Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 07/27/12

Game Ninety-Eight: Cubs (40-57) vs. Cardinals (53-46)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (4-5, 4.33/1.25) vs. Lance Lynn (12-4, 3.10/1.21)

It is Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field. The Cubs will honor the Hall of Famer during pre-game ceremonies and throughout the game. Ron Santo’s number will be on display in the outfield grass and all of the players will don a number 10 patch on their uniform.

After a much-needed day off following a 2-4 road trip, Dale Sveum’s team returns to the field this afternoon. The Cubs open a six-game homestand with the first of three against the Redbirds. The homestand concludes Wednesday with the last of three with the Pirates. The Cubs take off next Thursday to the West Coast for a six-game trip through Los Angeles and San Diego.

The Cardinals dominated the Cubs last weekend in St. Louis. The Cardinals have won seven of the 11 games against the Cubs this season and outscored the Cubs 23-1 last weekend. The Cubs really struggled with Cardinals’ pitching and it does not figure to get any easier this weekend. After today’s matchup of Travis Wood and Lance Lynn, a rematch of the series finale last Sunday in St. Louis, Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face Joe Kelly in game two with Paul Maholm and Adam Wainwright slated to pitch the finale on Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinals are playing good ball right now. Mike Matheny’s team took three of four from the Dodgers after completing the sweep against the Cubs … but the Cubs have played a lot better at home this season (24-21) than on the road (16-36).

In other newsJairo Asencio was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday after he cleared waivers.

This afternoon it all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood needs to put together a good outing this afternoon. After an unbelievable four-game stretch, Wood has done more than come back to earth in his last two outings.

Wood lasted just 4 2/3 innings against the Marlins back on July 17 and allowed eight runs on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts. The Marlins hit a pair of homers, including a grand slam off the bat of Carlos Lee. Wood struggled with his location and did not make any improvement in his next outing. The Cardinals lit up Wood to the tune of seven runs, six earned, on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Wood served up two more dingers to the Cardinals.

Travis Wood allowed two home runs from June 3 through July 6, a span of seven starts. In his last two outings, Wood has served up four longballs. Wood has to keep the ball in the park this afternoon or it is going to be another long afternoon for the Cubs’ pen. Wood is 2-2 in his last four starts with a 5.92 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP (25 hits, five home runs, eight walks and 17 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings).

Until his last start against Miami, Wood had good numbers at Wrigley this season but is just 2-3 in six home starts this year with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Travis Wood has faced the Redbirds just once this season … and it was the clunker last weekend in St. Louis. For his career, Wood is 2-1 in four starts with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Carlos Beltran – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Lance Berkman – 5-for-8 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Matt Carpenter – 1-for-4 with a double
  • Allen Craig – 1-for-4
  • Tony Cruz – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Daniel Descalso – 1-for-3
  • David Freese – 2-for-4 with two walks
  • Tyler Greene – 1-for-6 with a double
  • Matt Holliday – 4-for-12 with a double and a home run
  • Jon Jay – 5-for-6 with a double and two walks
  • Lance Lynn – 0-for-1
  • Yadier Molina – 3-for-9 with a double and a home run

Lance Lynn has owned the Chicago Cubs. Lynn has posted 12 wins already this season and three of them have come at the Cubs’ expense. Lynn tossed six innings of shutout ball against the Cubs last Sunday. The Cubs ran up his pitch count and earned three walks but the offense scattered only four hits.

Lance Lynn is 2-0 in his last three starts with a 0.47 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP … just one earned run on 14 hits with five walks and 22 strikeouts in 19 innings.

Lynn has been very good on the road this year (6-2 in 11 starts with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP) and as mentioned is a perfect 3-0 against the Cubs this season with a 0.84 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP … in his only appearance at Wrigley, Lynn tossed eight innings of one-run ball and allowed just six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Cubs Career Numbers against Lance Lynn

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-1
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-7 with a double and a walk
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-4
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-10 with a double
  • Steve Clevenger – 1-for-6 with a double
  • David DeJesus – 1-for-7 with three walks
  • Bryan LaHair – 4-for-7 with a home run and a walk
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-10
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-3
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-for-2
  • Travis Wood – 0-for-2

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Update on Garza: Cubs say Garza’s MRI was clean, but Sveum doesn’t expect him to pitch until “maybe late next week,” or after trade deadline.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs pitching for the Pirates series: TBD on Monday, Dempster on Tuesday and Travis Wood on Wednesday. Justin Germano could make the start Monday.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs say Garza’s MRI showed a trace of fluid in triceps area, but continue to insist they don’t expect to DL him.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Sveum said if Dempster remains with Cubs thru deadline it wont be an issue for team. Said it’ll obviously mean they’re better

