Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 06/20/12

Game Sixty-Nine: Cubs (24-44) vs. White Sox (35-33)
Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 180/914
Location – U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

Randy Wells (1-1, 4.50/1.82) vs. Gavin Floyd (4-7, 5.63/1.34)

It is game three of round two of the City Series and after tonight the Cubs are done with Interleague play for another season. The Cubs are 5-9 against the Junior Circuit this year and a win tonight would not only complete the sweep over the Sox but would give them a one-game improvement over their 5-10 Interleague record from a year ago.

Randy Wells gets the start tonight subbing for the recently DL’d Ryan Dempster. Dempster was placed on the disabled list Monday with tightness in his right lat. Dempster said he expected to miss only a couple of starts but reports have surfaced that Dempster will not throw a ball for ten days and could be out to around the All-Star break.

In other newsIan Stewart had his wrist examined Monday at the Cleveland Clinic and another MRI on his left wrist did not reveal anything specific. Stewart openly discussed the possibility of season-ending surgery on his wrist but surgery appears to be on hold until the off-season. Stewart received a cortisone shot and his expected to rejoin the team Wednesday. Stewart is eligible to return from the DL on June 28.

Tonight it all begins with Randy Wells

Randy Wells will get yet another opportunity to start while Ryan Dempster is on the shelf. Wells has been handed chances in the past but has not been able to get out of his own way. Wells has backend of the rotation stuff … the trick is getting him to believe it.

Wells has started just two games at the big league level this season and his last start came on April 28 in Philadelphia. Wells lasted just 3 2/3 innings that night (four runs on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts). Wells was sent down not too long after and was brought back at the end of May. Wells longest outing since being recalled was on May 21 in Houston when Matt Garza imploded early. Wells held the Astros to one run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings … since then his longest appearance of the pen was a two-inning stint in Milwaukee on June 6. The Cubs have not said what Wells’ pitch count will be tonight but if Dale Sveum can get anywhere near what Franklin Morales gave Bobby Valentine on Sunday night, Wells’ outing would have to be considered a positive.

Randy Wells is 1-2 in three career starts against the White Sox with a 6.38 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP … at the Cell, 1-0 in one start with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.

White Sox Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Gordon Beckham – 3-for-8 with a double
  • Adam Dunn – 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three walks
  • Orlando Hudson – 0-for-6
  • Paul Konerko – 2-for-8 with a double
  • A.J. Pierzynski – 5-for-6 with a double
  • Alexei Ramirez – 2-for-9 with a home run
  • Alex Rios – 3-for-5 with a walk

Gavin Floyd is in the middle of one of the roughest stretches of his career. Floyd is coming off a miserable outing against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Floyd allowed five runs on eight hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

After posting a 2-2 record in five starts last month with a 7.06 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP, Floyd is 0-2 in his last three with an 8.04 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP.

Gavin Floyd has not put together his one good stretch yet and while he has never beaten the Cubs he has fared quite well against them. Floyd is 0-3 in four starts with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP against the Cubs. Floyd did not pitch in the series at Wrigley last month.

Cubs Career Numbers against Gavin Floyd

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-3
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-1
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-9 with a triple and a home run
  • David DeJesus – 10-for-37 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and two walks
  • Bryan LaHair – 0-for-2
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-15 with a double
  • Geovany Soto – 2-for-7 with a walk
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-for-9 with a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    Wells – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Boise Hawks announced C Lance Rymel, C Chadd Krist, IF Stephen Bruno and P Joe Zeller added to roster. C Justin Marra to Mesa. 

  • Chadaudio

    It’s sort of sad, but I actually want Stewart to stay on the DL longer.  Nothing against Stewart, I’d just rather watch Valbuena for a little while longer, and then see if Vitters can make a case for replacing him.

    Again, nothing against Stewart, but I don’t want to watch someone with a wrist injury compile a .200 batting average with no real power… just get the surgery and see if you can put something together next year.

    • DWalker

      I was rooting for him, but as it became clear he wasn’t really improving I had to admit the reclaimation failed. maybe after surgery and rehab he might be servicable, but the more I hear about that type of wrist injury the less likely I think he’ll ever be back to form. I did like his defense though, and he seemed like a good kid with potential.

