Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 07/06/12

Game Eighty-Three: Cubs (31-51) vs. Mets (45-38)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185/914
Location – Citi Field, Flushing

Travis Wood (3-3, 3.05/1.09) vs. Johan Santana (6-4, 2.76/1.09)

The Cubs begin their final series before the break with the first of three against the New York Mets. The Cubs took two of three from the Mets at Wrigley 10 days ago and will face the same three starters during this series.

After tonight’s rematch of the opener at Wrigley on June 25, Jeff Samardzija will face Dillon Gee on Saturday afternoon with TBD facing lefty Jon Niese in the finale on Sunday afternoon. Dale Sveum is expected to announce today whether Chris Volstad or Ryan Dempster will start the last game before the break.

The Cubs struggled against another lefty in Thursday’s finale at Turner Field. The Cubs are 6-18 in games started by southpaws and will face two over the next three games. The Mets are a much better team at home (25-18) than on the road (20-20), especially Johan Santana. The former Cy Young Award winner is 4-1 in eight starts at Citi Field with a 1.16 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP compared to 2-3 in eight road starts with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

In other news … The Cubs signed their second round pick, RHP Duane Underwood. Underwood announced the signing on his Twitter account Thursday night. Baseball America confirmed the signing. Underwood and the Cubs agreed to a $1.05 million bonus, $280,400 over slot ($769,600). With Underwood signed, the Cubs can still offer $3,922,895 to Albert Almora without penalty.

The Cubs are expected to sign Albert Almora prior to the July 13 deadline (one week from today).

Tonight all starts with Travis Wood

The pitcher that could barely throw strikes during Spring Training has been the Cubs’ most consistent starter over the last month. Travis Wood is coming off another impressive outing and has not allowed an earned run in his last 19 innings.

Travis Wood threw 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball against the Astros at Wrigley last Sunday. Wood allowed just three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out four. Wood has won his last three starts (White Sox, Mets and Astros) after allowing one earned run in his last 20 2/3 innings (0.43 ERA) on 12 hits with five walks and 15 strikeouts (0.82 WHIP).

Travis Wood has had success on the road this to the tune of a 1-2 mark in four games with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.

Wood tossed seven innings of shutout ball against the Mets two starts ago (five hits, one walk and six strikeouts) and is 1-0 in two career starts against the Metropolitans with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP … no decision in one start at Citi Field with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP (five runs, three earned, on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings).

Mets Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Ronny Cedeno – 3-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • Ike Davis – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Lucas Duda – 0-for-3
  • Scott Hairston – 0-for-3
  • Mike Nickeas – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Johan Santana – 0-for-2
  • Ruben Tejada – 0-for-6
  • Andres Torres – 2-for-5 with two walks
  • Justin Turner – 0-for-1
  • David Wright – 3-for-6 with a triple

Johan Santana bounced back from his loss against the Cubs (two runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in six innings) with eight innings of shutout ball at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers managed just three hits off Santana and a pair of walks and the Mets walked away with a 5-0 win.

The veteran southpaw finished June with a 4-2 record in six starts that included a no-hitter (2.77 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP) … and he is has been nearly unbeatable at home this year (4-1 in eight starts with two complete-game shutouts, including the no-hitter).

Johan Santana is 3-1 in seven career games, four starts, with a 1.89 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP against the Cubs.

Cubs Career Numbers against Johan Santana

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-6 with a double
  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • David DeJesus – 4-for-24 with a double and two walks
  • Reed Johnson – 13-for-28 with a double, a triple, a home run and two walks
  • Joe Mather – 1-for-6 with a home run and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-16 with two walks
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Travis Wood – 0-for-2

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Johnson – RF
    Barney – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Baker – 2B
    Soto – C
    Mather – CF
    Valbuena – 3B
    Wood – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Starlin Castro with his first day off of the season

    • paulcatanese

      Castro and a day off. While needed for him, I think he views this as punishment for his slump rather than a rest.
      He is very locked in on his personal achievements, and takes everything to heart, as he wants to do the very best on everything.

      • John_CC

        I don’t think anyone would see a day off as “punishment.” He needs a break, at this pace he will play 160 games this year. I don’t think he should take that as any kind of negative. And if he does … then the sooner he can get over his obsession with personal achievement the better teammate he will be.

        • paulcatanese

          Agree John, could have used a better word,
          and with the “personal achievment” statement,I think I should have said his personal observations of himself are put at a very high level, and when he dosent achive those, he is angry with himself,such as not getting a runner on a certain play that he thinks he should have made(not realistic on some) as other shortsops would not have made either.

