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

Game Seventy-Two: Cubs (24-47) vs. Diamondbacks (36-35)
Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183/914
Location – U.S. Chase Field, Phoenix

Matt Garza (3-5, 4.07/1.11) vs. Wade Miley (8-3, 2.30/1.06)

The Cubs six-game road trip comes to an end this afternoon with the last of three against the Diamondbacks. The Cubs are 2-3 on the trip and with a win today they can still go back to Chicago with a .500 record.

The Diamondbacks have teed off on Cubs’ pitching in the first two games to the tune of 16 runs on 26 hits. After allowing seven runs in the finale at the Cell, the Cubs have allowed 23 runs in their last three games while scoring only six runs. The Cubs are hitting just not with runners in scoring position … 3-for-19 with RISP and have left 21 runners on base in the last two games. And it does not figure to get any easier today with lefty Wade Miley on the hill.

The Cubs are 3-15 in games started by left hander this season and Dale Sveum must resist running out his all right-handed lineup this afternoon. Lefties have put together a .261/.293/.380 line against Miley this year while righties have hit only .211/.261/.289.

With short outings from both Jeff Samardzija and Paul Maholm, Matt Garza will need to put together his longest start in more than seven weeks to give his team a chance to post a win this afternoon. James Russell and Manny Corpas were the only two relievers not summoned from the pen Saturday night.

The Cubs have always struggled at Chase Field. After dropping the first two games of this series, the franchise enters play today 20-33 in the regular season at the D-Backs home park.

In other newsAccording to the Tribune, Anthony Rizzo’s debut could be as early as Tuesday. With Johan Santana starting the opener on Monday, the Cubs could wait until Tuesday to bring Rizzo up. Right-hander Dillon Gee is scheduled to start Tuesday with lefty Jon Niese expected to start the finale on Wednesday afternoon. Anthony Rizzo has had success against southpaws this season … .338/.395/.716/1.111 with four doubles and eight home runs.

The Cubs are 9-27 since May 15, just 10-28 on the road this season and today it all starts with Matt Garza

It took nearly six weeks but Matt Garza is coming off a win after a good outing against the Sox last Monday night at the Cell. Garza’s outing was cut short thanks to the Cubs’ offense … a sentence that hasn’t been said often during Garza’s time with the Cubs. Garza gave up three runs basically on two home runs over six innings (final line, three runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts) and when the Cubs put up a six-spot in the top of the seventh, Sveum did not send him back out.

Matt Garza has shown improvement on the road in his last three starts. For the season, Garza is 2-4 in eight road starts with a 5.44 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP … but in his last three, 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP (14 hits, three walks and 18 strikeouts in 18 innings).

Garza has been inconsistent this season. He has notched three straight quality starts but he has not completed seven innings of work since April 29. Garza must start putting hitters away. He has fallen into a habit of jumping ahead in the count then allowing the hitter back into the at bat. Until Garza either puts them away or allows them to put the ball in play, his pitch counts will remain high while his total innings remain average.

Matt Garza has faced the D-Backs only one other time and he beat them last year at Chase Field (April 30). Garza allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in eight innings (3.38 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP).

Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Josh Bell – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Willie Bloomquist – 0-for-3
  • Aaron Hill – 9-for-28 with two doubles and two walks
  • Jason Kubel – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Miguel Montero – 1-for-3
  • Lyle Overbay – 11-for-40 with three double and two walks
  • Gerardo Parra – 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk
  • Ryan Roberts – 1-for-3
  • Justin Upton – 1-for-4 with a double
  • Chris Young – 0-for-3 with a walk

To say Wade Miley has been very good this season would be an understatement. Miley is coming off another dominating performance and in his last three starts Miley has walked one batter while striking out 21.

Miley held the Mariners to one run on nine hits with not walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings in his last start. In his last four starts, Miley is 2-2 with a 2.10 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP … teams have hit just a buck ninety-four against him

Wade Miley is 5-1 in seven games, five starts, at Chase Field this season with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

Dale Sveum’s team will face Wade Miley for the first time this afternoon. Not one player on the Cubs’ roster has faced Miley at the big league level during a regular season game. The Cubs skipper must mix in his lefties this afternoon. Right handed hitters have managed just a .211/.261/.289 line while lefties have hit .261/.293/.380.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Just a test

  • matthew8510

    neil i noticed on when you click on reply it goes to the reply box and says please leave a comment it doesnt automaticly become blank box u got to manually erase the ‘please leave a comment’ then when you go to reply it says comment cannot be blank

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Make sure you are signed in. You might want to close the window you are currently in and reopen the site. That worked for me in Firefox.

