Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 06/12/11

Game Sixty-Four: Cubs (25-38) vs. Phillies (39-26)
Game Time – 12:35pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185
Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Doug Davis (0-5, 6.38/1.83) vs. Roy Oswalt (3-4, 3.05/1.30)

Weather permitting … The difficult 10-game road trip comes to an end this afternoon with the last of four in Philadelphia. The Cubs have seen a lot of red on this trip and have not scored many runs (outscored 48-23 in the first nine games, 2-7 record). Q’s offense has scored more than four runs once since May 31.

The Cubs made two roster moves Saturday (recalled Casey Coleman and DFA’d Brad Snyder) and are expected to wait until Monday to activate both Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker. Mike Quade should let Darwin Barney have the day off and give D.J. LeMahieu his first big league start at second base. LeMahieu figures to be optioned to Iowa in order to make room on the active roster for Jeff Baker.

Reed Johnson was hit in the helmet during the second game of a doubleheader Saturday in Iowa. Johnson was taken to a local hospital and received stitches for a cut on his head. Johnson was reportedly kept in the hospital overnight for observation. No official word on whether he will rejoin the team as planned on Monday. Johnson and Baker were scheduled to make their way from Des Moines to Chicago Sunday.

Alfonso Soriano is expected to begin his rehab stint with the I-Cubs this afternoon. If all goes well, Soriano will rejoin the big league team Wednesday.

Q’s squad has won only one game on Sunday this season (1-8) and only twice since Quade took over for Lou Piniella last August … today it all starts with Doug Davis.

Doug Davis is winless as a Cub and is coming off another poor start. Davis lasted just 4 1/3 innings against the Reds and gave up four runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Davis has struggled throwing strikes and locating his fastball. If he has trouble again today, the 0-2 road mark with a 12.38 ERA and a 2.63 WHIP will get even worse.

Davis is 2-2 in eight career starts against the Phillies with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. The last time he faced Philly was at Citizens Bank Park back on August 20, 2009. Ryan Howard and company scored six runs, five earned, on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts in five innings of work.

Today will be Davis’ fifth career start at Citizens Bank … 1-1 in four starts with a 4.81 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

Phillies Career Numbers against Doug Davis

  • Ben Francisco – 1-for-3
  • Ryan Howard – 3-for-8 with a double, 2 home runs and a walk
  • Roy Oswalt – 3-for-7 with a double and a walk
  • Placido Polanco – 3-for-13 with a home run
  • Jimmy Rollins – 3-for-24 with a double and 2 walks
  • Carlos Ruiz – 2-for-7 with a double and 4 walks
  • Chase Utley – 2-for-13 with a walk
  • Shane Victorino – 2-for-11 with a double and a triple

The Cubs will see an old foe in a new uniform. The Cubs did not face Roy Oswalt after he was traded to the Phillies last season. The last time they faced Roy O was on June 5 in Houston and they beat Oswalt and the Astros 8-5. The Cubs scored six run on nine hits in seven innings. One of the rare times in recent years the Cubs beat Oswalt.

Oswalt has not been very sharp in his last two outings after putting together a solid month of May (0-1 in three starts with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP).

The Dodgers hung a ‘L’ on Roy O in his last start. Matt Kemp and company scored four runs on eight hits with a pair of walks and struck out only once in six innings. Oswalt is 0-2 in his last two starts with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.

Today will be Oswalt’s 32nd career start against the Cubs. He is 14-13 in 32 games, 31 starts, with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Roy Oswalt

  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-3
  • Tyler Colvin – 2-for-5 with a double and a home run
  • Doug Davis – 0-for-7
  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-19
  • Koyie Hill – 3-for-7 with a double
  • Aramis Ramirez – 18-for-73 with 3 doubles and 5 home runs
  • Geovany Soto – 6-for-15 with 2 doubles and a triple

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • Tom U

    Congratulations to the Tennessee Smokies on their 40th victory last night.

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

    Cubs win today because Rip favorite Cub is in the line up. Lets all hear it for Koyie Hill.

  • Cory

    I can hardly wait…

  • Skeldor

    Saw on MLB Trade Rumor site the cubs aren’t ready to start selling.  What the heck are they waiting on??  AT what point will they concede and say the season is lost?  Hendry, Quade and Ricketts are all delusional to think they have a chance.  I understand if they are waiting to showcase players, but its about time they got on the phones and check with teams to see if anybody is interested. 

