Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 08/01/11

Game One Hundred Nine: Cubs (43-65) vs. Pirates (54-52)
Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Carlos Zambrano (7-6, 4.59/1.41) vs. Paul Maholm (6-10, 3.16/1.25)

It is a new day and a new month for the Chicago Cubs … will the results be any different? The Cubs ended July (9-17) with a win in St. Louis and snapped a five-game losing streak. Q’s squad opens a four-game series tonight in Pittsburgh against a Pirates team they are 3-6 against this season.

The Cubs will see a couple of very familiar faces in a new uniform tonight. The Pirates acquired Derrek Lee from the Orioles on Saturday and Ryan Ludwick at the deadline from the Padres. The Battlin’ Bucs are in the middle of the race in the central (54-52, third in the division, 4 1/2 games back of the Brewers) and view the next four days as wins they can use to move up in the standings.

The Cubs have struggled scoring runs on the trip and have managed only 24 runs in six games (11 in the last two) … and one of the big reasons is Aramis Ramirez is 1-for-21 over the last six games. Q’s impatient offense has been even more aggressive in recent days and if the Cubs do that again tonight, the results will be more of the same against Paul Maholm. The Pirates’ southpaw has dominated the Cubs in three starts this season (one run in three games, 23 1/3 innings, with two walks and 15 strikeouts).

Tonight it all begins with Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano is coming off a solid start, but a loss to the Brewers. Zack Greinke shutout the Cubs 2-0 and Zambrano took the loss after giving up both runs in the second inning (homer by Prince Fielder and a sac fly by Yuniesky Betancourt). After a shaky start against the Marlins back on July 16, Zambrano has put together two serviceable starts.

Z is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 6.23 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP … on the road this season, 5-3 in 11 starts with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.

Tonight will be Zambrano’s second start of the season against the Bucs. Z received a no decision against the Pirates back on April 2 at Wrigley. Z allowed three runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in six innings.

Zambrano is 12-8 in 31 career games, 27 starts, versus the Bucs with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP … at PNC Park, 7-1 in 15 games, 13 starts, with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.

Pirates Career Numbers against Carlos Zambrano

  • Pedro Alvarez – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Ronny Cedeno – 2-for-8
  • Garrett Jones – 5-for-12 with 2 home runs and a walk
  • Derrek Lee – 3-for-8 with a double and a walk
  • Ryan Ludwick – 9-for-22 with 2 home runs and 2 walks
  • Paul Maholm – 1-for-7 with a walk
  • Andrew McCutchen – 5-for-9 with a double, a triple and 5 walks
  • Lyle Overbay – 4-for-23 with 3 walks
  • Neil Walker – 2-for-9 with a double

Paul Maholm has had a good year, especially at home, but he’s not pitched as well as the Cubs have made him look. Maholm is coming off a no decision against the Braves in which he allowed only one run on nine hits in seven innings … the Pirates lost to the Braves in extra innings for the second night in a row.

Maholm has not posted a win since he beat the Cubs back on July 10 and is 2-1 in his last five starts with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Maholm is 5-5 in 12 starts at PNC this season with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

The Cubs used to have success against Maholm but could never hang on a loss on him … now they are too impatient to do anything against the lefty. Maholm owns a 9-2 mark in 16 career starts against the Cubs with a 4.98 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP … but this season, 2-0 in three starts with a 0.39 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Paul Maholm

  • Jeff Baker – 7-for-18 with 4 doubles
  • Darwin Barney – 3-for-7 with a double
  • Marlon Byrd – 3-for-18 with a double and a walk
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-5
  • Starlin Castro – 6-for-18 with 2 doubles
  • Tyler Colvin – 2-for-9
  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-3 with a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-5
  • Reed Johnson – 8-for-13 with 3 doubles and a walk
  • Carlos Pena – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 10-for-38 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 2 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 9-for-37 with 3 doubles, 4 home runs and 4 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 7-for-20 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
  • Carlos Zambrano – 2-for-6 with a double

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Johnson – RF
    Castro – SS
    Baker – 3B
    Soto – C
    Byrd – CF
    Soriano – LF
    Pena – 1B
    Barney – 2B
    Zambrano – P

    • jey518

      Glad to see Colvin getting the starts… oh wait, Quade is the manager.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cashner threw off mound again and felt good. Wants to get back in 3 weeks, but
    September is the target

  • John_CC

    Maybe the Buccos can pick up a little ground with this series.  Yes, I am pulling for the Pirates from here on out!

