Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 07/29/11

Game One Hundred Six: Cubs (42-63) vs. Cardinals (55-50)
Game Time – 7:15pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Matt Garza (4-7, 3.72/1.30) vs. Edwin Jackson (7-7, 3.92/1.42, 0-0, -.–/-.–)

The Cubs will try to get back in the win column tonight and avoid falling to a season-low 22 games under .500 against their long-time rival St. Louis Cardinals. The Redbirds are coming off a rough series against the Astros (lost last two) and enter play tonight 1 1/2 games behind the first place Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs are just 1-5 in the first six games against the Cardinals this season and will see old faces in a new uniform for the first time this weekend.

Edwin Jackson was acquired on Wednesday from the White Sox in the three team trade that sent Colby Rasmus to Toronto and landed Corey Patterson back in the NL Central.

The White Sox traded Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen on Wednesday morning to Toronto for Jason Frasor and Zack Stewart. Alex Anthopoulos, the Jays’ GM, turned around and flipped Jackson, along with Octavio Dotel, Corey Patterson, Marc Rzepczynski, three players to be named later and cash to St. Louis for Colby Rasmus, P.J. Walters, Brian Tallet and Trever Miller.

With Kosuke Fukudome now in Cleveland with the Indians, Tyler Colvin is expected to receive the bulk of the playing time in right field. Mike Quade is not sure who will hit leadoff for now. Quade mentioned Starlin Castro, Tony Campana and Darwin Barney could all see time at the top spot of the lineup.

Could Aramis Ramirez be playing his final games in a Cubs’ uniform? Ramirez seemed to soften his stance about waiving his 10-and-5 rights following Thursday’s loss to the Brewers. According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs have not approached Ramirez about a possible trade and the Cubs may want to keep him around, even after this season, due to the lack of third basemen in the organization. Ken Rosenthal reported late Thursday night that he spoke with Ramirez’s agent and Paul Kinzer told him that Ramirez’s comments did not come out the way he intended them and Ramirez is still not willing to waive his no-trade protection.

Tonight it all begins with Matt Garza … and don’t look for him to give up the ball easily when Mike Quade tries to turn the game over to the bullpen.

Matt Garza is coming off another excellent outing, his third in a row. Garza held the Astros pretty much in check for seven innings (two runs on five hits with three walks and nine strikeouts) and left the game in line to pick up his fifth win of the season. But for the fifth time, a member of the relief corps could not preserve the win and Garza received a no decision. The bottom line is the Cubs won the game and with that said, Garza’s performance of late (a for a majority of the season) is another reason why wins and losses are not the best way to judge a pitcher’s performance.

Matt Garza is 0-1 in his last five starts with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Tonight will be Garza’s second start of the year against the Cardinals. He beat the Redbirds back on May 11 after allowing just one run on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.

Garza is 1-0 in two career starts against the Redbirds with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP … and tonight will be his second career start at Busch Stadium (no record, seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings with two walks and a strikeout).

Cardinals Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Lance Berkman – 2-for-15 with 2 doubles
  • Daniel Descalso – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Matt Holliday – 2-for-11 with a walk
  • Yadier Molina – 1-for-3
  • Corey Patterson – 6-for-10 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Nick Punto – 2-for-2 with a double
  • Skip Schumaker – 2-for-3
  • Ryan Theriot – 1-for-2 with a walk

The Cubs will face Edwin Jackson for the second time this month … the first was back on July 1 at Wrigley when Jackson was wearing a White Sox uniform. Jackson and the Sox beat the Cubs 6-4 after Jackson allowed four runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six innings of work.

Edwin Jackson was in the midst of a good stretch for Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox. Prior to Wednesday’s trade, Jackson was 3-1 in his last four starts with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP … Jackson was 0-1 in four June starts with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

Tonight is Jackson’s first start as a St. Louis Cardinal.

Edwin Jackson is 1-2 in four career starts against the Cubs with a 7.77 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Marlon Byrd – 3-for-13 with a double and a home run
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-6
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-7
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-4 with a double and a walk
  • Carlos Pena – 0-for-7 with 4 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-5 with a home run
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-12 with a double and a home run
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-7 with 2 walks

Boys of Spring – The Movie
Friend of the CCO, Tim Sheridan, is putting the finishing touches on a Cubs documentary about his time with the Chicago Cubs. Tim is the long-time P.A. announcer at HoHoKam Park in Mesa and the film is full of behind the scenes, never-before-see footage shot by Tim as he worked next to Cubs legends like Harry Caray and Ron Santo.

