Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 08/18/12

Game One Hundred Eighteen: Cubs (46-71) vs. Reds (72-46)
Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184/914
Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Jeff Samardzija (8-10, 4.06/1.28) vs. Johnny Cueto (15-6, 2.45/1.16)

After taking the first of four last weekend at Wrigley Field, the Cubs have lost four in a row to the Reds and doesn’t figure to get any easier with today’s day-night doubleheader. The Reds have teed off on Cubs pitching over the last five games and have outscored the Cubs 27-18.

The Cubs will play their first doubleheader of the season and under the new rules they are able to add a pitcher for the day. Brooks Raley will be called up to start game two and will face rookie right-hander Todd Redmond, who will be making his big league debut. Redmond will become just the sixth starting pitcher used by the Reds this season.

The first game of the day is the makeup from May 1 when Jeff Samardzija was scheduled to face Bronson Arroyo. The Cubs owned an 8-15 record 23 games into the season and were in the middle of difficult seven-game trip through Philadelphia and Cincinnati. Four months later, Jeff Samardzija will look to keep the Cubs from hitting a new season-low.

In other newsAccording to a report from the Sun-Times, Brandon Hyde is believed to be one of the in-house candidates to replace Oneri Fleita. Hyde is in his first year as the Cubs minor league field coordinator.

A full day of Cubs’ baseball begins with game one of a day-night doubleheader that features the best starting pitcher on each team … and for the Cubs it all starts with Jeff Samardzija.

Jeff Samardzija is coming off another excellent outing. Samardzija shut down the Astros for seven innings and allowed just one run on four hits. Samardzija issued three free passes and tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts.

Without much to show for his efforts, Jeff Samardzija is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Samardzija has recorded six quality starts in his last ten outings and is 2-2 in his last six starts with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

This afternoon will be Samardzija’s second start of the year against the Reds. Samardzija pitched one of his best games in Cincinnati back on May 2. Samardzija surrendered only one run on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings … and received rave reviews from Dusty Baker. For his career, Samardzija is 1-0 in 15 appearances, one start, with a 4.09 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP … at Great American Ball Park, 1-0 in seven games, one start, with a 4.97 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Jay Bruce – 2-for-5 with two doubles and a walk
  • Miguel Cairo – 0-for-1
  • Zack Cozart – 0-for-3
  • Todd Frazier – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Ryan Hanigan – 1-for-5
  • Chris Heisey – 2-for-5
  • Ryan Ludwick – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Xavier Paul – 0-for-1
  • Brandon Phillips – 2-for-10
  • Scott Rolen – 0-for-4
  • Drew Stubbs – 0-for-5
  • Wilson Valdez – 0-for-1

Johnny Cueto shut out the Cubs six days ago and it figures to be more of the same this afternoon. Cueto allowed three hits over eight strong innings with three strikeouts and two walks. Cueto kept the Cubs off balance all afternoon and improved to 7-3 in his last ten starts.

After posting a 10-5 record in his first 18 starts of the season (2.38 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP), Cueto is 5-1 in his last six starts with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

Johnny Cueto has been just about as good as it gets at Great American this season. In 10 starts, Cueto is 8-1 with a 2.26 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP … and he’s already beaten the Cubs twice this season.

Johnny Cueto is 2-0 in two starts against the Cubs this season with a .063 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP, for his career Cueto is 6-6 in 16 starts with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Johnny Cueto

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-7
  • Adrian Cardenas – 1-for-1
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-21 with three walks
  • Steve Clevenger – 0-for-2
  • David DeJesus – 3-for-14 with a double and a walk
  • Brett Jackson – 1-for-3
  • Bryan LaHair – 2-for-6 with a walk
  • Joe Mather – 0-for-1
  • Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 10-for-37 with a double, three home runs and three walks
  • Luis Valbuena – 2-for-6 with two doubles

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game one lineup:

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

  • cubs1967

    nice article in this week’s USA Today Sports Weekly about Ryno. His last season AAA Iowa was 20 games over .500, 2011 with Phils he was Minor League Mgr of the Year and this year they are 3.5 games out of 1st; with lots of players up and down due to all the Phils injuries. WOW. How can this guy not be better than Sveum. Makes no sense. Plus when is gonna come back to the convention. Nice job Ricketts! and JH!.

    • BosephHeyden

      He’s not a part of Theo’s vision for the long run. Which, if that’s what he says, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and wait out his vision. But I agree that Sandberg is way, way better of a choice than Sveum. Nothing he’s done has impressed me (his shifts are way overrated, because most of the time they’re unnecessary shifts), and it’s looking more and more likely that he’s going to lose 100 games. Even if Sandberg isn’t in consideration, Sveum is not the answer. It’s already been documented that players are regressing offensively, and for a guy who tried to emphasize bunting in Spring Training, this team is awful at it. I’m not saying fire him now or at the end of the season, but if they’re doing this bad by June next season, they need to have a contingency plan ready.

