Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 07/29/12

Game One Hundred: Cubs (41-58) vs. Cardinals (54-47)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.88/1.24) vs. Adam Wainwright (8-10, 4.31/1.28)

The Cubs enter play this afternoon with the second best mark in the National League since June 25 (17-10) and Dale Sveum’s team has a shot to win another series (6-1-1 in last eight series) behind Paul Maholm. The Cubs finally figured out how to keep the Cardinals from crossing the plate multiple times in the same inning on Saturday afternoon. After being outscored 32-7 in the previous four games, Sveum’s staff held the high-flying Cardinals offense to just two runs.

Paul Maholm could be making his final start as a Cub this afternoon. Rumors have suggested that several teams are interested in trading for Maholm. Maholm’s old team scouted him before trading for Wandy Rodriguez. The Royals and White Sox have also been mentioned as possible destinations for the veteran southpaw.

From the Rumor Mill … With the non-waiver trade deadline looming (Tuesday at 3:00pm CDT), the Cubs could still make several trades. While the Ryan Dempster saga continues to make the headlines, teams are looking at several players on the Cubs active roster. Geovany Soto (Nationals, Angels) is drawing interest as well as Reed Johnson (Tigers, White Sox) and Jeff Baker (Tigers). According to Bruce Levine, teams have also scouted Shawn Camp and James Russell.

Today is game number 100 of the Cubs’ 2012 season … and this afternoon it all starts with Paul Maholm. Paul Maholm is in the middle of one of the best runs of his career. Maholm has completed at least eight innings of work in his last two starts and three of his last five dating back to June 29. Maholm has not allowed more than one earned run in a start since his clunker in Arizona on June 23. Maholm is 4-0 in his last five games, four starts, with a 1.20 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP … just four walks, 25 hits, 21 strikeouts and one home run allowed in 30 innings.

Maholm was in the middle of a solid stretch (four wins in a row) from the end of April through the first two starts in May. Maholm ran into the lefty killing Cardinals’ machine, had a rough outing (four runs on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts in six innings) and it took him nearly a month to get back on track. Whatever game plan the Cubs have given Maholm in his first two starts of the season against the Cardinals (0-1 in two starts with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP) they must throw it out the window for today’s start.

St. Louis has pounded the Cubs’ lefty starters this season and they must change how they are pitching Matt Holliday and company or it will continue this afternoon.

Paul Maholm is 4-7 in 17 career starts against the Cardinals with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Paul Maholm

  • Carlos Beltran – 9-for-21 with two doubles, two home runs and two walks
  • Lance Berkman – 7-for-34 with a double and four walks
  • Matt Carpenter – 2-for-5
  • Allen Craig – 6-for-11 with three doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Daniel Descalso – 0-for-1
  • David Freese – 2-for-11 with a home run and a walk
  • Tyler Greene – 4-for-11 with two doubles and a walk
  • Matt Holliday – 6-for-29 with three home runs and three walks
  • Jon Jay – 1-for-8 with a triple
  • Yadier Molina – 10-for-32 with a double, a home run and six walks
  • Skip Schumaker – 1-for-6
  • Adam Wainwright – 3-for-10 with a double

Adam Wainwright is not the same pitcher the Cubs faced back on April 13 in St. Louis and is much closer to the one that shut them down over six innings at Wrigley on April 24. Wainwright is still having trouble with consistency but for the most part is back to being a dominant starter.

Wainwright has allowed more than two earned runs once in his last four starts and only three times in his last ten. Wainwright is coming off an impressive 7 1/3 innings start against the Dodgers in which he allowed two runs on seven hits with one walk and seven strikeouts … in Wainwright’s last two starts just one walk to go along with 16 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings.

Adam Wainwright is 2-2 in his last four starts with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.