From the official press release: To be a part of Boys of Spring – The Movie, fans can donate as little as $10 using an Amazon.com account. As a thank you, fans will receive a copy of the Boys of Spring documentary before its official release next spring. There are a range of donation levels and rewards available on Kickstarter.com, including Cubs memorabilia and your name in the movie’s credits.

Boys of Spring isn’t about a team winning or losing. It’s about something deeper. An examination of life on its winding path and how, in spite of perceived failures, there is happiness and success. Cub fans will find joy this season and for years to come with the Boys of Spring film by donating and claiming their place in Cubs history. An epic World Series drought can’t stop the faithful Cubs followers, who know better than anyone – “There’s always next spring!”

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The CCO will be running reminders during game previews for the next few weeks and I encourage the Faithful to check out ‘Boys of Spring – The Movie

Boot Campaign
Randy Wells and the Chicago Cubs are raising awareness of needs of military personnel. Wells will trade in his cleats for combat boots this week as part of the Boot Campaign, an initiative aimed at showing appreciation of the active military and raising awareness of the needs of military personnel.

Official Release from MLB.com

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The CCO has been asked to pass this info onto our readers and we will run reminders throughout the week. For those that are interested in helping this great cause, please visit www.BootCampaign.com and purchase the “Give Back” combat boots.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lots of info from Aramis Ramirez this afternoon … I encourage all to read the CCO’s Twitter feed.

    http://twitter.com/TheCCO

    • GrantJones7

      Followed, thanks for the link!

      If anyones interested heres mine, i ramble a little bit and talk about trades, just now getting into it
      http://twitter.com/#!/KCC_BB

    • KevininSandiego

      Anyone else starting to think Ramirez not being traded is more Hendry then Ramirez?

  • RynoTiger

    I’m actually tired of the “yes he would” and “no he wouldn’t” waive his NT clause in regards to Ramirez.  It’s become rather boring and can now be put in the “who cares till anything happens” category.

    So I would encourage reporters to move on to another story.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Buyer’s remorse? The Indians, who got Funko for just $700,000, noted that Funko has hit just .214 away from Wrigley Field. 

    Shoulda checked that out before you bought him. 

    Nevertheless, they expect him to “spark the offense” as he bats sixth.

    I’m still on the Funko watch for RBIs. 

    • studio179

      Sorry to be so negative here. Hendry traded Fuko to open up a spot for the Cubs AND to give him a chance to turn it on a bit down the stretch with a contender. Doing well the last couple months MIGHT allow Fuko another contract (though nothing like the Cub deal) for starter’s money on a club at lower pay/years. Again, it opened up RF. However, it did not save much cash (700k or a bit more) and the people coming back will never see Wrigley as a player. BTW, Those Fuko RBI totals will be interesting. Good enough guy and player…except the SLG%, thus RBI total. More of a ‘punch & Judy’ type than anything. My guess is he is a 4th OFer next year or goes back to Japan. I am not going to applaud Hendry for this one though. He has been trying to dump Fuko for a couple years. It is only because the salary is so low and the Tribe had injuries that he was able to shipped him out. 
       

      • Aorcappy01

        At this point we should be happy for any return and not saying that much money. Fuko was gone at seasons end anyway so why not get a couple players who could develop. I will never understand people on here. The cubbies don’t make a move and people scream, then deal a horribly over priced one dimensional player for two decent prospects and people scream they didn’t get back top prospects. Prospects are hit and miss so why not take a chance.

        • Ripsnorter1

          They are not decent prospects. Jim Bowden, former GM of the Reds, called them “non-prospects.” 

          • Aorcappy01

            Former gm…. just remember any prospect could develop. Although Ill go back and say they are better then any prospect we would get if we kept Fuko the rest if the season.

          • cubtex

            The guy you are talking about Al Alburquerque was not a decent prospect either. There aren’t many sure things!

        • studio179

          Who is screaming the Cubs didn’t get back top prospects? I don’t think anyone here feels Fuko is worth top prospects. He might get a contract with a team where he starts or platoons next year, maybe not. It does open up a spot and the Cubs need to see if Colvin can be an MLB starter. I have doubts, but they need to look at him everyday.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Instead of calling up Colvin, I wished the Cubs had called up LaHair. Then we would have been able to put to rest the speculation of whether or not this guy can hit ML pitching. 

