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)
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
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