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jae-Hoon Ha sidelined 7 to 14 days with concussion after crashing into OF wall Thu nite for AA Tennessee.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      From Bruce Levine: Dempser said nothing new to report when approached Friday.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • daverj

    With the Dempster situation and Garza not pitching again until after the deadline, it could be a very quiet trade deadline for the Cubs. It would not surprise me if the Cubs’ only moves were minor swaps of Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker to contenders for C level prospects. Very disappointing, but hard to blame Cubs’ management this time.

    • DWalker

      I would expect Theo and Jed are gnashing their teeth at the moment just hoping someone caves and wants sori, soto or lehair for anything close to a useful return so they can at least accomplish SOMETHING. That has got to be one very frustrated front office.
      Welcome to chicago boys.

      • paulcatanese

        DWalker, they may be gnashing their teeth and just hoping to accomplish something, but that may just plain backfire,and they could end up with 0.
        When the Atlanta deal fell thru( and that would have been a real great deal) they are(Cubs) just put into a 0 leverage position.
        The Atlanta deal would have been a blockbuster for Theo, a real steal, thats too bad for Theo and company, I have critisized them, but this was a very
        good attempt by them.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    It’s a longshot, but Cubs and Dodgers have discussed adding Soriano to a Dempster deal. Also talked LaHair. http://cbsprt.co/O5yuZX

    • paulcatanese

      Neil, I just hope the Cubs are not going to make a deal just to make one.
      But if the Dodgers did not have anything the Cubs wanted from the beginning, I dont see how including Soriono and La Hair as sweetners is going to improve anything.

      • calicub

        straight swap of clayton kershaw and andre eithier for soriano and dempster?

        seems fair to me :)

      • BosephHeyden

        Yeah, why are we the ones adding anyone to these trades? Their minor league system is the one that’s awful. Dempster already has the established value of a player the caliber of Randall Delgado, which the Dodgers have none of, yet they’re offering considerably less than Delgado. And now we’re talking about throwing in a bat to get his established value?

        If there’s not a third team with better prospects involved in this trade, then they need to stop talking to the Dodgers. Because, right now, Zach Lee for Dempster is the closest thing to a win for the Cubs as you can get from LA, and since that’s off the board, no trade they make with LA outside of the unrealistic ones are worth making.

      • daverj

        Agree Paul. I’d rather see no deal, then a deal where we get a couple “never will be’s”.

        I’m probably in the minority here, but I feel a little bad for Dempster. I don’t think he is a bad guy. I just think he just mishandled the situation and it’s come back to bite him big time from a PR standpoint. He likely hurt the Cubs (by costing them the Delgado deal), but also likely hurt his own free agent value in the offseason. Going to Atlanta and helping them into the payoffs could have upped his value in the marketplace significantly.

      • Aaron

        Paul,

        Theo and Hoyer already said they won’t make deals just to make them (ie.-like Hendry used to do regularly)…and it’d have to make sense to them.

        What was said by another columnist…or perhaps it was out of their own mouths…can’t remember…but it was said that if they start doing that (meaning making trades for the sake of doing so), then it diminishes their returns in subsequent years. GM’s have a long memory, so once you start helping teams down the stretch just because you’re in rebuild mode, they’ll remember that in the future, and you won’t get a good return for any of your players.

        As for Soriano and LaHair being included in the deal, I could realistically see the Cubs getting the 2 projected relievers (as reported) for Dempster and Soriano if the Dodgers take on all of the salary due both of them, and the Cubs would be happy, and so would the fans most likely.

        The Dodgers would then be stuck with a waffling pitcher that isn’t really a winner, and an aging OF they’d be responsible for the next 2 years. I’d call that deal a win if you were to get rid of Soriano, even though he’s producing at the top of the league for his position right now.

        I would only include LaHair if they were to increase their offer to Martin or Webster as the headliner, because LaHair is cheap and under team control the next few years. Yes, his numbers have fallen off a cliff since May, but he hasn’t played regularly at all….sometimes starting just 3 days per week when they’ve faced a bunch of lefties. That’s not enough playing time for a power bat to get in a groove, even if he sucks against lefties…fact is, Valbuena sucks too, and he still plays.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Paul, I do not think they are going to give any players away, if so Dempster would be gone, if the reports are accurate. I have also heard/read that even if LA were to step up and give the Cubs what they want then Dempster will still take time to make sure it is the right move for him and his family.

