Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 09/17/12

Game One Hundred Forty-Seven: Cubs (58-88) vs. Pirates (73-72)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (6-11, 4.23/1.18) vs. Kevin Correia (10-9, 4.29/1.33)

Weather permitting … The Cubs and Pirates complete the series and season series tonight with a rare wraparound four-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have been a thorn in the Pirates side over the past six games and will turn to Travis Wood to not only win the series but finish the season against the Bucs with a winning record. The Cubs are 8-7 against the Pirates this year and will not see the Pirates again until Opening Day 2013 … the Cubs and Pirates kickoff the 2013 season in Pittsburgh on April 1.

The Cubs have shown improvement of late and have won seven of their last nine games and are 7-8 in September. The Cubs are 36-35 at Wrigley this season with 10 home games remaining on the schedule.

Dale Sveum will likely run out his left-handed lineup tonight with Brett Jackson back in centerfield and David DeJesus in right. Welington Castillo is expected to receive a bulk of the playing time over the next two weeks and Luis Valbuena should see a majority of time at third base.

The Cubs have a challenging week in front of them. After tonight’s finale with the Pirates, the Cubs begin a three-game series with the Reds on Tuesday night. The Reds could clinch the NL Central during the series if everything falls into place for Cincinnati. The Cubs end the 10-game homestand with a three-game series against the Cardinals next weekend. Chris Carpenter is expected to start Friday’s opener for the Cardinals, who are still in the mix for a spot in the postseason.

Tonight all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood is coming off a solid outing against a not-so-good Houston Astros team. Wood held the Astros to one run on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Wood pitched into the eighth inning for the second time this season, the first came on July 1 at Wrigley against the Astros.

Wood faced the Pirates two starts ago and tossed six innings of shutout ball. Wood allowed only one hit while walking three and striking out five. Wood has shown improvement in each of his last three starts. Wood is pounding the strike zone and locating his breaking stuff for strikes. Over his last three starts, Wood is 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP … 13 strikeouts, five walks and 12 hits allowed in 19 1/3 innings.

Travis Wood faces the Bucs tonight for the third time this season … 1-1 in two starts with a 1.64 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. Wood beat the Pirates on September 7 and lost the game on August 1 at Wrigley (two runs on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings). For his career, Wood is 3-3 in six games, five starts, against the Pirates with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

Pirates Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Pedro Alvarez – 1-for-4 with a double
  • Rod Barajas – 1-for-9 with a double and a walk
  • Clint Barmes – 1-for-12 with a walk
  • Jeff Clement – 0-for-1
  • Kevin Correia – 0-for-1
  • Josh Harrison – 2-for-7 with a triple
  • Brock Holt – 0-for-3
  • Garrett Jones – 0-for-5
  • Starling Marte – 1-for-5 with a home run and a walk
  • Andrew McCutchen – 1-for-10 with a double and three walks
  • Michael McKenry – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Alex Presley – 1-for-2
  • Gaby Sanchez – 1-for-4 with two walks
  • Travis Snider – 1-for-2
  • Jose Tabata – 1-for-4 with a double and a walk
  • Neil Walker – 3-for-7 with a double and a walk

The second half of the season has not been kind to Kevin Correia. Correia posted a 5-6 record in 16 starts before the break with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Correia lost his starting job after the Pirates acquired Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros. Correia asked to be traded, was not and pitched primarily out of the Pirates’ pen early in August. Correia was 1-2 in six games, three starts, in August with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Kevin Correia has put together two solid starts and is coming off a loss to the Reds. Correia allowed four runs, three earned, three runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings. Correia is 1-1 in his last two outings with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.

Kevin Correia is 4-6 in 15 games, 12 starts, on the road this season with a 4.75 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP and will face the Cubs for the third time this year.

