Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 09/27/11

Game One Hundred Sixty-One: Cubs (70-90) vs. Padres (70-90)
Game Time – 9:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – PETCO Park, San Diego

Matt Garza (9-10, 3.35/1.27) vs. Anthony Bass (2-0, 1.66/1.27)

Two games remain on the Cubs 2011 schedule

The Cubs will shoot to end their three-game losing streak tonight behind Matt Garza. The Cubs have stopped scoring runs and have plated just three in the last three games. The Cubs are not showing any patience at the plate and are stepping into the batter’s box swinging the bat … basically Q’s Cubs are just playing out the schedule.

Aramis Ramirez is expected back in the starting lineup tonight in what could be the last game of his Cubs’ career. If Ramirez can keep from aggravating his strained right quad he will play in the season finale on Wednesday night. Quade is expected to run out his vets for the last two games

While Ryan Dempster’s quest to reach 200 innings has made all of the headlines, Matt Garza enters his last start nine innings shy of the 200-inning plateau and unlike Dempster, Garza has publicly stated he would like to finish with a .500 record and 200 innings … Garza has completed nine innings in each of his last two starts. Matt Garza has been the Cubs best pitcher this season, one look at his peripheral numbers proves that statement.

Starlin Castro reached base for the 38th game in a row Monday night (47 of last 52) and is just five games short of tying Jerome Walton’s mark of 43 in a row set back in 1989. Castro recorded his 204th hit of the year on Monday night and is looking to become the youngest player in the history of the game to lead the National League in hits … and the first 21-year old to accomplish the feat.

Former Cub, Charlie Hollocher (1918-1924) currently holds the record as the youngest player to lead the National League in hits in a single season. Hollocher (22 years old) recorded 161 hits in 1918.

For the sixth time in the last 15 seasons, the Cubs have lost at least 90 games. As the battle for draft position continues … it all starts with Matt Garza.

Matt Garza is coming off back-to-back nine inning starts and has allowed four runs, three earned, over his last 18 innings. Garza picked up his first complete game win as a Cub when he shut down the Brewers on just six hits. Garza struck out 10 with only one walk.

After posting a 3-2 record in six starts in August with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP, Garza is 2-0 in his last four starts with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.

Matt Garza is 5-3 in 14 starts since the break with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Matt Garza pitched six innings of shutout ball against the Padres back in April and is 1-0 in two career starts against the Friars with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

Padres Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Jason Bartlett – 2-for-3
  • Aaron Cunningham – 0-for-3
  • Alberto Gonzalez – 2-for-2
  • Chase Headley – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Jeremy Hermida – 2-for-11 with a double and a walk
  • Orlando Hudson – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Nick Hundley – 2-for-6
  • Will Venable – 2-for-6

The Cubs will get their first look at Anthony Bass tonight. Bass is making just his third big league start and is coming off a five-inning shutout performance against the Rockies. Bass allowed just two hits and walked one his second big league start.

Tonight will be Bass’ 11th appearance at PETCO and his first start.

Baseball America ranked Anthony Bass the 22nd best prospect in the Padres system prior to the season. Bass was the fifth round pick of the Padres in 2008. The soft tossing right-hander features a fastball that sits in the low 90s, with not much movement, and a slider/cutter in the low 80s. Bass also throws a sinking changeup that has been rated as above average.

Anthony Bass is the type of pitcher that traditionally gives the Cubs a lot of problems. The Cubs seldom if ever make a pitcher like Bass work to see what he throws. If Quade’s offense uses their familiar approach, Anthony Bass will have a career night.

No one on the Cubs active roster has faced Anthony Bass at the big league level.

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    Carlos Zambrano’s house is up for sale ($969,000) They will start to show it once the holes in the walls are fixed.

    • cubtex


    • Rbmercer

      That’s very good, VERY good!

    • Neil

      Well played Jim

  • diehardcubfan

    Go San Diego!!  Beat the Cubs so we can secure the 2nd worst record in the NL. 

    I wonder if we could find anyone to give us 2 draft picks for Quade?

  • paulcatanese

    Sure hope Castro dosent make any mental errors tonight, Qua will be sure to bench him for tommorow.

  • jfish1219

    I believe that if we drop the last 2 games we will end up with the 5th pick…..fingers crossed. 

  • bpot92

    Catching Hell is currently on ESPN. Its a good watch for those who are waiting for the game to start.

  • Strohjo

    Don’t you get sick if being cynical? I’m tired of the negativity on this site. Yes.. It’s been a bad season, but stay behind your team. I’ll go to another cubs site where I don’t have to hear such whining and condescension.

    • brent carmona

      umm…if your favorite team is ran by an ignorant douche (quade), who puts product on the field that you do not have any feeling to cheer for (almost every vet) and 20 games under for a reason..yeah I think cynicism is warranted.

    • Tony_Hall

      Your loss!  There is no better site for keeping up with OUR favorite team.  Keep in mind, our favorite team, doesn’t mean we always agree with all of the moves, and lately, it’s hard to like very many of them at all.  Neil does the best job, by far, of keeping Cub fans, up to date.

      You don’t have to read the comments section, if you can’t handle the view points.  Also, there are just not any Cubs sites that aren’t upset with the direction this team has been heading.  A couple you can try though, are and  

      • Demitri

        I agree with tony. Nothing wrong in showing dissapointment. Can u go on through this season and stay happy? No! Its not possible because it was a terrible season. We should show negativity to this team until they can turn things around. We as fans are the ones who pay their salaries if im not mistaken. We should be frustrated

    • Michael

      I could not disagree more…

      This is one of the best sites out there.  Neil and the guys provide the most up to the minute legit information out there.  I rarely post but have been reading daily!  Thank you Neil, and all who contribute, my mornings would not be the same without you guys.  All the hard work is appreciated by more people than you know!

      • Michael

        Reading daily for what has now probably been four or five years that is!

        • paulcatanese

          Wow ,thats a few times Michael.

      • Neil

        Thank you.

  • Neil

    39 games for Castro

  • Neil

    Aramis with #26 … first run of the series for the Cubs

  • Neil

    Soriano with a 3-run homer …

  • Ryan7

    I have been a cub fan all my life. I love the cubs win or lose. But if RYNO became the next manager of the RANK SOX, I don’t know if ill be watching the cubs next year. I can’t bare the thought of ryno in black and white. God please no. Rickettes please bring him back and kick Susie Q out on his @ss

    • studio179

      Sleep easy. I really don’t think that scenario will play out.

  • Neil

    Excellent job by Marshall

  • Neil

    Good job by DeWitt …

    Koyie Hill now 0-for-34 with runners in
    scoring position

    • Tno13

      Yeah but there’s a lot of season left…..

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the Padres 6-2 on Tuesday night.

    Matt Garza: 2R, 5H, 2BB, 8K, 7IP; Alfonso Soriano: 2-for-3, HR, BB, 3RBI; Aramis Ramirez: 1-for-3, HR, BB; Starlin Castro: 2-for-5 (206 Hits)