Wainwright is 0-1 in two starts against the Cubs this season with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. For his career, Wainwright owns a 6-5 record in 25 games, 16 starts, against the Cubs with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, a perfect 5-0 in 12 games, seven starts, with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Adam Wainwright

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-6 with a walk
  • Darwin Barney – 4-for-9 with a double
  • Tony Campana – 1-for-2
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-9 with a walk
  • David DeJesus – 7-for-16 with three doubles and a home run
  • Reed Johnson – 2-for-3
  • Bryan LaHair – 2-for-5 with a home run
  • Paul Maholm – 2-for-8 with a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 8-for-33 with three doubles, a triple and five walks
  • Geovany Soto – 5-for-23 with two doubles, a home run and three walks

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

    Well I think today is the day a Dempster deal gets done. I think it would be safe to say that Theo and co are pretty well aware of the fan reaction to the Dempster situation, whether they read blogs or not. I kinda doubt they will send him to the wolves Tuesday and actually have him starting that game for us. Now I could be all wrong here. I just think they will do their best to get Dempster out of here having been cheered in his last home game rather then the reception that may await him Tuesday. If a deal gets done today, it gives him a day for travel and then he can pitch his scheduled day at his new locale on Tuesday. The other dominos will begin to fall quickly after, as the minor pieces, Reed, Baker, Soto, are still probably here incase they need to be included as throw ins with Dempster. Heres to hoping!

    • RMercer69

      The front office could care less what has been on message boards and blogs and whether or not Dempster was cheered in his last start or how he will be treated Tuesday.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

        Not really what i was saying at all.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          That may not have been what you meant Mike but it is pretty much what you said… :) I certainly like your optimism.

          • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

            I guess what I was referring to mostly is Perception. Dempster is a pretty well respected veteran in the league. The way the front office has handled the situation with him and not dragging him through the mud has been commendable. I think having him out of town prior to a start in front of a, not so happy, home crowd, goes further on in showing respect for a veteran player. It sort of allows Demp to save face, by not facing the boobirds. Furthermore they know that the treatment from the fans that Demp could receive may be perceived as a very negative thing by other players in the league when the time comes to add Free Agents. In business saving face and perception can be very important things.

    • calicub

      i still see dempster getting moved after his start on tuesday in a deadline deal. I could imagine dempster holding up a deal to get one more wrigley start in, but at this point who knows.

      I cant imagine any team biting on Baker, Reed on the other hand is having yet another great year and has proven his use as a back up OF

      • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

        Yeah I checked after i wrote my post. Tuesdays game is a nite game. After the deadline anyways. So either way hes gone before that.

      • Tony_Hall

        How can he be traded after his start on Tuesday, it will be after the trade deadline of 3 pm central, and he will be extremely difficult to trade in August through waivers, as he will be claimed and chances of it being a team he will accept is very small.

        • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

          That was my bad I think for saying theyd trade him before sending him to the wolves on Tuesday. I looked up the game time after my post and realized he will be gone before he has to take the mound that day anyways.

        • calicub

          yeah didn’t realize it as a night game…

  • Aaron

    I was just thinking of the Garza scenario when I thought of a possible solution.

    What the Cubs should do if they have a few tentative offers on the table is to increase the possible return by offering a variable rate of return and the way you do that is PTBNL….for instance, they could set a possible range of starts ib mind and if he meets that, the Cubs choose from a certain allotment and if he doesn’t it’s from a lesser group….so you build around 2 definitive players and have the possibility for a better one later on. It would help alleviate concerns over injury….

    Just my suggestion, not saying I’ve seen it anywhere

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

      Thats a great idea. Im pretty sure thats why the PTBNL happens from time to time though anyways. Making sure a player is healthy or achieves certain goals.

      But I think the offseason is now the more likely time he gets moved. With the FA stock of pitching already less with the extension of Hamels and the more then likely extension of Grienke in LAA, Garza should probably command a bit more now this offseason.

