I could try to play this EBS straight. I could point out how Chris Volstad dropped the ball, and how Lendy Castillo’s return to the bullpen was a disaster. I could say that the bats did a whole lot of nothing. I could try to find bright spots, before concluding that this is just one of those things that happens.

But I’m not going to do that.

Instead … PONIES!!!!!!!!!!!

  • HoustonTransplant

    …I think donkeys would be better in this instance.

    • RY34

      i agree, donkeys would have been perfect

  • Tyler

    I was going to cry, but the ponies made it all better.

    Thanks, Brett!

  • Zogie

    Advanced Box Score
    The cubs did just about everything right yesterday, but today they were the opposite. All the cubs weaknesses were on display tonight, and all of you should know what they are by now. Castro had an error and continues to struggle this year. He is free swinging at a lot of bad pitches and not swinging at or missing good pitches. Vitters and Jackson both stuck out twice each and are making little contact. LaHair had another strikeout in his only AB and Mather looked terrible yet again. Volstad and Lendy Castillo were not good on the mound tonight either. The only good I saw tonight was Welington Castillo having good ABs and he receives my shout out. Terrible game to watch and evaluate. Feel free to add me on Twitter @Zogie to discuss all things cubs.

    • Can’t think of a cool name

      Don’t know if I agree with your assessment on Castro. Perhaps you’re tallking about his first at bat which I did not see.

      2nd at bat. First pitch strike, did not swing, looked like a sinker, second ptich on the outside corner, did not swing. I thought the pitch was a ball. With an 0-2 count had to protect, grounded into a double play.
      3rd at bat: Strike looking, ball and then a single
      4th at bat: Strike swinging, Line drive out

      Didn’t look to bad to me tonight.

      • Zogie

        Even a blind squirrel can find a nut. The last out was a weak line drive that he chased a pitch out of the zone. Castro makes great contact and that has hurt him this year because he expands his zone and hits pitches that are off the plate. He may not have looked terrible last night, but he has been doing this all year.

        • Can’t think of a cool name

          Did you just compare Casto to a blind squirrel?

          • Zogie

            It was a joke. :p

            • Can’t think of a cool name

              I know so was my response. Just giving you a little elbow nudge.

              • Zogie

                Was it a good joke or bad? I’m hoping to be amusing

  • magilljl

    Hahahaha!! Ponies. Wow.

  • Flashfire

    I just got home: Soriano and DDJ were pulled because it was a blowout, right, no waiver deals happened?

  • Lindsay

    If you lose 10-1 to what is essentially a bad AAA team, what does that say about your ball club?

    • Flashfire

      That you’re going to get a high draft pick. And that the pitcher who was the worst should be on a high A ballclub.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      From the Astros point of view, they won 10-1 against what is essentially a bad AAA team.

      Check out the record of the Iowa Cubs, then count up the number of current Chicago Cubs who have been on the Iowa roster.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        What we saw was a really bad AAA team beat a bad AAA team. That will happen about 45% of the time.

        I never make much of single games (or even single series), but that game was uglier than Zombie Rolling Stones without makeup……

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

    For a Cubs loss, this EBS is amazingly full of awesome and win.

    • Flashfire

      Hey, Luke, there was a discussion on the Almora thread and I wanted your insight, who has the better chance of making an impact in the big leagues: Szczur or Almora?

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        Almora. But Szczur has a better chance of making it.

        Now, let me qualify that.

        Szczur is already in Double A and, after a slow start, is having some success there (OPS of .854 over his last ten games). Almora just got bumped to Short-Season A. Szczur’s success at a significantly higher level makes it much more probable that he will reach the majors. That’s not a shot against Almora, he hasn’t had the chance to perform at that level yet, but it is a simple statement of reality. On average, guys who hit in Double A are more likely to reach the majors than guys who hit in the Rookie Leagues.

        Once we assume both reach the majors, though, things change. Almora has much more power than Szczur, and I suspect he will hit for a higher average as well. Almora is comparable defensively to Jae-Hoon Ha, and Ha is a clear notch or two above Szczur (who is still very good in that department). Szczur is probably faster, but that still leaves Almora with the superior tools in every other category. Once they reach the majors, that greater potential will tell.

        Almora has the ceiling of a number two or three hitter who can play Gold Glove defense and compete for some All-Star games. Szczur has the ceiling of a solid number one hitter who will terrorize pitching staffs on the base paths and play near Gold Glove defense. That’s ceiling, mind you. Szczur’s realistic major league future is more likely as a kind of superior Reed Johnson, a defensive minded third/fourth outfielder that every team would love to have around. Almora, if he does not reach his ceiling, could still windup with a career similar to Marlon Byrd.

