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Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 19, 2017
Brian Duensing: The unsung hero of the Cubs’ bullpen

Brian Duensing: The unsung hero of the Cubs’ bullpen

A closer look at the lefthander’s outstanding 2017 season. There weren’t a lot of blockbuster moves in the Cubs’ off season. In retrospect, the most important move was turning Jorge Soler into Wade Davis (who has saved 31 games in a row, besting the old franchise record). While it’s easy to celebrate that move now, it’s worth remembering that even that move wasn’t a sure thing. Davis spent last year dealing with forearm issues that left a lot of people wondering if he still was an elite closer. Most of the moves the Cubs made were stopgap moves to replace players they lost to...
MLB Sep 17, 2017

Getting it Duensing! Lefty delivers

The Cardinals tested the Cubs' pitching all day on Sunday, but the biggest at-bat may have come in the eighth inning when Chicago manager Joe Maddon made it tough on reliever Brian Duensing.
Chicago Tribune Sep 17, 2017

Unsung Brian Duensing leads way as Cubs bullpen shines in sweep of Cardinals

When Cubs reliever Brian Duensing signed a one-year deal with no fanfare last December, the notion he'd be pitching in the eighth inning of a big game down the stretch was, well a stretch. But there he was Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, facing Cardinals star Matt Carpenter in the eighth with...
Cubbies Crib Sep 10, 2017

Chicago Cubs: Brian Duensing deserves chance as set-up man

At this point in the season, Brian Duensing is one of the Chicago Cubs better options to pitch in the eighth inning as Wade Davis’ setup man. Entering the 2017 season, the Chicago Cubs seemingly had an overabundance of relievers capable of setting up closer Wade Davis. Some have enjoyed more success than others, however. Hector Rondon was […] Chicago Cubs: Brian Duensing deserves chance as set-up man - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Chicago Tribune Sep 9, 2017

Left-handed reliever Brian Duensing a bright spot in Cubs bullpen

Brian Duensing has put other teams on notice, not that many outside have noticed. The Cubs' left-handed reliever has made a believer of his teammates, though. He is sporting a 2.63 ERA in 60 appearances spanning 54 2/3 innings. "I notice nobody notices, and I don't care nobody notices," Duensing...
MLB Sep 2, 2017

Duensing helping to raise cancer awareness

Brian Duensing is wearing gold-colored laces in his game shoes on purpose. The Cubs' reliever is doing his part to raise awareness this month for pediatric cancer, and he will wear a different T-shirt donated by families and organizations each day in September.
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 1, 2017
Cubs 2, Braves 0: A Lackey effort

Cubs 2, Braves 0: A Lackey effort

The 38-year-old righthander put together one of his best starts of the season. Just about the time this year’s World Series begins, John Lackey will turn 39 (October 23 is his birthday). Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, Lackey sure didn’t pitch like a 38-year-old nearing the end of his career. He threw seven shutout innings and retired the last 16 Braves he faced, and combined with Pedro Strop, Brian Duensing and Wade Davis (28th save), Lackey helped lead the Cubs to a four-hit, 2-0 shutout win over the Braves, the team’s fifth straight win and first shutout since July 16 at...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 30, 2017
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates preview, Wednesday 8/30, 7:05 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates preview, Wednesday 8/30, 7:05 CT

The Cubs go for their second Wrigley sweep of the month. Notes for this evening’s contest: Notable closer: Wade Davis set a Cubs franchise record Tuesday night with his 27th consecutive save. He also converted his last six save opportunities in 2016; the 33 consecutive saves are the longest current active streak. More relief notes: Brian Duensing has stranded 25 of 30 inherited runners this season, allowing just 16.7 percent of the runners to score, tied for the third-best percentage among N.L. relievers. Carl Edwards Jr. has limited opponents to a .126 batting average (22-for-174), the...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 26, 2017
What’s your favorite Cubs Players Weekend nickname?

What’s your favorite Cubs Players Weekend nickname?

Some players got pretty creative. Most of the Cubs participated in the Players Weekend promotion, where players chose nicknames to be on the back of their jerseys. Here’s a complete list of all the major-league nicknames. And here are all the Cubs names: Albert Almora Jr. … Tico Jake Arrieta … Snake Alex Avila … Parkman Javier Baez … El Mago Kris Bryant … KB Eddie Butler … Red Beard Victor Caratini … Vic Willson Contreras … Willy Wade Davis … Wader Brian Duensing … Deuce Carl Edwards Jr. … Carl's Jr. Justin Grimm … Reaper Ian Happ … Happer Kyle Hendricks …...

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