Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Yankees – 06/18/11

Game Seventy: Cubs (29-40) vs. Yankees (39-29)
Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (5-5, 5.48/1.41) vs. A.J. Burnett (6-5, 4.00/1.22)

Can the Cubs finally get the three-game winning streak monkey off their back? The Cubs are the only team in baseball that has not posted a three-game winning streak this season. With the improved play on the current homestand, the Cubs had a shot at three in a row last Wednesday against the Brewers but Carlos Zambrano could not get the job done.

In order for the Cubs to beat the Yankees for the second day in a row, they will need a big outing from Ryan Dempster this afternoon. Dempster was very good against the Reds and Brewers. Can Dempster complete the hat trick of shutting down three of the best offenses in all of baseball?

Ryan Dempster will face a former teammate in A.J. Burnett, a pitcher the Cubs have not beaten in four attempts.

Geovany Soto should be back in Mike Quade’s lineup this afternoon and Reed Johnson is expected to start the final two games of the series.

In other news … It appeared Tyler Colvin had hit for the cycle Friday night in Albuquerque. Colvin was 4-for-5 with four runs scored and two RBI when the game ended after nine inning but a scorers change after the game took away Colvin’s ninth inning single … and cycle. In the same game, Welington Castillo extended his hitting streak to 14-games with a pair of home runs. Castillo was 2-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI.

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

Ryan Dempster is coming off his best outing of the season, seven innings of shutout ball against the Brewers, and has allowed one earned run in his last two starts (13 innings). Dempster received a no decision against the Brewers after allowing just four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Dempster kept Milwaukee off balance but ran up his pitch count and was not around when Darwin Barney slid in with the game’s only run in the eighth inning.

Dempster is 1-0 in his last two starts with a 0.69 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP … seven hits and two walks in 13 innings with 15 strikeouts. Dating back to his rough start against the Cardinals, Dempster is 1-1 in his last three games with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.

Ryan Dempster has not posted a win in three career starts against the Yankees. Dempster is 0-2 with a 6.88 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP. The last time Dempster faced the Bronx Bombers was July 14, 2001 as a member of the Marlins rotation. Dempster received a no decision in a 5-4 loss to New York.

Yankees Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Chris Dickerson – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Joe Girardi – 1-for-11 with a walk
  • Andruw Jones – 13-for-40 with 2 doubles, 2 home run and 5 walks
  • Russell Martin – 4-for-15 with a double and 3 walks
  • Jorge Posada – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Nick Swisher – 2-for-4 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Mark Teixeira – 0-for-4

Reportedly one of the reasons the Yankees wanted Larry Rothschild to leave Chicago for New York was the season A.J. Burnett put up a year ago. Burnett has a ton of talent but only in certain years is he able to put it together. Burnett has shown improvement this season under Rothschild’s tutelage.

A.J. Burnett is coming off back-to-back losses with extremely mixed results. The Red Sox abused Burnett back on June 8. Adrian Gonzalez and company scored eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, Burnett walked four and struck out three. Burnett rebounded nicely in his last outing and was a hard-luck loser to the Indians. Burnett allowed one run (the only run of the game) on five hits in 7 2/3 innings. Burnett struck out eight and issued just one free pass. The Yankees lost the game 1-0.

Burnett is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP … on the road this season, 1-2 in five starts with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

A.J. Burnett has not lost to the Cubs in four career starts. Burnett is 3-0 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. The last time he faced the Cubs was back in 2008 in Toronto. Burnett held Lou’s crew to two runs on four hits in five innings. Burnett walked four and struck out seven.

Cubs Career Numbers against A.J. Burnett

  • Blake DeWitt – Two walks in two career plate appearances
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-2 with a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-3
  • Carlos Pena – 5-for-35 with a double, a home run and 6 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 4-for-13
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-10
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-2 with a walk

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  • cubtex

    I guess with 2 walks in 2 AB’s for DeWitt against AJ Burnett merits a move to the cleanup spot for today?

    • cubtex

      I guess he is hitting 3rd. I saw a lineup posted that he was hitting 4th.

  • Guy

    if dewitt hitting 3rd or 4th doesn’t prove quade is a bad coach I don’t no what does

  • paulcatanese

    Giradi one for eleven against Dempster,canwe get him to play today?

