Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 05/13/11

Game Thirty-Seven: Cubs (16-20) vs. Giants (21-16)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (1-4, 7.20/1.58) vs. Madison Bumgarner (0-5, 4.21/1.46)

Weather permitting … the Cubs begin a three-game series against the defending World Champions, the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs won just two of the seven games (2-5) against the Giants a year ago, and mainly because the Cubs offense cannot hit San Fran’s pitching.

After Madison Bumgarner this afternoon, the Cubs will face Ryan Vogelsong in the first Saturday night game at Wrigley since 1998 and Tim Lincecum. Mike Quade will send Doug Davis to the hill Saturday and Carlos Zambrano gets the ball Sunday afternoon.

The Cubs will be without Aramis Ramirez this afternoon. Ramirez was given permission to fly back to the Dominican to handle family business. Ramirez is expected back in the line up Saturday night

The Cubs have three games remaining on the current ten-day, nine-game homestand. After winning just one of three against both the Reds and Cardinals (2-4), the Cubs would have to sweep the Giants in order to post a winning stretch at home.

This afternoon it all begins with Ryan Dempster

Following a horrible start to the season (1-3 in six starts in April with a 9.58 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP), Ryan Dempster has put together two very good starts with only a loss to show for his effort (0-1 in two starts with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP). Dempster is coming off a hard luck loss to the Reds. Dempster gave up just two runs (one on a solo homer by Drew Stubbs) and did not walk a batter in seven strong innings. Dempster surrendered only five hits to a very good offense.

The Cubs need more of the same from Dempster this afternoon … and for him to post his first home win since last August.

Ryan Dempster is 4-8 in 23 career games, 13 starts, versus the Giants with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP … last season, 1-1 in two starts with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.28 WHIP. Juan Uribe and the Giants chased Dempster in just 1 2/3 innings last September 23 at Wrigley.

Giants Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

Madison Bumgarner – 1-for-1
Pat Burrell – 8-for-29 with 5 doubles and 8 walks
Mark DeRosa – 0-for-3
Mike Fontenot – 2-for-2 with a double
Aubrey Huff – 3-for-20 with a double and 2 walks
Buster Posey – 2-for-5
Cody Ross – 2-for-9 with a double, a triple and a walk
Aaron Rowand – 1-for-13
Freddy Sanchez – 8-for-19 with a double, a home run and a walk
Miguel Tejada – 8-for-23 with a double, a home run and a walk
Andres Torres – 0-for-7

For the second time this week the Cubs will face a very good pitcher that has yet to post a win this season. Chris Carpenter took care of business Tuesday. Unless the Cubs start hitting with runners on base, Madison Bumgarner will post his first victory of the year this afternoon.

Bumgarner has pitched better than his record and line. Bumgarner is coming off a solid start against the Rockies (two runs, one earned, on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings) and has allowed only two earned runs in his last three starts.

The 21-year old southpaw is 0-1 in his last two starts with a 0.69 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP … 12 strikeouts and three walks in his last 12 innings.

Bumgarner is 0-2 in three starts outside of San Francisco with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

This afternoon will be Bumgarner’s third career start against the Cubs … 1-0 in two starts with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP, 1-0 at Wrigley with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP, seven innings of shutout ball.

Cubs Career Numbers against Madison Bumgarner

Darwin Barney – 1-for-3 with a walk
Marlon Byrd – 1-for-6
Starlin Castro – 3-for-6 with a double
Tyler Colvin – 1-for-4
Blake DeWitt – 1-for-4
Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-2
Koyie Hill – 2-for-6
Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-5 with 3 doubles and a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Castro – SS
    Barney – 2B
    Byrd – CF
    Baker – 3B
    Soriano – LF
    Johnson – RF
    Pena – 1B
    Hill – C
    Dempster – P

  • John_CC

    Hey, is that Aramis’ first day off?  About flipping time. 

    Bumgarner is a tough lefty.  

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

       The Cubs will be without Aramis Ramirez this
      afternoon. Ramirez was given permission to fly back to the Dominican to
      handle family business. Ramirez is expected back in the line up
      Saturday night

      • John_CC

         Sorry Neil, I admit that I did not read the article very closely, sorta just skimmed…and I do remember you noting this fact the other day. 

        Hopefully Aramis can resolve his issues and will come back with a clear head.  For himself and the team. 

