Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 06/26/12

Game Seventy-Four: Cubs (25-48) vs. Mets (39-35)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Randy Wells (1-2, 4.91/1.91) vs. Dillon Gee (5-5, 4.27/1.24)

Can Dale Sveum’s team win two in a row over the Mets? After a horrible trip to Phoenix, the Cubs bounced back nicely Monday night behind Travis Wood. The Cubs showed patience, hustle and took advantage of the Mets’ miscues. The Cubs will have to play a similar game tonight with Dillon Gee on the hill.

Anthony Rizzo will make his Cubs’ debut tonight and is expected to hit in the middle of the order. Dale Sveum said he envisions Rizzo hitting third or fourth. Alfonso Soriano told the media he would like to have Rizzo hit behind him. The batting position will work itself out but the main thing is that Rizzo will play every day, even against left-handers.

To make room on the active roster for Rizzo, Adrian Cardenas was optioned down to Triple-A Iowa following Monday’s game.

In other newsRyan Dempster threw off flat ground Monday but is not expected to be activated from the DL on time. Dempster is eligible to be activated Sunday but he will likely miss at least two more starts. Some reports have Dempster coming back right around the All-Star break (July 9 – July 12).

Ian Stewart took batting practice Monday and is making progress but there is no timetable for his return.

Tonight it all starts with Randy Wells

Randy Wells is coming off another bad outing. Wells took full responsibility (again) for his 3 2/3 inning start against the White Sox. When Wells made those same statements two years ago there was a feeling of sincerity but not any longer. Wells appeared to be on his way back to the pen but the Cubs have given him another chance … and it is up to him to finally take advantage.

The Sox showed a lot of patience against Randy Wells and Wells responded by walking four batters in his short outing. Wells allowed three runs on five hits with four walks and no strikeouts in his first start since April 28.

As a starting pitcher this year, Wells is 0-2 in three starts with a 6.57 ERA and a 2.19 WHIP. Randy Wells is 1-0 in five games, one start, at Wrigley this year with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP (six walks, 12 hits and four strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings).

Randy Wells has never beaten the Mets in four tries. Wells is 0-1 in four starts with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

Mets Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Ronny Cedeno – 4-for-15 with a home run
  • Ike Davis – 2-for-5 with a walk
  • Lucas Duda – 3-for-6 with two double and a walk
  • Scott Hairston – 1-for-4
  • Daniel Murphy – 2-for-3 with a home run
  • Mike Nickeas – 1-for-3
  • Ruben Tejada – 1-for-6
  • Josh Thole – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Andres Torres – 1-for-3 with a double and a walk
  • David Wright – 4-for-12 with a double

Dillon Gee ended a four-game winless streak in his last start. Gee held the Orioles to two runs on three hits with a walk and nine strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Gee has pitched better than his record and ERA indicate. Gee has allowed more than three earned runs in only two of his last 10 starts.

Gee had a rough start to the season (2-2 in first four starts with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP) and after a decent May (2-1 in six starts with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP), he is 1-2 in his last four outings with a 3.29 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP … eight walks and 26 strikeouts in last 27 1/3 innings.

Dillon Gee has pitched better on the road (3-1 in five starts with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP) than at home (2-4 in nine starts with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP).

Tonight will be Dillon Gee’s second start against the Cubs. Gee beat the Cubs last May 25 in a rain-shorted six inning game at Wrigley. Gee was credited with a complete game and the win after allowing four runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Cubs Career Numbers against Dillon Gee

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-3
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Joe Mather – 1-for-3 with a walk
  • James Russell – 0-for-2
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-3 with a double

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  • cubtex

    With Castro Rizzo and Soriano hitting 2,3,4…….they might even score some runs tonight.

    • paulcatanese

      Sounds good, but dont forget, it may be left up to LaHair if they are all on.

  • CubsChatter

    Time for Wells to earn his pay….he needs to win.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent news on Baez

    Not in the lineup today but Javy Baez
    IS a full participant in BP. Already took grounders at SS, now hitting
    opposite field shots.

  • CubsChatter

    Poll Question of the Day……and i thought this one out………

    What should happen to Wells if he lays another egg?

    A – Keep Wells in the starting rotation
    B – Put Wells in the bullpen
    C – Send Wells back to Iowa and call up Volstad or Lopez
    D – Release or trade Wells

    • paulcatanese

      E- Don’t care.

      • matthew8510

        poll question of the day…..
        who should neil bane from this site?
        A-CUBTEX
        B-PAUL CANTANESE
        C-BOSEPH HEYDEN
        D–CUBSCHATTER

        • BosephHeyden

          Man stop making me an option: I’m always going to vote for me and win by default.