    • Ripsnorter1

      The Pirates won’t do it this year. The rule is this: the division will go to the team with the most talent, AND the team that makes the best deadline deals.

      That leaves the Pirates way out. They are short on talent, and picking up DLee wasn’t the best deal. The Brewers have a great deal of talent, but the Cards made the best deadline deal. It will be between those two teams.

      • J Daniel

        Agreed, RIP.  It would be cool to see them win it but my money would be on the Cards and Tony.

      • John_CC

        Well, I am STILL pulling for the Pirates.

        I never said I thought they had a chance. Since when do I root winners anyway?

        • Ripsnorter1

          True words. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Aramis Ramirez is out of the lineup with a quad issues and is listed as day to day.

    • roseyc

      Remember Baker was an untouchable so it’s good we still have him in cases like this that JH he is such fabulous gm he is always thinking ahead….my time is up it’s back to rubber room for me

  • Darrenmcculloch

    Baker batting third and Soto at clean up this lineup has to scare everybody in the majors.  Ok, over/under 2.5 homers by Derrek Lee in this series?  I will go with the over. 

  • studio179

    Ramirez is out due to quad issues listed day to day. Cub fans are out due to Quad(e) issues and listed day to day in sanity with this guy. 

    Get back soon Rami…stretch run. Riding a one game win streak. Still in it.

    • paulcatanese

      Very good analogy, and more will have issues so as not to play.We should be in great shape with Baker 3 and Soto 4, cant lose with those spots. Really surprised that Colvin not in the mix as its a lefty throwing and an excellent chance for failure.

  • J Daniel

    I really have no problem with Colvin not in the line up tonight, but it is not the best way to find out if he is part of the solution.  He 100% should have been in the line up yesterday!  This is the silly stuff that drives all of us CRAZY!  What is wrong with this organization?  

    • Tony_Hall

      Colvin should play everyday, lefty or right, shouldn’t matter.  If his numbers for August and September are good enough, he should be the RF next year.  If not, then they know they need to fill that spot.

      • John_CC

        Man Tony…where did you come up with that idea?  It’s brilliant. You must have some upper management in your background…

        • Tony_Hall

          Well obviously it is not upper managements thought process.  They feel like its’s better to play career backups over youngsters, once the team is out of contention.  

          • John_CC

            Sarcasm, buddy.  Unfortunately the upper management and the lower management are all bafoons and morons and everyone knows that a bafoon and moron cannot communicate well.  At least that is what I suspect since the upper management bafoon stated that the reason for trading “Fuke” was to get Colvin in the lineup everyday and the the on the ground lower management Moron still won’t play him. It’s the best I can do.  They don’t talk. And when they do they do not listen to each other.

            I hate them.

            Go Bucs!

          • Tony_Hall

            Isn’t it amazing all of the double talk and contradictory statements that come out of Clark & Addison.  

            It is hard to fathom anyone doing a better job of ruining a franchise, even if that was their stated goal, then what these guys have done to this team.

      • gocubs

        Hendry specifically said we traded Fukudome to open the spot for Colvin to play every day.  Why isnt he playing?  This is insanity.  Would Hendry fire Quade for not playing Colvin?

        • Tony_Hall

          JH and QBall are in this together.  JH will not get to hire another manager. They both will go down together.  The question really is, will Tommy Boy ever hold either one of them accountable for their actions and subsequent awful results?

          • Brp921

            Quade was hired to do JH’s will, period. That is why the veterans were played the last forty odd games last year. The plan was for Quade to win games against inferior talent so he could look good enouph for JH to justify hiring him instead of Sandberg. JH could not control Sandberg. Sandberg would have had the fans support over Hendry. Sandberg would have been able to do his own thing win or lose. JH didn’t want that, he wanted complete control of the team and hiring Quade was the only way he could acheive that, so he set it up so he could do just that. I think many contributers to this site, besides myself, understood this last year.

          • Tony_Hall

            You just replied to one of the contributors on this site, that was saying exactly that, last year and during the offseason.

          • Brp921

            Excuse me Tony, it wasn’t my intent to imply that you didn’t realize that.

          • paulcatanese

            No Tony, after tonight, Ricketts is on that stupid bandwagon. “They have turned it around”. I agree with that one as they are trully going around….
            in circles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1512275173 Matt Collins

    zambrano vs lee remember that scuffle in dugout cant wait  to see who wins tonight lee or zambrano i think big z should hit lee 

    • paulcatanese

      Completely forgot about that one. Lets see both dugouts emtpty tonight. On the other hand only the Pirates can find the Cub dugout as the Cubs cant find their way out of (cliche)paper bag.

