Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 05/14/11

Game Thirty-Eight: Cubs (17-20) vs. Giants (21-17)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Night Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 89
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Doug Davis (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (2-0, 3.05/0,97)

Updated – 1:21pm CDTThomas Diamond removed from 40-man roster and outrighted to Triple-A Iowa

Updated – 2:59pm CDT – Cubs selected the contract of Doug Davis and added Davis to 40-man Roster, which now stands at 39. Justin Berg Optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Davis on active roster

Weather permitting … the Cubs will play under the lights on a Saturday at Wrigley for the first time since August 21, 2002, the second game of a doubleheader. The last time a game was scheduled for a Saturday night at the old ballyard was June 20, 1998.

Tonight will feature the Cubs debut of an old nemesis, Doug Davis. The veteran southpaw signed a minor league contract with the Cubs soon after Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner was placed on the DL. After two minor league rehab starts, Davis will throw his first pitch at the Major League level since July 9, 2010.

The Cubs are just 2-8 in the 10 games started by Casey Coleman and James Russell and are looking for Davis to give them a little stability while Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner work their way back. Wells’ will make his first rehab start Tuesday with the Peoria Chiefs.

The Cubs will have to make a roster move prior to tonight’s game. Doug Davis will be added to the Cubs 40-man roster (which currently stands at 39) and one of the relievers will be sent to Iowa to make room for Davis on the active roster. Justin Berg is the prime candidate for the demotion.

Aramis Ramirez is expected back in the lineup tonight. Ramirez flew home to the Dominican to attend his sister’s wedding.

Tonight it all begins with Doug Davis

Doug Davis will make his first start of the season … and his Cubs debut tonight. Davis was a thorn in the Cubs side for many years and actually put together some of his best outings against the Cubs.

Davis made two starts in the Cubs’ minor league system, the last one coming with the I-Cubs last Tuesday.

The Cubs are looking for innings from Davis tonight.

Doug Davis was 1-4 in eight games last season for Milwaukee with a 7.51 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP … and owns a career-mark of 91-101 in 297 games, 277 starts, with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Davis’ last start came on July 9, 2010 against the Pirates. Davis received a no decision game won by the Brewers 5-4.

Davis is 5-8 in 20 career games, 19 starts, against the Giants with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.

Giants Career Numbers against Doug Davis

  • Pat Burrell – 1-for-13 with a double
  • Mark DeRosa – 1-for-6
  • Mike Fontenot – 0-for-3
  • Aubrey Huff – 1-for-3
  • Cody Ross – 6-for-15 with 2 doubles, a home run and 5 walks
  • Aaron Rowand – 8-for-29 with 6 walks
  • Freddy Sanchez – 17-for-37 with 5 doubles, a home run and 4 walks
  • Miguel Tejada – 4-for-16 with a double, a home run and 3 walks
  • Andres Torres – 3-for-7 with 2 triples and 2 walks
  • Ryan Vogelsong – 1-for-2

The Cubs will get their first look at Ryan Vogelsong since the 2006 season. The former Pittsburgh Pirate was originally drafted by the Giants in 1998 and has not pitched at the big league level since 2006.

Vogelsong has thrown the ball extremely well this season and many are wondering what will happen to him when Barry Zito returns.

Vogelsong is coming off an impressive win against the Rockies. The 32-year old right hander kept Colorado off the board for 6 1/3 innings. Vogelsong gave up only one hit and issued only one free pass to go along with four strikeouts.

Vogelsong is 1-4 in five career starts, 11 games, against the Cubs with a 7.59 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP … at Wrigley, 0-3 in six games, three starts, with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Ryan Vogelsong

  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-8
  • Doug Davis – 0-for-2
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-1
  • Aramis Ramirez – 5-for-12 with 2 home runs and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 0-for-1

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Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

Quote of the Day

"Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure." - Joe Maddon
  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Pena – 1B
    Byrd – CF
    Soriano – LF
    DeWitt – 3B
    Hill – C
    Davis – P

    • Calicub

      so what happens if on the off chance Doug Davis dazzles in his next couple of starts and the cubs are “forced” to make a decision on three pitchers for two rotation spots?

