing it. That’s basically it.”

Gregg issued a one-out walk to David Eckstein before getting the dangerous Adrian Gonzalez on a pop to left. At that point, he was feeling pretty good.

“Of course,” he said. “Two outs, you’re right there. You’re one pitch away from getting out of that inning.”

After falling behind to Chase Headley, Gregg gave up the game-tying double into the gap in left-center. Piniella ordered an intentional walk to Kevin Kouzmanoff, before Kyle Blanks hit the game-ending, three-run home run over the left field fence.

Gregg says he hasn’t lost his confidence.

“Yeah, I still believe in my stuff,” he said.

I had lobbied for Marmol before, but I’d be happy with Guzman getting a shot too. My Rich Harden idea doesn’t seem like it will get any play, even if it should.

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