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

        Your kidding right? There is no way that the Cubs are going to fight anyone. They won’t even support their own teammate.

        • paulcatanese

          Thats true Richard, but then Barney is his only friend anyway, and he cant pitch. The way Quade is on him I knew they wouldnt retaliate. I believe Quade said as much after the ballgame. The “kid” sinks or swims on his own.

    • studio179

      Z beats Lee round one. Derrick goes down swinging. 

      • studio179

        Lee beats Z round two. Dinger.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Cubs walked twice in the same inning …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice 3-6-1 double play

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Derrek Lee with a homer to tie the game at one.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with his third hit … three of the Cubs four hits.

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

    what a bunch of crap intentially walking a guy that has 15 RBI’s

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano hustled down the line …

  • Ripsnorter1

    AAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA!

    I’ve been watching Funko fanning in Boston. Beautiful to watch!

  • gocubs

    “Obviously, what we needed to do for sure was to trade [Fukudome],”
    Hendry said. “That was important because you have somebody behind him
    that we needed to play in Colvin.” -Jim Hendry

    Where is Colvin?  He’s only started 1 of the 4 games he has been up for.  Not even a pinch hit appearance?  Good thing we are getting him regular at bats.  Im so confused.

    • Brentcarmona

      you are not alone. no worries.

    • gocubs

      Maybe he’s started twice out of 4 games, but still isnt this the time for getting him regular at bats to see if he should be in our plans next year? 

      • paulcatanese

        Colvin did pinch hit, made an out, he will not play for another four days.

        • Cheryl

          So much for playing Colvin on a regular basis. Quade will do the same thing to him that he did before and when the rosters expand in September the ones who will sit will be the rookies. Quade has got to go before then.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Let’s play Barney without a break. His bat is slowing because he’s tired, and his average is down to .287. I think Quade can have that BA under .250 before September at this rate. 

    • Ripsnorter1

      Quade is grinding Barney into peanut butter. 

    • Tony_Hall

      Barney is also going to be better used as the back-up infielder, on a good team.  I like Barney, I wish more of our aging vets, played as hard as he does, but he is not going to be an above average 2B.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Ya know the season is over for the Pirates when the Cubs start beating them. 

    Sorry Pirates’ fans: IT IS OVER! You may as well FORGETABOUTIT!

    • Ripsnorter1

      Unless of course, Marmol can revive your season. ……

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs have worked four walks tonight … four.

  • Ripsnorter1

    STINKIN’ FUNKO!

    Yeah, he’s fanned twice. ALLLmost grounded into a double play. When he beat the relay, HE GOT AN RBI!

    Then he promptly got thrown out trying to steal…..And struck out again. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Derrek Lee with another homer … a two-run shot to right center off Kerry Wood

  • studio179

    That second shot Lee hit was a bomb. ExCub factor and current Cub pitching alive and well to bring a guy back to life.

  • Ripsnorter1

    MR. CLUTCH-LESS!!

  • Tony_Hall

    You have to tip your cap to DLee

    • paulcatanese

       Cubs 5, Derrick Lee 3. Lee won tonight VS Pena. Pena better butter up JH
      again.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Two HRs out of double play Lee, the man with the slow bat.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Just brought the lefty on to face Funko in Boston. 

    Ah…the suspense!

    • Ripsnorter1

      AH, FUNKO!

      The runner tried to steal, and he hit a weak grounder into the spot vacated by the SS. Single for Funko!

      • Tno13

        Isn’t it getting time to let this go?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reed with a nice run scoring double

  • Ripsnorter1

    Marmol to save it. Which Marmol will it be?

    • JW

      IF the Cubs win tonight and have a 2 game winning streak, I’m sure Quade will talk to the media about how the Cubs are now back in it and if they rattle off wins in 23 of the next 24 games, they will back in the race at .500. And he’s not crazy?!?!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Pirates 5-3 on Monday night.

    Carlos Zambrano: 1R, 7H, 3BB, 5K in 6IP; Starlin Castro: 3-for-5, 2B, R;
    Reed Johnson: 1-for-4, RBI, 2B, R, HBP; Jeff Baker, Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano & Carlos Pena w/ RBI