Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 05/28/12

Game Forty-Eight: Cubs (15-32) vs. Padres (17-32)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (0-1, 3.86/0.86) vs. Jeff Suppan (2-3, 4.21/1.60)

Updated 12:05pm CDTCarlos Marmol Activated from 15-Day DLRafael Dolis Optioned to Triple-A Iowa

Happy Memorial Day from the CCO!

The Cubs open a brief three-game homestand this afternoon with Jed Hoyer’s former team, the San Diego Padres. The Cubs have Thursday off before hitting the road again for a 10-game trip that includes trips to San Francisco, Milwaukee and Minnesota.

The Cubs will face a Padres team for the next three days that has been dealing with injuries all season. Jason Bartlett, Kyle Blanks, Jeremy Hermida, Mark Kotsay, Cory Luebke, Dustin Moseley, Micah Owings, Tim Stauffer, Huston Street and Joe Wieland are on the DL. Carlos Quentin has been on the shelf all year but is expected to make his Padres’ debut today.

The Cubs split the six games with the Padres a year ago (3-3) and with the state of both offenses, the next three games will likely be low scoring. After today’s matchup of Travis Wood and Jeff Suppan, Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face lefty Eric Stults on Tuesday with Ryan Dempster and Anthony Bass squaring off in the finale on Wednesday.

Dale Sveum is expected to get one of his veteran relievers back in the next couple of days. After two appearances with the I-Cubs, Carlos Marmol could rejoin the big league team as early as today, but it will likely be Tuesday before Marmol is back. Steve Clevenger on the other hand is expected to rejoin the team on Friday for the opener in San Francisco.

The Cubs are in the middle of one of the worst losing streaks in the last 40 years of the franchise. The current 12-game slide ties the 2012 squad with the 1981 team, only the 1982 and 1985 teams (13) and the 1997 Cubs (14) have dropped more games in a row.

Today it all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood makes his third big league start of the year this afternoon … and for the first time, Wood will make consecutive starts in the majors. Wood was pretty good against the Dodgers and solid in his last outing against the Astros. After giving up a home run and a double to start his outing in Houston, Wood settled down and was charged with two runs on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. The second run scored off Shawn Camp after Wood left the game.

Travis Wood has never beaten the Padres … and he’s never lost to them either. In three appearances, two starts, Wood has no record with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.

Padres Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Chris Denorfia – 2-for-4 with a double
  • Chase Headley – 3-for-6
  • Nick Hundley – 1-for-3
  • Cameron Maybin – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Will Venable – 1-for-4 with a home run

The Cubs will get their first look in two years at an old, familiar face … Jeff Suppan. After pitching at the Triple-A level in the Kansas City Royals organization last season (11-8 in 28 games, 27 starts, with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP), Suppan signed a minor league contract with San Diego in the off-season. Injuries forced the Padres to summon Suppan and he’s coming off three straight losses.

Suppan’s old team knocked him around in St. Louis in his last start. Suppan allowed five runs on eight hits with four walks and a strikeout in 4 2/3 innings. After winning first two outings, Suppan is 0-3 in his last three starts with a 6.32 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP.

It is imperative the Cubs are patient this afternoon against Suppan … in his last two starts (10 2/3 innings) Suppan has walked nine batters with only one strikeout.

Jeff Suppan owns a 6-11 record in 27 career outings, 26 starts, against the Cubs with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 4-5 in 14 starts with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jeff Suppan

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-1
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-4
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-11 with two doubles and a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 2-for-8 with a double and two walks
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-5
  • Alfonso Soriano – 10-for-50 with two doubles, three home runs and three walks
  • Ian Stewart – 1-for-7 with a walk

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marmol activated from 15-day DL. Dolis optioned to Triple-A Iowa today.

  • cc002600

    another day w/ campy on the bench.
    brilliant.

    • gary3411

       I’d rather have Mather most days, ESPECIALLY with the wind blowing out it’s a no brainer. I think it’s blowing out?

      Campana has done well, but no way he sustains a high OBP, I just don’t see it.

      • paulcatanese

        I would rather have Mather in the lineup for his bat,
        at THIRD BASE for Stewart. You must realize Campana has not been put in a position to succeed,
        he needs to be in the leadoff spot with Castro in the two slot and Dejesus in the three slot, then you would see the value of players in a position to succeed.

        • cc002600

          Exactly !!

          if there was someone behind him that could take a pitch allowing him to steal, he would have about 25 SB’s right now ….and that’s on a part time basis.

          he should be leadoff, with Dejesus batting 2nd

        • Ripsnorter1

          You are exactly right. 

      • cc002600

        they are 15-32 on the road to 95 losses.  give me a one good reason why you wouldn’t want to give him the opportunity to find out ?   How do you know unless you give him opportunity ? 

        what do you have to lose?  is Joe Mather your future CF ?  Why not put Mather at 3B if you like him so much and sit Stewart and his robust .193 BA ?

