Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 08/26/12

Game One Hundred Twenty-Six: Cubs (48-77) vs. Rockies (51-74)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Chris Volstad (0-9, 6.88/1.53) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (1-3, 6.16/-.–)

Weather permitting … The Cubs and Rockies square off in the rubber match of the three-game series this afternoon. Both teams have handed the other one a victory in the first two games and have shown multiple times why they own two of the worst record in the Senior Circuit.

Chris Volstad ran his winless streak to 24 games with last Sunday’s no decision against the Reds. Volstad’s drought is tied for the sixth longest winless streak in the Line Ball Era. The Cubs have said that Volstad will stay in the rotation for the remainder season … the Cubs are 1-12 in his 13 starts this season.

Darwin Barney has not been charged with an error at second base in 110 straight games, Barney is three games short of tying the N.L. single season record for consecutive errorless games at second base (David Eckstein, 113 in 2010). Ryne Sandberg owns the Cubs all-time mark for consecutive errorless games at second base … 123 games from June 21, 1989 through May 17, 1990.

Josh Vitters went 0-for-4 on Saturday but squared the ball up three times in his four at bats. Vitters has shown improvement in his approach but is still struggling in the field. Vitters is working with the coaching staff on his defense on just about a daily basis. Vitters has been inconsistent at best in the field and needs to show improvement over the final five weeks of the season.

In other news Blake Lalli cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Iowa.

Alex Hinshaw became the 48th different player used by the Cubs this season when he made his debut during the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. The Cubs used 51 players during the 2000 season, the most players used in a single season for the organization. With September call-ups just around the corner, the franchise record could be broken. Reports have varied on which players on the 40-man roster will be called up when rosters expand on September 1. Adrian Cardenas and Tony Campana figure to be a lock. Jeff Beliveau and Chris Rusin will return as well. The Cubs have not said whether or not Dave Sappelt will make his Cubs’ debut or if Scott Maine will get another shot before the end of the season. The recently acquire Miguel Socolovich is expected to be recalled when rosters expand.

This afternoon all starts with Chris Volstad

Chris Volstad is coming off a no decision against the Reds. Volstad had “one bad inning” once again and surrendered three of the four runs he allowed in the fourth. Volstad settled down after the fourth and retired the last eight batters he faced. Volstad’s final line against the Reds (four runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts in six innings) looked like so many of his starts this season … four runs on x-amount of hits in six innings of work with one or two walks and less than a handful of strikeouts.

Chris Volstad has shown improvement since being recalled earlier this month. Volstad was a miserable 0-7 in his first nine starts with a 7.94 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP and is 0-2 in his last four starts with a 4.88 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

Chris Volstad has struggled in five career appearances against the Rockies. Volstad owns a 2-3 mark in five games, four starts, with a 5.64 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.

Carlos Gonzalez (3-for-6 with a home run), Ramon Hernandez (1-for-6) and Dexter Fowler (2-for-8 with a triple) are the only three players on the Rockies’ active roster that have faced Chris Volstad.

Jhoulys Chacin spent nearly four months on the DL with right shoulder inflammation and will make just his seventh start of the season this afternoon. The Rockies placed Chacin on the shelf on May 2 after starting the season 0-3 in five starts with a 7.30 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP. Chacin was activated on August 21 and appeared to be his old self again.

Chacin picked up his first win of the year in his last outing. Chacin held the Mets to one run on four hits without a walk and two strikeouts in six innings. The Rockies need Chacin to pitch like he did in 2010 (9-11 in 28 games, 21 starts, with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP) and again last season (11-14 in 31 starts with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP).

Jhoulys Chacin will make his fourth career start against the Cubs this afternoon. Chacin is 1-2 in four appearances, three starts, with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 0-2 in two starts with a 7.59 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jhoulys Chacin

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-10 with a triple
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-5
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-7 with a double

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Start of today’s game has officially been delayed

  • cubtex

    If Volstad is Volstad again today….they will be 30 games under .500 and moving closer to that #2 pick.

