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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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • RynoTiger

    so 3B in 2013…what do you think the plans should be?
    a. Just give it to Vitters and let him sink or swim
    b. Platoon Vitters and someone?
    c. Sign a short term free agent and put Vitters at Iowa
    d. Make a trade
    e. Give Neil a glove and send him out there

    • Neil

      Vitters needs more time in the minors … so C. And thanks for E.

    • Tony_Hall

      I agree with Neil and think they will look for a 1 or 2 year contract on a free agent. Valbuena is more likely to be at 3B in April than Vitters.

    • RynoTiger

      According to mlbtraderumors here is the list of free agents at 3B:
      Third basemen
      Miguel Cairo (39)
      Eric Chavez (35)
      Mark DeRosa (38)
      Brandon Inge (36)
      Maicer Izturis (32)
      Jose Lopez (29)
      Placido Polanco (37) – $5.5MM mutual option with a $1MM buyout
      Mark Reynolds (29) – $11MM club option with a $500K buyout
      Scott Rolen (38)
      Ty Wigginton (35) – $4MM club option with a $500K buyout
      David Wright (30) – $16MM club option with a $1MM buyout
      Kevin Youkilis (34) – $13MM club option with a $1MM buyout

    • Tom U

      RynoTiger, I also believe a real dark horse candidate at third may be Greg Rohan.

  • Brp921

    It is cold today at Wrigley!

    • Neil

      Hope your having a good time

      • Brp921

        We’re fifty yards from home plate. Best seats I’ve ever had. Got them from a scalper at thirty bucks a piece.

        • Neil


          • Neil

            Vitters’ rough day continues …

          • Brp921

            That looked foul from my seat. What did the replay show?

          • Neil

            It was fair

          • Brp921

            Thanks Neil. It was a good game just the wrong team won.

          • Neil

            I’m glad you enjoyed

  • Neil

    Hey, the Cubs got a hit.

  • Tony_Hall

    Rizzo saves Barney…with his toe still hanging on the bag, again.

  • Neil

    Barney with another excellent play

  • Neil

    DeJesus with a dinger

    • Neil

      Cubs lost 5-4 to Cardinals in 10 on Saturday afternoon – Travis Wood: 3R, 2ER, 6H, 2BB, 7K, 5IP; David DeJesus: 1-for-5,HR; Sappelt: 1-for-3, RBI, BB; Starlin Castro: 1-for-3,2B,BB; Welington Castillo: 0-for-3,SF RBI; Alfonso Soriano: 1-for-4,2B,R

  • Neil

    Sappelt with a RBI single

  • Neil

    First blown save for Marmol since April 24

  • cubtex

    Rip- I have not posted in a long time and I saw you mentioned my talk of 100 lossses this year. It looks like they might avoid that. They should lose tomorrow which will give them 94 losses with 9 games left. They have 6 games on the road(and I know you have an idea what the Cubs road record is this year) Even though 3 are against the Rockies….they are still in Colorado and 3 in Arizona. Say they go 2-4 on the roadtrip. That is 98 losses with 3 to play at home against the lowly Astros. Cubs should win 2 out of 3 at least and probably finish with 99 losses. Team Victory!

    On another note…..How about some props to ARamis Ramirez on his year! He and Braun have carried the Brewers and they have won 24 out of their last 30 games.

    Aramis Ramirez stats…………….

    .299 Avg .363OBP 47 2B(Career High) 25HR and 96 RBI

    He’s had a hell of a year!

    • SuzyS

      Cubtex, I know you addressed this to Rip…but I just want to agree that Aram had a nice year. I wish the guy well…so long as he doesn’t impact the Cubs…(unlikely).
      As far as how many losses the Cubs end up with…to me, it doesn’t matter…I’d just like to see them get the highest draft pick possible at this point.
      I hope we never have to suffer through a season as bad as this again…in my lifetime.

      • Cubtex


  • Neil

    Vitters must catch that ball … Baseball 101, two hands.

  • Tony_Hall

    I think he was afraid of the wall. He should have located the wall then worked back, instead he kept moving towards it, looking tentative about running into it.

  • Neil

    He’s looked very tentative since the call-up. He’s not ready for this.

  • Tony_Hall

    This may be why he takes awhile when he moves up to the next level. An overall tentativeness until he gets comfortable.

    He will be enjoying Iowa in April, that’s for sure.

  • Neil

    It’s part of his maturity issues and work ethic as well. Many want to point fingers at external factors for his problems, but the bottom line is it is time for him to take charge of his own career.

  • coachdon

    If I was a 22 year old rookie that everybody seems to hate, I wouldn’t have much confidence either.

  • Dorasaga

    He seems to have talent. He’s not comfortable with hops and grounders, but made very good plays fielding liners, among a few other things he’s good at. I think he’ll never be a top 10, consistently good third baseman, such as Scot Rolen. With his skills, it’s worth the risk trying him at outfield.