Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 09/01/12

Game One Hundred Thirty-Two: Cubs (51-80) vs. Giants (74-58)
Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Justin Germano (2-4, 5.91/1.35) vs. Tim Lincecum (7-14, 5.30/1.48)

Updated 11:19am CDT Cubs recalled OF Tony Campana, IF Adrian Cardenas and OF Dave Sappelt from Triple-A Iowa.

Weather permitting … The Cubs will shoot to begin the final full month of the season on a positive note with a win over Tim Lincecum and the Giants. The Cubs are coming off two solid wins and are looking for a strong finish to the season.

Dale Sveum will have a few more options beginning today. With the rosters expanding, the Cubs are expected to call-up several players on their 40-man roster. Tony Campana, Adrian Cardenas and Dave Sappelt are expected to be activated prior to game time this afternoon. Miguel Socolovich and Anthony Recker will reportedly be activated on Sunday. Chris Rusin is scheduled to start Tuesday’s game against the Nationals and Rafael Dolis will reportedly rejoin the big league team in the coming days.

The Cubs will face Tim Lincecum for the first time this season. Lincecum is a perfect 2-0 in four starts at Wrigley Field with a 1.59 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP but he has not dominated this season like he has in the past.

In other newsWelington Castillo quietly had a good month at the plate while showing improvement with his defense. In 18 games, Castillo put together a .300/.344/.533/.871 line with five doubles and three home runs.

This afternoon it all starts with Justin Germano

After a decent start to his Cubs’ career, Justin Germano ran into the Brewers and his last two starts have been not-so-good. Germano allowed more than two earned runs once in his first five starts with the Cubs … but in his last two starts, Germano has allowed 12 earned runs on 18 hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings (11.18 ERA and a 2.07 WHIP). Germano cannot be the only player on the Cubs’ roster that is glad the season series with the Brewers is over.

Justin Germano has been serviceable at Wrigley for the pitching-starved organization. Germano is 2-2 in five appearances, four starts, with a 4.23 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.

Justin Germano was in the Red Sox organization when the Cubs played the Giants in June. Germano has faced the Giants four times in his career (three starts). Germano has no record in his career against San Francisco with a 1.83 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP (four runs on 10 hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings). The last time he faced the Giants was back in 2008. Germano received a no decision after tossing seven innings of shutout ball (four hits, one walk and three strikeouts).

Giants Career Numbers against Justin Germano

  • Gregor Blanco – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Tim Lincecum – 0-for-2
  • Hunter Pence – 2-for-2 with a double
  • Marco Scutaro – 0-for-1
  • Ryan Theriot – 0-for-1

Tim Lincecum has not been Tim Lincecum this season. Lincecum has struggled mightily this season but has shown signs of late of the former two-time Cy Young Award winner. Lincecum was a shocking 3-10 in his first 18 starts with a 6.42 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP and is 4-4 in his last nine with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

Lincecum is coming off a loss to the Braves. Lincecum allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five innings. But in the start before against the Dodgers, Lincecum beat L.A. after allowing one run on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Tim Lincecum is 2-3 in his last five starts with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

The road has been very unkind to Tim Lincecum this season. In 12 starts outside of AT & T Park, Lincecum is 4-6 with a 6.99 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.

The Cubs missed Lincecum back in June in San Francisco. Tim Lincecum owns a 3-4 mark in nine career starts against the Cubs with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP … at Wrigley, 2-0 in four starts with a 1.59 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Tim Lincecum

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-10 with two doubles
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-4 with a double and three walks
  • Justin Germano – 1-for-2
  • Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-5 with two walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-11 with a double and a home run

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • Neil

    Cubs make it official: Cubs recalled OF Tony Campana, IF Adrian Cardenas and OF Dave Sappelt from Iowa Cubs. All 3 players are available today at Wrigley Field.

  • Tony_Hall

    I know that many want a winning team sooner, rather than later. Not that anyone wants to watch a losing team, but myself, I am happy they decided to rebuild rather than more of JH’s band-aides. It doesn’t make it easier to watch, and during games you still want to see the Cubs do well and win.

