Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 06/01/12

Game Fifty-One: Cubs (18-32) vs. Giants (27-24)
Game Time – 9:15pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188/914
Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco

Paul Maholm (4-3, 4.62/1.26) vs. Madison Bumgarner (5-4, 3.14/1.11)

Updated 5:41pm CDTCubs Claimed RHP Jairo Asencio off waivers from the Indians, added to 25-Man Roster – Cubs Designated RHP Michael Bowden for Assignment

With the series against San Diego in the rearview mirror, the Cubs kickoff a difficult 10-game, three city road trip tonight with the first of four against the San Francisco Giants. After Dale Sveum’s Cubs complete their first trip of the year to the West Coast, they play three in Milwaukee before ending the journey next weekend in Minnesota.

The Cubs play their second wrap-around series of the season (Philadelphia, April 27-April 30) this weekend and will face the top four pitchers in Bruce Bochy’s rotation. After tonight’s southpaw matchup of Paul Maholm and Madison Bumgarner, Matt Garza will face Matt Cain on Saturday night, Travis Wood and Barry Zito on Sunday with Jeff Samardzija taking on Ryan Vogelsong in the finale on Monday afternoon.

The Cubs were 5-4 in the nine games against San Francisco a year ago.

Steve Clevenger is expected to receive a bulk of the playing time over Koyie Hill with Geovany Soto and Welington Castillo on the disabled list. Soto and Castillo are both at least a week away from beginning rehab assignments. Once Castillo is healthy enough to play, he is expected to stay with the I-Cubs and Hill will reportedly stay with the Cubs until Soto returns.

Madison Bumgarner dominates left-handed hitters (.186/.213/.242 with two doubles and no home runs) so look for Dale Sveum to load his lineup with as many right handers (.250/.296/.388 with 12 doubles and seven home runs) tonight as possible.

In other news … The Russell family joined a small club Tuesday afternoon when James Russell picked up his first big league save. Jeff Russell saved 186 games during his 14-year big league career and the Russells became just the fourth father-son duo to save a game in the Major Leagues. The other three: Julio and Jamie Navarro, Pedro Borbon Jr. and Sr., and Steve and Jason Grilli.

The Cubs are 2-9 in games started by southpaws this season … and tonight all begins with Paul Maholm.

Paul Maholm is coming off another rough outing and has really struggled in his last three starts. After posting four straight wins, Maholm has not pitched very well since beating Atlanta on May 9. The Cubs have lost each of his last three starts and struggled with his command against his former team the last time out.

Maholm allowed only two runs on four hits in five innings but walked a season-high five batters with just two strikeouts. Maholm received a no decision in a 3-2 loss to the Bucs.

The veteran lefty has really struggled on the road this season. Maholm is 1-1 in four starts with a 5.48 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP, teams have hit .275 against him away from Wrigley (3-2 in five home starts with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP, teams have hit .223).

Even with his rough stretch, Maholm is 2-1 in his last five starts with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Paul Maholm is 2-1 in eight career starts against the Giants with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Maholm did not face San Francisco a year ago and was 1-0 in two starts against the Giants in 2010 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Maholm is winless in four career starts (0-1) at AT & T Park with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP.

Giants Career Numbers against Paul Maholm

  • Emmanuel Burriss – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Melky Cabrera – 2-for-9 with a double and a walk
  • Aubrey Huff – 1-for-8 with a home run and a walk
  • Angel Pagan – 6-for-18 with two doubles, a home run and two walks
  • Buster Posey – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Pablo Sandoval – 4-for-11 with a double
  • Nate Schierholtz – 1-for-3
  • Ryan Theriot – 12-for-35 with five doubles and four walks

After a tremendous start to the season (4-1 in five starts in April with a 2.53 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP), Madison Bumgarner has been struggled of last and is just 1-3 in his last five games with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.

Bumgarner had trouble with the Marlins in his last outing. Miami scored five runs, four earned, on seven hits in six innings. Bumgarner walked two and struck out seven. In his last two starts (13 2/3 innings), Bumgarner has struck out 17 batters and walked only three.

Madison Bumgarner is 3-1 in four starts at AT & T this season with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.

Tonight will be the fifth time Bumgarner has started a game against the Chicago Cubs. Bumgarner is 2-1 in the first four with a 2.03 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP … last season, 1-1 in two starts with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Madison Bumgarner

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-6
  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-9 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 5-for-12 with a double
  • Koyie Hill – 2-for-7
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-6
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-9 with three doubles
  • Ian Stewart – 0-for-1

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Campana – CF
    Castro – SS
    Mather – 3B
    Soriano – LF
    Johnson – RF
    Baker – 1B
    Barney – 2B
    Clevenger – C
    Maholm – P

  • Neil

    Has Cubs taking Albert Almora (OF) with 6th pick Monday

  • Neil

    Also has Cubs taking Albert Almora (OF)

    • Anonymous47701

      I Prefer the Cubs go with Zunino or Zimmer, instead.

      • cubtex

        I want Correa

  • brent carmona
    • John_CC

      very cool.

  • Anonymous47701

    Did I Just hear right that Ryan Dempster has waived his No-Trade Rights? If that’s the case, then this should be good news for the Cubs.

    • John_CC

       I don’t know, did you?  Think. Did you hear it? Or read it? Where?

      • Anonymous47701

        Go to Cubs Den for the latest article regarding both Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza.

    • CubsTalk

      I believe Dempster did waive it since many teams have trade talks with the Cubs in last several days…Theo would not waste his time if Dempster did not get the “go” sign from him………..expect a trade with Dempster soon and not later… of those ESPN baseball guys is also talking that Cubs are in trade talks with teams on Dempster.

