Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 07/22/12

Game Ninety-Four: Cubs (38-55) vs. Cardinals (48-45)
Game Time – 1:15pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186/914
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Travis Wood (4-4, 3.92/1.20) vs. Lance Lynn (11-4, 3.27/1.21)

Updated 11:52am CDT, 12:47pm CDT – Jeff Beliveau Recalled from Triple-A Iowa Rafael Dolis Optioned to Triple-A Iowa

While the team is on the field for the finale of the three-game series in St. Louis, all eyes will be on Cooperstown this afternoon as Ron Santo is enshrined into the Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony begins at 12:30pm CDT, coverage on the MLB Network begins at 11:30am CDT.

Ron Santo should have been elected years ago and it is a bittersweet day for the Santo family. Santo put up the numbers and was one of the best third basemen to ever play the game.

As for the game, the Cubs have really struggled in St. Louis of late. With Saturday’s loss, the Cubs are 4-12 in the last 16 games at Busch Stadium and have been outscored 16-1 in the first two games of this series. Dale Sveum’s team is still 14-7 over their last 21 games but have already lost this series, the first series loss (5-1-1) since being swept in Arizona in late-June (June 22-June 24).

This afternoon all starts with Travis Wood

There is only one way to say it … Travis Wood was horrible in his last outing. Wood struggled with his location and command of his breaking pitches, when he threw them and the Marlins hammered him over 4 2/3 innings. Wood gave up a season-worst eight runs on eight hits (two home runs) with two walks and two strikeouts.

After an excellent stretch (four straight wins), Wood is 2-1 in his last three outings with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. The Cubs are 6-5 in his 11 starts this season.

Travis Wood has been better on the road this season (2-2 in five starts with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP) than at Wrigley (2-2 in six starts with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP) and will face the Cardinals for the first time this year.

Today will be Travis Wood’s fourth career starts against the Cardinals. Wood is 2-0 in the first three with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP … at Busch Stadium, 1-0 in two starts with a 2.03 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Lance Berkman – 5-for-8 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • David Freese – 2-for-3
  • Tyler Greene – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Matt Holliday – 2-for-9
  • Jon Jay – 2-for-3 with two walks
  • Yadier Molina – 3-for-9 with a double and a home run

Lance Lynn has dominated the Cubs this season. Entering play today, Lynn has recorded 11 wins on the season … and two have come at the Cubs expense. The Cardinals are discussing ways on how to limit Lynn’s innings this season in his first full year as a starter at the big league level.

After a rough June (2-3 in six starts with a 5.67 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP), Lynn has gotten back on track. In his last two starts, Lynn is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 0.92 WHIP (10 hits, two walks and 17 strikeouts in 13 innings). Lynn took a no decision in his last outing against the Brewers. Lynn allowed one run on six hits in seven innings without a walk and 10 strikeouts.

Lance Lynn is 5-2 in seven starts at home this year with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.

This afternoon will be Lynn’s third start of the season against the Cubs. Lynn is 2-0 in three career appearances, two starts, against the Cubs with a 1.17 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP … this year, 2-0 in two starts with a 1.35 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP (10 hits with four walks and 12 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings).

Cubs Career Numbers against Lance Lynn

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-1
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-6 with a double
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-4
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-7
  • Steve Clevenger – 1-for-3 with a double
  • David DeJesus – 1-for-5 with two walks
  • Bryan LaHair – 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-7
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-3

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  • Neil

    Nothing official but news surfaced late last night that Jeff Beliveau has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

    Again, nothing official and I have not heard/read the corresponding roster move.

    • calicub

      Trade or do you think they’ve had enough of Dolis?

      • Neil

        I do not think it is a trade. Pen used a lot in the past two days.

  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

    • paulcatanese

      Not you Neil, but the lineup.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree Neil, great day for the Santo family, but certainly bittersweet for them also. I know they will handle it with a
      lot more class than I would.
      Congratulations to the Santo Family.

      • Ripsnorter1

        It was all politics. That’s the worst of it.

  • SuzyS

    I’m beginning to wonder if the trade deadline is going to be anti-climatic for the Cubs….whether or not Garza’s injury is minor
    or not…it will put a question mark in trading partner’s minds.
    Demp said the other day (if I read it right), that the Cubs have not given him a list of possible destinations for him….It seems to me that would have been the first order of business with Dempster, given his veto power over any trade.

    Traditional thought says Dempster SHOULD be traded by the deadline. But anything can happen.

    With Garza being pulled the other day…the Cubs might wait until the off season to decide what to do with Garza…There really is no deadline on him….Other than the maximization of return.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree Suzy,I also do not think Dempster or Garza will be
      moved before the deadline, but think Maholm will.
      The other two,. Baker and Johnson have an excellent chance of being moved, but I have been wrong before
      (many times).
      You’re name is the easiest for me to respond to as its my
      wifes name and my daughters. Greatest name in the world.

