Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 09/11/11

Game One Hundred Forty-Six: Cubs (63-82) vs. Mets (71-74)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: ESPN Sunday Night Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 89
Location – Citi Field, Flushing

Matt Garza (8-10, 3.52/1.31) vs. Miguel Batista (4-2, 3.92/1.55 – 1-0, 2.25/1.50)

We Will Never Forget

In what figures to be an emotional night at Citi Field, the Cubs will try to win their first series against the Mets in New York since 2006. With Saturday’s victory, the Cubs are 3-2 versus the Metropolitans this season with one left to play.

Prior to Saturday’s game, Mike Quade mentioned he was toying with the idea of loading his lineup with the kids for tonight’s finale. The Cubs travel to Cincinnati following tonight’s game for a four game series with the Reds then it’s back to Wrigley for the final homestand of the season … three against the Astros and three against the Brewers. The Cubs last off day of the season is not until September 22 and Quade would like to give his vets a breather before a string of 10 games in row.

So, could the Cubs starting nine tonight feature Tony Campana, Bryan LaHair, Tyler Colvin, D.J. LeMahieu and Starlin Castro? And maybe if all goes well, John Gaub could make his big league debut.

The Cubs are 6-16 on Sundays in 2011 and tonight it all starts with Matt Garza

Matt Garza is coming off back-to-back victories for the first time in a Cubs’ uniform and has put together three excellent outings in his last four starts. Garza held the Reds to three runs, one earned, on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings and has allowed just three earned runs in his last two starts (14 1/3 innings).

After posting a 3-2 record in six starts last month with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP, Garza is 4-2 in his last seven starts with a 2.23 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP … 49 strikeouts and 13 walks in 44 1/3 innings.

For as good as Garza has been this season, he has struggled on the road. Garza is 3-5 in 12 starts outside of Wrigley with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.

Tonight will be Matt Garza’s first career start against Ron Santo’s favorite team.

Jason Bay (3-for-15 with a double and 2 triples), Willie Harris (0-for-3), Ronny Paulino (1-for-3 with a double) and Justin Turner (0-for-1) are the only Mets on the active roster that have faced Matt Garza.

Miguel Batista started the season with the St. Louis Cardinals and posted a 3-2 record in 26 games, one start, with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. The Redbirds cut bait with Batista on June 22 and he signed with the Mets on July 4. Batista will make his third start with the Mets tonight.

Batista is undefeated as a Met (1-0 in two starts) and has put together two quality starts in both of his outings. Batista is coming off a no decision against the Nationals. He allowed one run on five hits in six innings with four walks and three strikeouts. Batista has walked (7) one more batter than he’s struck out (6) in his 12 innings with the Metropolitans.

Miguel Batista faced the Cubs three times this season, all in a Cardinals uniform and all in relief. The Cubs have not managed a run or even a baserunner in 4 1/3 innings against Batista this season. The veteran right-hander is 2-3 in 23 career games, six starts, versus one of his many former teams with a 4.99 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Miguel Batista

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-2
  • Marlon Byrd – 2-for-16
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-1
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-2
  • Tyler Colvin – 0-for-2
  • Blake DeWitt – 0-for-2
  • Koyie Hill – 2-for-3
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-7 with a walk
  • Luis Montanez – 1-for-2
  • Carlos Pena – 4-for-13 with 2 doubles
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-24
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-2

Cubs Photography
The CCO recently received an email from FishEyeVertigo.com about passing on info about some pretty cool Chicago photographs … created in a unique way.

FishEyeVertigo-Wrigley.jpg

For more info, including how the final photographs are assembled, please visit FishEyeVertigo.com

Stadium Journey – Wrigley Field
StadiumJourney.com publishes reviews of pro and college stadiums and recently posted their review of Wrigley Field. Paul Swaney emailed the CCO and thought our readers would be interested in reading their review of the Friendly Confines.

Take a minute and read Stadium Journey’s review of ‘Wonderful Wrigley Field

Follow ChicagoCubsOnline on Twitter: @TheCCO

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

Quote of the Day

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one." - John Lennon

Share on Fancred
  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Castro – SS
    Campana – CF
    LaHair – LF
    Pena – 1B
    Colvin – RF
    LeMahieu – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Hill – C
    Garza – P

    • Rbmercer

      How bout Colvin at first and Montanez in right?

      Oh well, beggars can’t be choosy…hope they show some energy tonight and do well, would be a nice shot in the arm.

    • gocubs

      Next year (if they dont sign Fielder) Id love to see…

      Jackson CF
      Castro SS
      Ramirez 3B
      Pena 1B
      Soto C
      LeMahieu 2B
      LaHair LF
      Campana RF

      Bench
      Colvin OF, 1B
      Castillo or Clevinger C
      Byrd OF
      Barney SS, 2B

      • Brp921

        Spring training 2012 should be exciting with some of the young talent the Cubs have competing for roster spots and starting positions, with LeMahieu and Barney being one of the more interesting battles.