    • BosephHeyden

      I think the reason they’re looking for is “showcase”.  Right now, Baker, DeWitt, and Fukudome are the three Cubs with the most value.  Of those three, Fukudome is the one that other GM’s will actually consider someone with “starting potential” (though DeWitt should be thought of in that same light…Baker always seems to perform well in the field but way too many people call him a utility guy).   And with Fukudome having the salary he has, they’re going to have to give teams a reason why they shouldn’t eat a lot of his salary.

      At this point in time, Tyler Colvin may be another guy the Cubs should consider “showcasing” simply because they’ve underutilized him to the point that he has no future with the team, not to mention that, even with moving Kosuke, you still have Byrd and Soriano as “established” in the outfield, and the Cubs seem to be intent on Brett Jackson being their “next big thing”.

      You won’t see any Cubs moves until the middle of the month, possibly later.  Heck, they could very possibly not make a move at all and just be content with losing with the same lineup.

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

        I think that a certain GM is waiting for the dreaded “vote of Confidence” before he starts retooling. Why should he try to move pieces if he isn’t going to be around to enjoy the spoils? I expect that JH is treading water because Ricketts has not given him a reason to be worried.

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

      I have been trying to find the article you are talking about. Are you sure it was mlbtraderumors.com ? Didn’t see anything like that on their site at all.

      • Skeldor

        it was just a short thing on the 10th….it was titled 

        Stark On Rollins, Fielder, Pujols, Olivo, Tigers
        By Ben Nicholson-Smith [June 10, 2011 at 2:26pm

        The Cubs aren’t ready to start selling and haven’t started shopping Carlos Zambrano, despite his recent outburst.

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

          OK thanks

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Iowa: Jay Jackson (2-5, 6.15)
    Tennessee: Dallas Beeler (1-0, 0.00)
    Daytona: Brett Wallach (2-2, 4.98)
    Peoria: Austin Kirk (3-2, 1.98)

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  • Tom U

    Dear Cubtex:

    I saw your post yesterday on Vitters, but was not able to respond. I agree totally with Neil’s assessment. While he’ll continue to get every opportunity to establish himself at third, I can see a future move to first or the outfield if he continues to struggle. 

    To explain my thinking on Kouzmanoff, I see him as a Chad Tracy/Kevin Millar type who can fill the third-first base slot for a short period of time while prospects get ready. I don’t believe the organization will mind replacing him once that happens, especially if he has to go through their minor league system first.

    • cubtex

      Thanks Tom… I hope they give Vitters every opportunity to improve at 3rd since his bat translates well there.

      I want to bring up this misconception on how the Cubs ruin prospects and they never develop any minor leaguers. Look at the Cubs vs White Sox from 2003 till today. This is just one example but feel free to chime in.

      Cubs position players brought up from the system drafted under Hendry who are currently good major leaguers.

      Ryan Theriot- Not a fan but he is a starting shortstop on a first place team
      Geo Soto- Rookie of the year and one of better offensive catchers in NL
      Starlin Castro- One of the brightest young stars in game
      Darwin Barney? Jury is still out as an everyday player in my mind
      Tyler Colvin???? Future very much in doubt as an everyday player

      Pitchers-

      Carlos Zambrano- Had a very solid career
      Carlos Marmol- Electric Stuff and a well above average closer

      I will just mention these 2 for now.

      Sox

      Alexei Ramirez- Bought him
      Gordon Beckham- Has had his ups and downs

      That is it. Josh Fields was a bust. Dayan Viciedo hasn’t made it. Anderson the CF never made it. Tyler Flowers(who they got in a trade) hasn’t made it.

      My point is that the Cubs are not the only team who has not been extremely successful developing their own players. Look at the Red Sox….same thing with them,other than Pedroia and Ellsbury…that is a bought team.

      I am not defending Hendry and I do think he needs to go but I do not think it is fair to say how the Cubs ruin young players and how all these other teams do a much much better job being patient and giving young players all this opportunity. I mentioned Domonic Brown yesterday( look how he was used last year and this) Look at Dexter Fowler with the Rox when he came up, Look at Desmond Jennings with the Rays.

    • cubtex

      That’s funny you mentioned Kevin Millar Tom….He is my neighbor lol

  • paulcatanese

    I have seen a few posts on who will be gone and who will be here. Probably going to aggrevate a few but feel I should jump in here.
    For 2012
      Fukodudome will be back.
      Soriono will be back
      Aram will be back
      Hill  will be back
      Byrd will be back
      Pena will be back (with a increase in $$)
      Baker will be back
      Z will be back
      DeWitt will be back
      Colvin will be back
      And the usual suspects will be back

      And last but not least Quade will be back

      And JH will have an extension on his contract for all his hard work

      And there you have it your’e all American team, Ricketts bunch, look
      for this team at your’e local comic book store.
     

