Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 06/19/12

Game Sixty-Eight: Cubs (23-44) vs. White Sox (35-32)
Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet (Cubs), WGN TV (White Sox) – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 180/914
Location – U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (0-3, 4.58/1.25) vs. Jake Peavy (6-2, 2.91/0.97)

It is game two of round two of the City Series and tonight figures to be a lot more challenging for the Cubs’ offense with Jake Peavy on the hill. Dale Sveum’s team had their best offensive night of the season in the opener. The Cubs beat the Sox for the first time under Dale Sveum and improved to 12-11 in series openers this season … but that was then.

Following Monday’s victory, Dale Sveum said he will likely use the same defensive alignment tonight … Bryan LaHair in right, David DeJesus in center, Tony Campana in left and Steve Clevenger at first. The Cubs appear to be on the verge of calling up Anthony Rizzo. They have said all along that LaHair would move to the outfield, against right handed pitching, when Rizzo is ready to be called-up. Sveum mentioned Monday that LaHair would be playing in the outfield, for now, against right-handed starters.

The flurry of roster moves the Cubs made on Monday caught many off guard. While Geovany Soto being activated from the DL was not a surprise, the Cubs discussed having three catchers on the roster when Soto was able to return. Welington Castillo and not Adrian Cardenas was sent out and Scott Maine took Ryan Dempster’s spot on the active roster. The Cubs figure to be extremely busy over the next six weeks and both the 40-man and active roster figures to change quite a bit over that span.

Randy Wells has been given another opportunity in the starting rotation. With Dempster on the shelf, Wells will take his spot, at least for Wednesday. Wells has not taken advantage of previous opportunities to put his proverbial money where his mouth is.

Tonight it all starts with Travis WoodTravis Wood is coming off a quality start (three runs on eight hits with two walks, two hit batsmen and three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings) against the Tigers. Wood was not sharp and pitched his way out of trouble all afternoon. The Tigers put the leadoff hitter on in each of Wood’s seven innings and he pitched from behind in the count most of the day. While the line may say it was a quality start … it was far from it. If Travis Wood pitches the way he did against the Tigers tonight, the White Sox will light him up.

Travis Wood is 0-2 in three starts outside of Wrigley this season and will participate in the Crosstown series for the first time.

Travis Wood has never faced the White Sox … and Orlando Hudson (0-for-2 with a walk) is the only active Southsider that has faced him.

To put it simply, Jake Peavy has owned the Chicago Cubs throughout his career … and especially since the trade that would have sent him to the team on the North Side of Chicago was pulled off the table at the end of the Winter Meetings in 2008.

Jake Peavy is coming off another excellent outing (one run on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks in seven innings) against the Cardinals but was a hard-luck loser thanks to Lance Lynn. Peavy is 0-1 in his last three starts with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.

For as good as Peavy has been this season, he has struggled a little at the Cell. Peavy is 3-1 in seven home starts with a 4.05 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.

Jake Peavy is 7-2 in 12 career starts against the Cubs with a 2.39 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Peavy shutout the Cubs for 6 1/3 innings back on May 20. Peavy allowed only three hits, walked two and struck out seven in a 6-0 Sox win.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jake Peavy

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-3
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-3
  • Adrian Cardenas – 0-for-2
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-8 with a walk
  • David DeJesus – 0-for-14
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Bryan LaHair – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Joe Mather – 1-for-1 with a home run
  • Alfonso Soriano – 9-for-26 with three doubles, three home runs and four walks
  • Geovany Soto – 2-for-6 with two walks
  • Luis Valbuena – 4-for-8 with a double and two walks

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Castro – SS
    LaHair – RF
    Soriano – DH
    Clevenger – 1B
    Barney – 2B
    Valbuena – 3B
    Soto – C
    Campana – LF

    Wood – P

  • paulcatanese

    Seems to be a pretty good lineup, at least it was last night. Even though Peavy is a bigger challenge than Stewart I think the alternating lineup will pay dividends in the long run.
    Always been against the degisnated hitter rule of the American League, but the more I see it the more I’m beginning to like it, lot more scoring takes place (not blinded by last night but overall).

    • Zonk

      I’m more interested in how LaHair and DeJesus handle RF/CF, because we’ll be seeing alot more of that when Rizzo comes up, methinks….

