The Cubs and the Rockies battled in the rain for 6 innings with the Rockies having a 10-5 lead. Finally Mother Nature, who had been hinting from the start that this game should have been called early, finally had enough and threw enough water down that even clueless umpire Jim Joyce decided to halt proceedings. The game started out promising enough. Dave Sappelt went all Tuffy Rhodes and led off the game with his first homerun. A Jeff Rutledge overthrow that would have made Peyton Manning blush led to two more runs and the Cubs found themselves with a rare 3-0 lead. But DJ LeMahieu and Tyler Colvin, both traded by the Cubs in the off season, went Jack Parkman on the Cubs, leading a 15 hit attack as they chased Chris Rusin, hammered Rafael Dolis and cruised to a not as close as it seems 10-5 lead. Let’s see if we can explain these shadows in the rain…
HAS YOUR BAND BEGUN TO RUSIN?
Chris Rusin has decided to downgrade from “Meh” to “Blah”. His outing started out encouraging. After being staked to a 3-0 lead, Rusin needed only 12 pitches and 2 minutes to shut down the Rockies in the 1st. He would not carry the momentum. 3 2/3IP, 7 hits, 6 ER, 1 walk, no K’s. Even when he pitches well, Sveum doesn’t trust him to go more than 5. And games like today, when he gets hit early, he goes downhill quickly. If Cubs management does have plans for Brooks Raley that would mean a change of roles or addresses for Mr. Rusin.
OF ALL THE GIRLS YOU PROBABLY DISAPPOINTED ME THE MOST.
For my money Rafael Dolis has been the biggest disappointment this season. Being thrust into a closer’s role hasn’t helped. But time and time again, Dolis has been put in a position to impress and has turned into goo. Tonight was no different. Brought in to get one out with runners on second and third and the Cubs still leading 5-4, Dolis came in and promptly gave up a double to SS Josh Rutledge. That batter should have been his super bowl. Instead it was Illinois-La. Tech. He would give up 3 more in the next inning. He used to have overpowering stuff. It’s nowhere to be seen. Can the Cubs rebuild him? Do they even want to?
THEN AGAIN, MAYBE I WON’T.
The Tyler Colvin, DJ Lemahieu trade continues to look awful. Both players were a combined 5-8 with 3 RBI in this game. And if they somehow miraculously continue his game I’m willing to bet they continue to rein blows upon Ye Cubbies. (Get it? Rain, rein…See what I did there?). Were they going to be integral parts in the Cubs rebuild? No. (Although Lemahieu would be an upgrade over Luis V….) But you could have gotten back a better package than a one wrested strikeout prone 3B washout and a pitcher who probably pitched his way out of baseball. One in the loss column for Epstoyer.
So the Cubs take the early lead for this so-called precious “2nd pick” and the big bag of extra nickels that comes with it. This will cause some to be very happy. Hopefully we’re all still around in 2018 so you can tell me “I told you so”. But it’s just one of three and there’s still two more games with this really not good Rockie team. Jason Berken tries to make it 2 nice starts in a row as he opposes disappointing rookie Drew Pomerantz. Pomerantz was the “must have” in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, and might bear watching if you believe trading Matt Garza is the first step on the road to happiness.
I’m just glad the game is over.