Rocky Mountain Way down... Rockies 10 Cubs 5

Rocky Mountain Way down... Rockies 10 Cubs 5

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…




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.




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?




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.


Box score. 

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    B Jax would have caught that ball hit by LeMehieu that Jerry Mathers "as the Beaver" couldn't get to... Why is he still playing? He BLOWS,,,sorry... Chris Rusin is giving me flashbacks to another crappy lefty from the mid 80's Steve Engle...Let's get some serviceble arms or 2103 is gonna be tough

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    Yeah, not sure why Mather is starting, let alone starting in CF... unless Sveum truly is trying to "throw" these last few games. LeMeh's double was easily catchable... he just took a terrible line on it and also lost track. Ugh.

    Well, at least that #2 is looking more possible.

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    In reply to Pura Vida:

    Mather is a better hitter than Jackson, hands down, right now. Just a guess, but I'd think the reason that Jackson is out is because he's picked up some bad habits which have led to his average collapsing in September (from .200 to .168 -- .067 BA) and they want to correct those issues. He's still very much a work in progress.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    I agree actually that Mather is a better hitter right now than B-Jax, and they probably don't want to play B-Jax and reinforce old habits.......

    But I would play DeJesus instead. He's not any worse defensively, and is better offensively. Not that DeJesus is the future either, but he at least is a real ML ballplayer. Not sure Mather is.

    At least the Cubs are playing Sappelt, which is the right call; we need to see if he can be our 4th OF next year. So far, looks like he can

  • In reply to Zonk:

    So, I agree that Jackson is messed up right now. But someone explain to me how he is going to get better, quicker, as a benchwarmer than as a player?

    Every AB we give to Mather (as well as Clevenger, Cardenas, and Sappelt) is just used toilet paper.

  • In reply to Rob Letterly:

    I gotta agree with Rob (at least mostly agree). While you can learn by watching, you really get better by playing and Jackson's done a fair amount of sitting and watching. Let him take what's he's learned so far, play, and work on some stuff in actual game situations. Who cares that Mather is a better hitter (and I would say marginally better... it's not like Mather is setting the world on fire when he steps into the box).

    I actually like Sappelt getting some ABs too because I see him as a 4th or 5th OFer next year and any experience he gets is a plus. Cardenas must really blow as a fielder because Sveum has never really given him a chance this year to show what he's got. Clevenger has shown that (at this point at least) he's a 3rd string catcher. Other than his age and potential to improve, he's really not much of an upgrade on Koyie Hill. I'd still like to see Rekar get some games in.

  • In reply to Rob Letterly:

    Agreed here Rob on playing Jackson, but Sappelt and Clevenger will likely be on next year's team and certainly on the 40 man roster.

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  • Dolis is a huge disappointment so far. As hittable a mid 90s fastball as there is in the game right now. Can't give up on that kind of arm yet, though.

    Colvin is doing all his damage at Coors. On the road he has an OPS of well below .700. And LeMahieu is a guy with a .318 OBP, no power, and below average defense. I think the Cubs lost the trade, but those aren't guys they should be worried about.

  • ITA John, bad short term trade but that's it. Neither Colvin or LeMahieu are long term starters, Colvin is best as a platoon guy.

  • Was hoping the Cubs would take 2 of 3 in this series. Still doable, but tough. Best wishes to Dusty Baker.

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    Gotta love the reverse standings this morning. Just lose baby!

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    In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Losing is ok ight now as long as we can take some positives from the kids out of each game to build for next year and beyond....It makes me sick to watch Mather play

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Just pitiful, baby!

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    In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I was not very optimistic headed into this series. Turns out, on the road, we are much worse than our lineup indicates. Really wonder what's causing that. Rizzo is slumping again, so that's some of it -- but Rizzo's slump didn't give up 10 runs.

    But, yeah, 2 is looking do-able again. We're going to need a big lead going into the Astros series, though.

