If it weren’t for the sheer volume of names used by the Cubs tonight, you may have thought this was a split squad game.

Chris Rusin’s start tonight was like the evil twin of his first big league start. He made it into the second inning, but didn’t record an out there. The damage was done, even though the Cubs went on to score five runs.

After Rusin, there was a clear theme …

  • fromthemitten

    the bullpen Gotham deserves

    • Jesse

      But not the one it needs

      • Dan

        +1 for both comments.

  • rcleven

    On the bright side Chapman pitched a scoreless inning and looked good doing it.

    • Flashfire

      I was gonna say — he might actually be a reliable reliever.

    • fortyonenorth

      Then again, Rusin looked good last time out, too.

  • LouCub

    Anybody else on here done with Dolis? Another hyped up Hendry piece of crap

    • Njriv

      I think he was thrown into the fire too early when he was named the closer earlier in the year.

    • Cedlandrum

      I don’t really remember him being a Hendry hyped guy. He is a guy that throws a live sinker at 95. Why would you be done with him? He is a rookie who should have been in the minors all year this year. I think we expect too much at times from young guys.

  • ssckelley

    Damn, 88 RBIs for Soriano? He might get to 100.

  • CubsFan4Life

    Soriano with his 26th home run, a triple, and 3 RBIs. I agree 100 RBIs and 30 HRs is a very real possibility for Soriano this year. This could definitely be his best season with the Cubs.

    • PJ

      It’ll be tough to beat his first season with the team when he carried them for long stretches of the season. But he is definitely surpassing the probable expectations for him in the fifth year of his contract.

    • Diesel

      Check him for steroids. Only way to explain his improved running this late in the year when he was considering knee surgery in the offseason a few months ago.

      • baldtaxguy

        Not sure improved running is correlated with him hitting 30 with 100 RBI, especially since he does not run for 5 seconds once he hits one. But I don’t want that to get in the way of your speculative claim for PEDs, go ahead and run with that, in writing, in public. Even if your kidding….reckless….

        The homerun production could be correlated with a lighter bat, a different hitting coach, a different manager, those… facts!?

      • mudge

        All players are checked for steroids. So a good training staff and hard work with the knee wouldn’t be a way to explain Soriano’s improved play? Sick and tired of people running Soriano down here.

    • Kyle

      He’s going to get awfully close to earning his contract this year.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Sure, if you buy the defensive component of his WAR calculation on FanGraphs.

        • BluBlud

          Brett, This is why I was strongly against dumping Soriano just for the sake of dumping him. Sure, if we get a top prospect for him, trade him. but to trade him to save 1 or 2 million a year, when there is no way to replace his production for the money saved, would be just assinine.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            I don’t think you’ll find too many people who disagree with that assessment at this point (and once it became clear that Soriano was blocking no one in the outfield, I agreed, also).

    • DocPeterWimsey

      The RBI comparison is pretty meaningless: he batted leadoff in ’07 and ’08, when he put up his best Cub numbers. This year’s numbers will pale next to those, even if they really are very solid numbers.

  • rick

    uhm they did bad at the triple a level and u think they can get out big league hitters its going to be a long couple of years but whats a few more right lol

  • Spencer

    Six home runs given up? And once again more strikeouts than hits. Fun.

  • tom

    I hope SORIANO doesnt make 100 rbi’s– turning down a chance to play for giants (playoffs) another Cub who would rather loose and play at Wrigley Field for his own stats and no pressure, look at Soriano playoff TERRIBLE stats

    • fortyonenorth

      No need to wish Sori ill-will. He has every right to turn down a trade – and his situation is totally different than, say, Dempster. Dempster was being asked to commit to a team for two months; Sori two years. And, as much as winning a World Series would be awesome, not all players covet that prize to the exclusion of everything else. As you get older–especially after you have kids–you realize there are other things that contribute to the quality of life. A lot of players love the Cubs because they play a lot of day games. That’s a pretty big deal when you have a family. Why begrudge them that? Finally, California has much higher state tax rates. I’m no accountant, but playing in California would cost Sori roughly 1.5 million dollars on increased taxes alone. IMO, that’s a lot of dough for an outside chance at a ring.

      • ry34

        i hope soriano is back next year, he is by far the only consistent run producer we have. without him, we will struggle to average three runs a game. 100 losses here we came, hey maybe even 110.