        Keep in mind that is one report on what could be happening. Dave Kaplan reported last night that they Cubs and Dodgers could be looking to add a third team into the mix. Maybe the third team is who is interested in Soriano and/or LaHair.

        There is so much info right now and too many people that want to report it first instead of being accurate. While we think we know, it is hard to “know” exactly what is going on.

        I was told once that when a “rumor” or “report” finally comes out into the open that the info that is being passed on is usually several days old and by that time the teams, agents or players have already moved on from what is perceived at the time to be the latest and greatest.

        • Aaron

          well said, Neil.

          Indeed, most “rumors” have been worked on for the better part of the year. GM’s already know their counterpart’s needs, and have been scouting their systems the whole year for moments like the deadline.

          By the time we even hear about them, they’re either DOA, or they’ve already happened, and the players are taking physicals.

          It’s rare that you hear a rumor out of the blue, and all of a sudden, that deal is consummated. I’m sure it happens, but most of these deals have been worked on for months, and teams are just waiting to see if there are any other sellers at the deadline, so they make sure to get full value or in the case of a buying team, that they don’t give up too much if the player they really want comes available. In either case, those players were likely already identified earlier in the year, and those systems scouted.

          Just as an FYI to everyone…if you really want to pick a scout’s brain, and understand what they’re looking for, and how deals are done, stop by an AZFL game in November. Between innings, go over to one of them (usually they’re sitting behind the backstop with a clipboard), and ask if you can buy them a beer or anything and talk baseball. Some oblige, while others say they’re working and can’t talk, but if you approach in a manner that you’re there to learn and just make up a story about how you’re considering the profession, etc.

          I did this a number of years ago, and not only has it led to a lot of contacts within player development, but I also gained a far better understanding of what they really do.

  • Aaron

    Also, just want to add to the Dempster comments we’re now seeing from Bowden and others…..

    Indeed, it appears—just as I said—that Dempster has actually backed himself into a corner. It’s either the Cubs or Dodgers after the season, and it’s not looking good for either.

    First of all, he’s burned bridges with the Cubs, and the Cubs would be out of their minds to offer him more than 1 year…assuming they’d even want him back. Other teams now know that he’ll be a malcontent on any other team than the Cubs or Dodgers, so they’ll likely stay away from him.

    The Dodgers will know that they’d be bidding against themselves for his services (both now, and in the offseason), so they’d also be foolish to offer him anything more than maybe $5-7 million on a 1 year deal. If the Cubs offer arbitration, Dempster can kiss his chances of signing ANYWHERE goodbye, as no team would be willing to surrender a first round pick for him at this point.

    So….the real losers in this situation are actually the 3 entities involved:
    Dodgers-because they just traded away a starter, and have only marginal options in the minors for reasons nearly everyone has outlined on here….they’re backed into a corner, and actually need Dempster. They can’t get Greinke or any other top flight starter, because they have NO good prospects to deal.

    Dempster-for reasons I just outlined above

    Cubs-because as Theo and Hoyer mentioned, a situation like this to truly re-tool your organization only comes around once in a blue moon, and you don’t want to be in that situation ever again. The fact that the Cubs seemed to be centering their entire deadline plans around a Dempster trade was extremely unfortunate, and backfired. They’ve lost, just as much as the Dodgers and Dempster have lost. I have no doubt in my mind that the Dodgers sealed the deal for Hanley Ramirez, hoping they could fleece the Cubs for Dempster once they knew he only preferred the Dodgers.

    Do you now see how Dempster has screwed over many other people? You could add the Braves to the mix, but they seem just fine without him.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Rizzzzzoooo! Wow, another bomb.

      • Zonk

        Rizzo has an unusual swing. He doesn’t bend his knees much, and moves the bat alot during the windup. It looks very casual, like he’s playing softball or something. And it doesn’t look like he swings very hard. Yet, the ball goes 400 ft+…………..

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Matt Szczur has been promoted to Double-A

          • Aaron

            that’s good news, yet unfortunate at the same time because it was due to injury

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Agreed. Glad Jae-Hoon Ha is okay.

          • Tony_Hall

            It’s too bad, his promotion has come due to the injury to Ha.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Agreed.

          • Tom U

            Szczur has batted .472 over his last 10 games and leads the FSL with 38 steals.

          • paulcatanese

            That deserves a promotion in any situation. But bummer because of an injury.

