Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 04/29/11

Game Twenty-Five: Cubs (10-14) vs. Diamondbacks (11-13)
Game Time – 8:40pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Chase Field, Phoenix

Carlos Zambrano (2-1, 5.28/1.30) vs. Armando Galarraga (3-1, 6.00/1.52)

How will the Cubs respond to another embarrassing loss? The Cubs have dropped their last four games and six of the last seven. But it is more than the losses that is concerning, it is the overall play of the team that is troublesome.

The return to mediocrity would be more than welcome after the way this team has played over the past week. Q’s squad is not pitching or hitting (1-for-21 in the last three games with RISP with 26 runners left on base) and they need to find a way to win a game.

After the unscheduled ‘Bullpen Day‘, at the very least Carlos Zambrano must put together a quality start. The bullpen was taxed Thursday with only Sean Marshall and Kerry Wood not seeing any action. If Zambrano could get the game into the seventh with his team in the lead it would help the pen for the duration of the trip. Another short outing tonight could make long trip even more difficult.

Tonight it all begins with Carlos Zambrano … and just winning a ballgame.

After tossing eight innings of shutout ball against the Padres, Carlos Zambrano followed his gem with his worst outing since last June. The Dodgers jumped on Z right out of the gate and before he could record an out, Matt Kemp and company put a three-spot on the board and tallied five runs before the Cubs ever stepped to the plate. Z settled down and completed five innings of work but the damage had been done. The Cubs need a nice long outing from Z tonight in a place he hasn’t fared too well in his career.

Zambrano did not face the D’Backs during the series at Wrigley and is 2-2 in six games, five starts, in his career versus Arizona with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP … at Chase Field, 2-2 in five starts with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

Tonight will be Zambrano’s first start against the Snakes since 2009.

Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Carlos Zambrano

  • Henry Blanco – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Russell Branyan – 5-for-35 with a double and a home run
  • Kelly Johnson – 4-for-14 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Miguel Montero – 1-for-3
  • Melvin Mora – 1-for-2
  • Xavier Nady – 8-for-25 with 5 doubles
  • Gerardo Parra – 0-for-1
  • Ryan Roberts – 0-for-1
  • Justin Upton- 1-for-4
  • Chris Young – 1-for-3 with a double

After winning his first three starts of the season, Armando Galarraga is coming off his first loss and worst outing of the year. Galarraga lasted just three innings against the Mets and allowed six runs, two earned, on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

Outside of his last outing, Galarraga has been solid for the D’Backs.

Galarraga won the only game of the series at Wrigley earlier in the month. The former Detroit Tiger held the Cubs to four runs on five hits in seven innings. Galarraga has never lost to the Cubs2-0 in two starts with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

The Cubs’ aggressive offense must be patient and make him work tonight … as the cliché goes patience is a virtue, maybe Q can look up the definition and read it to his team before they start hacking away again tonight.

Cubs Career Numbers against Armando Galarraga

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-1
  • Marlon Byrd – 4-for-12
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-3
  • Tyler Colvin – 0-for-3
  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-4 with a triple and a walk
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 3-for-5 with a triple and a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-2
  • Carlos Pena – 2-for-7 with a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-6 with a double and a home run
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-3

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Ramirez – 3B
    Baker – 1B
    Byrd – CF
    Soriano – LF
    Soto – C
    Zambrano – P

    • Coms76

      Anyone have the dbacks lineup?

      • Coms76

        nvm….

        Young CF
        Johnson 2B
        Upton RF
        Drew SS
        Montero C
        Mora 3B
        Branyan 1B
        Parra LF
        Galarraga RHP

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1512275173 Matt Collins

          who cares about their lineup ours is enough to worry about

    • paulcatanese

      Thank you Neil, seems that Quade has returned to some sort of sanity with the lineup, hope it works out. Think the key tonight offensively would be Aram, he needs to get it going. Again the pitching needs to have a long night with big Z. Lets all have a good night and hope the Cubs will too.

  • SuzyS

    Just finished reading the last couple of day’s posts….why is everyone so upset???
    The current state of affairs is totally predictable and has been for some time now.
    I like good baseball…usually love the Cubs…but Hendry & Ricketts have ensured us an inferior product for the next few years…(at least)….so what to do????

    Well, root against them of course!!!

    It’s the only way Ricketts will wake up and make the changes necessary…(or be forced to sell the team a lot earlier then they would have liked.)

    If you recall, in the preseason predictions section, I picked the Cubs to have less than 70 wins this year…and stated it might be the best thing to happen for the future of the franchise…Not a thing has changed since I made that pre season pick.

    I am a very long time fan…and not very happy about picking this way…but for tghe future of the Cubs…please hope they lose as much as they can this year…
    It might just be the ticket to avoid misery in future years.

    Dangnabbit JH…please leave for the good of Cubdom everywhere….maybe you can sit in Tampa with Lou and Popeye,,,,and stuff your abundant belly there.

