Game 23 Thread - Volstad vs. Worley

The Cubs have won 5 of 8 and are now proudly just the 5th worst team in baseball. A win today and the Cubs win their second straight series.

Phillies Cubs
#Rollins, SS *DeJesus, RF
Polanco, 3B
*Campana, CF
#Victorino, CF Castro, SS
Pence, RF
*LaHair, 1B
Wigginton, 1B Soriano, LF
*Nix, LF
*Stewart, 3B
Ruiz, C
*DeWitt, 2B
*Orr, 2B
Soto, C
Worley, P
Volstad, P

BABIP was yesterday's stat of the day on Len's new stat Sunday feature, here's what the Cubs look like: LaHair (.607), Campana (.556), Clevenger (.550), Castro (.364), Mather (.333), DeJesus (.327), Johnson (.318), Soriano (.314), Barney (.299), Baker (.286), Stewart (.196), Soto (.154), DeWitt (.100).

How about the pitchers? Maine (.167), Dolis (.171), Dempster (.213), Garza (.221), Maholm (.246), Bowden (.250), Marmol (.261), Russell (.286), Volstad (.297), Wells (.310), Camp (.317), Castillo (.333), Samardzija (.352), Wood (.400).


it's been a long time since Chris Volstad got a win. Like July 18th, 2011 vs Houston. How long of a losing leash is he on before we see Travis Wood?

travis wood is busy competing with himself in least his last start was good.

plus, volstad is making $2.6m

I totally hate that rule that says if a guy is paid a lot of money he has to play on a regular basis.

Obviously snark, but it does seem to be an unwritten rule of baseball team management.

And, like, 90% of those hits yesterday by the Phils were cheap as hell.

an end to natural rivalry interleague series as we know it...

right when KC starts to get a shimmer of being decent...STL/KC...sigh.

Would be ideal if Dan Iassogna would work a bit more on his positioning and agility so that he could be in position to make an accurate call timely instead of basically having to guess on it.

Pathetic and Soriano-esque performance on that play.

great job castro! wow.

let's play further back next time.

yeesh...0-3 phillies, 2 outs, carts off the wheel early.

2 infield singles, a walk, 2 groundballs through the infield. wow.

Chris Volstad vs. Travis Wood - which flame out 25 year old former top tier pitching prospect would you like to see get lit up every week? I suppose once we trade Garza and / or Dempster at the hdeadline we may not have to answer that question for the second half of the season.

That was an absolute eruption from an offensively terrible Philly team.

i have a lot more faith in volstad, myself, especially his stuff.

that escalated quickly

and they've batted around...0-4. woo.

and castro almost gives up a hit to the pitcher backing up on it before the throw. cute.

thank god that's over...30 pitches through 1ip...4 er. woo.

Felix Pie signs with an indyball team - Camden.

Is he really that useless?


it's not like it's errors...but they aren't stopping anything...except the 2 infield singles where they stopped the ball and did nothing with it.

castro not getting 1 out on that double play setup...that was awesome...didn't even get a chance to throw the ball.

Our infielders specialize in diving OVER the ball. It's not as easy as it looks to miss the ball the way we do!

Their infielders are kicking ass however . . .

Byrd with an RBI single, batting .333 in the AL, no XBH's yet.

I will not miss Byrd's totally empty batting average and the opportunities managers gave him because of it. Good team player, but not much of an offensive contributor, and totally overrated in CF in my opinion.

can't say I watched that closely, but did Volstad pitch poorly in the first or mostly lucky singles and bad defense?

I can't for the life of me figure out starting DeWitt at 2b with Volstad on the mound.

volstad has worked this whole game on the ground aside from a popout or 2.

in the 1st he gave up a couple of legit shots, allowed an infield single via his own fielding, and gave up some cheap hits (including an infield single that might have been a double play with another team's SS...or at least 1 out)...not in that order.

he deserved to give up some runs, but almost everything has been on the ground or low liners. he's keeping the ball down well tonight.

inning 1 - 30 pitches, innings 2-5 - 40 pitches

Geo Soto - one man rally killer

He is REALLY killing us tonight. Jesus. Soto needs to switch sides of the plate or something.

Polanco is a madman tho, amazing D tonight.

No offense intended to retarded people, but, is Hunter Pence retarded or something?

Hate that guy.

Campana 7 steals in 9 games.

He was running on the grounder thru the hole by Castro (rbi), Soto/Soriano would have been out at 3rd if they were on 2nd with the same grounder, 7-5 putout.



LaHair's Hair on Fire...4-4 ballgame!



tie game

Anthony who?

rizzo vs righties - .837/.999/2.489
rizzo vs lefties - .001/.002/.001

Ha! Nice ...

MIKE C agrees! What?! A player coming from the Cubs minor leagues that can actually play??

To bad you can never read posts to understand what they mean.

The argument was always over never passing on elite talent to give a 29 year old non-prospect a chance.

And don't get the cart before the horse, its May 1st. Free swingers like LaHair can get exposed badly in the coming months. The question has always been his ability to adjust which is why he is a 29 year old non-prospect.

Don't be an Obama and totally disregard facts in order to start race wars.

Edit: Funny good intentioned video removed.

Don't take the bait.

You're right!

Don't be an Obama and totally disregard facts in order to start race wars.

brought to you by Fox News.

Why would you bring up Fox News when NBC falsely edited the George Zimmerman tape? Leading to several firings. The same edit apparently was done in Miami in an unrelated incident, also part of the NBC family. Ohh and lets not forget that Zimmerman is a "White Hispanic" according to the New York Times.