        • Cloycub13

          His stance looks very Old school to me… like when I watched all of those archived grainy black and white videos.

          • paulcatanese

            Hey, watch it, you’re talking about the days that I played,(actually) before grainy black and white videos:):)

  • Aaron

    Props to you Julie…well-written:

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    http://aeryssports.com/a-league-of-her-own/cubs-live-game-thread-unkind-thoughts-on-dempster/

    Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like we play the Cardinals an awful lot this season.I’ve been meaning to write this huge rant about Ryan Dempster for days, but the smoke coming out my ears keeps obscuring the screen to my laptop. Have you ever tried to write something and had to constantly wipe down the screen? It’s maddening.Also maddening is Ryan Dempster’s “I’ve earned the right to block the trade” attitude. In a matter of days, Dempster has managed to go from the most popular Cub player to universal pariah on the North Side, and he has no one to blame but himself.ouLet’s get a few things straight. Has Dempster “earned” the right to block a trade under the 10/5 provision of the Collective Bargaining Agreement? Undoubtedly. Does that mean Cubs fans can’t be upset by the MANNER in which he is choosing to exercise those rights? Absolutely not.When this season started, Cubs fans knew this team wasn’t going anywhere. We knew from the beginning that losing 100 games was a distinct possibility. We held on to two glimmers of hope to make this season worthwhile: 1) the rise of Anthony Rizzo and 2) being able to get some decent prospects for guys who were playing well. That was the season for us. That was our playoffs. Hoping to come out of this season a little better than when we went in and with less payroll.It’s been widely reported by many media outlets (and not refuted by anyone in Dempster’s camp) that, as the deadline approached, Dempster provided Theo with a list of teams that he would not block a trade to. First on that list was the Dodgers. Second on that list was, reportedly, the Braves. Why Dempster felt shock, anger, and, most of all, CONFUSION when news of a deal leaked out of Atlanta is beyond me. In my mind, when a player says “I’ll accept a trade here, here, and here. . .” it’s a green light for a GM to go ahead and start dealing. I have no idea how Dempster thought all of this was supposed to happen.The Braves have since announced that they’ve “moved on” from the Dempster deal. The Dodgers have been reported to be much more interested in Matt Garza than Ryan Dempster. In fact, the Dodgers refused to agree to a deal that would have send Dempster to LA for AA pitching prospect Allen Webster, probably the only thing the Cubs could have gotten in a deal with the Dodgers that would have been better than getting Randall Delgado. So hey, thanks a bunch, Ryan.Yes, Dempster has his family to think about. Yes, he has a special needs child to consider. However, these are the issues players are supposed to carefully consider BEFORE telling their GMs where they will and won’t go. If Dempster really did put Atlanta on his list of pre-approved teams, then he deserves every bit of derision and disgust he’s getting from Cubs fans.Meanwhile, Dempster seems to be the only person in Chicago who thinks the Atlanta deal still has legs. He’s stated that he has until the trade deadline to decide. Unluckily for the Cubs, his waiting for the trade deadline has effectively destroyed what was supposed to be a big week of moves. Now that it’s known that Dempster will only go to LA, no other teams are interested and LA holds all the cards. Remember when Theo and Jed kept saying the Cubs were going to be “very active” at the trade deadline? Now. . . not so much.Dempster has always held himself out as a leader, a team-player, a guy who genuinely cared about the organization and the fans. Yet he’s denied the team the chance to pick up a good young prospect because he doesn’t want to go play for his second choice for two months. If Dempster likes being a big fish in a non-contending pond, if he would rather be known for his (terrible) Harry Caray impersonation than for winning a pennant, fine. But I don’t even want to hear him talk again about his competitive fire, his drive to win, etc. Because any player who really DOES want to win would welcome the chance to pitch for a contender, even if only as a two-month rental.Ryan Dempster is, by all accounts, a great guy. We’ve all heard that ad nauseum for as long as he’s been here. But good people have petulant moments, too. This is Dempster’s.Cubs and Cards today at 1:20 pm CT on CSN. It’ll be Lance Lynn against Travis Wood (ugh).Lineups to come.*******************************************

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Making Lance Lynn work … lots of deep counts.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Six homers allowed by Wood in last three starts.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Make that seven …

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Make that eight …

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Make that nine …

          • Aaron

            wow….he needs to go down

          • Aaron

            I mean….seriously, that’s got to be some sort of record, right?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Aaron, I’m checking. I have not seen anything like this.

