Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 09/27/12

Game One Hundred Fifty-Six: Cubs (59-96) vs. Rockies (61-94)
Game Time – 2:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185/914
Location – Coors Field, Denver

Chris Volstad (3-10, 6.22/1.63) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (2-5, 4.73/1.63)

Weather permitting … The Cubs and Rockies wrap up the series and season series this afternoon. After winning two of three at Wrigley, the Cubs are 2-3 against Colorado this year. The weather and the Rockies offense dominated the first two games. After scoring 10 runs on 15 hits in a rain-shortened game on Tuesday night, the Rockies pounded Cubs’ pitching again on Wednesday night and have scored 16 runs on 25 hits in two games (15 innings). It is up to Chris Volstad to slow down Colorado’s offense today.

This afternoon is a rematch of a game back on August 26 at Wrigley Field. Chris Volstad ended his winless streak and the Cubs did just enough against Jhoulys Chacin.

The Cubs have really struggled on the road this season. Not only are they 0-15 on the road versus teams in the National League West but they are 22-55 on the season outside of Wrigley Field … one loss short of the franchise mark (56) set in 1956.

Dale Sveum should use his everyday lineup this afternoon. Not only is David DeJesus, Luis Valbuena and Brett Jackson expected in the starting lineup but Steve Clevenger could be as well.

Darwin Barney begins play this afternoon one game shy of tying Placido Polanco’s single-season record of 141 consecutive games by a second baseman without an error.

The Cubs must win four of the seven remaining games to avoid 100 losses for the year and this afternoon it all begins with Chris Volstad

The best thing that can be said about Chris Volstad’s last two outings is that he received no decisions in both starts and the Cubs won both games. Volstad has really struggled, again, in his last four starts. Volstad is not throwing strikes and is battling himself, again. Volstad is 1-1 in his last four outings with a 6.86 ERA and an unbelievably high 2.29 WHIP. Chris Volstad has walked 16 batters with only nine strikeouts and 29 hits allowed in his last 19 2/3 innings.

The Cubs are 6-3 in Volstad’s last nine starts.

When Chris Volstad was first recalled from Triple-A Iowa, he pitched with a confidence he did not have earlier in the season. Volstad put together six good outings, at least for a fifth starter for an organization building for the future, and posted a 2-2 record with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Volstad appears to have lost what he might have figured out … and he might made the Cubs’ decision to non-tender him in the off-season very easy with the way he has performed of late.

Chris Volstad ended his winless streak against the Rockies on August 26 at Wrigley. Volstad tossed 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball and gave up just three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. For his career, Volstad is 3-3 in six games, five starts, against the Rockies with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP … at Coors Field, 1-2 in three games, two starts, with a 6.57 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.

Rockies Career Numbers against Chris Volstad

  • Charlie Blackmon – 0-for-3
  • Jhoulys Chacin – 0-for-1
  • Tyler Colvin – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Dexter Fowler – 2-for-9 with a triple
  • Carlos Gonzalez – 3-for-9 with a home run
  • Ramon Hernandez – 1-for-6
  • Jonathan Herrera – 0-for-2
  • D.J. LeMahieu – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Jordan Pacheco – 1-for-3
  • Wilin Rosario – 1-for-3

Jhoulys Chacin has put together a decent stretch of starts. Chacin allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts over four innings against the Diamondbacks. Chacin is one of the young pitchers the Rockies are looking to be in their rotation in the near future. After posting a 1-1 record in two starts in August with a 1.64 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, Chacin is 1-1 in his last five outings with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.

Chacin has been much better on the road (1-3 in six starts with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP) than at Coors Field (1-2 in six starts with a 6.51 ERA and a 1.95 WHIP) this season and will make his second start of the year against the Cubs this afternoon.

The Cubs beat Jhoulys Chacin back on August 26. Chacin allowed one run on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings. Chacin was making just his second start since returning from the disabled list. Chacin is 1-3 in five games, four starts, against the Cubs for his career with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jhoulys Chacin

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Tony Campana – 1-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-12 with a double and a triple
  • Steve Clevenger – 0-for-2
  • David DeJesus – 0-for-3
  • Brett Jackson – 1-for-1 with a walk
  • Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-7 with a walk
  • Dave Sappelt – 2-for-7 with a double
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-10 with a double and a walk
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-for-3

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Logan Watkins and Nick Struck minor league player and pitcher of the year.

    • Tony_Hall

      I like Watkins. He could be the guy with enough bat and good enough defense to take over for Barney.

  • paulcatanese

    Now the Cubs must win 4 out of 7, possible but not likely, even with playing the next two worst teams in the National League.
    100 loss’es is starting to look like a lock.
    I don’t care how it’s wrapped up (2nd round draft pick) it’s still something that the franchise should be totally ashamed of.
    To equate this season as any kind of success is beyond me,
    even if they got the first 3 picks in the draft.
    To tank a season just for draft picks, and that’s what they have done, and many support that method, well, it looks as the wish will be granted, I’ll hold my breath to see how the pick works out.

