Chris Volstad was blasted. Dale Sveum was ejected. The Cubs’ bats were flattened, save for a meaningless 9th inning homer by Anthony Rizzo.

  • Njriv

    I honestly think if they put a t-ball tee in front of home plate, they still wouldn’t have gave up 6 home runs.

  • Carew

    So Jaye Chapman looks to be doing well..

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’m intrigued by the fact that, at the time of that trade, he was described by most pundits as just “a guy.” He had middle reliever potential in the bigs, but not set-up man potential. He’s one to watch, obviously, but I’m far from sold.

      • Carew

        I gotcha. I know theyre small sample sizes, but i like the positives haha. Lets hope he succeeds!

        • Professional_High_A

          Best sample size quote had to be from way earlier this spring when brett said something along the lines of “Travis Wood is has an OPS of .750. I have never heard of sample sizes. My roomate at the time was a math major and almost wet himself laughing.

  • Dustin S

    Hi my name is Josh, welcome to Olive Garden…

  • The Dude Abides

    Hey we scored a run. Good work boys let’s build on that.

    • baldtaxguy

      Nice homer by Rizzo, way deep center, hit an equipment truck.

  • Believe in 2015

    Volstad makes me sick. He CAN’T pitch! Time to move on Cubs

    • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

      I still think Volstad could be a hell of a reliever.

      • mudge

        or a power forward.

        • Josh

          Or wiffle ball pitcher

          • Wester

            Or a paper weight

  • Professional_High_A

    Probably my favorite EBS of the season. I miss tee ball.

  • Njriv

    I honestly don’t know what the Cubs can do during the off-season to improve this team. The majority of the Cubs top prospects are in the low minors and they really don’t have any pieces to trade for a potential long term asset with high upside. Nor, is there that many intriguing options in free agency, unless they go after A. Sanchez, McCarthy or Bourn but I really don’t see why these guys would want to come here.

    • Wester

      Maybe we can trade our entire big league club for another big league club!

  • rylan

    What exactly is Joe Mather doing to deserve a roster spot, let alone all these starts?

    • Crockett

      My female friend says he fills out the uniform in “all the right places”. I assume that…cause it sure ain’t anything to do with baseball production.

    • baldtaxguy

      ‘Cause he’s Super

    • fortyonenorth

      My wife says he’s got great hair.

    • ssckelley

      ……and batting leading with a .290 OBP? LaHair would make a better lead off guy.

  • cubsin

    SS, DD.

  • http://casualcubsfan.blogger.com hansman1982

    with the Astros loss tonight their magic number is now 17…thankfully we play them next week but they do have an easy three game set against the Reds.

  • Flashfire

    Made me laugh out loud, Brett. One of your best.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, FF.

  • http://bleachernation Dean

    I was at tonight’s game…that was ugly. Volstad is not a starter. Doesn’t have the stuff or the make-up. Of the bunch of pitchers that the Cubs ran out there tonight only Chapman looked to amount to anything down the road. And i’m sorry, Vitters isn’t the answer at third base. Boy do we a long way to go. Hope some of those top prospects pan out. Still love my Cubs though.

    • AJB

      So quick to give up on the kids. Obviously Vitters isn’t ready yet, but he turned 23 literally days ago, made big strides at AAA this year, and has had about 60 ab’s in the majors. Let him work on some things this winter, go back to AAA to start next year, and see what he can do after learning from this lost season.

    • King Jeff

      I’m sure a lot of people thought that Rizzo wasn’t the answer when he did so poorly in his callup with SD last year. It’s way to early to say Vitters is toast. We need to wait and see how he adjusts when given the opportunity. He’s basically just sitting and watching 90% of the time at this point.

