Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 07/03/11

Game Eighty-Five: Cubs (34-50) vs. White Sox (42-42)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet (Cubs), WGN TV (White Sox) – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Rodrigo Lopez (0-2, 5.40/1.85) vs. Gavin Floyd (6-7, 4.19/1.21)

Updated 11:36pm CDTStarlin Castro named as reserve on NL All-Star squad. Castro is the Cubs’ lone player representative. Castro is the youngest player in Cubs history to make an All-Star team (Greg Maddux, 22 in 1988) and is the first Cubs SS since Shawon Dunston (’90) named to All-Star team.

The Chicago Cubs play their final Interleague game of the season this afternoon against the White Sox. The Cubs have already lost the season series to the Southsiders (1-4) and have lost 15 of the last 20 in the Crosstown Series. For the third season in a row, the Cubs have played bad ball against the American League and have won only four of the 14 games versus the Junior Circuit (4-10).

Today also marks the final game at Wrigley before the All-Star break. The Cubs hit the road for four against the Nationals and three against the Pirates before the break begins next Sunday afternoon. Q’s squad is 19-26 at home in 2011.

Will Mike Quade give Starlin Castro a day off this afternoon? Or at least move him back up to the second-hole of his lineup? Castro was red hot before Quade moved him to third in his lineup and Castro has just three hits in his last 29 at bats (3-for-29).

Major League Baseball’s All-Star selection show begins at 11:00am CDT on TBS. Starlin Castro, Sean Marshall or Aramis Ramirez is expected to be the Cubs lone representative and join Mike Quade in Arizona for the Mid-Summer Classic on July 12.

The Cubs are 1-11 on Sundays and 8-26 in games not started by Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and Carlos Zambrano … and today it all starts with Rodrigo Lopez.

Rodrigo Lopez started the second game of the doubleheader last Tuesday against the Giants. Lopez pitched better than his final line and if Geovany Soto had held on to the ball he would have left the game in line for a win. Instead, the fifth inning of game two was pretty much a microcosm of the 2011 Chicago Cubs.

After a scorer’s change following the game, Lopez ended up allowing four runs, one earned, on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout. Lopez lasted 4 2/3 innings and threw around 20 pitches more than Mike Quade was looking to get out of him.

Rodrigo Lopez will make his third start of the season this afternoon … 0-1 in two starts with a 6.75 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP.

Lopez pitched a third of an inning against the Sox on the South Side last week and is 2-2 in nine career games, five starts, against the Sox with a 8.04 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP.

White Sox Career Numbers against Rodrigo Lopez

  • Adam Dunn – 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk
  • Paul Konerko – 6-for-16 with 3 doubles and 2 walks
  • Juan Pierre – 5-for-8
  • A.J. Pierzynski – 4-for-10 with a walk
  • Carlos Quentin – 1-for-1 with a double
  • Alex Rios – 2-for-8 with 2 home runs and a walk
  • Mark Teahen – 2-for-4 with a double and a walk
  • Omar Vizquel – 3-for-10 with a double

Gavin Floyd is coming off a no decision, but a solid outing against the Rockies in Colorado. Floyd bounced back nicely after his start against the Cubs and allowed two runs on six hits with a pair of walks and no strikeouts in seven innings.

Floyd is probably glad the calendar flipped to a new month. After a solid start to the season, Floyd was 1-2 in five starts in June with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

Gavin Floyd gave up six runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five-plus innings to the Cubs back on June 20. Floyd’s start is the only game of the Crosstown Series the Sox have lost this season. This afternoon will be Floyd’s fourth career start against the Cubs. He is 0-2 in the first three with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. The last time he started a game at Wrigley, he locked horns with Ted Lilly and was the hard-luck loser in the game Lilly took a no-hitter into the ninth inning.

Cubs Career Numbers against Gavin Floyd

  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-6 with 2 walks
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-1
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-6 with a home run
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-3
  • Carlos Pena – 2-for-10 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-12 with a double
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-4 with a walk

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • BosephHeyden

    If the Cubs all-star isn’t Starlin, then the Cubs don’t NEED an all-star.

  • Rbmercer

    It’s really hackin me off with Castro’s numbers in the 3 hole, that they continue to leave him there. There has been about three times this year that he has been raking in either the one, two, or seven hole and then flops in the three. It is not a coincidence. Let him continue to season and mature away from the three hole! Especially when he plays such an important defensive position where he is still maturing as well.

  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    What a crap team, I cannot wait until:

    * The season is over.
    * Ricketts drops this regime and hires a new one.
    * Speaking of a new regime I hope they would release Soriano. I just cringe when I see him in the outfield.

  • Rbmercer

    Batting first: .369/.398/.524 in 84 ABs
    Batting second: .370/.402/.489 in 92 ABs
    Batting third: .224/.253/.317 in 161 ABs

    WHAT MORE DO THEY WANT FOR PROOF? …this was on Bruce Miles blog

    • Rbmercer

      I forgot the above is Castro’s splits

      • Rbmercer

        And another thing…how good would his numbers be if he was hitting one or two all year. He scores more runs and drives in more in those spots.

        I would be very curious to have a breakdown of the Cubs won-loss record when he hits in those three spots as well. Anybody have the tools to do that?

        • Neil
          • Rbmercer

            Thanks!…if I counted correctly the Cubs are 13-26 when Castro hits 3 hole and 21-24 when he doesn’t

          • JW

            So it couldn’t be any more clear than that. The Cubs would be a borderline .500 team and we wouldn’t be complaining as much if he was left in the 1 or 2 hole (and he might have insane stats), but instead, Quade, a true baseball man (or possibly JH) has decided to ignore the numbers because he would rather have a losing team and teach Castro how to be a 3-hitter.

