Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 08/30/12

Game One Hundred Thirty: Cubs (49-80) vs. Brewers (62-67)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Brooks Raley (1-2, 6.64/1.57) vs. Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.19/1.17)

The Cubs and Brewers square off for the final time in 2012 this afternoon. The Brewers have dominated the Cubs this season to the tune of a 13-3 record. Milwaukee is 49-64 against the rest of baseball and has taken what the Cubs have given them this year. Not only have the Cubs lost eight straight to the Brewers but they have struck out 70 times over the last six games.

Dale Sveum’s young team will face another challenge this afternoon in Shaun Marcum. Marcum is a perfect 4-0 in his four career starts against the Cubs with two of those wins coming at Wrigley Field. The Cubs must show patience today against Marcum to avoid being swept at home by a division rival … and dropping under .500 for the season at the old ballyard.

This afternoon all starts with Brooks Raley

Brooks Raley ran out of gas against the Rockies and lasted just five innings. Raley was on a roll through four innings but hit a wall and barely made it through the inning. Raley left with the Cubs up 3-2 but Manny Corpas gave up the tying run in the sixth and the Cubs lost 4-3. Raley allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in his fourth big league start.

This afternoon will be Raley’s third start at Wrigley. Raley is 0-1 in the first two starts with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

Brooks Raley will face the Brewers for the first time … and no one on the Brewers’ active roster has faced Raley in a big league ballgame.

It has been a rough year for Shaun Marcum. The Brewers placed Marcum on the DL on June 23 with right elbow tightness. Marcum was a perfect 2-0 in three starts in June with a 2.66 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP before ending up on the shelf. Marcum posted a 5-3 record in his first 15 starts of the season with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

The Brewers activated Marcum from the 60-day DL on August 24 and he’s coming off a loss to the Pirates. Marcum lasted just five innings and gave up four unearned runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Marcum was excellent on the road prior to his DL stint (2-3 in eight starts with a 2.49 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP) and he’s had a lot of success against the Cubs in a Brewers’ uniform.

Shaun Marcum dominated the Cubs back on May 12 at Miller Park. Marcum allowed one run on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. Marcum has already beaten the Cubs twice this season (2-0 in two starts with a 2.77 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP, 12 strikeouts and two walks in 13 innings) and is a perfect 4-0 in four career starts against the Cubs with a 2.33 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 2-0 in two starts with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Shaun Marcum

  • Darwin Barney – 4-for-12 with three doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-13 with a home run
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-22 with a double and three walks
  • Bryan LaHair – 2-for-10 with a home run
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-11 with a double

Chicago Cubs DVD Giveaway
A&E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions have released a new DVD Box set of four of the greatest games in Chicago Cubs history. The DVDs are chock full of historic moments, players and milestones in the club’s history.

The DVD set includes: The Sandberg Game, Game 163 against the Giants on September 28, 1998, the 2008 NL Central Division clinching game against the Cardinals and a game between the Cubs and Phillies from July 12, 1969.

A&E Networks contacted the CCO and asked for us to let our readers know this new DVD set is available on and set aside five copies for us to give to our readers.

Beginning August 27 and running through August 31, the CCO will conduct a daily contest and the winner will receive a copy of the DVD set from A&E.

Here is how the contest works.

There will be only (1) winner per day. All entries must be posted in the comment section with a time stamp prior to first pitch. All entries made after first pitch (7:05pm CDT or 1:20pm CDT) will NOT be valid. If any rules are not followed then those entries will NOT be valid. Winners will NOT be eligible for the remainder of the contest. All entries must include answers for all questions and failure to do so will make that entry invalid. Only (1) entry per day, per person, per IP address.

There will be a daily question based on the day’s starting pitcher followed by (5) tie breaking questions. The person with the correct answer for the first question will be that day’s winner. The tie breaking procedure will follow the order in which the questions are asked, not based on the amount of correct answers. All answers must be exact, close is not good. If more than one entry has all (6) questions answered correctly, the winner will be determined by the first correct answers given.

The winner will be posted in the comment section of that day’s game preview. The winner will have to email the CCO with a correct mailing address. A&E Networks will send out the DVD set to winners within the continental US only.

Contest Four – August 30, 2012

Number of strikeouts for Brooks Raley

  • Tie Breaking 1) Amount of earned runs allowed by Brooks Raley
  • Tie Breaking 2) Amount of hits allowed by Brooks Raley
  • Tie Breaking 3) Amount of walks allowed by Brooks Raley
  • Tie Breaking 4) Amount of home runs allowed by Brooks Raley
  • Tie Breaking 5) The final score of the game between the Cubs and Brewers

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  • Neil

    According to multiple reports, the Cubs plan to shut down Brooks Raley after he reaches innings limit today. Chris Rusin expected to move into rotation. Rosters can expand on Sept. 1

  • Neil

    From the Tribune: Sveum says they are “shifting
    gears” on playing time for Vitters. Valbuena to get bulk of starts down stretch.