      • Aaron

        Yeah that’s what they thought last year though and it never happened so this might be the best time…when teams are desperate

    • paulcatanese

      Not a bad idea Aaron. Cubs have to go some way to overide the fiasco of the original trade with Atlanta.
      That being said, I know I’ll get some flack here when I say that that deal was a genuine steal for the Cubs, and would have made it a good start for others.
      The reason I say a steal is IMO I think Dempster is not worth even what was first originaly offered. He is overated in my etimate, too old for any future with another club, and has had a lucky run this year so far.
      With another club he would have to prove himself all over again, as it’s not the Cubs, where a win or loss is accepted.
      I just dont think he has the talent to continue his streak.
      Other teams know this and have offered returns that fit that mold. They would only have him until the end of the year,
      and I think he will be a bust in a serious run for after season play, thats why the first deal was so important for the Cubs. Don’t think he wants to go to Atlanta because of the pressure with the history of good pitching there. Just dont think he can handle it, and really wants to stay with the Cubs where he can hide in the failure of the season. A no gut guy.

      • brent carmona

        I agree Paul, he is performing way over his career numbers (remember aarons post over his lifetime numbers) and there is no way his ERA ends up below 3 when its all said and done at the end of this season. I believe with a lot of players that are over performing in one year, that they will almost always revert back to their career numbers. We will see though.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Well…

      Brian Roberts just went on the DL. Someone call Jim Hendry immediately. He’s up for trade with a .182 BA and 5 RBI….
      http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8211858/brian-roberts-baltimore-orioles-season-ending-hip-surgery

  • Aaron

    I will concede that it’s a bit upsetting to see the Astros in the transaction wire nearly everyday doing a full rebuild while the Cubs stand pat

    • Tony_Hall

      But have they gotten a good return or have they just been making moves. That is the real question. Activity, just for the sake of activity, is not productive.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

        looks like a decent return on Johnson today, but the others were very ho hum.

        • Aaron

          I’m with you though supposedly the Wandy deal netted a decent return…

          I’m just shocked with recent trades that none of their veterans have been traded yet….even Soriano

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good to see Rizzo continuing to hit the ball to all fields

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with a hustle double

  • Tony_Hall

    Hats off to Soriano, on that hustle double.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I know Soriano’s contract is an eyesore but I just can’t believe a team with offensive issues isn’t absolutely clamoring for the guy. He’s simply mashing the ball… If I’m a GM who feels he is one big-bopper away from possibly winning it all this year this year I’m doing everything I can to deal for Soriano.

      • Rocktowndude

        Cubs aren’t going to get JACK for any of their players!!!! “Dumpster” C’mon guys we’ll be lucky to get a pouch of Big League Chew and a bag of old used baseball’s for that bum, and a lot of you talk about getting a team’s top prospect!?!?…?.. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

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

          Just realized something. I take for granted so much the collective baseball intelligence on this site (and I mean that absolutely sincerely) that when a jack-wagon like this comes around it truly surprises me. Ha.

          • Rocktowndude

            I TOLD YOU DUMPSTER WASNT WORTH CRAP! DUMBAZZ! U suck as bad as the Cubbies!!!!!! Ha

      • Tony_Hall

        I completely agree. With the Cubs paying XX of his contract, the total amount a team would have to pay Soriano is getting to a low enough number that even if regressed next year, it would be worth the price to add a bat for the stretch run.

        • Ripsnorter1

          If only Brett Jackson could hit like this.

          Wow.

          It really is the same problem.

          “It’s the contract, XXXXXX.”

          No GMs are clamoring for that contract.

          • Tony_Hall

            If only Soriano had gone to a lighter bat years ago…

          • Ripsnorter1

            Ain’t that the truth!

      • triple

        His postseason numbers are terrible, and I’m sure that had to do with the Yankees not retaining him. Career postseason over 9 series: 174 AB, .213/.263/.299 BA/OBP/SLG, 4HR, 18RBI, and 53K’s. I’m pretty sure that every GM knows that, thus knowing that he may help get to the playoffs, but will be worthless once there.

  • Tony_Hall

    Lahair has to put the bat on the ball in that situation.

    • Denver Mike

      It’s hard to put the bat on the ball when it bounces in the dirt in front of home plate…

      …stick a fork in him, I’ve seen enough.