  • I'm feeling the negativity percolating within after last night's game. Why is Dopey Dale pulling a Quade and not playing BJ? I know BJ struggles against left handed pitching, but he's on the major league roster so he has to face it sometimes. The Rockies' starter has an ERA of 9.45, so why not let BJ take some hacks, maybe get used to seeing a few pitches come from the other side of the mound? If they can't use BJ against a shaky lefty in a meaningless game at the end of the season then he shouldn't have been promoted to the major league roster in the first place.
    And talk about not being ready for prime time, Vittles has a .365 OPS with four walks versus 31 strikeouts. Based on their limited playing time and lack of success it seems to me that Vitters and BJax should have stayed in AAA. I worry that their MLB experience will wreck their confidence heading into next season. Maybe if they would have worked on their glaring deficiencies in AAA and had some success, they'd be more ready to help the Cubs next year.

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    In reply to baseballet:

    I don't think promoting Vitters/B-Jax was necessarily a bad idea, or will ruin confidence. First, the AAA season ended Labor day anyway. Second, the ML coaching staff needed to get an extended look ahead of the offseason, to see what needs we might have, and what they should work on.

    I think both have offseason assignments to work on elements of their game. The other thing is that we know now that we can't rely on Vitters to start at 3B next season; we need a backup plan. We also need a backup plan on B-Jax; that may be Sappelt or DeJesus or Campana, but we need a plan in mind.

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    In reply to baseballet:

    PS: Per Carrie Muskat, B-Jax was still recovering from a touch of flu yesterday

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    In reply to baseballet:

    Personally I think Vitters in particular has been called up specifically to have his confidence shaken. Management is giving him a chance to see what his past approach will get him against major league pitching. Nothing teaches humility like humiliation.

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    In reply to Kevin Heckman:

    You'd think I'd be a lot more humble then...

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Just goes to show that some people's pride cannot be pricked :)

  • In reply to Kevin Heckman:

    Vice versa, as well.

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    I got a kick out of this. At the top of "Read these ChicagoNow Blogs": Kinky or Knot: Secrets from a Dominatrix.

    Is this being marketed here because they know Cubs fans are addicted to pain?

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Haha! Didn't think about that cross-marketing angle ;) Those blogs are rotated in and out of that feature independent of what this blog is about. So the pain addiction parallel is just a coincidence!

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    I am with you felzz on Dolis, who was Hinshawed yet again last night. I have to assume Bosio and Sveum see the same things we do, and have a plan to build him up. What's missing with him?

    He throws hard and looks intimidating, but if you look at his stats, he didn't miss many bats in the minors, and sure isn't in the majors. He needs a better secondary pitch; are we developing that? Is he making progress with it? Because if the answer is no to both, we are wasting our time with Dolis, and he needs to go. He can't command his sinker well enough to rely on it completely, obviously.

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    In reply to Zonk:

    He is pitching poorly enough that I could see the Cubs cutting ties with him if there are tricky 40-man decisions to make. For a guy with a mid-90s fastball, that's saying something.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    With all due respect, I don't think that's even under consideration. The Cubs are not going to give up on a 24 year old kid who can reach 97. They'll keep him and go back to the drawing board. Maybe a new pitch, maybe tinker with some grips and/or his delivery.

    Last year, Cabrera performed as badly in AAA as Dolis has this year in the majors, fell completely off top 30 prospects, but they kept him on the roster. And it's for one reason. He can throw very, very hard. That's a building block that you just can't teach.

    The Cubs had more players to protect last season. This year I'd be surprised if it were more than 5. There are much better options if the Cubs need to make a bit more room than expected.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    You're probably right.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    The command isn't there. He can't leave those sinkers up. He has a decent slider but if Dolis is going to make it, it's going to be on the strength of his fastball and it's movement. He needs a change of pace. Maybe a split finger -- among easiest pitch to learn and he's got those big old meathooks to grip it properly.