  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Castro – SS
    DeWitt – 2B
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    Johnson – CF
    Soriano – LF
    Soto – C
    Dempster – P

    • gocubs

      DeWitt hitting 3rd again?  OK, Quade decided he doesnt like the job and is obviously trying to get fired.  Come on, I cant think of any other reason why any manager in all of MLB would hit DeWitt 3rd.  I dont think there is a single other manager in all of MLB that would do this.  Not even on the Pirates would DeWitt hit 3rd.    

      • John_CC

        It really is obscene. It just make ZERO sense. Pena has been hitting and on occasion, crushing, the baseball. It’s time to get him back in the cleanup spot. Move Aramis back to the 3-hole. I’d even rather see Pena in the 3-hole than DeWitt. Just insane.

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Iowa – Austin Bibens-Dirx (3-3, 6.79)
    Tennessee – Dallas Beeler (1-1, 3.27)
    Peoria – Austin Kirk (4-2, 1.79)
    Boise – Yao-Lin Wang (0-0, 0.00)

    Daytona is on All-Star break

  • Neil

    Ty’relle Harris hit & run by drunk driver. Injuries not life threatening thankfully.

    • JW

      It sounded from the news cast that the injuries may be serious though and it is not clear whether he would pitch again. He had a promising year thus far in middle relief and recently had a cup of coffee at Triple A

  • paulcatanese

    Johnson seems to have re-invented his youth and is playing well. I do think though he should be spelled frequently to keep him fresh and (also anxious) ready to play at 100%.

    • cubtex

      I am surprised he is playing today since Sabathia is going tomorrow night. I guess he will get 2 starts in a row. I would think LeMahieu will be playing tomorrow night as well. We will see. It is never a sure thing with Quade’s lineup.

      • Neil

        Johnson is supposed to start Sunday night as well.

      • paulcatanese

        I would like to see LeMahieu tommorow night as well and as far as What Quade will do tommorow night,who knows Campana may be in center. Probably depends on the computer, if Sabathia can field bunts or not.,Who knows?

  • gocubs

    I cant imagine DeWitt hitting 3rd on any other team.  Not one.  No other MLB manager would put the worst hitting player on the team 3rd.  No one.  Who on this team is a worst hitter than DeWitt?  Maybe Hill.  Maybe.  Possibly Montanez – but I honestly I wouldnt be surprised to see Quade hit him 3rd.  No way Quade makes it another year.  No way.  Some truly unreal stuff going on here. 

    • cubtex

      I wouldn’t go that far. I actually think DeWitt is a descent player. He has his issues defensively, but he is not a bad hitter and he is still only 25 years old. I agree with you that he is not a 3 hole hitter.

    • Jim_Tinley_Park

      Your dead wrong! My son’s little league team needs a #3 hitter.

  • EqDoc

    Big Z now willing to waive his no-trade clause.  Trade him now while we can get some prospects!

    • John_CC

      It’s really too bad that he doesn’t get to face the Yanks in this series. It would be great to see him shut them down and get Cashman’s attention.

      • cubtex

        Cashman has come out today and said he has zero interest in trading for Zambrano.

  • Aaron

    Another update on the draft with signings by team:
    Blue Jays-18
    Red Sox-14

    White Sox-18




    Padres-25 *including 1st round, 10th overall

    So…..Again, the Ricketts family appears to be trying to pull the wool over the fans’ eyes yet again. They are currently in 24th place in terms of signing their picks.

    The fact that they already have signed 3 undrafted free agents should tell you that they either:
    a) won’t spend the money to sign their picks 
    b) they already know a majority of them won’t sign, and so they need to fill holes immediately on rosters

    The only shocking thing about the list of signees is the fact that the Yankees have signed less than the Cubs, and the Indians and Pirates are lower than them as well. But if you look at teams committed to player development such as the D’backs, Padres, Braves, Brewers, Rays, Tigers, Mariners, A’s, Rangers, Royals, and Blue Jays….teams that either have a strong history of developing from within, or have publicly stated recently they’re placing more emphasis on the draft and international free agents (Blue Jays, Padres, and Rangers come to mind stating that recently), then it should come as no shock that they’ve signed nearly half their draft class already in most cases.

    That’s why I said, “I’ll believe it when I see it” (with regards to Ricketts’ comments)….because I simply don’t buy ANYTHING they’ve said thus far.

    I will continue to monitor the situation for everyone as it develops, but my guess is that the Cubs will end up with a SIGNIFICANT amount of egg on their face. I would not be shocked if they only sign 20 in this class. Remember, signing 60% is the norm. Signing 20 would be 40% of their draft.

