Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Braves – 07/04/12

Game Eighty-One: Cubs (30-50) vs. Braves (42-38)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184/914
Location – Turner Field, Atlanta

Paul Maholm (5-6, 4.84/1.34) vs. Randall Delgado (4-8, 4.52/1.44)

Happy 4th of July from the CCO!

Weather permitting … The Cubs will look to put Tuesday night’s embarrassing loss behind them tonight. Dale Sveum’s team has won six of their last eight games. In the six wins the Cubs have outscored their opponent 25-7. In their two losses, the Cubs have been outscored 27-4. Paul Maholm started the Cubs’ four-game winning streak with an impressive outing against Houston and will look to get his team back in the win column tonight.

Dale Sveum needs a long, effective outing from Paul Maholm. Rafael Dolis looked horrible Tuesday (16 pitches, three strikes) and forced Sveum to stick with Jairo Asencio for the remainder of the game (64 pitches over 2 2/3 innings). Asencio does not figure to be available again before the Mets series. Without a long man in the pen, if Maholm gets in trouble early he could end up taking one for the team.

Today marks the half-way point of the Cubs season … after tonight, the Cubs have 81 games and a lot of changes ahead of them.

Tonight all begins with Paul Maholm

Paul Maholm has said in recent days that he is looking forward to his start in Atlanta against the Braves. Maholm likes pitching at Turner Field due to the weather conditions and what he is able to do with his breaking stuff in Hotlanta. Maholm is coming off his best start of the season (no runs on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings against the Astros) and is looking to build off last outing after posting a 1-3 record in six starts in June with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

Maholm has struggled on the road this season (1-4 in seven starts with a 7.15 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP). Teams have hit more than 100 points higher against Maholm on the road (.328) than at Wrigley (.223) … his last win outside of the Friendly Confines came against Roy Holliday and the Phillies on April 27.

Tonight will be Maholm’s eighth career start against the Braves. Maholm owns a 2-1 mark in the first seven with a 1.34 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Maholm beat the Braves at Wrigley back on May 9 (no runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts in seven innings) and is 0-1 in four starts at Turner Field with a 1.73 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

Braves Career Numbers against Paul Maholm

  • Michael Bourn – 7-for-32 with a double and three walks
  • Matt Diaz – 3-for-12 with a home run
  • Juan Francisco – 0-for-1
  • Freddie Freeman – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Jason Heyward – 1-for-6 with a walk
  • Chipper Jones – 0-for-9
  • Brian McCann – 0-for-1
  • Martin Prado – 6-for-14 with two doubles
  • David Ross – 8-for-26 with two home runs and four walks
  • Dan Uggla – 7-for-24 with a double, two home runs and three walks
  • Jack Wilson – 0-for-3

The Braves have not gotten what they expected out of Randall Delgado this season … and he is one of the reasons Atlanta is interested in Matt Garza. Delgado struggled out of the gate with a 2-2 record in his first four starts with a 6.30 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. After things appeared to click in May (1-3 in six starts with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP), Delgado is back to struggling again (1-3 in five June starts with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP). Delgado has not posted a win in nearly a month (June 6) but more importantly, the Braves are 3-7 the last 10 times he’s started a game (0-4 in last four).

Randall Delgado is coming off two short outings. Delgado lasted only 1 1/3 innings against the Red Sox on June 23 and allowed four runs on six hits with two walks and one strikeout. Delgado was able to complete only four innings the last time out. The Nationals scored four runs, two earned, on eight hits. Delgado did not walk and batter and struck out three (0-1 in his last two starts with a 10.13 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP).

Delgado has been successful at home this year (2-4 in eight starts with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP) and will face the Cubs for the second time tonight.

Randall Delgado held the Cubs to one run on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings on May 8 … the only game Atlanta won during the series.

Tony Campana (1-for-3), Starlin Castro (0-for-3), David DeJesus (1-for-2 with a double and a walk), Bryan LaHair (0-for-2 with a walk), Alfonso Soriano (1-for-2 with a double and a walk) and Geovany Soto (0-for-2) have limited at bats against Randall Delgado.

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • Ripsnorter1

      Just this friendly reminder:

      The Cubs are in last place, the worst team in MLB.

      The Pirates are in 1st place in the NL Central.