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    All I need is one sliver of good in each game to be able to root for a loss (the 2nd overall pick is all we have to root for as a fanbase at this point). Obviously this is the start of the playoffs for the Cubs, and they won game 1. Castro hit a home run, and that is the only sliver I need.

  • In reply to Demarrer:

    Another positive. Dave Sappelt saw 27 pitches in 4 ABs last night and had two extra base hits.

    It's looking more and more like we've found our 4th outfielder for next year.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    So we got a 4th/5th starter, a 4th outfielder, and, potentially, a top tier offensive second baseman -- for one year of Sean Marshall. That deal may go down as more one sided than the Rizzo deal when all is said and done.

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    RE: Trade with Rockies, yes it was bad, didn't work out. Not all trades do.

    I agree that Colvin and LeMahieu, neither one are futuer all-stars or world beaters. Colvin still walks almost never, and has an artificially high BABIP. Combine that with hitting in Coors, and he would be very hard pressed to put up similar numbers anywhere but Colorado. He isn't really that good. He's OK.

    LeMahieu is not a good defensive 2B, and doesn't have the power for 3B. He would be useful to us right now, as a backup plan for Vitters to man 3B temporarily. He is a good defensive 3B, just not much of an offensive option.

    But clearly that trade was a failure for us.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    It was a loss, no doubt, just not one that's going to hurt us all that much. I felt that way at the time of the trade. Best case scenario, you get yourself a 3B for the next 2-3 years. Worst case scenario is you get zilch and you lose a couple of good role players/2nd division starters.

    Looks like the worst case scenario right now.

  • Away from home this season, Colvin has 7 HRs, 21 RBIs and is hitting .238 in 193 ABs.

  • I tried my best to watch this game last night but it was just painful. I can't imagine sitting through the rain for this (or the sun for that matter). Somehow there were still more fans there (in the stands and paid attendance) than the Sox drew for a pretty important game in perfect weather. Not sure how that happens...

  • After watching some of our relievers this season, i can say now that Mel Rojas was not that bad of a pitcher when he played for us.

  • John, any chance the cubs go after bj upton this offseason? He is exactly what they hope bjax will be. Hits for power, steals bases and plays good defense. He will hit for a low average and strike out just like bjax but upton is already proven and I'm not sold on bjax. Upton is still only 28 and I don't want to watch another season like this. The cubs need to be somewhat competitive next year. Can't keep playing with all rookies.

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    In reply to Joshnk24:

    I wouldn't hold your breath on somewhat competitive. Next season is probably going to be pretty bumpy, although hopefully we'll be spending less time watching veterans play out their contracts and more time agonizing over young players doing their Jekyll and Hyde impressions.

  • In reply to Joshnk24:

    I think he's intriguing for exactly the reasons you state. The big question would be, do you want him at 30 making good money when the Cubs are competive?

    I think they'd be interested but my feeling is that a team with ability to win in 2013 will be more willing to fork over more years and cash than the Cubs are willing to do. Especially with Almora likely to move quickly.

  • In reply to Joshnk24:

    Right surname, wrong first name. Justin is the Upton the Cubs should be interested in.

  • I'm sure the Cubs are interested in the player, but it would depend mostly on the price tag, which is likely to be very high in terms of prospects. It's a big risk unless the price comes way down, but if market is low for Upton, I don't see any reason as to why the D'Backs would trade him in the first place.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Do you think a package built around Baez would do it? Incredibly risky -- but, we know Justin Upton is a major leaguer, and a core of Upton-Rizzo-Castro would be impressive. (I, personally, don't pull the trigger on that, but I think a good case for the deal can be made.)

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Dealing for Baez now would be too risky for AZ. He hasn't even shown he can hit pitching at Hi A. We'd have to give up Baez and most of Boise if we were just dealing prospects for him I'd rather wait for Almora instead and not give up any of the youngsters right now.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I wouldn't do it but I agree it'd probably have to center around Baez.

