Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 09/07/11

Game One Hundred Forty-Three: Cubs (61-81) vs. Reds (70-72)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (10-11, 4.75/1.39) vs. Johnny Cueto (9-5, 2.29/1.09)

The Cubs and Reds square off tonight for the final time at Wrigley this season. The Reds have won eight of the 13 games (5-8) with five left on the schedule.

The Cubs made three additions to their active roster on Tuesday (John Gaub, D.J. LeMahieu and Luis Montanez) and are not expected to add any more players until after the Smokies playoff run (possibly Rafael Dolis and Steve Clevenger). Now how much playing time the younger players and September call-ups will receive is yet to be seen. Andrew Cashner is expected to make his first big league appearance tonight since going on the DL in April.

Prior to Tuesday night’s game, Mike Quade said he would continue to give his vets a majority of the playing time and get the other players he when he could. The Cubs enter play tonight 20 games under .500.

Until the Cubs start hitting consistently with runners on base, the win one, lose one will continue. Over the last 15 games, the Cubs are 22-for-128 with runners in scoring position and have left 123 runners on base. The Cubs are 5-10 during that span and have been outscored 58-48.

Tonight it all begins with Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster is coming off three straight losses and the Cubs have not won a game in which he started since August 11. Dempster has not thrown the ball well over his last four outings but two of those four starts were more about the offense not doing their job than about Dempster not doing his. For as workman-like as Dempster has been, with any run support and a better effort from Carlos Marmol, his record would look a lot different.

Dempster gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Pirates in his last start. The Cubs lost the game 3-1 after the Pirates scored a pair of runs in the third inning.

Ryan Dempster has pitched a lot better at Wrigley this season than on the road. Dempster is 4-4 in 13 starts away from Wrigley with a 6.16 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP … at home, 6-7 in 16 starts with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.

Dempster is 2-3 in his last six starts with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

Tonight will be Dempster’s fourth start of the season against the Reds. Dempster is 2-1 in the first three with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Yonder Alonso – 1-for-3
  • Jay Bruce – 4-for-15 with a double and 5 walks
  • Miguel Cairo – 1-for-14
  • Ryan Hanigan – 1-for-6
  • Ramon Hernandez – 7-for-18 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
  • Paul Janish – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Brandon Phillips – 5-for-29 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Edgar Renteria – 8-for-26 with 2 home runs and 4 walks
  • Drew Stubbs – 4-for-16 with a double and a home run
  • Joey Votto – 4-for-23 with 2 home runs and 3 walks

Johnny Cueto is coming off a rough outing against the Cardinals. Cueto allowed five runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings … the second time in three starts that Cueto did not pitch past the fifth inning. While Cueto has not posted a victory since August 17, the Reds have won each of his last five starts dating back to his loss at Wrigley on August 6.

Cueto is 2-2 in his last six starts with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

Tonight will be Cueto’s third start of the year against the Cubs. He is 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP … and both of his outings have come at Wrigley Field.

Johnny Cueto is 4-6 in 12 career starts against the Cubs with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP … at Wrigley, 2-4 in eight starts with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Johnny Cueto

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-3
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-3
  • Marlon Byrd – 5-for-10 with a double and a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-11 with 2 walks
  • Tyler Colvin – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Ryan Dempster – 1-for-4
  • Blake DeWitt – 3-for-10
  • Koyie Hill – 2-for-5 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Reed Johnson – 4-for-10 with 2 doubles
  • Carlos Pena – 2-for-3 with a double and a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 6-for-22 with a double, 2 home runs and 6 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 10-for-27 with a double, 3 home runs and 2 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 7-for-26 with 3 doubles, a triple, a home run and 2 walks

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Castro – SS
    Johnson – CF
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    LaHair – RF
    LeMahieu – 2B
    Hill – C
    Dempster – P

    • Gramps

      I like Reed Johnson but c’mon Quade! Campana or Colvin should be in CF. I would like to see a game with Colvin, Campana and Montanez in the outfield, LeMahieu, Castro, Barney and LaHair in the infield and Clevenger at catcher. GIVE THE KIDS A CHANCE!!

