Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 06/10/11

Game Sixty-Two: Cubs (25-36) vs. Phillies (37-26)
Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 89
Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Carlos Zambrano (5-2, 3.98/1.24) vs. Roy Halladay (8-2, 2.56/1.07)

The Cubs have won two games in a row … and in order for Q’s squad to win three in a row for the first time this season they will have to beat one of the best in the game, Roy Halladay.

The Cubs have had success against Halladay in the past (0-3 in three starts) but with the way the Cubs offense has struggled against average starting pitchers this season, Halladay figures to have a field day tonight.

With Carlos Zambrano and Roy Halladay on the mound, don’t blink or the game could be over. Unless the two teams play into extra innings, tonight’s game should take less than half the time of Thursday’ 11-inning contest (five hours and 21 minutes including the rain delay).

In other newsJeff Baker and Reed Johnson were both 0-for-2 in the rain-shortened game in Des Moines. The Cubs would like for Reed Johnson to return for Saturday’s game, but it all depends on how his back responds.

Tonight it all starts with Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano is coming off an excellent outing against the St. Louis Cardinals. Z put his team in position to win a ballgame but Carlos Marmol could not retire Ryan Theriot to end the game. The Cubs lost after Pujols hit his second walk off homer in as many days.

Zambrano blew up following the loss but did not say anything that did not need to be said. Z spoke the truth but predictably he became the story and not the horrible team on the field.

Carlos Zambrano has not allowed more than one earned run in each of his last three starts … but has only one run to show for it. Z is 1-0 in his last three outings with a 1.13 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.

Tonight will be Big Z’s ninth career start against the Phillies. Zambrano is 4-3 in nine career games, eight starts, with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP … at Citizens Bank Park, 2-2 in five games, four starts, with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

Phillies Career Numbers against Carlos Zambrano

  • Ryan Howard – 4-for-16 with a double and a walk
  • Placido Polanco – 2-for-13 with a double and a triple
  • Jimmy Rollins – 3-for-20 with a double and 2 walks
  • Carlos Ruiz – 1-for-3
  • Chase Utley – 3-for-17 with a double and a walk
  • Shane Victorino – 5-for-10 with 2 walks

Roy Halladay is coming off a win against the Pirates (two runs on six hits in seven innings with a walk and six strikeouts) and has not lost a game since the Braves beat him on May 15.

Halladay posted a 3-2 record in six starts last month with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP … and he’s 4-1 in seven home starts this season with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

The Cubs have had success in the past against Roy Halladay. Halladay has faced the Cubs three times and lost all three0-3 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Roy Halladay

  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-3
  • Tyler Colvin – 2-for-3
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-3
  • Carlos Pena – 14-for-58 with 4 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs and a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-13
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-3 with a home run

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • paulcatanese

      Neil,that lineup was good enough for a win last night and the odds have improved for tonight. What would be nice is if some of the guys that didn’t
      do it yest. can pick it up tonight. A plus Z can swing the bat also.(colvin didn’t
      do so bad with the bat last night) Hopefully  Z can ptitch a good one tonight.

  • paulcatanese

    Neil,what was that comment from Bowden asking the Rays if they would take Pena plus cash, and Bowden said they were big fans of Pena. where do they come up with these things. I am sure that would be unthinkable,the Cubs paying Pena his
    10mil plus cash to take Pena, totaly idiotic.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Paul, it could end up happening and the amount of cash the Rays would receive would depend on the quality of prospects they would send to the Cubs for Pena.

      • paulcatanese

        Thanks for the reply Neil, thats astonshing if it were to happen. In the background here and just a thought, I think it would also depend on how
        much Colvin comes back and they would have Baker to alternate.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Meant to post earlier, Angel Guzman is starting for the Chiefs tonight

    • paulcatanese

      Understand he did well,great. I am just happy whatever he did that got back out there.

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Iowa – Alberto Cabrera (0-1, 8.00)
    Tennessee – Nick Struck (0-0, 3.00)
    Daytona – Dae-Eun Rhee (2-1. 3.67)
    Peoria – Angel Guzman (0-0, 0.00)

  • GaryLeeT

    It’s not hard to imagine why it’s impossible for the Cubs to put a win streak together, when every one of them has to be the “come from behind” variety.

  • GaryLeeT

    Like Halladay is not hard enough to hit, the ump decides to give him a strike zone the size of Texas. I guess when you are always around the plate, you get the Maddux calls.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Bingo

  • Ripsnorter1

    Funko doing his job! And Colvin, too!

  • skavoovee

    Anyone know why Brett Jackson has been on the bench the last couple nights?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      He was hit by a pitch on the foot Tuesday.

      • Dorasaga

        Glad somebody asked; keeping Neil busy on that BJax Watch B-)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Z with 60 pitches after three innings, not what his team needed.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent scoop by Pena

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

     Angel
    Guzman’s 1st inning: 10 pitches, 7 strikes, pop up, groundout, diving catch in
    left. 0-0 mid 1 vs. South Bend.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent pick and throw by Barney

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Update on Angel Guzman:

    Angel Guzman’s 2nd inning: strikeout, flyout, strikeout. 2ip, 6 up, 6 down, 2k. 21 pitches, 14 strikes. Chiefs up 5-0

    • ZT

      It’s good to see him pitching, and pitching well.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Pitch #128 leaves the park, grand slam Phillies up 7-0

    • Joey U

      Another good move by Quade  by keeping Zambrano in the game.The more I see of our beloved MANGLER the more I realize what a complete idiot he is. I wonder if he is imtimidated by these high dollar players.?