  • paulcatanese

    Neil, thats an interesting observation regarding Aram and that he may be the rep for the Cubs in the All Star game,or at least he could be. If I am correct, does that not kick in an additional amount of money as a bonus?

    • Neil

      No it would not have. Ramirez has a clause in his contract that if he was named to three All-Star teams between 2007-2011 then the 2012 option would have vested. Even if he had been named today, he would have been one short … made the team in 2008.

      The thought on Ramirez was a number’s game and his stacks up with the rest of the NL third basemen.

  • Neil

    Starlin Castro named as reserve on NL All-Star squad. Cubs lone rep and was a managers pick,first Cubs SS since Shawon Dunston
    (’90) named to All-Star team

    • paulcatanese

      Well Neil, that takes care of Aram. Congratulations to Castro, a bright star in a dismal galaxy.

  • Tom U

    A belated congratulations to the Iowa Cubs on their 40th win last night.

    Iowa gave a possible glimpse of the future, with Tyler Colvin, Marwin Gonzalez, and DJ LeMahieu batting 1-2-3 in the order. Those three combined accounted for 8 hits and 5 RBI in a 9-4 victory. 

  • paulcatanese

    I see where Banks has said Starlin is better than he was. Hard to compare as they are  and were two different types of shortstops. Banks never had the range that Castro has,but Banks made more routine plays. Errors in the first two years, about even. Banks was more selective at the plate with of course more power. Castro puts good wood on everything close. Leave out the long ball and Castro is the better hitter(now). And don’t forget Banks played more games at first base than shortstop. But with a comparison right now Castro is an all around better player than Banks was in the same time period. Ernie, nice comment, but lets give Castro a
    few more years and then compare.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Sorry, but Banks is lying, delusional, or just plain getting too old to remember. 

      NO WAY.

      • Neil

        Man, the way I took it was Banks was trying to give a good young player a compliment. Take as that and maybe in 20 years there will be an actual debate.

    • Brp921

      I missed out seeing Ernie at shortstop. I would say though, as far as hitting goes Starlin will be much better without as much power. Once he becomes more selective in the pitches that he swings at he could be a .330 to .350 hitter pretty consistantly.

  • Neil

    Zeke DeVoss, the Cubs’ third round pick, is at Wrigley today and took batting practice. Also, Hayden Simpson has been sent to Mesa from Peoria.

  • Richard Hood

    Congratulations to DeJesus for proving that a slow guy should never be sent from first to home on a ball into the corner. Nice to see he is consistent with the slow guys getting gunned at the plate by 10 feet.

  • Pete

    Stuck watching the sox broadcast.  We stinks

  • diehardcubfan

    Congratulations to Starlin Castro, well deserved.  This is likely the first of many. 

  • Richard Hood

    Well nice to see Rammy is staying hot. He might actually get close to his career average before the AllStar break.

    • Richard Hood

      he needs to get to 15 homer runs and 54 RBI’s before the break to match his career average. Anyone think he has a shot this week?

      He is currently at 12 HR’s and 44 RBI’s. The impressive thing is he is also at 20 DBL’s wich is about 2 ahead of his career pace.

  • Richard Hood

    OMG Quade actually makes a smart baseball move. I bet he has him sit there and Soto hits into a double play.

    • Richard Hood

      Well I have been wrong before. Good job on making the decision for him Floyd.

  • Rbmercer

    Nice send…

  • Neil

    Bad baserunning but a horrible job of coaching by DeJesus

    • Richard Hood

      I wonder if he is getting a bonus for runs scored because he is certainly costing himself money if it is based on wins.

  • Neil

    Castro with a triple … and Aramis with a 2-run shot

  • Rbmercer

    Wow, I can’t be the only one that didn’t think Arams ball had a chance to get out.

    • paulcatanese

      Not when he only had one hand on the bat, I agree it never had a chance,


  • Ripsnorter1

    Has anyone stunk up the joint any more than Adam Dunn?

    3 for 4 yesterday–strikeouts that is.
    1 for 2 today–and no hits all series.


    • Richard Hood

      Yep and some where Aaron is asking to trade him to the Cubs for a bag of balls.

      • Reggie.

        I think we can leave out the balls, just the bag will get him.

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the White Sox 3-1. Rodrigo Lopez: 0R, 2H, 0BB, 3K in 7IP;
    Starlin Castro: 2-for-4, 3B, RBI, R; Aramis Ramirez: 1-for-3, HR, 2RBI, BB

  • Neil

    No official word yet, but Ryan Dempster has been scratched from Monday’s start against the Nationals. Casey Coleman will be recalled from Triple-A Iowa and make the start.

  • Neil

    According to the Sun-Times, Dempster backed off his next start due to back pain. Not expected to go on the DL, Coleman will be recalled no corresponding roster move announced yet.

  • Neil

    Chris Carpenter optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the active roster for Casey Coleman.

  • Neil

    Mike Quade indicated during post game Rodrigo Lopez was lifted after the 7th inning for precautionary reasons due to a tight hamstring.

    • mark

      And I was actually hoping Quade finally made a smart call on when to take a pitcher out.

      • paulcatanese

        Agree Mark, I cannot believe he was going to send Lopez back out. Lopez already had his miracle for the day.