    Also, something important to keep in mind. The quicker you sign these guys, the better off you’ll be in the long-run player development-wise, because they’re getting a head start in rookie ball, and can advance through the system quicker.

    It’s also important to note where a majority of the teams listed above are ranked within their division this year. In most cases, you can see a correlation with the draft spending or signings and their records. Obviously you have the Astros at the top, and they’re in last place, and you have the Giants signing the least in their division, and they’re in first place, but otherwise, you can see a correlation. I just thought that was kind of interesting….don’t know what you all think

  • Adam88johnson

    My blood is boiling right now and this is why  

    “Here’s some advice: Believe all mid-June trade rumors at your own peril.
    One name, for instance, that’s being bantered about heavily all of a
    sudden on the rumor circuit is Cubs starter Ryan Dempster.
    But one NL executive who spoke with Cubs GM Jim Hendry came away with
    the impression there was no likely scenario in which Hendry would be
    interested in moving Dempster, who holds a player option for next year
    at $14 million and has 10-and-5 veto power over any trade.”

    Great Just great. I’m not surprised though. Dempster is a company boy

    • carmelo

      And you believe everything you read?  Who was the NL executive?  No GM’s ever talk about trades in the media—so identify that executive and then be surprised.

    • Richard Hood

      Remember when hearing that crap that the media is trying to sell a story. 2 years ago Pevy was traded 10 times before he actually got traded. Last year Adrian Gonzalez was traded to Boston at the All Star Break. Every year this happens where a over zealous reporter comes up with quotes from an “anonymous executive” to give their story credence.

       You know that Reyes has already been sent to STL this year. Soriano was sent to the Angels a day before they traded for Vernon Wells? You must be very careful when you get emotional over anything that someone said in a story.

  • Thomas D

    Just herd that Ryan Dempster gives tickets to the soldiers families on fathers day if they are deployed does anyone know how to send a thankyou letter or something to the cubs organization dempster i would really like to know being a soldier myself and a lifetime cubs fan i am very grateful to hear that now that is so classy i always like dempster after hearing that i hope he stays a cub till he retires lets go cubs get to watch the game today so excited

  • GaryLeeT

    I hope Dumpster can break his streak of soiling himself, when it comes to games on the big stage.

  • Neil

    Good job by Dempster getting out of the jam he created …

  • GaryLeeT

    Dempster might have gotten away with his crap in the first, but if he continues to issue all these walks, the Yankees won’t let him off the hook again.

  • BosephHeyden

    How’d we get stuck with “raspy cold” Joe Buck and the senile old guy who thinks that, if you’re a catcher your name is Russel Martin again?

  • GaryLeeT

    Anybody else get the feeling that the Yanks are about to put an ass whuppin on Dumpster and the Cubs?

  • Neil

    Dempster does it again.

  • Neil

    Seems like Dempster disappears when his team needs him more times than not

  • Neil

    Pena ties the game at 2

  • Brp921

    The Fox guys are wrong about forcing a throw at third base Fukudome would have been out by a mile!

  • GaryLeeT

    Having an 8th place hitter bat 3rd for today’s game, was one of Quade’s most brilliant ideas.

    • JW

      It is so painful watching DeWitt get into a double play from the 3 hole. I guess I just don’t get it since I’m not a baseball guy like Quade (haha) but a 645 OPS and 1 RBI in the month of June (308 OPS out of the 3 hole) would seem to suggest that he really doesn’t belong in the most important spot in the lineup

  • Richard Hood

    Why is Dempster still out there?

    • Brp921

      That was my thought too. The number of pitches He’s thrown  showed on the 0-2 pitch to Nunez.

    • John_CC

      The Yankee’s lineup is insane. He has to get through Granderson, the number 2 hitter with 20 HR to get to Teixi with 20 homers, then ARod and Cano…and he’s gassed, this inning could get ugly…

      • Richard Hood

        We got out of it with not much harm done. I will shut up now.

  • Brp921

    What is with this umpires strike zone?

  • cubtex

    Yankees kicking the ball around like crazy. Let’s take advantage here!!!!

  • Brp921

    Well they gave it their best shot ,but Gardener made a major league play, and Martin did too.

  • Agustinrexach

    Peña playing with attitude.  It’s been a nice ballgame…now if we could only win it$%!

    • paulcatanese

      I agree that Pena is playing with attitude, but he had no choice there he had to try and run the catcher down,he was out by ten feet. His attitude should have been on the play before when he hesitated around third and the shortstop booted the ball he could have easily scored,but was not antcipating the error on the play and the third base coach should have been shouting his head off to tell him to keep going. I would have rather seen him thrown out on that play than a fly to short,short left field. I gurantee that Barney would have not stopped and  either scored or be thrown out at the plate,but he would have made them make a play.