        • hansman1982

          so basically what you are saying, since this is the Cubs we are talking about is they are both ticketed for contracts with the Nippon Fighters?

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

            Nope. The Cubs have done a very nice job producing players in recent years. I would guess if most fans sat down and starting listing all players that have spent time in the Cubs farm system and made it to the majors in the past five years, they would both be unable to complete the list and would be very surprised at how long it actually is.

            The are not a lot of stars on that list (although there are a few), but the volume of players is respectable.

            • hansman1982

              I agree, Hendry’s farm system production was grossly under-appreciated (but not stellar). I think had he been able to spend $12-15M a year on draft’s the farm would look much differently.

      • hansman1982

        Of making an impact – like any impact at all? Probably Szczur just due to the fact he is closer to the bigs, less chance injury derails his career.

        Best chance of making a solid impact…Almora. There were scouts around the draft that said Almora could handle starting in the bigs right now, if you could put up with a sub-200 BA.

  • Karen P

    HAHAHAHAHAHA I love ponies! I have legit wanted to own a horse since I was about 4. You just made my night. Thank you.

  • Fastball

    We might as well get used to these box scores the rest of the season. We are now officially SHITTY. theo has a very long long long rode to travel before this season is over. He needs to go find about 16 new players for next seasons 25 man roster. This Volstadt experiment has to end when the season is over.

  • Mysterious4th

    Love the pics in the ebs!

    I also just had a huge laugh looking at cubs.com

    The title for the article for tonights loss was “Volstad over powered by astros” I never thought the astros could overpower any team. I am pretty sure a t-ball team couldn’t over power the astros!

  • Dustin S

    This felt like of those games that the Cubs would have lost 3-1 earlier in the season with Dempster, Maholm, or Garza pitching.

  • http://bleachernation.com RicoSanto

    The Cubs are last in runs scored, 3rd to last in era, 3rd to last in HRs, this adds up to one fo three worst teams in mlb. You have to score runs and hit HRs at Wrigley to win ( 08)
    When Sori is gone by next year subtract another 30 HRs.Rizzo will hit 30 next year.Castro 18
    and the rest ? We have to have power in the OF and 3B + add some starters FA.
    The only good news is the cubs are 15th in errors and last year they were last- 30th

    • Drew7

      Dont forget walks…running away with dead last there, too

    • die hard

      Castro would hit 40 if Sandberg tutored him for one month in off season

  • Leroy K.

    Hey congrats Volstad you continue to reach new lows….I keep telling myself –better than Zambrano—better than Zambrano—better th… LOL!

  • cubmig

    The only way I deal with what I watch, is to keep reminding myself that all of this is part of auditioning. Next year may be worse, so I’m going to have to come up with another “lie” to survive.

  • http://twitter.com/dkhockey24 David

    Wish they had ponies to entertain those of us actually at the game. Listening to the bleacher bums in right field chirp Bogusevic helped, but this was a tough game to watch.

  • CityCub

    How much is enough from Volstad? I mean come on. He’s 0-9 now. Like really. Time to take the ball away from him and give him an extended vacation to Iowa. I’m tired of seeing this dude on the mound. Its like he tries to match his ERA every start.

    • Drew7

      Question: when you say “like really”, is that a question, or just a statement?

  • Master Dan

    Umm, you lost it Brett!

    • Nomar’s Left Glove

      I get where he’s coming from. There are only so many ways to polish a turd….let alone as many as we’ve seen in an interesting way. The Cubs just got SHITHOUSED by the worst team in baseball, hands down.
      Brett, for the next one can we get geese?

      • spearman

        And sometimes you just feel like a horses ass!

      • baldtaxguy

        Enjoying the verb “shithoused”

        • Leroy

          is that in the dictionary yet?

  • Doug Dascenzo

    I was ggoing to say if Bronies have infiltrated BN, I would shoot myself. I pray that Brett doesn’t celebrate a Cubs win w/ a brohoof…

  • Dave

    Horses scare me, therefore this EBS scares me.

  • RoughRiider

    Not a fan of Voltad but you have to have something going for you for a team to allow you to pitch enough to have no wins and 9 losses. Even a team as bad as bad as the Cubs.

  • http://bleachernation ferris

    Quade glad he got fired……….?

    • OlderStyle


  • Packman711

    …I want a pony.

  • BeyondFukudome

    Whatever those ponies leave behind might fit right into the Cubs lineup…

  • BeyondFukudome

    On the bright side, since Jackson came up, it is a lot easier to check on how many times he strikes out each day.