Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 04/09/11

Game Eight: Cubs (4-3) vs. Brewers (3-5)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Matt Garza (0-0, 3.86/1.71) vs. Chris Narveson (0-0, 0.00/1.00)

Updated 2:54pm CDTThe Cubs activated Casey Coleman Saturday afternoon. Coleman takes the final open spot on the Cubs’ active 25-man roster.

The Yankees signed Carlos Silva to a minor league contract that includes an opt-out date. If Silva makes the big league team he will be re-united with Larry Rothschild. Silva will report to Tampa and compete for the fifth spot in New York’s rotation.

The Cubs will go for their second in a row at Miller Park behind Matt Garza tonight. Mike Quade needs a long outing from Garza tonight. With Casey Coleman and James Russell taking in the hill in the coming days, the Cubs pen looks to get quite a bit of work before the teams next off day.

The Cubs added Jeff Stevens to the bullpen mix Friday afternoon but still have a spot on their active roster unfilled. Casey Coleman will be activated before Sunday’s game, which will fill the final spot … but why did the Cubs elect to play two games with a 24-man roster?

According to multiple reports, James Russell will be available out of the pen tonight.

With another southpaw on the hill for the Brewers, look for Mike Quade to run out lineup similar to Friday … with the possible exception of Reed Johnson in right instead of Tyler Colvin.

Tonight it all starts with Matt Garza

Matt Garza will make his second start in a Cubs’ uniform … and he is coming off a career day in his first start of the season. Garza set single-game career highs in strikeouts (12) and in hits allowed (12) while not issuing a free pass. The Pirates dinked and dumped Garza, all 12 hits were singles, with the only ball they squared up staying in the park.

One of the newest Cubs was in line for a win after allowing three runs on 12 hits in seven innings.

Garza had good movement on his fastball and breaking ball in his Cubs’ debut … and must continue throwing strikes tonight against the Brewers very dangerous offense.

Tonight will mark the first time Garza has faced the Brewers in his career.

Brewers Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 5-for-15 with a double
  • Carlos Gomez – 1-for-3
  • Mark Kotsay – 0-for-2
  • George Kottaras – 0-for-2
  • Jeremy Reed – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk

Chris Narveson is coming off a very good first outing of the season. Narveson kept the Braves off the board through six innings but received a no decision. Atlanta managed only three hits against the southpaw while Narveson struck out five and issued three free passes.

Narveson posted a respectable 12-9 record with 4.99 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in 37 games, 28 starts, a year ago (5-5 in 18 games, 14 starts, with a 5.29 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP at home, 5-3 in 14 starts after the break with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP).

Chris Narveson is a perfect 3-0 in nine career games, two starts, against the Cubs with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP … 2-0 in five games, one start, versus the Cubs in 2010 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Chris Narveson

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Marlon Byrd – 3-for-6 with 3 doubles
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-3
  • Tyler Colvin – 0-for-7 with a walk
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-4 with a double
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-3
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-8 with a home run and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-6 with a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 3-for-8 with a double and 2 walks

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Baker – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Byrd – CF
    Ramirez – 3B
    Soto – C
    Pena – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Johnson – RF
    Garza – P

    • paulcatanese

      Neil, I understand Baker in the lineup after last night,but why not at first base and Barney at second? Quade is still on his platoon kick,but if that is so,why Pena at first tonight? He has not been having all that much success as of yet this year. Not the most inspirational lineup I have seen. But then again,every time I complain they go out and have a good night.

      • JedMosley

        Keep complaining then Paul, keep complaining..

        • paulcatanese

          like it

      • paulcatanese

        Maybe after 3Ks by Pena someone will see the light and get off this stupid platoon system. I will say Pena did make a great defensive play out there,but I dont think thats enough to offset his bat. My wife made a comment about Pena, said I dont think he’s using a left handed bat. At first I thought she didn’t know what she was talking about, but????

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Just a reminder to read above …

    Silva signed a minor league deal with the Yankees
    Cubs activated Casey Coleman this afternoon

    • John G

      There’s a lot of good pasta places in New York.

      • paulcatanese

        Agreed, but are there buffet restaurants as well? And the Pizza is supposed to be good. It’s the water you know. This one is on Rothschild as I am sure he had influence on the decision. At any rate good $ deal for the Yankees,chump change for them.