      • cubtex

        Great point!

  • BillyFinT

    Quick observations:

    – Tim Mccarver is not himself anymore. He made bad calls. He didn’t know the players. He didn’t have his homework ready.

    – If the Cubs can pull this off, in addition to their latest win against the Yanks, then the Ricketts got some free marketing results.

    — The Yankees and Red Sox are the most popular teams in Asia (millions of baseball fans capable of big spending ), and perhaps the Caribbeans as well.
    — The Cubs can sway a free thousands fans to like them.
    — Imagine all the young people aspiring pro think Cubbie.

    So far so good for the scouts and Cubs management, but of course, this has nothing to do with winning a World Series.

  • JimBo_C

    Big moment for Carpenter …. National tv against the Yankees. Good to see him get thru it unscathed. We need live arms like his.

    • Aaron

      I like that kid….great arm….good results thus far

  • Aaron

    LOL…they’re killing Quade right now on Fox….LMAO

    “to have Granderson coming up, and no lefty ready….is surprising”

    • Aaron

      What I think is hilarious, is the more games the Cubs get lucky to win, the longer it’ll take to make OBVIOUS decisions (ie.-fire Hendry, fire Quade, etc.)

      • BillyFinT

        Winning in a losing season is like morphine to Cubs fans. We accept slow death and let the tumor grow, instead of spotting early and remove the cancer.

        Another truth is, the difference of strength between Major League teams is slight. The Cubs can turn around the season quickly if they bring up enough talents from the minor league, play them, develop. If they sign the run producers for next season, they can good to go from where they started building, now.

        But I will cross my fingers when Hendry deals with free agents.

        • Aaron

          The Cubs have already let teams know they’re not ready to concede the season yet and start dealing.

          Additionally, they’ve already proven they’re (meaning Hendry and Quade) not willing to play young players at all…..and it wasn’t just when the Cubs were completely out of the race… was when they were somewhat close and had injuries. Soto went down, and Hill got almost all of the starts, except for like 2 while he was on the shelf instead of Castillo who was already a starter in the minors. 

          Then Soriano, Byrd, Baker, and Johnson all went down, only to see DeWitt get most of the starts in LF which made absolutely no sense. And LeMahieu continues to rot on the bench with Campana being reduced to the same role, in addition to pinch runner.

          The funny thing is, all of those guys, including DeWitt, don’t even factor into the future of the team, and yet they somehow couldn’t find AB’s for the young guys?!?!? I just don’t get it.

        • Aaron

          that’s actually one of the better analogies I’ve seen too about the “slow death”

          • BillyFinT

            The grandiose tale of Koyie Hill sums it all. This team is about Hendry, not winning. Even FOX’s own McCarver said it: you need to build with the farm team; develop them (play them).

            42,236 attended today’s game. I’m somehow glad that it’s not an increase compared to yesterday’s forty two thousands. If more Cubs fans can just “show” the Ricketts through “no show,” perhaps the higher management will get the message.

            We are disinterested by another Reed or Aramis home run. It’s nice to see the Yankees in town, though.

  • Aaron

    this is going to be fun….”most teams turn Teixeira around to bat right-handed”

    • Brp921

      Then to top it off the lefty he got up, with the game on the bases, was Grabow.

  • Aaron

    that was nothing short of a miracle right there is what that was. I’m conflicted though in a way….

    On one hand, you want Samardzija to start learning to get out of jams he created, rather than imploding (like Dempster seems to do). But on the other hand, I just can’t get over Quade not having a lefty up with Gardner, Granderson, and Teixeira (who does better left-handed) coming up in the inning. Those guys were absolutely right with their criticism of Quade, and he deserves to be fired. He’s really not a good manager at all.

    Anyway, good for Samardzija getting out of that….it’s got to be a confidence boost for him, so hopefully he can use that going forward

  • John_CC


    HO-Lee Cow!  Man, I love that guy.

  • Brentcarmona


  • cubtex

    Stupid baseball! If Soto can’t bunt you use a pinch hitter to bunt! You play for the tie at home.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree,what was so funny was Soto went down to talk to the third base coach
      and came back shaking his head like he got the sign and then hit into the D P.
      Every player in the world should know how to bunt, that was lame.

