Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 04/29/12

Game Twenty-Two: Cubs (7-14) vs. Phillies (10-11)
Game Time – 12:35pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183/904
Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Matt Garza (1-1, 3.38/1.05) vs. Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 9.39/2.48)

The Cubs will try to get back in the win column this afternoon behind Matt Garza. The Cubs struggles at Citizens Bank continued Saturday night but a win today would give them a shot to post their first series win at the park that opened back in 2004 (0-7-1 in series at Citizens Bank).

With the short outing from Randy Wells, Dale Sveum will need a long, efficient outing from Matt Garza this afternoon. Michael Bowden helped save the pen but another short outing from a starter would put more strain on a questionable at best bullpen. Lendy Castillo might have to take one for the team if Garza’s road woes continue.

Welington Castillo will make his second straight start this afternoon. Geovany Soto will be available but is not expected to return to the starting lineup before Monday’s finale.

Today all starts with Matt Garza

Matt Garza has started four games for the Cubs this season. Three have been excellent with one clunker and he’s coming off another start in which he has nothing to show for his effort.

In his last start, Garza held the Cardinals to two runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts over seven innings. Garza struggled with his command early before finding a groove and completing seven innings.

Garza admitted after his last outing that he has to step it up on the road. After posting a 6-5 record in 17 starts last year at Wrigley with a 2.46 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP, Garza is 1-0 in three home starts this season with a 1.66 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. The difference between his home and road splits is pretty dramatic. Garza was 4-5 in 14 starts outside of Wrigley a year ago with a 4.56 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP and this season in one start, 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP.

Matt Garza is 1-1 in three regular season starts against the Phillies with a 1.29 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP … at Citizens Bank, 0-1 in one start with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Garza faced the Philly twice last season and was 0-1 with a 1.38 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Phillies Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Hunter Pence – 4-for-10
  • Juan Pierre – 1-for-6
  • Placido Polanco – 2-for-14
  • Jimmy Rollins – 1-for-11 with a walk
  • Carlos Ruiz – 2-for-8 with a walk
  • Jim Thome – 1-for-5 with a home run and four walks
  • Shane Victorino – 1-for-9 with a walk
  • Ty Wigginton – 4-for-19 with a double and a home run

Kyle Kendrick is subbing for the disabled Cliff Lee and is coming off a horrible three inning start in Arizona. Kendrick allowed seven runs on 11 hits with a walk and a strikeout in three innings. Kendrick’s first start of the season did not go as hoped but he should be a lot better today.

Kyle Kendrick was very good last season for the Phillies. Kendrick posted an 8-6 record in 34 games, 15 starts, with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. At home, the 6-foot-3 right hander was 3-5 in 17 games, nine starts, with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

Today marks Kendrick’s second start against the Chicago Cubs. Kendrick has no record in two games, one start, with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Kyle Kendrick

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-2
  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-1
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-1
  • Blake DeWitt – 0-for-1
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-1
  • Ian Stewart – 3-for-10 with a double and a home run

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Campana – CF
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    LaHair – 1B
    Baker – RF
    Stewart – 3B
    Mather – LF
    Castillo – C
    Garza – P

    • Chadaudio

      Well… at least Mather is getting a start?… and Castillo?

  • cubtex

    Murderers Row!

    • Cory

      That’s classic!

    • Dorasaga

       Murderers are true! Mather’s good homer!

  • Chadaudio

    Hey, Tom (or anyone).  I’m taking the family up to see the Tin Caps vs. Peoria Chiefs game tonight (my 5yr old autistic son’s first baseball game).

    Aside from DeVoss (Concepcion doesn’t pitch today)… Anyone else I should keep an eye on?

    Any good strategies when taking a 5yr old and 2 1/2 yr old to a baseball game to keep them occupied/entertained? :)

    • paulcatanese

      Yeah, lot’s of popcorn and cotton candy, and close to the bathrooms, and wear you’re paitience cap. All kidding aside, you will enjoy the day, one to remember, you are a good parent.

      • Chadaudio

        Thanks Paul… I can never seem to find my patience cap when I REALLY need it though.  Does anyone else have that problem?  :)

        • paulcatanese

          I still have that problem with my kids and they are in their 50’s:)

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Chad, Peoria has a good roster. I like Wes Darvill, Oliver Zapata and Taiwan Easterling. Also, Ben Wells is starting.

      Here’s the lineup: DeVoss 4, Darvill 6, Lopez 2, Cuneo 3, Davis DH, Zapata 9, Easterling 8, Zapenas 5, Chen 7, Wells 1

      I hope you have a great time. Sorry, I cannot help with the kids question.