    • calicub

      This to me seems so back asswards…

      Sure VItters has struggled, but he has a history of early struggles upon promotion, before putting it all together.

      Valbuena has played, and proven to be a low .200 hitter with excellent defense. Vitters has proven nothing. YET!
      GIve the kid a real chance. Not a Hendryesque chance, a REAL chance.

      It is so very frustrating the way management has flipped flopped, it is no wonder why Sveum has taken heat on this site, but one cant help but wonder if he is only the messanger…

      • Nebo96

        The so called Cub brain trust should explain this move with Vitters , it is not what is right for him !
        This lineup with Valbuena batting second sucks !

        • triple

          Brewers 7, Cubs 1
          11:14 PST

          • GaryLeeT

            And the Cubs’ relievers once again demoralize their opposition with a shut down inning after a big come back.

        • J Daniel

          It probably is not what is right. What probably is right is he should have still been in Iowa. Is not ready and should have been a September call up.

      • paulcatanese

        Their should be no doubt about Sveum being “just the messenger” IMO, that message was sealed before he was hired.
        Theo stressed a “team concept” then and it hasn’t changed now, he is the boss and calls the shots, period.
        They (Cubs) have a game plan and have not wavered since the beginning, thats as it should be,
        good or bad.
        I don’t like it,thats my opinion and thats as it should be.

        • Neil

          Castro with a RBI triple

      • Guest

        Just more reason to not watch the last month of the season. Are they going to sell the fans on Valbuena as a starter for next season? They set up Vitters to fail whereas BJax played.

    • cc002600


      Again, this just validates to me they are not high on Vitters…..

      • JMR23

        6-2 Brewers

        • JMR23

          12:10pm CST 8/30

    • chadaudio

      Yeah, that’s pretty frustrating, but we all sort of suspected when Vitters didn’t tear it up right away… It’s baffling.

      If you aren’t going to just let Vitters play now – then when? It’s like they’re waisting our waisted season.

      • DWalker

        let him play, why waste time on Valbuena who is a nothing going forward? Not playing him is not going to help his trade vlaue if thats what they want to do with him, and he is typicly a slow starter on promotion. Even though I have supported the brain trust on a lot of decisions, their treatment of vitters is one I will call boggling if not downright stupid.

    • Guest

      When Quade made similar moves, we called (rightfully) for his head. When are we going to stop giving Sveum benefits of the doubt?

      • Tony_Hall

        Quade did it with a clueless FO, that let him do what he wanted.

        Sveum is working with Theo and Jed on player development plans for each player. It does no good for Vitters to be this lost and still be sent out there everyday. He will have winter and ST and then back to Iowa to work on his hitting and defense.

        • BosephHeyden

          That was my message originally, did it from my phone. Anyways, if we’re not going to play him, it benefits no one to keep him up. Send him back down and play the worthless “hot-hand” bench player. Because there’s no player development in “we’re going to sit you to play this guy we have no plans on using in our long term”.

          What’s more, if Vitters isn’t developing, isn’t that an indictment on Sveum’s ability to develop players? Vitters isn’t just a prospect; he’s a first round pick. And he was doing good in Triple A before he came to the majors and stopped hitting (not to mention he was immediately thrown into a situation where he’s splitting time with a guy who is no better than a bench player regardless of how hot he gets in a stretch of games). The only player who is performing any better than they were before is Soriano, and that’s because he finally listened to advice coaches have been giving him for years now. The team is losing more than they did last year, players are going down in performance, and bench players are starting over prospects.

          Like I’ve said a few times over the past month: I’m not going to say fire Sveum at the end of the season, because that’d be stupid. I’m just hoping he proves me wrong, because I don’t think for a second he is a good manager, especially since his credentials are being the hitting coach of a guy who could hit major league homeruns at age six and another, like Aaron said, got off of a PED suspension on a technicality.

          Right now, though, he’s making Quade-level moves under the covers of tattoos and overrated defensive shifts. And if they’re at the behest of the front office, then it better be to fight for that #2 pick in the draft next season.

          • paulcatanese

            Wish I could have seen the game today, my kind of game.
            Since it didn’t mean anything in the standings for either team,
            it’s a moral victory for the Cubs, and they have served notice to Brewers for next year.
            Look forward to the re-cap Neil, off to watch my grandson play football again tonight, when I return, the re-cap should be posted.

          • Tony_Hall

            You make way too much out of every move, made in a season, where they are not going for wins. The moves are being done for what is best for the player. At this point, Vitters is not benefiting from playing. He was brought up to get a taste of MLB. He wasn’t ready. The minor league season is days away from being over, so they are not going to send him down. Vitters not developing in less than a month, is not any indication of Sveum and the major league coaching staff. It is his history of struggling when moving up. He will do better next year when he gets another shot. But now he knows he needs to keep working. And you can bet all those wins in July had them worried about their draft position for next year. Now, not much to worry about, they will get a very high pick, which they wanted.

            On Braun, not going to get into whether he was guilty or not, but how do you or anyone else explain his numbers this year, when he is not even wanting to take a vitamin, out of fear of what may be in it.