          And yeah, I vote C

        • CubsChatter

          The word “bane” that you used is a noun meaning fatal injury or ruin…..or a character from a DC Comic tale……before you say anything else, please learn the English language.

        • paulcatanese

          Wow, didn’t know I was in such distinguished
          company. thanks.
          Who’s Neil Bane?

          • BosephHeyden

            He’s going to be starring in the next Batman movie, and I voted for me because I’m pretty sure I’m this site’s only hope, but not the hope they deserve.

      • CubsChatter

        you must have to put in a word.

        • matthew8510

          i pick d

          • CubsChatter

            I believe you pick your nose than anything else in life………..did you learn the correct spelling of the word you misspelled yet?

            As Dean Wormer would say to you….Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

            I am trying to help you and your self-esteem. Please do not go out in the business world by writing misspelled words on documents. Educate yourself on something else than baseball.

            Here is a trick…..they have spell check on computers these days…….or…….invest in a dictionary……this will help you learn the English language.

            Consider this a public message to all the Cubs fans…..especially the 15 percent who don’t work.

            Now lets enjoy the Cubs.

          • http://www.facebook.com/scott.mcmeekan Scott McMeekan

            Why are you so angry? Seriously. I’m a stickler for correct grammar, but c’mon, this is a Cubs blog. Calm down, have a cocktail. Maybe a Xanax?

          • GaryLeeT

            Wells has to lead the team in runs allowed after 2 outs.

  • cubtex

    True! Good point :)

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Boise – James Pugliese (0-1, 5.40)
    Peoria – Starling Peralta (1-2, 5.06)
    Tennessee – Nick Struck 98-6, 3.90)

    Daytona lost 4-3 to St. Luicie in 12 innings. PJ Francescon 6 IP, 2 ER, 3 K. Elieser Bonne 3-for-5, double.

    Iowa lost to Round Rock 3-1. Frankie De La Cruz 5 IP, 3 ER. Juan Apodaca 2-for-4, 2 doubles

    Peroia reinstates OF Taiwan Easterling from the 7 day DL.

  • John_CC

    Hard to imagine what the 22 year old Anthony Rizzo is feeling right now. Starlin hit the ground running … err … hit the ground hitting, we’ll see. Whatever happens, best of luck kid!

    When I was 22 … sheeee … don’t even want to go there.

    • CubsChatter

      I am guessing prison or working the fry station at Mickey D’s……….well at least you are out and enjoying life.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        70 pitches for Wells after three innings … 70

    • paulcatanese

      Just maybe he’s young enough to not know he’s supposed to be nervous.

  • paulcatanese

    I sit back, close my eyes and can see it all clearly now.
    The PA announcer calls out Rizzo’s name and amidst thunderous applause Rizzo tips his cap, swings the bat, scrapes some dirt as he steps int the box, holds his hand up to the umpire to give him time as he settles in, swings the at once more and is ready.
    And the first pitch comes……………………………………………………..
    And the rest is history.

    • BosephHeyden

      And, hurray: probably one of the most important games of the season is on a channel NO ONE OUTSIDE OF CHICAGO CAN WATCH!

      Seriously: if the guy who worked a deal with WCIU is still employed with the Cubs, he needs to not be anymore.

      • calicub

        luckily i am in NY this week and get the sny feed.

        The more i listen to others annonce Cubs games the better Len and Bob get

        • BosephHeyden

          You know what’s sucky? I get the SNY Mets Pregame on Comcast here in Northern Illinois (which is weird because the channel is never available), yet the second the game starts, the channel goes off the air because WCIU has full broadcasting rights in Chicago and its surrounding areas that it isn’t available in.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

        Anyone know of a feed online? And not the mlb package…

      • Td

        Dish channel 8497

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From 1-2 to a leadoff walk. Wells just will not throw strikes.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good throw by Clevenger, but the Cubs caught a break

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo smoked that ball … good change from error to a hit.

    • Dorasaga

      By the way, Neil, do you happen to know how many hit a homerun his first game as a Cubbie, throughout ages? I know “Konnichiwa” Fukudome hit a second basehit then a homer that tied the game his debut (and “rookie”) game. But I don’t know if we can call that a omen…

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I do not know, sorry.

