Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 06/02/12

Game Fifty-Two: Cubs (18-33) vs. Giants (28-24)
Game Time – 6:15pm CDT
Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188/914
Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco

Matt Garza (2-3, 4.22/1.16) vs. Matt Cain (5-2, 2.79/0.93)

The 10-game road trip got off to a bad start Friday night and Dale Sveum’s Cubs will try to bounce back tonight behind Matt Garza. The Cubs’ offense really struggled against Madison Bumgarner less than 24 hours ago and it will not get any easier tonight with Matt Cain on the bump. Cain has owned the Cubs for the most part during his career and it has been nearly five years since a team from the North Side of Chicago has beaten Matt Cain.

After being claimed off waivers on Friday, Jairo Asencio is expected to be in the Cubs’ pen tonight. Sveum played with 24-man roster in the opener after Michael Bowden was designated for assignment.

Following Friday’s loss, Dale Sveum addressed his team’s struggles and his patience. Sveum said, “Guys are playing hard and preparing hard, and you go out every night and it’s a different night to win a baseball game. My patience hasn’t thinned because we’re losing. Guys are doing what they can and playing as hard as they can.”

Tonight’s game is being labeled as ‘Turn Back the Century‘. Both teams will wear uniforms from the 1912 season when the New York Giants could have played the Chicago Cubs at the Polo Grounds. The Giants will not use their jumbotron or P.A. system. The announcements in the stadium will be made on a megaphone.

In a Battle of the Matts … tonight all starts with Matt Garza.

Tonight will be the fifth start for Matt Garza after he returned from missing 12 days with the flu. Garza has not been the same since he tossed seven innings of one-hit ball against the Phillies on April 29. Garza is coming off two horrible outings in which he allowed 13 runs, 12 earned, on 12 hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in eight innings (13.50 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP). Over that span, Garza has served up five home runs, including three, three-run homers over three innings.

After posting a 2-1 record in his first five starts with a 2.67 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP, Garza is 0-2 in his last four with a 6.86 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.

Tonight starts a new month for Matt Garza.

Matt Garza is 1-0 in one career start against the Giants with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Garza beat the Giants last August 30 at AT & T Park (two runs on nine hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings).

Giants Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Brandon Belt – 0-for-3
  • Gregor Blanco – 1-for-4
  • Melky Cabrera – 3-for-12 with two walks
  • Aubrey Huff – 4-for-18 with a double, a triple, a home run and two walks
  • Angel Pagan – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Ryan Theriot – 1-for-5

Matt Cain has been very, very good this season. Cain has won his last four outings and the Giants are 7-3 in his 10 starts this season. Cain was a sterling 1-1 in four starts in April with a 2.37 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP and is 4-1 in his last six games with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.

For as good as Cain has been this season, he’s even been better at home. In five starts at AT & T, Cain is 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP.

Matt Cain is 5-2 in 11 career starts against the Cubs with a 2.16 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. Cain tossed seven innings of shutout ball the only start he made against the Cubs a year ago and the last time the Cubs beat Matt Cain was July 18, 2007.

Cubs Career Numbers against Matt Cain

  • Jeff Baker – 2-for-11
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-3
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-7 with a walk
  • David DeJesus – 1-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 4-for-12 with a double and a walk
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-5
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-8 with a home run and three walks
  • Ian Stewart – 5-for-25 with a triple, a home run and two walks

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Campana – CF
    Castro – SS
    DeJesus – RF
    Soriano – LF
    LaHair – 1B
    Clevenger – C
    Barney – 2B
    Mather – 3B
    Garza – P

    • John_CC

       Like the lineup.  Pretty close to one Dorasaga and I were working on!

    • Ripsnorter1

      I do not want DeJesus batting 3rd for me. No power. Not much BA. 

      In 2011 he hit .193 from the #3 hole.Lifetime he’s a .292 BA with a lousy .376 slugging from the #3 hole in 540 PA.  HE’S MARLON BYRD, FOLKS. 

      • John_CC

         Rip, I can cherry pick stats too.  2011 DeJesus was pretty terrible across the board and he has “bounced back” to career averages.  So let’s look at 2010:  56 starts and 240 PA from the 3 hole he hit .358 with an OBP of .418, 22 bb/27 so.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=dejesda01&year=2010&t=b

        Of course he doesn’t have any power, but he is the most patient, consistent hitter on the team along with Castro (not patient, bad OBP), but they experiment is over with the Cubs record not being very good.

        • BosephHeyden

           I’d be fine with DeJesus batting second behind Campana.  Campana does better with no one on, DeJesus is, supposedly, the best bunter on the team, and it removes Castro from behind Campana, which constantly angers me since Campana would likely have at least eight more steals had Castro not fouled off pitches he didn’t need to swing at.

    • paulcatanese

      This lineup makes sense, no sense to platoon. One change, switch Clevenger and Mather, would give almost all lefty righty lineup, Truly believe DeJesus can handle three spot, has hit there before.

  • mixtoquente

    I’d like to see this lineup:

    Castro – SS
    Barney – 2B
    Clevenger – C
    Soriano – LF
    LaHair – 1B
    DeJesus – RF
    Mather – 3B
    Campana – CF
    Pitcher

    • CubsTalk

       I like to see this lineup……

      2B- Sandberg
      1B – Buckner
      3B – Santo
      SS – Banks
      LF – B. Williams
      RF – Dawson
      CF – Sosa
      C – J. Davis
      P – Jenkins

      RP – Sutter

      ….but like yours, it will never happen!

