Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Tigers – 06/12/12

Game Sixty-One: Cubs (20-40) vs. Tigers (28-32)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Paul Maholm (4-5, 5.10/1.35) vs. Max Scherzer (5-4, 5.88/1.59)

Updated 4:08pm CDT – Cubs fired hitting coach Rudy JaramilloReplaced on an interim basis with James Rowson

After a much-needed day off, the Cubs open a six-game homestand tonight with the first of three against the Detroit Tigers. The homestand concludes Sunday night with the last of three against the Boston Red Sox.

The Tigers are coming off a series win against the Reds. The Tigers took two of three from Dusty’s bunch in Cincinnati over the weekend and enter play tonight in third place in the AL Central, five games back of the first place White Sox.

The Cubs have played better at Wrigley (12-15) than on the road (8-25) and will face a very good, but underachieving Tigers’ team that is 13-16 outside of their home park.

The Cubs’ offense will not get a breather during the season. Rick Porcello faces Matt Garza Wednesday night and Justin Verlander will take on Travis Wood in the finale on Thursday afternoon.

One player that will be glad to be back at Wrigley is Prince Fielder. In 49 games at the old ballpark, Fielder has put together a .298/.424/.579/1.003 line with 15 doubles, one triple and 11 home runs.

In other newsPat Hughes has the next couple of days off. Hughes will return to the booth for Thursday’s finale with the Tigers. As he signed off Sunday, Hughes said that everything is okay that the next two days are planned time off.

Tonight it all begins with Paul Maholm

Not only does Paul Maholm need a good outing tonight, the Cubs also need for Maholm to revert back to his four-game form from the end of April through early May. Maholm has more than struggled of late and has not put together a good start since beating the Braves on May 9. Maholm lasted just four innings in his last start (four runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts) in Milwaukee. The Brewers scored all four runs in the fourth after Maholm started missing his spots and elevating the ball. Maholm did not like being lifted that early and said as much after the game.

After posting a 2-1 record in five May starts (3.56 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP), Maholm is 0-2 in his last two outings with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP (eight runs on 14 hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings).

Maholm has pitched rather well at Wrigley (3-2 in five starts with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP) and will make his first start at home since May 20 tonight.

Paul Maholm is 0-1 in two career starts against the Tigers with a 2.38 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. Maholm held the Tigers to two runs on six hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings last May. Maholm took the loss.

Tigers Career Numbers against Paul Maholm

  • Brennan Boesch – 2-for-3
  • Miguel Cabrera – 3-for-10 with a double
  • Prince Fielder – 6-for-48 with two walks
  • Austin Jackson – 0-for-6
  • Gerald Laird – 0-for-2
  • Ryan Rayburn – 0-for-4 with two walks
  • Delmon Young – 2-for-3

Max Scherzer has been one thing for the Tigers this season … inconsistent. Scherzer has great stuff and will seemingly put things together just to fall apart again in his next outing. Scherzer was a miserable 1-3 in his first five start with a 7.77 ERA and a 2.05 WHIP then posted a 4-0 record in six starts in May with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. The Indians pounded Scherzer in his last outing to the tune of eight runs, five earned, on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

Scherzer is 4-2 in seven starts on the road this season with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.

Max Scherzer has faced the Cubs once in his career, back in 2008 at Wrigley in a Diamondbacks uniform. Scherzer received a no decision after allowing one unearned run on five hits in six innings with a walk and six strikeouts.

Cubs Career Numbers against Max Scherzer

  • David DeJesus – 4-for-14 with a double and a home run
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-1
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-3
  • Ian Stewart – 2-for-9 with a triple, a home run and a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Theo Epstein spoke with the media today. Here are a few of the highlights:

    Confirmed Cubs ready to start moving players to improve the organization’s future.

    Said not Rudy’s fault but Cubs needed a new voice, new approach, emphasis on “mental side” of hitting.

    Pointed out Cubs OBP has gone down 5 consecutive years. “Not acceptable.”

    Said Rudy not to blame. Says change prompted more because wants change in philosophy.

