Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 09/22/12

Game One Hundred Fifty-Two: Cubs (59-92) vs. Cardinals (80-71)
Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (6-12, 4.25/1.17) vs. Adam Wainwright (13-13, 3.97/1.26)

Weather permitting … The Cubs and Cardinals will square off for the next to last time in 2012. The Cubs pulled off an exciting win on Friday afternoon and will have their hands full with Adam Wainwright today. The Redbirds saw their lead for the second NL Wild Card diminish on Friday as the Brewers, Dodgers and Phillies all gained ground.

The Cubs have played decent ball against St. Louis this season. The Cubs are 5-2 in seven games against the Cardinals at Wrigley and 7-8 overall in the 15 matchups … with four of the seven wins coming in walk-off fashion.

In other newsDarwin Barney has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games and is unlikely to spend any time on the bench over the final 11 games of the season. Dale Sveum mentioned before Friday’s game that several of his regulars could see their playing time diminish down the stretch in order to for the organization to evaluate the younger players. Sveum said that he will continue to use his everyday lineup throughout the series with the Cardinals. Darwin Barney is not expected to receive any break down the stretch. Barney is not only hitting well but he enters play this afternoon five games short of Placido Polanco’s all-time single-season record to for the most consecutive games without an error by a second baseman. Polanco went 141 straight games without a mistake in a Tigers’ uniform in 2007.

This afternoon it all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood is coming off a loss to the Pirates … in the weird late night game last Monday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs and Pirates did not start the game until 10:40pm CDT and did not complete nine innings until 1:30am the next morning. Wood did not pitch badly but the offense gave him zero run support as they appeared to sleepwalk through nine innings. Wood allowed three runs in third … and that ended up being the only runs scored by either team. Wood took the loss after giving up the three runs on four hits with a walk, two hit batsmen and a career-high nine strikeouts.

After posting a 0-5 record in six starts in August with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP, Wood is 2-1 in his last four starts with a 2.16 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. Over his last 25 innings, Wood has struck out 22 batters while issuing only six free passes.

Travis Wood faces an old nemesis this afternoon. Wood is 0-2 in two starts against the Cardinals this season with an 11.45 ERA and 1.82 WHIP. The Cardinals lit him up the first two times they faced Wood this season, it will be interesting to see if Wood can make enough adjustments to be successful this afternoon.

For his career, Travis Wood is 2-2 in five starts against the Cardinals with a 5.64 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Carlos Beltran – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Matt Carpenter – 1-for-2 with a home run
  • Allen Craig – 2-for-7 with a home run
  • Daniel Descalso – 2-for-5 with a triple
  • David Freese – 2-for-4
  • Matt Holliday – 5-for-15 with a double and two home runs
  • Jon Jay – 5-for-9 with a double and two walks
  • Yadier Molina – 4-for-12 with a double and two home runs
  • Adam Wainwright – 0-for-1

After a rough start to the season (0-3 in four starts in April with a 7.32 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP), Adam Wainwright spent a majority of the summer being Adam Wainwright. Wainwright has bounced back well from Tommy John surgery and is 6-5 in his last 13 starts with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.

Adam Wainwright is coming off a no decision to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Wainwright allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings. The Cardinals won the game 5-2 and are 6-4 in the last ten games started by Adam Wainwright.

Over his last three starts, Wainwright is 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP and he’s pitched about the same on the road (4-7 in 14 games with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP) as he has at home (9-6 in 16 starts with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP) this season.

This afternoon will be Adam Wainwright’s fourth start of the season against the Cubs. Wainwright is 0-1 in the first three with a 6.60 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. For his career, Wainwright is 6-5 in 26 games, 17 starts, against the Cubs with a 4.42 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, Wainwright is a perfect 5-0 in 13 games, eight starts, with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Adam Wainwright

  • Darwin Barney – 5-for-11 with two doubles
  • Tony Campana – 1-for-2
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-12 with a walk
  • Steve Clevenger – 0-for-2
  • David DeJesus – 8-for-19 with three doubles, a triple and a home run
  • Bryan LaHair – 2-for-8 with a home run
  • Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 9-for-36 with four doubles, a triple and five walks
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Travis Wood – 1-for-1 with a home run

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