    • paulcatanese

      Suzy,very good comment,a lot of us feel the same as you. Your’e last line about JH priceless,love it.

    • diehardcubfan

      Susy hope all has been going well. As much as I would hate the see the Cubs lose, I would have to agree with you.

      Here is to a better tomorrow without Jim Clueless.

  • paulcatanese

    Wonder why Quade chose to use Marmol last night? The Cubs were obviously out of the game.Now he may not be able to use him tonight, another blunder in handleing the bullpen staff.

    • cubtex

      He hasn’t had a save opportunity in quit awhile! Got to try and keep him sharp :)

  • Ripsnorter1

    RHP starting for the D’Backs, and Baker, who doesn’t hit RHP, is starting at 1B instead of COLVIN. Colvin was 1 for 3 and 1 BB last night. Good time to bench him.

    • cubs1967

      BUT THIS IS THE BUILD FROM WITHIN MOVEMENT; like last sept when barney should of been playing and castillo too.

      we did not need pena; colvin could of played there all year and we could of used fukunuts/reed johnson in RF.

      QUADE is a damn fool!

      • Ripsnorter1

        I agree with you. I was being sarcastic.

    • diehardcubfan

      Now Rip, why would we want to play our young players? JH has declared after the Garza acquisition that we are contenders. We play the young guys and we can’t compete. (HA HA!!)

  • cubs1967

    remember this; when JH and quade and the incompetent riggins get launched; tommy ricketts and kenney crane will be choosing the new GM, etc.

    THAT IS DAMN FU*****ING SCARY!!!

    thanks to selig we did not get mark cuban, who has run a very successful NBA team, instead we get the weenies ricketts, a/k/a p.k.mccaskey.

    so depsite all are complaining about the product on the field, the real problem is upstaris, the owners who have left jh, quade, pissed off ryno, etc. continue.

    ricketts should hire a dallas green, stan kasten, or sandy alderson (before the mets did) as a team president w/ baseball experience to mentor the family………..instead ricketts is ignorant thinking crane and jh can do this.

    103 yrs and counting, there is nO grace period. soon, u’ll have NO fans in the stands.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    1-2-3 for the Cubs in the first on 6 pitches … 6!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Weaver/51208629 Matt Weaver

    I came here fully intending to watch a Cubs game. I willed myself to my computer, saw the first inning and changed my mind. This is so hard to watch…

    • paulcatanese

      Matt,shouda hung out a little longer,things changed. I could hardly believe it but they did, Sori,Soto and Barney.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Three batters in and it is already 2-0

    • Brentcarmona

      Im keeping up with it on gameday by phone…i guess the positive thing is z pumped it up to 93mph instead of 88 to the first three batters.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Everything was up …

  • Ripsnorter1

    Game over. Bed time.

  • GaryLeeT

    Of course, playing from behind AGAIN! Now the hitters start hacking away at anything within 10 feet of the plate to try and compensate for the piss poor pitching performances. This team is in a serious death spiral.

  • Tom U

    Ryan Flaherty blasts his 6th homer of the season and sparks a 5 run 7th as Tennessee goes up on Carolina 8-5.

  • Aaron

    I have a question for everyone on here.

    Do you think the following players will be on the 25/40-man rosters next year?:
    Berg
    Stevens
    Hill
    Pena
    Fukudome
    Russell
    DeWitt
    Johnson
    Baker

    Yeah….probably not. About the only guy on that list that deserves a MLB roster spot at this point is Baker, and Johnson (though, I don’t expect his good play of late to continue at all)

    So, the reason I bring all of this up is this very fact…..with the Cubs tanking right now, and clearly going nowhere (almost all of us knew that going into this season anyhow), wouldn’t it make sense to at least consider moving on with guys like Flaherty, Clevenger, Ridling, etc.?

    • John_CC

      No.

      Yes.

    • GaryLeeT

      Add Ramirez to that list. I think that unless the Cubs play some young, and energetic guys, that can give us a taste of what might be, they will really pay the price in attendance.

    • diehardcubfan

      Aaron, has Jim Clueless done anything that makes sense? I know you know better than that.

  • GaryLeeT

    I was thinking about that grand slam Drew hit last night off of Dempster on an 0-2 pitch. What ever happened to his fork ball? Back in the day, it was a good out pitch for him. Maybe he is throwing it, but it’s just so bad I can’t recognize it?

    • studio179

      I don’t know what happened to his fork ball. Dempster’s slider use to be one of the best in baseball. That, too, has not worked so much.

    • Dorasaga

      Gary, according to Gameday, Dempster tossed a fastball middle and in to Drew that served a G-slam.