      To early to tell on Valbuena, but he might be servicable for a while. I admit, I’d just like to get vitters up and let him go at it, but I know that won’t be soon.

      • Chadaudio

        Totally agree with you DWalker.

  • cubtex

    Going to check out Anthony Rizzo and the boys tonight in Round Rock. Did anyone notice who got the save last night for the Round Rock Express against Iowa?  Our very own Neil Cotts. I didn’t think he was still in baseball.

    • Tom U

      You beat me to it. I was going to say there was a Neil Cotts sighting last night.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs deal with RHP Pierce Johnson is for the assigned pick value of $1.196m. More on http://Cubs.com 

  • bpot92

    Neil or Tom,
    Do you know anything about the new Cuban OF about to reach free agency? Espn Chicago said the Cubs were still interested even after the Soler signing and he is more polished than Soler but less experienced then Cesepedes. And he’s 20 years old. Have you heard the Cubs are actually interested or anything else about this guy?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I have heard rumblings they are interested, but more in the pitchers than the outfielders. I have also heard about other interest and possible signings but nothing is official.

      The Yankees signed Omar Luis Rodriguez

      Check out this link

      http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120618&content_id=33503070&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb&tcid=tw_article_33503070

      • Dorasaga

        Seems like the “Evil Empire”* is scrapping for underpriced talents before the deadline before the new CBA rules kicks in. Hence, the Yanks are now official rival to the Cubs at this short “window” of FA market.

        *The event surrounded Jose Contreras’ first contract.

  • J Daniel

    Two really bad pitchers tonight!  Maybe Wells can find a little bit of magic?

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters: 

    Boise – Jose Arias (0-0, 0.00)
    Daytona – PJ Francescon (0-2, 3.67)
    Iowa – Brooks Raley (2-2, 5.93)

    Tennessee and Peoria are on All-Star break.

    The Arizona Rookie League begins play tonight. It will take me about a week to figure out their rotation, as they do not post starters prior to game time.

    Notes:
     
    Daytona released 1B Richard Jones; 1B Rebel Ridling and RHP Brian Schlitter were demoted from Tennessee to Daytona.

    The main buzz at the Midwest All-Star Game was the Cubs’ signing of OF Jorge Soler and IF Javier Baez. Cubs sources expect the paperwork for Soler to be cleared up soon. The general consensus on Baez is that he has the hands and arm strength for shortstop, but not the range. It is felt that he will remain at short for the rest of the season, but the organization will approach him on a position change soon afterward.

    • Last_ginger

      i had the opportunity to catch a Peoria game last Sunday. Baez  was the DH and I came away impressed with his at-bats. Paul Hoilman also impressed me.

      • paulcatanese

        Stewart and his cortisone shot in the wrist, wow, what makes people think that it will do any good?
        As one (myself) who has had numerous shots in the shoulder and wrist, cortisone has little or no effect.
        I see nothing but surgery in the future for him, wish for him it was something else, but sorry surgery is the only option.

        • gocubs

           Ive had a treatment of 3 cortisone shots over a 6 month period in my hip and it helped immensely, after trying almost a year of rehab with exercises, stretching, rest, etc.  The cortisone really put me over the top towards recovery from bad hip flexor tendonitis.  It greatly reduces inflammation and can really help spur on recovery. 

          • Dorasaga

            Rare hustle run by Soriano. His legs were crooked, but his determination shown. Infield hit.

          • paulcatanese

            Good for you, wish I had had that luck. It may be different with shoulder and wrist injuries, dont know for sure. Just didn’t work for me.

        • Dorasaga

          I think the problem is that the docs couldn’t find out exactly where’s wrong in his wrist. They suspect “nerves,” but with no proof. The club will probably send Stewart to a medical institute and run tests all over, and that’s either a 15-day DL or for the offseason, out of cautionary reasons. The Cubs need a backup third and second baseman as well.

          • cubtex

            Ty Wright with an upper deck shot in left. Iowa up 1-0 top 3rd.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Thank you for the updates …

          • cubtex

            My pleasure!

          • paulcatanese

            Nerve damage may very well prove to be true.

