Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 08/06/12

Game One Hundred Seven: Cubs (43-63) vs. Padres (46-64)
Game Time – 9:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183/914
Location – PETCO Park, San Diego

Travis Wood (4-7, 4.90/1.28) vs. Eric Stults (1-2, 3.19/1.27)

The Cubs open a three-game series tonight in San Diego in search of their first win in a week. The Cubs came up short in Sunday’s finale in Los Angeles and have not posted a win since beating the Pirates last Monday 14-4. The offense has been just as bad as the pitching staff during the five-game losing streak. Even with Sunday’s six-run output, the Cubs have been outscored 29-12 over the last five games.

The Cubs swept the three-game series with the Padres at Wrigley in May (May 28-May 30) but will face a much-improved team over the next three days. After tonight’s matchup of southpaws (Travis Wood and Eric Stults), the Cubs will face Ross Ohlendorf on Tuesday with Jeff Samardzija and lefty Clayton Richard scheduled to start Wednesday’s finale. The Cubs have not announced a starter for Tuesday with Matt Garza likely headed to the DL. Reports Sunday night suggested that Casey Coleman or Chris Rusin could be called up to take Garza’s place in the rotation but both Coleman (Sunday) and Rusin (Saturday) pitched over the weekend. The Cubs will likely turn to lefty Brooks Raley for Tuesday, Raley last pitched on Thursday for the I-Cubs.

The Cubs will face two lefties over the next three games. While the Cubs showed improvement in games started by southpaws prior to the deadline, the Cubs are 12-19 on the season in games started by lefties and no longer have the services of Reed Johnson or Jeff Baker.

Josh Vitters is expected to make his first big league start tonight.

Anthony Rizzo, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod make their return to San Diego for the first time as Chicago Cubs. Rizzo has to be looking forward to the next three games after the Padres’ new regime gave up on him in the off-season.

In other newsMatt Garza is expected to be placed on the 15-day DL. Garza said Saturday he was ready to return on Tuesday after a successful bullpen. Garza’s elbow stiffened up on him and he was sent back to Chicago for a precautionary exam. Garza’s DL stint is expected to be backdated 16 days and Sveum said the move to put Garza on the DL was more about a roster spot needed for Tuesday than anything else.

Tonight it all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood is coming off another rough outing and his fourth straight loss. Wood did not pitch as well as his final line might look (two runs on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings) against the Pirates. Wood did make adjustments and retired the last six batters he faced. Wood needs to put together a good outing tonight.

After posting a 4-3 record in his first 10 starts of the season with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP, Wood is 0-4 in his last four with a 10.45 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. Teams have hit .314 against him and have launched 10 home runs in 20 2/3 innings.

Travis Wood faced the Padres at Wrigley on May 28. On a hitter’s day at the old ballyard, Wood allowed six runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings. Wood served up four home runs that afternoon. For his career, Wood has no record in four appearances, three starts, against the Padres with a 4.58 and a 1.32 WHIP … at PETCO Park, two no decisions with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.

Padres Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Yonder Alonso – 0-for-3
  • Everth Cabrera – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Chris Denorfia – 3-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • Chase Headley – 5-for-9 with two home runs
  • Cameron Maybin – 0-for-2
  • Carlos Quentin – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk
  • Will Venable – 2-for-7 with two home runs

Eric Stults will make his first start since coming off the DL tonight. Stults was placed on the shelf on June 7 with a strained left latissimus dorsi muscle and was activated on July 22. Stults has made four relief appearances, three straight against the Reds, and has allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

Before his stint on the DL, Stults was 1-2 in six games, five starts, with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. The veteran southpaw is 0-1 in three games, two starts, at PETCO Park this season with a 3.29 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

Eric Stults is 0-3 in three career starts against the Cubs with a 7.24 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Eric Stults

  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-3 with two doubles
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-3
  • David DeJesus – 0-for-3
  • Joe Mather – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-8 with a home run

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Jackson – CF
    Barney – 2B
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Castro – SS
    Castillo – C
    Vitters – 3B
    Mather – RF
    Wood – P

  • Neil

    Cubs announced Brooks Raley will start Tuesday night in place of Matt Garza.

    • Dorasaga

      Is that trade I’m smelling? Or an overcooked arm (in need of rest)?

      • Neil

        Garza is going on the DL

        • Dorasaga

          Thanks. It’s kind of an iffy year for Garza. He had a chance to improve on his overall records last year. He’s been rested extensively a few times throughout this season. I guess the Cubs might as well keep him healthy for now. He’ll work for a contender (either this club or another).

