Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Braves – 05/08/12

Game Thirty: Cubs (12-17) vs. Braves (18-12)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (0-1, 0.95/0.81) vs. Randall Delgado (2-3, 5.14/1.46)

Can the Cubs make it three in a row tonight behind Ryan Dempster? After the walk-off win in Sunday’s finale against the Dodgers and the victory in game one Monday night, Dale Sveum’s team has a chance to do something they have not done all season … win a game for a third straight day.

The Cubs have played better ball of late and are 3-1 on the homestand. Plus they are hitting the ball out of the park. After managing to hit a Major League low nine homers in April, the Cubs have hit nine longballs in the last seven games.

Alfonso Soriano is expected to be back in the starting lineup after receiving a night off. Could Adrian Cardenas get his first start after making his big league debut Monday night?

As for the backend of the pen, Rafael Dolis will be available tonight but the Cubs’ lone lefty in the pen will likely get the night off. After throwing two innings Sunday, James Russell finished up Monday’s game with a 20-pitch ninth inning.

Tonight it all starts with Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster is the best 0-1 pitcher in the big leagues, just further proof that pitcher’s win-loss record is the worst stat to gauge a pitcher’s effectiveness. Dempster returned from the DL in his last start and tossed eight innings of shutout ball on his birthday. Dempster surrendered just three hits, walked one and struck out six and left with a 3-0 lead. Dempster has been good this season but his last outing was arguably his best since the 2008 campaign.

Ryan Dempster has allowed three earned runs in his four starts on 14 hits with nine walks and 29 strikeouts. Dempster has maintained that all-important 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio … which is imperative for him to be successful. Dempster has kept his team in all of his starts but not only is Dempster winless but the Cubs are 0-4 in his starts.

Tonight will be the 19th time in his career that Ryan Dempster has started a game against the Braves. Dempster is 2-12 in 29 games, 18 starts, with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP … last season, 0-1 in one start with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Braves Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Michael Bourn – 10-for-29 with two doubles and five walks
  • Matt Diaz – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Juan Francisco – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Freddie Freeman – 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk
  • Jason Heyward – 1-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Eric Hinske – 0-for-4
  • Chipper Jones – 12-for-46 with three doubles, a home run and seven walks
  • Brian McCann – 0-for-12 with four walks
  • Martin Prado – 2-for-9 with a walk
  • David Ross – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Dan Uggla – 2-for-13 with a home run and a walk
  • Jack Wilson – 8-for-31 with three doubles and a walk

The Cubs will get their first look tonight at the 22-year old right hander Randall Delgado. After making his big league debut last season (1-1 in seven starts with a 2.83 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP), Delgado broke camp with the team and is coming off his best start of the season.

After his shortest start of the year against the Pirates (four runs on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings), Delgado held the Phillies to two runs on six hits without a walk and five strikeouts in eight innings. Delgado took the loss because Joe Blanton pitched a complete game shutout.

No one on the Cubs roster has faced Randall Delgado … and they must make him work early to see what the ‘kid‘ has.

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  • BosephHeyden

    The Cubs are performing a heck of a lot better than I expected them to and, what’s more, Sveum having the sense to put Marmol as the closer on indefinite hiatus seems like it’s a move that should win more games.

    So long as Marmol is nowhere near this game, Dempster should pick up the W.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • Guest

      lets hope for a good debut. I wondered if maybe we’d see Castillo in the lineup tonight against a younger pitcher as well.   

  • Christian2334

    As I said, I want to post as much as I can! Lol. I think tonight’s game could go one of two ways. Either dempster continues to pitch lights out and the offense takes the young Delgado out of the game early bc of e way they have been performing as of late. Or the guys that have had success against dempst like Bourne, chipper, and a hot freeman light it up.

    Lahair has been hot lately as well as soto. And for some reason I believe soriano is going to get it going soon enough. Having a young pitcher you have never seen before can create lots of problems for a surging offense, but with the way we have been playing as of late and dejesus and campana getting on base I believe the success is going to continue! I have always said that I’m a very optimistic cubs fan but a realistic one 1st. At the beginning of the season I believed there was no way this team to contend nor compete except for 4th or 5th in the division, but at the same time I wouldn’t had been surprised if they shocked us all either!

    • Christian2334

      To continue, with garza and dempster as our 1/2 and the shark hopefully honing his skills and becoming the SP we all hoped he could be, and a solid lefty in Maholom, I thought our pitching was going to above average. Of course he biggest question marks were if his offense could even score and our bullpen. Russel and dolis have been great surprises and thankfully Lahairs AAA success has carried over to the majors. I believe our D has upgraded with the exception of Barney and sori(even though fonsi’s D looks much better this season).

