Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 06/03/12

Game Fifty-Three: Cubs (18-34) vs. Giants (29-24)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188/914
Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco

Travis Wood (0-1, 5.94/1.20) vs. Barry Zito (4-2, 3.41/1.33)

The Cubs begin what figures to be a very busy week with the third of a four game series in San Francisco. With the Rule 4 Draft beginning Monday and with Jorge Soler being granted free agency by Major League Baseball, the next week figures to be anything but boring. Soler’s agent, Barry Praver, has requested that offers for his client be submitted by Thursday (June 7).

It does not figure to get any easier for the Cubs’ offense this afternoon. Dale Sveum’s Cubs have struggled mightily this season against left-handed starters (2-10) and Barry Zito has had their number over the years. Look for Dale Sveum to load his lineup with as many right-handed bat as he can, including Koyie Hill. Lefties are hitting just .214/.267/.302 against Zito this year with only five extra basehits (four doubles, one home run) while right handers are hitting .238/.332/.360 with 17 extra basehits (10 doubles, two triples and five home runs).

The Cubs have been held to one run or less in five of the last 11 games.

Travis Wood was on the mound the day the Cubs snapped the 12-game losing streak. Can Wood help end the nine-game road skid and the current two-game losing streak?

This afternoon all begins with Travis Wood

After two solid starts at the big league level, Travis Wood struggled in his last start with the wind howling out at Wrigley. Wood could not keep the ball in the park on Memorial Day and served up not one, not two but four home runs. Three of the four shots Wood allowed that afternoon were of the solo variety and he was long gone by the time the Cubs ended their 12-game losing streak. Wood was charged with six runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings.

The Cubs are 2-1 in his three starts at the Major League level and while he received a no decision in his last start, it was the first win this season posted by the Cubs in a game started by the fourth slot in the rotation. Wood needs to concentrate on throwing quality strikes this afternoon.

Travis Wood has not beaten the Giants in two attempts. Wood is 0-1 with a robust 6.75 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP, last season (June 10) he received a no decision in San Francisco after allowing two runs on 11 hits with three walks and four strikeouts in eight innings. Both of his starts against the Giants have come at AT & T Park (nine runs on 18 hits with five walks and seven strikeouts in 12 innings).

Giants Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Emmanuel Burriss – 1-for-4
  • Brandon Crawford – 0-for-2
  • Aubrey Huff – 3-for-7 with a double
  • Angel Pagan – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Buster Posey – 0-for-3
  • Ryan Theriot – 1-for-5

Even when he is having a bad season, Barry Zito has always pitched well against the Cubs. Unfortunately for this version of the Cubs, Zito is having a good year.

Zito began the year 1-0 in his first four starts with a 1.67 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. Zitho held the likes of Colorado, Cincinnati, Miami and the Dodgers in check. He has struggled a little of late and is just 3-2 in his last six starts with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. Zito has not allowed more than four earned runs in an of his starts but his short outing against the Brewers two starts ago (eight runs, four earned, on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts in three innings) really skewed his numbers

Barry Zito is a perfect 2-0 in four home starts this season with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.30 WIHP.

Barry Zito is 2-3 in seven career starts against the Cubs with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Zito beat the Cubs the only time he faced them last season (two runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in seven innings) … the last time the Cubs beat Barry Zito was September 26, 2009.

Cubs Career Numbers against Barry Zito

  • Jeff Baker – 2-for-13 with a home run and two walks
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-1
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-6 with a triple
  • David DeJesus – 0-for-6
  • Reed Johnson – 7-for-26 with two doubles and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 7-for-44 with a double and five walks
  • Ian Stewart – 2-for-13 with a triple and a walk

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  • Tom U

    Daytona is starting Taylor Davis for the second consecutive game at third base. This leads me to believe that there might be a promotion in the near future for Greg Rohan.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marcos Mateo had TJ Surgery on Friday, obviously out for the remainder of the season.