      • Neil

        See update, not good news.

    • Tom U

      Zonk asked for a scouting report on the previous thread for Brooks Raley. I gave one a few weeks ago, but here’s the story:

      Raley was drafted in 2009 out of Texas A&M. A four-pitch hurler, Raley has a fastball in to high 80 – lower 90 range, a slider that is more like a slurve, a lollipop curve, and a fading low 80’s change. He’s considered a plus athlete who also projected as an outfielder with better than average speed.

      When he has command, he compares to someone like Dallas Braden, with a top end of someone like Jamie Moyer.

  • Neil

    Update on Garza … not good news

    Garza ‘stress reaction’ in elbow. Shut down indefinitely. Rest of season in doubt.

    • BosephHeyden

      Between his inconsistency and the injury, I’d trade him in the off-season without question. He’s already not an ace, and his value has nowhere to go but down.

      • daverj

        If he’s out for the rest of the season, he won’t be able to bring back much in trade this offseason … which means it will be worth bringing him back in 2013 and hope he proves he’s healthy for a July 2013 deal.

        However, if this turns into a Tommy John situation, Garza will be untradeable all next season. I have no reason to think Tommy John is coming other than the fact that elbow issues always raise that possibility.

        If the Cubs end up with nothing for Garza, this will be another “very Cub thing” to happen … like the Dempster situation.

        • Aaron

          on the plus side for the Cubs…..perhaps this makes his arbitration case even more interesting….and he might not even get a raise. If he comes back in late September to make 1-2 starts, to show other teams he’s healthy….that, coupled with the possible same salary in arbitration could actually make him more attractive to other teams.

    • Aaron

      Not good news. Betting Team Theo is regretting not taking whatever they could for him.

      I wondered the difference between a fracture vs reaction. Here is the actual definition:

      The difference between a ‘reaction’ and ‘fracture’ is a matter of degree. Both suggest a disruption of the bone metabolism. Fracture can be seen on most imaging studies (X-ray, MRI, CT scan), whereas a stress reaction only shows up as increased bone activity on a bone scan

      In other words….this is NOT a good thing. However, on the plus side, they just got an MRI for him, so an acquiring team would know right away what they’re looking at. Additionally, that type of scan would show any abnormalities with tendons, etc., and the report was very encouraging with that.

      It sounds like Garza needs to get with Tom House (_____insert joke here about PEDs and House), but if anyone saw the Real Sports episode with Steve Delibar and Tom House, you’d know that the fracture/reactions are NOT good, but can be prevented simply by doing the exercises he recommends where you use weighted lead balls, but do NOT release the ball. I think in years to come, you’ll see an increase in those exercises, along with a significant amount of pronation (like what Bowden does….only he sucks, and others have been more effective doing so).

      • cubtex

        With my kids being distance runners…..I have seen alot of stress reaction and stress fracture issues. Obviously with runners… mainly occurs in the shin area just below the knee. A reaction generally means it is the start of a fracture. Rest is treatment. Although it sucks that it happened……it is probably the best for Garza to shut him down and rest. He will have less wear and tear and will be the best for his career in the long run.

      • Tony_Hall

        My first reaction is maybe Garza should have accepted whatever the Cubs were offering to him for an extension, instead of thinking he could Matt Cain type money.

        • Aaron

          Agreed, and I’d add that while you’d never wish ill on a player just trying to earn a living….it’s not like he’s poor, getting nearly $10 million this year, so it’s laughable that he’d demand more than Dempster, considering his lack of results…as it was reported he was seeking $15-17 million per year.

          I love the guy and his intensity, and his raw stuff, but facts are facts, and NONE of his raw stuff has ever translated into anything of note. He’s had one no-hitter. So did Zambrano. So did Phil Humber. So did Jimenez. Guess what? All had great stuff, and only Zambrano could’ve been considered to actually have results from that raw stuff, and even that is debatable considering he would be extremely inconsistent during the regular season where he’d be unhittable, then inexplicably he’d look very average.

          Do you think Garza is worth what Zambrano made? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.

          When the Cubs acquired Garza, we were sold a bill of goods from Hendry and company that he was a POTENTIAL ace, but he never put it together with the Twins or Rays, and he certainly hasn’t done so with the Cubs. When I saw what he was supposedly asking for, I laughed my ass off.