        Let me ask you this….when Juan pierre was stealing 50-70 bases hitting .290 back in the day, wasn’t he considered a very valuable asset to the Marlins ?   you’re telling me campana couldn’t be that guy ?  I think he could steal 60 bases in his sleep if he was given the opportunity.

        • Ripsnorter1

          They are in love–and I mean, IN LOVE!–with Ian Stewart and Shawn Camp. 

          Don’t ask me why. I have no idea.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus-RF
    Castro-SS
    Mather-CF
    LaHair-1B
    Soriano-LF
    Stewart-3B
    Barney-2B
    Lalli-C
    Wood-P

  • paulcatanese

    Dolis down, Marmol up, what a 0 exchange that is. Both have mental blocks with their pitching, have the Cubs tried a “shrink”?

    Speaking of that, it won’t be long before teams are not so nice to Garza and bunt him until he can throw someone out. As long as the Cubs are not in the mix teams are or rather must be saving that one.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Garza already has 2 errors. 

      • paulcatanese

        I think Garza has it zero’ed in, one short and one long,
        next one should be good?:)

      • Tony_Hall

        It is hard to comprehend how he can have such a hard time making the throw to 1st.  

  • Tony_Hall

    Happy Memorial Day!

    Looking forward to watching a whole game live for the first time in awhile.  

    • paulcatanese

      Reads like you are going to the game, enjoy. (wear a rose on you’re shirt so we can see you).
      I remember when people used to bring a portable radio to listen as well as watch. Now whats the game plan?, Portable TV’s?
      As a good coach you should be taking you’re whole team to the game as well:)

      • Tony_Hall

        No just watching at home. I don’t get the chance to watch that many games in May and June as they happen.  I try to go through on mlb.tv afterwards, but have been too busy lately to any more than the highlights, which have been mostly lowlights lately.

        I usually take the team to a game at either the Beloit Snappers (Twins A affiliate) or the Rockford Riverhawks an independent league.  You get closer to the field and the kids can relate with those guys better, as most of them are 19-22 years old.

        • paulcatanese

          Good deal for the kids, Independent teams are a little easier to watch as the players stay around longer.
          Spent some time with two independent clubs,
          Port Arthur Seahawks and Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma.
          Supposed to be 100degrees here, advantage TV and the air conditioner.

        • Dorasaga

           You are a lucky man.

          • Tony_Hall

            Thanks.  And thanks for beating me soundly last week :)  

          • Dorasaga

            Make sure you reply the latest BJX email (if to earn the two moves), sent yesterday. I’ll reply you and explain why lucky you are, as opposed to what I have here.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Paul,
        You are out of style. They bring an i-phone and watch the game on their phone. 

        • paulcatanese

          Yeah, and I still wear flare slacks and wide print ties:)

    • John_CC

       Don’t get too excited, Tony!  I’ve had the unfortunate opportunity to watch quite a few of the recent contests.  It’s not easy. 

      • Tony_Hall

        Today is a new day!

  • John_CC

    I think today is the day.  I mean, Jeff Suppan?  He was bad in AAA last year.  Cubs really need to knock someone around.  

    • Tony_Hall

      I hope we beat Suppan soundly, but I have a lot of respect for him.  He could have retired, but instead went down and pitched in the minors last year, all year and still this year.  He must love to play baseball! 

      • Ripsnorter1

        And the money is good, too. 

        But no team has beaten Mr. Suppan more than Your Chicago Cubs. 

        This is it. IF we can’t knock him off today, the losing streak reaches 20 games. 

        • Tony_Hall

          He’s made over $58M in his career…he’s playing for the love of the game, not money.

          And yes, it has always been fun beating Suppan, one more time would be nice.

    • Theboardrider

       Jeff “for me to,” Suppan!

  • matthew8510

    lets go for 13 shall we

  • paulcatanese

    Theo said “Wer’e going places, this is a tough road”, Ya Think?
    Yes it’s a tough road, but on the bright side, there is only one direction to go and thats UP. What is it now, 47 roster changes and counting?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Neil.

    ESPN says that Shawn Camp and Jeff Russell are the closers now. Marmol remains in the setup role.

    Marmol also says that he found his arm slot and his slider has returned to breaking the correct way.

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/7980170/chicago-cubs-activate-carlos-marmol-send-rafael-dolis-triple-iowa 

    • Tony_Hall

      Marmol needs to take back the closer role and show that he deserves to keep it.  

      Dolis needs to come back in the 7th/8th innings, which is all that he is at best, a set-up guy.

      • Ripsnorter1

        If Marmol is not lying, I would not even think of Jeff Russell or Mr. Shawn Camp as my closers. 