    • paulcatanese

      That’s the one reason I think he is still being sent out there.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs just announced … First pitch sometime around 3:35pm CDT

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Play ball …

  • Zonk

    Vitters and B-Jax have gotten all the press lately as the next wave of talent, but lost in all that is the fairly solid play of Welington Castillo.

    I don’t think he’ll ever be an all-star, but he is making enough contact to be a starter. He’s done pretty well, and I think at this point can be considered our starting catcher going into next year.

    I still think we should sign a veteran backup; Clevenger has faded badly, and we have nobody at AAA or AA; I would sign a vet and send Clevenger to Iowa.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree Zonk, Castillo brings to the table some awsome power with an above average arm. He could very well be the starter for a long while.

  • RynoTiger

    As I reviewed the Pulitzer Prize winning posts of cubtex, I decided to try and create a comprehensive list of all the things we can blame on Team Theo. If you have more, please add to this list:
    -Global warming
    -Economic recession
    -Coke’s short lived decision to change their formula
    -The confusing and unsatisfying ending to the show LOST
    -The failures of Gary Scott and Lance Dickson
    -The 15 pounds you put on as a college Freshman
    -Communism
    -Richard Simmons’ shorts still being too short
    -The success of Christina Aguilera
    -Skinny leg jeans
    -Crocs
    -The retirement of Regis Philbin
    -The poor show lineups of NBC for the past decade
    -Lance Armstrong’s alleged doping
    -Coach Lovie still being employed by the Bears
    -All the road construction in your city, regardless of what city you live in
    -That time the dog ate your homework
    -Getting a flat tire when you were on your way to work
    -The death of your first pet
    -Jim Hendry developing a poor farm system
    -Mark Grace’s DUIs
    -Steve Bartman’s birth
    -Hurricane Katrina
    -The destruction of Pompeii
    -Extinction of the dinosaurs
    -Failure by scientists and engineers to not achieve warp drive yet
    -The terrible movie remake of Dukes of Hazard
    -Your parent’s divorce
    -The time you were tripped in the hallway or given a wedgie in high school
    -Acne
    -The popularity of the Kardashian Family
    -NBC’s coverage of the Olympics
    -The Korean War
    -All 103 years of Cubs organization futility

    • Cubtex

      Very funny! I figured you probably had a bad case of acne and were tripped and given wedgies in school. Hang in there Ryno! You can say you are 6’5 and 240 on the Internet. Get em Tiger! Haha

      • RynoTiger

        actually I’m a short average built guy. sorry to ruin your fantasies. but I’m latino in case that turns you on.

        • Cubtex

          I figured you were a short dude, hence the comment about wedgies and being tripped. Hang in there Tiger! Hopefully you have found a short Latina to worship Theo with

          • RynoTiger

            a Latina? that’s just gross Cubtex…girls are icky..I’d be settling down with a latino :) or Brooks Raley, Chris Rusin, or Anthony Rizzo :)

          • Cubtex

            On that note….have a good night

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a nice pick

  • RMercer69

    Hoping we aren’t getting close to Volstads “INNING”…get him some runs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent outing for Volstad

    • Zonk

      Volstad is pitching for a contract next year….he’s gone from a sure non-tender, to a “maybe”, if he can finish strong. He would be due to make $3 mil-ish next year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here comes the tarp … game put in rain delay after eight innings.

  • RMercer69

    That should be Volstads first win in awhile (that may be quite an understatement)…no way they will come back out and play the 9th. Mother Nature does not get the “save” however, not a save situation.

    • Zonk

      It’s projected to rain a couple hours…..I think you’re right. MLB is probably just grateful to get it in today. It should be called…..

  • paulcatanese

    Like I have said all along Volstad is the best pitcher on the staff:)
    Reallity; he pitched well today amd finally deserves a win.
    He should however be thought of as a pinch hitter, he does do that well.