      • John_CC

         Buckner over Mark Grace?  Crazy.

  • cubtex

    Nice start by Trey McNutt last night. 6IP 1 ER

  • Tom U

    Rodrigo Lopez activated by the Iowa Cubs from the 7 Day DL, Shane Lindsay sent to EXT.

  • RynoTiger

    I saw the tweet regarding the possibility of Marlon Byrd being DFA’d soon.  If that happens, are the Cubs still on the hook for the rest of his contract?

    • Ripsnorter1

      Yes indeed. We get to pay Michael Bowden, too.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      The Cubs are still responsible for Byrd’s contract if he is released, same if they would have released him.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Cain is 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA in seven starts vs. the Cubs dating to Aug. 23, 2007, holding the Cubs without a run five times. He hasn’t allowed a run in the last 15 innings against Chicago, and has limited Soriano to one hit — a homer — in eight career at-bats.

  • John_CC

    Garza needs to step up tonight.  Having the flu 3 weeks ago is not an excuse.

    • CubsTalk

      Wasn’t you the other day who called me out when i said Garza was playing like a #4 starter lately and you told me the guy had the flu and lost 10 lbs, and I should give Garza a break?

      • John_CC

         Not I.  Most likely that was cubtex.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to the Trib, Dempster stayed back home in Chicago for personal reasons. Still plans to start Tuesday in Milwaukee.
     

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’s helping his wife pack. 

      • paulcatanese

        I think you are correct. What stands out is he sold his home, and rumors that he would drop his no trade clause. And further sounds a little like JH from last year, he knew he was going before it was announced, this looks a little too similar to me.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Defense has already given the Giants two extra outs, the missed double play has led to seven extra pitches, to this point, for Garza

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Javier Baez just hit his first his first homer, a three run shot to left center.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    DeJesus with a solo home run

  • Denver Mike

    DeJesus with the power stroke from the #3 spot, I can’t see the game so I just will assume it was a no-doubter!

    • paulcatanese

      Yes, a long,long no- doubter.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a double in his first at bat since last Sunday

  • CubsTalk

    Now that Soler is a Free Agent, it would not surprise me if the following scenario happens….

    – Cubs signs Soler……

    – A MLB team complains that the Cubs tampered with Soler …..

    – Selig looks into the complaint…

    – Selig suspends Theo for a year, takes away a 1st round draft choice

    All based on “Milwaukee Boy” Selig wants to put roadblocks on the Cubs rebuilding their system.

  • CubsTalk

    Does anyone know what three trades that ESPN Jim Bowden said the Cubs need to make?

    • Ripsnorter1

      Here they are:

      #1 
      RHP Ryan Dempster to the Atlanta Braves for RHP Kris Medlen and LHP Mike Minor
      #2 RHP Matt Garza and a fringe prospect to the Detroit Tigers for minor league RHP Jacob Turner and 3B Nick Castellanos 

      #3 1B/OF Bryan LaHair to the Cleveland Indians for 3B Lonnie Chisenhall and RHP Nick Hagadone

      http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/the-gms-office/post?id=4137

      • Ripsnorter1

        Detroit fans say “No way that trade happens.” They are probably right. 

        Indian fans say, “No way that trade happens.” They are probably right.

        Atlanta fans say, “No way that trade happens.” They are probably right.

        • bpot92

          Yea no wonder bowden couldn’t make it in a front office.

  • CubsTalk

    Giants Pablo Sandoval might be charged with sexual assault (ESPN).

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson 2-for-2 tonight with a triple, a double and two runs scored. Rizzo 1-for-1 with a double, a run scored and a walk. Jackson is tearing it up of late. Cutting down on his strikeouts and hitting .264 with a .853 OPS

    • Tom U

      Jackson now has an 8 game hit streak. He is batting .457 over his last 10 games.

  • Jamjamski

    love the cubs uniforms they ever Sunday ON THE ROAD

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Campana and DeJesus pull off the double steal

  • Claudia Gathercole

    Yvonne Decalogue was married to a stunt man named Morgan in 1955, they divorced in 1970.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with his sixth walk of the year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 2-1 to Giants Saturday night – Matt Garza:
    2R, 5H, 1BB, 6K in 6IP; David DeJesus: 1-for-3, HR, BB; Alfonso Soriano: 1-for-4, 2B
     

  • BosephHeyden

    Eric Karros keeps trying to hammer home that Soriano is to blame for this loss.  Besides the fact he’s coming off like a total apologist for the Cubs, I can’t disagree any more than I already do with him.  This is Matt Garza.  He pitches well when he’s composed.  But he gets compromised far too easily.  And, with Garza, if he gets rattled by a bad play, it takes a good play to get him composed again.   Yeah, Soriano did cost them an out, but it isn’t like Garza got any extra outs there.  He still walked in a run, and he still gave up the go-ahead run, relying far too much on getting a double play when he knows very well the guy on first (Aubrey Huff) is a veteran player that knows how to disrupt double plays.

    Bottom line:  Soriano didn’t lose this game.  I won’t go so far as to say Garza lost this game, but had he kept himself composed, maybe it’s a different game.  But the one thing for certain is that a better offense wins that game, and we didn’t have one.