Now before you jump me for the title, this isn’t directed at the Cubs as a whole. I was pleasantly surprised with the way the Cubs played during their four games in three day trip to Cincinnati, which thankfully didn’t end in another sweep.
I, like Jeremiah, have been hoping that Mr. Volstad would get his first win since July of last year. While he hasn’t pitched incredibly well, surrendering less than three runs only once in thirteen starts this season, Volstad has pitched well enough to keep the team in a position to win multiple times.
It’s hard to see the guy labor through his one bad inning a game, with a look on disappointment on his face as they show his slow walk back to the dugout following the inning. I’ve never been much of a Volstad guy, even during his solid rookie season for the Marlins in 2008 where he tallied a sub 3.00 ERA in 15 outings. Despite all of his talent, the guy doesn’t have ability to harness it and put it all together over the course of an entire season. I’d like to be wrong about this, but unless he has a Shark type of turnaround next season I can see the team giving up on him sooner rather than later. For now, I’d just like to see the poor guy grab a win before the end of the season.
There’s not much bad I can say about the game today to be honest.
Camp would probably be the least valuable player if I had to chose someone quickly. He got a bit unlikely with Xavier Paul hitting a triple on the second pitch of the inning that was just inside the line. The pitch wasn’t a mistake, but Paul ripped it and virtually ended the game with no outs in the ninth. The outfield played “prevent” defense with Ryan Hanigan and he hit a meatball to left-center for the walk-off win.
The rest of the bullpen pitched well in two innings of work. Michael Bowden and Jeff Beliveau gave up only one hit combined in their two innings and didn’t allow another base runner. I haven’t seen enough to decide whether these guys will have a spot in the bullpen come 2013, but I can only assume that they will decide their fate with how they pitch in their opportunities over the final 42 games.
David DeJesus finished up an impressive week with a 3-4, 2 run performance in the losing effort. DeJesus has come out and said he wants to be a part of these young team going forward. I’m not sure what kind of loyalty it takes to be committed to a rebuilding franchise, but I feel good knowing that Theo might keep an older guy or two around to mentor the young guys. If DeJesus wants to be one of those types of players, more power to him. He plays hard, puts up respectable numbers at the plate and isn’t an liability in the outfield.
The Cubs claimed Alex Hinshaw off waivers from San Diego. He posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 appearances for the Friars this season, but has struggled with his command. Raw talent-wise I can see the intrigue, but one has to wonder how many pitchers we can have in the bullpen that are allergic to having good command of their pitches.
Justin Germano gets the start against rookie Mark Rogers at Miller Park tomorrow for the start of a three game series.