      I’m trying not to drink too much koolaid but they are winning as a team and learning to grow as one as well and much more fun to watch then years past! Anyway, I’m off tonight so ill definitely be posting throughout the game!

      • Dorasaga

         That’s a good point, they are ” learning to grow as one team.”

        This is an interesting team, because without a powerful superstar, whether in the lineup or on the mound, the Cubs need the team to perform and carry each other on his shoulder to win the long season. The same goes with all call-ups and prospects, young or veteran.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Soriano has done well in his career against the Braves. It would be nice to see him get a hold of one tonight.

  • Cloycub13

    When the Cubs face pitchers they have never faced it usually ends up bad, that combined with Demp’s career record against Atl, it may not be great… BUUUUUUUUT that’s why they play the games, let’s buck some trends.
    Go Cubs!

    • paulcatanese

      One thing that may be in the Cubs favor is, they have six young players in the lineup.(or at least six that are different),
      Soriono, Soto and Dempster are the only real holdovers from the pitchers that the Cubs have rolled over for.
      And the old saying goes, the kids may not know they are supposed to lose against these kinds of pitchers.
      We can hope.

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Peoria – Jose Rosario (1-3, 5.52)
    Daytona – Matt Loosen (0-1, 7.88)
    Tennessee – Trey McNutt (0-2, 1.56)
    Iowa – TBA, Chris Rusin (2-2, 3.74) projected

    Tonight’s spotlight game: Tennessee v. Birmingham
    The Smokies continue their series with the cross-town rival (the Barons are the Double-A team of the White Sox). Trey McNutt looks for his first win, or to pitch long enough to qualify for a win. McNutt must try to keep his pitch count down in order to see more innings. The Tennessee offense seems to have more energy since the arrivals of Matt Cerda, Luis Flores, and Junior Lake.

    • cubtex

      I am with you Tom! Let’s hope McNutt steps it up tonight.

      • Tom U

        McNutt 17 pitches in the first inning.

      • Dorasaga

         So true!

    • cubs1967

      what’s the scoop on McNutt’s blisters…….done and over with?

      and tonite may the Cardenas era begin!!……….holy Jose Cardenal!!!

      • Tom U

        No word at this point. Maybe he needs the Moises Alou treatment (just don’t shake hands with him).

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Aaron, more from last night. Thought you might find this interesting. From Levine’ chat today

    “I think the Cubs coaching staff prepares their team as well as any in
    baseball. I’m tremendously impressed Sveum and his coaches and how they
    transfer information to their players and teach at this level. Also, the
    information that the front office provides to the coaching staff and
    players on a daily basis is impressive. After each game there is a
    printout waiting for each player on the next day’s pitcher and potential
    starting lineup that the Cubs players can get a head start on before
    they come to the park.”

    • cc002600

       I feel the same way.
      I think this is the best coaching staff the cubs have had in a long time.

      • Dorasaga

        Isn’t it hard to believe that the Cubs had the smallest front office in baseball? J.Hendry probably needed to reach for the printer himself.

        • Tony_Hall

          You are assuming he even had computers…

          • Dorasaga

             I’m assuming the only printer in that office of mammoths was in the basement with the stat-guy whom Tom Ricketts hired just recently.
            :-)

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Right next to the red stapler …

    • paulcatanese

      Impressive, Neil.

  • Agustinrexach

    Hola CCO!

    • Tom U

      Buenos Noches Agustin! Tienes preguntas?

      • Agustinrexach

        Si, Crees que Cardenas es superior a Barney? Nice spanish bro!

        • Tom U

          Yo hablo un poquito espanol. Cardenas may be a little better hitter, but Barney is better defensively.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very good tag by Castro on the strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That’s 26 for LaHair

  • Dorasaga

    “Wow” to the shift. Good job, Swammy and scouts!

    • Dorasaga

       *on the liner from Chipper directly into Castro’s glove…

  • The Maven

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    • paulcatanese

      Thank you, I will go there.

    • paulcatanese

      I did sign up, getting four posters for the bedroom, no cheesburgers just the real thing.

  • Dorasaga

    I don’t like that at-bat against Uggla. Seemed like Dempster could find no way to get him out, so threw for contact…

    • Dorasaga

       Good jump by ol’Fonzi, saved a big run…

    • cubtex

      Dempster has had a lot of atheeeeeem balls hit by braves tonight. He’s been fortunate

      • Tony_Hall

        Add 1 more rightbackathim balls…Nice reflexes for the old man…

        • paulcatanese

          No class tho, he’s supposed to charge those.