      • paulcatanese

        I would say absolutly he is intimidated by them.

  • PeteM

    I just dont get it.  What was the hole point leaving Z in was Quade waving the white flag

  • PeteM

    Big Z deserved better managing than that

  • GaryLeeT

    Zambrano talks Quade into leaving him in, not because he thinks he still has some gas in the tank, but Z wants to make sure he get’s one more AB. Who is more pathetic Quade or Zambrano?

    • PeteM

      Quade he’s the manager

    • paulcatanese

      There about even Gary.

  • GaryLeeT

    What a shame that this comeback by the Cubs had to happen while they were already down by so many. I am a firm believer that players play the game, but this is about the 6th (an arbitrary number that came to mind) time Quade’s bone-headed moves have cost them a game.

    • Ripsnorter1

      16th. Not 6th.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I think Z should pop his mouth off more often. It made him pitch better in the next start. LOL

    Z might have spoken the truth about the Cubs’ lack of effort, but he hasn’t been the paragon of consistency in his career either. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    Let’s face it: it’s hard to slide into last place!

    The Astros and the Twins simply refuse to give up their respective holds on last place. The Cubs–with an incredible losing streak of 8 games, and dumping 9 of their last 10 games–still couldn’t claw their way into last place. Finally the Cubs had to win a couple of games, and that in itself boosted them a game ahead of the Astros. 

    It’s harder than it looks, people. It is very much harder than it looks.

    • PeteM

      Not due to lack of effort

  • Ripsnorter1

    Whodoyoufigure, Neil? WHOdoyoufigure will be sent down when Bad Back Johnson is activated off of the DL? I’m thinking that Montenez’s days may be numbered up here. After all, he hit a pinch hit, 2 RBI single tonight. Keep that up and you’ll be looking back at Chicago as you hitch a bus ride to Des Moines.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Brad Synder is not a ML hitter. He hits fastballs, but has so much trouble with all of the breaking stuff and the off speed stuff. 

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

        I think you answered your own question. I said the other day that Montenez was a pinch hitter 5th OF but he is a lot better than Snyder who just looks bad.. I know before Aaron and everyone jumps on me that he has not had much of a chance but he just looks so lost. I may be jumping the gun but I think Snyder is the one going down when Johnson gets back.

        • cubtex

          About Snyder. He has had high strike out totals in the minors if you look up his stats. It goes to show you the difference from AAA pitching to the big time. Not talking about Snyder here…..but I am a huge believer in not rushing your top prospects just like the Padres did with Rizzo and the Royals with Moustakis. Make sure there is no doubt that these kids are ready to give them every opportunity to succeed!

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

            They are both up now and it had more to do with super 2 status than more experience. That being said they were still killer in AAA.

          • cubtex

            I actually heard the Royals GM interviewed today on XM and he was talking about how important it is not to cave in to pressure from fans and elsewhere to bring up your top guys too soon. Many wanted Moustakis to start at 3rd out of spring. He felt Moustakis needed to get more consistent hitting with risp. He is hitting .340 with risp over the last month…hence the callup. That is why the Cubs should only bring up Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters when there is no doubt and they are in a position to succeed. When there is an opening to play everyday.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Rip you beat me to it … Brad Snyder.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bad mistake by Barney … no reason to try to advance there.

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

      I think he was just trying to make a play. It happens, you take a chance you see if you can make it. Got to take the good with the bad on a kid like Barney.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost to Phillies 7-5 Friday night. Starlin Castro:
    2-for-5, 2B, R; Aramis Ramirez: 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI; Luis Montanez: 1-for-1, 2 RBI; Z’s line:
    7R, 7H (2 HR), 7BBs, 5Ks, 6.1 IP

  • PeteM

    Can’t win 3 in a row

  • paulcatanese

    Close, but no cigar, Z left with it.

  • Ciontea1988

    The question of the night is Big Z perforamnce bad/average/good/execelent. Givivg up three runs is average ta-good depending on innings pitch. seven runs are bad. But in this case Big Z was average and toke one for the team stat wise. Now I say this because he was out of gas before the grade slam that made it seven zip. It is not Big Z,s fault that this on the field managing group still has not figured out when to pull thr pitcher…….. The secound question is this because of the pitvhing coach or the Manager. My guess is the Manager (because he makes all finnal discions on the field) and yes we had at least one relief pitcher who did not pitch yesterday (shark) that could have came in after the thrid walk (which is in my opinion so obivious a nine year old would know to pull the picher now).. So how many games has Q cost us this year already. Things he should have learned in the minors coaching for nine years plus watching Lou??? Q is nothing more than a minot league manajor at best…. Help me somebody/anybody I have been banging my head on the wall weekly to do managing discions…..

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

      Actually from in my opinion Z was really using his sinker today and as the game wore on he could not control it as well. Not his fault but Quade and Riggans have to have guts to tell him to sit down and let us get you off the hook.

      • paulcatanese

        You said it Richard, I think Z runs his own ship.