Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 06/06/11

Game Fifty-Eight: Cubs (23-34) vs. Reds (30-30)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Matt Garza (2-4, 3.72/1.37) vs. Mike Leake (4-2, 5.03/1.39)

Updated 3:20pm CDTMatt Garza Activated from 15-day DL – Scott Maine Optioned to Triple-A Iowa

The Cubs “red” road trip continues tonight with the first of three against the Cincinnati Reds. Q’s squad is in need of a win after an embarrassing week of baseball. The Cubs have lost six in a row and eight of the last nine.

Matt Garza will come off the DL and make his first start since May 17. Garza last faced the Reds in Cincinnati and received a no decision after allowing three unearned runs. The Cubs are expected to option Scott Maine down to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the active roster for Matt Garza. With Garza back from the DL, Rodrigo Lopez will join Quade’s relief corps and Doug Davis will remain in the rotation. Davis is slated to face Edinson Volquez on Tuesday night.

The Reds shifted their rotation for the Cubs series. Chad Reineke was penciled in to make the start tonight but was sent to the pen and Mike Leake was moved up a day to pitch in the opener. Dusty Baker is hoping to have Edinson Volquez back for Tuesday and Baker will send Bronson Arroyo to the hill for Wednesday’s finale against Ryan Dempster.

The next three days figure to be more difficult match-ups for the overly aggressive Cubs’ offense.

Carlos Marmol should be unavailable tonight after throwing 26 pitches over 1 2/3 innings Saturday and 27 pitches in the ninth inning Sunday. If a save opportunity arises for the Cubs, look for Mike Quade to give Sean Marshall the ball.

The Cubs are 1-4 against the Reds this season (7-19 against the division in 2011) and tonight it all begins with Matt Garza

Matt Garza was placed on the 15-day DL on May 24 (retroactive to May 18) with a right elbow contusion. Garza was scratched from his scheduled start on May 22 against the Red Sox and has been on the shelf ever since. Garza did not want to go on the DL but the Cubs took all precautions with their big off-season acquisition.

The last time Garza pitched was on May 17 against the Reds in Cincinnati. The Cubs sloppy defense, including an error by Garza himself, led to another Cubs’ loss. The Cubs gave the Reds both games of the two-game set.

Matt Garza has been solid but inconsistent, basically the same way he performed for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Garza posted a 1-1 record in his last three starts before landing on the DL with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

Tonight will be Garza’s third start of the season against the Redlegs … 0-1 in two starts with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Jay Bruce – 1-for-6 with a home run
  • Jonny Gomes – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Ramon Hernandez – 3-for-14 with a walk
  • Paul Janish – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Fred Lewis – 3-for-14 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Brandon Phillips – 3-for-5 with a walk
  • Edgar Renteria – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Scott Rolen – 6-for-21 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Drew Stubbs – 1-for-7
  • Joey Votto – 1-for-4 with 2 walks

After struggling in back-to-back outings in May, the Reds sent Mike Leake to the minors to work out his issues. With all of the Reds pitching problems, Leake returned to the majors and has put together two solid starts.

Leake beat the Braves back on May 27. He held Atlanta to one run on seven hits in six innings. Leake walked three and struck out two while picking up the win. Leake is coming off a no decision to the Brewers in which he allowed three runs on seven hits without a walk and three strikeouts in six innings.

Mike Leake has not faced the Cubs this season but had three of his best outings a year ago against the Cubs. Leake is 2-0 in three career starts versus the Cubs with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Mike Leake

  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Tyler Colvin – 3-for-6 with 3 home runs
  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-4 with 2 walks
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-2
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-6 with a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-3 with 3 walks

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Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver
  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Pena – 1B
    Ramirez – 3B
    DeWitt – LF
    Soto – C
    Colvin – CF
    Garza – P

    • paulcatanese

      I stand corrected Neil, Colvin is playing tonight.

  • Neil

    There will be a Talkin’ to discuss the draft … but here’s a tidbit from Kevin Goldstein: Crazy insane rumor out there, #Cubs taking 23-year-old Cuban LHP Onelki Garcia Speck at 9. Good velo, good breaking ball

    • GrantJones7

      Why..? Why do we do this? Starling is my 1st choice, then the ovious pitchers and Springer. Maybe Mikie Mathook.

      I would not be happy about this pck at all.

      Sorry for spelling errors, on mobile right now

      • Ryno

        Starling won’t fall to the Cubs.  I agree with you on the other guys.

        • GrantJones7

          Starling very well could

          • Ryno

            He could.  However, all the reports are suggesting otherwise.

