Think Blew. Dodgers 6 Cubs 1.

Last night, Cub fans stuffed themselves on a giant bowl of Schadenfreude, watching Albert Pujols and the Angels rub Ryan Dempster’s ass in the moonshine to the tune of 7 runs in 4 innings. Well, life has a way of evening out the score. The Cubs don’t seem to have a way of evening out the score these days. They did manage to tie the game at 1 with a Luis Valbuena double. But a ho-hum Shark gave up the lead and the car kind of rolled downhill from there. Let’s come in from the cold, come down from the wire and breakdown. This won’t take long.


Jeff Samardzija did not pitch all that terribly. Despite what the score line may say: 5 runs, all earned in 5 1/3rd innings, striking out 3, walking none. Sammy was around the plate all night. If anything, he may have been too much around the plate. He didn’t get anyone to chase, didn’t get anyone off balance. When Shark’s rolling, he’s doubling up on his pitches, working backwards, making hitters look foolish. In the 5th, all the hits were on fastballs. In the 6th, all the hits were on breaking pitches. Samardzija will probably beat himself up when he looks at the tape of this game. But he can learn from it. Here’s hoping he does.


Brian Lahair continues his tailspin. He was 1 for 3 tonight with the one compliments of a very, very questionable call. To Lahair’s credit, he has played some solid right field. But you’d have to think a couple of days off, even one of those “wink wink” trips to the disabled list. It’s not about Lahair’s long-term future with the Cubs. He’s pressing. And Dale should help him get right.


Need SOMETHING to feel good about. I guess this is something: the kiddie relievers. Scott Maine came in and did his trying to impress a girl at Coney Island routine, striking out the only batter he faced. Alberto Cabrera came in and just clowned Luis Cruz with 3 sliders. And Jeff Beliveau threw a scoreless 8th. I’m not saying we have a future pen forming before our eyes. But it does appear that they may actually be teaching and developing down in Iowa. And that bodes well for whenever we need bullpen arms.

So, yeah, the Cubs are now 4-11 after a day off. Is that significant of anything? I doubt it. Tomorrow Chris Volstad continues his chase of Anthony Young’s winless record. And he’s going against Clayton Kershaw, so tomorrow’s not looking much better. HBO was showing Inception while this game was on. If only Leo and the boys could of broke into our heads and erased the memories of this one. Yeesh.


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  • Anyone know what Volstad's ERA is this year minus the big innings?

  • In reply to Scrapiron:

    Less than with the big innings included.

  • In reply to Scrapiron:

    I remember I calculated it earlier in the season, about 2-3 starts before he went down the first time and I believe it was under 2.00 at that point.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    if he could get over that mental hurdle he'd be a middle of the rotation guy with top level potential... he's got the stuff and when no one is on he's real good...

  • I don't think LaHair has a supporter on the coaching staff... if he wasn't protection for Sori he'd probably never play

  • Kind of hope Vitters gets the call up so they can put him in the 6 spot as protection for LaHair... guy has nothing... he gets fringe pitches and because he so dang tall he generally doesn't get the fringe call. I don't think in the Cardinal series he got more then 4 pitches in the strike zone

  • John,

    I just calculated Volstad's stats. I hope I am accurate, but if not, I'm close. Here we go!

    Total stats: 45.1 IP - 40 ER = 7.94 ERA

    During eight of his nine starts, he had one big inning where he gave up three or more ER:

    One bad inning stats: 8 IP - 30 ER = 33.75 ERA

    Innings with two or fewer ER allowed:

    Good innings stats: 37.1 IP - 10 ER = 2.43 ERA

    It has to be something mental IMHO. I hope Dale and his staff can get him through this tough period because he could be an asset.

  • That's good work out of you Scrapiron. Much appreciated.

    To me the key part of that stat is the 8 out of 9 games. The Sample size kind of stopped being a sample and is quickly becoming a meal. He's becoming drinking-game like consistent in that he WILL have a bad inning and you're just kind off betting on when and not if. And while he has good stuff have you ever watched him pitch and thought the words "Nasty" or "filthy" or even "dominating". Granted those are words saved for very few pitchers but when you're 6'5" and can tick the mid-90's...shouldn't you be? Acquiring him was definitely worth a shot. And it's not like Rusin or Struck have had any "Oooh Teacher, teacher, look at me." moments themselves. So f they want him to run out the string, fine. But any good performance in these final two months will have to be matched next spring before he's in the plans.....right?

  • maybe it's just me, but felzz' attempt at humor is about as good as Volstad's era.

  • Well, what can I say?

    Hopefully, it's just you.

  • In reply to felzz:

    I think he means you do really well except for one bad paragraph.

  • In reply to Hubbs16:

    Ha Ha!

    Yeah that could be it. I seem to get on Chris Rock- Louis CK roll. But eventually it all goes Dane Cook.

    Well, I've only been doing this for a week or two. I know Arguello is sending me to Arizona Fall Blogging. Hopefully I can work on what I need to and come back strong in the Spring.

    So if Chris Volstad has a good game tonight, does that mean I'm funny?

  • In reply to felzz:

    Love your humor myself, keep it up. Your reviews are funny as hell. Dane Cook? No way in Hell, dont be so hard on yourself. That guy makes Carrot Top look like George Carlin in comparison.

  • What is considered a good game for volstad, only allowing 5 runs? We all know good game and volstad don't go together.

  • In reply to Joshnk24:

    But if you are in the hunt for the #1 draft pick then he along with Casey Coleman rank among the all time great pairings, kind of like a modern day Drysdale-Koufax. We can even make it a 3some and call up Rodrigo.

  • In reply to Behn Wilson:

    that definetly is a great point!! maybe can even throw out an injured randy wells!

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