      The worm has turned.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Let’s talk about a replacement for Funko, now that Funko has bitten the dust in ChiSoxland. Yes, he’s gone. I’ll miss that pirouette swing of his, spinning like a top as he fans yet again. But Keeeennnnnny Williams just couldn’t handle the lack of production. .171 BA and .195 slugging weren’t enough to cover for his lack of range in CF, where he was slated to allow an extra 28 runs per year.

        SO I nominate Nyjer Morgan to take his place. Morgan has a real shot at setting a MLB record low RBI total from RF Just think: AN ALL TIME RECORD LOW!

        Morgan is hitting .232, with 2 HR and 5 RBI in 203 PA in 2012.
        Hey, he’s slugging .284, too.

        Ya gotta love it. Now what does he make a year? I know in Cincinnati I saw him goof up two plays that cost the Brewers runs. He’s a terrible, Soriano type of fielder.

        Oh yeah. He’s making $2.4 million.

        • Mike Simala

          So is it safe to say we are now done with the Dejesus/Funko comparisons that so many here couldnt help but make for the first month of the season.

          • Ripsnorter1


            Let’s compare DeJesus vs Funko, 2010 (the last full year for Funko in Cubdom).

            DeJesus….272 BA….393 slugg….364 OBP
            Funko….273 BA…..369 slugg….374 OBP

            Neither can run. No power.

            They are essentially the same players.

          • Mike Simala

            except for the fact that funko is no longer on a mlb roster, and 2 years ago equates to this year how exactly?

          • Ripsnorter1

            DeJesus is Funko’s replacement. I am comparing Funko’s last full year to DeJesus. That’s how it equates. Team Theo signed the same player.

            Let’s say you had a 2nd baseman hitting .250 and fields at a certain level for a year. Then you dump him and sign a new player, and he hits .250 and fields at that same level for you.

            You just signed the same player.

            See? :)

          • calicub

            Except your missing one key component here Rip…

            Funkos wife wasnt KIM DeJESUS!

          • Mike Simala

            thing is he obviously isnt the same player if funko is playing worse this year and is now unemployed. They may have once been the same player. Not any longer. I guess its anything to take a jab at Theo huh?

          • RynoTiger

            no not at all. nothing to it.

          • J Daniel

            Shows how much smarter theo is – what are the salary comparisons? Funko was $48m to DeJesus? Called a cheap fill in guy with no no trade in it.

      • CubsPaleRider

        Comments like that, and Neil will ban you from the site.

        Our first amendment rights have gone down the toilet in this country.

        • Tom U

          A Happy Independence Day to everyone at the CCO!

          Here are today’s minor league starters:

          Boise – Willengton Cruz (1-1, 2.40)
          Peoria – Michael Jensen (7-3, 3.36)
          Daytona – Robert Whitenack (0-2, 4.64)
          Tennessee – Dallas Beeler (3-5, 4.21)
          Iowa – Rodrigo Lopez (2-3, 4.00)

          Here are some things to contemplate:

          With Boise nearing completion of its first month and the signing deadline July 13, player movement within the system may be happening soon.

          Word on the street is that 22-year old Mesa infielder Tim Saunders may be jumped over 18-year old Jeimer Candelario, landing in Peoria before him. Saunders has played third, but projects better at short. If the move is made, can one with Javier Baez to another position be next?

          Zeke DeVoss has seen his numbers go down, hitting .205 in his last ten games while recording an alarming 14 errors at second base. With Pin-Chieh Chen going .314 over the same period and Gioskar Amaya at nearly .300 with 5 triples already in Boise, can both a demotion and position change be looming for DeVoss.

          By the way, DeVoss and Baez have combined for only 8 double plays since Baez’s promotion 5 weeks ago. Previous Chiefs shortstop Marco Hernandez had 21 in only 16 more games.

          With the promotion of Greg Rohan, Daytona now has a void at third base, presently being covered by Matt Cerda and Taylor Davis. If Peoria’s Dustin Geiger continues to play the way he has, a move can fill both the defensive gap and the need for a power hitter.

          It may take only one more good offensive spurt by Matt Szczur to see him packing his bags for Tennessee.