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

           No worries …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Update on Wells and Cashner:

    Randy Wells went 2 IP in extended spring game Thu; next step is Minor League start Tues. Andrew Cashner threw 2 IP in BP in Mesa 

  • studio179

    Ram taking a leave does not sound good. Hope it works out well.

    Then, I hope he comes back and starts hitting the ball.

  • Ripsnorter1

     Aram would start against this LHP if I managed. Johnson in RF, Baker at 1B, and bench Pena. And Castillo would bat instead of Hill. 

    • Last_ginger

      the problem with that is Aram is not in Chicago today

    • John_CC

       But Hill is 2-6 lifetime against Bumgarner! That might be his best split against any single pitcher.  Plus Castillo did not get any hits yesterday in his season debut, so he clearly isn’t very good and now has to earn his time.

  • Dabears237315

    jh just fired by the cubs!!!!!!! 

    • Calicub

       cite your sources son

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        There is an unconfirmed report. I will post if/when confirmed

        • Calicub

          thanks for your journalistic integrity neil.  I cannot stress how great a job you do.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Thank you … and here’s the tweet from Bruce Miles:

            Rumors are absolutely false that GM Jim Hendry has been fired. Who starts this stuff? 

      • DABEARS237315

        sorry computer froze i heard  it on espn colin cow heard then he retracked and said he heard from more then one source. but could not confirm after all. sorry to get every one all excited!!!!

    • John_CC

       Don’t tease, man…DO NOT..!!!!

      • Calicub

        bruce miles just denied it

    • Last_ginger

      Never trust a man who thinks D Rose is overrated. Colin Cowherd is an idiot and an unreliable source

      • Calicub

        is that who started all this?

        • Dorasaga

           WHatever. That was a great moment. LOL

          • Calicub

            indeed it was.  Hopefully Tom Ricketts saw this pandimonium even if for a moment and realized just how big a mistake keeping Hendry is. 

            I hope Aaron was right in saying that after the draft they’ll clean house…

      • John_CC

         I’ll second that — Colin Cowherd is an idiot. 

        Did he start the rumor?  Was his “source” a tweet from 13 year old Cubs fan?

    • diehardcubfan

      Never again get our hopes up that high!!! 

  • John_CC

    So I went ahead and watched the beginning of yesterday’s post-game  comment from Quade.  It has now become a sort of sadistic punishment I put myself through for being a Cubs fan (I’ve never made it more than 3 minutes into one).

    My disgust with him is still alive, but I don’t dislike him as much as did. I feel sort of sorry for him.  He just comes across as a beaten man. He is so quiet and soft spoken. I know most days he and his team are beaten, but I mean like he does not have the highest expectation for his team. He uses the word “fine” way too often – it’ll be fine, we’ll be fine, etc.  And continues to blame everything on losing the #4 and 5 starters, which is really a lame excuse. I mean how many wins can anyone really expect out there 4 & 5 starters. He sounds like a coach of a terrible youth team, a High School team that just doesn’t have a chance. All the “it’s alright”, “stuff happens”, “shake it off” talk.

    A couple quotes that tell me he does not believe in this team:
    “I’m real glad we’re five back at this point and not 10 back,”
    “Yeah, we have some things to work out, but I’d like to think in
    the next week or two that some of those things will work themselves out.
    We’ll get some people (back) and we’ll be a better ballclub.”
    “I couldn’t hit at this level,’’ Quade said. “Lou could hit at this
    level. So I understand his response that ‘It isn’t that hard.’ I think
    it is that hard.’’

    • Trevor_P

      While I agree that you can’t expect TOO much out of your 4 and 5, you have to get more than what Russel and Coleman have been giving.  Its not like Wells and Cashner were somehow going to make us playoff contenders, but I do think we would have been more competitive during the weaker portion of our schedule.  Too bad Gorzo wasn’t still around, he could have filled in better.

      Also, regarding K. Hill…..I miss Hank White.  

  • John_CC

    I was hoping that Dempster had shaken his home start woes…sigh…

    • Dorasaga

      I’m glad I dumped Dempster for Zimmermann and Carmona in two of my fantasy leagues. He pissed me off.

      Now seriously, a little trivial stat: With 31 Games of 1st inning runs-allowed, the Cubs rank first in the Major League. We are watching the Cubs’ 37th game of the season. (31/37). [Hmm, I heard that on Comcast somewhere, but I misheard the number... I double-checked each game. It's actually 13/37. Still, this could lead the Major League, but less impressive as a matter of coincidence. ]

      “The first in the Major League” of course includes the beaten Red Sox in a power-house division a.k.a. AL East and the Twins who are relying on a 35-years old Pavano as their “ace.”