      • SuzyS

        I have to agree 100% with the last part of your statement. :)

  • Neil

    From Carrie Muskat: Garza says he has better movement in arm today

  • Neil

    Jeff Beliveau has been recalled, corresponding roster move has not been announced.

  • Neil

    Cubs will click their heels when taking field in 1st as tribute to Ronnie. Sveum’s idea.

    • calicub

      I’m a little upset Soto isn’t starting today. Would’ve been fun watching him attempt a heal click!

  • Aaron

    This is getting ridiculous. We are 9 days away from the deadline, and the Cubs’ have only dealt for Germano.

    And while I know it might sound crazy coming from me, especially since I was in his corner late last year and early this year….but LaHair needs to go. He looks completely lost at the plate ever since Rudy left, and even a little before that. Castro looks lost too after Rudy left. The thing about LaHair that is so confounding is that for the first month and a half, he was one of the better hitters in ALL of baseball, and that is NOT an exaggeration. He worked counts, fouled off tough pitches, and drove the ball with authority. Then, a strange thing happened…He stopped working counts, and swung at just about everything. I have no idea if it was Rudy telling him to be more aggressive, or what, but it seemed like LaHair had more success with less of his influence, and now with Rowson preaching more patience, he’s not driving the ball anymore. It’s just confounding. He needs a change of scenery and a consistent message from a hitting coach. I wish him the best, but he’s not helping the team right now.

    Other guys that need to go (both due to lack of production, and good production—capitalizing on trade value):
    Russell (capitalize on the value there…last night notwithstanding…look what Hoyer got for Adams last year)
    Barney (I love the guy, but his value will likely never be higher)

    ….that’s over half of the team that needs to go, and it’s been that way the whole damn year, and yet, not a single one of them has been traded.

    Dempster will re-sign with the Cubs (unless he really wants to win a championship), meaning that if he stays, Theo and Company get NOTHING in return. They need to take the best deal NOW, and be done with it. Additionally, they need to find a way to include Soriano, Baker, Johnson, and Barney into any deal as a sweetener, as those 4 are the most likely inclusions to bring more in return.

    If teams are interested in Soto, as reported, then WTF is the hold-up…TRADE HIM ALREADY!!!!!!

    Theo hasn’t done the whole white flag trades before, but Hoyer is well-versed in it as part of the Padres.

    If the Cubs trade Russell, he should bring a decent return, and they can just use Maine and Beliveau the rest of the year. As for Barney, while his defense is great, his bat is actually below average for the position, and Cardenas has been raking all year in AAA, and did alright in very limited playing time in the bigs this year. The only trouble spot they’d have in terms of filling in for the rest of the year without it getting really ugly is the rotation and the outfield. I guess Vitters could move to the OF, and they’d be fine, but it’s slim pickings after that, so in any trade, I would assume they’d be gunning for starting pitching (already confirmed) and outfielders that could step in immediately.

    But the longer they wait, the greater the chance for injury…as we already saw with Garza. They really just need to get it over with.

    • BosephHeyden

      I would imagine with LaHair it was the fact the Cubs wound up facing a lot of lefties for long stretches of time to the point where he’d wait days between plate appearances at times

    • DWalker

      Takes two to tango. unfortuantly, according to reports there is no market at all for Lahair. Sucks, but if no one wants him he’s not going to be traded. While we have a few names that are having ok years, none are exactly block busters aside from Garza and Dempster. Everyone else is either doing so-so, doing horrible, has an unwieldy contract, is a major injury risk or just doesn’t fit on a contending team (or combination above). As far as soto goes, at this point interest me be salary relief, and not anything resembling an acceptable prospect.

      Dempsters value is horribly hurt by the fact he wants to go to the dodgers or stay with the cubs. He may have already vetoed a trade to the red sox, and the dodgers just don’t have the farm theo wants. Hes a rental, and as much as i didn’t want to see it happen, the new CBA does seem to be having an impact on what teams will offer for a 2 month rental. Of course theo wants to trade him, but he is going to do everything he can even if it means waiting til the deadline to get the best he can. He’s going to take low grade returns only as a last resort, which appears to be all thats been offered so far.

      This is a near last place team and the offers are not going to come easy. And theo will not take a bag of potato chips for everyone.

      • Dnuge44

        LaHair needs to go some place even AAA, his trade value is zero ! his average gets lower every game & pitchers have him figured out.

    • Ripsnorter1

      It’s wait and see, but my instinct is that no deals for the 3 starters will happen. The Red Sox deal was vetoed by Dempster.

      We’ll see…..

  • cubs1967

    best words any cubs fan has heard in a long time:
    #10 Hall of Famer Chicago Cubs 3rd baseman; Ron Santo.!!
    why this was not done while alive no one can ever explain.
    here’s to you Ronnie, what all cubs fan already knew; your a Hall of Famer!

