Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 07/02/11

Game Eighty-Four: Cubs (34-49) vs. White Sox (41-42)
Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Matt Garza (4-6, 4.07/1.33) vs. Phil Humber (7-5, 2.89/0.97)

Updated 12:38pm CDTMarlon Byrd Activated from 15-Day DL – Luis Montanez Optioned to Triple-A Iowa

The Cubs will shoot to get back in the win column this afternoon behind Matt Garza. Q’s squad let another one slip away on Friday afternoon but could have a chance to get over the three-win hump on the 4th of July with wins the next two days. The White Sox have struggled all season and with a win today will get back to the mediocre mark on the season. It would be great to see the Cubs keep the Southsiders from reaching their goal of reaching, and passing, .500 this weekend.

In other news … With Carlos Zambrano going on the DL for the first time this season, Ryan Dempster is the only starter that began the season in the rotation not to make a trip to the disabled list this year. The Cubs are expected to add Ramon Ortiz to the 40-man roster (currently stands at 39 players) prior to Tuesday’s game and have him take Carlos Zambrano’s start against the Nationals. Ortiz would then start the final game before the break in Pittsburgh a week from Sunday.

Marlon Byrd is expected to be evaluated prior to today’s game and could be activated prior to Sunday’s finale against the Sox.

Today it all starts with Matt Garza

Matt Garza is coming off arguably his best start of the season. Garza made the most of his start against the Rockies in last Monday’s makeup game and picked up a win. Garza really made only two mistakes in his 7 1/3 innings of work. Carlos Gonzalez hit a pair of solo home runs (first and last hit Garza allowed) that accounted for two of the three runs he allowed. The key to Garza’s success was no walks (six strikeouts) against the very good Colorado offense.

Garza was 2-2 in five June starts with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

Matt Garza started and put together five good innings on the South Side back on June 21. The rain shortened Garza’s outing and he received a no decision after not returning after the delay. Garza allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

This afternoon will be Garza’s sixth career start against the Sox. Garza has just one win in five starts … 1-2 with a 6.17 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP.

White Sox Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Adam Dunn – 1-for-3 with 2 walks
  • Paul Konerko – 5-for-8 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 2 walks
  • Brent Lillibridge – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Brent Morel – 1-for-2
  • Juan Pierre – 0-for-2
  • A.J. Pierzynski – 3-for-7 with a home run and a walk
  • Carlos Quentin – 0-for-4
  • Alexei Ramirez – 0-for-2
  • Alex Rios – 5-for-22 with a double, a triple and 3 walks
  • Mark Teahen – 2-for-11 with a walk
  • Omar Vizquel – 0-for-3

The Cubs will get their first look at the Mets’ former first round pick (2004, third overall). Phil Humber has really put it together this season on the South Side and is one of the big reasons the Sox are in the AL Central race.

Phil Humber is coming off his first loss in nearly two months. After posting four straight wins and not losing a start since April 30, the Nationals scored two runs on three hits and beat the White Sox 2-1. Livan Hernandez just out pitched Phil Humber.

Phil Humber is 4-1 in nine games, seven starts, on the road with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP this season.

This afternoon will be Phil Humber’s first appearance of his career against the Chicago Cubs and only Luis Montanez (0-for-2) and Carlos Pena (1-for-2 with a home run and a walk) have faced Humber in a big league game.

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

    This is beginning to look bad. The Cubs are horrible at looking at a kid for the first time. They are just too aggressive against them. When a new pitcher that no one has a book on comes up our team seems to think they can out swing the pitcher not out think him. It is going to be a long day in the heat for the Cubs today.

    • paulcatanese

      Richard, you nailed it.

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

        Sadly it was not that hard of a call.

        Anyone still not think of Garza as our number 1. A number 1 starters job is to make pitches to remain in the game for as long as possible every time out. I know he is not consistent at it yet but that was the role he played today. On a team that really needed to give a break to a burned out BP he came out in spades today.

  • BosephHeyden

    I always dread Fox games between the Cubs and White Sox, because Fox is the only station dumb enough to believe Hawk Harrelson is an unbiased commentator.  Heck, as of right now, he’s the ONLY reason to hate the White Sox.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree, he is absolutly the worst person in the world to listen describe a baseball game, I cannot stand the mans voice. Unbiased dosent even begin to describe him. he is beyond reason. Stoney must have to hold his vomit down the whole game.

      • Henry

        stone is just as bad! I am no longer a fan.  You can hear the venom in his voice when he talks about the cubs.  When he talks about the White sox he is using the term we alot.  He never did this when he was with the Cubs. I only hear him on the Score.  I typically turn it off almost immediately.  I have not listened to him actually do a White sox broadcast because I have no interest in Watching a White Sox game

        • paulcatanese

          Henry, I feel the same way, the only time I am locked in is when the Sox are the home team against the Cubs and they have the broadcast. Otherwise I also have 0 interest in the White Sox and the only interest I have is if they lose.