      • diehardcubfan

        It will never happen because Quade is an idiot!!

        • Ripsnorter1

          Does he rate that high on the Menza scoring? I wasn’t aware of it if he did……

          • diehardcubfan

            There is no scoring system that I know of that can measure Quade’s baseball IQ.  In other words it is unmeasurable.

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

    Looking at that line up do you think that Quade got the memo from Ricketts?

    • Calicub

      No he just realized that he made himself look like an idiot by sticking with the vets only to have the new kids do the work/keep the team in the game (colvin with the assist, starlin with a run and LaHair with the bomb, The Shark with 2 three ups three downs)and it was  the vets who blew it (Byrd, Lopez Grabow etc.)

      The power month of August is over and the swoon begins/continues. Keep up the pace is all I have to say.  The cubs are at 61-81 (seventh worst in MLB)and three games ahead of Minnesota who has 58 wins and holds the third worst record in baseball.  If the Cubs continue this stretch, what with the .171 BA with RISP over the last 15 games, that gap could easily be closed, moving the cubs from 7th to 3rd overall draft pick. 

      Let Quade play the veterans.  He’ll be gone in a month and the Cubs will have a top 3 prospect next draft. 

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

        Way to spin the positive out of this manure pile.

    • paulcatanese

      I would think he did Richard. He would need outside influence to make that decision as I think he is literaly afraid of the vets, and I mean that. His self confidence with them is just not there and will not upset them.

      • Calicub

        I completely agree Quade is terrified of MLB players.  He’s used to pushing around kids in the minors not millionaire danties.

    • John_CC

      It very well could be.

      Tom: Look Mikey, you know your done here. I wanna see my young kids PLAY.
      Quads: OK, Ricksy, you’re the boss. I guess.

  • cc002600

    Aha !!!

    Q-ball threw us a curve…..LaHair is playing !!
     :-)

    • Tedtop16

      If Quade can’t get a fix on his vets by now, then heaven help us if he is managing next year. He probably needs the whole 162 games to figure out who is inept.

    • diehardcubfan

      At the expense of Colvin I would note.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Carrie Muskat: Darwin Barney went home to be with his wife, who is pregnant with their second child. He’ll rejoin team in NY

    • paulcatanese

      I cant think of a better reason for Barney to go home, thats the most important part of his life. Good luck and best wishes to him and family.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Dave Kaplan: Chuck LaMar just confirmed to a Philly broadcaster that there is no truth to any rumors linking him to the Cubs GM vacancy.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I hope he doesn’t come our way! Jim Qlueless was better!

  • paulcatanese

    Glad to see the “french connection” in the lineup, but would have preferred
    Campana in center and Johnson in right and LaHair in left, with Colvin at 1st base, Barney at 2nd and LeMahieu at third and Clevenger behind the plate.
    I know thats too much to hope for,guess its baby steps for a baby manager.

    • Tom U

      Paul, maybe in the future, if he can overcome his injuries, Pierre LePage can join LaHair and LeMahieu.

      • paulcatanese

        Sounds like a plan although with all three in the lineup at the same time I would hate to be a broadcaster on a triple play, would need a french canadian to get it right.

      • cc002600

        Tom U,

        I know you are really high on DJ.
        Enlighten me.

        Because when I look at his numbers, I see a guy who can hit for really high average, but has no power, no speed, and from what I have seen with the cubs, he seems to be average at best in the field.  I’m guessing you think he can fill out and develop some power, but somehow he just doesn’t seem to be a dynamic player in the making to me. 

        Hope I’m wrong, but I’m not seeing it yet.

         

        • Tom U

          cc002600, here are the minor league stats on LeMahieu

          http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=lemahi001dj-
          As you can see, he has advanced through all five levels in 2 plus years in the system, just turning 23 years of age. 

          Overall, he’s pretty much hit over .300 at every stop (he hit .316 in his last ten games at Iowa, and would have probably pushed his season average at Iowa to over .300 if he had more time). What’s intriguing is that with only 7 career home runs, LeMahieu has driven in 159 runs with only 359 hits. That’s clutch hitting. 