    • Tom U

      Glad you asked, Chadaudio. 

      Centerfielder Pin-Cheih Chen, infielder Wes Darvill, and first baseman Paul Hoilman all have very good potential. Darvill lines up at several positions, so have your scorecard ready. Unfortunately, Yao-Lin Wang was used last night, so you don’t get to see his great breaking ball. But an emerging player out of the pen is Andrew McKirihan.

      I’ve worked with autistic children in the past, but I don’t know what level your son is at. Keying into some of the repetitive nature may be helpful. Have him say the names of the players or sing along with the songs they play on the PA. It may help for the game, but you may continue to hear them for weeks at home.

      • paulcatanese

        Good advice Tom, great that you have had that experience.

        • Tom U

          Thank you Paul, I hope it works.

          • Chadaudio

            Wow.  Thank you everyone for the responses.  I’m truly humbled by your interest in helping me.

            Just so you know, it went fantastic.  We made it through 8 innings (way better then expected)!!

            1) The key to the success seemed to be our seats… we all sat in the outfield lawn section of the park (a grassy embankment above the outfield wall), so my son could just wonder around within our picnic blanket area and not bother anyone too much.

            2) My son was pretty “down” with the funky PA music/at-bat music etc… and yes, that did result in an appearance of him on the scoreboard jumbo-tron.

            3) SUPER kid friendly park (play area, cheap concessions, clean bathrooms, etc.)

            4) My son is pretty high functioning autistic, but get’s agitated by noise and harsh light.  We went to a day game and he wore sunglasses and earplugs (not that abnormal for him)… and he did well until I took him into the concourse area… but that was salvageable :)

            Tom and Neil were right, Peoria’s roster was a lot of fun to watch.  In fact that was the first single “A” game I have ever watched (I’ve seen a lot of AAA) and I was very impressed… I highly recommend it to anyone.  It’s real baseball with wooden bats (obviously) but you are really close to the action of a game played by a bunch of young guys who love what they do.  AAA seems full of disappointment, but A seems full of stories of hope (if that makes sense).

            I could go on and on, but I’m not a good enough writer to make it interesting. Suffice it to say, I was proud to be able to say that my son’s first game was sort of a Cubs game (Peoria Cheifs), and maybe someday the he can make it to the big leagues (watching a game at Wrigley).

            Thanks again for the caring guys.

  • cubtex

    Take a look at what kind of product they are putting on the field today! This is so sad for a Big Market team.

    Tony Campana   $483,000
    Darwin Barney    $500,000
    Starlin Castro      $567,000
    Bryan LaHair       $483,000
    Jeff Baker            $1,375,000
    Ian Stewart          $2,240,000
    Joe Mather          $490,000
    W Castillo            $483,000

    How brutal is this? 

    • Guest

      Would you prefer if those numbers all had 1’s or 2’s in front of them with the same results?

      • cubtex

        What do you think the answer to that question should be? Let me ask you a question…..Do you think this lineup is acceptable with the prices they are charging at the gate and how much the Cubs draw each year?

    • gocubs

       cubtex, are you not aware that the new front office is rebuilding? 

      They are are clearing all payroll on the mlb roster so they can build a team they want from the ground up.  You cant do that overnight.  Its takes at least a few years.  So to start, one of the things that they are doing (and have been upfront about it from the start) is clearing out any expensive short term assets and acquiring very cheap short term assets with upside, and then building long term assets.

      Its easy to see whats happening here, if you look.  These are  extremely bright guys, with tons of foresight, tons of multi-faceted analysis, and a track record of success running the team…this is not the era where the cubs just spend, spend, spend on the mlb team – these guys are doing it the right way.  Give it some time.    

      • cubtex

        Aquiring verery cheap short term assets with upside? Very cheap….correct, but who has this upside you are saying?

    • cubtex

      I did not put this up to get in a debate again about what is right and what is wrong with the way they are rebuilding. If you are OK with this fine! If you are not…..also fine! Looking at the lineup today……this is the 1st thing that came to my mind. I don’t think the Chicago fans deserve this but if you do……more power to you!

      • John_CC

         Give me a break! Of course you don’t want to debate…you’re just pointing it out for all of us dumb little kool-aid peons that aren’t as smart as you are.

        If you don’t want to get into this AGAIN, and if you really are OK with we that accept it, and OK with you that do not…THEN WHAT IS YOUR POINT?

