Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 05/02/12

Game Twenty-Four: Cubs (8-15) vs. Reds (11-11)
Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/903
Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 4.13/1.42) vs. Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 2.70/1.09)

Weather permitting … The Cubs and Reds look to open their now two-game series with the same scheduled pitching match-up as the opener. Jeff Samardzija will face Bronson Arroyo tonight with Ryan Dempster taking on Homer Bailey in the finale on Thursday afternoon. Paul Maholm has been moved to the opener against Matt Kemp and the Dodgers on Friday afternoon at Wrigley.

Not only did Jeff Samardzija get an extra day off when the Cubs pushed him back a day from the final game in Philly, but with Tuesday’s postponement Samardzija received two full days.

With Bronson Arroyo on the hill, Dale Sveum should run out the same starting lineup as he had Tuesday before the rain washed out the opener. Sveum loaded his starting nine with as many lefties as he could … David DeJesus (RF), Tony Campana (CF), Starlin Castro (SS), Bryan LaHair (1B), Alfonso Soriano (LF), Ian Stewart (3B), Blake DeWitt (2B), Geovany Soto (C) and Jeff Samardzija (P).

Randy Wells threw his bullpen Monday in Philly and will be available to pitch out of the bullpen tonight.

The second month of the baseball season begins today for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs were just 8-15 in April but have played better ball of late. After a 1-5 stretch, the Cubs won four of seven to close out the month.

Tonight it all begins with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija more than bounced back from his horrible outing in Miami when he faced the Cardinals last Tuesday. Samardzija tossed 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball and allowed just four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Samardzija quieted doubts, at least for one start, that his first outing was what could be expected … not a one-start wonder.

With Tuesday’s postponement, Jeff Samardzija will pitch for the first time in eight days.

Samardzija’s two good outings have come at Wrigley (1-0 with a 0.59 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP) and his two bad starts have come on the road (1-1 with a 10.38 ERA and a 2.77 WHIP) … maybe he can find better than a middle ground tonight.

Jeff Samardzija missed the Reds when they were at Wrigley (April 20 – April 23) and will make his first career start against the Redlegs tonight. In 14 games, all in relief, Samardzija has no record with a 5.65 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP versus Cincinnati … at Great American a 10.80 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP (seven runs, six earned, on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts in five innings) in six appearances.

Reds Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Jay Bruce – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk
  • Miguel Cairo – 0-for-1
  • Todd Frazier – 0-for-2
  • Ryan Hanigan – 1-for-2
  • Chris Heisey – 1-for-2
  • Ryan Ludwick – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Brandon Phillips – 1-for-7
  • Scott Rolen – 0-for-1
  • Drew Stubbs – 0-for-2
  • Wilson Valdez – 0-for-1
  • Joey Votto – 1-for-9 with a walk

The Cubs will get their first look of the season at Bronson Arroyo tonight. Arroyo is off to a very good start to the season after a rough first outing. Miami scored five runs, four earned, on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings off Arroyo on April 8 but after a bad first outing, Arroyo has allowed a total of four earned runs in his last three starts.

After tossing 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball against the Nationals on April 13, Arroyo gave up three runs on five hits in eight innings to the Cardinals and picked up his first win of the season. Arroyo received a no decision in his last start, a Reds 4-2 win over the Giants, after allowing two runs, one earned, on nine hits with a walk and two strikeouts in five innings.

Bronson Arroyo has two no decisions in his first two home starts of the year (3.97 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP).

The Cubs have seemingly done nothing against Bronson Arroyo since Theo Epstein traded him to Cincinnati prior to the 2006 season. Arroyo owns a 9-8 record in 25 career games, 23 starts, against the Cubs with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP … last season, 0-1 in three starts with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP after posting a 2-1 record in three starts in 2010 with a 1.35 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.

The Cubs must make him work tonight … early swings and misses will led to another loss to the Reds.

