Massive Memorial Day Weekend Cub Bullpen Failure is nothing new

Ahhhh, boy...
Well look, Rafael Dolis is only 24, it's his first go-round in the bigs and under more normal circumstances his responsibilities would probably be much less.

Circumstances including fielding a normal team with a bullpen not created out of such...randomness and maybe desperation, I guess.
Given his age and experience, Dolis might be a jewel if his job was to take care of the 7th, and then have a couple monsters for the 8th and 9th.
So don't get too down on the kid - think of the pressure he's under.
Besides, the Cubs having their asses handed to them by the Pirates because of massive bullpen failure on Memorial Day weekend is nothing new.
This drawing is from a Cubs/Pirates game played on May 26th, 2003.
Kerry Wood pitched 7 innings, struck out 10 and gave up one run.
Then, the bullpen.
Phil Norton came in and gave up 2 runs followed by (current Pirate) Juan Cruz who gave up 4 followed by the extra-digited Antonio Alfonseca who gave up 3.
Cubs zero Pirates 10.
As you recall, this was also a weekend without Sammy Sosa, who'd whacked his toe. 

Okay last thing: Memorial Day.
Think about the people who take care of us sometime this weekend.
A good time is conveniently located right before the next game, complete with musical accompaniment.



There was also a "true" doubleheader on May 28, 2004, aka Rob Mackowiac Day. He hit a walk-off grand slam off Borowski in the 9th inning of the first game, then a game-tying 2-run pinch-hit homer in the 9th off Hawkins to send it to extra in the second game (Craig Wilson got the walk-off jack off Francis Beltran in the 10th).

Also, Mackowiac's first child was born earlier in the day in addition to his on-field heroics.

I remember it, well...not that well, John.
That's why I keep a journal.

I just got an alert on my phone that the Rafael Dolis era is over, at least as far as closer is concerned.

Dolis wasn't ready for the role, but now I'm wondering who takes his spot.

Looks like Camp and Russell are in the lead.

Heh lead, closers.
Very amusing

camp can't get in his 100 appearances and 120ip if he's only closing.

hell, he'll only pitch about 10 more innings this season. huge waste.

There's still room for close and tie-game meltdowns at home, fear not.

im actually waiting for tim (.1ip) byrdak to get like 100 appearances this year. he's got 28 after today.

they're pushing him hard for appearances.

I think Dolis and Camp have about the same amount, don't they?

/don't care enough to look

close enough last i looked...that was last week so i doubt it's too far apart.

camp's a guy that can go back to back days and work a just seems like he's up in the pen warming or pitching in almost game.

This team was kinda fun to watch even when they were just treading interest has mirrored LaHair's production, personally. It's good to have Samardzija and Castro producing, but whatever.

This is a bad bad not good team.

In soon to be dominating my fantasy league news, I dropped Dolis for Camp. Title, here I come.

"- R. Dolis relieved M. Garza"

yeah, that was a great idea.

"- M. Bowden relieved R. Dolis"

even better...

at least the cubs will have the most well-rested SP crew come October...wait.

I guarantee this team will play October baseball this year.



- K. Hill singled to shallow right
- B. Lalli singled to shallow left, K. Hill to third
- T. Campana hit for D. DeJesus

men on 1st/3rd...sub campy for dejesus?

what am i missing here? ...aside from the fact 2 crappy catchers set this up.

...and a RBI groundout to 1st. lalalalialilaili on 2nd.

...and a castro homer...3-10, top 8...COMEBACK!

12 in a row...

15-32. amazing.

Sadly...I now just wanna see how many they can go in a row. It's kind of exciting.

We have the Padres coming to Wrigley...we will see if the Cubs are contenders or pretenders for the #1 draft pick.

Just got home from my favorite San Diego sports bar (yes, there are a couple of them) ... saw the end of the Padres game, shutout by the Mets, haven't scored a run in 26 innings ... but, they spun it as good news that they're off to play the Cubs, and so a really suck team has a chance to beat the Uber-suck team ... amazing. I've hated the Padres since the '84 Garvey fest (won't repeat my Garvey hate rants, promise) but the lack of knowing how to be a baseball, or sports fan in general here, is amusing.

So, wait, this is the same Padres team the Cubs hired their GM from? So, the record of his last two teams in the first months of the season must set a world record of hurt of some kind or another. I've never taken the motto of this site as seriously as I do right now. These guys better have one helluva draft.

Gonna find a Pujols, Mauer and Halliday in there somewhere, just you wait and see.

Sure..Luis Pujols, Eddie Mauer, and Billy Halliday...