  • DWalker

    this will end badly, good luck to wood, he’ll need it. Think I’ll find something else to do tonight.

    • John_CC

      Have fun!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dempster is starting on Sunday … not Volstad

    • John_CC

      Good!

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Boise – James Pugliese (0-2, 3.86)
    Peoria – Starling Peralta (1-3, 3.77)
    Daytona – Matt Loosen (6-3, 3.14)
    Tennessee – Eric Jokisch (3-1, 3.25) Game 1
    Nick Struck (9-7, 3.64) Game 2 projected
    Iowa – Casey Coleman (2-3, 3.48)

    Comments:

    Infielder Tim Saunders looks to be close to forcing management’s hand. In a 10 inning game last night in Mesa, Saunders was 5-for-6 with a 2B, HR and 3 RBI to raise his season average to .525.

    An example as to why some prospects aren’t promoted as far as their numbers indicate. On the Boise broadcast last night, it was learned the IF Gioskar Amaya has blown through 2 stop signs and ran into outs in consecutive games.

    Dustin Gieger hit his 3rd HR in the past 2 days last night, and is now hitting .322 for the season.

    Tennessee was rained out.

    • CubsScout

      It seems there is a log jam at AAA level with several players who had their chances in the majors. With the additional draft players coming in, the Cubs will clean house at various levels on minor league players who do not produce. Never know if several minor league players are tossed at some team at trade dead line time.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson to miss second straight game with back spasms, manager Dave Bialas said.

  • CubsScout

    Cubs fans have been waiting 103 years plus for a World Series title, and there are certain people here who are stomping their feet on Theo after a few months……the guy and his staff is looking over on what they have from top to bottom…..cannot build a winner over night…not in a season….not in two seasons…..we be lucky if the Cubs are a playoff team in 2014, if not 2015…..we are not pushing a panic button on this team….due there is no panic…..let the other teams panic who want our players…….there will be at least five teams fighting for Garza & Dempster……even Lahair can bring in some prospects…..too mnay Cubs fans fall in love over these players….that is the problem, some of you cannot let go these guys….Garza feels the pressure now that he will be moved…..maybe he does not want to go?…….he fears that
    playoff pressure that might come on going to a New York, Atlanta or Detriot……if he fears the pressure now of going to a playoff contender, what good will he be if he fears it as a Cubs pitcher in a playoff scenario?…..you want players who is looking forward to playoff time……some say Barney could be the next Sandberg…..I saw Sandberg play….Barney is no Sandberg…..Manny Trillo was better than Barney……if Barney can bring us better pitchers, then trade him…..right now, Cubs need to build around players like Castro and Rizzo…..Theo need young hard nose players who want to win……the future begins on trading of Garza, Dempster, Marmol, Soriano, Soto who can bring us the future Cubs.

    • cubtex

      Ummmmm. Do you realize that Garza was ALCS MVPtt? He fears playoff pressure?????? Do some research on a player first before making a statement like that.

      • CubsScout

        I am saying that Garza does not want to leave Chicago….plus, he is coming up to a big pay day and might feel the pressure of not producing this time around,,,,,if anyone need to do research, it is you of learning how to spell.

        • cubtex

          so he would rather pitch on a last place team instead of pitching on a playoff team where he can increase his value and cash in on a big payday. Yea…..makes perfect sense.

          • CubsScout

            Chicago has allot to offer….I rather stay in Chicago than be in Detriot if I was Garza…..yes, it makes lots of sense……Garza will make his money no matter what down the road……he need to tell Theo he can play in Chicago for allot less ,,,,not the $16 million per his agent is looking for.

          • cubtex

            allot? go back to school and learn how to spell :)

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Rizzo off Santana …. #4 a three-run shot

          • CubsScout

            Nasty tonight? Did the heat get to you today?

          • cubtex

            Giving you a little taste of what you do every night. If it makes you feel a little better….I wouldn’t have corrected anyone else but you.

          • paulcatanese

            Rizzo.
            Is it a bird? A plane? A speeding bullet?
            No, Its Super Rizzo!!!
            And guess what, I havent seen a hole in his swing.

          • CubsScout

            Only in the last letter of his name!

          • cubtex

            Tyler Colvin with 2 HR’s tonight. He now has 13 in limited playing time. Colorado is a good place for him since the curveball does not break as much in the altitude. He can hit a fastball.

          • Denver Mike

            On the road against Strasburg as well!