      • paulcatanese

        I think they will do okay given that DeJesus has played more than a few games in center, the worry if I have one would be how LaHair handle RF, as thats not an easy place to play at Wrigley.
        Strange how things progress, Fukodome was one of the better right fielders and DeJesus is also. Fukodome was also moved to center a few times and he didnt do all that bad.
        Center field is said to be the easiest of the outfield positions to play and right the hardest, given that, as long as Soriono is around he will play left and when he goes and if La Hair is still around he will move over to left. I understand that LaHair has spent more than a few games out there.
        At any rate, opposing teams going from first to third
        are a given with LaHair there, as well as second to home.

  • Tony_Hall
    • Ripsnorter1

      Chris Archer

      76 IP….45 BB….90 K…65 H allowed….1.435 WHIP
      Archer walks too many. Otherwise he’d not have a 4.81 ERA.

      He’s 23….1 month younger than Brett Jackson.

      • Tony_Hall

        Maybe the wind was gusting out when he pitched  :)

        • Ripsnorter1

          Ya know, he did complain of losing his equilibrium due to some gusts of wind on some 4 pitch walks….LOL

          • Dorasaga

            Nobody would have expected Castro that much more advanced than Hak-ju Lee three years ago. Prospects need to be tried years before a club can get a proper development for them, at least most of them.

      • Ripsnorter1

        John Gaub has bounced around this year–he’s on his 3rd team already. Currently he’s with Tampa Bay affiliate AAA, Durham, with 16 IP, 12 BB and 21 K. He’s walking the world. Again.

        • cubtex

          I thought Gaub was with the Cardinals organization. Didn’t they pick him up?

          • Ripsnorter1

            Tampa Bay now…same team as Archer was.

      • cubs1967

        as a MLB package subscriber I’ll have to watch tomorrow………not sure why the Rays are leaving wade davis in the pen……he’s had some success at the ML level than “throwing” archer out there……he’s not ready. thanks for letting me know.

    • Zonk

      He’s missed bats at AAA, but had trouble with the strike zone.  We’ll see how he does. 

    • cubtex

      He has great K numbers this year but he is still all over the place. His command issues continue.

    • cubtex

      And of course with Archer….I will bring up Hak Ju Lee as well.

      He has raised his average to .243
      He is not a great hitter to begin with but he really struggles against lefties(so if Sveum had him we would see another righty lefty platoon at SS)  :)

      Lee is hitting .189 vs LHP

  • Ripsnorter1

    You just got to love how Ventura thought that since the Cubs were 27th in MLB in scoring, that he could send out his spot starter Stewart and still garner a win. Stewart gave up the taters and the Sox lost ground in the race.

    • John_CC

       You wouldn’t think the same thing? 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sveum said Stewart had cortisone shots to aid injured wrist. Surgery ruled out for short term. Likely to play thru it for rest of 2012

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sveum said [until Rizzo here] Clevenger will stay at 1B and will spell Soto behind the plate to save Geo’s knees

    • Dorasaga

      That’s an interesting fold of events.

  • paulcatanese

    Wow, the way this is going for the Cubs, does anyone see a good power hitting right handed hitter out there?
    And I dont mean Youkillis(if thats how its spelled).

    • CubsChitChat

      Just to mention a few on the trade block……

      Astros – Carlos Lee

      Brewers – Corey Hart

      Twins – Josh Willingham

      Padres – Carlos Ouentin

      • Dorasaga

        Lahair misread the ball. Didn’t run all the way to try catch it. He was strolling. Result: Ground rule double.

      • paulcatanese

        Why not, not like the Cubs  dont need one.

    • Dorasaga

      Soto has been brutal defensively. The league will run on him more now.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Never should have thrown that one

        • Dorasaga

          I wonder if anyone watched the last inning (bottom of 2nd) and thought the same about Wood… There’ll always be that one inning when he really complicates things, esp. with men on base. Sometimes he pitches like a minor leaguer, overpitched and used all his breakers, instead of trusting his teammates and let the balls fly. I wouldn’t say this is applicable to all kinds of pitchers. Guys like Jamie Moyer would have preached “pitching,” not “throwing,” when he doesn’t have that 90+ mph fastball. Travis got the stuff. He could have relied more on his fastballs, not trying to play around the edges and let batters work him. This White Sox lineup was not built for patience (it never was). That was a tiring inning that shouldn’t have happened.

          • RynoTiger

            actually I think Wood was distracted by the fact that he was hungry. I could tell he was thinking, “man, I could really go for a Malnati’s deep dish right about now”.  that’s what it looked like to me.  I could be wrong.

          • Dorasaga

            :-D Craving the White Castle, an adventure through the Wood (“Harold & Kumar”).

