Cubs-Rockies Postponed

Wednesday’s finale of the three-game series between the Cubs and Rockies was postponed due to rain.

The game was rescheduled for Monday, June 27 at 1:20pm CDT.

Updated – 2:43pm CDT – With Rotation Information

With Wednesday’s rainout, the Cubs finished the eight-game homestand with a disappointing 3-5 record after winning the first two of the Padres’ series.

The Cubs begin a seven-game West Coast trip Thursday night in Arizona. Q’s squad plays four against the D’Backs in Phoenix and completes the trip with three in L.A. against the Dodgers.

Casey Coleman’s start has been pushed to Sunday. Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza will stay on normal rest and pitch the first three games of the D’Backs series.

Update

According to Bruce Miles, the Cubs will discuss the fifth starter’s spot during the Arizona part of the trip. The fifth spot comes up Monday for the opener against the Dodgers.

During an interview on the Score Wednesday morning, Gordon Wittenmyer mentioned the Cubs could call-up Jay Jackson from Triple-A Iowa to fill the fifth starter’s spot. The Cubs were expected to make the decision this weekend according to Wittenmyer.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Maybe by that time we will have a viable 5th starter. Today’s game was going to be a guaranteed loss.

    • Cloycub13

      Not to mention a lead off hitter, a number 3 hitter, a 1st baseman that can hit water if he fell out of a boat, a backup catcher that can hit out of a wet paper bag, a manager that thinks what I have written above is a good idea, a GM that knows how to put something like that together, an owner that wakes up and smells the java and a fan base with hope.

      • Ripsnorter1

        We have Castro. What’s wrong with him? He’s excellent.
        Barney has been an excellent #2 hitter, too.

        • Keith Moreland

          Not sure if this is Cloycub’s issue or not, but some don’t like leadoff men that don’t steal bases. I personally think that base stealing is the most overrated skill in baseball, and usually hurts the club more than helps. Statheads say the same thing.

          Take a look at last year’s top NL Basestealing teams; other than the Phillies, who were last in the league at getting caught stealing, and you will see bottom-dwelling offensive teams. The Phillies run smart, everyone else just runs.

          No more Juan Pierre’s, please

          • Wickitkevin

            I personally would like to see Castro take more walks. I believe Jackson will be up around the allstar break. So Castro will need to learn to handle being in the 3 slot.

          • Tony_Hall

            Castro can be very patient until he gets 2 strikes. Then he turns into Vlad and puts the bat on the ball. I’ll take that over a guy like Pena, who is looking for an invitation to swing the bat, more than the gift wrapped fastballs down the middle he watches.

            In time Castro will show more patience, until then, I will just enjoy watching this kid hit.

          • GaryLeeT

            Really? I think base stealing represents speed, and that’s more than an advantage, it’s a need. It’s not the stolen bases per se, it’s taking the extra base on a hit, going from 1st to 3rd on a single, or scoring from 2nd on a base hit to the outfield (like Ramirez, Soto, and others can’t do). Speed puts pressure on the other teams defense, and that’s a good thing.

          • paulcatanese

            Gary, I agree. I for one am tired of seeing opponents oufield run down our flyballs,taking hits away. And they do go from 1st to 3rd on singles on us, they bunt us at leisure and steal almost whenever they want to. Speed is everything,makes fielders rush their throws and puts pressure on a clean pickup. We have a clod at third and a average speed in the outfield and it hurts when they miss balls by inches which over the course of the year amounts to losses.

          • Tony_Hall

            Speed and base stealing do not always go hand in hand. I am all for more team speed, but that doesn’t mean those guys can steal bases.

          • Keith Moreland

            Base Stealing and speed are two completely separate things. You need footspeed to play baseball, particularly in the outfield, middle infield, and running the bases.

            You don’t need to STEAL bases to play baseball. Two totally different things.

