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The Cubs needed innings today from Chris Volstad, and, for five, they got it – quality, even. And then he ran into his now-patented Chris Volstad “Bad Inning” in the sixth, which included a grand slam. He didn’t get a ton of help from his defense in that inning, but we are definitely now approaching the point where it’s fair to have a conversation about “what to do with Chris Volstad.”

Thanks to the Cubs’ bats farting around and doing very little, the game wound up being a blow-out in favor of the Brewers.

  • Gcheezpuff

    Try him in the pen and bring back up Travis Wood….. seems like an easy decision to me.

  • rcleven

    Maysonet? Super star? You do have the humor to be a Cub fan. God bless you.

  • Roy Hobbs

    Yeah, who needs yu Darvish, Edwin jackson or cj Wilson..

    Just keep running volstad out there..

    What kind of rebuilding plan includes not signing top free agent pitchers in their prime?

    Why aren’t more of you upset about this?

    Sure glad we’re rebuilding around Travis wood and volstad..that clearly seems to be working out..

    • MichiganGoat

      So we’re back to yesterday, great… Have fun everyone.

    • calicubsfan007

      Volstad is meant to be a stop gap while the young players develop in the system. He really was a player to be named later kind of guy, which normally means that the bar isn’t set too high.You need to be patient, you don’t waste money on stars while you are rebuilding. By the time the Cubs are ready to seriously contend, these guys will be either on the downside or retired. Wood hasn’t played badly this season, he will be called up full time soon.

      • MichiganGoat

        ^^^This^^^

        • calicubsfan007

          What?

          • MichiganGoat

            This was a great response

            • calicubsfan007

              Oh, thanks. (= I just hate it when people don’t understand the meaning of “rebuilding”. On what planet does rebuilding mean that you need to overpay for veteran “talent” that wont help when the Cubs are ready?

              • MichiganGoat

                Couldn’t agree more,I spent most of the off season arguing that same point. We have a plan, we have a vision, and competing this year wasn’t part of the plan. Theo said he didn’t want to pay for past performance and that’s why we didn’t spend silly money this offseason.

      • TrueblueCubbie

        If there was a like button on here, or a chance to favorite or retweet this post, I would.

    • JulioZuleta

      There’s a reason Edwin Jackson has been on 9 teams in 9 years, he’s a #3 at best, so please, stop acting like he’s an ace. CJ Wilson is in his thirties and is not proven at all, and Darvish was a $112 million dollar lottery ticket, and IF you recall, the Cubs did place a bid, so don’t act like they weren’t in on him.

      • MichiganGoat

        ^^^This Too^^^

        • Eric

          what?????? lol j/k. ^^^^THIS^^^^^

      • rcleven

        Exactly. E Jackson is a time bomb waiting to go off. C.J. very good pitcher but not one to build around at this time. Darvish? Wish I won that lottery. Would he be a winner on the Current Cub team? Highly doubtful.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      The Cubs bid for the rights to Yu Darvish, but lost in a blind single-bid process.  Hindsight is always 20/20, but I can’t blame the Cubs for taking a single shot blindfolded and not hitting closest to the bulls eye.

      C.J. Wilson wanted to pitch for his home town team.  I sincerely doubt he would have pitched for the Cubs in any event, but I suppose we can blame Ricketts and Epstein for not signing a guy who all but said he didn’t want to pitch in Chicago due to gun control legislation.

      Edwin Jackson would have been nice.  I prefer the idea of trying out some of the younger starters (like Volstad, Coleman, T. Wood, and maybe McNutt and Rusin later in the season) because I think in the long run that will put the Cubs in a better competitive position, but I can’t argue against signing a guy like Edwin Jackson.

      • calicubsfan007

        Jackson has been with more teams than Kim Kardasian has had boyfriends and three second marriages! He has had attitude problems and wants to be paid like a #1 or 2 starter, although he plays like a 3 or 4.

  • calicubsfan007

    I understand that this is a rebuilding season, but God can it be heartbreaking, aggravating, and depressing. Really wanting to see if Wood can do any better than Volsatd, even though the bar isnt really set high.

    • King Jeff

      I agree on Wood needing to be the fifth starter, and on the season being heartbreaking and aggravating this year. I also remember how bleak and hopeless last year seemed, and how boring most of those games were to watch. That hasn’t been the case most of the time this year. These Cubs are fun to watch, and it’s going to continue to be fun to watch them as they continue this rebuild.

      • calicubsfan007

        It definetly isn’t boring like last year. I don’t think I watched more than 4 complete games last year, you knew what was going to happen. Last year, it was decent pitching, no hitting, and horrible fielding. This year it is good starting pitching, decent to bad relief pitching, fair amount of hitting, and decent fielding. That is one hell of an improvement, and I am not being sarcastic.

        • King Jeff

          I’ve already peed my pants in glee like four times this year. The only times that happened last year was when the news of Hendry’s ouster broke, when Epstein/Hoyer/MacLeod were brought in, and when Quade was sent packing.

          • calicubsfan007

            The Quade/ Hendry firings had to be a tie for first, with the Theo hire a close second. In Theo I trust!

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

            The first two days of the 2011 draft didn’t do it for you?

            • King Jeff

              That was pretty awesome. The names I recognized just kept coming, which usually stops happening around the supplemental picks in the first round. That was another good off-the-field event for last year, I can’t remember many good on-the-field moments though.