      • matthew8510

        ya it doesnt work on opera but it doe work on ie is there a way for it to work on opera

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I’m not seeing it. Give it a little bit to filter through then try it again. I will make a note to report to Disqus

  • Tom U

    It appears as if Zach Rosscup has been traded to the Twins, as he has been assigned to their Single-A team, the Beloit Snappers.

    No word on what was gotten in return, but Matt Spencer was promoted to Peoria as a left-handed pitcher.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Tom, I’m not seeing anything yet. I will post once I do.

      • scottm

        If you go to Daytona’s roster and click on Rosscup it says team is Beloit Snappers. I am thinking some sort of computer glitch.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I still have not seen anything yet, you could be right. Thanks.

  • CubsChatter

    Cubs should be glad they have the day off this Thursday……temps will be over 100 degrees!

  • RynoTiger

    Here’s something that the Cubs new hitting coach needs to work with Castro on…everytime he gets a pitch low and away, he pulls it back to 3B or SS for a weak groundout.
    Needs to teach him to take it the other away to at least increase his chances of getting a hit.
    or of course, lay off the pitch in the first place.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Garza went from 1-2 on Parra to a lead-off walk

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Only 20 pitches for Miley after two.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Hey, the Cubs got a hit …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good baserunning by Barney

  • RynoTiger

    Mark Grace just made a dumb comment.he said “if you can pick this up, two runs seems insurmountable with the way Miley is pitching”….
    why dumb? because 1 run alone seems very insurmountable with the way Miley is pitching. don’t need a 2nd run.

  • Dorasaga

    Just saw Pat Burrell became a scout. He’s probably best remembered for his two World Series rings– starting leftfielder for the Phil 2008, and for the Giants 2010.

    • Dorasaga

      Amazing career for a very nice guy.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hey, the Cubs scored a run … Soriano with a homer, #14 for Soriano.

  • Dorasaga

    Mather hits Miley; heat cooks in a desert. (Trying to rhyme here…)

    • Dorasaga

      Miley strikes Mather; swing n miss by a mile in. (Alright, this lineup is getting ridiculous; men on scoring position and what now?)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney just missed a game-tying homer …

  • Dorasaga

    Very good pitching out of stretch from Miley. No one out and bases 2nd-n-3rd with men. Got to give him credit of holding runners, thought the Cubs never was good with RISP.

    • Tony_Hall

      You are only talking him up, because you just picked him up for your team :)

      • Dorasaga

        As a baseball fan, we got to appreciate classic pitching duels, regardless of the situation. The Cubs have been repeatedly batting blunders. I would rather see Garza comes out and pitch for a win, with only 106 pitches to match the rookie, but hey, we know Theo has a plan in mind.
        >:-D

        • Tony_Hall

          It looks like I am going to stop “Moneyball’s” streak…

          • Dorasaga

            Thanks for telling me. I always enjoy good matchups, even against my own. BTW, I’m rebuilding, care to take away Sandoval or Fielder from me?

          • Tony_Hall

            I got Joey Votto from the great Polar Bear and will be keeping him. It’s too early to know how Sandoval is going to do coming back from injury.

            You should of traded me Fielder last year, now I am set at 1B.

          • Dorasaga

            BTW, I think the Great Bear was trading just for fun. You realized he doesn’t own players from a same team, at each side of the position players and pitchers.

          • Tony_Hall

            I thought he was trying to give everyone a fighting chance this year, by trying to even out the teams.

          • Dorasaga

            Possible, and he did so cleverly. I wrote a comedic skit out of his pitching staff trying to figure out their teammate, Josh Hamilton. :-P

          • Tony_Hall

            I would look at deals for Grienke, if he is available.

          • Tony_Hall

            I was up by less than 2 points, until Cano hits that HR in the 8th. Moneyball’s streak continues. And that keeps us tied for 2nd.

  • Dorasaga

    Miley’s going for the Complete Game against hte Cubs @116 pitches; good kid! I’m rooting for him, just for now :-))

    • Tony_Hall

      I think he will just hit, he is one of the best hitters on the team. I doubt he will go back out.

      • Dorasaga

        Good point. I was wondering the same. Never saw him pitch, though. The DBacks had surprisingly good hitting-pitchers. Dan Haren and that big man picked up from Cincy (where’s that guy now?).

        • Tony_Hall

          Micah Owings is in the Padres system.

