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OK, fine, so what? I don't expect much from Volstad either, and I suspect zonk doesn't either. But what do you do?
If Chris Volstad has a decent 8 game run to end the season I still wouldn't plan on him cracking the rotation next year.
Chris Volstad is a longshot to be anything other than a crappy pitcher.
Volstad wishes he could be as crappy as Zambrano at this point.
But I'm not sure how saying Zambrano has been just as bad as Volstad is proof that Volstad should get a shot at starting when you also mention that Zambrano has lost his starting spot.
The Cubs pitching plan for the season was never going to end either with them having a full staff for September or them having a good staff ready for 2012. They tried out a whole bunch of cheap guys and tried to get a good return on some veterans. Maholm turned into a couple prospects, Samardzija turned into a good pitcher, and the rest of them flopped. Next year they've got Garza and Samardzija, and maybe they can hope on Volstad or Wood (though I didn't realize how bad those guys have been in Iowa). That's not the ideal return on the guys they had to start the season, but it's in the range of reasonable. The Cubs will need to be active in the offseason to build a starting rotation again.
If I was the GM I would not be having Volstad start. It's pointless. I'd rather go waiver wire hunting looking for a soot covered jewel than have Volstad start at this point.
Who was the other player droppes from the 25 man to make room?
Who won the pre-season bet for number of players from opening day active roster who are still in the organization?
Brooks Raley headed up to start. There's an open spot on the 40-man so I guess that's easy enough.
Anyone else noticing that Russell is pretty shaky lately?
I believe I questioned the extension for Fleita at the time. The timing is odd though, I'll say.
Brett Jackson has 18 strikeouts in 35 plate appearances so far this year. This is pretty frightening.
7 years, $60 million according to ESPN.
The contract covers four years of arb (he will be a super two) and three of FA.
The concerns about Jackson's K rate seem to have been borne out and then some. Dude's striking out in over half his ABs (yet, with a decent walk rate and isolated power). I don't know if it's lack of bat speed or what, but THAT sort of inability to make contact is a huge obstacle to his being a worthwhile player. If he got the K's down to 1 a game, we could have a Granderson/Lankford type player on our hands, but that seems like a tall order. I wonder if there's precedent for a guy with contact issues this severe becoming successful at the MLB level.
Anyone want to explain what any of the players are doing on the major league roster?
I don't think Scott Maine is necessarily better than Hinshaw. Scott Maine sucks.
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