    • baldtaxguy

      I was a bit disappointed in Vitters last AB. 2-2 pitch was set-up as an incredibly obvious breaking ball out of the zone, an easy one to take. He offered and missed it by a foot and finished his swing by walking back to the dugout acting indifferent. He does appear to have lost confidence and is apparently not following a hitting plan or making adjustments that I assume he is getting. I don’t care about the failure, its a learning period for him, but there are others we can find to play third that will at least appear to be working 100%. Appearances can be deceiving, but Josh…give me something to work with.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        He (Vitters) offered and missed it by a foot and finished his swing by walking back to the dugout acting indifferent.

        One, Vitters was not acting “indifferent”: he was acting professional by not letting any emotions show.

        Two, this is what many people predicted for Vitters. He has very good contact skills but no batting eye, so he’ll be swinging at nearly everything. After all, this is pretty much what he did in the minors. The difference is that MLB pitchers have a lot more motion on their pitches than do even AAA pitchers. (Just compare the Nats’ pitches to the Cubs’ pitches to get an idea about how different it is!) “Very good” does not cut it anymore: really, only “exceptionally great” (think Vlad or Yogi) can succeed with Vitter’s hit tools at this level.

        So, this is not a case where modifying a batting stance is going to shift his heat zone a few inches one way or another: it’s a case where MLB pitchers know that they can beat Vitters with anything short of a wild pitch.

        • hansman1982

          If his minor league track record is any indication we should fully expect him to stink it up before he adjusts later next year.

        • baldtaxguy

          Understood re: professionalism, but the point I was trying to make was his after his swing, he continued his motion walking into the dugout, as if he was resigned to the fact that he would be striking out. Definately not questioning his professionalism, and he was likely just frustrated at himself, just that his body motion suggested that he appeared to be giving up on the at-bat almost before it was over. I’m in his corner as a fan – it just appeared that he himself currently is not.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            My main point is that body language is like a horoscope: you can read anything you want to read into it. You can come up with lots of other explanations for the same behavior: for example, maybe he was simply stunned by how good the slider was; maybe he was trying to get a feel for how far the pitch actually was from where he was swinging; maybe he was contemplating the bat speed required to get an African swallow to fly.

            (I was being semisarcastic about the “professional” part: if one likes a player, then one calls a cool demeanor professional; if ones does not like him, then one calls the same demeanor apathetic. The difference is the fan, not the player.)

            Ultimately, the issue is that very, very few guys with his hit tools succeed against that level pitching. Plans, adjustments, etc., are not going to help much: many MLB pitches are going to be much further away from where he’s swinging than most AAA pitches were.

            • hardtop

              um, horoscopes are real and extremely accurate.
              for a doctor, you’re terribly ignorant.

              …are we talking about and unladen swallow?

              • hardtop

                ugh. i miss the edit button….

                • TWC

                  I miss Jeff Pico.

                  • hardtop

                    shut out the reds jeff pico?
                    dude, you kill me.

  • http://Yes Dude

    Fact of the matter is we will be bad for 2-3 more years.

  • RoughRiider

    Boise wins 3-2 !!!

  • http://It'searly Mike F

    Fact of the matter is they didn’t pay Theo 18.5 M to lose for 2-3 years. And his ego didn’t move him from Boston to Chicago to fail and go out a loser.

    Some of you seem to think this is Kane County Cubs and that kind of prolonged losing has no consequences. Here’s a news flash check out the ticket prices that will increase next season. Check out the advertising and revenue charges the Cub’s hit advertiser’s with. Check out the political situation in Chicago and Illinois these guys are trying to get help from to rehab Wrigley. Welcome back to planet earth and modern reality in one of the largest markets in the US. No to act as though losing 2-3 years is a given and fact is really poorly informed. Nothing personal, it’s just this whole long term losing thing is so ridiculous it gets annoying.

    • King Jeff

      As opposed to the win for a year or two and lose for a few years cycle the Cubs were under Hendry? I believe you are the one who is poorly informed, the prolonged losing has been going on for as long as I’ve been a Cubs fan with a few good years sprinkled in. Hoyer has said that the team is going to continue to build from within and support that either through low cost free agents, or adding big name free agents in the right context(age, team need, so on). The Cubs simply are not going to go out and spend a large amount on payroll this offseason because there are no building block free agents out there.(Unless you think Grienke is a building block still). So, I hope you enjoy being annoyed, because you are seeing the process that this FO is going to use to build this organization. We’re in year 3 of losing, in case you forgot, so yeah, 2-3 years of losing is definitely a given, because next years team is going to be pretty similar to this years.