    I’ve seen enough of Colvin to believe he isn’t going to hit ML pitching any more.

    • BosephHeyden

      What, one quarter of a season where he was constantly sat after he got impaled with a bat the season before?  Cmon, there’s realistic and then there’s overly negative.

      • Ripsnorter1

        He was hitting .256 in AAA Iowa. That means he wasn’t tearing up the league. Here’s his stats:

        .256 BA7 HR
        32 RBI
        212 PA
        203 AB
        5 BB–1 BB per every 40.6 AB
        55 K–that 1K per every 3.69 AB. 
        .478 slugging=okay
        .270 OBP=not good. MLB average is about .340.

        43 games in the field. 3 errors. .966 Fielding percentage ain’t great. 

        I want him to make it. But Quade/Hendry kills confidence. And Santo said about the major leagues,”Ability gets you here; but confidence keeps you here.” 

        • cubtex

          I don’t blame anyone but Colvin for his woes. You pointed out his AAA stats. 5 walks in 212 PA says it all! This guy has zero plate discipline!

        • studio179

          As much as I disliked Fuko’s lack of power/RBI production, I am afraid he might be missed in RF for the other things. They should have traded Colvin last offseason. I thought so then. Hopefully, I am wrong. 

    • J Daniel

      Colvin is not going to hit well enough to be a corner outfielder but neither is Soriano.

  • Albert

    Supposedly Dunston Jr., Maples, Urban, and possibly Scott have all agreed to terms.

    • cubtex

      Where did you get this info?

    • GrantJones7

      Called it.

  • paulcatanese

    Just one little question, how many times will Quade have his pitchers pitch to
    Pujols tonight?

    • Ripsnorter1

      As many as possible. He won’t walk him intentionally, imo.

      • paulcatanese

        Then we will be behind at least four runs in four tries.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Nate McClouth:

    4 HR 16 RBI
    287 AB

    Man, this guy is near Funko territory. OBP .344
    .333 slugging

    LOUSY!

  • cubtex

    How many MLB teams have 2/3’s of their outfield batting 7 and 8? This team needs so much! New outfield,infield,starting rotation……

    • paulcatanese

      Manager.

      • cubtex

        that too!

      • Ripsnorter1

        How could Cubtex have missed “manager?” Fruedian slip, I suppose.

      • paulcatanese

        I think you guys liked my response cause I only said  one word.

  • J Daniel

    Cubtex brings up a great point about corner outfielders hitting so low in the order.

    This would be my main defense for Aram.  Although we can debate if he has his lazy moments, I believe he has produced pretty well for a team that has really no help from the main spots.  Lets’s look at it.  How about right field since Sosa?  Left field since 1 good Soriano year?  First base not so good either.  If a couple of these positions produced it wouldn’t be so bad.  It also brings more a spotlight to Soto as well.

    Those positions have to produce!

    I know his time here is about up but I would be very careful in moving him.  Lets remember, or do we want to forget . . . Steve Ontiveros, Vance Law, Gary Scott . . .

    • Ripsnorter1

      Aram having a good year if you forget the first 10 weeks. Stats are nice, but lack of production early killed us. I think he comes back next year, if I had to guess. But they are keeping “Untouchable” Baker and DeWitt for a backup plan.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cashner to throw off the mound Sat in Mesa. Will join team in Pittsburgh

  • Darrenmcculloch

    Fukudome must be thinking he still plays for the Cubs strikes out in first at bat with the Indians. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice at bat by Castro

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another bad call by Ivan DeJesus. Should have sent Byrd

    • paulcatanese

      Yes, and should have held Colvin, a bad night again for the third base junction.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good at bat by Colvin … horrible baserunning gaffe by Soto.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Old Funko is 0-3 already. LOVE IT>

    Indians getting whupped 10-0.

    And the Indians traded for his offense!

    AHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Pittsburgh is now out of the race. Phils smashing them 8-0, and their GM has not landed a power hitting .215 hitting 1B from the Cubs to bolster their offense. 

    • studio179

      Perhaps the Cub GM does not want to trade his power hitting .215 1B to them and wants to resign him longterm instead. Very possible.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Put that one on the bullpen.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That ball got out in a hurry

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Byrd was safe …

  • Ripsnorter1

    It appears the Phils just traded for Hunter Pence. Nice trade for them!

