Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 07/20/11

Game Ninety-Nine: Cubs (39-59) vs. Phillies (60-36)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (7-6, 4.68/1.37) vs. Vance Worley (5-1, 2.15/1.25)

Can the Chicago Cubs win their first series since the end of June and in the process keep from falling to a season-worst 21 games under .500?

Following Tuesday night’s loss, Mike Quade indicated that they were trying to stay away from Carlos Marmol and the plan was to get the final six outs from Matt Garza, Sean Marshall and Kerry Wood. With Marshall throwing 37 pitches in his two innings of work, it is likely that Marshall will not be available today. If the opportunity is there, how will Quade use his pen to get the final three outs? According to the Sun-Times, Carlos Marmol will likely return to his ninth inning role on Friday.

What was figured to be a strength of the team back in April has turned into one of the many questions surrounding the Chicago Cubs. Quade’s bullpen has blown 15 saves in 36 chances this season.

This afternoon is the final game of the year against the Phillies. The Cubs have already dropped four of six to Philly but a victory today would give them a shot at a winning homestand (2-4 with four remaining).

Today it all begins with Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster is coming off one of his best starts of the season. Dempster tossed eight innings of shutout ball, allowed just four hits and struck out nine. The key to Dempster’s success was no walks. Dempster found an early rhythm and worked fast. Last Friday was the second time in three starts Dempster pitched eight innings of shutout ball.

While a pitcher’s record is irrelevant, the team’s record in those games is not. The Cubs are 8-2 in Dempster’s last ten outings.

Dempster did not face the Phillies back in June and is 5-4 in 23 career games, 16 starts, with a 4.90 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.

Phillies Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Ben Francisco – 0-for-3
  • Ryan Howard – 4-for-12 with a double, 2 home runs and 4 walks
  • Raul Ibanez – 2-for-10
  • Jimmy Rollins – 10-for-40 with 2 doubles, a home run and 7 walks
  • Carlos Ruiz – 1-for-6 with a walk
  • Brian Schneider – 2-for-12 with a double and 2 walks
  • Chase Utley – 7-for-11 with a double, a home run and 3 walks
  • Shane Victorino – 4-for-15 with a double

The Cubs will get their first look at Vance Worley this afternoon. Worley has taken over in the Phillies rotation for the injured Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton. Worley was the third round pick of the Phillies back in 2008.

Baseball America ranked Worley the 11th best prospect in the Phillies system prior to the season. Worley throws a high 80s to low 90s fastball but he can get it up to 94. Worley’s slider was described as average and most think his curveball is his best breaking pitch. Worley’s jerky delivery helps with deceiving the hitters.

Worley is coming off a solid 5 1/3 inning outing against the Mets. New York managed just one run on four hits with four walks. Worley struck out four. The 23-year old right hander struggles with his command and the Cubs must be patient this afternoon … a trait they have not displayed many times this season.

This afternoon will be Worley’s first career start and appearance against the Chicago Cubs.
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 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, 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!”

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

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Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • Ripsnorter1

    I noticed that Funko, in 206 career September ABs, is a .199 hitter. If I were a GM, I’d want this guy on my division rival’s team for the playoff push.

  • paulcatanese

    Commitments will force me to miss todays game. But as my wife keeps telling me Its not important until the 8th inning anyway, and maybe I can be home in time for that. She knows a little about baseball and that is her take, the 8th inning of later.
     Thats when things happen, no matter how far the Cubs are ahead, things change.

    • cc002600

      she is confusing baseball with basketball.  :-)

      All you have to do is watch last 3 minutes of a basketball game and you’ve seen enough.  They score every minute…..not the case with baseball, all the scoring could be in 1st or 2nd inning and then you’ve missed everything  if you tune in late

      • paulcatanese

        Obviously you dont know my wife, a big strong Polish gal, and I’m a small slight Italian guy. What she says goes and no backtalk from me. If she says the 8th its the 8th. And we no longer use the letter Q in anything, I’m not allowed to.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Your wife is mostly right. The truth is: “It ain’t important. At all.” What with Quade and the “baseball challenged” coaching staff he has. It isn’t going to be a question of “if the Cubs lose;” it is always a question of “how Quade will blow the game” with the players he has. I’m totally convinced that if Quade ran the 2008 squade, we’d still be in next to last place in MLB. 

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    he could of use Russel or Samardrija in the 8 inning instead of bringing Marshall for 6 outs, Marshall is already overworked I guess Quade is trying to destroy is arm.

    • Zach

      Is Quade the new Dusty Baker?

      • Kojak Osborne Jr.

        Baker was much smarter

        • gocubs

          Baker is a much better manager than Quade. 

  • Darrenmcculloch

    How does everyone think Quade will lose this game.  Maybe he can grow a pair and call a suicide squeeze with runners on the corners and Reed Johnson, probably the best bunter on the team, at the plate.  Oh I forgot, Quade just sits around and waits for the long ball.  Then he puts guys in situations to fail. 

