Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 08/22/12

Game One Hundred Twenty-Three: Cubs (47-75) vs. Brewers (56-66)
Game Time – 1:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186/914
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Travis Wood (4-9, 4.83/1.28) vs. Yovani Gallardo (12-8, 3.67/1.30)

The Cubs will try to salvage the last game of the series behind Travis Wood. The Cubs are 1-5 on the seven-game road trip with one left to play. The Cubs problems on the road have continued throughout this trip and it does not figure to get any easier today with Yovani Gallardo on the hill.

This afternoon is the final game of the season for the Cubs at Miller Park. The Cubs have really struggled in Milwaukee this year and are just 2-6 in the park that their skipper called home for many years.

Dale Sveum will likely load his lineup with southpaws this afternoon. Lefties hit a little better (.247/.337/.345 with 16 doubles, two triples and seven home runs) than right handers (.239/.289/.345 with nine doubles, a triple and 11 home runs) against Yovani Gallardo.

In other newsMatt Garza was transferred from the 15-day to 60-day DL prior to Tuesday’s game to make room on the 40-man roster for Chris Rusin. Garza could have pitched again in late September but Dale Sveum announced that Garza has been shut down and will not pitch again this season.

Carlos Marmol’s status for this afternoon’s game is unknown. Marmol was spiked by Jean Segura in the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s game and appeared to limp off the field.

Chris Rusin could be one and done, at least until the roster expands in September. Rusin was solid in his debut but could be sent down to Iowa in order to make room on the active roster for Brooks Raley. The Cubs could decide to go with a six-man rotation once the roster expands which would help limit Jeff Samardzija’s innings.

This afternoon all starts with Travis Wood

After a string of three solid starts that culminated on August 11 with an excellent outing against his former team (one run on five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in seven innings), Travis Wood barely made it through five innings the last time out against the Reds. Wood allowed seven runs, six earned, on nine hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Wood served up three more home runs (21 for the season in 17 games, 100 2/3 innings) and had little life on any of his pitches.

Travis Wood needs to finish the year strong and go into the off-season on a positive note. Wood has shown he is capable of retiring Major League hitters but he has struggled with consistency.

Wood has not posted a win since July 6 and is 0-3 in his last three starts with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP … since the break, 0-6 in seven starts with a 7.68 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

Travis Wood has not faced the Brewers this season and is 3-0 in five games, four starts, against Milwaukee with a 3.16 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP … at Miller Park, 1-0 in one start with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Ryan Braun – 3-for-11 with two doubles
  • Carlos Gomez – 1-for-7 with a home run
  • Corey Hart – 1-for-6
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-7
  • Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-9 with a double
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-3
  • Rickie Weeks – 1-for-11 with a home run

With Zack Greinke in an Angels’ uniform, Yovani Gallardo is without a doubt the Brewers’ staff ace. Gallardo has been one of the best starters in the league for a long time but he has yet to take his game to the next level.

Yovani Gallardo is coming off a win against the Phillies. Gallardo allowed one run on four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings. Gallardo is in the middle of one of his good stretches. Gallardo has not lost a game in nearly a month (July 26) and is 3-0 in his last three starts with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Since the break, Gallardo is 5-2 in seven starts with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.

The Cubs beat Gallardo the last time they faced him back on June 5. Sveum’s offense tagged Gallardo for five runs on six hits over six innings. Gallardo walked one and struck out 10 in a game the Cubs won 10-0. Gallardo is 1-1 in two starts against the Cubs this season with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP … for his career Gallardo owns a 5-2 mark in 12 games against the Cubs with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Yovani Gallardo

  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-14 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 9-for-23 with three doubles and a walk
  • Steve Clevenger – 0-for-3
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-5 with two double and three walks
  • Bryan LaHair – 3-for-5 with a home run and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-23 with a double and a home run
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-for-3 with a double

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  • Vivid_Reality

    The Cubs should see what the Athletic’s asking price would be for Brett Anderson in the offseason. If we could talk them into a Lake for Anderson swap I would do that.

    • Aaron

      I totally understand your thought process, and agree that the Cubs need to go after more young pitchers like him with upside, but the problem is, if memory serves me correctly, Anderson just came off elbow surgery, so it’s possible the Cubs might get a buy-low situation like they did with Vizcaino. I’d do it, but it’s debatable the A’s would do it, even with his expensive options coming up:
      $3.25 mm this year
      $5.75 mm 2013
      $8.00 mm 2014
      $12.00 mm 2015

      With an arsenal of a 88-92 mph two-seamer, 94-95 mph four-seamer, and above average slider, and 3.62 career ERA and exceptional control (2.2 walks/9 IP and 7.0 K/9 IP, and at just 24 years old, he’s got a bright future ahead of him. There’s no telling what they’d ask for him. He also gave up just 1 run in 7 IP, 4 hits, no walks, and 6 K’s in his return from surgery.

      My guess is it’d take Lake, McNutt, and Whitenack to get it done at the very least, and possibly Maples, Vogelbach, etc. at the worst.

      I wouldn’t do the latter, and yet, that’s probably what they’d request, given the hauls they’ve received in the past.

