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).

Comments

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 AAA...at 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.

http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/78...

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?

WTF INFIELD TONIGHT?

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.

M'F'N TIED!

LAHERO!

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

+1

LaBomb!

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."

lulz.

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.

sigh.

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.

http://mlb.sbnation.com/2012/5/1/2991317/apri...

FIRST BASE

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

LEFT FIELD

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?

formaldehyde

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."

Haaa...so silly.

Dear HOF,

Peace Ooooooouuuuut!

Sincerely,
Roger Clemens

"(Reuters) - New York Yankees' pitcher Andy Pettitte testified on Tuesday that former teammate and close friend Roger Clemens admitted to taking human growth hormone during a conversation they had while working out together in 1999."

...

"Clemens mentioned that he had taken human growth hormone, it could help with recovery and that's all I really remember about the conversation," he testified.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/01/us-...

"What was your biggest adjustment going to the AL last year?" - sean casey @mlbnetwork

"I uh...didn't make an adjustment last year. I made one this year." - adam dunn

Mongo only pawn in game of life....

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  • Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?

    Old and Blue 20 min 13 sec ago view
  • 34-14...awww yeah.

    crunch 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 2 hours 37 min ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 3 hours 11 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 7 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 10 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 20 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 7 hours 3 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 11 hours 48 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 11 hours 49 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 21 hours 30 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 1 day 28 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 1 day 40 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 1 day 49 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 1 day 55 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 1 day 1 hour ago view