    • Kevinwickit

      And you will see a drop in attendance.

      • paulcatanese

        Of course, isnt that the intention of this management, to destroy all trace’s
        of the Cubs?

    • paulcatanese

      Oh, and I forgot to mention.  Castro,Barney, and Soto will be gone
      traded for a 45yr ol minor lg pitcher to be named later(got to wait for
      one to get that old.

    • cubtex

      Paul, if that happens I am sure they will lose a ton of fans :)

      I personally think both Q and Hendry will be gone as well as many of those players you mentioned. Why would they resign Fuko and Pena? I cannot see why they would do that and I hope they are done with ARAM after this year.

      • paulcatanese

        Just thought I would shake up the troops with the crazy idea. But if JH and Quade are still in place next year I just have that sinking feeling that something of that nature(not all of it) could happen. I know Neil has posted that they(opinion) will not be gone thru this year and unless Ricketts really decides to become a hands on owner, as he should,I just don’t know what the future holds. Check that post by Neil on http://www.boston.com/sports/b…  Interesting.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil
    • Dorasaga

      Interesting opinion; esp. Ben Cherington; never heard of him… I would still hope the Ricketts court Depodesta and Brian Cashman to be the Cubs Player Development and VP/GM, respectively. In the end, change can come slowly, but at least the owner needs to show us fans what direction he leads us to.

  • GaryLeeT

    Doug Davis eh? You can’t even compare that to bringing a knife to a gun fight. It’s more like bringing a wet noodle.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And the kids strike again. Good at bats by Barney and Castro result in single, double and a run scored

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ramirez with a 2-run shot!

  • GaryLeeT

    I was reaching for the smelling salts after that 1st inning crooked number put up by the Cubs. Now, if Davis can keep the Phills off the scoreboard for the first 3 innings, I will submit this game to the Pope to have it officially recognized as a miracle.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    More bad defense from DeWitt in left … a good throw and Victorino is out.

  • GaryLeeT

    I did not think it was possible, but DeWitt make me miss Soriano. OK that is a stretch, but Soriano would have thrown out Victorino at 3rd.

  • Tom U

    It will be interesting to see how Tennessee fares today, they are facing Aroldis Chapman.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Smokies with two walks and three strikeouts against Chapman. He’s out after two innings. Brett Jackson took one of the walks.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Davis dodged that bullet

  • Ripsnorter1

    Davis has allowed 7 base runners in 2.1 IP. 

    That doesn’t foreshadow a lot of success.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Make that 8 baserunners . . . .

      He can blow any lead . . . . .

  • SteveGu

    Doug Davis is one of, if not THE worst pitcher in Major League Baseball. It’s just ridiculous.

    • Ripsnorter1

      If he gets the starts, he’ll go 2-15 this year. And if Hendry gives him enough starts, he’ll lose 20.

      • SteveGu

        He can’t pitch, he can’t sac bunt, what in the holy christmas can this guy do?

  • Ripsnorter1

    He dodged another bullet-only gave up one run–but 8 baserunners in 3 IP???

    He won’t be around long . . . .71 pitches thrown already.

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

      I think Fukudome has been reading your posts. He has not done well since you posted how good he has been lately.

      • Ripsnorter1

        You know, Rich, I was thinking that earlier today, but then I noticed that his OBP is still .415, about .035 better than the #2 guy in the league (Reyes). Maybe he’ll walk or get a hit today . . . .

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

          For some reason he just looks lost again. He seems to get that way for a couple games after he sits against a lefty. Maybe he can work out of it soon.

  • Ripsnorter1

    What? WHAT?!?!!!?  Doug Davis is going to pitch 4 innings and still have a lead????

    MY HEART!!!! IT’S THE BIG ONE!!!

    • John_CC

      Can he get out of the 5th?

    • John_CC

      Rip, does Hill get credit for this one? Is that good or bad?

      • Ripsnorter1

        I personally think K. Hill is the difference here between a 3-2 lead, and trailing the Phillies. I think he calls a much better game than Soto. 

  • SteveGu

    And yet another walk. He has walked a man in each inning. That is ridiculous.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano goes 0-for-3 Sunday, and is lifted after
    flying out to end 5th

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija got away with that one … that was ball four to Oswalt

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Would really like to see Quade leave Campana in to play center and slide Colvin over to left.