    • Dnuge

      TJ  surgery takes about  18 months to recover for most pitchers.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Campana – CF
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Soriano – LF
    Baker – 1B
    Stewart – 3B
    Johnson – RF
    Hill – C
    Wood – P

    • matthew8510

      well we  got the 2 stooges in johnson and hill wheres the 3rd stooge in baker

      • BosephHeyden

         At first.  They’re all there

        • matthew8510

          oops  didnt see him  good catch  ya we lost

    • cubtex

      Castro is the one player they should just keep in one spot. He is the future. He was doing well in the #2 hole and now he is back to #3? All these other players could be gone next year. Sveum needs to keep Castro in the #2 spot for the rest of the year(imo)

      • Endy

        We just forfeit with that lineup.

        • Endy

          If lh hitters cannot hit lefties, what’s the point? And why dont we have better options than reed, baker?

          Unacceptable roster for majoR market. Season ticket holders should be refunded some money

      • Dnuge

        I have to agree with you about  Castro, personally I am sick of all these different lineups for every game, Sveum must sit up all night thinking about lineups !

        • William Eike

          I wonder if he is up all night thinking wondering which team he can dismantle as slowly as the one he’s with now. NEXT!!!!

    • DWalker

       that lineup is a good excuse to find something else to do on a sunday afternoon. Since they have wood in the lineup to hit I guess they figured everyone else could take the day off. whats Barny’s stats hitting #2?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

         Barney’s line in the 2-hole – .278/.325/.375 with 2 doubles, a triple and a home run in 18 games (72 at bats)

    • BosephHeyden

       Okay, so I have to ask:  how often do our lefty-pitching specific batting lineups tend to work out?  Because, if we HAVE to have lefty-specific lineups, maybe, just maybe, we should focus on getting better guys to fill that role?  It doesn’t really ever seem to work.

      • paulcatanese

        Nope,you are right, platoons just dont work, except of course for Casey Stengel, but then with his roster it didn’t matter.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Jeff Baker hits LHP to the tune of .300+.

        Jeff Baker hits RHP to the tune of about .106.
        For Jeff Baker, platoons work. 

        It may not make the Cubs a winner, but it works for Jeff Baker.

        • matthew8510

          who cares what he hits against lefties its still jeff baker

      • Ripsnorter1

        Don’t forget: 

        We have IAN STEWART starting today, and he’s a LEFT HANDED HITTER.
        I use the word “hitter” lightly…..

        • paulcatanese

          Think that one is all about defense at third:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez hit another homer, first pitch he saw today. Reportedly further than the ball he crushed last night.

    • cubtex

      He looks like he is adjusting to pro ball quite nicely. Saw a tweet yesterday commenting on how Baez has unreal bat speed!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        The one yesterday was from Kevin Goldstein. Baez is getting rave reviews so far. Made two very good plays at short as well.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baker appeared to hurt his right leg getting out of the box.

  • RynoTiger

    Jeff Baker to DL!!!!!   alright who gets the call up? 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baker is staying in

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Zito threw 13 pitches in the third (7) and fourth (6) combined

    • Brian

       That is just sad.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano has to catch that ball.

    • Scott

      It just hurts me to watch him run.  You can tell he is trying, but there just isn’t anything there anymore.  I wonder how long it will take before an extended DL stint occurs.

      • Dorasaga

        John below and many others had speculated that ol’Fonzi will undergo surgery (clean up that knee) when some real-prospect be called up.

  • Aaron

    WOW Koyie Hill sucks…sucks at hitting…cost the Cubs the game by swinging through and missing strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out, and can’t catch the damn ball…He wouldn’t been out easily

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Hill did not catch the ball … defense cost Wood a run this inning.

  • Aaron

    Speechless…..Soriano? Really?!?!

  • RynoTiger

    Soriano needs to go on a monster hot streak at the plate quickly so that some time will want to grab him sooner before his left knee completely gives out.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Actually what he should do is have that knee scoped, miss a couple of weeks and come back in time to get hot again so the Cubs might have a slim chance at moving him.

      • John_CC

         I said this a few weeks ago.  I can’t believe the team has not ordered him to get the knee cleaned out.  I wonder if they are waiting for the call-up of Rizzo which make a good excuse to try LaHair in LF for a few weeks to see if it works out.

      • paulcatanese

        I agree with that Neil, as witness to four of those,one can do more damage if not taken care of.
        Someone needs to make that decision for him if he does not do it on his own.(or can he do it on his own?)
        Contractualy I dont know if he can.