        • Dorasaga

          Hey, nothing compares to a Chicago deep-dish and Italian Beef! I’m so relieved now that kids won’t need to scrap for Silva’s leftovers on the old round table that Al Capone used!

          (i guess this will be our new cliche for 2011>)

          • paulcatanese

            Hey, out here in california I would kill for an Italian beef sandwich. And I have to buy my White Castle hamburgers frozen at the Supermarket. But then we have raw fish out here(Sush) and a good Pizza,well,very hard to find. For me Chicago has always had the best food.

    • GaryLeeT

      I guess an offer to wait in the minors is a lot less humiliating, when it comes from the Yankees.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Listened to BoSox vs. Yanks today, and I can tell you both teams have some bad starting pitching. The BoSox are 1-7 because they haven’t got a starter with an ERA under 9.00. Silva looks good to both teams.

    • Last_ginger

      Yanks have more ?s then the Sox. Their rotation is too good. The Sox will turn it around

  • Serothis

    so let me get this straight. Silva refused a minor league assignment then goes and signs a minor league contract with the yanks?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yep.

    • paulcatanese

      Smart move by Silva, no way he would have stayed with the Cubs after his blowout. He must have thought about it and realized that by getting cut he would be paid anyway, and now he picks up another check from the Yanks.I really think he will be brought up to pitch for them. This would be a reunion for Rothschild and Silva.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Garza is missing up badly … Weeks, Braun and Fielder hit the ball hard. Braun and Fielder with doubles.

  • cubs1967

    silva is a fool..(no duh)………minors now which he is behind colon, who pitched well in ST plus you know the yanks are going to get someone at some point or the majors now on the cubs, if he had just behaved………….not that i want him, just goes to show.

    hey manny, how’s the estrogen!!

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

    im so gLAD WE GOT OUR ACE IN GARZA

    • Aaron

      Absolutely….didn’t you see some of the posters on here talking about how he was the Ace in waiting after that trade?!? LOL….He’s no better than a #3, and we gave up an assload of talent for a #3 starter. Just think about that for a second. At least Greinke has proven himself to be Ace-worthy. Garza has done NOTHING to separate himself from the #3 tag…and the Brewers gave up less to get Greinke. (and I’m not saying I’d want Greinke either…just saying that he’s at least Ace-worthy….Garza never has been and never will be)

      • cubs1967

        this is not to say i think garza is a #1, but no way the cubs gave up more……royals have 2 of the 4 on the roster now plus the CF cain will be up; kinda of curious the royals sent him down, but he played well last yr for for the brewers. how many of the new rays are on the MLB roster now?? none…………

        how many could be…………none?? no guarantee any of them make it.
        escobar and cain will start for the royals, only lee really projects as a starter in 2 yrs at least…….

        garza won 15 games which is 1 less than greinke did in his CY season plus he won ALCS MVP and a no-hitter; while pitching against the yanks and red sox much more than greinke ever did.

        it’s at least 2 yrs before anyone knows if either of these trades works out…….but for now garza is pitching and greinke is not, none of the rays are on the roster(forget fuld; he was just a throw in) and the royals have 2.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Sam Fuld is the starting LF for the Rays now that Manny and his feminine napkins retired.

          • paulcatanese

            Also there was a blip by the Hawk on a catch Fuld made. He may have been a throw in as Cubs 1967 had posted, but I for one would rather have him in right field over Johnson.

        • paulcatanese

          On Garza,lets see,against the Pirates what 12 hits,12 strikeouts.And none of the hits were anything but of the bloop variety. Then again .that was the Pirates.Tonight it was against the Brewers and what happened? The hits were no longer of the bloop type but solid squared up contact.How can that be explained,other than Garza has moved up the ladder in the competition he faced,will it get worse,I think so.

  • GaryLeeT

    Garza finally gets away from his BP fastball, and avoids a total melt down…..for now

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    More hot doggin from Morgan …

  • Aaron

    I would absolutely love it if some fan at Wrigley starts bringing a sign putting Carlos Pena to shame with the Carlos-O-Meter. Remember the Shawon-O-Meter?