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

         Soto now has more throwing errors (5) than home runs (4).

  • DWalker

    why are we stuck with sox announcers all the time? Game hasn’t even started and I want to mute hawk.

    Ok, now that Rizzo watch seems to be winding down, whats the thought on Jackson coming up? His numbers seem to be steadily improving at AAA.  

    Will they leave him down there all season just for the year of control? Or is he undeveloped enough they won’t want to pull another Rizzo? Wait to see if DJ or Soriano get moved?

    • Ripsnorter1

      Hawk is a horrible announcer. How did he get a job, and how does he keep it?

  • Dorasaga

    The Bad Guy Co. called Barney “a tough customer at plate.” The league should have noticed how good a clutch hitter is Darwin.

  • Dorasaga

    Great, athletic play by Travis. A rocket he reached for.

  • J Daniel

    I can’t believe nobody mentioned that Koyie Hill signed with the Nats!

    • CubsChitChat

       I can’t believe Koyie Hill got another MLB job.

      • Dnuge

        I was surprised even at him signing with the Nats AAA team.

  • CubsChitChat

    Poll Question of the night…..

    If the Cubs had their own MT Rushmore of famous Cubs, who should be on it?

    A – Banks/Santo/Williams/Jenkins
    B – Sandberg/Sutter/Banks/Santo
    C – Sosa/Sandberg/Dawson/Buckner
    D – Sandberg/Sutcliffe/Madlock/Grace

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That was a very good at bat by DeJesus

    • Dorasaga

      Neil, I don’t know if it’s the camera angle or not, I’m having difficulty recognizing the strikezone tonight. The pitch f/x on mlb.tv shows awfully close pitches by Peavy against Lahair, but I’ve been seeing obviously out-of- zone locations.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I’m seeing a lot of inconsistency from CB Bucknor. I was catching up my notes during LaHair’s last at bat … sorry.

        • Dorasaga

          Keep up the work (and schedule). I thought I could be wrong with what I’m seeing, so rather ask than say something stupid. :-)

  • J Daniel

    I am not so sure I would trade LaHair unless it was a really really good prospect. He may not be a guy that will be a long term part of the solution but he is proving that he can hit home runs. He is a cheap contracts, a left handed power guy, and would be a really good guy to have batting 6th and play left field. Even if he was platooned and did not start against lefties he would be a big bat off the bench on those days.

    I would keep him at least throu next season.

    • CubsChitChat

       The word is “thru”….

      • J Daniel

        Typing on an iPad is not the best!

        • CubsChitChat

          iPads, Smart Phones, iPods, Internet….will be the Downfall of American Education System.

          • J Daniel

            No – bad parenting will be!

      • Brian

         It’s actually “through” as “thru” is still considered a variant, which is not an actual word.

    • RickinMSP

      I’m with Cubtex on LaHair.  If a team wants him, let him go.  13 home runs and only 28 rbi.  Nearly half of his rbi is himself.  Additionally, 20 of the 28 have come form the home run. He may have power, but doesn’t drive anyone in.  Kinda like Rob Deer with a higher batting average, or maybe Jack Cust.

      • J Daniel

        Would help if he had players on base a little more. I am just saying you can trade him for some prospect that probably won’t work out or give it a really good shot as they are not going to win next year either. Why give him away?

        • Dorasaga

          Nice inning for Wood.

          Hey, check out the Ray-Nats game. Nats’ manager, Davey Johnson requested the umpires to check the leather of a Ray reliever, who just came on the mound. His glove was taken somewhere off field for inspection, and he was forbidden to pitch tonight. Joe Maddon (Ray manager) was forced to make another pitching change. The last pitcher perhaps held something in his glove, could be against the rules. Good chance for kids to learn play the right way.

          • Dorasaga

            He used pinetar. There’ll be penalty…

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Yep, he’s in trouble.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            He put together a good outing.

          • Dorasaga

            Come on, Russell… 9th pitch now; the 6th was a meat, luckily fouled.

          • Dorasaga

            This is Russell’s second multi-walk inning this season, since April 23. The Cubs won that game 3-2.

          • Dorasaga

             ooo… I’m glad Reed was there at RF… Could’ve been a single that ties this…

          • paulcatanese

            I didnt notice Johnson going in for LaHair and thought wow, what a great catch by LaHair and then took a second look and it was Johnson, I doubt that LaHair would have made that catch, good defensive change
            by Sveum.