  • Scott

    Nice 5th for Koyie Hill.  Not only does he destroy another possible rally, but he can’t even squeeze his glove on a perfect throw home that would have kept the go-ahead run from scoring.

    The good news, is that I checked his stats on MLB.com.  His OPS coming into today was a robust .370, good enough for 501st in baseball.  502nd is offensive juggernaut Jamie Moyer….wow.

  • John_CC

    When did the Cubs give up on Pagan?  I always like him. 

    • Dorasaga

      I believe it was pre-season 2008. Hendry always thought Pagan has a viral intestinal problem. He could not digest so he’s stuck with a slim-frame and will never hit or end up DL. Well, I guess the Cubs always misjudged their younger players. Some of those first-round draftees from 2002-2005 had attitude problem, got themselves injured by playing games or during parties, never advanced past single-A, but was kept long enough until Hendry needed to grab his job (2009-’10), finally released. C’est la vie de Cubs.

  • Dorasaga

    Happy for T.Wood, he’s really put together a good game. Hmm. Sanchez won’t go look at that ankle. He’ll strike himself out…

  • paulcatanese

    Don’t know if someone posted this or not, want to get back to the game.
    This game should still be 0-0 yet.
    Three extra outs were in the inning they scored. Soriono should have caught the first ball, and the other foul ball could not reach either one.
    Hill dropped the throw from Johnson that clearly beat the runner who had to come back and touch home and then was called safe.
    Point here,
     
    Sveum should take Soriono out period. Everyone applauds the effort and the suffering he is going thru. If Sveum is continuing to play him because he needs the power of his bat. Then play LaHair instead, or bring up Rizzo or Jackson, whatever, but don’t keep Soriono out there suffering and costing runs because of health.

    This has been a gem for Wood today, and deserves better.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano gives them another run

  • Lmrepko38

    Please!!!!!!!!! Put someone else in LF!!!!
    It just pains me to watch him. He’s not healthy!!!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs shutout 2-0 by Giants Sunday afternoon

    Travis Wood:
    1R, 3H, 2BB (IBB), 7K in 7IP; Ian Stewart: 2-for-3; Reed Johnson: 2-for-3; Cubs: 4 hits, 2 walks

    • Aaron

      Neil,

      Did you get the list I emailed you?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Aaron, I did. Reviewing and putting together right now. Will email back later tonight. Thank you.

  • cc002600

    heycubtex, I know you think Soriano is an incredible hitter :-)

    but wondering, how’s that defense looking to ya ?  he needs to hit a 2 Run HR a day just to equal how many runs he gives up in the field.

    The guy clearly can’t run, why is he out there ?

    • cubtex

      I didn’t see the game today. Look….I know he is not 100%. He is on the downside of his career. He is not the player he used to be but I would rather see him out there than Reed Johnson or Jeff Baker or Bryan LaHair. None of those should be with the team next year, so I would rather see Soriano out there and see if he continues this hot hitting streak he is on. He has 8 HR’s since May 15th. That is pretty good I would say:)

  • Cheryl

    Soriano tries but the cubs should get him out of there. Right now they should be concerned about his health and not keep this up.

  • William Eike

    I am sure I am not alone when I say “I am sick and tired of watching Soriano limp his way around the field” For crying out loud folks! What will it take for management to prick their heads up out of the ground ( or wherever their heads may be) and realize the guy shouldn’t be out there.? Will his feelings be hurt if he doesn’t play? Too frigging bad. So he has 40 plus million left on his contract. Can he play ball? No!!!
    He hit a couple of home runs this year. That’s just so special. He hurts the team more than he helps. He’s like the Marmol of the outfield. Somebody help me understand. And why is it that Campana quit bunting here lately? Again please help me!!!!

    • Texcubnut

      William, I don’t know what their thinking is on Soriano. Like John and Neil alluded to earlier, his knee should be scoped, rested and put back out on field to try and trade by deadline.
        As far as Campana quitting bunting, third basemen have been playing over half way down the line within 40 ft. of home plate. No way to beat out a bunt when they’re in that close but, put a few line drive shots past their heads and they will back up fast, believe me. Additionally, except for the last two games, he has been riding the bench. Ask Dale!