    That AB against Narveson with the bases juiced just goes to show how much he has regressed. He didn’t even come close to hitting the ball

    • Aaron

      and right after I type that, Reed Johnson looks just like he did yesterday….COMPLETELY overmatched at the MLB level. He doesn’t even belong on an MLB roster

      • Ripsnorter1

        Lastings Milledge would have hit a slam right there.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Not trying to fuel the fire …

    Carlos Pena strikes out with bases loaded in 1st. He’s 0-for-8 vs LHP with 5 Ks

    • Aaron

      I’m remain in disbelief over the roster management in general, but this was a golden opportunity to have Barney at 2B and Baker at 1B, but once again, Quade makes curious decisions dating all the way back to his reliance on veterans down the stretch last year

      • paulcatanese

        Aaron,I mentioned that as well earlier. And did you notice that they pitched around Soto to face Pena, a, higher strikeout potential and they made it work.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Neil,
      You’re so diplomatic.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Pena

  • Serothis

    Wow….there really is no end to the ugly….

    • Aaron

      no there isn’t…and that is precisely why I was against the Garza trade from the get-go.
      #1-I knew he was no better than a #3, and not worth that many prospects
      #2-The Cubs weren’t going anywhere this year anyhow, and already had Gorzelanny, who was a decent starter. Therefore, they still could’ve inserted Cashner without a problem and go with a rotation of Z, Dempster, Wells, Gorzelanny, and Cashner, and really be no different this year
      #3-Look at who the Cubs gave up. Archer is a pretty good pitching prospect with a rubber arm, and mid 90′s heat with a Marmol-esque slider reportedly. Chirinos was a solid back-up option, and since the Cubs didn’t want to rush Castillo, he likely would’ve opened the season as Soto’s back-up, and pitchers supposedly love throwing to him just like Hill, so…Guyer also would’ve opened the season as the 5th OF. And of course, there’s Hak-Ju Lee, a future MLB lead-off man the Cubs are missing

      What all this means is that the Cubs wouldn’t be committed to a guy for $7+million like Garza, who is just entering his most expensive arbitration years. They wouldn’t have Hill on the roster, and they wouldn’t have Johnson either.

      Does that mean that I think Archer, Chirinos, Guyer, and Lee are going to be superstars? Not in your life!!!!!! However, is Garza a superstar? NOPE. Is he above average. Just barely.

      So, once again, I’m simply stating the options they had versus what they ultimately went with, and it makes the trade look even more ugly for the Cubs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    0-for-5 with RISP in five innings, six left on base

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    All three of Fielder’s doubles have come on 0-2 pitches

    • Ripsnorter1

      Maybe the next time they have him 0-2, they’ll throw him another strike. They sure aren’t learning from past mistakes.

    • paulcatanese

      That has to drive a manager up the wall. Isn’t Garza supposed to be a major league pitcher? They teach you in high school to waste a pitch on 0-2.

  • GaryLeeT

    The Cubs are mastering the 2 out hit……..without a RISP

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Just pathetic …

  • Ripsnorter1

    THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END TONIGHT!

    JOHN GRABOW JUST GOT OUT OF A JAM WITH A STRIKE OUT>

  • Agustinrexach

    Reed is looking very bad. Colvi should be in there.

  • studio179

    Cub offense is pop ups and swinging for a pitcher’s pitch tonight.

  • GaryLeeT

    Mateo sending note to Garza. If you keep the ball down, you can get hitters out.

  • Last_ginger

    Nice inning for Mateo

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Great, Samardzija is warming up

    • studio179

      Wonderful. Might as well put Shark in there. Leave him in the 8th no matter what

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija just cannot throw strikes. There is NO excuse for issuing a 4-pitch walk down 5-0.

    • studio179

      I take it back…don’t leave Shark in there no matter what.

  • studio179

    Ouch! Starlin!

  • GaryLeeT

    The Cubs are going to wring out every bonus million paid to Smardzija, regardless of the carnage he brings.

  • Baron_S

    Samardzija is a like a poor mans Kyle Farnsworth.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija walks four. Does not belong on a big league roster.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs shutout by the Brewers 6-0 Saturday night. Matt Garza’s line: 5 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 8 Ks in 5.2 IP. Prince Fielder doubled 3 times against Garza, drove in 4 runs