          LeMahieu has batted second or third in the line up at every level, a testament to his managers’ belief in his hitting ability. He’s also a good glove man, committing only 22 errors over 283 games. In a report I’m issuing tomorrow, he was key to improving Iowa’s defense, having one error despite playing third, short and second.

          Unless you’re Ripsnorter, power isn’t everything in baseball. If it was, several Cubs teams would have won World Series titles over the past 103 years. The player I see LeMahieu most resemble is Wade Boggs. Boggs also wasn’t a power hitter, but won several batting titles. I see the same potential in LeMahieu.

          The one flaw I see is that at 6’4″, and mainly all arms and legs, is that he will eventually outgrow second base.

          • Tom U

            Here’s another thing to chew on. His 359 hits in 283 games, he averages 1.25 hits, or 5 hits every 4 games. At that pace, LeMahieu would hit .362 in 150 games a season.

          • cubtex

            I would really like to see a Vitters Castro LeMahieu infield by mid 2012. I think Vitters has really stepped it up with the bat….but he needs to become more polished at 3rd. With Vitters and Castro both 21…and LeMahieu 23, they could play together for many years.

          • paulcatanese

            I could see that Tom, very possible.

          • John_CC

            Thanks, Tom. I am really high on him as well.  Moving through the system at pace, being only 23, he is a special hitter.  I just hope that he doesn’t get pigeon-holed like so many Cubs prospects, i.e. yeah, he’s a good hitter, but look how big he is, he doesn’t have any power, therefore there is something wrong.

            I like the Boggs analogy.  A guy like him would never even get a look at playing 3B in today’s game.

          • cubtex

            Hopefully…by the time he outgrows 2nd base he will be driving the ball more by then.

          • cc002600

            Thanks, Tom !!!

            I hope you are right !!!!

        • paulcatanese

          Like Tom I am high on DJ also, I think what is decieving is that he is very smooth in the field and it takes away what one is looking at. I dont know if you had a chance to watch the game but he has excellent range there and makes a good pivot at the bag(from the last time he was up). I guess that the more one watches him the more one will see.

      • paulcatanese

        Tom, hope you go back over these to catch this. if LePage does join the other tw then the would be in Le,La land. (west coast slang for Los Angeles)

    • Calicub

      I’ll take the french connection over the Cajun connection anyday

      • Dorasaga

        Haha. I gotta say Q is not doing enough. The Cubs is merely the fifth worst team (tied with the Padres). Let’s see if the veterans, with Koyie Hill leading, will help Q beat the Royals and spin the third overall draftpick.

  • Ripsnorter1

    If LaHair keeps hitting, I may have to apologize to Aaron because I said he was another Brad Synder. 

    • paulcatanese

      I dont want to see you in a tough spot Rip, but hope he does, and you do.

  • cc002600

    So maybe LaHair’s best shot to be an everyday player next year is in the OF. Maybe by some miracle they can get rid of Sori ??  or he plays RF ?

    And the reason I say this is because at this point, I think its better than 50/50 that Pena is re-signed. (the idiots)

    But, but, but… maybe the new sheriff in town will have a different idea, when he gets here ? We can only hope. Will be fascinating to watch.

  • Anonymous47701

    2012 Lineup Idea

    B.Jackson-CF
    S.Castro-SS
    R.Flaherty-3B
    B.LaHair-1B
    W.Castillo-C
    T.Colvin-RF
    D.Barney-2B
    R.Johnson-LF
    Pitcher

    bench

    M.Teahen-INF/OF
    M.Gonzalez-INF
    S.Clevenger-C
    L.Montanez-OF
    T.Campana-OF

    • jfish1219

      You do realize that, that team would suck more than the current cubs correct? I mean seriously that is a sure fire 100 loss team right there. Also before you try to tell me that at-least they would try hard. I say this, I could give a rat’s rear-end that they would try hard, I wanna see a team that can compete and win, not just try hard.

      • Anonymous47701

        Apparently you are thinking one-dimensional with this line-up. You did not even bother to ask what the coaching staff might look like in 2012 , nor did you think about who could be the next GM, so you don’t know what you are talking about.