    • baldtaxguy

      I hate news flashes. They always bring be back to planet Earth (and, of course, modern reality). And it always happens when I drink Kool-aid.

      • baldtaxguy

        “me back”

    • fortyonenorth

      The Cubs are banking on the fans hanging-in there until the team comes around. But, how about the players? As an organization you have to show forward movement in order to 1) attract premier or even marginal talent; and, 2) retain talent. No one expects the Cubs to win overnight, but playing on this team has to be even more painful than watching them.

      • mudge

        The Cubs need pitching, and decent starters might want to come here because the well-coached, improved and improving defense will bolster their stats.

  • Big Joe

    A little straying there, but some good points. This isn’t Milwaukee, or K.C.. No reason to have to endure 2-3 more years of bad play. I understand long-term growth from within. But, to agree with the idea that it is the only easy to go, is just dumb. The team needs to sprinkle in some major acquisitions during the winter. I seem to recall hearing that possibility shot down by Hoyer in an interview. I still believe that Epstein is a little gun shy, after a few bad deals in Boston.

    • King Jeff

      I really don’t think this team is going to be a losing team for the next few years, and I don’t think they are going to try and turn it around immediately through free agency either. I really think that if the FO gets the opportunity to add a building block either through free agency or trade, then money isn’t going to be a factor. I think the problem is that there is a lack of players who fit that bill, who are also available. I don’t like losing, I really hate it, but I can see the merits of being patient enough for the Cubs to find the right guys to give all their unused payroll to, rather than just give it to mr. right now to eke out a few more wins in the immediate future.

  • art

    Theo was paid to rebuild from the ground, so 2-3 years of losing will happen.

  • ssckelley

    By my calculations the Cubs have over 40 million coming off the books in salaries heading into next year. They better use it to find players that will help the Cubs be, at least, competitive next year and win down the road. All of these garbage players they keep picking up from other teams are not panning out, there is a reason why their previous team let them go.

    On a bright note, Castillo is impressing me more and more at catcher and is carrying himself like a veteran. Not to many catchers would go to the mound down 9 runs and settle down a pitcher. Whatever he said worked as they got out of the inning.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      They better use it to find players that will help the Cubs be, at least, competitive next year and win down the road.

      Unfortunately, demand does not create supply. There simply will not be players on the market this winter that can address the Cubs many needs. The Cubs best hope is for some team willing to take guys like Vitters and/or BJax in exchange for a salary dump: but it’s not really clear at this time who will be wanting to dump salaries attached to players the Cubs need.

      • ssckelley

        But I seriously doubt the Cubs drop payroll next year. I know the FA market will be thin in this off season but the Cubs need to at least sign a couple of starting pitchers that can get us through the next couple of seasons. The Cubs cannot go into next season with Rusin, Volstad, Raley, and Germano in your starting rotation. Maybe all of them can compete for the 5th spot but the Cubs have got to go out and get 2 other starters to pitch after Samardzija and Wood. The Cubs have some good position players coming up in the minors but the pitching will be at least 2 or 3 years away as the best pitching prospects are in the lower minors.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          Payroll itself should not be the goal. The issue is, who can the Cubs sign to help with their basic needs? Although the Cubs list of needs is quite long, the list of suitable FA is not very long. Moreover, there will be intense competition for those FAs: and all you need is one team to go a bit overboards (a la the A’s with Cespedes last winter) to make “smart” (i.e., team friendly) bids moot.

