Catching An Unlucky Break

GAME 47 PREVIEW COLORADO ROCKIES (14-32) at CHICAGO CUBS (22-24) Wrigley Field, 12.05pm CT, TV: CSN
SP *Glendon Rusch SP Byung-Hyun Kim
SS Clint Barmes SS #Neifi Perez
2B Luis Gonzalez 2B *Todd Walker
1B *Todd Helton 1B Derrek Lee
CF Preston Wilson RF *Jeromy Burnitz
C Todd Greene 3B Aramis Ramirez
LF Matt Holliday CF *Corey Patterson
3B Garrett Atkins LF Jason Dubois
RF Dustin Mohr C Michael Barrett
Pitcher's spot Pitcher's spot
I commented just yesterday that "Mark Prior, Carlos Zambrano, Greg Maddux, Glendon Rusch and Sergio Mitre looks to be the rotation for the time being." That last all of a matter of hours, and so, the Cubs now have something in common with every other major league baseball team - no Mark Prior. He's been placed on the 15-day disabled list, with Roberto Novoa promoted from Iowa to the bullpen. One of Ryan Dempster or Todd Wellemeyer will probably move from relief back into the rotation. Todd Walker commented yesterday that the grass is partially responsible for our offence woes. Perhaps at his request the Cubs cut the grass a little shorter then, because the Cubs scored ten runs Friday and won comfortably. Or perhaps the bigger issue was that the wind was blowing out. If anything at Wrigley sets it apart from other ballparks, it's the wind rather than the grass. Wrigley can be transformed from Coors one day to PETCO the next all according to which way it blows. Andy Rutledge from the View From the Bleachers has been tracking the Cubs' performance so far this year and last, and his findings for this year in particular are startling - the Cubs have scored well over twice as many runs per game with the wind carrying the ball as with it holding it up. That's a ridiculous difference. Unlike the grass, is this then an adequate excuse? Again, not really, in my view. Scoring less runs due to the wind is nothing to be ashamed of. Being out-adapted by oppositions that aren't anywhere near as familiar with the conditions certainly is. The Cubs have played in Wrigley for many years now, and they above all should know then that they have to deal with the wind when it comes to formulating their team for the season, their lineup each day and their approach each at-bat. Anecdotally, all of us have noticed that the Cubs seem to go for the long ball regardless. The Cubs won't win like that. There's some good news though. Come the summer the wind tends to blow out more often, and that should help. Mark Prior or not, there's still not enough reason to completely give up on this team yet. Things could be a lot, lot worse. We could be the Rockies, for instance.

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  • Arizona Phil 19 sec ago (view)

    Cubs pinch-hitters in 2019 (top ten sorted by PA): 

     

  • Charlie 1 hour 22 min ago (view)

    Wind howling out at the start of game 3, and the Cards have a pretty good groundball pitcher on the mound whom the Cubs have not seen this season. Get psyched.

     

  • Charlie 1 hour 23 min ago (view)

    Four double plays, too. Ugh.

     

  • Jackstraw 3 hours 5 min ago (view)

    I just think Kemp has a Sharpie, and access to Joe's magic pocket card.

    "Oh look, Kemp is hitting .438 in this situation.  TK, grab a bat".

     

  • erich081 6 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Justin Grimm must have forwarded his Maddon blackmail material to Tony Kemp.

     

  • Jackstraw 15 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Cubs were 1 for 9 with RISP.

    Neither of the Cards who scored had to take the bat off of their shoulder.

    With the game on the line, Joe sends up Tony Kemp.

    2019 season in microcosm.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 40 min ago (view)

    p.alonso (NYM) gets #50...not bad for a rookie.

    also, MIL wins because of course why not.

    cubs are 2 games behind in the WC standings for the 2nd slot...5 games behind STL in the central.

     

  • crunch 17 hours 13 min ago (view)

    i'll be over here watching Corner Gas DVDs waiting for 2020.

     

  • Charlie 20 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Welp. I guess I will continue to pay attention to the Wild Card race? Dropping the Michael Wacha game is bad.

     

  • crunch 21 hours 9 min ago (view)

    blah.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Another game, another set of golden opportunities to add on to a lead wasted.

     

  • Eric S 21 hours 36 min ago (view)

    And nine hits ... with one run to show for it

     

  • crunch 22 hours 41 min ago (view)

    6 innings, 5 pitchers used...and the cubs are down by 1 to show for it.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 23 hours 19 min ago (view)

    I hate Tommy Edman, and those of his ilk. The pissbirds are masters of getting a few good years out of middling prospect types like him. DeJong, Jon Jay, Matt Adams, Tommy Pham, Allen Craig, Matt Carpenter... the list goes on and on.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 42 min ago (view)

    Trades involving players on minor league reserve lists are prohibited beginning at 12 PM (Eastern) on the 7th day prior to the originally-scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season through the last day of the MLB regular season (including a day in which a Game #163 and Game #164 tie-breaker game is played or a day in which a re-scheduled game is played after the originally-scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season).