          • paulcatanese

            Sounds like a game for the ages. Maybe I’m lucky that I can’t get it:)

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Lots and lots of longballs. Remember Home Run Derby at Wrigley West?

          • paulcatanese

            Oh yeah, watched those with every chance I could. Odd thing, when Mantle was in the contest, he always batted right handed, even though the pitcher was right handed also.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I did not know that about Mantle, very cool.

          • Tony_Hall

            My son is at the game with a friend. Sounds like they are having fun with all the home runs being hit.

          • paulcatanese

            Those kind of games are fun to watch, except of course when you’re team loses.(by the way, is he at the game with the son of you’re Cardinal freind’s son?).

          • Tony_Hall

            No, all Cub fans.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Here ya go … From Elias: Travis Wood is 1st starter in MLB history to allow a HR in each of the first 5 innings of a game.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Cubs lost 9-6 to Cardinals Friday afternoon – Travis Wood: 8R,7H(5 HR),2BB,2K,5IP; Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-4,HR,3RBI,2R; Starlin Castro: 3-for-4,3B,RBI,2R; Geovany Soto: 2-for-4,2B,RBI

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            And who would replace him? He needs to hit his spots, everything is out and up. I could tell in the first inning it was going to be bad today, no way anyone could see this.

          • Tony_Hall

            That last homerun was a change up that was down.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Tony, you are right. Should have phrased what I said better. I have a memory of it being knee high and down the middle.

          • cubtex

            And your point?

          • Tony_Hall

            Did you see the pitch? It wasn’t a bad pitch.

          • cubtex

            Not trying to be sarcastic but when you give up 5 bombs does it matter that it was a changeup down? He doesn’t have good enough stuff to be anything more than what he is. I like Wood alot more than Volstad but he is what he is.

          • Tony_Hall

            Of course he is. And I won’t even post your comments about how much you liked him during his “hot streak”, because it was just you being a little over exuburiant about a short sample size of success. He is the back end of a rotation pitcher.

          • Aaron

            Raley

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Not sure he would fare much better.

          • Aaron

            I’m not sure either, but we’ll never know until we try, right?

            Who would’ve thought Wells would have that great year he had a few years ago after mediocre minor league numbers? Raley seems to be very consistent this year, so why not see what we have?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Good point

          • Aaron

            Aside from guys like Rusin, Raley, and Jackson for the rotation….we also need to find out what guys like Lake, Bour, Wright (if he comes back from injury soon), Cardenas, W. Castillo, and Watkins can do either at an advanced level, or MLB.

            LaHair’s flame has appeared to flicker out, and the Cubs have tried Bour in the OF this year, presumably for a good reason. He’s basically a younger version of LaHair, where all he does is produce, but he’s not particularly athletic.

            What do they have to lose at this point? This has always been my argument in year’s past where they have nothing to lose as an awful team playing out the string. They need to give prospects a shot at some point, and what better time to do it then right now? Why do we always have to settle of a year of Baker, or a year of Johnson, or a year of Burnitz, or a year of Koyie Hill, etc, you can go on forever.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a triple … just missed a homer

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo, nice single to left.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Bruce Levine: 2012 MLB trade deadline – Source – Ryan Dempster open to more than Los Angeles Dodgers http://es.pn/Qoo0VW

    • Vivid_Reality

      This situation is becoming more confusing and frustrating by the day. At this point who knows who is telling the truth.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Please see my response to Paul earlier today.

    • Aaron

      couple things…

      Is Travis Wood awful or what? I guess my post about the Marshall trade earlier was pretty fitting, right?

      I just saw on the Tweet board on the site that the Dodgers are looking into Johnson and Shields.

      They’re out of their mind, unless they trade Matt Kemp for one of them….okay, maybe not Shields, but certainly Johnson. The Dodgers DO NOT HAVE THE PROSPECTS any team would want for a top flight, controlled starter such as Garza, Johnson, or even Shields. Yes, they might be able to land a Liriano, but they’re prospects all around are dreadful.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Travis Wood: 5 HR matches most allowed by Cubs pitcher in a game since 1920, done most recently by Carlos Zambrano last year.

    • Aaron

      At some point, the Cubs just need to churn and burn, and see what they have. They claim their pitching is awful, yet don’t want to invest big $’s on FA’s, and they can’t seem to complete any trades like Dempster, Maholm, or Garza to replenish the system…..The only way to improve at this point is to see what you have.

