9/26 About last night …

Following Tuesday’s loss to the Rockies, the Cubs now are 0-14 on the road against National League West teams.

“It’s always tough to win in the west,” Dale Sveum said. “The bottom line is we haven’t been able to get anybody out, either. … Tonight, to score that many runs early and then give just give it right back, you’re not going to win many road games when you’re giving up that many hard hit balls or balls hit out of the ballpark.”

The Rockies pounded 15 hits — six for extra bases — in the abbreviated game, called after 6 1/2 innings because of rain.

“We came out swinging the bats really well,” Sveum said. “We couldn’t get them to make any soft contact, that’s for sure. There were some balls hit pretty hard on their side. Even the outs we got, we’re lucky they were at people.”

* Rookie Chris Rusin has one more start to go this season, closing the series against the Diamondbacks on Sunday in the Cubs’ final road game.

“It’s been a learning experience, a good experience to get your feet wet,” said Rusin, who spent most of this season at Triple-A Iowa. “At the same time, you try to do well. You just take whatever you can get from it and learn from it, and figure out what you have to work on next year. [I’ve got] one more — try to end solid and end on a good note.”

* Tuesday’s game was played in a constant rain. Sveum said the field had become unplayable.

“It just rained too hard for too long a period of time,” Sveum said.

The game was called after a 48-minute delay.

“It was terrible — I thought I was on ice skates,” Sappelt said of the field conditions. “Every time I tried to throw the ball, I thought I was going to slide.”

* The Cubs’ magic number is four. They need four wins in the remaining eight games to avoid a 100-loss season, which would be the team’s first since the 1966 Cubs lost 103 games.

* Starlin Castro hit his 14th home run in the third. He now has 52 extra-base hits this season, three shy of his career high of 55, set last year.

* Darwin Barney’s NL-record errorless streak at second base is now at 139 consecutive games. He is closing in on the Major League record of 141 set by Placido Polanco in 2007 with the Tigers.

— Carrie Muskat


I thought it interesting that the Cubs announcers estimated no more than 3-4 thousand fans in the early innings, yet the official attendance listed in all the box scores was over 26,000.


The official attendance is always how many tickets the team sold to the game, not how many people went through the gates that day. And really, why should you care about what the attendance is at Coors Field in the first place?

First time on the internet, dude? Sorry for trying to explain to you how official attendance works. And really, why ARE you so concerned about the Rockies attendance? Considering that you are asking about it on the Cubs official website, I think I am well within my right to ask you why. And if you’re going to get all hot and bothered because someone responded to your post, well then maybe you’re not quite ready for the internet yet.

OK, I may have over reacted, my apologies but when using words like “and really” it leads one to believe you are being concescending…not to mention “dude”, used to no end by another party we all know and LOVE.

Er, why should you be interested in why I’m interested in that topic?


Agreed Jim. Why would your interest in Coors field attendance bother anybody? What business is it of dse44 or anybody else” WHY your’re interested? He/she doesn’t know you. You may have had a wager on the attendance? Just a guess, I don’t need to know nor want to know. So what, right? It was just a simple observation on your part and you joined in on the blog…. the words “And really”…is an un called for comment.

I spent the whole game praying that none of our players would be injured by sliding in the horrible rain. Also wonder why Mather is still getting starts. He is NOT a good CF. Jackson would have caught those balls. He is faster. Vitters is just not looking good in any way. Being the end of the season I guess all of this will be ironed out in Spring training so there is no sense in worrying about it now. Go Barney – get the record 141.!!!