        • matthew8510

          neil u are doing an excellent job banning this joke of a cubs fan keep up the good work go cubbies

        • Brian

          Oh, sir, you completely don’t understand the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment doesn’t apply to a blog owned by a private citizen.

          Oh, and you insult and belittle other people. That is probably the reason. Just my two cents.

      • RynoTiger

        Just a friendly reminder:
        Most didn’t expect much in regards to standings from this season.
        Uh oh…I better be careful..I’ll be called a Team Theo lover..oh no

        • CubsReview

          2014 the earliest……2015 for sure……

          Today Cubs fans are not like the Cubs fans from years past.

        • CubsReview

          Do you know today’s quiz?
          Has a Tuscon Arizona connection.

  • CubsQuiz

    Tonight’s Baseball Quiz…..

    Name the ex-Cubs player that has a famous movie actor uncle, who was in a Elvis movie, and his father that was in John Wayne movie?

    Bonus points if you can name the actor and his actor father, and the name of the movies.

    • brent carmona

      I think his full name was…

      First: SHUT
      Second: UP
      Last: PLEASE

      Have a nice day.

      • texcubnut

        Well played, Brent.

      • CubsReview

        you sound like a little girl.

    • Go Home Pud Boy

      Sorry everyone on here but dude you are a pud! This is my last response to pud boy and should be everyone else’s! He loves the attention and to aggravate so everyone IGNORE PUD BOY!

      • matthew8510

        amen do not respond to the different name changes everyone should know who everyones name is on here so if you have a name you dont reconize ignore it and do not respond

        • J Daniel

          Especially pud boy!

  • Neil

    The defensive shift bailed Maholm out of the jam … rough first inning but at least he did not allow any runs.

    • scottm

      Neil my daughter is at Chiefs game and said she is sitting next to Tiger, Royal, White sox, Padreand she thinks a dodger scout behind home plate. Jensen is/was pitching lights out. Anything going on? Or business as usual?

      • scottm

        I meant scouts.

      • Neil

        I would think business as usual. Thanks for the head’s up.

  • Neil

    Hey, the Cubs retired Chipper Jones.

  • Neil

    LaHair got all of that one … #14

    • Mike Simala

      so with Lee gone to the fish now, Any news of LaHair and Demp getting done with the Dodgers?

      • Mike Simala

        Id start with asking for Eovaldi, Gould and Federowicz and work from there, maybe pay all of demps salary to get it done or throw in a Junior Lake or something.

        • Neil

          Things have cooled on Dempster for now. Would be good, for more than one reason, if he could pitch Sunday. Still not sure about trading with the Dodgers, their system is weak, especially in the higher levels. I would think any deals involving Dempster and Garza would include close to major league ready talent.

          • Neil

            Valbuena did his job and it paid off. Baker with a blast.

          • Mike Simala

            I agree with Demp not playing its hurting talks, Eovaldi is ML ready and Federowicz could take over our catching duties now. The guys weve trotted out there have been less then impressive. None can hit and handle the staff at the same time. By all accounts Federowicz is real good behind the plate and should be about a 270 hitter with some pop. Lots of doubles and 14 or so hrs. Not the best hitting Catching prospect there is, but hes definitely an improvement over what we currently have IMO. Whatever thats worth lol.

            Neil, who do you think our best trading partner for Demp would be whenever he gets back to pitching. I just think Dodgers are a good fit cause they could use Lahair also.

          • Neil

            You make excellent points. I am not as high on Eovaldi as some but he is young and close as you point out. The walks are a little concerning. The Dodgers are probably the best fit for him, all things considered, still would not mind them looking into a deal with the White Sox that could include a reliever like Nate Jones.

  • CubsReview

    As Harry Caray would say “Holy Cow….what a bunch of old ladies we have here”……

    Matthew…..Brent….Pud Boy…..Tony……Boshayden

    at least RynoTiger has a sense of humor……..and does like to talk about baseball…..

    You guys need to grow some balls ……..

    and Neil backs you A-Holes all the way…….I thought Neil was a cool guy who did not like personal attacks……but he lets these attacks on me keep on going……I believe it now how nasty that Wrigleyville Rainbow flag waving group are…..just makes my opinion on that society even stronger of how they are….it is my right……..


    only guy that has any class is Tom U….


    I am talking about baseball, and you all have this personal hatred…..making hateful comments…….