          • J Daniel

            Also, believe it or not, they do more than just play the game everyday. They do teach and develop before games and he will benefit from that.

          • BosephHeyden

            On Braun: he got busted for elevated testosterone, not steroids. Steroids, you get busted for that, you stop taking it, you shrink fast unless you get something else in your system. Testosterone is more permanent: so long as you keep working out, the results stay put, because it isn’t putting something in your body that isn’t already there…just more of it.

  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • roland

    3 Ks
    3 ER
    5 H
    2 BB
    1 HR
    8-5 Cubs
    12:10 pm est

  • calicub

    4 Er
    6 H
    2 BB
    1 HR
    5 -3 Brewers

    9:14 PST 11:14 CDT

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Boise – Justin Amlung (0-0. 6.30)
    Peoria – Joe Zeller (3-4, 3.38)
    Daytona – Kyle Hendricks (1-0, 3.46)
    Tennessee – Dallas Beeler (5-7, 4.43)
    Iowa – Yoanner Negrin (0-0, 3.60)

  • Aaron

    4 K’s
    6 ER
    9 hits
    3 walks
    2 hr
    11-2 Brewers
    12:07 CST (8/30/12)

    • Aaron


      I am pretty damn close to being prophetic here….so far, 1 K, 5 ER, 8 hits, 1 hr….

      C’mon Raley….Do me proud, give up 1 more hit on a dinger, and then strike out the side and leave the game

  • CCHForever

    3 K
    3 ER
    7 Hits
    2 BB
    1 HR
    5-4 Cubs

    10:10 AM PST

  • Scott

    7-2 Brewers
    1:29PM EST

  • Neil

    Excellent pick by Barney on the tag

  • paulcatanese

    Cubs should do well today, the Brewers must be dead tired after running all those bases the first three games.

    • paulcatanese

      To answer myself, It appears the Brewers decided to spot a few runs to the Cubs to at least make it interesting for themselves. And when they felt like it, blow them away again.

      • Henry

        Paul, I remember a post you made earlier in the month regarding Brett Jackson. You commented the reason he is striking out so much is because he is pulling his head off the ball. I am not sure if you are watching today’s game but Jackson doubled twice in the 6th. Both times Brenly commented how Jackson watched the ball all the way to contact! he commented that the coaches have been working with him to watch the ball all the way to the bat! At that point I was waiting for Brenly to mention your name and give credit where credit is due. Unfortunately that never happened! at any rate good catch!

        • paulcatanese

          Thanks Henry, no I can’t get the game on comcast out here.Maybe Jackson has it turned around,good if he does, too many tools
          not to succeed.
          I will watch tommorow though,Friday thru Monday are televised.

  • Neil

    Lucroy with a slam onto Waveland

  • Aaron

    So….if Sveum is accurate with the 5-6 guys coming up, then who are they?

    My guess is the following:
    Recker-3rd catcher

    Other candidates like Socolovich and Sappelt could be considered, while the following are ruled out either due to no experience above AA (which appears to be mandatory for Team Theo), or they’re injured:
    Chapman (DL)
    Szczur (AA)
    Lake (AA)
    Soler (A)
    Concepcion (A)
    Coleman (DL)
    Vizcaino (DL)
    …..those are your only other options, unless they want to give Watkins a shot by DFA-ing someone else

    Campana might not get another shot though, as he’s struggling somewhat at AAA. All the other 5 mentioned, however, are virtual locks to get promoted

    • Zonk

      I think that list is about right.

      Campana this offseason might get outrighted off the 40-man. We have to add some players, and I don’t think he’s a ML ballplayer. Maybe a 5th OF/PR, but he just doesn’t make enough contact. He strikes out way too much for a guy with his speed. And speed is really his only plus skill.

  • Aaron

    Well…too bad Braun just ruined my hit and run totals, but left my hr prediction intact…

    Also, how can any baseball fan like Braun?!? The guy is a cheat, and got off on a technicality. I don’t know how ESPN, or any other broadcasters let him get away with it. You really haven’t heard anyone talk about it. He was 100% guilty, and got off on a technicality with the delivery of the sample timeline….It just amazes me

  • Neil

    Jackson with a 2-run double, game tied at nine

  • Tony_Hall

    Very nice, long, grinding AB by Castro.

  • Tony_Hall


  • Neil

    #Cubs beat the Brewers 12-11 on Thursday.  Cubs scored 3 in B9 to walkoff with the win.

    Will post recap and Thursday’s contest winner later tonight.

  • brent carmona

    Wow, I was only able to listen to the game, wish I could’ve watched it live…anxious for the recap Neil!

  • Neil

    was not a correct answer given to the amount of strikeouts for Brooks Raley. The time stamp decided this afternoon’s winner based on a correct answer given to the amount of walks issued.

    Thank you to all that participated this afternoon.

  • Denver Mike

    Thursday 8/30 @ 11:10am MST

    6-4 Brewers

  • Neil

    Thursday’s game has begun. Thanks to everyone who participated today. I will post the winner later tonight.