    Said he believes Castro’s on base numbers will improve as he nears his prime

    Rizzo checked out ok initially after leaving Iowa game with injury

    Pending physicals have number of deals done w draft picks

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Bruce Levine: Jaramillo was on double secret probation . Told weeks ago approach of hitters had to change.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Rudy Jarmillo had a great PR staff somewhere. How he got this job, for this kind of dough, I dunno.

      • BosephHeyden

         Because he had results?  Not his fault that we had two prima-donna power hitters who were pretty much the only two competent hitters in the lineup, and that the rest of the team is filled with glorified journeymen.  The rookies he did get his hands on performed well and give him the credit.

        • cubtex

          you don’t think he could have done anything more with Koyie Hill, Jeff Baker, Joe Mather, Marlon Byrd, Ian Stewart,Reed Johnson? Those are some career .300 hitters you got there!

    • Calicub

      Double secret probation.. neil were those levines words or was that a super slick animal house reference?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Those were Levine’s words, and an Animal House reference

    • cubtex

      as opposed to single secret probation :)

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

         Levine used an Animal House reference

  • paulcatanese

    Mystifiying, “Double secret probation” whats that? Never heard that one before.
    Has anyone told Sveum they are facing a lefthander tonight? Like the lineup, but off the charts from the platoon that they usually go with.

    • Tony_Hall

      Max Scherzer is right handed…I use to think he was left-handed when he first came up for some reason as well.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/scherma01.shtml 

      • paulcatanese

        My bad read on the post that said he was. Don’t pay that much attention to the AL.
        Got to start watching TV from the front and not from the mirror.

        • Tony_Hall

          I thought he was left-handed for a whole year, when he first came up, until I finally got to see him pitch in a game….I thought they had the wrong guy on the mound.  

          Must be his name, it just sounds like a lefty.

          • CubsForever

            I saw the snot nose remark you left to me.

            I said nothing about you. 

            But then again, everyone knows your type.

            Now go complain to Neil.

          • Brp921

            Enouph already! CubsForever, or whatever you call yourself today, you need to realize that when you comment the way you do that your going to annoy people. It seems like you want to do that though. My gosh haven’t you got anything better to do than come on here with all your different handles just to talk nonsense. Why don’t you leave this site to Cub fans.

          • CubsForever

            I am here to talk baseball and the Cubs…..some folks have attitudes and lack of humor…..In America, we all have opinions….that what makes this country different than countries like Iran, Russia or Cuba……..you can debate on baseball issues with me…..so stow away that angriness & the frustrations, not good for the heart……I doubt if Tony needs someone to speak on his behalf…..or maybe Tony is tramped in the restroom at this time………stay happy……Cubs are winning!

          • Wavin’_Wendell

            Really?!? You’re here to talk baseball and the Cubs? Then tell me why you have repeatedly made comments about your disapproval of homosexuals. That’s just as bad as saying you disapprove of black people. You sir, are a racist. 
            Stay classy, Cubs fans. 

          • CubsForever

             You say you are classy, and calling me a Racists?

          • Wavin’_Wendell

            Having a gay family member, I have been a witness to several hate crimes against people in the gay community. I’ve had friends discriminated against to the point that they’re afraid to go out to Boystown anymore. I’ve even had a friend that was severely beaten because he was gay, and spent a month in the hospital.
            With the sort of comments you make, you are promoting that sort of behavior, the same type of violence that was happening 100 years ago to black people. I will call you exactly what you are, and you are a racist. 

            Do us…all a favor….and………….please leave. 

          • Tony_Hall

            You are here to stir up everyone, nothing more.

            You always talk about America and freedom of speech, have some respect for that freedom of speech and have decent conversations with everyone and maybe people will have decent conversations back with you.But, 90% of the responses you get are not conversations,but people coming back at you for what you said, which is many times inappropriate.Free speech only goes so far.  When you say I don’t need anyone to defend me, you are correct, but what you don’t understand, even though many of us have discussions that are disagreements, about the Cubs, we all respect each other.  I have some of the biggest disagreementswith Cubtex and Cubs 1967 and sometimes Ripsnorter.  Yet I respect their opinions, and more importantly, I respect them, as I know where they are coming from and why they have their opinions and will defend them against attacks. They are good decent people, like most everyone on here, who just wants a place to discuss our favorite baseball team.  You obviously have no respect for this website, for Neil, Tom, and Brian who put out the best Cubs website, and give us this forum to have discussions about the game. 