      And yeah, for as much blame as Jim Hendry deserves for the Sandberg debacle (and just for generally choosing Quade over, well, anyone), Ricketts had the ability to stop 2011 (and the second half of 2010) before they even happened. He didn’t.

      • SuzyS

        By Design, the Cubs are horrible this year…and most probably next year.
        I don’t really know if it would have been the right thing to do to saddle Sandberg with approximately 200 losses to start his mlb managerial career.
        I’m a Sandberg fan in ALL ways.
        My guess is that we might see Sandberg at the helm at some point in his managerial career…I’m hoping it’s in a couple of years when we are really ready to compete.
        I understand Theo is not currently in Sandberg’s corner…BUT we have to remember…Ricketts loves him…and Theo may reconsider if the fan base grumbles enough with the mounting losses.
        If Sandberg doesn’t get the opportunity to open as an mlb manager next season…I could definitely see him as the next Cub skipper…possibly by midseason next year as PR move to keep the fan base coming while we are in a losing, rebuilding mode.

        • BosephHeyden

          Sandberg is good enough, and the Phillies have been good enough to him, that I honestly see him managing there before he ever steps foot in Chicago again. I don’t anticipate Philly dropping Manuel this offseason, since injuries killed them this season, but I’d imagine a losing start to next season might be enough to get Sandberg up as the Phillies’ bench coach.

      • paulcatanese

        For Theo’s vision for the future,,,,, he needs to get glasse’s.

        • FleaMarketBingo

          Compare the talent we have in the system today to where we were a year ago. Theo has done more to improve the Cubs’ future in 10 months on the job than his predecessor did in the last 5 years.

          • brent carmona

            Wow! Look at that, a post that is not cynical of theo and company. See, that wasn’t that hard huh fellas?

            Thanks flea market for some optimism!

  • Tom U

    Today’s Minor League starters:

    AZL Cubs – Paul Blackburn (2-0, 3.29) projected
    Boise – Jose Arias (3-2, 3.56)
    Peoria – Michael Jensen (9-5, 3.63)
    Daytona – Matt Loosen (10-4, 3.62)
    Tennessee – Austin Kirk (0-0, 0.00)
    Iowa – Ryan Rowland-Smith (2-4, 4.31)

    Notes & comments:

    Michael Jensen will bid to become the fourth starter in the system to reach double digit wins. He would join Nick Struck (13-10, Tennessee) and Matt Loosen (10-4, Daytona) to do so for the same club. Eric Jokisch is 10-6 between Daytona and Tennessee. Chris Rusin (8-8) and Dae-Eun Rhee (8-7) will have to win two to join them while Austin Kirk (7-3) needs three.

    With ten games left to play, the AZL Cubs are 3 games behind the AZL Athletics for first place in the AZL East Division. The A-Cubs lead the AZL Mariners by four games in the wild card race.

    The Boise Hawks have 14 games left and lead the Yakima Bears by five games in the Northwest League East Division second half standings. The Hawks have 3 players (Steven Bruno, Gioskar Amaya, Jeimer Candelario) as the league’s top 10 hitters, with Tayler Scott (1.88) fourth in ERA and Eduardo Orozco (5) tied for fourth in saves.

    Once Starlin Castro signs his contract extension, the over/under line is one hour before Junior Lake and Javier Baez are contacted and asked to change positions.

    • John_CC

      Do you think that Baez can convert to 3b, Tom?

      • Tom U

        That’s where everyone one feels he will move to, but I’m not so sure.

        I’ve seen Baez play short and his arm strength struck me only as average. I’ve always been perplexed by the notion of taking a defensively challenged shortstop and moving him closer to home plate.

        Where he moves to may the million dollar question this off-season.

        • paulcatanese

          Tom, ground balls are ground balls whether they are hit to 2nd, SS,or 3b. I am thinking OF? They wont be able to keep his bat out of the lineup, but agree, where does he play?

  • cubtex

    You have to consider Travis Wood a big question mark for 2013. He has given up 21 HR’s in 17 starts. He would undoubtedly lead the league in that category over a full season. Chris Volstad is absolutely brutal. He needs to be non-tendered. Who does that leave for next year? Shark,Garza and Germano. Wow! I never thought I would be mentioning Germano as one of the starters for next year in mid August.

  • paulcatanese

    Just watched yesterday’s game, saw my grandson play football instead.
    Didnt miss a thing,a completly horrible game.
    Brenly needs to get a life, he rambled on and on about Soriono not picking up the third base coach. Maybe someone needs to tell him that wasnt the crux of the game.
    I thought I would learn last year, but seems I need to go back to listening to the game with the sound off. Really wish he would get a managerial job someplace, somewhere, where he can put all of his little gems of wisdom into practice.
    I just love it when he gives the fans over and over his opinion on how the game should be played.
    On the other hand, I was able to fast forward the game this morning.

    • Roseyc

      I agree with you about Brenly. I care even less about Kaspar. He always gives unnecessary facts that doesn’t pertain to the game. A good announcing team doesn’t need to talk that much because the pictures tell the story. That doesn’t stop Kaspar and Brenly from jabbering on. I miss Stoney and Chip; they made the game fun

      • paulcatanese

        Agree, I miss them both as well.