      • Denver Mike

        Furthermore that is why he has no business in the 5 spot in this lineup. That at-bat completely killed any momentum we were building in that inning. Already 1 run in with 1 out and runners on 2nd and 3rd after Soriano’s hustle double and LaHair is gone on 3 pitches with nothing resembling contact. He needs to be out of the starting lineup and relegated to a pinch hit role after the trade deadline. Nobody is going to trade for him anyways so may as well bench him now….blah.

  • RynoTiger

    Two LaHair questions:
    1. if he isn’t traded by the deadline, do you think he gets claimed on waivers if the Cubs decide to do that?
    2. if he isn’t traded, does he then just get less playing time since he isn’t producing?

    • Tony_Hall

      Yes he would be claimed by one of the teams…playing time could be based on who else is still left.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        This may sound crazy but I wouldn’t deal James Russell for anything less than a top 10 prospect. Since dealing Marshall, JR is a major part of our future.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Probably the Houston Astros would get him. Why, they picked up Steve Pearce off the waiver wire yesterday.

  • Tony_Hall

    If any team was on the fence about including another or better prospect for Maholm, he should beanswering those doubters. The Cardinals hit lefties pretty good.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Chris Johnson is the worst fielding 3B in all of MLB. I was reading about him yesterday. So sure, the Astros dealt him off for “prospects” who most likely won’t amount to anything at all. The Astros have dumped $49 million off of their $61.5 million dollar roster. It’s exciting to watch. They have lost 12 in a row and working on 13….

      • Tony_Hall

        They are moving to the AL West, where they will enjoy the cellar for the next few years, no matter what they do. They my as well go about a complete cleansing of the team.

        Not sure why anyone clicked dis-like to this post, it might just be out of habit…

  • Ripsnorter1

    LaHair is just awful these days, but…..

    I can’t stand Joe Mather. He’s even worse.

    • Tony_Hall

      Just asking, but who can you stand on the Cubs…

      • Ripsnorter1

        LOL

        If you want Joe Mather starting for you, then you have a cast iron stomach.

        LOL

        ALFONSO SORIANO.

        • Tony_Hall

          No I don’t but instead of you listing who you don’t like, I thought it would be a shorter list to say who do you like. I really would like to know.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Xavier Nady just hit the unemployment line.

  • Brp921

    This will be a touph loss for Maholm if that is the result. I wish Sveum would have pulled him earlier.

    • Brp921

      It’s good that I only manage from my armchair…

  • Tony_Hall

    Good outing for Maholm…another quality start.

    7 innings 1 run

  • BosephHeyden

    I’ve noticed that, outside of Rizzo and Soriano, there really aren’t a
    whole lot of consistently hitting Cubs. DeJesus does just enough to
    stay where he’s at with his batting average and has a high On Base %,
    but it seems like after Rudy left, everyone went either from Good to
    Average or slightly regressed. Watching these guys at the plate, it
    seems like most of them know they want to get on base, but they’re not
    sure whether it’s by hitting their way on base or walking, and a good
    amount of times it seems like they get neither. For a team that supposedly stressed “identity”, this offense really doesn’t seem to have one outside of “Let Rizzo and Soriano do what they do.”

    • Tony_Hall

      There won’t be many players on the roster today, on the roster in 2 years.

  • Tony_Hall

    That should be Soriano’s 1st error, pretty amazing streak for him.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Ruled a double

      • Tony_Hall

        That might explain how he has made it this long without an error…

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          In his defense, pardon the pun, he has been very good in the field this year.

          • Tony_Hall

            I agree, but he almost got the runner out even with bobbling the ball, so that should have been a single and an error.

  • BosephHeyden

    Apparently, according to MLBTradeRumors.com, the Mets and Cubs had discussions about Geovany Soto, but apparently nothing will come out of it. What is there to discuss? Soto is a 29 year old catch batting under .200….if a team asks about him, the discussion should be “What are you willing to give for him?” followed very shortly by “Deal”.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      From Jon Heyman: Cubs proposed Dempster-Soriano package to Dodgers as alternative to just Dempster so far not happening.