            Either create another new screen name, and have actual conversations about the Cubs in an appropriate way, or leave. 

    • Brp921

      Yeah Paul, but how much worse can we really be against Lefties? I’ve been hoping to see what a couple of these guys can do against them to.

      • Brp921

        I guess we’ll have to wait awhile to see LaHair against the lefties.

    • Calicub

      its good to see tony back in the starting line up seems like its been awhile…

    • cubtex

      I like that one too Paul. Double secret probation….It must have come from one of the Double National Cross Checkers Theo hired after they ate a Double Cheeseburger and some Wrigleys DoubleMint gum across the street from Wrigley Field at the McDonalds lot they purchased.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Paul, it is a reference from Animal House. Dean Wermer put the Deltas on Double Secret probation without them knowing it.

      • paulcatanese

        Well that puts it in the correct context, and it was hilarious. (Double Secret Probation) Still cracking up:)

  • CubsForever

    Three dates to look forward to…..June 21at, July 12th, and July 26th …..Theo will be looking to keep the Cubs in the headlines on their off days by making big trades…..if Garza is not signed by the All Star break, he is gone…..by now the Cubs gave up nothing for Garza….all those prospects that Tampa received became “Duds”……it does not make sense to sign Garza at this point with this long Cubs rebuilding project………I would be happy if we got two high prospects who can joint he MLB team in a Garza trade……..Lets hope that a Dempster trade does not turn out like the Lilly trade…….Giants need a closer, and are looking at Marmol…….Cubs will have five future outfielders (Jackson, Soler, Golden, Szczur and Almora) and one or two of them has to go by 2015……..Most people say that Dempster will be the first one to be traded…..I don’t think so……I suspect Vitters will be called up….Stewart plus 2 others from the 40 man roster player will be packaged off to make room for Almora

    • BosephHeyden

       There’s no reason to make room for Almora:  he’s a first round pick, but not a major leaguer yet.  When he’s in danger of being Rule 5 picked, that’s when you consider putting him on the 40 man.

      • CubsForever

        I meant Soler, not Almora…..yes, Giants are searching for a closer…..i read their reports.

    • Vivid_Reality

       So much of this post makes my head hurt, firstly Almora will not receive a major league deal. Second, the giants are not in need of a closer and certainly not looking at Marmol. Santiago Casilla has been cruising since being given the closers job. Lastly, Vitters wont see action unless he crushes and gets a September callup.

      • CubsForever

         take two aspirins and turn off the Cubs game……Storage Wars will come on at 9pm.

  • matthew8510

    neil who do you suspect will be the next hitting coach.whos available or will they just have the interim the rest of the year?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I have not heard any names yet. With Sveum being a former hitting coach, Rowson and Franklin Font (Cubs assistant hitting coach) I would not be surprised if they stick with they have on staff for the rest of the season.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Carrie Muskat: Anthony Rizzo day to day with right knee contusion … a bruised knee

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice 3-6-3 double play

  • CubsForever

    Maholm looking sharp tonight…… Theo, trade him this week.

  • CubsForever

    If Maholm can shut down the Tigers this long, he must be worth something to a team in the A.L.

  • CubsForever

    I like how Brenly is promoting Soriano’s trade value…..what an asset tot he Cubs as a tv guy.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The wind helped Maholm two more times in the sixth. Prince crushed that ball. Good concentration by Soriano.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano gets caught on the old third to first move … that no one ever gets caught on

    • Ripsnorter1

      What was the name of the White Sox pitcher who was so successful with that move? Jack McDowell. 

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        You’ve got me on that one, sorry.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Zall-right?

          Zall-right.

  • Brp921

    I can’t remember the fake to third throw to first pickoff play ever working on anyone except the Cubs. I think this was the second or third time.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Darwin Barney is a RBI machine … tonight at least.

    • Brp921

      Soriano owes Barney dinner. But then again Sori might have saved a run or two as well.