    • cubtex

      You are right Paul. I thought they would go 2-4 on this trip and have a chance to take 2 out of 3 from the lowly Astros at home(they still could) and salvage a 99 loss season but it appears the team has quit on Sveum. His big rah rah speech about not losing 100 games has done nothing to motivate this team. They have been awful on the road all year.They are O-fer against the NL West on the road. Unfortunately…….I don’t think they are tanking for draft picks……. Sveum is trying to win……and that is the scary part!

      • RynoTiger

        please share examples to illustrate that shows “the team has quite on Sveum”.
        your entire statement contradicts itself. first the team has quite on Sveum, then you share the obvious fact that the team has been awful on the road and against the NL West on the road.
        wouldn’t losing these games to the Rockies simply illustrate your 2nd point about the team being bad against the West and on the road rather than quitting on Sveum?

        • Cubtex

          Are the Rockies a good team? Did Theo say the team is trying to avoid a 100 loss season? Do you honestly believe Sveum has done a good job?

          • Tony_Hall

            Seems like Sveum had this team playing pretty good leading up to the trade deadline and if the rotation still included Garza, Samardzija, Dempster, and Maholm, I bet they would have continued the path they were on to playing better baseball.

            But what would that have proved and helped the team.

            Trading Dempster and Maholm helped this organization and shutting down Samardzija was a smart move as well. I am sure Garza would be out there if the games mattered.
            But instead, you want to judge Sveum on what he can do with a rotation of T Wood, Volstad, Germano, Rusin and Berken.
            Seems fair.
            Except for only Wood is going to be around next year at this time and even that is not for sure.

            There are better managers than others, but the best managers usually have the best players…that make them look good, no matter if their decision was the right one or not.

          • RynoTiger

            You’re avoiding responding about your original statement.
            You said the team quit on Sveum yet used facts to show that the Cubs have not been successful against NL West teams on the road and they were playing an NL West team on the road and lost.
            So which is it that you believe since you contradict yourself?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jackson with a RBI

  • brent carmona

    I tried believing volstad, I tried….

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    #15 for Rizzo

  • paulcatanese

    Just a dumb question coming into today’s game. Jackson,
    107 AB,54 K’s,0 SB,CS 2,13 Runs,.168 BA.
    Campana,169AB, 43K’s, 29SB, 8Runs,.268 BA.
    Why is Jackson being force-fed in the lineup, and Campana
    has been allowed to play about a third of the season?

    • John_CC

      Campana is NOT part of the future of the franchise Paul. The sooner you admit it to yourself, the better off you’ll be.

  • cubtex

    So hopefully this will end all that ridiculous talk on how Volstad can be a good #5 …blah blah blah! He was brutal last year, He is brutal this year and he will always be brutal!

    • Tony_Hall

      Is there a difference in a good #5, a #5 and a bad #5?

      His numbers in since coming back up as been along the lines of what #5 starters produce. I still think he has a chance to be the #5 to start next year, but most likely, I expect him to be signed to a minor league contract with an invite to ST, as minor league depth.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hey, the Rockies didn’t score.

    • Cubray

      To me this season was horrible. I can’t see why we can’t be competitive while we are rebuilding. Good luck selling tickets for next season if it will be like this season. I couldn’t give the tickets away that I had this year

      • cubtex

        Exactly. They lost fans this year and they will lose a hell of a lot more next year if they put another crappy product on the field.

        • John_CC

          I’m really hoping that you are among them…

          • cubtex

            Don’t worry I will be if this continues! And I will be one of many!

          • cubs1967

            i’m hoping your one of the ones that leaves; those that accept losing are doomed to repeat it. amen cubtex!

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Please end this conversation now. No more.

            Thanks.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    RBI #106 for Soriano

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 7-5 to Rockies Thursday afternoon – Chris Volstad: 7R,10H,0BB,0K,3IP;
    Anthony Rizzo: 3-for-3,HR,2RBI,2BB; Alfonso Soriano: 2-for-5,2B,RBI; Luis Valbuena: 2-for-3,R

    • cubtex

      Soriano is only 4 RBI off the NL lead! Incredible!

      • Tony_Hall

        Absolutely incredible!

        Just think if this guy had listened to coaching earlier in his career, how he could of stayed an elite player for a long time. In case you didn’t see it on ESPN, he said this is the first year he has ever been coached on how to do things, so maybe no one ever thought he needed coaching before, or this was the 1st time he ever listened enough for a coach to keep talking. Either way he has had an incredible year, that hopefully will make an AL team pay that $5M/year you hoped for last year. But I doubt it.

        • J Daniel

          Bad coaching?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Darwin Barney did not commit an error for 141st
    consecutive game Thursday. Barney tied all-time single season mark for 2B held by
    Placido Polanco (2007)

    • Tony_Hall

      I sure hope Barney can take this record over. It would make it impossible for anyone not to vote for him for the Gold Glove award.

  • cubtex

    Soriano is only 4 RBI off the NL lead! Incredible!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Volstad gives up a three-run homer three batters into the game