        • BosephHeyden

          Steve Stone is like us:  keep in mind, this is a man who has been with the organization since the 80′s until the corporate office decided to take the side of a horrible, has-been reliever over a guy who was, frankly, sick of the direction the team was in.  He has every right to be bitter at the Cubs.

          • Henry

            he can be bitter all he wants.  however he is paid to in some cases to unbiased.  He is a hard guy to listen to anymore.  it kills me when  len and bob show so much love for the white sox.  don’t they realize we are watching the cubs!  We don’t care about the white sox.  They might as well be from North Carolina.  

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marlon Byrd is back with the team and could be activated today. Byrd is taking batting practice this morning.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s Lineup:

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

  • cubtex

    That goes to show you the state the Cubs young pitching is at the minors that they are bringing up a 38 year old to replace Z when the team is 15 games under .500 in July! Doug Davis, Rodrigo Lopez and now Ramon Ortiz? A team this bad should not be throwing those 3 out there!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marlon Byrd told the Tribune he is not ready to return yet and will not be activated prior to today’s game.

  • cubtex

    Chicago Cubs: We’ll have to wait a decade to know how well each team did with its 2010 international signings, but the early returns for the Cubs have been outstanding. Dominican third baseman Jeimer Candelario is playing like an MVP candidate in the Dominican Summer League, Venezuelan shortstop Carlos Penalver has an OBP over .400 in the DSL and Venezuelan outfielder Jeffrey Baez is among the DSL leaders in hits, stolen bases and runs. This year the Cubs’ target appears to be Marck Malave, a switch-hitting catcher from Venezuela, and they’ll likely be active for other Latin and Pacific Rim players as usual. They have also been linked to Dominican catcher Eric Otanez, and with two DSL teams and a Rookie-level Arizona club, they would have the roster space to pull it off.
    Tom,….You have probably seen this from baseballamerica but the Cubs have some of the better prospects from the 2010 International Signing.  You have mentioned Candelario before. Hopefully we will see some of these players down the road.

    • Tom U

      Candelario has incredible plate discipline for a young player.

      • GrantJones7

        He has incredible everything, hes 17, he will be very good, i see him starting the year in Boise next year.

        • Tom U

          From what I have heard, as a third baseman, he is “developing”.

          • GrantJones7

            I have heard he is going to end up as a first basemen, but either way i see him playing in EXST for a lil and then going to Boise next year. Should work out well

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Change of plans on Marlon Byrd … he will be activated and is hitting sixth in today’s lineup. Waiting on corresponding roster move

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marlon Byrd has been activated, Luis Montanez optioned to Triple-A Iowa

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Updated Lineup – Today’s Lineup:

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

    • paulcatanese

      Boy, I don’t know about this one. If Byrd is to play, apparantly he is. Wouldn’t
      it have been better to have him in the eight spot? It would give him a further break until he gets aclimated to being back at this level.It makes you wonder who they will pitch around to get to either Pena or Byrd. Not saying it will happen, but their a  three soft spots in a row here.Pena, Byrd, and Soriono where for all three strikeouts are a distinct possibility. Then just Soto and then
      (no insult intended) Garza, who has yet to discover what a bat is for.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs Sign Enrique Acosta For $1.1 Million: The Cubs have signed Dominican
    shortstop Enrique Acosa

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/2011/07/cubs-sign-enrique-acosta-for-1-1-million/

    • cubtex

      Cool. They are making a splash with the International signings!

    • cubtex

      Scouting Report says …Acosta has one of the top bats in the Domenican and also said that he probably doesn’t project as a shortstop down the road. With Candelario and now Acosta being 17 and 16 respectfully, they are 2 players worth keeping an eye on.

      • GrantJones7

        Im very excited for both of them, and Baez

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

        Does anyone have the Baseball America Subscription to look at who is left in the International FA? I would be real interested in knowing who is left.

        • cubtex

          they rank 40 top prospects and the Cubs are linked to Marck Malave the catcher from Venezuala. He is ranked #8 just ahead of Acosta whom the Cubs just signed. They are slow signing their draft picks but have been extremely aggressive with the International players!

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            BA’s ranking is based on expected signing bonuses, not talent.

            I will post more about Acosta after the game.

      • Tom U

        I also like Delbis Arcila, a 18 year old, left handed power hitting outfielder.

  • Skeldor

    Man I hope the Cubs starts dumping some of these guys, Dewitt, Hill, Byrd, Fukudome, etc.  They have no future with this club and this season is all but lost.  Time to give younger guys a REAL chance of playing day in and day out for the rest of the season.  I’d rather the Cubs put Campana in CF and leadoff the rest of the year and see what happens.  Call up Castillo give him 3 starts a week or so.  I’d be fine with telling Quade he’s coming back next year so he can play the young guys, instead of him doing what he did end of last year by not playing the young guys (honestly I want him gone though). 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wind is blowing out hard to right. Adam Dunn is in the starting lineup and in RF today for Ozzie.