        • jfish1219

          What does it matter who is the GM or on the coaching staff if you run out a triple a team at the major league level. You could have the best of both and it would still be putting lipstick on a pig.

        • jfish1219

          But please enlighten me on who would be the GM and on the staff, and how they would make that team a contender. 

          • Anonymous47701

            My Coaching Staff Idea

            Manager- Ryne Sandberg

            Bench- Jody Davis
            Pitching- Mike Maddux
            Hitting- Rudy Jaramillo
            1st Base- Bobby Dernier
            3rd Base- Chip Hale
            Bullpen- Dennis Llewallyn

          • jfish1219

            alright I respect your idea but I don’t see how that team would contend for anything except for the # 1 pick in the 2013 draft, no matter who is Coaching them, Also what happens to every vet on the team from this year, the new gm is just going to trade them all or dfa them?

          • Anonymous47701

            I just hope you aren’t expecting the Cubs to contend in 2012, cause they may not be ready for another two years anyway. They will have to get back to relevance first, starting with getting their fans back into Wrigley Field, playing baseball like they’re suppose to, and barring any injuries to key players, putting together a winning record. The way I see it, 2012 is going to have to be about Winning First and Getting Better For 2013. To answer your question about the vets; Soriano is nothing more than a DH in my book, so it is best that he be traded this offseason to whichever AL team available, IF the Cubs agree to eat 75% of his contract, and if that doesn’t happen, I’m sure Tom Ricketts will find another way to send Soriano Packing. Marlon Byrd had a good run with this team back in 2009, but let’s face it, he is getting older, his bat’s getting older; it’s time move on and go for a trade. Carlos Zambrano….what’s there to talk about him, I mean he has pitched his last game at Wrigley, I say cut…him…loose, including Koyie Hill. I know there isn’t alot of vets to look at in the lineup idea I posted, but look on bright side, there is Youth, Speed, and some Power.

          • jfish1219

            if the right moves are made this team could contend next year

          • cubtex

            In this division. No doubt

    • cubtex

      Have to agree! That team is terrible..

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by DJ to take away a hit from Bruce

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good at bat by DJ

  • cubs1967

    memo to the new Gm tandem of TommyCrane:

    if your gonna extend Oneri and talk to Wilkin about his deal too since it is for the betterment of the team longterm; then fire Quade or tell him that Campy, Ty, Bry, and all the other youngsters need to play for the same reason.

    it’s one thing to be bad; it’s another to look stupid doing it.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    DJ with a 2-out RBI single … 2-for-2 on the night against Cueto

    • paulcatanese

      Yes, he looked good one to right and one to left, went with the pitch very well.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good play by Castro … doubled off Alonso.

  • Tom U

    Daytona evened up their series with Dunedin with a 3-1 victory. Jeffry Antigua the win, Eduardo Figueroa a hold, and Frank Del Valle a save.

    Matt Szczur hit a “moonshot” as he, along with Evan Crawford and Taiwan Easterling formed probably the fastest outfield in professional baseball. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That’s 21 straight games for Castro

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Quade has two extra arms in the pen and sends Dempster out to start the seventh. A bunt single and a lined single … now he gets someone up in the pen.

    • John_CC

      nevermind

    • paulcatanese

      Yup.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent throw by Reed!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    PENA ONTO SHEFFIELD!

    • GaryLeeT

      Into a howling wind. Impressive, by any standard.

      • paulcatanese

        Yes it was. I always felt hitters hit pitchers mistakes and boy was that a mistake right down the middle, letter high and Pena did not miss it, I would say he never even felt it on the bat, just a perfect pitch and a perfect swing.

  • John G

    THAT was the Marmol that we paid for. I just wish he didn’t send his ugly twin out there so often.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat Reds 6-3 Wednesday night.

    Ryan Dempster: 3R,10H,2BB,2K,6+IP; Starlin Castro: 2-for-4, 2R; Aramis Ramirez: 1-for-3,2B,2RBI,BB; Carlos Pena:2-for-4,HR,2B,3RBI,2R; D.J. LeMahieu: 2-for-2,RBI,Sac