      *Yawn* Old story, new face. Now, a bad inning in every game doesn’t matter anymore. I simply wait, Change.

      • John_CC

         I drafted Z late, then dumped him. I do not mix my fantasy team with my reality team…way too painful. (i do Castro on one team, that is fun!)

        I have do Bumgarner, so today will be one bittersweet no matter the outcome. It is a QS league and no W or L, so ideally Bumgarner goes 6, with 6 Ks and 0 ER, then exists and the Cubs pound the bullpen…ha, yeah right.

        • Dorasaga

          The Cubs can pound the bullpen maybe if Quade played Welington instead of “I bunt for a RBI Hill,” and the Giants decided to rest Wilson, Ramon, Romo, and Lopez early, because Bochy thought they don’t need it against the Cubs. LOL

          Fantasy-wise, I’m actually surprised how rare quality starts come around.

          *The Cubs scored 3 while I typed thee above. I guess you’ll need the Cubs go scoreless for the next four innings and Bumgarner be relieved right away for that QS. LOL

          • John_CC

             and the QS…with the Cubs winning…so far so good

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That did not take long … down 1-0 three batters into the game

  • GaryLeeT

    Yet another laboring 1st, brought to you by the pitcher who leads the League in first inning runs allowed.

    • Dorasaga

      It’s not just Dempster. See my reply to John_CC above.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Dempster walks the pitcher …

  • John_CC

    WOW! What an amazing catch!! 

  • studio179

    Hill bunts the run in…I’ll take it.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice manufactured run …

  • Dorasaga

    Is that bunt-squeeze an RBI for K.Hill?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yes

    • Ripsnorter1

      It’s the only way Hill can drive in a run.  

      • Dorasaga

         lol Who said truth hurts? Well, to the GM not to the fans!

  • studio179

    Starlin drives in the run! Darwin drives in the run!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice inning … Demp’s  walk key

  • John_CC

    105 for Demp…6 hits and 10 Ks are going to force Quade into the bullpen. 

    Great, Grabow is up. If he puts Grabow in I am going to scream.  And I am work. 

  • Ripsnorter1

     Dempster has throw 114 pitches. Time to pull him.

  • Ripsnorter1

     History has shown that if Dempster throws 130 pitches, the next start he is not as effective.

  • studio179

     Castro and Barney…again.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney with a double!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs scored a run with the bases loaded?

  • John_CC

    Who is this team? 

    Have Reed Johnson and Baker earned more playing time?  I think so. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reed shows Soriano how to do it … Bases clearing triple!

    • John_CC

       True that!  He dug out of the box hard. I love to see it.  Always loved to watch Reed play, all out – every play. 

      Seriously, they have to play Johnson more often. Soriano needs to sit and watch Reed play OF and…well watch him play baseball! 

  • studio179

     Nice job to keep the batting order moving and most importantly to drive in runs.

  • studio179

    Castro and Barney driving in runs…again…again…and again!

    These two have made an offensive day of it with 5 RBI.

  • John_CC

    Cubs Win! Cubs Win!

    Holyyy Cow. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Giants 11-4 Friday afternoon

    Starlin Castro: 3-for-5, 2R, 2 RBI, 2B
    Darwin Barney: 3-for-5, 2R, 3RBI, 2B
    Reed Johnson: 3-for-5,R, 4RBI, 3B
    Ryan Dempster’s line: 2R, 6H, BB,11Ks in 6IP

    • carmelo

      Tomorrow the Cubs will use their 8th starting pitching of the year, and it’s only May 14th. I hope all the people on this board understand how hard it is to have 4 good starters, and now we will use #8.  Let’s just keep plugging away, get our rotation together, and then see how it all plays out.   

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

         I saw a stat a while ago that said that the average major league club goes through between 12- 15 different starting pitchers through a major league season. This includes the cup of coffee starts and the guys that get one start because of a rain out things like that. So that being said why did the Cubs decide they had enough starting pitching before ever getting to Spring Training ?

  • paulcatanese

    It’s 6:30 pm and just got through watching the Cub game I had taped from the beginning. Very nice game. Dempster did well after he settled down.Kids did well as well as Johnson. I hope most back there got to watch the catch he made in Right off Fontenot,real snowcone. Giant anouncers were complaining all day about Pena,in and out ot the box,indicated he needed to be sent a message.