  • Brp921

    Let’s hope the bullpen can hold this lead Maholm deserves a win here.

    • CubsForever

      I remember Coleman’s old man when he pitched for the Cubs…he sucked also!

      • Ripsnorter1

        Joe Coleman? 142-135 in a 15 year career with 3.70 lifetime ERA. He broke into the majors at age 18, but he was 29 when he went 2-8 with a 4.10 ERA and 1.354 WHIP for us in 1976. 

        • Brp921

          Actually he was a pretty decent pitcher, not great, but he had a pretty good career. 

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Agreed …

  • CubsForever

     Lets all sing the Barney Song….

    I love you,

    You love me,

    We’re a happy family,

    with a great big hug,

    and a kiss from me to you,

    Won’t you say you love me TOO!

    ha ha ha ha

  • CubsForever

    If anyone out there has connections to the State Dept. or knows Hillary Clinton, Soler needs a visa to sign with the Cubs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Maholm had a very good outing.

  • CubsForever

    No doubt that Theo is eager to clear out this entire roster…….Maholm, DeJesus & Stewart have some value to the right team……sooner the better to make the trades before some of these players come up with sudden injuries that requires them to hang out longer at the local bars as they recover……players who failed, should not be rewarded ….and there are no players on the Cubs who get the Gold Star.

  • John_CC

    Yikes! Cubs are getting the breaks and the calls this inning!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat Tigers 4-3 Tuesday night – Paul Maholm: 2R, 6H, 1BB, 7K, 6+IP; Darwin Barney: 1-for-3, 2B, 3RBI, BB, R, SB; Tony Campana: 2-for-5,3 SB; David DeJesus: 1-for-4, 2B, BB, R

    • Ripsnorter1

      1-14 with RISP tonight. And we won!

  • Brp921

    Did I hear correctly earlier that Tony Campana is leading the league in steals. Forget about Mather and play Campana everyday. Mather is not going to hit for enouph power to warrant sitting that kind of speed on the bench. Campana deserves to start until he fails completely as a hitter.

    • Calicub

      im not sure if the 3 from tonight were included, but espn currently has him listed @ 21 sb leading the entire league, al and nl

      • gary3411

         that includes tonight

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yes, Campana leads Major League Baseball with 21 stolen bases.

    • DWalker

      he got a month late start and just imagine if Dale actually let him play the majority of the time. I am fine with him in leadoff and batting DDJ third at this point.

  • John_CC

    Scherzer is a wild man. I really hope the hitters watched the tapes and are patient with this goon. 

    Aside from being a lefty, Porcello isn’t that great this year…then again the Wolf shut the Cubs down.

    The Verlander game is gonna be interesting.  If there was ever a good time to bet on a no hitter, that would be it. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Peoria – Michael Jensen (6-2, 2.32)
    Daytona – Eduardo Figueroa (2-2, 3.78)

    Tennessee has the night off. Iowa lost 9-4 to Omaha, Chris Volstad 6 ER in 5 IP. Luis Valbuena HR. Anthony Rizzo had to leave the game with a knee injury.

    Notes:

    OF Nelson Perez and 3B Greg Rohan will take part in the FSL Home Run Derby during the All-Star break.

    Congratulations to the Peoria Chiefs. The Chiefs evened their record to 32-32 last night, the only team in the organization to reach the ,500 mark after week 1 of the season.

    RHP Hayden Simpson was assigned to Boise for Daytona.

  • cubtex

    Ummmm. Porcello is a righty!

  • Tony_Hall

    Is there somewhere that makes people think the Tigers starters are left-handed :)

  • John_CC

     I was right about Scherzer being a wild man, though. 2 WP in two innings

  • cubtex

    Right? I think the only lefty starter for the Tigers is Drew Smyly.

  • cubtex

    Hayden Simpson has been awful this year too. I guess next step after this demotion will be his release. Imagine a rotation with Simpson and Concepcion back to back? The hitters on the other team will be running to the batters box.

  • John_CC

     I always think the Verlander is lefty too. Really.

  • Brp921

    If he ever figures out how to be consistant though watch out. He’s got some good stuff.