      • cubs1967

        lineup for 2012……….

        campy LF
        jackson CK
        castro SS
        fielder 1b
        aram 3b
        colvin/lahair rf
        soto c
        barney/lemahieu 2b

        bench
        castillo c
        reed OF
        deroso UTIL (yes that derosa)

        garza
        demp
        cashner
        cj wilson
        a j burnett

        wood
        marmol
        marshall
        carpenter
        smardz
        russell
        wells

        not sure about winning a division; but a step in the rigth direction; expensive i’m sure by releasing Z and a trade of sori for a j burnett(straight up trade w/ cubs eating all of last 2 yrs of sori’s contract).

        GM–Friedman

        MGR–Ryno

      • RICK B

        Get rid of ramirez.

    • gocubs

      Looks like Rickets put a call down to Quade on tonight’s lineup

    • RICK B

      I love this line up except for hill.

  • Brp921

    LaHair is moved up in the line up. Was there any natural disasters that I missed today like somewhere freezing over or anything?

  • SuzyS

    My, my…no Soriano/Byrd/Bradley/Fukodome in the outfield???? The times….
    they are a-changing. I like it.

  • paulcatanese

    I would definatly not call this the “B” team, I would call it the future.Take Hill out of it and maybe Pena and it looks pretty good.

  • paulcatanese

    And guess wha Qua, now you have a bench of vets, should in youre eyes make perfect pinch hitters. Wouldnt try to put them in for defense though.

  • Cheryl

    I’d mentioned Q could put in three rookies, didn’t dream he would put in so many. Hope it goes well.

    • Brp921

      Like Rick B says above, I like the line up as well. I feel optimistic about tonight, I hope I’m right and the Cubs win.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Glad Campana starts over Mr. RBI-Less Byrd, but why not let him lead off?

    This QQuade makes really queer lineups.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Cubs are live on the ESPN Internet tonight.

  • Ripsnorter1

    GREAT AB BY LaHAIR

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    LaHair with a booming double and Pena with a standing triple

    • paulcatanese

      Very interesting battle taking place between LaHair and Pena, kind of pushing each other?

  • KevininSandiego33

    I am sorry Garza isn’t an Ace.

  • Brp921

    I don’t want to sound unpatriotic but I’d kind of like to see a ball game tonight.

  • Brp921

    These announcers aren’t even paying attention to the game and it’s getting very irritating. What is this the Bobby Valentine “I was the manager of the Mets on 9/11″ show, C’MON!

    • Dorasaga

      ESPN needs to appeal to a national audience. And let’s face it, the Cubs and the Mets this year are not interesting teams, to say the least.

      • Brp921

        They’re not called the East Coast Sports Network for nothing.

        • Dorasaga

          Haha, that’s a good one.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Colvin with a nice two-out, two-run single

  • Brp921

    Did I hear Valentine correctly? Mike Quade, a good evaluater of young talent can tell about a player in September? When does he evaluate them, in practice?

    • Ripsnorter1

      Valentine must be tipping the bottle tonight……

    • paulcatanese

      Thats an easy one, he just looks at the Bobby Valantine replay.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The D-Cubs just won the FSL Championship

  • Tom U

    A glimpse at the future?

    Daytona is now the Florida State League Champions! Series sweep of the St. Lucie Mets (poetic justice?) with a 4-2 win!

    Greg Rohan the hero tonight, 3-for-5, double, RBI. Dae-Eun Rhee 6 innings, 5 K’s, 2 earned runs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    LaHair with another double …

  • Brp921

    Thank goodness for gameday!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Colvin on his HORSE!!! Nice hustle triple!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Colvin with a RBI triple … second RBI triple of the night for the Cubs.

  • Demitri

    Im proud of LaHair. Im really pulling for the guy to come back next year and start. He could be that one guy who came out of no where

  • Ripsnorter1

    I haven’t seen Campana hit the ball out of the infield all year.

    • RynoTiger

      oh Rip…you’re more dramatic than Susan Lucci when she won her first Emmy…you must have missed his inside the park HR

      • Ripsnorter1

        I did see it. It was a liner that made the OF grass by 6.25 inches. If the 3rd baseman had been in position, it would have been an out. 

        The guy is powerless.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Colvin playing a nice RF tonight! Great catch!

    • Ripsnorter1

      If Colvin doesn’t make that catch, the Cubs would have been trailing right now.

      • cubtex

        If Colvin could put the bat on the ball against a lefty ever they would be up by more than one run!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent at bat by LaHair. Worked a walk against a southpaw, 2-for-2 tonight with two doubles, two runs scored and two walks.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Pena with a ringing double to right

  • Ripsnorter1

    If QQuade brings in Wood, he can blow this save tonight like he did so many times this year.

  • Demitri

    Koyie Hill hitting .198…. Time for a replacement? I know he’s a backup but its not like hes a spectacular player defensively

  • cubtex

    2nd and 3rd with no outs and the kids couldn’t bring anyone in. Colvin, LeMahieu and Barney.

    • Demitri

      They will sit on the bench because of that. Kids get one chance, Vets play all year to show they are fine being 20 games below with their huge million dollar salaries

      • cubtex

        You can see the difference with Colvin when he faces a pitcher with above average stuff. He looks like a superstar against the Miguel Batistas…but against some better pitcher he is totally overmatched.