        • FleaMarketBingo

          Respectfully disagree on Brenly and Len. I think they’re great. That doesn’t mean I don’t love Stoney – because I do but Chip? Ugh. That’s about as bad as it gets.

          • paulcatanese

            Repect you’re opinion,one thing for sure though, If I hear one more time from Brenly on how to get thru the marriage and his 3 answers are getting very old:)

          • FleaMarketBingo

            Hilarious! You’re a good man, PC.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with a 2-run upper deck shot … 1000 RBI for his career

  • Vivid_Reality

    I was at the Chiefs game last night, Soler looked very over-matched. His first at bat he swung at the first pitch and weakly popped it up. His next 3 ab’s he went up hacking, 3 k’s. He looked like Brett Jackson looks in the bigs right now, not pretty. On the bright side Peralta and Krist looked very impressive throughout the game.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano joined Barry Bonds, Andre Dawson, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield as the only players in big league history with 1000 RBI, 400 2B, 350 HR and 250 stolen bases.

    • Tony_Hall

      That is pretty good company. The stolen bases is what limits most players, that are power hitters, from accomplishing.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Hey, the Cubs got Frazier out.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Frazier does it again … an upper deck shot.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    There are reports that Castro and the Cubs have agreed to a 7-year, $60 million contract. Nothing official yet.

    • Tony_Hall

      That would be a great deal for both sides. I expected 6 years to cost $60M. Hopefully they front load the contract or spread it out more evenly.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        From ESPN Chicago: Castro deal becomes $76 million if option is picked up.

        • cubbie blue

          Cubs and Castro agree to a 7 yr 60 m dollar contract

          • Tony_Hall

            Chapman is human…

            Why don’t all major league players run out of the box?

          • paulcatanese

            Dont get it Tony, could not watch the game.
            But better yet why do they get in the box to begin with?
            Now Chapman must have a rubber arm, every time I turn around he is out there.

          • Tony_Hall

            I guess this explains it.

            RT @ESPNChiCubs Sveum not down on WCastillo for not advancing to 2nd in 9th.Castillo playing on sore right foot that nearly kept out lineup 28 minutes ago

            Once again, the things we don’t know, might just change what we think of any situation.

          • paulcatanese

            Yes it does Tony, as I had said couldnt watch, thanks.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            It is not official.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Both sides are saying the deal is close but not finalized.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the Sun-Times: ESPN Deportes reporting Castro deal done: 7 years, $60m. Source says
    deal not finalized; details left to work out. No announcement imminent.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 5-3 to Reds in game one Saturday – Jeff Samardzija: 4R,6H
    (3HR), 0BB, HBP, 5K, 5IP; Alfonso Soriano: 2-for-4,HR,2RBI,2R; Welington Castillo: 2-for-4,RBI

  • paulcatanese

    I like Castro, have since he first came up. Being a realist I looked at him from all angles and still liked him.
    But 60 million? I guess Theo and team really see potential there,
    as does 90% of posters on this site.
    I dont fault that, but I would have thought that the Cubs would have been more cautious in their appproach with him, holding of a little while longer.
    This does go on to say what I think the approach by the Cubs will be the same with younger players, to lock them up, based on potential and not what they have done, or older players.
    I do see that they(Cubs) will spend money, a lot of it to get where they want to be.
    Herin lies one little problem, they better be right in their assessments or they will be tied up once again with big dollar long term contracts, only now it will be based on potential rather than proven achievements with older players.
    Nothing wrong with that, if one remembers all players are prospects, prospects that start over each year and not based on last year.
    I guess the Cubs will find out what type of player Castro becomes, one that truly wants to play and increases ability every year, or one that sits back on his paycheck and plays 1/2 a year like some others have.

    • gary3411

      I’m very worried about that last sentence, but we’ll find out. A trade would have brought back a haul and a half.

      Hanley Ramirez signed the same exact deal at the same point in his career for the most part (Castro is slightly younger). No doubt Ramirez is sitting on his cash the last 2 years even though he was good right after signing the deal.

      When Ramirez signed his though, he was one of the top players in the game no question and he signed for the same price. Granted it was a few years ago and market rates have gone up slightly.

      Bottom line, it’s a fair deal but no steal and Castro reminds me a lot of Ramirez and Ramirez decline and lack of hard work has been imminent while sitting on his cash the last few years.

      • John_CC

        Aside from being Dominican short stops, there are actually very few similarities between Castro and Ramirez. Hanley’s numbers and career path raise the * red flag to me. His power increased to elite level, then fell off the chart, then came the injuries.

        • gary3411

          I mean body language and personality similarities. Their games are not similar I know.

          I know Ramirez has had the minor lingering injuries leading to some of his decline, but there is no doubt in my mind he is not putting in the same kind of work (offseason or inseason) that he was 5 years ago before he signed his deal, that was my point.

    • paulcatanese

      To add to my post, I like Soriono’s advice to Castro,
      “be humble” also baseball comes first.