Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 06/23/12

Game Seventy-One: Cubs (24-46) vs. Diamondbacks (35-35)
Game Time – 9:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 179/914
Location – U.S. Chase Field, Phoenix

Paul Maholm (4-5, 4.88/1.32) vs. Ian Kennedy (5-7, 4.13/1.29)

After taking the first two on the current six-game road trip, the Cubs will try to end their two-game skid tonight behind Paul Maholm. The Cubs’ offense has been non-existent over the past three games after putting a 12-spot on the board Monday night at the Cell. While the offense has struggled, the pitching has not been much better … the Cubs have been outscored 13-1 in their last two games.

Unfortunately for the Cubs it does not figure to get any easier tonight with Ian Kennedy on the hill but at least a more productive lineup will be on the field.

In other news … Prior to Friday’s game, Dale Sveum said Anthony Rizzo would not be called up this weekend while the team is in Arizona. Sveum would not rule out Rizzo making his Cubs’ debut next week at Wrigley Field. The Cubs open a six-game homestand on Monday with the first of three against the Mets. The final homestand before the break ends next weekend with three against the Houston Astros. Johan Santana is scheduled to pitch the opener on Monday which could push Rizzo’s debut, at the earliest, to Tuesday.

Dale Sveum also announced that Randy Wells will get at least one more start. After a horrible outing Wednesday night on the South Side, Sveum mentioned the Cubs might have to call-up Chris Volstad or Chris Rusin the next time Dempster’s spot in the rotation came around. Sveum squashed those ideas Friday afternoon and the man that has had multiple chances will get another one.

From the rumor millBruce Levine confirmed the Tigers interest in Darwin Barney during Saturday morning’s Talkin’ Baseball (ESPN 1000). Levine reported that the Cubs and Tigers have discussed Barney but the extent of the discussions is unknown. The Cubs would not just give Barney away and would have to receive the right offer, according to Levine, to trade Barney.

On the 28th Anniversary of The Sandberg Game, it all begins with Paul Maholm

After struggling for the most part of a month, Paul Maholm is coming off his second consecutive quality start. Maholm held the Red Sox to three runs on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts in six innings. Maholm had better command and left with the game tied at three.

Paul Maholm is 0-2 in his last four starts with a 5.48 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP … but in his last two, no record (Cubs, 1-1) with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP (12 hits, two walks and 13 strikeouts in last 12 innings). Maholm, like so many of his teammates, has struggled on the road this season. Maholm is 1-3 in six starts outside of Wrigley with a 6.16 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.

Paul Maholm has never beaten Arizona. In five career starts, Maholm is 0-2 with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP … at Chase Field, 0-1 in one start with a 7.20 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP (six runs, four earned, on seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts in five innings).

Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Paul Maholm

  • Henry Blanco – 3-for-15 with two walks
  • Willie Bloomquist – 2-for-6 with a triple
  • Aaron Hill – 0-for-3
  • Jason Kubel – 2-for-6 with a home run
  • Lyle Overbay – 1-for-8
  • Ryan Roberts – 0-for-2
  • Justin Upton – 0-for-4 with two walks
  • Chris Young – 2-for-4 with two walks

Ian Kennedy was one of the reasons the D-Backs won the West last season. Kennedy posted a 21-4 record in 33 starts with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Kennedy has been good, for the most part, again this year but not as consistent or as dominating.

Kennedy has lost his last two games but surrendered only two runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts in eight innings to the Angels. Kennedy is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. The former Yankee is 3-2 in six starts at home this year with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Ian Kennedy is 1-1 in three career starts against the Cubs with a 5.91 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Ian Kennedy

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-4
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-4
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-7 with a double and a triple
  • David DeJesus – 1-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-6 with a home run
  • Geovany Soto – 2-for-7 with two double and two walks

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  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Boise – Ian Dickson (0-0, 4.15)
    Peoria – Gerardo Concepcion (2-4, 7.50)
    Daytona – Robert Whitenack (0-2, 7.30)
    Tennessee – Dallas Beeler ( 2-5, 4.32)
    Iowa – Chris Volstad (2-1, 4.78)

    • SuzyS

      5 minor league pitchers starting tonight…not opne with a winning record…not one with an era under 4.15.
      Yes, the future looks bright.

      • Tom U

        Ian Dickson is only in his second start. Robert Whitenack is coming back from TJ surgery. Dallas Beeler is more hard luck, Tennessee is over .500 in games that he starts.