  • Cha boy

    any new news on the rumor front? 

    • Ripsnorter1

      Here are the rumors,  fresh off of ESPN:

      1. Cubs will lose today.
      2. Nobody wants Soriano because his contract is too expensive, and he can’t hit, run, field or hit for average.
      3. Nobody wants Funko because his contract is too expensive, and he can’t hit or hit for power, or run. All he can do is walk. Maybe. 
      4. Nobody wants Zambrano, because his contract is too expensive for a mental six year old crybaby.
      5. Nobody wants Byrd because his contract is too expensive for a CF with no speed or power, and who doesn’t hit in the clutch.
      6. Nobody wants Aram because his contract is too expensive, and he is so full of himself, he would ruin the unity of any successful team.
      7. Nobody wants Dumpster because his contract is too expensive, and he has not pitched well in 2011. Or 2010. Or 2009.
      8. Nobody wants Mr. 196, because his contract is too expensive, and because they do not need a .220 hitting strikeout machine.
      9. Nobody wants DeWitt because, although they can afford his contract, they cannot afford to have a player on their team that cannot hit for average or power, who cannot field (6 errors!) and cannot run.
      10. Nobody wants Randy Wells because he quit pitching after his first start of the year.

      That’s all the rumors for today.

      • Cha boy

        damn baby boi

      • paulcatanese

        Rip, I think they are confusing rumors with fact. Good post. Just got home at the bottom of the eighth, didnt miss anything. But I understand Q was bad mouthing Castro and Barney again, like to see him try that with a vet.

  • Neil

    Long first inning for Dempster, already down 2-0.

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    we already losing 2-0 sigh

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Worley hit that ball a ton , Dempster is fooling no one

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    4-0 Dempster could have another short start today.

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    5-0 this is getting ugly.

  • jey518

    Wow, not really much else to say.

  • Neil

    Wow … 37-pitch second inning for Dempster. Cubs down 5-0 in the second and Dempster has thrown 64 pitches

  • Neil

    Worley … 27 total pitches after two innings.

  • Neil

    From Comcast SportsNet: Spokesman for Cubs chairman Ricketts says: “While Tom respects Pat
    Gillick’s Hall of Fame career, reports of a conversation are unfounded.”

    • Ripsnorter1

      I believe that post. Hendry is here to stay. P.K.Ricketts likes him. 

      • studio179

        I agree. No matter if Gillick or anyone else comes in or not, Hendry will be allowed next year. 

  • cc002600

    so how would you like to be in bleachers today ?  wow

    I love hot weather, but wow its hot outside.

    BUT, it sure beats the cold !!!

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Dempster is getting hit hard Quade is a clown for leaving him in the game.

    • studio179

      Quade might be scared of Dempster. 

  • Neil

    Cubs have not made it one time through the lineup … And not one hit. Dempster is out after throwing 86 pitches in three innings and with his team down 6-0.

    • studio179

      Wow. 86 pitches, 3 IP.

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Dempster is out of the game after  3 innings.

  • Neil

    Ninth straight game with an error, longest streak since 1987

  • Richard Hood

    Is there ever going to be a time where we do not look horrible against a rookie starter?

    • jw

      Yes, in an intrasquad game

    • Agustin

      At least Worley Is a future ace.  I’d give the farm for him ….some scouts say he is better than Cole H.

      • Richard Hood

        But this is a on going theme. If we do not have experience against a pitcher we become a bunch of hackers. I do not know that much about this Worley guy but he certainly made us think ACE today.

  • Ripsnorter1

    If the Cubs hold on to lose this game, we’ll be 21 games under .500 for the first time in 2011.

    • Neil

      Yes. a season-worst 21 under .500. Have to win 24 of final 63 to avoid 100 losses

  • Ripsnorter1

    Jeff Pentland, of whom Ron Santo said, “Sammy Sosa gives him all the glory” for his big HR years, just got put on unemployment compensation by the Dodgers. 

    I wonder, if all that glory is due Pentland, if he wasn’t Sammy’s supplier.

  • Neil

     Cubs pounded by Phillies 9-1 on Wed afternoon Ryan Dempster: 6R, 7H, 3BB, 5K, 3IP, 86 pitches; #Cubs offense:1 R, 4H, 2BB, HBP (Soto RBI)

  • Neil

    From Quade’s post game:

    Sun-Times: “Defense is so important.” He’s unhappy with his
    middle infield. Rips young guys. Quade needs to call out vets

    Tribune: Quade wants Cubs to “put the negativity behind us and play w/ some freaking intensity- and we’re not.”

    From Daily Herald:  Quade points to Castro misplay in first as a key to bad day

    • gocubs

      How about a new manager? 

    • paulcatanese

      Getting to be ”Old Hat” by Quade no guts for anything else. Said it before, the kids cant fight back, and Q always blames someone.