    • Tony_Hall

      Volstad has been better since coming back, and if he finishes the year the same way, he will be the #5 guy next year. He will never be great, but your #5 only needs to give you a chance to win, which he has done since coming back up.

      • cubtex

        Hahahahaha

        • Tony_Hall

          I know you want Matt Garza to be the #5.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sunday’s game between the Cubs and Rockies has been called
    after eight innings. Cubs win 5-0 and Volstad picks up a W

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Rockies 5-0 in 8 innings Sunday afternoon – Chris Volstad: 0R,3H,3BB,3K,6.2IP;
    Starlin Castro: 2-for-3,2B,BB,3R; Darwin Barney: 1-for-3,2RBI,BB,R; Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-2,2BB;
    Brett Jackson: 1-for-2,2BB,R

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – RF
    Valbuena – 3B
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Castro – SS
    Clevenger – C
    Jackson – CF
    Barney – 2B
    Volstad – P

  • paulcatanese

    There is no other valid explanation for Volstad still being around
    other than the Cub brass see something that the world does not see.
    I wish there was some kind of reasoning that would be explained for the fans, not that we deserve one, we don’t make the call.
    But it would be nice to set some minds at ease with one.
    As it stands now, the only thing that one could believe is the
    Cubs are insane with this choice and continue to confuse fans
    stating he will be in the rotation for the rest of the year.
    I am sure that they(Cubs) have a few arms that would love to have the opportunity that is being afforded to Volstad.

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Boise – Felix Pena (4-1, 3.35)
    Peoria – Jeffry Antigua (1-2, 1.91)
    Tennessee – Eric Jokisch (7-2, 2.90)
    Iowa – Chris Rusin (8-8, 4.59)

    Daytona has the day off

    Congratulations to the Boise Hawks, as they clinched the second half title with an 8-6 victory over Vancouver yesterday. Boise is one game behind the Yakima Bears (ARI) for the best overall record in the Northwest League’s East Division with eight games left play.

    Congratulations also to the AZL Cubs, as they secured a wild card berth with an 8-7 win against the AZL Giants. the A-Cubs can still wind up in first place (and with the league’s best record) by winning their last 3 games and the AZL Athletics losing their last 3 games.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tarp is on the field, will post updates on start time

  • Anthony

    I took the 2 hour drive to Peoria with my pops to catch a chiefs game. Nice stadium and great environment to watch a game. Soler is pretty big for 20 and he hits the ball pretty darn hard. Tim Saunders was also impressive with the bat and at 3rd. Great time at the game and cant wait to see these guys in Wrigley in the future

  • cubtex

    There is no valid reasoning for a lot of their decisions this year my man. The record speaks for itself! Lousy players + Lousy Manager= Lousy Record. Simple formula.

  • Zonk

    The reason is that they are auditioning Volstad for next year. He has a
    salary of $2.7 mil, and the Cubs need to evaluate whether to offer him a
    contract or non-tender him.

    At this point, he’s a non-tender. His last 3 starts have been better. He’s got the talent, he just hasn’t put it together.

    On the surface you would think why would we spend $3 mil on that bum, but a 1-year, $3 mil contract isn’t going to net you a whole lot in terms of starting pitching. If he can progress from “suck” to “average”, frees up money for another purpose

    Raley and Rusin are also being evaluated. At this point, next year’s rotation barring trades includes Shark, Garza, Wood, and 2 open slots. I think the Cubs need to sign at least 1 veteran starter, but whether it’s 1 or 2 depends on whether someone else can emerge.

  • brent carmona

    I’ve asked around the blogosphere/twitter and its been said that pitchers that are taller than the average pitcher take longer to develop. So at least volstad has that going for him. He’s been given the entire season though, I’d love an explanation from them as well if they continue to run him out there.

  • cubtex

    And I have also heard that the rain hits taller pitchers before average ones as well……so Volstad has that going for him too.

  • brent carmona

    So you don’t believe that is true I guess lol?