  • Christian2334

    Nice catch by soriano!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with a nice running catch in left center … saved a run or two.

  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    Soriano is playing very well on defense this year. I am shocked.

    • Dorasaga

       Just as shocked was a good at-bat by Soriano who earned a free pass.

  • Dorasaga

    I guess can’t blame Soto on this K. Delgado got too wicked on his curve. I hope Dempster pitch more efficient the next outing, or some blowout might incur…

    • Dorasaga

      It took 30 seconds between this post and Heyward’s triple… I need to shut-up this inning…

  • cubtex

    Wow! Josh Hamilton just hit his 4th homer in the game tonight! He is on fire!

    • cubtex

      In his last 6 AB’s he has 5 HR’s and a double

      • John G

        What’s he been drinking?

        Oh Wait!!!

    • Tony_Hall

      That is an amazing night.

      Dorasaga – so much for thoughts on beating the great Polar Bear :)

      • Dorasaga

        I was also watching the Nats-Buc game. Two blown saves by both sides’ closers, thanks to two-run homers from their respective teammates.

        Yes, you need to stop The Master, before the Underworld falls apart!

    • paulcatanese

      thats a season for a lot of guys.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano delivered … game tying double

  • Dorasaga

    Whichever side wins today, Soriano should be the Player of the Game.

  • GaryLeeT

    Disappointed with Castro swinging at the first pitch, and not allowing Campana to straight steal. But all’s well that ends well.

    • John_CC

       Brenly didn’t like it either…at all.

  • cubtex

    Nice outing by Dempster. Now lets get a run!

  • Texcubnut

    Look out Rip, here comes your boy, Kerry Wood!

    • Stevegu1985

      Typical Wood, load the bases give up at least one run or two and then get the final two outs on two pitches. Make me eat crow Wood, but I don’t think we leave this inning without a run scored.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I was at church…prayer meeting. And I come home to this! LOL

      Kerry is not as good as Shawn Camp at this point. 

  • Tom U

    Rizzo with a three-run bomb in the first.

    • cubtex

      He wants to join Cardenas :)

      • GaryLeeT

         But in a more impressive way, I hope.

  • cubtex

    Too far away for a flip! They need to turn that!

    • cubtex

      Wood wasn’t sharp….but if they turn that double play(which with Freddie Freeman running they should have) Wood could have gotten out of that inning

    • paulcatanese

      That whole inning was a bust. Didn’t see the attempt, when Wood was doing what he was I just fast forwarded knowing the Cubs were going to be behind, the only thing I didn’t know was by how much.

      • cubtex

        The grounder was almost halfway between 2nd and 1st and Cardenas flipped it….instead of a pivot throw. It cost them the double play.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I was thinking 30 feet but 45 is probably closer. It was a very bad play.

          • cubtex

            I replayed it to see it again……way too far away for a flip.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I am agreeing with you.

          • cubtex

            I know. I just added that because it looked like he was closer when I saw it live as well. I agree with you too :)

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            If he keeps making plays like that and is not working the count, he’s going to be on the bus back to Iowa soon.

        • paulcatanese

          Got it, thanks. Wasn’t that the down side of Cardenas, his glove? I know he got a ground ball and didn’t look all that smooth, too deliberate.

  • Dorasaga

    Woody, woody, weenie… that was a fastball that did nothing…

  • RynoTiger

    hmm….so umm..perhaps Woody should have went to Iowa to pitch some after that DL stint or some Cubs legend needs to have a heart to heart with him and help him look into a reality mirror…

  • John G

    I love Kerry Wood for everything he’s done in the past. But there comes a time when the past needs to be just that, the past. Kerry needs to exit gracefully. He just doesn’t have it any more.

    • John G

      Maybe we can just bring him in for pickoff throws to second.

    • Stevegu1985

       I absolutely agree. I love the guy for everything he has done, but if he loves this team as much as he says he does he needs to walk away and realize he is hurting the team a lot more than he is helping it.

  • Mark

    Kerry Wood sucks!  He’s done, will the damn Cubs PLEASE  relaese him stop signing him every year!  GOD!

  • Baron_S

    Kerry Woods Fastball has no movement anymore, and he still can’t command it ….. its almost over for him!

  • John_CC

    Well that sucks.

    He really didn’t look that bad. A lot of close pitches. Freddie Freeman doesn’t swing at anything, that kid has an eye. Then the DP to the rook…damn

    • Dorasaga

       I don’t know. Freeman was a free swinger… But again, Woody still hurls a 94 mile fastball. It’s how he locates it that troubles himself… Why’s Dejesus not getting the dead ball call?

      • Dorasaga

        It was on the sleeve…

  • John G

    I think Kerry Wood is just as disgusted as we all are. He threw his glove and his hat into the stands as he walked off the field.

  • Zonk

    Is it possible to win the Cy Young award without winning a game?  Because Dempster is on that pace.   Crazy.

  • GaryLeeT

    I was getting ready to rip on Woods along with everybody else, until I saw him throw his glove into the stands at the end of the inning. At least he still cares.

    • John G

      At least he didn’t destroy the Gatorade Cooler.

    • Dorasaga

      But if Zambrano threw that glove, I bet Cubs fans will mock him.

  • Dorasaga

    Oh, no, Castro limps after he tried to break up the double play…

  • cubtex

    Campana step on the the blue part of the base :) ….oh wait

    • Tony_Hall

      I know, I know, it seems silly, that major league players have to have basics stressed so much, but that is the state of sports now, where the most talented players don’t always learn the basics and the little things on their fast track to the show.

      For my son’s 14u team, we stress lots of little things, like which foot, which hand, which part of the base,etc.  We finished practice up tonight with a basic base running drill with the last rep being a double out of the box, to watch how many hit the inside front corner of the base with the right foot, if we didn’t say anything about what we were watching.  10 of 11 did it right, and the 11th was right foot, left side of base but more middle instead of front left corner…and we didn’t even paint part of the base blue.  

      I have to believe that major league players should be able to handle this, yet Campana not only missed the corner, he missed the whole base by a half step.

      • Dorasaga

        Make sure you buy a Cubs scout dinner, and fend off a Card scout to observe your drill, because those red birds did a historically good job in Midwest. They might steal a talent or trick and two from you.
        ;-)

      • paulcatanese

        Thats why he’s so fast:)

  • cubtex

    If you are down to the Braves after 7………it is over with Venters and Kimbrel! They’re nasty

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 3-1 to Braves Tuesday night

    Ryan Dempster: 1R, 6H, 1BB, 7K in 7IP; Alfonso Soriano: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB; Starlin Castro: 1-for-4; David DeJesus: 2-for-3, 2B, BB

    Kerry Wood took the loss after a horrible eighth inning.

  • John G

    Another fine outing by Dempster goes for naught. We need more consistency at the plate and from the pen.

  • cc002600

    how about Dempster ?  Jeez, he should have about 5 wins right now.
    boy o boy

    • John G

      Dempster has lost his last 14 starts. The Cubs  scored 3 runs or less in 13 of those games and 1 run or less in 9 of those games. The poor guy is snake bitten. He would be an ace on any team with a half way decent offense.

  • paulcatanese

    What a let down after last night and tying the game up tonight, and just another waste of starting pitching.
    With Marshall gone and Marmol and Wood in the bullpen I just don’t know what can be done. No matter what the lead is for the Cubs its not safe once they get to the bullpen.
    Dolis,Camp and Russell, a team cannot win with three relief pitchers.

    • BosephHeyden

       Lendy Castillo has shown he can be good…it’s just a matter of they only seem to play him when there’s nothing on the line (which is understandable, since he’s a young pitcher that needs a bit of experience before you can rely on him).

      But yeah:  when you’re best three relievers has Shawn Camp included, you have problems.

      • paulcatanese

        Agree with you, I don’t know how it could be worse.

  • notcubbiewubbie

    hope this isnt the beginning of the end for woody . wasnt very good last year and this year same problem cant throw strikes.

    • BosephHeyden

       It needs to just be the end of Kerry Wood.  This game solidifies what every outing he’s had this year has previously stated:  he doesn’t have it anymore.  Not even a little.  He has zero control over most of his pitches, and when he does throw strikes, they’ve the very definition of “hittable”.

      At this point in time, he’s a liability.  It sucks that the Cubs overused him when he was a starter to the point where he could only be a reliever, but this is where it was all headed.  He needs to hang it up, take on a non-player role with the team, and leave it at that.

      • paulcatanese

        Again, I agree, he should do the gracious thing and retire now, and as you suggest take on the non-player role.
        Unfortunatly there are so many players that carry their career beyond production because of pride it ends up badly for them.
        While he still has respect for himself and for the team it should happen now, not later, it could only get worse.
        I would hate to see him booed but it may happen, end it now.