Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Yankees – 06/17/11

Game Sixty-Nine: Cubs (28-40) vs. Yankees (39-28)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Doug Davis (0-5, 5.90/1.86) vs. Freddy Garcia (5-5, 3.60/1.40)

The Cubs welcome the New York Yankees to Wrigley Field this afternoon for the first game of the weekend series. The Cubs begin a stretch of nine in a row and 12 of 17 against the American League that concludes on July 3 … Q’s squad is 1-2 in Interleague play so far this season. After three against the Yankees, the Cubs will travel to the South Side for three then to Kansas City next weekend. After a makeup on Monday, June 27 with the Rockies and four games in three days against the Giants, the Cubs wrap up their Interleague schedule with three against the Sox at Wrigley.

The Yankees will be without Derek Jeter for the weekend series. Jeter was placed on the 15-day DL earlier in the week with a strained right calf.

The Cubs will welcome Larry Rothschild, Joe Girardi and Mike Harkey back to Wrigley. Rothschild stepped down as the Cubs pitching coach in the off-season after accepting the job with the Yankees. Girardi, the former Cub, was rumored to be in the mix to land the Cubs job last season. Reportedly Girardi was skipped over for the Cubs job back in 2006 when Jim Hendry decided to hire Lou Piniella.

The last time the Bronx Bombers played at Wrigley was back during the magical season of 2003. The Cubs took two of three that weekend but it was the middle game that ended up being the most memorable.

Kerry Wood faced Roger Clemens, who at the time was looking for his 300th big league win. Woody ended up beating the Rocket thanks to a big blast off the bat of Eric Karros in the seventh inning. Karros replaced Hee-Seop Choi early in the game after Choi had to leave the game with an injury.

Momentum is only as good as the next day’s starting pitcher … and today it all begins with Doug Davis.

Doug Davis is coming off one of his better outings as a Cub. Davis was in line for his first win of the season after allowing two runs on five hits in five innings with five walks and six strikeouts. Sean Marshall could not hold the one-run lead and the Phillies beat the Cubs 4-3 last Sunday.

Davis is 0-3 in three starts at Wrigley with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. But will all due respect to San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Houston, they are not exactly the New York Yankees … especially if the wind is blowing out again today.

The Cubs must start receiving something from Doug Davis. The Cubs are 2-19 this season in games started by Doug Davis, James Russell, Casey Coleman and Rodrigo Lopez. If Davis cannot win games or at least eat innings, the Cubs should use this spot in the rotation as an audition for pitchers in their system.

Doug Davis is 3-2 in six career starts against the Yankees with a 6.28 ERA and a 1.99 WHIP, the last time he faced A-Rod and company was back in 2007.

Yankees Career Numbers against Doug Davis

  • Robinson Cano – 0-for-6
  • Chris Dickerson – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Freddy Garcia – 1-for-4
  • Andruw Jones – 2-for-11 with 2 doubles and 2 walks
  • Jorge Posada – 3-for-15 with a home run and a walk
  • Alex Rodriguez – 1-for-6 with a double and 4 walks
  • Mark Teixeira – 0-for-3

Freddy Garcia has owned the Chicago Cubs throughout his career and is having a very good season in the Bronx. Garcia is coming off an impressive outing against the Indians. Garcia held Cleveland to one run on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

Garcia posted a 3-3 record in six starts last month with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Sweaty Freddy is 1-1 in his last two outings with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP.

The former Mariner and Southsider is 4-0 in six career starts versus the Cubs with a 1.47 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP … at Wrigley, 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP, one unearned run on five hits in seven innings.

Cubs Career Numbers against Freddy Garcia

  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-2
  • Doug Davis – 0-for-4
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-3
  • Carlos Pena – 4-for-36 with 3 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 6-for-15 with a home run
  • Alfonso Soriano – 7-for-23 with a double, a triple and 2 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-3

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

    • gocubs

      Why would DeWitt be batting 3rd?  Im very confused by this.  

      • gocubs

        So Quade is using our worst hitter as our #3 hitter.  Hugh…Anyone else on this team would be better suited for that role. Are  you kidding me? 