        • Dorasaga

          I guess I’ll need to subscribe to BR for that game finder tool… You worked hard enough, no need to overwork now. :-)

      • Ripsnorter1

        Carmen Fanzone nailed a HR in his first Cubs AB. Off Steve Blass, in Pittsburgh

        • Dorasaga

          Thanks, ripsnorter. It would take me forever to figure this one out… Blass, the Pirates ace, hmm… Interestingly, that was a September game…

        • SomeGuy27

          Also Carmelo Martinez and Jim Bullinger.

          • Dorasaga

            Thanks. Doesn’t look promising with this pool sofar… I’ll hope Rizzo stay away from the longball…

        • Brp921

          That’s what I was thinking. I saw watched that game. I would never have come up with the pitchers name though.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Blass was shutting them out with just one hit. He was on that night. I always liked Fanzone after that one. Playing his trumphet for the Nat’l Anthem on occasion, too.

      • Denver Mike

        Although Wikipedia can’t be taken as gospel I found a listing there of players who hit a homerun in their first MLB at-bat…of which there were six Cubs:

        9/11/42 Phil Gillespie – 6 career HR
        5/24/57 Frank Ernaga – 2 career HR
        11/1/61 Cuno Barragan – 1 career HR
        8/22/83 Carmelo Martinez – 108 career HR
        6/8/92 Jim Bullinger – 4 career HR
        5/7/10 Starlin Castro – 19 career HR

        Although it isn’t exactly what you asked about I found it pretty interesting just the same. Looking at those numbers I’m glad Rizzo didn’t go yard his first time up!

        • Dorasaga

          Excuse me for seeing this late, Mike, but thanks.

        • Dorasaga

          Bullinger was a pitcher. “Paul Gillespie.”

  • Dorasaga

    Rizzo hit his first as a Cubbie. Anthony also caught his first in Cubbie Blue. Both were linedrives. This will drive on to be a good game. Go Cubs!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Randy Wells is being Randy Wells …

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.york.52 Craig York

    Why is Wells still in the rotation?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I would guess this is it … would not be surprised if they try Rusin next. Will have to create a roster spot for Rusin. Wells just will not throw strikes.

  • Dorasaga

    For those interested at performance within our division: Arroyo is no-hitting the MIL Crew for the Reds right now at Great American Ballpark. Bottom of the six. I think I’ll follow that game as well, from next inning.

    • Dorasaga

      Update on the Arroyo no-hitter: ARam low flyball to centerfield. 7th inning stretch at Great American; no hit into the 8th.

      • Dorasaga

        First walk of the game, one out, top of the 8th, perfect game broken up.

        • Dorasaga

          Stand up double by Tyler Greene. There went the the no-no.

          • Tony_Hall

            And the game was saved by Chapman throwing that blazing fastball and striking out 3

          • cubtex

            He’s been very inconsistent the month of June.
            9IP 9 hits and 8 ER for a 7.71 ERA

          • Tony_Hall

            I know, Rip posted it this morning. I have him on a fantasy team and have enjoyed the many 2-3 SO performances though.

          • Dorasaga

            Enjoy the Cuban while you can. Most of them still play like boys, not seized by big money and over-capitalized.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That was a 31-pitch inning

  • Denver Mike

    Just read that Toronto’s catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud tore his PCL in Monday’s game and will be out 6-8 weeks. Tough break for a kid with a .975 OPS so far this year. I recall his name coming up in trade speculation here at CCO and other sites over the last few months.

  • Dorasaga

    Duda could have scored on that potential 3B-hit drilled to deep right corner. Cubs caught a break.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro just walked, too bad the ump did not call it ball four

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Now he walked … Castro with walks in consecutive games

  • Denver Mike

    Feels like all Valbuena does is hit doubles…

    • Denver Mike

      …of course I check the stats and he has 2 in 36 ab going into today, go figure.

      • Ripsnorter1

        You are thinking Cardenas, since every hit he has is a double. But now he is in AAA Iowa…..

  • Dorasaga

    That was a short leash for Wells… I sense another trade or callup to save the spot (#5 and bullpen)…

    • JimBo_C

      Let’s hope that we are done with the Randy Wells experiment.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Wells walks the pitcher who is trying to sacrifice.

    He’ll be released soon, I would think.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That should do it for Randy Wells

  • RynoTiger

    Scott Maine obviously doesn’t want a job at the ML level either. He and Wells can get on the Iowa bus together. Lopez or Volstad would obviously be the replacement starter. Who takes Maine’s spot in the BP?

  • Dorasaga

    First RBI for Anthony.