        • cubtex

          And Gerardo Concepcion is …….well……Gerardo Concepcion :)

          • BosephHeyden

             I’m still all for outrighting him to Peoria off the 40 man roster and praying another team will claim him and his contract.

          • cubtex

            Remember Onelki Garcia? He was declared ineglible just before last years draft and there was talk the Cubs were interested. He was drafted this year by the Dodgers in the 3rd round and signed for 382K. He has much better stuff than Concepcion. Concepcion is a soft tossing nibbler.

          • cubtex

            Concepcion lowered his ERA tonight.

            4.1 IP
            5 hits
            3 runs
            3 walks
            3 K’s(that is a high number for him)

          • Ripsnorter1

            Negative.

            You’re negative, Cubtex.

            Don’t you ever, ever forget, that you are criticizing TEAM THEO! 

            DID YOU HEAR ME?

            THIS IS TEAM THEO! AND THEY DON’T MAKE MISTAKES!!!

            TEAM THEO!!

            TEAM THEO, CUBTEX!! 

            DID YOU HEAR ME? 

            TEAM THEO!!

            AND THEY DON’T MAKE MISTAKES!!

            TEAM THEO!!

          • RynoTiger

            I shall go so a prayer at my Team Theo alter for those who have sinned and criticized and mocked.

            I believe in Team Theo.

          • Ripsnorter1

            You are right about this: 

            IT’s a religion. And they do worship him. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent catch by Cardenas

    • Dorasaga

      Maholm Smocked! 2-runs on an easy swing!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with a nice catch to bail out Maholm

  • Dorasaga

    Both sides had some nice plays tonight. R.Roberts saved a run (jump-catch of a sharp linedrive while Cubs on 1st base). Good effort by Lahair previously, now Soriano’s diving catch got Maholm out of this inning.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Maholm homered … 

  • RynoTiger

    Maholm is like…”FU offense…I’m tired of all these runners left on base! I’m gonna do it myself!”

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Maholm walks Kennedy for the second time tonight

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Castro

    • cubtex

      Great Play! And then of course Valbuena kicks an inning ending double play and opens up the floodgates.

      • cubtex

        Game over! Wake me up in 2016.

        • John_CC

           promise?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

     Five runs and counting for Arizona in the fourth …

    • Dorasaga

      Two more runs. This now looks like a ballgame.

  • Dorasaga

    Good to see ol’Fonzi running home again. His legs’ve been “off” too long…

  • Texcubnut

    Tryin’ to scratch back in….ain’t over yet.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Clevenger with a RBI double and Baker with a RBI single … liked Sveum using Baker in that situation.

  • wrigleylover

    Maholm is done

  • EqDoc

    So this may not get a favorable response, but if Dempster and Garza get traded off, lets pick up Jamie Moyer just for the rest of the year.  Might be fun to watch a 50 year old pitch…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    DeJesus and Castro with four hit nights … 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 10-5 to D-Backs on Saturday night

    Paul Maholm: 7R, 6ER, 9H, 3BB, HBP, 0K, 3.1IP, 1-for-2, HR, 2RBI; David DeJesus: 4-for-5, 2B; Starlin Castro: 4-for-5; Clevenger: 1-for-4, 2B, 2RBI, R

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Castro – SS
    LaHair – RF
    Soriano – LF
    Valbuena – 3B
    Soto – C
    Clevenger – 1B
    Cardenas – 2B
    Maholm – P 

  • Zonk

    Clevenger is serving as the “Stand-In” for Rizzo in this lineup….but not for long.  Clevenger hasn’t hit much lately and has come back to earth.

  • Zonk

    PS:  And with the Darwin Barney talk, slightly interesting that he isn’t in the lineup………..but probably doesn’t mean a deal is imminent.

  • paulcatanese

    Looking at the lineup for tonights game I can’t  imagine the thoughts going thru the players heads as they play the game.
    Surely other than Castro (and maybe not him either) they must realize that they are nothing but fillers and not included in the future plans of the Cubs. Thats kind of hard to take as a player.
    The only thing they can look forward to is improving their value so that they may be traded for some other “fillers” that are slightly more talanted than they are, and the process can start all over again.
    I think everyone knows what is going on with the DL that the Cubs so frequently use(in reality, used to move players around and in and out).
    And nobody can even think that the players that are drafted this year and next are going to be any kind of impact to the Cubs for at least three or four years down the road.
    How does that relate to “the Cubs Way” and “be patient?
    I’m talking about just a winning team, not one that’s in the World Series.
    It would be amazing to me if the Cubs are even a .500 team in 2014-15, if then.
    Yet, be patient my freinds.