    • zonk

      Dunn is brutal in RF, but just as well…..the ball will sail over his head anyway.  And I bet he can’t wait to get one up in the jetstream

  • Tom U

    There has been some talk recently on how Brett Jackson is not performing well, and I just wanted to bring up a few things for everyone to consider.

    As Cubs fan are probably aware of, hand injuries are very difficult to overcome for hitters. Hitters need repetition in order to groove their stroke, an the constant impact slows the healing process. A weakened grip can also turn solid contact into a softly batted ball. If you can remember, Geovanny Soto was having hand an wrist problems, and Josh Vitters is just starting to come back from his broken hand. Jackson may not be fully right until after the off-season.

    In the beginning of the season, Jackson also benefited by having DJ LeMahieu, Marwin Gonzalez, or Ryan Flaherty hitting behind him. Opposing pitchers needed to throw him strikes, and he showed he knew what to do with them. 

    Since the injury, LeMahieu and Gonzalez have been promoted, while Flaherty has been moved to a more run producing slot. This has left Jackson with Junior Lake as his protection. Lake has struggled, but has recently looked as if he is turning the corner. Not coincidentally, Jackson has batted .313 in his last five games, with back to back multi-hit games. 

    And currently, Tennessee doesn’t have a bona fide centerfielder to back-up Jackson, making him the only outfielder with plus speed on the roster. Jackson hasn’t been getting the occasional breaks needed to clear his mind, and let his hand heal. 

    Despite his present numbers, Jackson still has the look of a sure-fire major leaguer and top-of-the-order hitter, it may just take a little longer than expected.

    • JW

      wouldn’t a bunt have made sense by Castro?

    • GrantJones7

      B Jaxx will be fine, hes starting to come around and hopefully the injury is gone. Lake has also turned it on as of late, iv always liked Lake

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Tom, thank you for making these points. I would like to add the obvious … Jackson does not turn 23 until August and was drafted only 2 years ago.

  • Brp921

    I hate FOX! I live 2 1/2 hours from Chicago, 4 to 5 hours from Cincinnati and a good 7 hours or more from Cleveland and I get to watch the Reds and the Indians.

    • Louisgreer

      Same here man

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Gotta move Castro back up in the order.

    • GrantJones7

      With out a doubt. Just look at the stats, it makes no sense

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Second time the Cubs have worked a walk then the next hitter swings at the first pitch and grounds into a double play.

    Quade ejected.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    I cannot stand the neighborhood call.

    • ZT

      I dont know how the ump missed that i could clearly see that he wasn’t even close to the bag when it happened.  I don’t know how the ump couldn’t see that when he was 3 feet away.

    • The Maven

      It also shows how much the game has changed. Years ago, with Beckham at the plate the next inning, a pitcher would have buzzed him on the first or second pitch. While the call wasn’t his fault, it would have given him something to talk about when he took his position the next inning.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Carlos Silva was released today by the Yankees today

    • The Maven

      Silva will be probably taking what’s left of his 11.5 million dollars to the nearest Golden Corral. 

  • Brentcarmona

    i guess starlin is pressing out of the three spot. thats two gidp’s today in first two at bats. first one was in a good rbi situation.

  • JimBo_C

    With Quade’s kicked out of the game ….. Odds on winning have significantly improved.

  • Tom U

    Today’s/Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Iowa – Robert Coello (4-5, 7.18)
    Tennessee – Chris Rusin (3-2, 4.24)
    Daytona – Jeffrey Lorick (6-2, 4.13)
    Peoria – Matt Loosen (1-0, 2.25)
    Boise – Ben Wells (1-0, 4.73)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Garza really had a good outing, should be leading this game right now. The ‘healthy’ Cubs offense is LOB machine.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I thought Garza would be taken down, my bad.

  • BosephHeyden

    Turns out that Listach?  As dumb as Quade.  Seriously, they bring in an elite pitching lefty, and your left handed hitting outfielder comes up…why aren’t you bringing in Reed Johnson in a situation like that??  Especially in a one run game.

    • paulcatanese

      Undoubtedly they were saving Johnson for an important spot. Why didn’t they lift Garza for a pinch hitter at the end there? The Cubs seem more interested in how long they can get a starter to eat up innings. I know Garza was pitching a great game, but thats not aggresive baseball at the end of the game,they only had so many outs left and should have taken advantage of that.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs shut out 1-0 by White Sox on Saturday afternoon. Matt Garza tossed a complete game but hung with the loss, 1R, 4H,
    2BB, 7Ks in 9IP, 114 (81). Cubs offense 0-for-7 w/RISP, 6 LOB, 3 GIDP, 5 hits, 3 walks, a HBP, nine total baserunners