    I guess since theo traded for him the optimism is low huh?

  • cubtex

    Just joking bud. It is generally harder for taller pitchers to repeat their delivery since they have more moving parts. Does that means it takes them longer to develop? Maybe….but Volstad doesn’t miss bats. He doesn’t have good stuff and he has been arguably the worst starter in baseball now for 2 straight years.

  • SuzyS

    cubtex We all know you hate everything about the Cubs this year…from management, to players and direction the club is going in.
    You have as much right to post as anyone else and give your opinion….But your constant negative rant is as old as 103 years of not winning the world series. IMHO

  • cubtex

    Suzy….They are going to lose 100 games. Our GM’s previous team unloaded 3 of his handpicked players and dismantling their team. If you and others want to turn a blind eye to everything so be it. I only posted after the Red Sox trade but again…some want to ignore facts and make excuses for everything. Be positive Suzy! Theo is awesome! He never makes mistakes! I love what he has done! Incredible! Nobody could have done it better!

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Agreed…

  • Tony_Hall

    Bravo Suzy!!

  • hailey

    Took my son to his first game today at wrigley. Just to leave several hours later with a soaked sad three year old!

  • Zonk

    I have tickets for today, but we decided not to go……sorry to hear that was the first!

    I have seasons, so not as big a deal

  • SuzyS

    Cubtex, The Cubs are going to lose 100 games by design…and I agree with the thought process. Better than going through the slow deaths JH used to put us through.

    No blind eyes here cubtex…you can hate Theo all you want. A lot of people hated Dallas Green as well…(The best GM for the Cubs in my lifetime.)

    Theo operated under a very powerful John Henry at Boston…in a totally different dynamic….competing against the Yankee’s year after year.

    The moves he made signing those three players were not bad moves AT THE TIME.
    The only major mistake I see is the Lackey signing.
    I also think Cherington is making the right move…AT THIS TIME.

    BTW…I’m born in Boston, raised in Chicagoland and go way back in Boston lore to the time of YAZ and Tony C. etc.

    Theo’s going to make mistakes…but when all is said and done…I believe he will leave the Cubs franchise in much better shape then any GM in my lifetime.

    I’m an extremely avid and astute fan of baseball…not just the Cubs. I do not have a blind eye here…the Cubs have NEVER tried this approach…since everything else has failed….Let’s see where it goes…and I don’t care if they lose 100 games this years AND next….If it sets us up for 10 years of playoff baseball.

  • John_CC

    Anyone ever tell you that you’re an insufferable ass? O, and before you get up on you high and mighty morality box because I just called you a name that honestly describes your behavior, think about it. Leave the great the state that I live in alone if need to try to sling insults at me. Because it only makes you sound even more ignorant.

    I mean really, who are you posting this crap for with a 10 to 1 dislike ratio? And a 10 to 1 approval ratio to the posts that rebut you?

    Take a hint with the reactions to your posts and just give it a rest for a little while. It is so far beyond old and tired.

  • triple

    Do you really need to be so condescending/sarcastic with your comments towards others? That is some serious disrespect to other Cubs fans and just shows your inability understand any one else’s point of view. Please take the blinder’s off and see the beautiful world around you instead of just focusing on the negative. As John CC said below, you certainly are an insufferable ass.

    In fact I find the positive in the trying times the Cubs organization is going through in knowing that it makes you miserable. So keep it up, with every negative comment you make I can get a great laugh at knowing I don’t have to suffer like you do from such trivial results like a baseball game or that a 38 year old GM has been way more successful in his life than some miserable old man. I don’t root for the Cubs to lose, but at least I can take solace in knowing that each loss has just made your life more pathetic!

  • RMercer69

    Chacin certainly isn’t fooling anybody, yet thru 2…so far, everybody is squaring him up.

  • Tony_Hall

    And another one…Bravo Suzy!!

  • John_CC

    Thanks for stepping in with another voice of reason, SuzyS!