  • paulcatanese

    As much as I like LeMahieu he is not looking very good at third base.

    • cubtex

      He is a second baseman right now.

      • paulcatanese

        I know, I was talking about him and playing third tonight, he is a much better 2nd baseman.

        • cubtex

          I knew what u meant. I agree. Definately offensively….he is a 2nd baseman.

    • cubtex

      I like what I see from LaHair. Short compact stroke….and he hangs in there and gives you a quality at bat. I think the Cubs could do much worse than give LaHair a shot at 1st base next year. Save that money since he is a cheap alternative and get some starting pitching.

      • paulcatanese

        Exactly what I had said a couple of days ago, like his swing, if he keeps it up they have to find a spot. Havent seen too many pitches that he dosent see.

        • cubtex

          He doesn’t look like he has much of an arm judging by that throw from left on the base hit to score the Mets 3rd run. He is probably best at 1st and they have an opening there for next year. I would use the money that they have off the books and concentrate on pitching and an outfielder.

          • paulcatanese

            How about that adventure on that short fly ball to left? He needs a spot with his bat, but where?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games with the 8th inning single … hit #187 and 24 straight games that Castro has reached base.

  • diehardcubfan

    The Cubs first order of business needs to be finding a new GM.  You would think that given JH was fired way back in July the Cubs would have had a list of candidates already. 

    I do not see an announcement though until November possibly in order to avoid distracting playoff contending teams, particularly if the Cubs are really pushing to get Theo Epstein.

  • Ripsnorter1

    QQuade comes to get Mr. Blown Save outta there just before he blows the save……

  • paulcatanese

    Qua with musical chairs with pitchers again. Garza left with the lead, must be talking to himself big time.

  • diehardcubfan

    Everyone, as much as I hate to say it we will be stuck with Soriano in LF for at least one more year.  I hope by ST next year I will be eating my words but I doubt it.

    We just owe him to much money and if we have not gotten rid of Big Z then there will be nothing different reference Soriano.

  • diehardcubfan

    LaHair has been very impressive at the plate.  He just keeps it going.  Not even Quade can ignore his success.  Though I cannot understand why he would not sit Pena but again this is Quade we are talking about here.

  • paulcatanese

    And Garza looses another decision.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Nice little blown save tonight by Mr. Blown Save himself, Sean Marshall. 

    That’s 5 for him.

    • RynoTiger

      wow Rip…what did Marshall do to you?  Did he run over your kitten or steal your lunch during recess? 

      Marshall isn’t the one who has blown the most saves and really is the least of the bullpen problems. 

      Perhaps the “Mr. Blown Save” name should go to Wood and Marmol, with Marmol earning the top spot.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I’m allergic to cats.If he ran over a cat, I’d be appreciative….

      • Ripsnorter1

        Marshall: 6-6 with 4 saves and 5 blown saves.

        He blows more than he saves.He loses a lot of games.

        • Ripsnorter1

          6 losses and 5 blown, that’s 11 bad games for him. 

          Out of how many clutch situations? Answer: 21 total.

          • cubtex

            Show me a middle relief pitcher who has been lights out every year for their career?

          • RynoTiger

            Kerry Wood: 5 losses and 6 blown saves, that’s 11 bad games for him out of a total of 15 chances…that’s a worse % than Marshall

            so my stats trump yours…Wood is now “Mr. Blown Saves”

      • cubtex

        Kerry Wood signed a way below market contract of 1 mil to play for Cubs. Anything he gives the Cubs should be looked at as a bonus.

  • cubtex

    See what I mean about Colvin…No chance against above average stuff!

  • cubtex

    Typical Cubs all year. Not turning double plays in crucial parts of the game.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Getaway day. QQuade brings in his game ender: ORTIZ.

    CUBS LOSE.
    CUBS LOSE.CUBS LOSE.

    • cubtex

      Not with LaHair making a spectacular running catch in from left. :) Wow

      • paulcatanese

        I posted to you above, but will again, a true adventure with that catch.

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

    doesnt z come back tommarrow

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Zambrano does come off the disqualified list tomorrow but will not re-join the team this season. Zambrano does go back on the 40-man roster beginning tomorrow, which would take the last open spot.

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

        so basically hes done being a cub

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          That is what most think.

  • cubtex

    Ron Santo would be loving this!!!!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Only John Grabow would serve up a 2-run blast with his team up by 6 in the 11th inning … should have used John Gaub, would have been a good time to let him make his big league debut

    • Cheryl

      Well at least Q played the rookies. The way LaHair is going it will even be hard for Q to keep him out of the lineup. LaHair hasn’t an error yet, has he?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Mets 10-6 in 11 innings. Cubs scored 6 in the top of the 11th.

    Matt Garza: 3R, 7H, 3BB, 4K, 7IP; Bryan LaHair: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 4R, 2BB; Carlos Pena: 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2RBI, BB, R; Tyler Colvin: 2-for-5, 3B, 3RBI, BB, R