            I still attribute a large portion of his success to playing here in Denver, as local news has been talking all year about the disappearance of the humidor. The Rockies have moved to a 4 man rotation with a 75 pitch limit to force them to throw strikes they are so scared of batters taking them yard.

            I hope Colvin finds some success and regular playing time regardless!

          • cubtex

            Yes. I knew tonight was on road….but I was saying Coors Field is a good fit for him.

          • Denver Mike

            I agree

          • cubtex

            He looks good Paul….and he can play D! Looks like we have a 1st baseman for a long time!

          • J Daniel

            Yep, and that is why it was a really good trade. I know we discussed it yesterday.

          • cubtex

            Too early to write off Cashner is what I was saying. Great arm!

          • J Daniel

            Absolutely agree but I think the Cubs have a STUD! How about it, a LH power hitter that can hit for average, bat third, and FIELD his position.

            What a pick up!!!!!

          • cubtex

            Agreed!

          • NIUCubs

            blind luck

          • BosephHeyden

            Slider right down the heart of the plate, bad swing, that’s a double play regardless of where it goes to.

          • NIUCubs

            Come on Marmol…………

          • CubsScout

            Poor baby….you do need attention. Now go play with your XBox and leave the adults alone.

          • cubtex

            the word should be a lot….which means the opposite of a little. The word allot means to divide or distribute. That is your lesson for the night…..now study this and practice so you will use the word in the proper context next time :)

          • GaryLeeT

            Santana fell in love with his change up. It’s about time they started sitting on it.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Agreed …

          • J Daniel

            yes, quit replying to pb – that is what was mentioned the other night

          • CubsScout

            You sound like an old lady. Grow up!

      • matthew8510

        thats why we stopped replying to his statements did you remember the memo?

        • CubsScout

          You need to grow some “balls” and stop acting like a little girl.

    • GaryLeeT

      The Marlins built a W.S. winner overnight in 1997.

      • CubsScout

        And took it apart the next season by trading off its players due to high paying contracts!

        • GaryLeeT

          A deal I would happily agree to, if it meant a World Series for the Cubs.

          • CubsScout

            Not the way to run a ball club in my book. It is an injustice on the fans to commit on having a winning team. Marlins owner at the time, was in it to sell the club. If you are fan of the system the Marlins have, then you join their fan club.

          • GaryLeeT

            I am a fan of a World Series for a team that has not had one in 103 years. I could care less, how they come by it, or who’s model they use for the first one. I’ll worry about additional winners, and the teams structure, after that.

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

            I think when all is said and done with what Theo and Co. are doing, you will probably be happier, being in the playoffs every year and always being a threat to win the Series, than you would be winning 1 then going back to the old ways. The only thing winning 1 like that would do is get Sox fans off our back for a couple months. Id rather have sustained success then buy it for a year.

          • GaryLeeT

            As I always say. Patience is directly proportional to one’s age, and years as a Cub fan. I would have said what you and others have said, when I was in my 20’s. I am only 52 now, but millions of Cub fans lived their entire lives without witnessing one single World Series Champion, and I sure as hell don’t want to be one of them.

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

            Thats a tad unfair, ive been a cubs fan since I was 3, sayin I wanted to be just like Billy Buck. 30 years of pain is still 30 years, 40 0r 50 doesnt make it worse. A championship is great, but give me a perennial winner not a one time winner then back to lovable loser.

      • J Daniel

        Seems to me that if the Tigers have interest in both Barney and Garza then a deal could be reached. Those 2 might put Detroit where they want to get – the playoffs. They are in a position in which they have to go for it.

        I like Barney more and more, as I am sure all the scouts do as well, but if the right prospects can be brought back I would say do it.

        What prospects would be a realistic return with both Garza and Barney in the deal?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reed with a blast

    • John_CC

      And he should never start! Dang Platoon!

      • cubtex

        Right! It has worked so well all year! What is their record again? hahaha

        • John_CC

          2 for 2? Get him out of there! Why in hell is he in the lineup?!

          • cubtex

            you mentioned the platoon. you didn’t just mention Reed Johnson. I have no problem with Reed Johnson starting every now and then against a lefty….the platoon lineup Sveum has utilized all year has been a disaster!

          • John_CC

            Reed Johnson IS part of the dreaded platoon…the fact is, his occasional starts are vs. lefties or in other words, part of the platoon.

  • CubsScout

    Cubs Johnson improving his trade value tonight.

    • cubtex

      yea. we will get a top prospect for him now. what are you talking about?

      • CubsScout

        I did not say anything about a top prospect…what are you talking about?

        Get an eye test…..your vision is blurred.

        • John_CC

          Why are you talking to yourself?

