Didn’t we already see this movie?

Chris Volstad put up a decent line, albeit against a AAA lineup, and the bullpen pitched well, too. But for the second straight day, the bats did nothing. Against the Astros.

The Cubs were shut out. Again. 3-0. Again. By the Astros.

The Astros.

  • Fishin Phil

    Didn’t see the game, but it appears Brett Jackson was doing his best Ryan Theriot impression.

  • fester30

    I think it’s obvious there should be a spring training battle for a starting outfield position between Brett Jackson and Chris Volstad. They’re both hitting .179.

    • Cizzle

      That was the first thing I noticed too.

  • fester30

    I probably should have said 4th outfielder since Sappelt seems to be hitting better than both of them.

    • Spriggs

      How about 5th outfielder – since Campana has them beat too (as does the powerful “Joey Baseball” Mather).

      • Drew7

        This is making me want to vomit

  • Stu

    Time for the team to call it a season and forget about this….Head south for the winter…

  • cubchymyst

    Didn’t watch the games, but based on the results it seems like Jackson could use some more time in AAA. Unless the cubs plan on signing another outfielder this off-season the best option to start next season might be a platoon situation. Grab the two best OPS guys for their respective splits out of the current crop of outfielders and throw them out there.

  • Stevie B

    This team, and season was one ugly pig no doubt. That being said, just remember, we are Cub fans, and things will get better.
    Hopefully, Brenly will re-up, we can hit a homer with our 2nd pick next year, and a few of our kids actually turn out to be stars.
    Thank you my 2012 Cubs…you didn’t have a chance.

  • ssckelley

    Pathetic way to end the season.

  • arta

    I’d make it clear to Jackson that he is not plan A going into ST of 2013. the FO said a player has to earn it, force them to make a decision. make him work for it. i was rooting for him but he really looks overmatched hitting.

    • Spriggs

      Something happened to Jackson (besides major league pitching and AAA pitching). This is not the same guy. He looks completely different at the plate to me. I think the Big Redbird in the sky got a hold of him and did something to him. He’s done.

  • CM

    This new plate approach thing is really lighting up the scoreboard. I guess that’s not even possible at Wrigley, but…

  • Stu

    I just don’t get Jackson. He should be focused on becoming more of a contact hitter. Why not choke up a little, lighten the bat, check your vision, simplify your swing, etc.

    I’m sure that he has been told that the current approach for him is not cutting it. The strikeouts percentage of 30-40% will never work. Period.

  • LouCub

    I don’t get Valbuena…This guy has stranded more runners on base than anyone i’ve ever seen..Larry Bowa would have driven in more runs than this guy!!! He is a rally killer for sure…The thing about BJax is that he’s a hard worker, i expect him to make the necessary adjustments and if he doesn’t Matt Sczur is closer to the bigs and he’s an on base % machine..

    • Spriggs

      If only Vitters had shown a little more, the Valbuena thing wouldn’t matter at all. What Vitters HAS shown is that he is Gary Scott (without the glove, the arm, or the bat).

  • baseballet

    BJax has the highest strikeout rate in the major leagues for all players with a minimum of 130 PAs. Yep, I think it’s safe to say he needs to change his approach.

    • Drew7

      His “approach” is the only reason he made it as far as he has. The beachball-sized hole in his swing is why he strikes out.

  • Stevie B

    Brett Jackson is a prime example of just how hard it is to make it in the majors. He is an elite talent, just like all the players that actually get to the bigs.
    Problem is, being elite isn’t good enough. Unless Brett reinvents himself, he may just prove to be …not good enough.

    • CM

      This is a prime example of, when you look up and down the minors at the depth at each position and wonder “wow there are so many prospects at X position” why there are so many “prospects”. The vast majority of them never pan out.

  • rbreeze

    Well we had a nice look at some of the future. Rizzo, Samardzija, Barney and his errorless streak, Castillo at catcher (maybe), T. Wood had a couple of promising moments, Alfonso had a real nice year for him, I’m sure he will still be here next year and that was about it. I think Castro will get better as he matures. We need a lot of help in a lot of places especially pitching. But why didn’t the season end on Sunday. This series against the Astros is terrbile to watch even for the one inning that I did watch on monday night. They have all mailed it in and have their minds on off season plans. Theo and Jed have their work cut out for them this winter.
    They will need a lot of luck no doubt.

  • ry34

    freakin pathetic embarrassment of a team. shutout two days in a row by the worst team in baseball by far, oh wait maybe we are actually the worst team in baseball by far! thank god it finally ends today!

  • nellie

    WE just plain suck hope for next year not that great maybe 2014

  • cubmig

    A number of posts had to do with Jackson’s performance—-or should it be said “non-performance”? I get it. He did look bad. It was tough to watch him at bat, especially in view of how high everyone was on him at the AAA level. “baseballet” pointed out Bjax had 130 ABs. Don’t know what the expected AB rate is over a 162 game season, but if one can at least assume that a player can be expected to make 3 plate appearances in a 9 inning game, that’s 486 ABs over 162 games. Bjax’s 130 ABs translates as 27% (rounded out) of that possible AB total.

    My question is: Is that enough to evaluate a newcomer to the bigs—given the adjustments (mental and otherwise) newcomers have to make to acclimate themselves? Too, the Cubs have been notorious for inconsistent playing of prospects regularly. Has that been a factor here? Has management played Bjax in enough successive games to fully evaluate what Bjax is; that they’re not missing sometime time can remedy?

    This is not an argument for keeping Bjax as much as it is a concern that management makes their player keep-decisions on the basis of calculated “full” looks at a player’s performance and not on snippets that may leave more questions unanswered than answered.

  • cubmig

    see correction in bold. “Has that been a factor here? Has management played Bjax in enough successive games to fully evaluate what Bjax is; that they’re not missing something time can remedy?

  • Stevie B

    Im not writing BJax off by any means. He just has work to do.