        Dolis, while in MLB, abandoned all his pitches save the sinking fastball. And he still walked the world–with very few strikeouts. He just isn’t ready. 

        • John_CC

           Marmot will get his chance. If has couple solid innings in the 7th Dale will give him a chance. He just has to throw strikes. Russell and Camp are not closers.  If Marmol can get back to any semblance of his former self the Cubs bullpen improves greatly with Camp as a long man – which is very important these days of 5 inning starts lately – and Russel/Dolis in the 7th/8th.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Dolis is on his way to Des Moines, Iowa for an extended vacation…..

          • John_CC

             He’ll be back. 

          • Tony_Hall

            I bet he is back in the bullpen before June is out.  He is only going to Iowa to be able to get his control back, then come back.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      He came out of retirement to close games for the Cubs?

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Peoria – Jose Rosario (3-5, 5.65)
    Tennessee – Dae-Eun Rhee (3-1, 4.50)
    Iowa – Brooks Raley (0-1, 5.40)

    Daytona has the day off, doubleheader tomorrow

    Notes:

    Robert Whitenack had his season debut cancelled yesterday due to weather

    It is official: Javier Baez to Peoria, Marco Hernandez to EXT. That would make Peoria v. Wisconsin today’s spotlight game. Since Wisconsin is an affiliate of the Brewers, no DH today. If Baez starts in the field, he and Zeke DeVoss could form the worst fielding double-play combination you have seen in quite some time.

    Even with Rafael Dolis going to Iowa, expect vets Mike MacDougal, Nate Robertson, Esmailin Caridad, Ryan Roland-Smith, Manny Corpas, and Scott Maine to get a lot of work in the next two weeks, at the organization tries to figure out which pitchers to keep and which to cut.

    With the addition of Diory Hernandez, expect the same for Jeff Baker, Adrian Cardenas, Matt Tolbert, and Luis Valbuena. Only Alfredo Amezaga appears to be safe, for now.

  • Dorasaga

    Though that was a tough error on Castro, I doubt Lalli would catch the ball, if bounced on the ground right in front of the runner’s foot closer to the line; too many variables if bounced with runner very close to the ball and interferes the line of sight of the catcher.

  • John_CC

    Alright DeJesus!  Let’s see if one of the next 3 guys can hit a fly ball to the OF. 

    • Dorasaga

      No need with a talented Castro made ground ball alive and rolling towards OF :)

      • Dorasaga

         And a good steal!

        • John_CC

           2 Runs in the 1st Inning!  Holy Cow!

          • Dorasaga

            And a slugfest for both teams into the 4th…

  • Tony_Hall

    4 k’s in 2 IP by T Wood…so much for not being able to miss bats.

  • Ripsnorter1
    • paulcatanese

      No Rip, its on WGN, but thanks.

  • Tony_Hall

    On a day like today, even Barney is a power hitter!

  • Ripsnorter1

    You want evidence Suppan is horrible? Just look no further.

    • Tony_Hall

      He was always hitable, just kept his teams in the game, and tried to limit the runs. 

      He’s not fooling anyone up there. I hope they let us score 6 or 7 before taking him out.

      • Dorasaga

        Sounds like Travis, though an upgrade since he hits!

      • Ripsnorter1

        They got your 6 runs before they took him out.

        Too bad it isn’t enough for a lead.

  • RynoTiger

    Bob: Of late we’ve had to get creative with our Nissan Drive of the Game

    Translation: We keep having to award the drive of the game to the other team because they’re hitting the drives and the Cubs aren’t.

  • Tony_Hall

    So that’s how a pitcher throws to first base…Matt were you watching?

  • Tom U

    Javier Baez starting at shortstop, batting sixth for Peoria

  • Tom U

    Josh Vitters playing first base today in place of Anthony Rizzo for Iowa.

  • Tony_Hall

    It’s going to take double digits to win this game.

  • RMercer69

    Buckle up!…looks like a Wrigley game of days gone by

  • Tom U

    Javer Baez singles in his first at bat

  • The Maven

    This looks like some mutant form of T-Ball.

  • RMercer69

    Nice…the Cubs looked at only 7 pitches in the 5th from Suppan…I believe only one of them was a strike, SMH

  • Ripsnorter1

    HORRIBLE!
    HORRIBLE FIELDING BY LaHAIR!

    • paulcatanese

      He can butcher a ground ball, don’t think he will get a gold glove:)

  • Ripsnorter1

    Soriano missed that fly for a double.

    LaHair missed the grounder and blocked the runner for 2 bases.Stewart misses the grounder for an error.This is horrible!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with a homer to Waveland, 2-run shot

    • JimBo_C

      Clap clap clap!