  • CubsScout

    Bad at bat for Barney. No bunt, …..did not move the runner over.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent catch by Valbuena

  • CubsScout

    Valbuena playing much better than Stewart did this season.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baker with a solo shot

  • CubsScout

    Everyone should believe that the Cashner – Rizzo trade was a good one for the Cubs.

  • paulcatanese

    Guess I eat crow on this platoon lineup today. Johnson, Baker,
    so far two home runs, two doubles and a single, and Mather with a sac fly, well, what do I know?
    At least Rizzo held my end up, good man.

    • paulcatanese

      PS.,I still don’t like platooning.

      • Cory

        You shouldn’t like the platoon. But it had to work sooner or later. Even if it took 82 games.

    • cubtex

      When a pitcher doesn’t have it…..doesn’t matter what the lineup is.

  • CubsScout

    Question for Tom U – who are the Cubs minor league players that will be exposed to the minor league free agent system this year?

  • Denio

    Nickname for Tony Rizzo…. How about Lou Gehrig..

    • CubsScout

      Wrong blog

    • paulcatanese

      I like him too, but would wait a few years on that comparison.

  • CubsScout

    Does anyone know what happen to Bob Brenly?

    • NIUCubs

      watching his son play

      • Denver Mike

        I didn’t know that was why he was away this time but seem to remember him doing that for a few days every year he’s been in the booth.

      • GaryLeeT

        If the Cubs were serious about winning, Marmol should have been replaced by now. I just don’t understand what purpose it serves, to ride the Titanic to the bottom of the ocean.

        • J Daniel

          Yes, but this game does not matter. Getting Marmol on track to trade him is the most important thing.

          • GaryLeeT

            Really? A professional sports franchise does not try to win every game? First off, Marmol is the one that doesn’t matter, and second, shame on you for not expecting more from the team you proclaim to support.

          • J Daniel

            They try to win. Believe it or not they want to win more than we want them to win. I know that may be hard to believe.

            But, I am talking about the big picture, not 1 game in NY. It is critical to move some of these guys and you can move them by selling low or selling high.

            Thats all I am saying.

    • Brian

      He is on a recruiting trip. AKA, he is watching and traveling with his son Michael for 10 days as he does every year around the All-Star break. I figured you, of all people, would have known that.

      • CubsScout

        Like President Obama, I am not up-to-date on the latest news on the minor events in life. And I didn’t see Neil mention it anywhere earlier. Well thanks Brian on that BREAKING NEWS for all of us. Reward yourself with a can of beer.

      • CubsScout

        Second thought…..I think a “Shirley Temple” is your type of a drink.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat Mets 8-7 Friday night – Travis Wood: 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K, 5H, 6+IP; Reed Johnson: 4-for-6, HR, 2B, 3R; Anthony Rizzo: 4-for-5, HR, 3RBI; Jeff Baker: 2-for-4,HR,2R

    • CubsScout

      By the skin of their teeth, the Cubs win.

  • GaryLeeT

    WOW. Only a miracle grab preserved the game. Sveum should be fired for not having anybody up in the pen.

  • paulcatanese

    Another classic finish by Marmol, ugh.

    • J Daniel

      You LOVE it!

  • SuzyS

    GaryLeeT…You’re missing the point of all that you’re watching.
    IT DOES NOT MATTER about the wins and losses this season.

    What does matter is player evaluation…development AND talent
    acquisition.
    Since the Cubs have millions invested in Marmol….it would be a huge benefit to the Cubs if they could get Marmol back on track with decent…and hence trade-able numbers. It would help the Cubs immensely to be able to trade Marmol and his contract…but as he stands now….under performing with a sizable contract… It is unlikely the Cubs would receive an value for Marmol.

    The organization is not trying to win this season…they are trying to build a team that will contend for years.

    • GaryLeeT

      Marmol needs further evaluation? Every day he pitches is another reason for a team not to want him. Now, if you said LaHair needs to play every day, and face some lefties to better evaluate his talent, that’s what I would consider productive evaluation. Also, player evaluation, winning, and contending do not have to be exclusive of one another. Sorry Suzy, I will never be OK with the team I love, losing on purpose, just to try and raise the value of one player.

      • J Daniel

        The players are not trying to lose on purpose as their livelihoods are at stake. They like their paychecks.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Jon Paul Morosi – Sources: Tigers asked Cubs about second baseman Darwin Barney a couple weeks ago, but talks didn’t progress.

  • J Daniel

    Maybe that can expand a deal with Garza or Dempster for a larger deal?