      • Vivid_Reality

        I agree, they have no real incentives except money to move him. Anderson is a player I’ve liked for a while, just pipe dreaming a bit. I would still give Lake, Whitenack, and McNutt without much of a thought.

        • BosephHeyden

          Is it just me, or does it look like literally no one in this game actually cares to be out there? I’ve got this on as background noise, and every time I’ve turned to watch, it seems like whoever is batting doesn’t actually seem to care to be at the plate, regardless of the team. Guys are taking called third strikes that they just didn’t seem to want to take a swing at, guys seem to just be going through the motions with the base running…I guess it’s to be expected from two teams that are well out of any race, but if either team is taking looks at their players for next season, this isn’t a good showing for either.

          • Neil

            13 strikeouts (eight called) for the Cubs today … 37
            strikeouts in the three game series

        • Neil

          Cubs lost 3-2 to Brewers Wednesday afternoon – Travis Wood: 3R, 6H (HR), 1BB, 6K, 7IP;
          David DeJesus: 1-for-3, HR, BB; Bryan LaHair: 1-for-4,HR; Starlin Castro: 1-for-3,BB

          Cubs: 2R,5H,3BB,13K

  • Neil

    According to Keith Law: Cubs let go of six scouts today, pro and amateur sides

  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • paulcatanese

    The Cubs let go of six scouts today, wow, who will find the indians?

    • BosephHeyden

      Maybe they just realized they didn’t need scouts to find out who other teams were designating for assignment?

      • Ripsnorter1


        Great post!

        • Baron_S

          Brett Jackson is fanning wayy to much without showing any prodigious power.. He needs some serious work with an instructor…. fannign 200 times a year is ok if you hit 40 dingers — he doesnt look like he has that in him

        • Ken

          Any perfect pitchers out there for this terrible offense.

    • Tony_Hall

      I get the feeling all of the guys they let go of, don’t know how to find this website…all old school JH type of guys.

  • Ripsnorter1

    What’s this? LaHair in RF, DeJesus in LF? Don’t you put your better defender in RF?

    • Theboardrider

      I always thought LF/RF had more to do with arm strength than overall defense, but I may be wrong. And DeJesus probably has a better arm than a converted first baseman.

      • paulcatanese

        Right again, RF is where the strongest arm should be, and defensive abitlity is needed more their than left field. For some unknown reason LaHair is placed in right where he is totaly useless.

        • Tony_Hall

          My best guess is that Lahair is more comfortable in RF and has spent more time there and that DeJesus is able to play anywhere.

          It also could be more about getting Lahair more time in RF and not about yesterday’s game, fielding the best lineup.

          Of course, I have only viewed Lahair as a LF, as that is the only spot in major league baseball where I feel you can get away with a below average outfielder.

    • paulcatanese

      Right Rip, on top of that LaHair has very weak arm strength and his throws are almost always cut by Barney
      and re-layed. Maybe LaHair just dosent cut it in left the way the ball comes off the bat (actually with the late jump he gets, makes no difference).
      But this is not little league where it was thought that the weakest outfielder is dumped in right.
      He has hurt the Cubs there and will continue to do so with the glove.

      • Tony_Hall

        Actually Paul, on my son’s teams, I put the weakest OF in LF. The strongest arm in RF and hopefully the second best range, and I like the little fast guys in CF.

        • paulcatanese

          You are right, left is where the weakest OF usually should play, and was using LL as an analogy, but in reality its an insult to LL, even though thats where the kids start out.

    • Scott

      Maybe the thinking is that, with a left hander on the mound, the Brewers lineup would be mostly right handed and if the tendency of the Brewers RH lineup is to pull most everything, especially from a soft-tossing lefty, it could make some sense to put Jackson in center with DeJesus in left.
      Just trying to offer the possible flip side to the arguement.

  • Neil

    DeJesus with a leadoff homer

    • John_CC

      He has been on fire the last month.

      • paulcatanese

        John, he has been doing a great job, all the way around. Agree.

        • John_CC

          It would be easy for a veteran on this team to just lay back and collect his paycheck. DeJesus, over the last 30 days has stepped up his game: 3 HR, 3 SB, 17R, 14RBI, .875 OPS. He is a solid professional and I like that. He isn’t great, but he goes about the game in a great way. And he’s been hot, I like it. All we can do now is look at the bright spots and enjoy what is worthy. Or rather, that is what I prefer to do at this point.

          • Tony_Hall

            But John, wouldn’t it more fun and relaxing to rant and rave and say how sorry this team is this year, how this proves that Theo and Jed, Sveum don’t know what they are doing….

            I agree on DeJesus, he is a great example of how to play the game the right way, which is exactly why he was brought in this year. They didn’t like what they saw in Colvin, and had an opportunity to get a DeJesus, who is flexible enough to move around as other young guys come up.

  • Neil

    From Sun-Times: More moves for front office: Six scouts fired,
    source confirms: four pro scouts, a crosschecker and an amateur scout.

    • Neil

      That’s 10 strikeouts for the Cubs today … 34 in the three
      game series with an inning to go

  • Neil

    From Bruce Miles: ‏Cubs amateur scouts fired: Charlie Aliano and Rick Schroeder. Pro: Richie Zisk, Joe Housey, Tom Shafer, Tom Bourque

  • Neil

    LaHair with his first homer since July 4