  • paulcatanese

    I dont think Barney is an issue with not playing tonight,
    just Sveum getting his platoon lineup out there, and the fact that Cardenas hasnt played much.

  • SuzyS

    Paul, It is so easy to be negative…(and this is not a criticism)…just a fact. We have never lived through a situation where management basically has tanked a season (probably several) on purpose….with the stated goal of contending for several years thereafter.
    (How have the Pirates survived all these years and maintained any type of fan base?) For at least this year, we know what it’s been like to be Pirate fans.
    As a long time Cubs fan…I bought the initial…”this is how we’re going to rebuild plan.” BUT the reality is…if the Cubs wish to remain viable to the fans…they better show a willingness to amend the plan in accordance of the new cba…and show progress quicker rather than later.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Speak for yourself, Miss Suzy. 

    I’ve lived through seasons like that, Suzy. I was there when the Cubs dumped Jenkins, Santo, Beckert, Hundley and the next year, Billy Williams and Kessinger.

    But that was before FA.

    YUP. FA started in 1975.

    Cubs’ sell off for “prospects” happened in 1973. 

    Ugly. Cubs finished 66-96 that year.

    But you have this consolation–this year promises to be even uglier. Team Theo is going to set the record for most losses. He’s soooooo goooood.

    By the way, that 1974 rebuild, how long did it take them to get competitive again? You know, win a division?

    1984.

    That gives us so much hope for…..2033.

  • DWalker

     I strongly beleive the CBA is the sole reason the team is structured as it is. It killed theo’s original plans I beleive and thats why they went with the blow it up scenario. Had it not been for the CBA, I think Theo would have gone a little different route, maybe done the rental player route to bring in the draft picks. Don’t expect this year to improve, I really do think they are blowing games in a fight for the #1 pick. Maybe next year depending on who comes up from AAA will be better, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

     And yeah, they can see the writing on the wall, most of them their sole value is what they can bring back in trade, and they know it. Some are just enjoying playing on a big league team, something they might never have done, or never done again in another organization. I have to give credit though, most of the guys seem like genuinely likable guys who have really tried to overcome their limitations.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Speak for yourself, Miss Suzy. 

    I’ve live through seasons like that, Suzy. I was there when the Cubs dumped Jenkins, Santo, Beckert, Hundley and the next year, Billy Williams and Kessinger.

    But that was before FA. YUP. FA started in 1975.

    Cubs’ sell off for “prospects” happened in 1973. 

    Ugly. Cubs finished 66-96 that year.But you have this consolation–this year promises to be even uglier.

    By the way, that 1974 rebuild, how long did it take them to get competitive again? You know, win a division?

    1984.

    That gives us so much hope for…..2033. 

  • paulcatanese

    I feel that the CBA has some impact on what
    Theo had planned to do, but find it hard to believe that he wasn’t aware of it before it happened, he just dosen’t work that way.
    I agree that he has stacked the roster with the idea of trading them away and will continue to do so until something or someone sticks.
    And I agree the guys are likable and have said that they are really trying but the talent is just not there, and its a tough road for the players that are there knowing what the role is as fillers.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Please, DWalker.

    Mr. Theo Epstein didn’t know that the new CBA was going to take effect when he took this job? 
    Let’s check the facts….

    The details concerning the current CBA were released 23 Nov 2011. 

    Theo was signed by the Cubs on 13 Oct 2011.

    But that CBA negotions went on for a couple of years. All owners were involved in the negotiations. I do not think, then, that Theo can be given a pass on this one. 

  • Dorasaga

    It’s been a false (widespread) belief that any team wants to go last just for the draft pick. The M’s could’ve given away ALL GAMES, but they let the Nats have it.

    DePodesta, former Dodgers GM, wanted rebuilding but his owner, the despicable McCourt, changed his mind and interfered. He helped the Padres to rebuild, but made an inspiring comment:

    Starting from the minor league, you don’t give in, but always go for the win. The winning mentality needs to be in the players since day 1 at pro-ball.

    The reason the Cubs lost so much was the lack of pieces, and an overall weaker talent, compared to the league. Good batters, but they have no power and poor speed. The bullpen was taxed and talentless. I have no doubt they wanted to win.

  • J Daniel

    Must be an echo