    Here's what gives me pause.. you have to wonder why AZ has been willing to put Upton on the market for two years now despite a pretty reasonable contract. He's been inconsistent from year to year. I think you really have to be careful. Sometimes you don't know about players until it's too late, as the Cubs seem to have been disappointed with Ian Stewart's work ethic. I'm not saying that's Upton's problem, but you have to wonder why they're so willing to trade a 25 year old with that kind of talent. They certainly don't need young pitching. It seems to me they need offense.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I've seen Baez play in person, no way should the cubs trade that kid! He is legit and wants to be a star and has the talent and drive to be a star! I want to see him in a cubs uniform really soon! Bj is a free agent so wouldn't have to give anything up for him like would with Justin.

  • I went to visit this lady friend named Mystic Isabella.....I wanted to know the future of the Cubs and baseball in general......she had this to say.....

    In the future.....Rev. Carlos Zambrano will be hired by MLB as the Legue's Spiritual Leader.......

    That Jamie Moyer will be pitching at the age of 70 for the White Sox....

    Bud Selig will turn 100 as Baseball Commissioner......

    New Teams in the league will include Las Vegas, New Orleans, Brooklyn, Portland, Anchorage, and Havana.......

    Miami Marlins will not be around, and their new stadium will be turned into a Drug / Steroid Rehab Home for ex-MLB players.....

    Steve Bartman will be hired by the Ricketts Family as the new Cubs GM....

    Darwin Barney will pass Barry Bonds as the All Time HR King......

    Ozzie Gullien will become President of Venezuela.....

    Games will be 10 hours long due to instant reply will be used on all replacement umpire calls.......

    Season games & Playoff games will be extended......Cubs player Soler will be known as Mr. December by Cubs fans.

    Due to Global Warmth, Spring Training games will be held in Montana & Wyoming instead of Florida & Arizona.......

    Kane County Cougars will outdraw both Cubs and Sox attendance......

    Chicago Mayor Michelle Obama will throw out the first pitch at the White Sox / Cubs series in 2020.......

    Josh Vitters will be hired by the Cubs as their hitting coach ..........

    The average baseball park hot dog & beer will cost $100.......

    Lee Elia and Ozzie Gullien will co-write a foul language book about baseball fans called '"F*** Them"........

    Cubs Den fans will see Felzz on MLB TV co-hosting a sports show with various female co-hosts.............

    After a decade of Championships, the Rickett's family will sell the Cubs for a record price of $100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, a group of wealthy Chinese Businessmen.

    Bud Selig blocks the Cubs on moving to China.......NORAD is put on a full alert as China threatens war........White Sox ownership sides with China.

    Rafel Dolis will be the Cubs pitching coach by 2020.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    I thought Selig already turned 100.

  • John, Just a few thoughts about another angle on the Ian Stewart trade. I was watching the Leadoff Man on WGN last night before the game (Kind of ashamed to admit that), but Len Kasper had a great interview with Jeff Samardjiza. Jeff was talking about how important it was for him to be with the team even though he wasn't pitching this last month, because it allowed him to sit back and watch the team and take on a bit more of a leadership role. Basically, just trying to keep working hard, do things the right way, learn from others, support the rest of the guys and get better. You could tell by the way he spoke that he really believed this too. Those are the kind of guys the Cubs need.

    On the other hand, Stewart has been nowhere to be seen since his June surgery. That has to be disappointing for the FO and Sveum and probably his other teammates.

    Last point, and not really thread related, Len made an interesting comment that he spoke with Bosio after Samardzija's complete game against the Bucs. Bosio told him it was the worst day of the season because Samardz was being shut down. I guess they really enjoy working together. Finally, Bosio showed Len video of Samardzija's mechanics two years ago, and then during the Pittsburgh complete game to show the stark contrast in his ability to repeat his delivery. Good stuff.

  • In reply to JC 2012:

    Interesting stuff. I missed that.

    Looks like another reason Stewart may be non-tendered.

    And I think the Cubs really like the kind of work Samardzija put in last offseason. He's a long term player for them, definitely the kind they want to keep around.

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