Cubs Career Numbers against Bronson Arroyo

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-1
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-7
  • Tony Campana – 2-for-6
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-11 with a home run
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-8 with two walks
  • Blake DeWitt – 9-for-25 with a double and two home runs
  • Reed Johnson – 3-for-16
  • Alfonso Soriano – 8-for-42 with five doubles, a home run and two walks
  • Geovany Soto – 2-for-14 with four walks
  • Ian Stewart – 2-for-5 with a home run and a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus – RF
    Campana – CF
    Castro – SS
    LaHair – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Stewart – 3B
    DeWitt – 2B
    Soto – C
    Samardzija – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    ‏Cubs named 1B Anthony Rizzo and RHP Frank Batista of Iowa Cubs as minor league player and pitcher of the month of April, respectively

    • Nathan

      Hopefully both are in Wrigley soon

  • paulcatanese

    Would have been nice if Clevenger were in the lineup.(six lefties).
    I understand DeWitt again with his success against Arroyo over Barney, and again his glove is the equalizer and could cost the Cubs.
    I like Barney in over DeWitt, and Mather over Stewart and Castillo over Soto, but will enjoy the game anyway.

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Former Cub Mark Prior has signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox , I hope he stay healthy he was a good pitcher for the Cubs

    • paulcatanese

      And Brenly or Casper said Prior is only 31yrs old?

      • Kojak Osborne Jr.

         Yes he is he never recovered from that Dusty Baker overuse him in the playoffs he mess up Wood and Prior arm

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

     Soto you got to make that catch

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    quick inning for the Shark

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    LaHair with a home run!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    LaHair with #6!

  • cubtex

    Matt Gamel is hurt and could be out for the year. Attention Doug Melvin…….Bryan LaHair is hot! Make an offer.

    • Vivid_Reality

       Even if you were serious, Brewers system is pretty barren right now.

      • cubtex

        They’ve got a couple of good 2nd baseman stuck behind Weeks and some starting pitching.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Agreed, do not want to trade with the Brewers.

        • cubtex

          I’m just curious on why you would say that. I would trade him to whoever gives you the best return regardless if they are in the same division or not. They traded Marshall in the division so I do not think that is an issue.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Has nothing to do with trading within the division. I do not care for the Brewers’ system.

          • cubtex

            OK. Fair enough

          • cubtex

            Now if they were willing to part with ex Longhorn Taylor Jungman for LaHair :)

    • http://twitter.com/Golfnut70Bob OttawaBob

      Don’t quite understand why you want to move LaHair, he hits the ball!  What will he be like defensively in LF, who knows? He wouldn’t be the first power hitting leftfielder with poor defensive skills.. I’ve seen Ryan Braun look like a butcher a time or two.  All LaHair has to do is catch whats hit to him, I think he’s good enough to do that.

      • cubtex

        Because I don’t think he is a long term option as an outfielder. He can’t run now and will only get slower as he ages. They are invested in Rizzo. They should trade him while he is playing well. Why wait till he starts to decline to move him? Sell high

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ian Stewart with his 2nd HR of the season …

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

     omg Stewart hit a home run

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Stewart

  • matthew8510

    why are they putting jackson in rf are they training him there for when they trade dejesus

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      BJax and Sappelt just flipped positions in the third. Jackson now in center, Sappelt in right.

      • matthew8510

        what are they just trying him out has he ever played in rf before

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Tonight was Jackson’s fifth game of the year in right. He played there a lot in the spring. He has the arm to play the position.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent double play (DeWitt, Castro, LaHair) to end the fifth

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    That was an excellent double turn just now by DeWitt

  • cubtex

    Not textbook by DeWitt…..but a hell of a doubleplay!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soto with his second RBI of the season. Yes, second.

  • cubtex

    That a boy Soto!

  • cubtex

    61 pitches thru 6 innings for Shark! Awesome!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another poor decision by Castro on the bases

    • Jim_Tinley_Park

      Sveum probably sent him.

  • cubtex

    Great 3-2 pitch to Rolen

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    Finally getting to tune in tonight.  Jeff looks like he had a heck of a game.  Hope the bullpen can nail this down for him.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tremendous outing for Samardzija

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    oh great that horrible bullpen have to come in the game ughhhhhhhhhhh

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Keep Dolis in please no hitmol tonight

  • John_CC

    Fasten your seat belts…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    The bullpen and Marmol looked pretty good tonight.  Wave the W!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat Reds 3-1 Wednesday night

    Jeff Samardzija: 1R, 3H, 2BB, 7K in 7.2IP;
    Bryan LaHair: 1-for-4, HR; Stewart: 1-for-4, HR; Alfonso Soriano: 2-for-4, R; Geovany Soto:
    2-for-3, RBI, BB; Starlin Castro: 2-for-4, 2B
     

  • Agustinrexach

    Samarzjy day is quickly becoming my favorite day. Once again WOW, never thought he could even come close to be a serious pitcher. Very happy for him and the Cubs