          • GrantJones7

            Not as of late. Iv seen he could very possibly be there. I hope.

      • Ripsnorter1

        They are doing it to save money.

    • John_CC

      What time is the draft – like 6 CT?  I’ve never followed drafts live, how long between picks, etc?  I mean will pick #9 be 30 minutes into it or do they all know how they want in the top 10?  I am definitely curious this year.

      I reckon we have to be.  Following a live draft is probably better than a live Cubs game.

    • BillyFinT

      Bubba or not a Brazilian drum, I simply hope the organization starts with a bat that comes with good eyes (plate discipline). It’s been an organizational failure since Wilken drafted Colvin (who’s an athlete and a strong man, just… never good at strikezone judgement), the failure to address a need, a patient hitter.

      Pitchers come with plenty in this draft. They can always find the next Lincecum (anyone actually watched Trevor Bauer?), or a Garland, Jr. hidden within the jungle.

  • Darrenmcculloch

    Start Tony Campana in center and move Colvin to left.  Quade is a moron

    • Ripsnorter1

      Bench Colvin. Start Synder in LF> f

      • Darrenmcculloch

        Either way Campana needs to be in the lineup.  This team can’t hit or field, so they might as well try using speed.

    • BillyFinT

      Hendry like the “veteran presence;” the Cubs need “good clubhouse guys” to win games.

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Jay Jackson goes for Iowa
    Chris Rusin for Tennessee
    Jeffrey Lorick for Daytona

    Peoria has an off-day.

  • PleaseStopLosing

    Blake DeWitt in left field just gave me all the reason I need to NOT watch this game… Hopefully another network will be showing real baseball teams.

    • PleaseStopLosing

      I will however read Neil’s recap first thing in the morning to make sure he goes 0-for-4 and our starting outfield combines to go 1-for-13…

    • Ripsnorter1

      ESPN has a free game on the internet tonight: Dodgers vs. Philly at 6:05 Central time. 

  • diehardcubfan

    Nice job by Pena to get a sacrifice fly to bring Barney home.  Just keep it up.

  • Neil

    Good start with the Pena sac fly

  • Agustinrexach

    I like the pick ! Specially his home town :)

  • diehardcubfan

    Good hustle by Barney to get that infield hit.

  • Reggie

    I don’t know what’s worse,  DeWitt in left field or Dusty Bakers smug grin on tv. Both of them make me nauseous.

  • Neil

    And Blake DeWitt misplays a ball into a double for Jay Bruce

    • Aaron

      Quade made a very good decision putting a lifetime infielder in LF. It was one of the best decisions he’s made as manager thus far.

      This comment brought to you by:
      “You’ve just been Cubbed”

  • GaryLeeT

    The Reds’ announcers laughing at the Cubs. So am I

  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    this is getting comical.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Garza adjusted his pitching style to fit Wrigley, ie., live by the breaking ball (60% according to Scouting Report). That hurt his elbow, so tonight he’s living off the fastball again, and the Reds took him deep. He was homer prone when with TB, but had only given up 1 HR as a Cub–until tonight.

  • GaryLeeT

    Ramirez boots ball, looks to sky, and thinks “Yeah, I just had a double play ball klanck off my glove, and went 0fer at the plate, but even after taxes, I will take home over $48,000 for tonight’s effort”

    • paulcatanese

      On top of that Gary, he walked,walked to the dugout when the inning was over,no hustle there either.

  • Reggie

    This team from top to bottom is a wall to wall joke. There’s more life in a hobo’s vest than this team.

  • Neil

    Cubs pounded by Reds 8-2 Mon nite. Matt Garza’s line: 4R,
    6H (HR), 3BB, 3Ks in 4IP.  Cubs scored both runs on sac flies, 10 total hits,
    2-for-6 RISP,8 LOB

    5-17 last two years against the Reds, 1-5 this season, 7-20 vs the central

    • paulcatanese

      Neil,Garza was very slow getting warm on the mound, and more than once he flexed his wrist and straightend his forearm out between pitches, thus all the fastballs and less curves, dosent look as though he’s 100% yet.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Cubs should have beat Leake. He stinks. 

    But tomorrow is another day, and we are going against one of the worst pitchers in the NL who is not currently on our staff–Edison Volquez. 

    Of course, we have an equally bad starter going, too–Mr. Doug Davis!

  • paulcatanese

    Waiting for Kruks comment on the Cubs on ESPN, Z should not have apoligized, he was just telling the truth.