    • Brentcarmona

      its getting really hard to stomach this. how are our young guys going to develop under this guy? ive never heard/seen quade rip a vet this entire year. i dont have alot of evidence but its been talked here he is getting to castro already and how its affecting his play. now, i was considering giving quade a shot with a rebuilt roster but after what ive seen from his attitude toward the youngsters and all the infinite boneheaded mistakes/calls hes made this year…i just cant wrap my head around this guy anymore.

    • studio179

      Terrible way of handling it, Quade. Besides, what about your vets? 

      Thought so. 

  • Neil

    More from Quade:

    From Comast SportsNet: Quade blasts Castro, Barney for missed popup in 9-1 loss: “The sun’s been in the same damn spot for however long Wrigley Field’s been here.”

    • John_CC

      Didn’t Pena commit an error?

      • Neil

         Two on the same play

    • jfish1219

      God I’m so sick of this garbage, Quade is such a dam hypocrite. How in gods name can he throw the young guys under the bus yet he doesn’t say a dam thing about the bum ass left fielder.  HIS SLOTH LOOKING ASS NEED TO BE LAUNCHED NOW. (my apologies in advanced for the use of language.)

  • Neil

    From the Daily Herald:

    Quade on veterans: “I think our veterans are doing a pretty damn good
    job. I see intensity from my CF, and Rami’s playing really well 

    • garrett

      Ok but what about the left fielder the right fielder the pitchers the bench guys. None of them have really showed the INTENSITY Quade talks about.

    • manager in waiting

      That quote right there by Quade proves how horrible of a manager he is. He has different set of rules for the veterans. Can not wait to see him go

    • Brentcarmona

      its all coming to truth. no wonder the vets backed him when he got the job (this has been mentioned on cco before)…that quote makes me want to throw up.

  • Neil

    From Carrie Muskat: Q says Castro missing pop up by Martinez, 2nd batter of game, set bad tone. Q addressed Castro, Barney post-game to stress defense

    • manager in waiting

      I think there are more things to stress on this team besides defense. Do it Quade!

  • erniesarmy

    Is there any pitcher in MLB more inconsistent than Ryan Dempster?

    I can’t think of one.

    • Kojak Osborne Jr.

      A.J. Burnett

      • Richard Hood

        Daisuke Matsusaka for Boston. Derrick Lowe use to be that way but now he is just old.

  • diehardcubfan

    If there are not major changes over the winter on this team, I may after 38 years of watching this team loss finally pull the plug on following them. 

    I cannot stomach much longer the level of incompetence. 

    I would much rather start watching a team with heart play and that would be the Texas Rangers which are only three hours north of where I live. 

    That is a team that is fun to watch. 

    Not a bag of misfits and bumbling baboons for leaders on the Cubs.

  • Tom U

    The Cubs and Aramis Ramirez miss out, as the Royals trade Wilson Betemit to the Tigers.

    • cubtex

      there are still the Angels!

  • studio179

    I’m with everyone else here. I am tired of Quade throwing Castro, Barney or young guys ‘under the bus’ and letting vets get away with lackluster play. Quade is right, Castro and Barney did mess it up. That is for the clubhouse. Pick a guy up and guide him. Where are the vets? I hope privately they are picking these two up and giving them needed advice on the play and encouragement. If he is going to air these things, be consistent with the vets, too. Besides, day one at spring training he held a meeting on how to handle the media. Looks like he needs to revisit his own meeting notes. This Quade guy is way over his head.

  • Skeldor

    You watch the Cubs aren’t going to make any sort of moves this year, letting guys just run out their contracts instead of at least getting something for them.  They will point out to the injuries this year and say, again, that they are just 1 or 2 moves away from contending.  This group is so delusional and if it were any fortune 500 company would have been terminated for doing and inept job.
    MLB screwed us fans by now allowing Cuban to buy the team, instead basically giving the Ricketts the club on a silver platter.  I put partial blame on this pathetic team to Bud Selig and the rest of the MLB owners.  This year might be bad but at least I would have hope for the future.

  • Tom U

    DJ LeMahieu hit his first home run, Tyler Colvin aboard with a double, as Iowa leads Nashville 2-0.

  • Agustin

    Neil, I can’t take this anymore. DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS MANAGEMENT!!! 

  • Rbmercer

    Quade today talking about energy and playing hard??????? How would you like to be Reed Johnson and be the epitome of energy and the best outfielder we have when you combine the 5 tools together. Just look at his numbers and compare his offense against the others. He has more RBIs and better avg than FUK and Byrd. When you compare him to Soriano? Wh o would you want to take into a fox hole?

    He always makes something happen offensively, always plays great defense wherever he plays.

    He is hitting .336 and hits .333 with risp

    And he doesn’t just hit lefties. He has more ab’s vs righties and is hitting .308 vs righthanders

    Of all the outfielders we have, he should Be the ONLY ONE that plays everyday.