      • CubsChitChat

        Ex-Cubs prospect Chris Archer got hit with three runs in his first inning.

  • Texcubnut

    Chris Archer- 5 innings pitched, 2 ER, 1BB, 7K’s staying even with Steven Strasburg.

  • RynoTiger

    another terrible at-bat by Castro.  if he insists on swinging at those low outside pitches, then the Cubs need to bring in Randall Simon to be his hitting instructor instead.  Now Simon could get away with swinging at those terrible pitches and hit them with some authority and actually get a hit out of it.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Four walks to first 10 batters for Wells. Here comes the Sox …

    • BosephHeyden

       I know there was no shot of it happening, but I really wanted Wells to get a complete game shutout tonight.  Or even a complete game.  Anything that would give him value of any sort.  Instead, the guy just looks like he’s regressing every year.

      • Texcubnut

        Sveum would not have let him pitch that long. He’s not stretched out to go 9.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        The Sox did not square him up but it was the walks and pitching from behind that hurt him again.

        • BosephHeyden

          His lack of command over the past few years has been really disheartening.  It really is a bit hard to believe that this is the same pitcher from 2010 that took a no-hitter into the 7th against a very hot Atlanta Braves team, and constantly pitched very well despite zero offensive support from his team.  Maybe it’s the fact he’s had three different pitching coaches?  Whatever the case, I guess Randy Wells fits in well with most other Cubs prospects:  flashes of brilliance early that goes undeveloped or unnecessarily changed and ultimately turns into another under-performing journeyman for the MLB free agent market.

  • cubtex

    Iowa and RR tied at 1 going to the 6th. Brooks Raley is pitching well. He doesn’t throw very hard. High 80’s….I think he hit 90 a couple of times. Keeping the ball down. Made a throwing error(what is it with our pitchers?) Rizzo 0-1 with a walk. BJax 0-2 with a K.

  • cubtex

    Rizzo with a lineout bullet to 1st. He never got out of the box…….but only Soriano would have been booed on that :)

  • Ripsnorter1

    Wells, if he does make it through the season on the big league club, will be released immediately after the season. It’s all over for him in Cubbie land. 

    4 BB and ZERO k’s tonight. That says all you need to know that he’s not with it anymore. 

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

       http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0620-side-cubs-chicago–20120620,0,2455657.story

      • Dorasaga

        The Shark sounds sentimental… Coming up from the same system, they made friends with each other, but as far as winning is concerned, the Cubs never found that “swagger” to LEAD and keep the team together and focused on field.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Do you believe that link? I mean, Wells to anchor the staff with Samardzija? I can easily believe Samardzija will be here, but Wells is arby eligible again, and pitching pretty poorly these day….I don’t believe he’ll make it.

        Maybe he will. Time will tell.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I do not, that report caught me off guard. Samardzija I could see but he still has work to do. I think Wells will be one of the many non-tenders this winter.

  • cubtex

    BJax is really struggling. Cubs have 1st and 2nd with one out in the 7th. He goes up 2-0. Takes a fastball down the middle 2-1. Swings at a pitch out of the strikezone 2-2. Frozen on an offspeed pitch on the next pitch. He takes too many hittable strikes and doesn’t really shorten his swing with 2 strikes.

  • Tom U

    Congratulations to the Daytona Cubs on their 30th win of the season.

  • Ripsnorter1

    4 pitch walk by Maine to LH hitter De Aza.

    It was the wind. A gust of wind blew him off the strike zone.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I like Maine, but he has no control at all.

    He’s a LH Randy Wells.

    Too bad.

  • CubsChitChat

    Maine SUCKS…..get rid of him.

  • cubtex

    Iowa up 4-1 going to bottom 8th. Brooks Raley(former Aggie) pitched a gem. Brett Jackson struck out again with 1st and 2nd and 2 out in the 8th. BJax 0-4 with 3K’s…..ughhh!

  • Anthony

    Hey, another reason why easy to P and moan about MLB, your fleecing of parking, dogs and beers, etc.

    This is MLB baseball. Sorry to all the college kids, but this is where these gurus heads are buried in.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/2012/06/yankees-agree-to-sign-cuban-lefty-omar-luis-for-4-million/

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I hope Casey is okay .. that looked bad.