      • DWalker

         back this winter, there was an article saying Dempster had indicated he would waive the no trade if the team asked him, since they had stood by him with his injuries. even though he wanted to stay with the team.. I don’t find it now under the mountain of current rumors though.

      • Dnuge

        I had heard that the Yankees like Dempster, lets not forget that there manager & pitching know about Dempster.

  • Tom U

    Brett Jackson is heating up. He leads off tonight’s game with a solo home run

  • Neil

    Congratulations to Johan Santana for tossing the first no-hitter in Mets’ history tonight.

    • CubsTalk

      Rule 5 Draft Pick gone good….the other great picks would be Dan Uggla…..and Josh Hamilton, sold by the Cubs to the Reds for $50,000.

      • Neil

        There is one big name missing from your list of Rule 5 picks …

  • Neil

    Campana breaks up Bumgarner’s no-hit bid

  • BosephHeyden

    You guys remember that time we had Angel Pagan, and then Jim Hendry gave him up for close to nothing?  I’m reminded of that every time we face him.

    • Neil

      Lou and Pagan did not see eye-to-eye, Piniella wanted him gone.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Angel Pagan? What’s the beef?

      He’s slugging .469. That’s more than everyone on our team, save LaHair and Clevinger. Of course Clevinger has only a handful of ABs.

      His .828 OPS is better than everyone on the Cubs except Lahair and, of course, Clevinger, who has only a handful of ABs.

      His 10 SB is more than everyone on the Cubs except Tony Campana and Starlin Castro (15).

      His .316 BA is better than everyone on the Cubs except Castro (.317). 

      Let’s see….what did we get for him? Oh, yeah, now I remember: 2 minor leaguers who were released by the Cubs the very year (2008) that we dealt Pagan. They lasted less than a full year for the Cubs. But I’ve forgotten…did we pay Pagan’s salary, too?

      It’s kinda like dealing Dennis Eckersley or Mark DeRosa. It just makes you feel real good inside.

      • BosephHeyden

        I actually think the trade was Pagan AND cash for the two wasted minor league spots.  It was maddening because he was a speedy center fielder and we needed a center fielder (and, while we did settle on Jim Edmonds, he only lasted a year, and we were right back to not having one).  And it wasn’t like Pagan was bad:  he was a young guy who hit .260 in the majors whilst not being start…we could have gotten better for him and we didn’t.

        I think that was the move that made me realize Hendry was a huge idiot.  Well, that and his standing pat at the 2008 trade deadline.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Not resigning Edmonds was a HUGE mistake.  He led MLB CF in RBI, slugging, OPS that year. He sat out and came back the next year and was very productive until he had a career ending injury. 

          Jim Hendry just did not understand that SLUGGING and SCORING RUNS is what makes a winner. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    Baumgartner has the strikeout pitch working in the first inning. 

  • cc002600

    3 questions:

    1.) how does campy not play everyday ?
    2.) how does campy not play everyday ?
    3.) how does campy not play everyday ?

    W T F

    • Ripsnorter1

      Lou doesn’t like him. He wants him gone. 


      I am surprised he is playing tonight vs LHP.
      I am surprised he is batting Leadoff vs LHP.
      I am surprised he is playing at all.

  • Ripsnorter1


  • Ripsnorter1

    In case you haven’t noticed…..

    Darwin Barney’s slugging percentage is right there with…..are you sitting down?……Alfonso Soriano. 

    Sure, Alfonso hit nothing but singles for the first six weeks of the season, but still…..

  • BosephHeyden

    The gift and curse to these west coast night games:  I just won’t be able to finish watching the games.  I will say this:  the timeframe to move Maholm is closing in.  If he has another good start, that’s when you want to offer him to the Yankees for a mid-level prospect.  If he stays this course…it might be a bit tougher.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Yankees would not touch Maholm with a ten foot pole, imo. 

      They want a real pitcher–a #3 or better. Maholm is a #5 on THE CUBS, for crying out loud. 
       I’d think that Garza will be gone before Maholm.

      • CubsTalk

        Yankees in talks for Garza according to several reports.

  • CubsTalk

    CBS Sports is reporting Cubs are in trade talks with Dodgers on Dempster, while Yankees are targeting Garza.

    • Neil

      Do you have a link for the CBS report? I saw speculation that they could target Dempster but did not see where the two teams are in talks.


  • CubsTalk

    Len & Bob are talking about their plans on Saturday……they just gave up on this game……. how soon will we all hear about buying tickets for  the Cubs Cruise?

  • CubsTalk

    Poll question of the night……

    As a Cubs fan, what are you  looking forward to at this point of the year?

    A – Cubs trades
    B – Next Cubs & White Sox series
    C- All Star game
    D – MLB Draft

    • Anonymous47701

      For Me, “D” The 2012 MLB Draft.

    • jw

      none of the above…CCO and Oct 1

  • Neil

    Good inning for Marmol

  • Neil

    SO-RI-A-NO (Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap)

  • Neil

    Stewart has to be standing at third. Bad baserunning.

    • Someguy27

      Cost them the chance to tie it up

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 4-3 to Giants Friday night

    Paul Maholm: 4R,8H,2BB,4K,5.1IP; Starlin Castro: 2-for-4, R; Alfonso Soriano: 1-for-3,HR,3RBI,HBP

  • paulcatanese

    When you lay down with the platoon system, you get up with losses.

  • matthew8510


  • matthew8510

    The Dodgers are expected to pursue pitching and hitting and Danny Knobler of (via Twitter) wouldn’t be surprised to see the club pursue Ryan Dempster of the Cubs. Knobler adds (Twitter link) that that the Dodgers wanted Dempster two summers ago but settled for Ted Lilly once he was taken off the market by the Cubs.