      • Dorasaga

        Good point. I was wondering the same. Never saw him hit, though. (He walked now.) The DBacks had surprisingly good hitting-pitchers. Dan Haren and that big man picked up from Cincy (Micah Owings, where’s that guy now?).

        Travis Wood will pitch tomorrow. He might get himself a run or two.

  • Dorasaga

    Castro missed an easy grounder, went right beside his leg. He could’ve turned a double-play.

  • Dorasaga

    Like Neil used,tosay if they want to win, make them earn it!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 5-1 to D-Backs Sunday afternoon – Matt Garza:
    3R, 5H (HR), BB, 7K in 7IP; Alfonso Soriano: 2-for-4, HR; Darwin Barney: 2-for-3, 2B; Cubs: 4H, 2BB, 0-for-6 RISP, 5 LOB

  • BosephHeyden

    Pretty pathetic effort by the Cubs. The only thing left to say: if Sveum is going to insist on playing this “lefty specialist” platoon against left handed pitchers, I’m going to have to insist that maybe Sveum isn’t a good manager.

  • paulcatanese

    New Disqus? How do we tell someone we like the post?
    By the way, I look for the Cubs to bring aboard that heavy hitting third baseman that dosent know how to hold the bat, but hits right handed. He plays for the Red Sox and Theo has had experience with him, so money is no object. This comment is toungue in cheek, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened. They need a “name player” to come in and bail them out, Ha!

  • Tom U

    The arrows, Paul

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Paul, the up and down errors are how to show you like the post. The new system is supposed to work in real time without having to refresh the page.

    Thanks to you and everyone for your patience.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Johnson – RF
    Castro – SS
    Soriano – LF
    Baker – 1B
    Soto – C
    Barney – 2B
    Mather – 3B
    Garza – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Thanks Tom.

  • paulcatanese

    Think I got the hang of it. The negative is meant for the lineup, not you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steveartist Steve Baier

    Sweet, our invincible right-handed lineup that crushes lefties to the tune of a 3-15 record!

  • matthew8510

    keep runnin them out there

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Boise – Willengton Cruz (0-0, 0.00)
    Peoria – Michael Jensen (7-3, 2.58)
    Daytona – Matt Loosen (5-2, 2.83) projected
    Tennessee – Trey McNutt (4-6, 4.09)
    Iowa – Rodrigo Lopez (1-2, 4.29)

    Matt Loosen is next in the rotation for Daytona, however, they have not officially announced a starter for today.

    Comments:

    With Austin Kirk and Eric Jokisch scheduled to pitch tomorrow, don’t be too surprised to see a dual promotion, with Kirk moving to Tennessee and Jokisch to Iowa to open a rotation spot for Kyler Burke.

    Daytona leads the FSL in stolen bases, with John Andreoli (23), Arismendy Alcantara (21) and Matt Szczur (20) ranking first, third, and fourth respectively.

    It’s just an opinion, but I believe that Gerardo Concepcion will be sent to Boise for the first starter that appears to be doing well for the Hawks.

    If 32nd round draft pick Tim Saunders continues to play well in Arizona, he could create a logjam which could see Jeimer Candelario (.343), Dustin Geiger (.326) and Greg Rohan (61 RBI) all moving up.

  • John_CC

    I have a feeling the negative comment is going to get worn out here!

  • matthew8510

    what does that parent word mean

  • J Daniel

    What do you want them to do at this point, really?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The parent is referring to the original comment/post

  • CubsChatter

    Who are the Top Five pitchers in the Cubs minor league system to date?

  • John_CC

    I wondered what was going on, the last couple days the comments weren’t loading at all for me. The real time updating is great!

  • Tom U

    CubsChatter, here’s who I would list in the top 5:

    Austin Kirk
    Frank Batista
    Kevin Rhoderick
    Matt Loosen
    Eric Jokisch

    However, the situation is always very fluid

  • Dorasaga

    Thanks for getting us through the newbie…

  • paulcatanese

    I told you guys, the Youk was just traded to Chicago a few minutes ago.
    …………..The Chicago White Sox that is. I was close.

  • Dorasaga

    Good call.

  • paulcatanese

    Well if I knew,which I don’t, so I won’t say, and just stay frustrated for the rest of the year.

  • J Daniel

    Good answer! There really is nothing at this point except bring up Rizzo, B-Jax, and Vitters along with either trading or DFA a few guys. Not sure if B-Jax and Vitters are ready? They probably wouldn’t do any worse but you can’t crush the young guys if they are not ready.

  • Tony_Hall

    Now why would you think that?