  • Spoda17

    It is kind of crazy that we have already forgot the losing under Hendry, and are quick to blame Theo and Jed for a losing team they had nothing to do with… Hendry lost, and built losing teams, but he spent a lot of money on free agents only to ultimately lose, I prefer to build and not spend for the sake of spending so we can be a .495 team instead of a .0400 team. Let’s not forget, Hendry built this team, and Theo and Jed are now expected to build a house with sawdust… makes no sense…

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Hendry lost, and built losing teams, but he spent a lot of money on free agents only to ultimately lose

      Maybe it’s the dementia acting up, but I could have sworn that the Cubs were in post-season a few times under Hendry…..

      • mudge

        ya can’t fight a mythology.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          One could argue that it’s all people like me do! 😉

      • Spoda17

        Did we win a WS and I missed it? Did we go to the WS and I missed it? Did we win a NLCS, or NLDS and I missed… Theo has two WS wins btw…

        • DocPeterWimsey

          The GM’s job is to put together a team that can get to post-season. NY propaganda to the contrary, there is no such thing as building a team to win in October: at that point, the factors other than pot-luck that affect outcomes happen long, long after the baseball season starts.

          So, what you missed is the point.

          • Spoda17

            I guess we just have different expectations. If you think Hendry was successful, then fine, I disagree. He dismantled a marginal farm system, signed big money for FAs that are average for the most part. For a few playoff appearance… well, I do not think that is an approach I would endorse for the next few years.

            Doc, feel free to think we have been successful under Hendry, your choice, I just disagree. My expectations are for Jed and Theo to “build,” through all aspects of building a team, to compete for world series appearances and wins, not just a lucky post season appearance hear and there. Ticket prices are where they are because of money already spent with minimal results; has nothing to do with Ricketts and Theo (I know you didn’t mention tickets, but I’m just throwing that in there).

      • King Jeff

        The Cubs were in the postseason a few times, got swept out of the postseason without winning a few times too. They also were a losing team half the time Hendry was running things. Spoda isn’t denying that Hendry had success, just that everytime success came, there were a few years of losing to follow. And that he never rebuilt those teams through acquiring draft picks and stocking the farm, he did it mostly through free agency. I think everyone on here agrees that the Cubs need to do both in order to have sustainable success. The disagreement is coming on when and how the free agent money will be spent. Do they overspend on the non-impact guys of this class to try and compete next year, or do they hold their ground and only give big money to guys that they see as long term building blocks, while having less success short term?

        • mudge

          What a person wearies of, and what doesn’t help a team in the present, is the continual habit of looking for someone to blame. Hendry did have some success. He was also WORKING FOR A DIFFERENT OWNER than Epstein & Hoyer, one which was looking to puff up the value of the ML franchise regardless of cost to the farm. He was doing the job he was asked to do. Now he’s working for the Yankees, not known for making bad hires. As far as the World Series goes, nobody’s entitled to win it – not in 100 years, not in 200 years. You have to go out and win the thing, and it’s better done as a lark than “breaking a curse,” or bearing the weight of the hopes and dreams of thousands of people who think their lives are tragically unfulfilled without a World Series appearance.

  • Steve

    This has the smell, the look, and the appearance of a dead roster. That being said, as in real life, things must hit rock bottom before you “totally redeem yourself!!!”
    Building a quick winner is NOT an option here folks. No major league talent ready in minors, and there are no sensible free agents available. Even if we do have 150 mil to drop this winter, its just not there.
    Plus, look at what the Marlins did…and they had a somewhat solid club to begin with.
    Ricketts agreed to pay Theo for 5 years…and there was not stipulation that he HAD to have the Cubs in the playoffs ( “PLAYOFFS???!!!!” God I love that clip…) in year 2-3. So, that being said, look for expenditures to be minimal as they refurbish Wrigley and save for free agents.
    It’s that simple…I just hope many “on the ledge” fans don’t jump in the meantime.

  • MightyBear

    Boy I sure jinxed Blake Parker.

  • Failblog.org

    i was lucky enough to be at this game to hear the girl scout cheers from the nats fans. Pathetic

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