      Will cashner be pushed back to the bullpen or sent down?
      I can’t imagine them pushing him back into the pen but keeping him in Iowa after he rehabs would be so incredibly irresponsible.

      I can’t imagine the Cubs doing anything to Randy Wells either way either.

      Maybe doug davis does real well up to the trade deadline and becomes possible trade bait?
      But no way the cubs would trade someone with value or they would have dumped Silva after his 8-0 start or phonzie or koske while they’re still hitting.  Granted if i were a GM i’d steer clear of all three too but you get my point

      • John_CC

         Let’s no get ahead of ourselves.  There are plenty of existing problems to ponder and pontificate upon. 

    • Calicub

      apparently ARAM’s flight was delayed in MIAMI

    • Cheryl

      Baker was hitting. Seems like he should have figured in that lineup. 

  • Ripsnorter1

     I knew Aram wouldn’t be back on time. 

    Pena batting cleanup? PENA???? 
    Doug Davis pitch well? At this stage in his career?  NO. But then again, . . .the weather isn’t the best; the Giants have a really pathetic, Pittsburgh Pirates style offense, and the wind is blowing, so maybe the balls won’t be sailing out of the park on Davis after all.

  • The Maven

     Just to follow up on a comment from yesterday.

    The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Phillies’ AAA team, are third to last in hitting and fifth in ERA. However, they are tied for first in their division and have the fourth best record over all.

    I guess there may be something to this managing thing!

  • cubtex

    The Cubs are 2-8 in the 10 games started by Coleman and Russell! How much more evidence do you need to start someone else? I understand Doug Davis is taking Russell’s spot now but Coleman has to go too. 

    • Agustin

      I hate to agree here but Coleman has had his chances and results speak volumes. He might be better suited for the bullpen and  Rusell is not even worthy of a roster spot IMO.

      • carmelo

        Davis is our 8th starter this year—-what other team can say that?   

      • Ripsnorter1

        Russell has pitched well as  a LH specialist. 

  • Ripsnorter1

     Scotty Pods was released. Again. He was embarrassed by the contract he had to sign this past off season. I wonder if he gets embarrassed by the multiple outright releases he’s had.

    If the Cubs need an OF that can’t field at all, with no power, and vanishing speed, they could pick up Scotty Pods. 

  • Susan (Mom)

    On the roof a bachelors party for Chris and his friends.  Can you mention that on the air??  They brought a bus from W. Lafayette Indiana to party with the Cubs on the roof!   

  • Matt

    The kids are at it again

  • Neil

    Excellent at bat by Barney

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    I pray and hope the Cubs start to turn things around I think Coleman is alot better than the numbers he has put up this year so far I think he will turn things around. 

  • Neil

    Bases loaded, one out and the Cubs do not score a run … Byrd lines out and Soriano strikes out.

  • Agustin

    It looks crazy out there with the weather….

  • Agustin

    BTW the 2nd base ump call was hilarious! and Freddy’s reaction even funnier!!!

  • GaryLeeT

    I know you in market people don’t care, but those of us that have to buy the VERY expensive MLB package from Directv, get screwed by Fox on most Saturdays. I look on the schedule, and see that this Saturday’s game, is a night game, so I will be able to see it. But noooooo Fox has to ruin my life, and eat all my steaks.

  • Aaron

     good move….Koyie Hill again gives a run to the other team….he accounted for 2 runs thus far, even though DeWitt was responsible…but his error for sure contributed

  • Neil

    Back-to-back errors … Hill has committed three errors since Soto’s injury.

    • Aaron

      and supposedly that’s why he’s in there, right?…..his defense. Cubs’ roster management continues to defy logic.

      Why on earth would you start your back-up catcher in place of your injured starter when his ONLY value to the team is his supposed defense, which has continued to decline since last year. But, hey….keep playing everyday…

      LMAO….that’s what they get. They deserve what they get.