  • Neil

    Rafael Dolis optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Beliveau

    • Zonk

      Dolis: Good stuff, poor results. I’m just not convinced he is a major league pitcher. I guess we keep him in the organization in case he turns that around, but despite throwing gas, he fools nobody.

      • Ripsnorter1

        He has only one pitch: the sinking fastball. He has abandoned his slider because he could not get a strike with it.

        You cannot stay in MLB with one pitch.

  • cubtex

    I know we all want to see some trades,me included……but patience. Just because nothing has been done yet doesn’t mean they will do nothing. They could have the groundwork done on several deals. Dempster could be negotiating an extension with the Dodgers…..they could accept the Pirate offer for Maholm…etc. If we get to Dempster’s next start and he hasn’t been dealt….then we can be concerned.

    • Aaron

      I don’t know about that. Trades usually take some time to go through with the primary reason being teams want a look at prospects included in trades and need to adjust scouting efforts accordingly to get one last look at guys before they’re dealt.

      With minor deals like Johnson, Baker, Soto, Camp, DeJesus, etc. it wouldn’t be a big deal, but when you start including guys like Dempster, Garza, Maholm, Russell (if they’re even interested in trading him selling high), then you MUST get it right, and in order to do that, you need to scout systems one last time, and that can be a difficult task if you don’t know who the guy will be traded to.

      That’s why all the baseball people out there were saying the Cubs needed to trade Dempster first before moving on to other guys….because they’d be able to focus efforts more efficiently. The longer they wait to deal anyone, the tougher the task is going to be, because you need to purge the organization of guys that don’t factor into the future, and just about every guy I mentioned above does not factor into the future. The only ones that even have a chance are Garza and Russell, but those two could bring a good return, so why would you limit yourself by not checking the market for them?

      I get a strange feeling now that the only guys who will be traded will likely be Baker, Johnson, and Camp, and they will all be traded in August after the deadline.

      • Zonk

        We don’t know what’s happening in negotiations; it’s possible the Cubs are playing a time game to get the offers upped. We don’t know anything, other than Theo and Hoyer are going to try to get the most possible return.
        Also, Baker, Johnson, and Camp are not really August trade chips. None of them would clear waivers, meaning we would end-up negotiating with one team only. For this reason, they are not likely to be traded past 7/31

        • Ken

          We all hope for something, but we are talking about the Cubs, a team that knows how to break hearts.

  • triple

    I’m getting a little concerned about Rizzo. 10 games since he’s hit a HR and only 1 extra base hit and 1 RBI since then. His BA is actually .257 in the last 9 games.

    Nice heal-click by the players though. #10!

  • Aaron

    turned it off already…can’t believe it took me this long today to do so. Hope you all enjoy your Sunday afternoon…I’m out

    • Neil

      Aaron, you should find Linda Santo’s speech before you step all the way away today. She did a tremendous job.

  • Neil

    Vicki Santo did an excellent job

    • Brp921

      Great speech

    • MikeT_2008

      Going to be late for work and I could care less, there was no way I was going to miss that speech, an absolutely great speech by Linda Santo and she’s so right, today is not a sad day it is a day to celebrate a great player and even better human being. God Bless #10

  • matthew8510

    demps next start is wed i think he will be gone by then if not thursday on their off day

  • triple

    Great speech by Vicki Santo, and also saved me from watching the Cubs give up a big inning. Thanks Ronnie!

  • RynoTiger

    well thankfully Jair Jurrjens of the Braves did a horrible job today. Perhaps that will mean the Braves will step up their efforts to trade for Dempster and help move things along.

    • John_CC

      Jurrjens is pretty bad this year. That’s two clunkers in row, and he’s already been demoted once this season. It might be all they needed to see. I think Demp would look good in that rotation.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Jeff Beliveau has a WHIP of 1.475 in AAA Iowa this year. This is his first year of AAA and of course, his first MLB game today.

    • triple

      What a demoralizing series for the Cubs after they had been playing good ball. Outscored 23-1, and haven’t scored a run in the last 25 innings.

  • Dorasaga

    I found listening to Cardinals broadcast quite refreshing. They know their baseball, aren’t afraid to criticize bad plays (of either team) as what it is, no sugarcoating, and they identified Cubs problem from the big picture. Al spoke the last inning: “They finally admitted and rebuilt. They’ve been teasing fans the past few years.”

    I think the Cubs would suck this year regardless of who manages. There’s nothing to hide. This team got talents, but no pieces to round off a contender for a NL championship–the same problem in 1969, in 1989, and 2007. It’ll take them a while to put it together–a pipeline of starting pitchers, corner power who can field as he should, and a kind of offensive plan that no Cubs management in the past really got.