  • Steve

    I hope my homemade stew turns out good….

  • ry34

    so weird to see dolis suck last night, who would have thought that would happen??

  • Fastball

    I hope Sori achieves what ever goals he has set fof himself. This hitting coach sucks. The K rate is ridiculous. Why are these guys pitching in the majors! If Dale Sveum thinks the results his coaches are getting are acceptable and there is progress being made. Thfn we are in a world of trouble. I can see the direction of the organization. Im on board with that. I am not on board with Sveum, Bosio and Rowand. Sveum won’t get fired but Bosio and Rowand suck and I would fire them the last day of the season. Their results are a joke.

    • Stinky Pete

      Or perhaps they just don’t have a lot to work with. I don’t think there is anything you can look at stat wise that indicates whether a coach is good or not.

  • Fastball

    The coaching in this organization has to be somf of yhe worst in baseball. Not one pitcher that shows up in the majors has proper mechanics and delivery. The hitters have no discipline and they can’t hit to save their asses. Instruction is based on players having fundamentals. Those don’t exist. Itd time for Theo and Jed to clean house in a hurry. Thfy ha e a lonv off season to hire pfople who know what they are doing.

    • ry34

      well said!

  • Fastball

    Thank You… Sorry for the typing and mis-spelling on my damned cell phone.
    I don’t know what is being done in the minors but these guys showing up in Chicago have the worst fundamentals I have ever seen. Pitchers don’t even have the basics when it comes to fundamentals. They all have terrible balance, they all throw across their bodies and have terrible deliveries, they absolutely are terrible at holding runners and pitching out of the stretch. Their windup and stretch deliveries are so different that they can’t be repeated mechanically. They don’t know how to pitch i.e. the art of pitching, they have no strategy for getting hitters out and they never change their approach with hitters to keep them off balance. Not having anything to work with is no damned excuse. They don’t know how to pitch down in the zone, the only contact they know how to pitch to is the long ball. I would take every last one of these guys to a winter instructional league and they would have some serious instruction. There is no excuse for these performances and it’s been going on all year. Theo needs to put a Focus on hiring instructors who know how to instruct and know how to enforce the implementation of fundamentals. We just signed a bazillion pitchers in this last draft. These kids need to be taught how to pitch the right way from A – Z and the people in this organization are no qualified to do that. It is evident in the products they keep sending to Chicago. Not one pitcher they have sent up this year has been successful. Maybe Wood but he was a mess when he came up. When ever they send someone down to AAA they do worse than they did in Chicago. If no changes are made then all these kids we signed might as well start taking college courses and get started on their next career after baseball.

    • droppedsomething

      I hate to say it, but I agree with everything you said. The comparison of the Cubs’ pitchers against the Nats’ was a stark contrast to say the least. Even the Nats’ rookie pitcher Gonzalez outclassed every one of those pathetic Cubs rag arms. This is embarrasing.

  • MightyBear

    Blake Parker pitched good, even though he gave up a couple of hits. I think he can help the Cubs bullpen in the future if he stays healthy.

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  • Deez

    I was at the game. Those young pitchers better learn how to work both sides of the plate & push people off the plate. The Nats were all just diving over the plate as our guys were missing with stuff “right down broadway.”
    The Nats were on pretty much every pitch!
    Not many foul balls + they were lining out as well.

    To see Castro picked off was comical. You’re like “WTF is he doing!?”
    The hitting coach has a lot of work. Jackson was in the Mid 90s most of the night & making quick work of pretty much all of the young hitters

    • baldtaxguy

      Good call. I believe Brenly made that same point during the game last night – nothing coming inside on the Nat hitters, no fear.

  • die hard

    you heard it here first….Soriano to retire at end of year in exchange for a long term personal services/scouting/coaching contract…he will agree to take his salary owed in deferments over life of new contract if Cubs tack on $250,000 per year over new contract….a win win for all and he moves on

    • Josh

      Why would they not take him back in that case. He’s a great season.

    • baldtaxguy

      I can’t hear you.

      • Carew


    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yes. We did hear that here first.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        And, most probably, last!

  • Drew7

    Go Cowboys! I had forgotten what it feels like to enjoy watching my favorite teams play…

    *Sorry, Ace – couldnt help myself.