      • Ripsnorter1

        That higher BA is going to fall as league adjusts. Power numbers are already falling too. The party is over. The strike outs are not.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What a catch by Castro

  • Dorasaga

    See, that wasn’t hard. Pitch for strikes, not around.

  • CubsChitChat

    15 more minutes, and Storage Wars” will be on.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Campana with a single … 

    • Dorasaga

      Too bad Peavy caught him off base…

      • paulcatanese

        I question that on the re-play, I think he was back in, plus the umpire was on the opposite side of the tag. All he could see was Konerko’s arm sweeping down, the tag was high.(then again, I am all pro-Campana).

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    DeJesus with a leadoff triple in the ninth

  • Dorasaga

    \Dejesus’s hustle triple.

    • Dorasaga

      Jake Peavy has been pitching a gem. Two consecutive groundballs that kept Dejesus at third base.

      • RynoTiger

        I’d credit Castro more for getting the out than Peavy. Just a bad at bat by Castro – terrible pitch to try and do anything productive with

        • Dorasaga

          You know, when the numbers flashed, Castro’s BA was .304, then I saw his on-base at .317…Less than two minutes later, Reed steps in and seeing his obp at .358, I was shaking my head just as much as you did.

          Castro is definitely a working progress.

          • matthew8510

            im glad we didnt get peavy hes so cocky and selfish 124 pitches really shows how selfish he is 

          • matthew8510

            has arm trouble and is gonna throw 124  pitches what a irrogant b****

          • BosephHeyden

             Ummm…how is any of that “arrogant”?  Especially with a manager that is quick to pull the trigger on starters?  He allowed only two runs, one earned, and retired around 14-15 Cubs in a row.  And, especially with his team giving him no run support against a fourth of the rotation starter for eight innings, he had no obligation to go out for the ninth, but did anyways.  That’s exactly the type of pitcher I’d want on my team.

          • matthew8510

            ok i can see ur up by 1 or 2 but hes down and coming up on 120 pitches i know if i have arm problems i wouldnt wanna hurt my arm for no reason.there was no reason to come out in the 9th whatsoever.must be nice to decide when you come out of game or not.hes a player and manager

          • matthew8510

            that just shows hes all me me me

          • Tony_Hall

            Or he’s all about winning and knew that Marmol was coming in to pitch the 9th.  I see what you are talking about, but he’s like AJ, hate him if he is on the other team, love him if he is on yours.

          • CubsChitChat

             do you remember the players who the Padres wanted from Hendry for Peavy?…..Marshall/Marmol/Vitters…

          • Dorasaga

            I believe you just defined 80% of the aces out there. :-))

      • Dorasaga

        And Clevenger was overmatched tonight.

  • BosephHeyden

    Heads up baserunning by Soriano to take second on that check swing snafu.  Poorly done by the Cubs all around, however, to abandon DeJesus at third.  This is the same Cubs team we had before Jaramillo, the same with Jaramillo…at this point, I’ve jumped on the “hitting coaches are useless” bandwagon, at least for the Cubs.

    And here comes Marmol…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the White Sox 2-1 Tuesday night – First road series win for the Cubs this season

    Travis Wood:
    1R, 4H, 4BB, 5K, 6IP; David DeJesus: 2-for-4,3B,2RBI; Tony Campana: 2-for-3,R; Starlin Castro: 1-for-4
     

  • Dorasaga

    Good win tonight. Fun pitching duel. For about four innings, Travis Wood pitched like an ace. Glad to see Marmol has his command and velocity back. Hope he stays like this for a while.

    I know it’s not always good to talk about the future and disregard what should be done NOW, but Marmol will cost $9.8M next year. Maybe he’ll fit another team, not the Cubs. I’ll love to see the Cubs win a World Series with Marmol, but it’s hard to imagine him closing out more high-leverage games…

    • Ripsnorter1

      I doubt another team needs a $9.8 million dollar walk machine. 

  • jw

    Big well pitched win and great series win against the local rival!

  • paulcatanese

    DeJesus dosent score from third why? Castro will not take a walk,swings at the samelow outside ball and trys to pull it,result weak groundball out, then Johnson same thing low and off the plate,result
    weak ground ball,thats why DeJesus did not score, period.

  • paulcatanese

    A 2-1 win over the White Sox is much sweeter than 12-3, even sweeter is both runs were un-earned,Beautiful, make it hurt.

  • paulcatanese

     I thought Wood pitched a decent game tonight. He was getting squeezed a lot from the home plate umpire on the inside of the plate,
    and did last as long as expected.
    The non-platoon lineup won again, not pretty, but they won, and thats what counts.