            I can cite lots of players who are fast but don’t steal bases if that helps

            Base Stealing is still completely overrated

        • paulcatanese

          Agree Rip,if it wasnt for those two I would sleep through the games. All we needed was Fuld and Jackson here and it would be great. You know though,I am watching when Soriono comes up, at this point our only long ball threat and I do enjoy watching the ball fly out once in a while.

    • paulcatanese

      Not only that, but rumored quote by Quade says he is not about to give up on Pena after just a few weeks into the season and will continue to play him.

  • paulcatanese

    Whats the new theme song at Wrigley for Pena when he comes up? “Please release me,let me go,cause you don’t love me anymore”? Sounds about right.Todays postponement is not a loss for the Cubs,only positive in the last several days.

    • EqDoc

      Heck yea, I’m having a drink tonight! WOOHOO a “non-loss”!!

    • Ripsnorter1

      Good one, Paul!

  • Tom U

    If Jay Jackson is called up, he will be on schedule. He started for the I-Cubs yesterday.

    • Dorasaga

      Which means he can face Daniel Hudson on Sunday (4-day rest), instead of Coleman, who will instead go head-to-head against Kershaw on Monday. Or the other way around (Jackson going to LA, 5-day rest).

      *–edit–Just read that Jackson had an injury and an extended spring training with Castillo; Jay had elbow tendinitis.

      The Cubs might want to protect him and limit his pitch count on Monday. That can easily turn into another typical, Cubbie “Bullpen Day.”

      In case some didn’t notice, Hudson, drafted 5th round by the White Sox, went to the DBacks in the Edwin Jackson trade. And he could have been the defacto ace (or #1, if you despise that word used on good but not greats), if Kennedy (from the Yankees in a 3-way trade involving the Tigers) hasn’t been more effective lately.

      Chase Field is also a hitter’s park, and I want to see Jackson fare well there. The Cubs will need to make extra base hits. The DBacks don’t have a good rotation like the Rockies, might as well exploit such opportunity.

  • Baron_S

    think Sam Fuld is a bum?

    He has
    1) More doubles than anyone on the Cubs
    2) More stolen bases than anyone on the Cubs
    3) Plays better defense than every single member of the Cubs roster…..with his eyes closed

    = $

    Sam Fuld – 2011 Salary – $418,000
    Carlos Pena Salary per game 2011 – $66,000

    = $$

    Sam Fuld given 82 at-bats in 21 games with Rays in 2011
    Sam Fuld given 28 at-bats in 20 games with Cubes in 2010

    = $$$

    Value of making Hendry look like the donkey buffoon he is

    = Priceless!

    • Ripsnorter1

      Sam Fuld is a BUM!

      YOU HEARD ME–A BUM!

      Tonight he only went 1 for 2, with 2 BB, 1 run scored, and that one hit was a double.

      HE STINKS!

      Because he isn’t playing for us. I hope he hits .400 in 600 AB this season.

  • Tony_Hall

    Interesting article by Paul Sullivan about going younger.

    Also notes that the Cubs are losing $200,000-$250,000 per game, from lost concession revenue, due to the no-shows. IF Paul knows this, then you know that the Ricketts know this. For the year that would be $16M-$20M. Add up all of the tickets that are not being bought on the secondary market, and you can see the revolt of Cub fans against a poorly managed team. I know the economy is part of the equation, but I would find a way to get to at least one game, no matter what, if the team fired JH. I suspect there are more that would do the same.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0428-cubs-rockies-chicago–20110427,0,1341547.story

  • Tony_Hall

    Where did all of the JH supporters go? The Garza is a stud? Pena is going to be our big bat in the midldle? Q is a much better manager than Sandberg, he has been doing this for 20+ years?

    So far, I have been wrong about Soriano. He has been a pleasant surprise, but I still don’t think it will last and feel he will still fall within my range, I felt he would hit for HR’s, just now more on the high side and get close to 30.

    I’ve been wrong about others, but not the overall level of this team. It is a poorly constructed, fundamentally flawed team, that needs new management.