        Where is Baker?  Should be…


      • JW

        Quade had to find a way to get his most productive hitter in the lineup

  • Cactus

    “Choi had to leave the game with an injury”  Wow – An ambulance had to come onto the field and take him to a hospital after he collided with Kerry Wood and suffered a concussion.  Some say his career was never the same.

  • paulcatanese

    Neil,I agree with your’e assesment of Davis and what should happen if he cannot win or eat innings. To use that spot to “auditon pitchers for a spot” is excellent and makes a tremendous amount of sense and hopefully Davis can contribute but if not I am with the suggestion 100%.

  • GaryLeeT

    When 2 storied franchises get together there are so many sub plots to look at. Myself? I am focused like a laser beam on that great Cub pitching. Will there be 5 or 6 walks allowed? How many will be of the 4 pitch variety? Can they walk the opposing AL pitcher? How many will be lead off? How many will score? The possibilities are endless!

  • Neil

    Starlin with another RBI double

  • Brp921

    what has gotten into Aramis Ramirez defencivly?

    • Neil

      Ramirez with another RBI

      • Brp921

        Yeah, his offense has gotten better of late too.

    • GaryLeeT

      The realization that time is running out for him to put up the kind of numbers he needs, in order for the team to even consider picking up that 16 million dollar option for 2012?

      • Brp921

        I can’t imagine a scenario of the Cubs picking up his option at 16 million. A more likely scenario that is possible is some kind of a renegotiation, but then with JH at the helm you never know.

  • Agustin

    And then were gonna find our best friend Doug…and were gonna give him a best friend hug. Doug, Doug, oh Doug, Dougy Doug.

  • John_CC

    Doug flippin’ Davis?! 

    The Yanks must have been out on the town last night.

    • John_CC

      Wait a minute now…Davis is going back out!???

      Perfect. Classic Quade. What the hell is the point of this?! He’s thown 100 pitches, he’s done all you could hope for and more!  Sit him down!

  • Neil

    Excellent outing by Doug Davis

  • Neil


  • Brp921

    I have always liked Reed Johnson and thought we should have kept him around the first time!

  • Agustinrexach

    Ump needs fricking glasses man!

    • BillyFinT

      While he gave Marmol that outside corner as strikes? LOL

  • Brp921

    What an excellent game for the Cubs today! This is the first time that I can think of this year where the Cubs have done everything right. They looked good today! It was a breath of fresh air!

    • BillyFinT

      Attendance today: 42,219

      The last four days, homestand going older:

      That’s growth for the Ricketts. The glory is back! Make Daddy Joe proud.

      • Brp921

        I get the sarcasm and hey it’s the Yankees, but good baseball puts fans in the seats over the long haul, so lets wait and see, a couple of series doesn’t turn a season around. It was just nice to see our team actually play very well! 

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the Yankees 3-1 Friday afternoon. Castro 2-for-4, 2B, 2R, RBI Ramirez 2-for-4 2 RBI Doug Davis 1R, 3H, 3BB, 4Ks, 7.1 IP

  • paulcatanese

    Well Neil, I guess we both have to re-evaluate Davis. He pitched a marvoulas game. Was worried when he came out to pitch the seventh, but he had it handled. Great effort by all and believe Johnson had the game saver.

    • Brp921

      I think Bob Brenly said it best when he commented about Davis being a finesse pitcher as apposed to a power pitcher and taking longer to reach his peak and being ready to pitch. I have always been a Steve Stone fan, but I must give credit where credit is due, and Bob Brenly is a very credible color man and I enjoy his very knowledgeable work on the Cubs broadcasts.

    • Agustin

      stuff like this happens when guys care [Jhonson]and give a damn.  Lead by example.  It is a bit late but at least the players have been fun to watch theese last couple of days.

      • paulcatanese

        Totaly agree Agustin, you see hustle like that from Barney,Castro,Campana and Johnson, it pays off and thats how to win ballgames, love it.

  • Pat

    The Rothschild Dynasty makes money off of both sides of every war. World War I never should have happened but the Rothschild banking cartels wanted money and power plus an excuse to build a league of nations!