  • King Jeff

    Any word on why Coleman was called up today and not Maine? Maine would make all kinds of sense.

    • MichiganGoat

      A coin flip maybe?

      • King Jeff

        Stupid coins.

      • Chief

        Scott Maine needed to be in AAA for a set number of days (I forget if it’s 10 or 15).

        Regardless, he’s only been down 9 days. He can’t be called up again yet.

        • King Jeff

          I did not know that. Thanks, Chief.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          If it’s to replace an injury, that rule doesn’t apply.

          • Chief

            I did not know that. Thanks Brett.

      • Ogyu

        Exclusive video of the decision-making process: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkh6if8TL2U

    • Joe

      Could it be so that he can more easily take the fifth rotation spot and demote Volstad to the pen?

    • hogie

      It might be that he can eat more innings than Maine. With the used bullpen you would need someone that can take the innings of more than just the injured Marmol, particularly with Volstad on the hill.

  • Cee-Dee-Vee

    … Atleast Cardenas got his first hit …

    • rcleven

      See there is a bright side to today’s game. Forgot all about that.

  • Stu

    Volstad could be a middle relief, 2-3 innings guy. He is NOT a back end starter.

    Cardenas got a hit. Everyone trashes his defense, but the great defensive wizard Darwin Barney was late in turning a DP today. Just observing.

    When does Ian Stewart’s hitting stop being bad luck and just the way he is?

    Soriano is a black hole in the lineup. Waiting for his “hot” streak might be until September.
    The money is already spent, can we move on already?

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Stewart’s hitting stops being bad luck when his BABiP is not unusually low. When that regresses to the mean (and it is always a “when,” never an “if”), then what you see is what we should expect.

    • rcleven

      Barney also turned in a spectacular defensive play earlier in the game. Point is he is better defensively than others. If you want to complain about Barney attack his approach at hitting.

  • Rick Vaughn

    Meanwhile, Zambrano is rocking a 1.98 ERA and 1.02 WHIP through six starts. I’m not saying anything about anything, but man I personally miss that guy.

    • ty

      Go ahead and say it–did not have guts to let a rookie pitching coach and manager keep him one more year and save zillions. Starting rotation as good as any. But I will not say anything!

      • Kevin

        I don’t think Zambrano would have pitched as well in Chicago as he is in Miami right now. In Miami there is no pressure on him due to his contract anymore. In Chicago the fans never let him forget that he was being overpaid.

        • Ogyu

          Exactly.

          • ty

            He pitches for Ozzie Guillen–who likes to win from what I have heard!

      • King Jeff

        Did not have the guts to keep a guy who walked out on his teammates?

        • ty

          I do agree with you on the teammate issue!

    • Spencer

      I was thinking about this today. I think in the long run it’s good that they got rid of Zambrano. He needed to be moved; a change of scenery for him may be part of the reason he’s been so successful. He had been on the last nerve of many Cubs fans. Even with Volstad’s struggles I don’t wish Z was still on the team. That said, I wish Volstad wasn’t on the team, either.

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  • BluBlud

    Don’t wanna say I told yall so, but I seen this coming from Volstad.

  • Jzwizard

    I am left wondering how good this team could be if we signed Yu Darvish and placed him into the rotation as he would take Volstad’s place. Essentially switching in a guy who hasn’t had a win and a 6.55 ERA with a front line CY Young candidate ace.

    • Pat

      Assuming they still have the same bullpen and offense, then not really very good is the answer.

  • Roy Hobbs

    ^^^^^^this^^^^^

  • Eric

    Be honest, did you think when the season started that we’d essentially have 4 aces? Over the last month Demp, Garza, Shark, and Maholm have all pitched like Aces. Don’t get me wrong I’m not calling them Aces. But the point us rebuilders are trying to make is, you weren’t going to magically fix this team with one huge signing. I mean look at LaHair, he’s hitting better than both Fielder AND Pujols. Has he saved the season? Shark has slowly risen to Ace like status. Is HE saving the season? Point is our team sucks, but we DO have some solid pieced to build around now and it’s gonna get better. But that’s the whole point of going into a rebuild. You need more than one or two guys. We need a whole damn team makeover.

    • MichiganGoat

      Not to mention you don’t want to sign players that can be good now and expect to perform in three years when the “kids” are starting to become great. It’s about timing and this year was not the time to sign big names.

      • Cheryl

        Exactly. It was good that we didn’t try for Fielder or Pujols. This team wasn’t expected to do what they’ve done so far. I’m anxious to see who they draft. Pitching will have to be a priority, a second baseman and third baseman will probably be targeted. Theo & Company may bid on one or two free agents but I doubt they go overboard there. The key is to build from within.

  • EB

    This is my last night on the site for about a week as I am going on a cruise. Hopefully I will at least be able to check the scores everyday. Here’s to hoping the Cubs are 20-20 when I get back!

  • ty

    Bon Voyage EB. If the cubs are 20-20 after cruise then you are getting back on that ship.

  • Big Joe

    There’s a reason Miami didn’t want Volstad. He’s another team’s garbage. Quit signing players that have ALREADY demonstrated that they can’t play. FFS.

  • BluBlud

    When I told everybody Volstad was garbage, people talked trash to me. I glad everybody sees it now. Not making excuses for Wells, because he should still be pitching better, but at least you can see why he’s upset. I hope he demoted before his next start.

    HaHa. Hell, maybe LaHair can pitch in his spot once Rizzo arrives.

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