      • brent carmona

        Thanks for the explanation Aaron, I was just about to ask what kind of injury that was

  • Tony_Hall

    BJAX, just as advertised…7 pitches to K.

    I wonder how many pitches he has averaged in his K’s, I just don’t think he goes down on 3 or 4 pitches very often.

  • cubtex

    I think there is some over reaction going on. Does everyone realize that a stress reaction is not serious? There is no ligament or tendon damage. It feels like a bone bruise. It is tender in the area and uaually in a matter of weeks the person can resume normal activity. This talk about he should have signed an extension or taking less money and signing earlier because his career is in jeopardy is a little conical.

    • Tony_Hall

      Nothing to do with his career in jeopardy…just his market value.

      • cubtex

        My first reaction was Garza should have accepted whatever the Cubs were offering? Lol. It is a stress reaction. Do you know what a stress reaction is?

        • Tony_Hall

          Do you really think that a team will want to trade for him in the off-season,and give him the extension he was wanting now? It’s a rhetorical question, as everyone knows that they will want to see him start for a few months before they give up any top prospects for him now.

          Do you think that this has increased or decreased his value? It’s rhetorical questions, as everyone knows that this will decrease his value.

          So accepting a very lucrative contract would have been a better answer for him. Pitchers should almost always say yes to large money deals, as they never know when their arm will need to be shut down for awhile.

          • cubtex

            He is not a free agent till 2013. Bad timing for Cubs if they want to deal him. Not bad for Garza at all. Again….it is a sress reaction. Another rhetorical question……do you honestly think a team won’t pay him if he throws 200 innings next year and puts up good numbers because of a stress reaction in his elbow in August of 2012? Have you seen the free agent market for pichers in 13? He will get paid!

          • Tony_Hall

            All sounds great for Garza…IF….

            He will be another year older if he has to wait until FA to get his new deal, ultimately this will lower the amount of money he gets. He’s not in the elite group of pitchers who teams will overpay well into his 30’s. He will be 30 when teams are signing him to an contract, where if he would have accepted this year he is 28 right now. That will also change how much he gets.

            Bottom line, there is no way this has helped him get a better deal and in no way has increased his next deal…it has decreased it, when you look at the overall numbers of what he will get. He will still get a large contract, just not as much as he would have this year or this coming offseason.

          • cubtex

            Who said it has helped increase his value? I believe you are undervaluing good starting pitching. IF he gets to free agency….he will get paid and paid well. This elbow stress reaction is a blow to the Cubs……not Garza.

          • Tony_Hall

            So then you agree that it hasn’t increased his value. So we are just arguing over how much it has decreased his value.

          • cubtex

            ? I am saying that it is crazy to overreact and say Garza should have taken any offer the Cubs gave him because he is now hurt. He could get paid more than any offer the Cubs offered if he reaches free agency. Crazy things happen in free agency and for you to say he will not get paid more in free agency than what was offered by Cubs is not an accurate statement. The fact is that we both will not know until that time comes. I hope that time does not come because someone will give him big bucks. He is the most attractive pitcher in free agency in 2013. I doubt the Cubs will let him get to that point. They will probably trade him by the trade deadline next year or extend him.

          • Tony_Hall

            My point was $75m guarante (just a number) is better than what he is guaranteed now. It might make him sleep better and take his time rehabbing knowing he had already signed the contract.

  • Neil

    Blake Parker with a 3 up, 3 down inning for Iowa, his first appearance for the I-Cubs.

    • cubtex

      I believe Blake Parker was sidelined with a stress reaction as well. Am I correct with that Neil?

      • Neil

        Parker was placed on the DL with a right elbow stress reaction two months ago today.

        • cubtex

          Thank you

          • Neil

            Excellent play by Vitters to take away a double from Maybin

  • Dorasaga

    Seems like Vitters doesn’t have good range, or maybe he lacks good first instinct. The Cubs shifted on HeadLEY! (like Brentley shouts), but that grounder passed a few inches in front of a diving Vitters. Maybe Vitters was too close to the bag. That will mean he’s too worried of liners turning to doubles to his right (which are rarer than you think, mind you). In any event, I need to see more of his fielding reactions to make a conclusion.

    • Neil

      Yes and yes.