Two of Kevin Correia’s best starts of the season have come at the Cubs expense. Correia is 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP (four runs on nine hits with four walks and six strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings). Correia is 4-4 in 14 career games, 10 starts, against in the Cubs with a 5.53 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP … at Wrigley, 3-2 in eight appearances, four starts, with a 4.68 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Kevin Correia

  • Darwin Barney – 7-for-18 with two doubles
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-5
  • Starlin Castro – 7-for-17 with a double and a triple
  • Steve Clevenger – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • David DeJesus – 3-for-8 with two doubles and a walk
  • Bryan LaHair – 1-for-6
  • Joe Mather – 0-for-3
  • Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-2 with a home run and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 5-for-19 with two home runs
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-for-2
  • Travis Wood – 0-for-1

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  • Cubs Fan 31

    Just received latest Chicago Cubs Media Release – Chicago Cubs announce dates and location for 28th Annual Cubs Convention. Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers to Host 2013 Cubs Convention January 18-20. Wow no longer the Hilton.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Cubs announced a venue change for the 28th
    Annual Cubs Convention. The convention will be held from January 18 – January 20
    at Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water St.

  • Aaron

    I just have one question. Where is Cardenas?

    It’s a shame that he’s wasted away on the bench, hardly even getting a sniff of pinch hitting in a lost season

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Where would you like to see him play?

      • Aaron

        3B, LF, or even RF, and give Barney a day off per week at 2B…that’s all

        • Aaron

          Rizzo said he was the best hitter at Iowa. I take his word for it, and his stats suggested the same. He has what I think is an unfair billing of having iron hands in the field.

          Valbuena might have a great glove…but so did Stewart. Valbuena has definitely embraced the idea of “grinding” at bats, but that was after a lot of playing time. Cardenas was already doing so in the minors his whole career, while Valbuena was a free swinger.

          Valbuena is also 2 years older (26), and has had opportunities at the MLB level before this year, and has yet to really impress.

          • gocubs

            Id like to see Cardenas get some more ABs as well but I dont think his defensive abilities really allow for anything much above a pinch hitter.

          • Tom U

            Aaron, I’ve seen Cardenas play this season and it wasn’t very pretty. He appears slow to react and doesn’t have the quick hands or rifle arm to compensate.

            That said, he does hit well enough to justify playing him 2 to 3 times a week down the stretch to see what he can do, moving him around so the opposing team doesn’t “find” him too often.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Aaron, fair enough. Just curious.

    • coachdon

      I agree. I’d also like to see LaHair a couple times per week as well. Perhaps he could add value as he is almost 100% going to be moved at years end.

  • Prestob Price

    ive been goin to the cubs convention every year since i was 8. Im 18 now but every single year the cubs convention is the only thing i look forward to because its just such a magical place for me. Ihope this change doesnt ruin the magic…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs just announced that the start of tonight’s game will be delayed. No word on start time. Will post updates.

  • redlarczykg

    Sveum commented on the radio this weekend, that Jackson is need of a complete reconstruction of his swing. That is a great insight of the past, failed, minor league system. A prospect as highly touted as Jackson should have had this issue addressed in A ball, not after he shows up in Wrigley!

    • Tom U

      Amen

    • RynoTiger

      so what I hear you saying is that Team Theo in no way had anything to do with the poor evaluation and development of a player that was touted as a top talent. I just want to make sure that that is something Team Theo is not blamed for.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Latest guess is first pitch at 10:00pm CDT

    • Dorasaga

      Tks.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        You’re welcome … at this point, it will not be 10:00 for the first pitch. Nothing official yet.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    First pitch planned for 10:40pm CDT

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Play ball … first pitch at 10:42pm CDT – 3 hours and 37-minute delay

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Cubs lost 3-0 to Pirates Monday night/Tuesday morning – Travis
      Wood: 3R, 4H, BB, 2HBP, 9K, 5.2IP; Darwin Barney: 2-for-3; Cubs: 2H, 2BB, 0-for-3
      RISP, 2LOB

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney with a single in the third … 12 game hitting streak.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    It’s midnight and Wood just retired Tabata on a flyout to right to end the fifth.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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