        Do yourself and most of the rest of us a favor, if we’ve already heard in 278 times, don’t say it again, just for the sake of saying it, again.  Please.

        • Dorasaga

           I like your humor, to say the least.

        • cubtex

          Go Thonny!

          • John_CC

             That’s mature.

          • cubtex

            I’m young at heart and wise beyond my years

      • gocubs

        If you are looking at the lineup today and upset about what the Cubs are doing, you clearly are not understanding what is going on.

        Cubs fans like this will be left at the side of the road while The Cubs re-build an entire organization from the ground up.

         

    • paulcatanese

      Not very potent, just have to hope the wind is really blowing out very hard (or in, depends how you look at it), just two guys with any legitimate home run power, actually one, LaHair, and maybe Castro.
      Whats tough is, the Cubs outhit the opposition most of the time, but all singles ?
      I don’t think Jackson will be the saviour of this team, but Jackson and Rizzo combined?Thats a different story, I think they will turn it around in the right direction, at least in the run scoring end of the team.
      Regardless of what people say, Garza needs to be extended and he and the Shark are a good nucleous for the future.
      I dont think they are that far away from a decent team, not drinking cool aid but just from the years of watching these guys.
      I see four guys lasting into next year, Barney(maybe not a starter) Castro, LaHair, and Castillo(maybe Campana as a bench player) if he is not traded. Otherwise a whole new bunch, maybe before the end of the year.
      I will say this about Sveum, like him or not, he is not afraid to do things against the grain, and for what he has, he is not making as many mistakes as I thought he would.
      But right now, today and tommorow it is brutal.

      • cubtex

        The thing that makes me think that they are far away is the starting pitching. Garza and Shark for next year and who else? Where can they get more quality starting pitching. If you are Cole Hammels and you see this lineup today…..are you saying to yourself that this is a team  I want to go to? That is my issue Paul. The everyday lineup can be upgraded much easier than the starting rotation. Volstad is bad, Wells is bad, Maholm is a #5 and will probably and should be traded this year, Dempster should be traded as well….but Maholm and Dempster will not bring back anything significant.

        • Tony_Hall

          The off-season FA market is a little ways off.  

          Do you really think the roster will look the same by the end of the year?  If Rizzo, Castillo, BJAX, etc make it to the starting lineup, it will look a little more attractive to FA’s. 

        • paulcatanese

          Agree, that’s the toughest part of rebuilding, and even if they trade for someone, there’s no gurantee that they will be a success. When they got Garza that was a plus. He turned out well.
          Thats one reason I would not trade him and keep the Shark as well, seems those two are the only ones with upside.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Cole Hamell said yesterday that he’d be glad to become a Cub…..for megamillions. 

          It’s really funny how the big dollars blinds one to a poor lineup card. I guess you can always console yourself with lots of dough.

          • Nathan

            Its Chicago and many free agents would love to play for them no matter what

    • Tony_Hall

      Compare it what they put out previously.

      1 Castro SS league minimum
      2 Barney 2B league minimum
      3 Byrd CF  $5,000,000
      4 ARam 3B $15,000,000
      5 Pena 1B $10,000,000
      6.Fukudome RF $14,000,000
      7 Soriano LF $18,000,000
      8 Soto C $4,000,000

      *approx numbers 

      I would rather watch today’s lineup. Unfortunately, I am heading out to a ball park in about an hour and will only get to watch the first few innings.

      • cubtex

        As I said….more power to you if you like to watch journeyman players who are not mlb starters.

        • Tony_Hall

          Compared to watching a lineup full of overpaid aging vets…I’ll take a lineup with young guys like Campana, Barney, Castro, Lahair and Castillo.  

          Castillo’s throw alone was worth watching, he really does have a nice arm.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Your payroll notations indicate that the more money they make, the less productive they are. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Koyie Hill has been signed by the Reds. Minor League deal, assigned to Double-A 

    • paulcatanese

      Maybe now Hill has found his level of expertise,he obviously likes the game and happy for him that he is still playing.

    • Ripsnorter1

      The guy calls a good game. Can’t hit a lick, though. Won over 60% of all his starts–that’s a good record. 

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Peoria – Ben Wells (1-1, 6.23)
    Daytona – Zach Cates (0-3, 15,12)
    Tennessee – Dae-Eun Rhee (1-1, 5.73)
    Iowa – Jay Jackson (1-2, 6.20)

    Today’s spotlight game: Daytona v. Lakeland
    Matt Szczur, Ronald Torreyes, and Elisier Bonne have all been on a roll offensively. They join FSL leading RBI man Greg Rohan and top ten hitters Rubi Silva and John Andreoli. Zach Cates looks to harness some of his potential.