    Let’s look at our lineup and why September could be fun to watch.

    Catcher – Wellington Castillo has already started showing why he is projected to be the starter. He has 15-20 HR power, with 250-260 BA and a gun to keep the running game in check. He needs to work on his game calling and catching abilities. Clevenger has shown that his early doubles success, was a short term thing, and that he is an ok backup.

    1B – Rizzo just had a bad month. Yet, he kept his head above water and just went the last week hitting over 300. He has made adjustments and if he can continue to make adjustments, it is only a matter of time before he has longer hot streaks, and shorter cold ones.

    2B – Barney is a gold glove 2B. Hopefully he will win the award this year. He has no chance to win a silver slugger and that will be what will makes him not a long term solution. He can hold down 2B for a few years, but eventually, another 2B will come along (Watkins, Torreyes, Devoss) that is close on defense, and has a much better bat.

    SS – Castro is going to be the SS for many years, unless another one comes along that moves him to 2B or 3B. I don’t see it though for many years.

    3B – Vitters is not ready, that is obvious, but he may be by mid next year. Valbuena is not as bad as everyone makes out, but is nothing more than a filler. It wouldn’t shock me at all to see Stewart in ST, and if his wrists are healthy he gets another shot. More help is in the minors, but won’t be here next year.

    OF – I didn’t think this a week or two ago, but I think BJAX will be in CF moving forward. I thought he would get a 2 month stint, and start next year in Iowa and be called up a month or 2 into the season. But he has made good adjustments, reduced his K’s over the last few weeks (still not enough, but a sign of improvement), and taken his walks we thought he would. He will be joined by DeJesus and Soriano next year if both are still here come Opening Day. But my guess is he will have 2 new guys with him in the OF come the 2nd half. Lahair, Sappelt, Campana and Mather could be the fillers if they move Soriano or DeJesus sooner.

    • Zonk

      That’s a good summary….B-Jax struck out 23 times in his first 12 games, but “only” 14 times in the next 12 games (with 12 BBs). He can strikeout 150 times a year and be successful, because of all his other tools; but wondering for awhile if he would get there!

      3B will be a pain point next year, but I can’t see trying to sign more than a stopgap FA, because there are a couple prospects coming up, and I don’t think we are going anywhere. Stewart is going to be DFA’ed, but I would definitely bring him back on a non-guaranteed contract; look at his minor league numbers, he destroyed every level.

      • Tony_Hall

        I wouldn’t bring in any FA’s for 3B. Stewart I said would be in ST, I didn’t say how. I can see them telling him he will get a shot, but that they can’t guarantee him $3M.

    • GaryLeeT

      Tony, you know what I am going to hit you with, before you even wrote this. It’s been proven that a team can rebuild, while fielding a good, watchable product. If J.H. had used clean Band-Aides instead of trying to reuse dirty ones, there would not have been an infection.

      • Tony_Hall

        Yes teams can try to be respectable while rebuilding. I contend that is what forces so many teams to be middle of the pack forever as they continue to give up prospects for middle age vets every year as they add on in the off-season and again in July. Unfortunately, most of the FA’s are already a little dirty, the clean ones come from your own system.

        • Tony_Hall

          Great catch by DeJesus!

  • Neil

    Nady does what he’s always done against the Cubs … drives in runs.

  • Tony_Hall

    Someone might want to check DeJesus’s water bottle…he has shown more power lately.

    • Tony_Hall

      Len just said that 5 of his 7 HR’s have come over the last 16 games.

    • Dorasaga

      LOL Took me a short while to realize you meant PED!

  • Neil

    Good outing for Bowden today

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 5-2 to Giants on Saturday afternoon – Justin Germano:
    5R, 6H, 2BB, HBP, 2K, 5IP; David DeJesus: 1-for-3, HR, 2RBI, BB; Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-4, 2B; Cubs: