Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 05/19/12

Game Forty: Cubs (15-24) vs. White Sox (19-21)
Game Time – 6:15pm CDT
Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (0-1, 1.74/0.97) vs. John Danks (2-4, 6.46/1.61)

Updated 1:54pm CDTRandy Wells Recalled from Triple-A Iowa

Updated 5:47pm CDT – Geovany Soto Placed on 15-Day DL

Dale Sveum will turn to Ryan Dempster to end the Cubs’ four-game losing streak. The Cubs enter play tonight a season-high nine games under .500 in need of a win. With the retirement of Kerry Wood, Ryan Dempster is leader in the clubhouse and he needs to lead them to a victory tonight.

The Cubs acquired Koyie Hill from the Reds on Saturday morning for cash considerations. With all of the drama at Wrigley on Friday, no one asked why Welington Castillo was removed in the ninth inning for Blake Lalli. It appears Castillo will miss several days (reports suggest 4-7 days) after an MRI revealed a mild MCL sprain in his right knee. Hill is in the starting lineup and hitting eighth.

The Cubs play a rare Saturday night game at Wrigley. Tonight is the first scheduled Satruday night game at Wrigley since 1998. The Cubs have played two Saturday night games at the old ballyard since but both were makeups as parts of doubleheaders in 2002 and 2011.

This is the first of three straight Saturday night games for the Cubs on FOX Saturday Baseball.

It is game two of round one of the City Series, what does today have in store for the Cubs and White Sox?

Tonight it all starts with Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster finally received run support in his last start but he was not able to hold the lead and left after giving up four runs on nine hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six innings to the Cardinals. Dempster received another no decision after allowing a season-high in runs and hits. The Cubs won the game, the first time they posted a victory in a game started by Dempster this season.

Even with the less than quality start against the Cardinals, Ryan Dempster has allowed five earned runs on 18 hits in his last three starts (21 innings) with three walks and 18 strikeouts (2.14 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP).

For as good as Dempster has been this year at Wrigley he has been just a little better. In three home starts, Dempster is 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.

Ryan Dempster is 2-4 in 13 career games, six starts, against the White Sox with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP … Dempster missed the Sox last season and one his only start against the Southsiders in 2010.

White Sox Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Gordon Beckham – 2-for-11 with a walk
  • John Danks – 0-for-1
  • Alejandro De Aza – 0-for-1
  • Adam Dunn – 5-for-17 with a double, two home runs and 10 walks
  • Paul Konerko – 2-for-12 with a home run
  • A.J. Pierzynski – 7-for-22 with a home run and two walks
  • Alexei Ramirez – 6-for-14 with a home run
  • Alex Rios – 2-for-3

John Danks is having a bad season but he is facing the Cubs tonight and will bring his A-game. After his best outing of the season against Cleveland on May 8 in which he allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and a strikeout in seven innings, the Tigers pounded Danks in his last start.

Detroit scored five runs on nine hits in three innings. Danks’ command problems continued as he walked three more and for the first time this season Danks did not strikeout a single batter.

The Cubs must be patient against Danks tonight and not allow him to get comfortable. Danks has dominated the Cubs in his career and loves to stick it to the team that resides on the North Side of Chicago.

John Danks makes his fifth career start against the Cubs tonight. In the first four he is 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 1-0 in two starts with a 1.38 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP. Danks did not face the Cubs last season.

Cubs Career Numbers against John Danks

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-4
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-2
  • David DeJesus – 8-for-23 with two doubles and two walks
  • Ryan Dempster – 0-for-2
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-8 with a double and two walks
  • Geovany Soto – 2-for-10

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Johnson – CF
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    LaHair – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Baker – RF
    Mather – 3B
    Hill – C
    Dempster – P

  • cubtex

    Saw a great tweet today :) Kerry Wood heard that the Cubs were bringing Koyie Hill back so he immediately decided to retire :) Let the Koyie Hill jokes begin!

    • paulcatanese

      And JH just ordered Cherries Jubilee’s for desert, I wonder if he can stop laughing enough to eat it:)

  • cubtex

    I hope Ricketts is taking notice. Fans are staying away this year. This Cubs Sox series is the lowest attended since they started inter-league.

    • RMercer69

      He did take notice, that’s why he cleaned house already. He knows they will be back when we start going back up, which he also knows, will take time.

      • cubtex

        I must have slept through this housecleaning. Did you not take a look at the lineup?

        • RMercer69

          Front office and coaching staff as well as some roster. I think you prob know or should know it will take time to build.

          Didn’t see your point asking if Ricketts took notice. What can he do now, but be patient and let his staff do what they were paid to do.

          I definitely like what I see on the field as far as playing the game the right way and playing hard consistently. Even though the record is not great, this team has been much more enjoyable to watch. I think better days are ahead and I wished it was immediate, but it’s a process and not realistic.

    • J Daniel

      I respect a lot of your posts as they are well thought out.  But let me ask you what should have been done?  This is a huge mess.  They are giving a lot of young guys a chance.  How about Casey Coleman, more of him?

      You are a long time follower.  Really, you expected much better this year?  Come on man.  Please tell me how.  Sign Prince?  Sign a bunch of over priced guys?  They have gone that way.  This mess needs to be rebuilt and it won’t happen quickly.  Or maybe it would have happened in a year if they would have hired you.  They would have competed this year.

      It is obvious what they are doing.  They are going with many cheap contracts while they are eating the remainder of the old bad ones.  I am not enjoying it as I have seen to much bad baseball on the north side and am sick and tired of it. But, I like a few things.

      How about Brian LaHair?  Agree or disagree?  We will see on Rizzo but I believe that will turn out to be a STEAL.

      A couple of the other young middle infielders they let go, really?  Are they tearing it up at the big league level? 

      PLEASE!

      • cubtex

        I have said and will continue to say that they could have fielded a better product this year while they rebuild. This is a small market rebuild. No doubt about that.

  • paulcatanese

    Can’t help it Neil, is Mather the only guy that is not from last year’s team?
    Not so much as a re-build as a regress.

    • cubtex

      You don’t like the 1 – 2 punch of Reed Johnson and Darwin Barney? That’s got to be one of the tops in the game :)

      • paulcatanese

        Like it so much I’m just going to check back on the site once in a while to see what Neil has to say.

    • John_CC

       Paul, what are you saying? 

      DeJesus, LaHair, Stewart, Clevenger, Maholm – none where with the team last year.

      • paulcatanese

        Meant the starting lineup tonight John:)

  • RMercer69

    It sucks I won’t be able to watch this. I live in Oklahoma and our Fox channel will of course show the Rangers. I subscribe to MLB Extra Innings, but of course it’s blocked out today.

    What are my options to watch live on my IPad that dont cost $$ ?

    • Texcubnut

      I am with you Rusty, the game will be regionally blacked-out. Does anyone know a place on the internet where we can access the game? Neil? Rip? Anybody?  We would be most grateful.

      • GaryLeeT

        Somebody gave me this last week. DO NOT download all the things it tells you are missing or need. It plays on Flash Player, so stay focused on !TvBay. I am watching the game on it now.
        http://www.vipbox.tv/sports/baseball.html

        • Texcubnut

          Thank you, Gary.

  • notcubbiewubbie

    if sveum is serious about catching coyie(they really like this guy) hill everyday he is morphing into mike quade. i thought we were changing the philosophy what about the new cub way the way certain #3 hitter swings at the first pitch every at bat even when campagna steals second standing up in a one run game looks like the same old hendry cubs to me. if for no other reason then this move pees off cub fans they never should have brought this loser hill back. nough said . lots of my hopes getting cloudy today. still say this move smells of dempster.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The way I figure it, bringing back Koyie Hill was actually a better move that playing Lalli. 

    Look at it this way, Cubs’ fans: Koyie Hill, with his .195 BA, is actually an upgrade over Soto’s .165 BA. Koyie also won 60% of his starts, so he’s not horrible behind the plate. The Cubs were in a complete pinch, and the system was dry. I don’t like Team Theo, but I agree with this move.

    Some might say, “What about Varitek?” I don’t think he has played all year, so he certainly is out of shape. And he’d probably want millions to play. So let him eat cake with JHendry. That ought to help his figure.

    I also read yesterday that the Cubs’ payroll next season is going to be about $35 million–that includes $19 million to Mr. Alfonso Soriano. Please don’t get angry when I suggest that is losing big on the cheap, because it is losing big on the cheap.

    • Brp921

      35 million? That has to be a typo, right?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Here are the payroll commitments for the Cubs until 2014

        https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AWruu6dkRHrwZGZtem1uOXdfNWY4cW5mZmN2&hl=en_US

        • Brp921

          Thanks Neil, I knew the payroll would be higher, thats why I thought there was a typo in Rip’s post.

      • Ripsnorter1

        NEGATIVE. 

        Here’s the link. Just scroll down the page about half way:

        http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/chicago_cubs/index.html 

        • Tony_Hall

          Sorry Rip, you are wrong on this…it says that currently the Cubs have only $35M committed for next year….it never says that the Cubs plan to have a $35M payroll next year.

          • Ripsnorter1

            That’s what I tried to communicate to you: they only have $35 million committed, including $19 million to one, sore-kneed OF. 

            Who knows if they’ll spend 10 cents in FA or not. 

          • Tony_Hall

            “I also read yesterday that the Cubs’ payroll next season is going to be about $35 million–that includes $19 million to Mr. Alfonso Soriano. ”

            That is what you posted…

            They have Castro and Garza at a minimum to pay, and I would front load the contracts while the team has a lower payroll.

          • cubtex

            Noone thinks they will have a 35 mil payroll next year.

          • Tony_Hall

            No kidding.

            It’s mathematically impossible with what is already committed.

            I just hope they use the payroll flexibility to front load some contracts.  Garza would have a hard time turning down a deal with the majority of the money in the first few years. 

          • Ripsnorter1

            Okay, Tony. You are right. I am wrong. I should have crafted my sentence much more carefully. 

          • Tony_Hall

            NP – I had a long day in the hot sun.  I should probably just read and watch tonight instead of posting.

          • cubtex

            Buy low… Sell low. Just like they will with Dempster and the longer they hold onto LaHair….him too.

        • Brp921

          Rip, the way your above post reads makes it seem that you were saying there would be only 35 million budgeted for the whole roster, not just the guys under contract.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Okay. I apologize. I should have crafted my sentence much more carefully. 

          • Brp921

            No worries. I enjoy your posts.

  • CubsTalk

    You are never “over the hill” to play for the Cubs if you are Koyie Hill.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Koyie Hill becomes 37th player to be on Cubs roster this year. List has included DeWitt, Valbuena and Lopez, to name a few

    • CubsTalk

       And we are not even at the half way point yet!

      • John_CC

        1/4 of the way.

  • CubsTalk

    Jody Davis, Barrry Foote, Damon Berryhill, Mike O’Berry, Rick Wilkens, Steve Lake, Rick Wrona and Steve Swisher are beating at Theo Epstein’s office door for a chance to gear up.

    Only Todd Hundley was told to stay away.

  • CubsTalk

    Koyie Hill?

    Is today April 1st?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Mr. Aram just nailed a game-tying two run tater for the Brewers. 

    The Brewers are a mere 1 game ahead of the Cubs, and they are having a very hard time with MLB’s worst team, the Minnesota Twins. The Twins have won 13 games, the Padres have won 14 games, and the Cubs 15 games. Brewers have won 16.

    • CubsTalk

       I said the Brewers will suffer this year big time……thie chance for a World Series has pass them by.

  • CubsTalk

    Hillary Clinton will sing “Take me out to the ballpark” tonight.

    Ear plugs anyone?

  • CubsTalk

    looks like Dempster is using some of that beard dye  that Frazier and Hernanadez promotes.

  • CubsTalk

    Any chance Dempster will waive his “no trade” before July 30th?

  • BosephHeyden

    Good thing Dempster feels comfortable with Koyie, that’ll make this awful start to the game sting a bit less

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Long first inning for Dempster … 24 pitches, 12 for strikes

  • WidespreadHisPanic

    It seems like the White Sox jump on the Cubs in the 1st at Wrigley frequently.

    Not just tonight n yesterday but since interleague play started.

    Just sayin …

    • BosephHeyden

      When a good team gets bad pitches to hit, this happens

  • CubsTalk

    Reed Johnson lets pitches go by dead center…then reaches out for bad pitches……. unreal.

  • CubsTalk

     Many of Dempster’s pitches are up tonight…..not a good sign.

  • John_CC

    The MLB’s Saturday black-out rule is really not cool.  If someone pays $100 a year to watch baseball games online, it should not matter what day it is. I want to watch baseball on Saturday evening! Bunk.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Back-to-back off Dempster, already down 4-0

  • BosephHeyden

    Hurray, 2011 Dempster is back.

    • cubtex

      Makes sense since Hill is catching as well :)

      • BosephHeyden

        It is almost as though there’s a connection between the two…

  • CubsTalk

    Tonight’s poll is…

    What should Ryan Dempster do next?

    A – Ask the Cubs to trade him to the Yankees or Dodgers
    B – Ask the Cubs for a contract extension for three years
    C – Retire and go hunting with Kerry
    D – Be the Cubs new closer

  • CubsTalk

    Cubs just suck.

  • CubsTalk

    Dempster has back problems…. he is in pain…..did anyone catch it?

  • RynoTiger

    at this point we need to pray that the Cubs are not no-hit.

    • CubsTalk

       no…worst thing can happen if Castro goes down……then this season will really SUCK.

    • cubtex

      ha. I just said that. see below

  • GaryLeeT

    Having Dumpster back to his old self, a 5 game loosing steak, and sole possession of last place, just slapped that Kool Aid cup right out of my hand.

  • cubtex

    Might as well get no hit tonight from a guy with a 6.20 ERA. With the Cubs lineup tonight it is possible.

  • Dorasaga

    A good throw by K.Hill nailed down a good jump.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Yes. And have you seen Soto’s defensive numbers?

      27 SB….7 CS….-30 runs allowed per year.

      • Dorasaga

        I’ll go through his complete defensive stats (good/bad play, UZR, plus-minus, if exists)…

  • Dorasaga

    Whoever that lady is, sitting beside GM Kenny, she’s hot.

    • CubsTalk

      When you carry a big wallet, hot looking women come in flocks.

      • Dorasaga

         Can’t argue against that.

  • CubsTalk

    No No-hitter tonight!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano breaks up the perfect game with a double in the fifth

    • Dorasaga

       Too bad it’s still a shutout game…

  • Dorasaga

    General Allen, as professional as you “sound” to be, it’s out of place. Can you shorten up your conversation and let’s get back to baseball? geez… Mather had a good at-bat, walked…

  • cubtex

    Bryan LaHair  has not had a hit vs a LHP starter yet this year. He is now 0-11 and he has only 2 hits vs LHP so far this year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bad call on the third strike to Barney

    • CubsTalk

       Part of baseball Neil.

  • Dorasaga

    Major League official needs to stop this dead ball thing. (Barney had a point to argue.) You can’t give pitchers all the balls as strikes. Someday, fans will be fed up, then something better than PED will come out, and baseball will be back to fun and slugfest, then the rest repeats its history…

  • Dorasaga

    Wood is one of history’s best strikeout pitcher, only behind Randy Johnson. FOX made a good point: So much talent, but his body was his curse.

    • CubsTalk

       More like …Million dollar arm, and a two cent brain.

  • RynoTiger

    the broadcasters were talking about fans on Waveland and Sheffield and it got me to thinking about how when i was growing up there would be tons of fans out there waiting for a homerun ball and lots of shots of the streets.

    it’s a shame those fans don’t really get anything now a days. gone are the homerun hitters and the scrambles for the souvenirs. 

    *sigh*….

  • Dorasaga

    What was that Fan Cave thing? FOX just dwarfed WGN for being America’s sexiest baseball broadcast.

  • Dorasaga

    Exactly what we need from ol’Fonzi: Welcome to Wrigley, rookie!

    • Dorasaga

      That was fast, while ol’Fonzi slothfully stomped towards 2b…

      • Ripsnorter1

        His knees are probably on fire.

        • Dorasaga

           Good pun…

  • Dorasaga

    Kate Upton episode of Fan Cave. Quite hilarious:

    http://youtu.be/Q-lUeLTr45U

  • Ripsnorter1

    Did you see Soriano misplay Pierzynski’s liner?

    • CubsTalk

       That is nothing new for Soriano.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Did you see Mather misplay that grounder?

    • CubsTalk

      What do you expect from a guy who is playing out of position?

  • CubsTalk

    This Cubs a team is a joke….new Era?….more like the same old Cubs.

  • CubsTalk

    Why does many of our relievers only throw a pitch 58 feet?

  • Dorasaga

    Good work by Parker. I almost had a heart attack before that strikeout, base loaded, one out…

  • Ripsnorter1

    Parker fanned Lillibridge on 92-93 MPH heaters.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Parker is hurt

  • Ripsnorter1

    Parker hurt’

    • CubsTalk

       Did I hear an echo?

  • CubsTalk

    Parker heading to the DL…….

    Lets bring back Volstad!

    • Ripsnorter1

      They very well may….

  • Ripsnorter1

    I don’t know but Lalli grabbed his back, seeming to me to signal that Parker tweaked his back. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    Who are we going to call up next for the bullpen?

    • matthew8510

      how bout Jeff Beliveau he has 3.32 era give him a chance or lopez 1.93 era

    • cubtex

      Chi chi of course. Let’s have a 2011 reunion. Bring DeWitt up again while were at it.

    • cubtex

      Wheres Ramon Ortiz at these days? Bring him back too.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Doug Davis. 

        Don’t forget him.

        • Texcubnut

          Think he signed a minor league contract with Arizona.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Then watch Jed trade for him like he did Koyie Hill.

          • cubtex

            and Ramon Ortiz is pitching in AAA for the Yankees.

  • CubsTalk

    I hope the Cubs have a “special” going with Greyhound for the I-80 express for all these Cubs players heading back and forth with this team.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Parker out, no word on the injury. Looked like he buckled his knee on the follow through

  • CubsTalk

    Grand Slam coming….

    • CubsTalk

       okay….Beckham wen fishing.

  • CubsTalk

    I believe it is time to fire the Cubs hitting coach………Rudy is not adding nothing to this club…….our hitters are not listening to his advice….or it is just bad advice……whatever it is, Rudy needs to go.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Koyie Hill!!!!

    He’s actually looked pretty good tonight. Gunned down De Aza. Base hit. Decent defense. 

    • CubsTalk

       lets put him on the All Star team as the Cubs rep!

      • Ripsnorter1

        LOL

  • CubsTalk

    Here comes Neil’s BREAKING NEWS line that the Cubs lost….again.

  • CubsTalk

    We might be watching one of the worst Cubs teams of all time…..

    Jed & Theo have a long road ahead of them.

     

  • GaryLeeT

    A forfeit would have been less humiliating.

    • CubsTalk

      Where are all those NATO Terrorists that we heard about from our police for the last five months that were coming to Chicago?……they must be all White Sox fans!

  • CubsTalk

    You know Casey…you can’t throw strikes either…just like your old man back in the 70′s.

  • Dorasaga

    Thank Goodness! SORIANO!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with a homer 

  • Ripsnorter1

    A hanger…and Mr. Alfsonso Soriano hammered it out of the ball park.

  • Dorasaga

    Com’on, Mather, you can do it!

    • Dorasaga

       Bless you!

      • Dorasaga

         Or BLAST YOU!

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

    This one nice characteristic about the team this year: they do not quit.  

    • CubsTalk

      I rather have them always on top, instead of fighting back in the 9th behind six runs.

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

        OK, but that isn’t always going to happen with any team.  It is nice that this team doesn’t lie down when they know realistically they are getting beat.   Try to see the positive in things sometime CT.

  • Tony_Hall

    You got to love a team that fights to the last out….

    • cubtex

      that’s funny!

      • Tony_Hall

        What little I saw, they didn’t fight much leading up to the last out.

  • CubsTalk

    This Cubs chick that FOX is showing is so funny!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Mather with a 2-run homer

  • Ripsnorter1

    Koyie Hill lost the game for us! Made the last out! 
    LOL

    • CubsTalk

       Still has a good chance to make the All Star team!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 7-4 to White Sox Saturday night

    Ryan Dempster: 4R, 7H(2 HR), 3BB,
    3K, 6IP; Alfonso Soriano: 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI; Joe Mather: 1-for-3, HR, 2RBI, BB
     

  • CubsTalk

    I am so glad that Cubs chick shook hands with the White Sox guy who she was with…..it shows me that she is not spending the night with him……she is a good girl!

  • CubsTalk

    With Dempster not in the win column yet, we need to move him to get something for his value……before he lands on the DL.

    • cubtex

      they can’t move him without his permission.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Astros dumped the Rangers!

    They may win the division this year!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Blake Parker left with a tight right hamstring. Will be re-evaluated Sunday morning

  • CubsTalk

    By Memorial Day, we can always judge a team of what they be like for the season…….Cubs fans, this team is in deep trouble.

    Jed and Theo, you guys really need to rebuild from the bottom…. what you have at the major league level is not the future…..a strong farm and scouting system is top priority…….top notch coaches to teach these players is also needed……forget about giving a friend a job….get the best to teach these kids the New Cubs Way as you said…….so far, I see the SOS of the old Cubs way.

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

      I’m sure Jed and Theo appreciate your advice…

  • cubtex

    With his 3rd homerun of the year….Soriano has now passed LaHair(who has 10 HR;s) in RBI’s. 22 RBI to 21 RBI. I am full of Bryan LaHair stats today :)

    • John_CC

       Soriano has the luxury of hitting behind LaHair, who has been getting on base in close to half of his at bats.

      • cubtex

        And DeJesus, Campana(recently) and Castro are not getting on base in front of LaHair? He has the same amount of plate apperarances as Soriano, has hit 7 more HR’s and he has less RBI’s?

        • John_CC

           Castro has probably driven in DeJesus most of the chances. And Starlin’s OBP is .333, quite a bit lower than than LaHair’s  over .410

          • cubtex

            Another reason is that LaHair has struck out 40 times in 139 PA while Soriano has struck out 28 times in the same number of PA.