    Atlanta needs–desperately–a CF now. Byrd would be a useful piece on a good team.

    • paulcatanese

      Excellent trade for the Phils, like they needed another bat.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Sunday night, on ESPN internet, you can watch the Cubs and Cards for free. Game starts 7:05 PM CST.

  • cubtex

    2 plays Ramirez should have made this inning!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Gotta love the Cubs defense … it is stellar.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Looks like Adam Dudd is starting to turn it around. 
    Monday 0-2 2 BBTues: 1-4 2 RBIWed: 1-1 with 3 BB. tonight: 1-3.

    that’s 3-10 in the last week.

  • Ripsnorter1

    On the night we give him run support (one run), Garza can’t hold a lead!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Rip, the defense was/is beyond horrible tonight. Garza pitched better than his line.

      • studio179

        I took his comment as sarcasm, even if it was not. Garza did pitch better than it looked…yet again.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Sarcasm, Neil. 1 run isn’t a lot of run support–even for Garza, Fergie Jenkins, Nolan Ryan or Tom Seaver.  : )

        He’s pitched into a lot of tough luck seeing how Marmol has blown 4 saves.

  • Ripsnorter1

    ESPN says, “Theriot doubled to Short stop.” 
    WHAT?????

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Ramirez misplayed the ball into a double, not Castro

      • paulcatanese

        Agree, and Aram really, really had a miserable night, as bad as he ever looked with the glove.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    DeJesus sends Colvin on a hard hit ball down by five runs

    • BosephHeyden

      I fully expect DeJesus to be the next Cubs manager, simply because he was a Cub once.  You know, because Ricketts loves this organization’s rich history.

      • Ripsnorter1

        That didn’t help Sandberg ……

        • studio179

          No, it did not. Thanks, Jim!

      • paulcatanese

        Yes,and I read his assesment as a major league player on bleacher report, or one of those today, and they said he “amounted to nothing”.

  • cubtex

    DeJesus has done a terrible job as 3B coach! Down 5 runs you don’t send him on that play! Brutal.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Funko had himself a night.

    K in 2nd inning with a runner on.3 times he grounded out to 2nd with a runner on twice, and two on in the 9th. 

    5 left on base. 
    3 left on in scoring position.

    Indians are officially out of the race.

    • paulcatanese

      Yes Rip,but what was he to do. I was watching the game when the Indians pitcher threw behind or over the hitters head after giving up a grand slam. The dugouts emptied and rushed towards home plate. Poor Fukodome, standing out in right field. What does he do? He dosent know these guys, rush in? stay out in right?Tip his hat?How does he show his support for his new team? Poor guy. It was really pretty funny.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Phils got Pence.

    Astros got four players:
    1. Player to be named later.2. Their top pitch prospect in Jared Cossart
    3. josh Reid, AA pitching prospect,
    4. Their top hitting prospect in Jonathan Singleton.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Colvin had a good night so far…..

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Somewhere Zambrano is yelling, Theriot cannot hit the fastball.

    Soto has had a horrible night.

  • studio179

    Marmol just does not look comfortable or confident anymore. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Pujols with career hit #2000 .. double to the left field corner. Another milestone by a Cardinal against the Cubs.

    • Ripsnorter1

      What is utterly shocking was that it wasn’t a HR that traveled 500′.

  • studio179

    I laughed out loud when Len said a little bit ago, ‘the Cubs have not had a good night’. Just tonight.

    • JW

      wow… 2 runs, how exciting…

      Why does Quade not look at hitting stats when he fill out the lineup. He insists on hitting Soto 6th and Soriano 7th when they respectively hit better in the opposite slots, both for their career and for 2011! I always remind myself that Ricketts, Kenney and Quade are baseball guys and I’m not.

    • paulcatanese

      I agree, and one cannot even comment on that ,too funny.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs pounded 9-2 by Cardinals Friday night. Matt Garza: 6R, 8H, 2BB, 3K, 5.2IP; Marlon Byrd: 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI; Tyler Colvin: 1-for-3, Sac, RBI

  • Baron_S

    this is the BEST thing that can happen for the Cubs future….

    Bravo…. I am hoping for a sweep at the hands of the Cards too…..
    slowly, the Shi#$# is being revealed for what it is.