      • cubtex

        It was ridiculous! You are not going to get too many extra base hits against Rivrera. Move the runner so you have a couple of chances to tie the game.

  • Brp921

    Unfortunately, a winnable game was lost.

  • BosephHeyden

    This was lost on management.  Pick your poison:
    1)  Campana should have been saved for the ninth instead of Monatanez
    2)  Samardzija should have never even seen the ninth after not throwing strikes in the eigth
    3)  Grabow should have been used much earlier in the ninth than he was
    4)  Soto should have bunted or had been replaced by someone who could bunt

    Quade is not a good manager.  He seems ridiculously lost.

    • cubtex

      Exactly. If Koyie Hill is not a good bunter either…you use Zambrano or Wells to lay down a bunt.

      • paulcatanese

        I’m not beating the drum here for the Cubs, but the Yankees played a lot worse than the Cubs did, have not hit one out in the two games, made horrendous errors and just about begged us to win the game. They really had trouble all day with the slider. We really had their top closer on the run in the ninth and couldn’t do it. Quade really blew this one, never looked ahead with his roster(as posted) nd used his players to lose not win. I do know that Campana or Barney(I know he’s not available) would have scored where Pena didnt on an error,by holding at third. The Cubs should have won but not with Quade as he proved once again that managers CAN lose ballgames.The attempt to score by Pena was just plain stupid, I know that you try to tie when the opportunity comes along, but that fly to left was so shallow I could have thrown him out againhe should have scored earlier. Ah what the xxxx.

    • Aaron

      LOL…see my post below….we both said the same thing and didn’t know it….

  • GaryLeeT

    I think I’ll hang yet another loss on Quade for bringing in Grabow for a 9th inning appearance with the game close. Surely he knew that when Grabow has faced more than one batter he had allowed at least one base runner in 21 out of 25 appearances. But Hendry does not make mistakes, and he tells Quade that his 5 million dollar reliever will be used, regardless if it costs the team a game.

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 4-3 Saturday afternoon. Pena 2 run HR, Johnson solo shot in 9th.

  • Aaron

    Quade lost this game for the Cubs….make no mistake about it.

    #1-he left Samardzija in too long to begin with, then got lucky….then…
    #2-rather than say to himself, “I just dodged one….good thing I learned for next time”, he instead sends Samardzija OUT FOR ANOTHER DAMN INNING!!!!!!!!!!
    ….Samardzija struggles with command, then he brings in Grab-ass to face righties…hmmmmmmm
    #3-then, rather than use Montanez as a pinch hitter earlier in the game when it wasn’t as big of a deal, he uses Campana (this would come back to bite him big time, just as the Samardzija deal did) Had he used Montanez then instead of Campana, then he could have…..
    #4-….pinch run Campana for Soriano late in the game. Then, you force Soto to take a pitch, and you run with Campana. Or, you tell Soto to lay down a bunt, or whatever.

    Anyway, I’ll be happy once the Ricketts realize this team ain’t going anywhere and they stop believing in the false hope they might be sending them given the series win against the Brewers, then winning the first game of the Yankees series.

    I seriously don’t think the Ricketts even know the Cubs haven’t even won 3 damn games in a row and we’re nearing the end of June….WOW

    • BillyFinT

      It was a close game. The Cubs could have tied and played a free ballgame (perhaps play LeMahieu and replace Dewitt?). Another obvious is that they need to release Grabow. He gave up one run (inherited from the Shark). I hope Hendry admit such signee a mistake, and move on. Or else, I don’t know how long can the Ricketts put up with their big boys. I really don’t wanna know.

      • BosephHeyden

        I think the big thing that I should clarify from my statement (because me and Aaron DID say exactly the same thing…and it’s right both times) is that, had they brought Grabow in in the 9th, he probably would have been hammered.  And we still would have lost.  But at least then you can put the loss on Grabow mostly.

        Neither team played particularly well, and, at the end of the day, Joe Girardi won this game and Mike Quade lost.  The only bright spot for the Yankees wound up being that Robertson looks to be a prime setup guy in the making, and the lone bright spot for the Cubs is they realized they need to hit home runs to score.

        One team coached to its strengths, the other did not.  Quade seems like a good guy, but he’s not the person to lead this team.

  • Mills62joe

    joe buck said the game was tied with the home run in the ninth i ran all over the block a 2 run homer off of rivera in the ninth at wrigley it would have been unbelievable

  • paulcatanese

    Wow,Quade is just sick wih his handleing of the bullpen. It’s over right now,don’t even bother with the last half of the ninth.