    Karma ……it will happen to you.

    • brent carmona

      Okay its very simple:

      1. Google a cubs blog or any blog that likes trivia questions. Post there.
      2. If you must comment here please make it about cubs baseball. And um nobody cares about some ex cubs actor here so please comment about something RELEVANT to what we like to discuss here.
      3. If you can’t do #2 just don’t post and enjoy the website postings/comments

      Does that sound like a plan?

      • matthew8510

        what a loser probly a sox fan

      • matthew8510

        it says talkin cubs baseball not talking cubs actors or talking cubs polls

        • brent carmona

          YES exactly thank you

  • Neil

    Excellent throw by Soriano … best throw he’s made in a long time

  • EqDoc

    Watching Maholm today and how well Wood has pitched recently, a starting group of Garza, Wood and Maholm might not be a bad way to start next year.

    • BosephHeyden

      It just seems like Maholm is a solid third guy in the rotation on an NL team. And Wood has really come out of nowhere, and is making that Marshall trade a wash; especially if he continues to improve next year, he could be another legitimate third guy. I get the feeling Garza won’t be here next year, which is fine so long as we get a prospect in a team’s top five in exchange. And Samardzija should be able to get things together by the start of next year, especially since it seems like that chain of shaky starts was a one-off deal.

      So Samardzija, Wood, Maholm if we still have him, Garza if we still have him…I like the idea of potentially having two #2 pitchers for two and three in the rotation, and two solid #3 pitchers for four and five . Just need to obtain an ace (because if we do lose Garza and/or Maholm to trade, we still have a #2 and #3 pitcher, and #4 and #5 pitchers are easy to find), and we should be set.

      • Mike Simala

        in all fairness Wood really hasnt come out of nowhere. Under my previous name Hoosierboy3423 i said many times, once that Marshall trade went down and everyone was knockin it, that outside of about 3 horrific starts last year Wood was a good pitcher whos numbers were a bit skewed. And hes shown that this year.

        • BosephHeyden

          I meant so far as he got called up and then immediately sent down earlier in the year. It didn’t seem like they actually had any intent on using him. That’s my bad for not wording it better.

          • Mike Simala

            Yeah I get ya. i was actually really shocked he didnt get the nod from the begining, especially over Volstad.

          • BosephHeyden

            I honestly still have no idea why they kept Volstad up after they called Wood up the first time and he did as well as he did, especially considering they flat out told Wood he was coming up for one start and then immediately going back down. I think, more than anything, that shows that he’s a professional, which I know is an overused cliche, but then you look at a guy like Zambrano, who’s a great pitcher, but unable to go about his business and keep his personal feelings out of the game, and I think, more than anything, Wood is the type of guy we need more of.

  • Neil

    Rizzo smoked that one … #3

  • Dorasaga

    Haven’t had chance the last three days, I’m now watching and found this game a pleasant surprise. Rizzooo and where’s his slow bat now?

    People were critical of Starlin changing his approach. Bear in mind that his 0.313 obp was not bearable. No good hitter can hurt his team so many times by gifting opposing defense all the outs. He needs to change and get on base in more ways. Taking pitches is the right start.

    I guess we all have a different ideal of organizational philosophy, or just baseball philosophy attributed to a team. Mine happened to be this, right in front of my eyes.

    • Dorasaga

      And happy Holiday to all, celebrate the founding of our great Nation, Freedom et al.

  • Dorasaga

    I’m watching the Braves broadcast, showed Rick Camp’s first career homer 1985 of this day. Baseball was different back then: Not Harry but cried “Holy Cow” and more exciting broadcast; Native American in tribal fashion came out to the plate and greeted the home run hitter; Ron Darling picked up a save since his days at Yale. I wonder how things changed throughout the years.

    By the way, both sided played very good defense tonight.

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the Braves 5-1 Wednesday night – Paul Maholm: 1R,8H,1BB,5K,HBP in 6IP; Bryan LaHair: 2-for-3,HR,BB; Jeff Baker: PH HR; Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-4,HR; Starlin Castro: 1-for-3,BB, R

  • jw

    Looking like the Rizzo deal was a pretty good one but it’s early

  • paulcatanese

    Good solid team effort, usually will end up in a win, and it did.