Maybe you need to readdress your Fox News hatred and attack the organizations and the President of the United States engaged in race baiting before anyone knows the facts of the case.

And do we really need to bring up Eason Jordan, Dan Rather, and the Duke Rape case. The biggest cases of journalist integrity have been done by some of the biggest liberal news organizations. But hey if you need fake evidence, covering up dictators crimes, or need to crucify someone in the press guilty or not CNN, CBS, NBC, and the New York Times got all the reporters who will do whatever it takes to get the story "fake but accurate."


seriously, though...enjoy your race war.

*shakes a rain stick making a bunch of scary noises*

When did this race war start? Being the only white guy at work, I'm fucked!

just stay cool and don't freak out if you see someone with Skittles and tea.

I would probably be the one with the Skittles and tea. Or more likely a Snickers and Coke.

I'd rather attack the people that believe the president is trying to incite a race war.

/grabs tinfoil hat, stocks up on canned goods and ammo.

LaHair is a "free swinger"? He K's plenty, but that alone doesn't make him a free swinger.

That said, he's not going to continue to hit 35% of his fly balls out of the park, so, yes, his numbers will definitely be falling at some point.


4-6 phils

So hard to tell when to stop with the cat & mouse and just concentrate on the hitter. I mean you don't want to look like you give Pierre second base, but you can also just say, fuck you, I don't care about the runner cause I'm gonna retire the hitter. Awful lot of concentration went to pierre ... With 2 out

I wonder if that's why we got an appearance from the pitching coach, who I rarely see trot out there. I was thinking that whole time, forget about Pierre and get this guy out. I don't actually remember the timeline of when Bosio came out, though, so it may be a laughable comment.

I-Cubs (9-14) just lost to Memphis, 5-4

Rizzo 2-4, 2 rbi, 1K
Jackson 1-3, 2 walks, 1K
Cardenas 2-3, 1 walk, 1 HR

TWood 5IP, 5R, 1BB, 4K, 2HR

So comforting to know we have such great pitching prospects in AAA.


The Good: Chicago
Cubs and White Sox first basemen -- largely Brian LaHair and Paul Konerko -- rank 1-2 in OPS, both above a thousand.


The Ugly: Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano is batting .237/.250/.263 with zero homers and earning $18 million.

(By the way, do you know how many homers all of the Cubs' outfielders have hit this season? One. By bench player Joe Mather.)

Alfonso Soriano is batting .237/.250/.263 with zero homers and earning $18 million.

(By the way, do you know how many homers all of the Cubs' outfielders have hit this season? One. By bench player Joe Mather.)

In the words of, of all people, Elton John:

It's sad, its so sad
It's a sad, sad situation
And it's getting more and more absurd

I bet that's the first time Elton John's been quoted around these parts.

I still say Theo isn't Jim Hendry, he won't watch this shit much longer. The money is a sunk cost, it is obvious Soriano is finished and has no value to any other team in baseball. Hence, he'll get released by the All-Star break at the latest, IMO.

Hell, Vlad Guerrero is just a year older than Soriano, he is and always has been a MUCH better hitter, and like Soriano, he was an OF (and a damn good one) who old age has delegated to DH status. Vlad can't get a job this year. What does that tell you about the potential demand for Soriano?

Released by July 1, book it.

I think Soriano's future is tied closely to Rizzo, Jackson and LaHair.

yup, I think Sori gets axed in off season

He could get traded (cut) this season, but that would be because Rizzo, Jackson and LaHair are all playing every day for the Cubs.

I don't think he will get traded (no one would want him) and I believe Jackson, La Hair and Rizzo will all be up this year, but Theo will keep Sori around and cut him in off season.

Where will he keep him?


Haha, good one.

I think Pujols' situation has to have the Angels sweating a bit. Even if he snaps out of it, and he probably will, it's a reminder that these gargantuan contracts are very dangerous. Hitting a baseball at the level these guys do is one of the most difficult things in the world to do. It'll be interesting to watch what happens to Votto, Pujols, and others as the contracts age and ferment.

If they can't trade him and he has no place to play, why keep him on the roster until the off season?

Just a hunch, nothing other I think Theo would cut him in off season so he doesn't have to answer questions about it from press during the season.

Wouldn't be surprise if it plays out like you say.

Agree with both of you guys! Weirdly enough . . .

When he was signed, everybody knew he would be an albatross in the final years of the contract. I still wish he didn't suck so much.

Interesting point there on the Vlad -- wow, sure shows what a crazy contract this was. Hendry gambled they'd win a world series and it didn't happen, and the decline began in earnest right after.

I can't imagine they'll keep watching this crap either, and Soto, too, as far as I'm concerned. He's had his year and a half or so, and he just doesn't hit anymore. We'd be better of with Hank White at this point.

Cozart 6, Stubbs 8, Votto 3, Phillips 4, Bruce 9, Rolen 5, Heisey 7, Hanigan 2, Arroyo 1

vs. Murderers Row

DeJesus RF, Campana CF, Castro SS, LaHair 1B, Soriano LF, Stewart 3B, DeWitt 2B, Soto C, Samardzija P

is Barney hurt?

and how sad is it that I'm pining for Barney?

It's staying-home-from-the-prom-and-listening-to-skrillex-because-you-cant-find-a-date sad.

"Well, Rickey’s not one of them, so that’s 49 percent right there." silly.

Dear HOF,

Peace Ooooooouuuuut!

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    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
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    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
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    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

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  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

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    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

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    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).

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