      • Brp921

        I think they should tell the Dodgers to forget it. Don’t call us we’ll call you. They’re wanting something for nothing.

        • Tony_Hall

          This is just negotiations, when neither side is blinking. The Dodgers know the clock is ticking, and feel the Cubs will take what they are offering , because it is more than a comp pick, in their opinion.

          • Brp921

            Good point. We’ll just have to wait and see. I wouldn’t just throw Soriano in to sweeten the deal though. I would insist on more value in return.

          • BosephHeyden

            The problem with this story is that the Cubs made the trade offer, not the Dodgers. And, unless the trade offer was to get Lee AND Webster, it’s absolutely not worth making, especially since Soriano’s lighter bat seems to be a permanent fix and, if they can’t move him this year, his value next year should be higher in that he won’t have as much contract to eat up AND he’ll have shown he can sustain his offense. And moving Soriano for salary relief is stupid at this point, especially since the front office has made it known they intend to focus on the farm system (and international rookies are awful investments since there’s no guarantee they’ll be worth the money paid) and won’t be involved heavily in free agency.

          • Tony_Hall

            Maybe it was to get Lee and Webster, we may never know the details. And Soriano is getting older, so the lighter bat has helped him come back to life, his clock is still ticking. An AL team would help him make it 2 more years, not having to play defense very much.

  • Tony_Hall

    Say what you will about Marmol, but since he has been back in the closers role, he has been effective.

    • Brp921

      He has been looking good. I’m wondering if a team may want to take a chance on him.

  • Michael

    If Garza doesn’t end up getting traded before the deadline and in the second half goes out and improves his numbers, what do you think it will do for his trade value?

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

      Well it will only increase from this point anyways with the fluid build up issue maybe causing teams to lower their price. But with Hamels extended and Grienke most likely getting extended by the Angels, even if Garza doesnt have a great 2nd half his value goes up just due to the lack of good FA starting pitchers being available this winter. If he kicks butt from this point on thats just icing on the prospect cake.

  • http://twitter.com/SirGladiator Frankie Newton

    Hopefully next time they take LaHair out for a ‘defensive substitute’ they’ll actually use somebody who isnt terrible. Mather coming in for LaHair may have cost us the game. Also, we probably could’ve scored in the 8th if Campana runs for DeJesus, also makes for a nice defensive upgrade for the 9th. Still waiting on Sveum to actually make a GOOD decision today.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    OF Jeff Frazier joined the Iowa Cubs today. Frazier had big league time with Detroit Tigers in 2010. Frazier has been playing in the Tigers organization.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    RIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Tony_Hall

    1st of many more walk-off wins for Rizzo.

    Cubs Win! Cubs Win!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Cubs beat Cardinals 4-2 in 10 on two-run walk-off home run by Anthony Rizzo – Paul Maholm:
      1R,4H,4BB,5K,6.2IP; Anthony Rizzo: 3-for-4,HR,2RBI,BB; Starlin Castro: 1-for-5,R,RBI; Darwin Barney:
      3-for-4,2 2B,R; Alfonso Soriano: 1-for-4,2B

  • Brp921

    THE MAN!!!!! RIZZO!!!!

  • cubtex

    Alright! Just got in from a day on the lake to see Rizzo with a walk off!

  • cubtex

    This is off subject……but the Indians are looking to move Shin Soo Choo because he will start to get expensive. He is still only 30 and he seems like the type of player the Cubs would target. Extremely high OBP and plays solid defense. BJax and another mid tier prospect for Choo? The Cubs need a whole new outfield for next year if they trade Soriano.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

    Does that kid just have the most laid back approach at the plate youve ever seen. This team is going to be exciting with him and Castro in the heart of that order for years to come. Shoot next year we may see Soler or Baez hitting behind him at some point. I for one am excited about our future, at least as far as the hitting department is concerned.

  • RynoTiger

    right now Castro doesn’t necessarily have a swing when he bats, it’s more of a lunge and pull
    it’s a shame Clevenger has become Koyie Jr.