      • Dorasaga

        Two avid observers thought alike of Vitters; he could be a defensive “ouch!”… :-/

        • DWalker

          on the other hand, the cubs have made decent defensive players out of both Castro and Soriano! Apply that and the shift, and while he may not be great, he may work his way to adequate. There is also Rizzo on first, who seems to be Mr Elastic with soem of the throws he’s caught and still stayed on the bag.

  • Zonk

    So, if Garza is out for the rest of the season, does that mean our rotation is:
    I ranked them in order, with Travis Wood as our #2 starter…that’s kinda ugly, don’t you think?

  • Neil

    Soriano and Castro with a double steal

  • Neil

    Jackson with a nice running catch … kids are paying ‘D’ tonight.

  • RynoTiger

    I wonder if Jackson is the fastest rookie to ever get a Golden Sombrero in the majors. anyone have stats on the feat?

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 2-0 to Padres Monday night – Travis Wood:
    2R,5H,3BB,3K,6IP; Alfonso Soriano: 1-for-3,BB,SB; Welington Castillo: 2-for-3; Cubs: 5H, 2BB

  • Aaron

    well, Jackson’s bat validates my opinion of him in that draft. Neil, do you remember what I said about his bat speed then? Anyway, I thought maybe I was wrong with all the hype he’d been generating, including what I saw of him on tv in Spring Training games, but man, his swing sure did remind me of the original scouting video….it was long, and still is long. I really hope Sveum was right that he and Rowson would be able to help him out more with on-the-job training….problem is, you can’t teach bat speed, and he just doesn’t have it.

    The reason that is so important, and I’m focusing on it, is the fact that at the MLB level, these kids will be facing a significant amount of offspeed/breaking pitches, and that wouldn’t necessarily be a problem if guys were only throwing 88-92 mph as is common in AAA. Guys can make adjustments pretty easily with that velocity, but if you dial that up to 92+mph, and mid-80’s changeups and breaking pitches…well, let’s just say that a few miles per hour either way is a HUGE deal. If you have the bat speed to compensate for that, then you can foul off those tough pitches, but if not, as you saw tonight, you’re a sitting duck.

    I still hope I’m wrong about his bat speed, but I feel like a de ja vous with watching him….it literally seemed like the scouting video I commented on during his draft year.

    I really hope this group starts hitting, or it’s going to be very interesting next year and what they’ll end up doing. Castro really needs to turn it on, or Theo and company might look to trade him. About the only young player that is hitting right now is Castillo. Rizzo has tapered off a bit too.

    I thought Rowson was supposed to be good. Castro has fallen off the map since he took over from Rudy, and I really haven’t seen improvement from anyone under his tutelage, whereas with Rudy, you at least saw a few young players doing well.

    • Neil

      Aaron, I do remember you saying that about his swing.

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Boise – Justin Amlung (0-0, 0.00)
    Peoria – Zach Cates (0-3, 5.28)
    Tennessee – Lendy Castillo (0-0, 0.00)
    Iowa – Frankie De La Cruz (1-5, 3.83)

    Daytona has the night off.

    Boise’s Justin Amlung’s start bears some consideration. Projected as a reliever, this may be one of those deals in which he goes a pre-planned two innings to insure he gets to see action, followed by a regular starter. If that is the case, and Amlung does well, expect him to be “fast-tracked”.

  • BosephHeyden

    I’m interested to see how Castillo pans out. I may be completely wrong here, but if I’m not mistaken, when Castillo was picked up by the Cubs in the Rule 5 draft, he was taken from Philly’s regular A team. Since he really didn’t play a whole lot in the majors with the Cubs, I would think this is technically a promotion for him.

  • Neil

    Final line for Lendy Castillo in his rehab start: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1R / 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. 28 pitches, 16 for strikes.

  • brent carmona

    One thing I like about him is his knack of getting out of trouble. Sure, he had his hiccups, but there were multiple times, beginning in spring training and the regular season, when he would allow a guy or two to reach base then he would bear down and get out of it. I’m optimistic about him as making it as a solid mlb regular, but definitely need to see him pitch more first in the majors.

  • Aaron

    AA yes, it is technically a “promotion” for him, but keep in mind, he’s a bit older, having been converted from a middle infielder to a starting pitcher in the Phillies organization.

    Castillo went 2 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 K’s today, by the way.

    What’s perplexing is that they’d been letting him go 4 IP, then restrict him upon his “promotion” to AA. He would’ve been the perfect candidate to step in tomorrow instead of Raley, but whatever….I don’t get the roster management. It sure seems similar to a Hendry managed roster, but I digress