    • Ripsnorter1

      That’d be 3 errors in 3 games, right? We should start a pool, to determine if K.Hill will have more hits or errors in 2011. 

    • Jim_Tinley_Park

      More errors than hits for Hill 

  • EqDoc

    It just hurts so bad to watch…  My eyes are burning…

  • Matt_gregory

    I am only able to watch the game on Gameday.  It looks like Davis is doing decent.  Anyone watching the game on TV have an take on him tonight? 

    • paulcatanese

      Yes Matt,Davis did well,given the conditions both pitchers were ok. 

  • Wickitkevin

    LOL! Its either I laugh or I cry!

  • Aaron

     LOL…..How is Quade still employed? I’m not kidding. How?!? Furthermore, how is Hendry still employed? I guess I just answered my own question.

    Hill is actually starting. I cannot believe it. And furthermore….wasn’t Castillo just catching Davis in AAA a few days ago? It’s truly unbelievable to me.

    Just like Hendry…Hill sure must have some compromising pictures of management.

    The funny thing about the guy too, is that he was the most outspoken guy regarding the whole Theriot situation, mouthing off about how he’d spend time on his ass, blah blah blah……it’s no wonder Pujols was staring at him. He sucks, can’t hit, can’t field, and is a waste of a roster spot. He’s a NOBODY, and yet he still talks a big game….

    LMAO…What an idiot!!!

    • paulcatanese

      Aaron as I had said this morning before the lineup was posted that Hill
      would be back in the game as catcher. In Quade’s eyes Castillo had his chance and Hill is the choice. Well I wonder how many people feel the same way as
      Quade now or have they seen enough,I know I have. Quade will have some excuse,weather,whatever,but he will continue with Hill until JH says different The sad part of all of this is that Castillo will be gone again when Soto comes back.
      Just my humble opinion Aaron,and I agree all the way with you. 

  • Neil

    Cubs 0-for-5 with RISP, five left on base, and 2 GIDP in four innings … along with 3 errors and 2 unearned runs

  • BosephHeyden

    Doug Davis is looking pretty solid.

  • Ripsnorter1

     Is the wind blowing in at 900 mph?

  • Neil

    Doug Davis out after five innings. Davis’ line: 3R, 1ER, 4H, BB, 6Ks on 77 pitches, 50 for strikes.

    • CubsfaninBama

      I would take that out of a #5 starter anytime. 

    • studio179

      A lot better job than I thought Davis would do. To that, good job Davis. 

  • Ripsnorter1

     K.Hill and DeWitt have this in common: they both have committed 3 errors in very little playing time.

    • Mike1040

       They have another thing in common, neither belongs in the big leagues.

  • Neil

    0-for-6 with RISP, 7 left on base after 5 innings

  • Aaron

     Cubs lose 3-0….Game Over…delayed, and NOT restarting, so they lose….even if it does, this offense is so inept it won’t score anyhow. They outta just call it and save everyone the  time watching/listening to the game if it does come back on

  • Matt Weaver

    So FOX blacked out the game in my region but a quick glance at the box score tells me everything that I need to know. All of those base hits and no runs?

    What gives?

    • Baron_S


      • Matt Weaver

         I’ve learned all the tricks of the trade. This team just isn’t worth it.

        Thanks though!

    • Calicub

      Third in batting average nineteenth in runs scored.

      need I say more?

  • Neil

    Game called after 6 complete, Cubs lose 3-0

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 3-0 to #Giants rain-shortened 6 inning game. Doug Davis’ line: 3R, 1ER, 4H, BB, 6Ks in 5IP; #Cubs 3 errors, 0-for-6 w/RISP,8 LOB

    • paulcatanese

      Neil, I thought Davis looked pretty decent tonight and did a good job, a lot better than Russell and Coleman. 

  • Cheryl

    If Quade puts Hill in tomorrow’s game, he didn’t see the errors. But, I bet he’s back in there.