    Notes:

    Matt Cerda was activated by Tennessee and Rafael Lopez by Peoria off the DL; Eduardo Gonzalez was assigned to EXT.

    For the person who was asking, Iowa LHP Ryan Rowand-Smith was placed on the DL.

    And for all his fans, C Koyie Hill was assigned to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the Southern League by Cincinnati.

    • Dorasaga

      Koyie Hill is a MUST for all Chicagoan comedians.

  • paulcatanese

    One addendum that helps me. I used to fast forward the tape only when the other team was batting or when Pena was up, now I just fast forward when the Cubs come to bat:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent throw by Castillo to nail Pierre

    • paulcatanese

      Didn’t call a bad game either, I don’t think Garza or Dolis shook him off one time.
      And he tried to get Marmol going in the right direction, hopeless.

  • Tony_Hall

    Nice throw Castillo!  

  • Tom U

    Submitted for your approval, the pluses and minuses of Welington Castillo.

  • Tony_Hall

    Lahair drives the ball to left center as easily as anyone.

    • cubtex

      As easily as anyone? I hope he continues to have a high Babip so they can get something for him.

      • Tony_Hall

        It sure look effortless when he goes to left center, which is what you want your left-handed power hitter thinking.  Just wait until summer at Wrigley, and the ball starts flying better.

        Most of his balls in play are hit pretty hard, it will stay high, but not as high as it is now.

        He is the type of player you do sell high on.

        • cubtex

          Hopefully Rizzo will be playing then and they can deal LaHair for a decent prospect. LaHair’s K rate and unusually high babip will catch up to him. He is a terrible baserunner and a terrible 1st baseman. He doesn’t run well enough to play Of. I love the fact he is hitting great this early and hopefully they move him sooner than later.

          • Tony_Hall

            I think Rizzo will be up soon. I don’t see them waiting until Super 2 passes as that will likely be September.   

          • Dorasaga

            FYI: I thought the same thing of former “Florida” Marlins LF, the Rookie of the Year, C. Coghlan someday July, 2009. He had a hot run of two months towards the very last day of the season. He only fell off the chart as the league figured him out next year, then never good again.

            I won’t mind watching Lahair for another two months.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    For those that have been asking, Darwin Barney is the Cubs’ third catcher.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Why risk it?

      Marmol can catch.Can’t pitch much these days.

      • Tom U

        Randy Wells is also a former catcher.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Ain’t that the truth. And he’ll be a former pitcher if he doesn’t get his act together. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    Campana has provided more offensive spark than Byrd did in a year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Joe Mather with a dinger … first homer by a Cubs’ outfielder this season.

    • Dorasaga

       A dinger is good.

  • EqDoc

    I know there is a lot of naysayers here but this team is more competative and much more fun to watch than last years team…  even if the record doesn’t improve.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Whoever flagged this comment should really find somewhere else to post. When comments are flagged it takes me time to figure out what was said.

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion just because it is something positive that you might not agree with does not warrant it to be flagged.

      Eq … thank you for the comment.

      • SomeGuy27

        C’mon Neil! Don’t you know the interwebs is the place to anonymously come to whine, moan, second guess, armchair quarterback, and always be right without ever having to say sorry.

        Death to all those rose colored glasses wearing optimists! Death I say!

  • cubtex

    Garza!

    • Carmelo

      Does anybody want to say that Hendry made a great trade in getting Garza?

      • John_CC

         I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I have always like the trade.

        But if you trying to pick a fight, why do that?

        • cubtex

          Wow. Now you don’t even tell the truth. I looked back on the archives and if you say that being “on the fence” about the trade is liking it…you need to do a vocabulary check….. but I guess that is about as close as you ever have been to adding anything of substance on here.

          • John_CC

             Thanks for checking up on me…I’d love to see what you found out. I have stated so many times that I think the Garza trade was a good deal. Maybe you found one post somewhere that wasn’t emphatic. Good for you. I don’t like being called a liar, get a life man, I am done with you.

  • Tom U

    Today’s Iowa game officially postponed.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Did ya’ll see Pujols 0 for 4. Again. He’s had a great month. And the Angels lost. Again. The organization is in total disarray. Bullpen stinks. Can’t score a run. It’s a lost season, and we are still in April.