    • Ripsnorter1

      That would make a lot of sense. Not possible. . .. .

  • Kevinwickit

    I am getting worried the Cubs are over using Marshell.

    • John_CC

      Yeah, I know they need a leftie here, but I don’t like going with Marshall after yesterday.

    • Kevinwickit

      Marshall sorry misspell.

  • John_CC

    ahhhhh man….damnit!

  • SteveGu

    Another game, blown. God, this is getting tiresome.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Is it too early to start thinking about tomorrow’s game? Wolf vs. Dempster.

    Brewers have been hot, but losing today. 

    • John_CC

      Brews just took the lead on Prince’s 8th HR in the last 9 games.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    More impatience by the Cubs … down by 1 and Castro swings at the first pitch and fouls out

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

      My question about that is being on the same team as over half of this team ruining his growth? Aram did the same thing only missed it.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Castro has only walked 8 times this year. What were they–4 intentional? That’s not his game. He’s Juan Uribe without home run power. 

  • SteveGu

    This team is a walking deja vu monsters. Every day it seems like the same things happen. If they don’t score first they get blown out, if they score first they lose the lead late in the game, demoralizing the “professional” veterans on this team,  (Note: I use the term professional incredibly loosely) and in the end costing us the game. I’m sick and tired of the same garbage day in and day out. I bleed cubbie blue just as much as the next guy, and I can’t just tune it out. It angers me to no end to see this team lose, and with every loss I get angrier and angrier. Sorry for the rant, I had to let it out.

  • SteveGu

    The only bright light I have shining on me today is Bob Brenly, I love to hear him just rip into this Cubs team and say what we are all feeling. He just finished going on a long rant about how hitting the first pitch for the sake of hitting the first pitch is counterproductive and just plain stupid. He even ripped Aram for swinging at a slider down by the knees. The disgust in his voice is the closest thing to representation we fans have in the TV booth with these guys and nothing makes me happier than to hear someone not tiptoe the company line and voice his opinion.

    • paulcatanese

      Yep,I agree, heard the same thing. I also like when he call the pitches the right way after the umpire blows it. What I didn’t like was Len Casper saying we have a problem with the starters goig enough innings. Where has he been? In another town?

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’ll be fired soon.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        … and will be calling games on the South Side or in Atlanta next season.

        • Ripsnorter1

          LIke Steve Stone, I’d hate to see him go. That would be a mistake, imo.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 4-3 to Phillies Sunday afternoon. Davis: 2R, 5H,
    5BB, 6K in 5IP; Marshall: 2R, 2H, IP; Castro: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R; Ramirez:
    1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

    Cubs finish trip 2-8, season-low 14 games under .500

  • Ripsnorter1

    Twins won. That means the worst team in MLB is the Astros, and the Cubs are next. If the Astros pull this one out with the Braves, then it is the Cubs tied with the Astros for the worst team in MLB. 

    There’s hope, boys!

  • paulcatanese

    I just wish Campana had the starts that Colvin has been getting. I cannot see him any worse.

  • paulcatanese

    Today’s performance will get Davis another start. It was lucky but not all that bad.

    • paulcatanese

      Forgot, that at bat by Aram was the worse I have ever seen. He literaly could not reach those pitches with a broom. What was he doing, trying to make sure the Cubs did not go to extra innings? Forgot, he dosen’t get paid evertime
      so why stay out there?

    • John_CC

      No doubt he’ll get another start, but Paul, this was BAD. 100+ pitches through 5, 5 BB and 5 hits, he was incredibly lucky.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    This explains the over use of Sean Marshall on the trip:

    Kerry Wood has blister on right index finger
    and may need to go on DL. Expect a few roster moves on Monday

    • garrett

      Neil, can the Kerry Wood injury lead to a possibly call up to  Rafael Dolis for he has been been good as a relief pitcher and he is on the 40 man roster

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        It could, I have not heard anything on that yet. Dolis has been throwing the ball well. Plus he’s been doing better against lefties of late.

        They will probably call up Berg or Mateo … both can throw multi-innings and apparently is quantity over quality right now for Jim Hendry.

        • Gramps

          I don’t care if I ever see Berg or Mateo pitch for the Cubs again! Bring up Dolis!

  • Anonymous47701

    If the the Cubs somehow don’t retain Rudy Jaramillo, I think they should try giving Andre Dawson the job as new Hitting Coach.