One of these days, fans sitting behind home plate are going to be able to reach out and touch the catcher and umpire. Crain’s Chicago Business reported today that the Cubs want to add 56 more seats behind home plate. By doing so, they would have to move the brick wall three feet closer to the field. New premium seats were added for the 2004 season, moving the wall closer at that time.
The Cubs had no comment to beat reporters on the subject today. Crain’s reports the renovation is on the agenda for the permit review committee of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on Thursday. Moving the wall closer to the field would cut down on the already small foul territory behind the plate, doing no favor to the pitchers.
Cubs president Theo Epstein said he would want to “sit down and study” the effect a renovation would have. “I don’t see it as a big deal one way or another if it’s only a couple of feet,” Theo said.
Speaking of pitchers, the quality start has all but disappeared from the Cubs’ lexicon. The Cubs have gone 10 straight games without a quality start entering tonight’s game against the Astros. Jason Berken authored the last quality start for the Cubs, tossing 6 innings of shutout ball against the Reds on Sept. 20. For the season, the Cubs are 19-70 when they don’t get a quality start, and the starters have an ERA of 7.62 in those starts. When the Cubs do get a quality start, the team record is 41-30, and the starters have an ERA of 1.84.
Volstad is 3-11 with a 6.64 ERA, and he has not gone 6 innings in 6 straight starts. He could be candidate to be non-tendered this off-season.
Manager Dale Sveum said he’d like to see Brett Jackson “completely revamp his swing and lower half and a lot of things.” Jackson enters tonight with a line of .174/.296/.348 with 56 strikeouts in 115 at-bats.
Sveum began one-on-one meetings with pitchers today. Position players will have their time with the skipper tomorrow. Theo said coaches will have their talks "after the game on Wednesday." We'll see if any changes are made to the coaching staff.