      Among the 40 pitches Dempster threw, 11 were four-seam fastballs averaging a velocity of 90 mph while topped 91.3. He also threw two split-finger “forkballs” with at 87.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    First time through not a single hard hit ball by the Cubs. Only hit was an infield single by Byrd. Only two balls hit out of the infield by the first 10 batters

  • studio179

    This Cub offense is looking very weak.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    62 pitches for Zambrano in just three innings

  • diehardcubfan

    Glad to see very little has changed from last night. I think it is time to start calling for JH resignation by everyone. ENOUGH is ENOUGH!!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    This team cannot take a pitch. Their approach at the plate is ridiculous and they have no idea what a professional at bat is. Finally a runner in scoring position and Marlon Byrd swings at the first pitch … and grounds out to short.

    • Dorasaga

      Neil, I believe this is the first time you used two sentences to describe a problem of this team. They cannot and are ridiculous. LOL

  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    Is the 2007/2008 window closed? LOL

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    SO-RI-A-NO (Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    SOTO!

    Back to back jacks for the first time this season!

    • Aaron

      it’s a miracle!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll take it. Too bad they do NOTHING with runners on, but whatever

    • paulcatanese

      Yes Neil,that was exciting,first time this year I pumped my fist in the air.

  • diehardcubfan

    Two homers in a row. It is an offensive explosion.

    • studio179

      Yeah, I’ll take it.

  • cubtex

    I know there are alot of Soriano haters on this board, but it makes no sense to me why he is hitting 7th in this weak lineup. He is one of the few power threats the Cubs have!

    • John_CC

      Agreed. There are so few guys on this team that I actually like, as players, and all the rest are the same to me. And for the record Soriano is in the rest.

      But your point is right on and I said it yesterday, Soriano should be hitting cleanup – he will give exactly what they hoped for out from Pena – .250 BA and 30 something homers with 100+ Ks. He is the only threat in the lineup.

      • cubtex

        John….Since ARam won’t hit 3rd….go back to Castro Barney Soriano ARam. Castro seems to excel in the leadoff spot and I would rather see Soriano bat more times in a game than Byrd. Granted Soriano will look sick for some at bats but he should hit 25 to 30 HR’s this year

        • paulcatanese

          I saw both home runs and was impressed,one to left center and one to right center,he’s really focused right now, and I agree he should be further up in the lineup as I also feel he will hit for 25-30 and Barney with a triple,wow did not see that one computer went south for about 30 minutes.

  • diehardcubfan

    Currently we are slugging only .397 and are only averaging .71 HR per game. So far the lowest averages in ten years. This needs to pick up soon or it will be a long summer.

    Makes me also wonder how many solo homers we have hit so far.

  • studio179

    Soriano…again!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    SO-RI-A-NO (Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney with a triple …

    • paulcatanese

      Yep,Barney the well hidden sparkplug of the team.

  • studio179

    Barney, Barney, Barney…three times for a three bagger!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Oh no!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Looked worse than it turned out … whew.

    • Dorasaga

      Wut happened?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Castro was hit in the left hand, thankfully he took his hand off the bat. He stayed in the game.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Looked like Miranda went around to me

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the D-Backs 4-2 Friday night.

    Carlos Zambrano’s line: 2 R, 4 H (HR), 3 BB, 2 Ks in 6 IP; Alfonso Soriano 2 HRs, Geovany Soto HR, Aramis Ramirez RBI

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R65T7II7FYX7HGQW2XLHDDWJRQ Agustin

    Cubs win!

  • BCT082002

    Somewhere Ryne Sandberg is laughing at how bad the Cubs are, So am i, I hate to say it but i see the Cubs losing at least 90 or more games

  • Baron_S

    time for the haters to get of Soriano’s bat —

    if he gives us a 35HR .265 season — who can complain — and he looks well on track for that — so lay off him dudes for a maybe 36 year old dude, hes doing ok.

    The less said about Pena the better — Uggghh! Milton Bradley looked better — thats like saying the toe jam on the left foot is prettier than whats on the right

    • Tony_Hall

      I, for one, have already said I have been wrong about Soriano this year.

      But do you really think he will hit 265 and 35 HR’s? He would have to do this all year.

  • Aaron

    It sounds bad saying it, but despite scoring 4 runs on 3 home runs, it was an ugly win. The offense still could NOT capitalize on plenty of opportunities, and the middle of the lineup still struggled. In fact, it was the bottom half that carried the team with Soriano and Soto.

    You simply cannot expect a team to win games if they’re scoring around 4 runs and under per game, especially when your starting pitchers suck, as you have one starter at a 9+ERA, two with 4+ERAs, 1 with a 7+ERA (Coleman), and 1 with a 8+ERA (Russell).

    So, unless Wells and Cashner come back and make a miraculous recovery, and perform like they were prior to injury, then this team has NO chance, which is PRECISELY why I’m calling for blowing this team up, just as I did last year. After all, what the hell is the difference between a 3rd place finish and a 6th place finish in the Central? Not much. It’s not like the team is drawing fans either, and I think that should indicate to the Ricketts what the fans really want….They want change. They don’t want the same recycled, failed plan, if you can even call it a “plan” to begin with.