What did you want Theo to do differently????? Who would have made this team good enough to contend while still setting it up nicely for the future? The organization needed to be blown up, torn down, and rebuilt. Do you want a nice new house or do you just want to keep adding on to the pile of crap you have now? Now if Theo does the same thing this year and doesn’t sign a piece or two for the future (like a SP or two…. wouldn’t mind him looking at BJ Upton for the right price) then I will be right there with you… mad… but setup back and look at what he is trying to do here. Our minor league system has went from bottom 10 to somewhere in the 8-15 area depending on who you ask in a little over a year. I mean thats incredible and will set us up nicely to trade for some big time talent when we need it. The next step should be to sign some power for the lineup to help out Castro, and Rizzo and to buy some quality pieces for the rotation and bullpen.

This year shouldn’t even be counted as “Year 1 of the Theo Era”. If anything, it should be called “Year 3 of the Hendry Spending Fallout”. From 2007 to 2009, Hendry spent a lot of money and from 2010 to 2012 the Cubs have been trying to move on from that three year spending disaster. Sure, it got us two division titiles, but all that money couldn’t fill the holes in the roster that prevented the Cubs from winning a single playoff game and it certainly couldn’t prevent the bottom from falling out after the 2009 season. Theo and Hoyer came in and realized the first step would be to complete the deconstruction from the 2007-09 teams. Now, only Soriano and Marmol remain from that era, and both of them should be gone by Opening Day 2013. Once they are both gone, then the real “Theo Era” can begin.

Thankfully, he’s all ready got a jump start on the rebuild. Bringing in Rizzo, locking up Castro, signing Soler, and drafting Almora is a good way to start. Once Soriano and Marmol are gone, the mess of the Hendry era will go to and it will be fun to watch the wave of minor league talent grow and get closer to the the Majors. And with all those big contracts finally off the books, the Cubs can add pieces that fill the holes in the foundation of the home-grown talent, which is opposite of the the Hendry way of build the foundation with free agents and trades and hope the holes in the roster aren’t too damaging.

so you are mad cause we lost Colvin and DJ? We needed a 3rd baseman and no one else was as available as Stewart who would have been a decent value if he would have stayed healthy. But he got injured… its part of the game… how was he to know Stewart would get injured? Hindsight is 20/20

I think of everyone on the 2011 Cubs, Colvin was the one who most needed a change of scenery. Personally, I don’t think he was ever the same since being impaled by a bat towards the end of 2010. Plus, the new regime’s offensive philosophy is take more pitches and be selective at the plate. Colvin is a hacker who doesn’t fit that philosophy at all. Sure, Colvin is having a decent year, but I don’t think his ceiling is higher than .280ish with 20ish homers. As for DJL, his two main positions he played in college and the minors were blocked by two better overall players in Castro and Barney. Sure, you could have tried to fit him in at third, but third is a power position and DJL has all of 1 homer in his career. The combo of Stewart, Valbuena, and Vitters have a total of 11 homers this season… not great, but better than the 1 that DJL has hit with the Rockies. So DJL might be a decent hitter, but didn’t have a position with the Cubs, so losing him was really no big deal.

A hacker that hits .280 with 20 homers…hmmm… sounds a lot better than DeJesus. I’m just saying there was at least SOME reason to keep Colvin. I’m not crying over losing him nor am I saying the deal was horrible…more like a low risk failure. I’m sure we will soon field an outfield with players that are not only better than Colvin but also better than DeJesus. I agree that DJ would NOT have come close to filling the run production needed from a third baseman and at least Stewart had the CHANCE of doing so. Not the best move by Hoystein but certainly not bad enough to rate him as a failed GM. We know what a failed GM is like…BTW, why so hard on Jim Bouldin??

DeJesus does have a better on base percentage, sees more pitches per at bat, and puts more balls in play than Colvin, so I’d rather have DeJesus really. Not that DeJesus is great, but he’s not bad and I think he’s the kind of player the Cubs want to see sprinkled throughout their lineup.

As for Jim Bouldin, what, are you brothers or something? I didn’t realize explaining how official attendance works and asking why it even matters to him is being “so hard” on him. I mean, if you’re going to post something on the Internet and act offended that someone responded to it, maybe the internet is not for you.

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