    There is more than one way to blow a season. 

  • Dorasaga

    Looks like Marmol needs some “spring training” inning: Facing lesser batters with a 5-run lead.

    Or perhaps Sveum needs to see how Welington deals with his closer.

    The Cubs will win. The future is here. I’m happy.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Time to get someone up …

    • Dorasaga

       Yeah. Walked the bases loaded. Now’s time…

      • Dorasaga

         At least he got the job done… Cubs win!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Jed Lowrie has moved into the #3 hole in the Astros lineup. He smacked a tater today and drove in 3.

    WOW! He’s not known as an offensive force, either.

    • John_CC

       He’s just 28 and actually showed some pop in 2010 in limited playing time.  Given a chance and with little to no pressure at all, he may be productive.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat Phillies 5-1 Sunday afternoon

    Matt Garza: 0R,1H,1BB,10K in 7IP; Tony Campana: 2-for-4, 2 R, SB; Starlin Castro: 0-for-3, 2 RBI; Bryan LaHair: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2R; Joe Mather: 1-for-3, HR, BB

    • John_CC

       What a great line for Garza, and LaHair too.  Campana — the lil squirt has really grown on me. I admit that I have never been very high on him as a one dimensional player, but his one dimension is so superior that it can not be ignored.  The other day Brenly or Len, don’t remember, noted that even Halladay looked like he was preoccupied when Campana was on 1B.  If he keeps getting on base…well, it’ll be interesting.

  • RICK

    No comparison Campana VS Byrd. Next Marmol, Then Soriano.

    • Dorasaga

      With whom can Marmol be replaced? The previous regime left no closers but Marmol to boot. Of course, everything comes with the right price. This is the kind of year when the management needs patience and watches the market unfolds itself. There will be a contending team that might just be in the same hole as the Cubs, and eagerly trades major talent for an established closer.

      • John_CC

         So right.  It would be a complete waste to deal Marmol right now.  Sane men make dumb trades in August when they are close…

      • cubtex

        Now now Dorasaga. How quickly one forgets about Andrew Cashner.

        • Dorasaga

          He walked 8 and gave up 2 homers in 11.2 IP. What do you want of him? He might have a bright future, but he yet needs to prove so. Dolis was his replacement, and just a hair better (at least he got enough stuff to not give up the longballs). We might all forget about Cashner when Rizzo is up and hits.

          • cubtex

            I was just correcting you in your statement that the previous regime didn’t leave any other options at closer besides Marmol. Not a true statement. I am fine with the Rizzo deal. I have said that I hated to give up Cashner with the lack of arms in our system…but you have to give up something to get something. I am a Rizzo fan.

  • Agustinrexach

    Cubs win, Garza is exciting to watch!

    • Agustinrexach

      so is marmol

  • paulcatanese

    Garza was great, and a good team effort. Easy game when things go the way they should.

    • cubtex

      Garza is very very good and the Phils lineup without Howard, Utley is very very average so it was a good matchup today.

      • paulcatanese

        Very true, matter of fact if they don’t get those two back they will not even come close to post season.
        I was thinking of that very same thing while watching the game.
        Even though average, Marmol made a game of it for them, I just knew the tying run would come to the plate.
        Marmol almost threw one pitch so far outside I thought it would make the third base dugout.

      • Dorasaga

        The same could be said of ANY team. “The Redsox without Crawford, Youkilis not up par his career self is very very mundane… The Tigers without Brandon Inge… The Cards without Pujols… The Crew without Fielder… The Friars without AGon…”

        How teams deal with the consequence of big bats or veteran know-alls not there anymore? What internal options, trades, and free agent pickups they tried to fill holes? Can’t we use some positive thinking here and make the best out of playing MORE pieces? We need some big picture here.

        • cubtex

          Juan Pierre in left a rookie at 2nd and no Ryan Howard. This team is in trouble. Just pointing out the obvious. They have had alot of trouble scoring runs this year. Is that not a true statement?

          • John_CC

             Thanks AGAIN Capt. Obvious!

          • cubtex

            That’s General Obvious to you! Private Thonny!

          • Dorasaga

             The Phils couldn’t score runs since later last season because they got injured veterans. It’s not obvious, but with age, sportsman risks himself to slower recovery and lesser reactions, all constitute to injuries. The body just can’t follow…

            That’s why I like what the team is doing. The young men play. Why complain?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Edgar Gonzalez at Triple-A Iowa is released. Cubs spokesperson said he will pursue playing opportunities in Asia.