      Obviously, after the season, guys like Wells, Camp, Coleman, Corpas Volstad, and Dempster (along with 60-day DL guys like Parker and Mateo) will likely be off the 40-man.

      It’s time to start bringing guys through, throwing the proverbial sh%t on the wall, and see what sticks. This team is going NOWHERE

      They need to learn about guys like Raley, McNutt (even if it is in relief), Rusin, Jay Jackson, and possibly even Nick Struck, along with relievers like Batista, Rhoderick, Caberea, among others.

    • BosephHeyden

      Elias is also saying that Travis Wood is the first pitcher in Major League history to allow a home run in each of the first five innings.

      Does it surprise anyone that a Cub pitcher reached that milestone?

  • cubtex

    People need to stop getting so excited with small sample sizes. How many were crowning Bryan LaHair as the second coming after the first 2 months of the year?……..then many were calling Travis Wood a proven #4 or even a #3. Travis Wood is a possible #5. He will get lit up if he doesn’t hit his spots. That is his ceiling. Please quit getting so excited over a couple of starts and a couple hundred at bats.

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

      Ill stick by Wood being a future 3, he has games where he completely derails, that happened to him last year. But when he puts it together hes a solid pitcher. Please quit being so negative over a couple bad starts. See how that works 2 ways?

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

        4 of 13 starts this year he has he allowed more then 3 runs, the last 3 have been ugly. But to base ur opinion on such a small sample size needs to stop!

        • cubtex

          Look at stuff. K rate….hits per innings…..bases on balls….that gives you a good idea on what a pitcher’s ceiling is.

      • cubtex

        I am not being negative…..but give a player a full year before you label him something. Casey Coleman from 2 years ago in September…Wood could’t crack that weak Reds rotation last year. If he is a #3 on the Cubs next year….I hate to see our 4 and 5.

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

          in his first 10 starts he had allowed more then 3 runs only once. He did the same last year with the reds, had some games that really messed up his numbers. Hes still 25 and shows flashes, just hasnt quite figured it out yet. Saying he is only a possible 5 is definitely negative based on a small sample of bad starts.

  • Aaron

    how any fan doesn’t believe we got hosed in the Marshall trade is beyond me….and it was an inter-division trade too so price should’ve been even higher.

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

      Hes a SET UP MAN, whats the fascination? Torreyes is hitting now like he was expected to. Woods last 3 have been bad, but hes only allowed more then 3 runs in 4 games this year. And Sappelt is hitting now too, yeah hes nothing more then a 4th OF, but he plays all OF positions.

  • Tony_Hall

    Grienke to the Angels

    The Angels have acquired Zack Greinke in a trade with the Brewers, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Milwaukee will receive top infield prospect Jean Segura and two Double-A pitchers in exchange for their ace. The two teams are just putting the “finishing touches” on the completed trade.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the Daily Dempster: Ryan Dempster is on field, prepping for a side session.

  • Cloycub13

    So typical of the Cubs. Demp traded but then not and we get screwed. Garza injured before we can trade him. Soriano will probably break his leg now that there is interest in him. Honestly is it ever going to freaking end. I guess Theo and co could just become sudden Buyers and go for it… oh yeah then I woke up.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a solid single … hey, the Cubs scored a run against Lance Lynn.

    Also, nice touch by the position players clicking their heals for Ronnie.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs hit for the cycle in the first inning … DeJesus, 3B – Castro, 1B – Rizzo, HR – Soto, 2B

  • triple

    That was a nice at-bat for Castro. Taking/seeing more pitches, and did exactly what he needed to once he got a good pitch he could handle. I’m hoping he’s turned the corner. I know his avg. is way down, but when looking at his month-to-month splits, July is the first month that his K:BB ratio is down to 2 to 1, and conversely his OBP is 50 pts higher than his average.

    I know his BA is crap this month, but it is not easy for a 22 yr old to work on changing his approach in the middle of the season against major league pitching. And this being a lost season, is a great time for him to do this. And I believe he will successfully get through this. If he starts laying off the bad pitches and takes some more walks, his avg. will go further above .300 and his OBP will push .400 and his power numbers will go up too. And this could end up in a year or 2 being the difference between Castro staying in the 2 spot, or actually batting in the middle of the order. I think it’s worth the gamble right now. And if it fails, you let Castro go back to what he’s always done as his hitting method and I think he’s still a pretty darn good hitter.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    It was a nice at bat. He is barreling up the ball a lot better of late. There was a game last week where he was a loud 0-for-4. It is a process that could pay off in a big way.