      • Dorasaga

        A major portion of the broken bat slapped his wrist directly. Luckily, the sharp end didn’t thrust through his skin. That freak injury into Colvin’s heart was scary alright.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          You called it … hope it didn’t break anything.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          From Comcast SportsNet: Sveum doesn’t guarantee Wells another spot start, says Cubs will weigh options like Rusin and Volstad at Triple-A Iowa.

          • Aaron

            Neil,

            I wanted to give you an update on the draft signings. Please feel free to re-post if you want:

            Signed:
            Pierce Johnson-RHP
            Paul Blackburn-RHP
            Josh Conway-RHP
            Anthony Prieto-LHP
            Trey Lang-RHP/OF
            Steve Bruno-3B
            Michael Heesch-LHP
            Chadd Krist-C
            Chad Martin-RHP
            Rashad Crawford-OF
            Bijan Rademacher-OF/RHP/LHP (yes, you read that correctly, he’s a switch pitcher)
            Corbin Hoffner-RHP
            Carlos Escobar-C
            Mike Hamann-RHP
            Nathan Dorris-LHP
            Steve Perakslis-RHP
            Jasvir Rakkar-RHP
            Eduardo Orozco-RHP
            Lance Rhymel-C
            Izaac Garsez-OF
            Tim Saunders-SS
            Ben Carhart-3B
            Jacob Rogers-1B

            Rumored/Unconfirmed Signings (based on tweets and other sites):
            Ryan McNeil-RHP
            Blake Hickman-C/RHP
            Austin Pentecost-RHP
            Thomas Pannone-OF/P
            *conflicting reports/tweets though with Pannone, and perhaps that’s because he recently pitched a no-hitter, so he’s holding out for more
            Sly Edwards-OF
            David Bote-SS
            Tyler Bremer-RHP

            That’s 23 confirmed signings, and 7 rumored. Almora and Underwood will likely both require above slot money, which would wipe away the nearly $400k in savings the Cubs have right now, so you can forget about signing Rhett Wiseman. Damek Tomscha is rumored to be seeking well above slot as well.

          • SuzyS

            Hey Aaron,
            Underwood is the guy I’ve been watching for…Hickman is pretty intriguing.
            I know your opinion of the draft was “Blah”. Which pitching picks do you like the most???.

          • Aaron

            For pitchers….based on reports I’ve read, and more video that I’ve watched after the draft, I believe the pitchers to keep on eye on would be:
            McNeil
            Underwood
            Conway (once recovered from TJ)
            Lang
            Martin (mostly because of his 6’7″ size…I just want to see what the Cubs can do with it, otherwise he’s got horrible stats in college)

            As for hitters, if the Cubs can somehow sign Pannone, Fisher and Tomscha, I’m liking that, but I’ve heard if they do sign Tomscha, they’ll most likely put him on the mound where he had a decent amount of success.

            Additionally, I would keep an eye on Tim Saunders. His stats are cartoon-like:
            .441/.512/.667, 94 hits, 19 doubles, 7 triples, 5 hr, 48 RBI, 35 walks vs 28 K’s, and 41 SB

            Did he play in a great conference? No, but I played against most of the teams he played against, and while that was nearly 10 years ago, I find it hard to believe all of those programs regressed that much…it’s still good competition though.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Thanks Aaron

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          From the Sun-Times: X-rays negative for Coleman. Says he
          won’t miss even a game of availability after bruising three knuckles
          when hit by broken bat.
           

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 7-0 to White Sox Wednesday night – Randy Wells:
    3R, 5H, 4BB, 0K, 3.2IP; David DeJesus: 1-for-4,2B; Starlin Castro: 1-for-4,3B; Cubs: 4 hits, 0-for-7
    RISP,5 LOB

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    X-rays on Coleman came back negative

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs deal w/ 5th-rounder Anthony Prieto is for $200K – $57K less than the assigned value.

  • J Daniel

    $57K more for Almora.  Keep up the INCREDIBLE work Neil!  I find I read most of my Cub info here and don’t even check the papers anymore.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Thank you.