The saddest part is that, at 15-20, this team looked like it was finally putting things together and playing its best ball of the season.

The sad part was LaHair was hitting the snot out of the ball to help us win games and since he has been silenced the team has taken a nose dive.

That's very true. His window has become a crack. I'm sure that once the service time thing is reached on Rizzo, that window will slam shut.

There's LaHair, but, also, Campana has started about, what during this streak? Three games? I'm among those not convinced Campana will turn into much long term, but he is a spark plug so far, and I think the team was playing about .500 ball when he was starting. He's pretty much the only player I've ever seen who steals first base.

"[LaHair's] window has become a crack."

LaHair has been a streak hitter for as long as I've been watching him. Beginning last April 17 at Iowa, LaHair went 17 games without a home run. Then he hit them consistently until the end of the season, and on into the Venezuelan winter league. (FanGraphs has minor-league game logs.)

If you'll recall around the time of the winter meetings last year, when LaHair met with Theo and Jed in Texas(?), he had been in a prolonged slump in Venezuela. Then he went back and started mashing again, finishing with 15 HRs.

fat capps blows it for MIN in the 9th...still tied for last place in MLB.

The future infield is solved (Lake, Baez, Castro and Rizzo), we need an ace pitcher...not likely this draft.

That might turn out to be the worst defensive left side of the infield ever.

Try to remember Theriot and Ramirez.

Nate Sampson pinch hits for Rizzo in the top of 6th, I-Cubs still ahead of Redbirds in Memphis, 3-1.

Not sure what that's about.

Volstad still pitching, 1 run on 8 hits so far thru 6 IP.

i hope they're not planning on trading service time vs. stopping a last place club from being overly pathetic.

it all seems to land out of the playoffs at this point, anyway. =p

i imagine it's just rest..who can tell what's on the table after 12 losses in a row, though.

owa Cubs‏@IowaCubs

Radio report: Rizzo exit did not appear to be due to injury. In other news, Iowa leads 3-1 in top 8 at Memphis.

David Kaplan‏@thekapman

Excellent source in Des Moines tells me that Rizzo is not getting called up to the Cubs. Repeat: NOT GETTING CALLED UP.

Iowa Cubs‏@IowaCubs

Chicago Cubs report: "Anthony Rizzo left tonight's game with right wrist soreness. He is currently listed as day-to-day."

"Doc, all those home runs are killing me!"

billie halliday scheduled to sing in the 7th inning

4-1 I-Cubs in the bottom 8th

Volstad pitched 7.

marmol strikes out first hitter then walks Lou Montanez in the 8th, then strikes out 3rd hitter, then wild pitch sending Montanez to 2nd.3-2 count on 4th batter before 2nd wild pitch, sending runner to 3rd.
Then strikes out Mark Hamilton to end the 8th.

Stirs up memories of 8th innings from the past.

@BruceMiles2112: #Cubs Memorial Day lineup: DeJesus RF, Castro SS, Mather CF, LaHair 1B,. Soriano LF, Stewart 3B, Barney 2B, Lalli C, Wood P

Is this the year that Joe Mather saves us? Yeah, I know 5 games into the experiment, he's 6/19 with 1 double, 0 HR's, 1 SB. I'm jsut not sure sitting Campana was the right call....yet.

fwiw, Campana's number since the beginning of the 12-game losing streakk

200/304/200 with 2 runs scored in the first 7 games which he started

182/280/182 with 2 runs scored over the 12 games

same crap, smaller package...

Not including DSL Cubs #1, DSL Cubs #2, and AZL Cubs (club owned), and AA Tennessee (signed through 2014), the Cubs Player Development Contracts with AAA Iowa, Hi-A Daytona, Lo-A Peoria, and SS-A Boise expire after this season.

Especially noteworthy is "Hi-A," where the Cubs and Brewers are the only two MLB club with Spring Training and their minor league HQ In Arizona whose Hi-A affiliates are in the Florida State League, and where the Houston Astros are the only MLB club with Spring Training & minor league HQ in Florida that have their Hi-A affililiate in the California League.

So don't be surprised if the Cubs and Astros switch places in 2013, with the Cubs moving their Hi-A affiliate to the California League, and the Astros moving their Hi-A affiliate to the FSL.

One big benefit for the Cubs Hi-A players (and pitchers) would be to eliminate all of the rain-outs they get at Daytona.

While I'd love seeing the Cubs move their high-A affiliate to California, I doubt any pitcher in the system would like the move.

@BruceMiles2112: Carlos Marmol back with #Cubs. Roster move coming

Can they demote an entire roster?

Dolis to Iowa

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  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.