    • Dorasaga

      Soriano beaned on lower back?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with the go ahead RBI single … nice at bat and nice hustle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.mcmeekan Scott McMeekan

    Hi all, wow…clicked on the free link just in time to see Rizzo punch that into center for an RBI! Love it! Let’s go LaHair!!

  • Ripken Boy

    Barring any trades, tup should be for the rest of the year, vs lefties or righties:
    1. DeJesus
    2. Castro
    3, Rizzo
    4. Soriano
    5. LaHair
    6. Mather
    7. Barney
    8. Soto or Clevenger

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.mcmeekan Scott McMeekan

    Neil, if I leave you this message, is it private?

    • BosephHeyden

      New Disqus doesn’t let you send private messages, however if you want to get a hold of him, you can click that Contact link at the top of the page and I’m almost 99% positive that it goes to him.

      • http://www.facebook.com/scott.mcmeekan Scott McMeekan

        Thanks Boseph, still trying to figure this Disqus thing out.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Scott, you can email me.

  • Dorasaga

    Another heads-on play by Soriano. He’s been running better lately.

    • http://www.facebook.com/scott.mcmeekan Scott McMeekan

      Even though he broke in initially, he was able to correct and make the play. He’s not going to be traded for his defense (as he will likely go the AL to DH) but this type of hustle can’t hurt his prospects in my mind.

  • NIUCubs

    finally got that stupid add off the the screen for vipbox.tv

  • cubtex

    Another non baseball move by Sveum. Letting LaHair face the lefty up by 1 run in the 7th when you should replace him for defense anyways. Sveum is clueless.

    • Dorasaga

      Maybe Sveum assured Lahair that if he starts, he’ll stay. Some security helps, at least for present time of the season.

  • cubtex

    And then Mather goes in for LaHair for defense? How about letting Mather hit for LaHair and try and score another run? Clueless!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Barney

  • GaryLeeT

    So Sveum’s idea of arguing a call is to go out and joke around with the 2nd base ump?

    • cubtex

      Sveum is a joke.

    • John_CC

      wow, these Mets are awful.

      • Dorasaga

        And we complained aboutt the Cubs defense? Haha.

  • GaryLeeT

    Since this season lends itself to less deep thoughts about irrelevant matters, I was wondering. How long has it been, and who was the last Cubs player to receive a curtain call for doing something dramatic to help win a game? I’ll bet it’s been at least 3 years.

    • http://www.facebook.com/scott.mcmeekan Scott McMeekan

      Seems to me that Kerry Wood got won when he left his last game. But I know what you mean.

  • NIUCubs

    close call on the pick off

  • GaryLeeT

    I must admit. As a fan of a team that has been out of it from day one, I take great pleasure in watching a “contender” crap themselves.

  • Dorasaga

    Those were VINTAGE Marmol, pitched sliders for strikes (and out). I think Brenly didn’t get the point by saying batters “recognized Marmol’s sliders a little faster and laid off.”

    It was not because the sliders were laid off, but for Marmol 2007-’09 threw sliders for strikes. It was his disability to do so afterwards that made him ineffective. He simply needs to relearn how to place those sliders in the zone again.

  • GaryLeeT

    Despite their season records, I proclaim the Cubs better than the Marlins who have lost 17 of their last 20.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Mets 5-3 Tuesday night

    Randy Wells: 3R, 6H, 4BB, 3K in 3+IP; David DeJesus:
    2-for-5, R; Luis Valbuena: 2-for-4, 2B, R; Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; Darwin Barney: 2-for-4, RBI

    Anthony Rizzo with game winning RBI.

    • http://www.facebook.com/scott.mcmeekan Scott McMeekan

      Cubs ‘Gee-Whiz’ another win

      • Aaron

        I believe tonight spelled the end of Randy Wells in a Cubs uniform.

        He’s had multiple opportunities, and failed. I believe Theo and company will not tolerate it. They have proven they will not tolerate guys that can’t throw strikes, or guys that are ineffective (wish the same applied to offense, but I digress). Guys like Dolis, Maine (earlier this year, and likely again after tonight), Volstad, Bowden, etc. have all been jettisoned because they can’t throw strikes or get it done in general (in case of Volstad).

        The other guy they’re not going to have patience with as we get closer to the deadline is Maholm. Like Volstad, he just can’t stay away from the big inning

        • GaryLeeT

          When Wells walked the pitcher, who was attempting to bunt the runner over, I knew it was really over for his Cub career..

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Scott Maine with first big league win. Carlos Marmol with career save #100.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    LaHair – RF
    Valbuena – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Clevenger – C
    Wells – P

  • calicub

    let the frenzy begin