  • Ripsnorter1

    DeJesus in a coma in RF.

    • Tony_Hall

      Why do you say that?

      • Ripsnorter1

        Didn’t gun down the runner.

        • Tony_Hall

          He was going away from 2B, and very deep, with a bad hop.  Not many guys throw anyone out doing that.

        • BrutalTruth

          Rip in a food coma in his recliner

  • Ripsnorter1

    Easy to see why Lalli isn’t a ML catcher: no bat, and no glove and not enough arm. 

  • BrutalTruth

    gosh..remember when many folks on here were ripping the Camp signing…

    • Tony_Hall

      He has been effective, but he makes me want to grab a bat :)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a homer to the back of the bleachers in left

  • Tony_Hall

    The good and the bad Castro in the same AB.

    First 2 strikes were swinging at nothing.

    Give him a pitch over the plate and he will drive it.

  • matthew8510

    can we play sd every day

    • Tony_Hall

      I think the offense has more to do with the wind howling out then the pitchers on the mound.

      • matthew8510

        i disagree i dont think you get 10 runs off a roy halladay hamels kershaw regardless of weather i can go on and on

        • John_CC

           There’s a steady 20mph wind blowing straight out.  Most high fly balls are leaving the yard.

        • Tony_Hall

          Even great pitchers give up runs when the wind is howling out, sometimes even when it’s not.  

          And you wouldn’t get 10 off of them, because they wouldn’t still be in the game.

    • CubsTalk

       if we did, we would still be below .500

  • CubsTalk

    Poll Question of the Day…..

    Which ex-Cub should have never been traded this past off season by Theo?

    A – Zambrano
    B – Marshall
    C- Cashner
    D – Colvin
    E – Byrd

    • John_CC

      Trick question! Byrd wasn’t traded in the off-season. I don’t really regret not having any of those guys. Marshall was the most useful, but still wouldn’t make that much difference on this team.

    • Theboardrider

       I’ll say Marshall.  With the exception of Cashner the others were addition by subtraction.

  • Theboardrider

    Just noticed where DeJesus is batting .286 with an OBP of .387. 

    There has got to be some interest out there in a guy with those numbers who plays good defense.  Any ideas as to where he could end up?

    • CubsTalk

       Nationals, Marlins, Giants & Rays….all need OF help.

      • Theboardrider

         Now which one has the return that we would most want?  Any ideas on a realistic scenario?

        Oh, there it goes!  I’m hearing me some “Go Cubs, Go!”  That is always music to my ears.  My kids love to get in front of the TV and sing along.  Can’t wait until the day I can take them to the ballpark to hear it in person!

  • matthew8510

    no i want 13 in a row

    • CubsTalk

       if Marmol came in, you would have gotten it!

  • Tony_Hall

    Today was the day!

    • CubsTalk

       that a girl kissed you!…LMAO

  • CubsTalk

    Cubs Win….sign up that rally Bird !

  • Ripsnorter1

    I was surprised at Coleman throwing 94 MPH.

    • Tony_Hall

      You also notice he missed the strike zone by a lot on that pitch.

      • RMercer69

        Surprisingly the pitch before was swinging strike on the corner at 94 also. He touched 94 twice and He also touched 92 a few times.

        Maybe it’s attributed to pitching out of the bullpen and knowing he can reach back for a little in a short stint? Still, didn’t realize and am surprised that he had that in him anyways.

        • Tony_Hall

          Good thoughts.  I must have missed the radar reading, on those other pitches, or when he missed by so much I looked to see.  I saw the 90 at the beginning.  Thanks for sharing.

          But most guys can throw harder, but give up a few MPH to gain control.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Padres 11-7 Monday afternoon

     

    Travis Wood: 6R, 7H (4HR), 3BB, 4K, 5IP; Starlin Castro: 2-for-5,
    HR, 3RBI, 2R; Alfonso Soriano: 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 3RBI, 2R; Bryan LaHair:
    3-for-4, 2B, RBI, 3R; Ian Stewart: 2-for-4, HR, 3RBI

  • matthew8510

    u  mean we beat the worst team in the league world series here we come

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      No, I mean what I posted. The Cubs beat the Padres. I have been posting wins the same way for a long time. Nice to see them win, that is all.

      • matthew8510

        little sarcasm neil thats all

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          No worries and thanks for the explanation.

      • Theboardrider

        That’s is exactly how I’ve seen you post every win of the past 5 years Neil.  Sorry you have to put up with garbage like that.  I’m sure you’re immune to it but it’s still uncalled for. 

        If I haven’t told you lately thanks for all the hard work you do.  

        • Tony_Hall

          It would be nice if we all didn’t have to deal with the garbage posts.  

          • GaryLeeT

             One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

          • Tony_Hall

            Definitely not talking about you.