Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 09/28/12

Game One Hundred Fifty-Seven: Cubs (59-97) vs. Diamondbacks (78-78)
Game Time – 8:40pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188/914
Location – Chase Field, Phoenix

Travis Wood (6-12, 4.23/1.18) vs. Ian Kennedy (14-11, 4.14/1.30)

It’s the last Friday of the season and the Cubs will spend the final weekend of the 2012 campaign in Phoenix taking on the Diamondbacks. The Cubs are 3-3 in the six games versus Arizona this season.

The Cubs enter play tonight 0-16 on the road against teams in the NL West (11-4 at Wrigley Field) and have been swept by all five NL West teams on the road for the first time in the franchise’s history. The Cubs lost all three at Dodger Stadium, were swept in a four-game series in San Francisco, lost all three at Chase Field in June, were swept in a three-game series in San Diego in August and dropped all three in the recently completed series in Denver.

After tonight’s matchup of Travis Wood and Ian Kennedy, Justin Germano will face Trevor Cahill in his last start of the year on Saturday. Chris Rusin will take the hill one more time in 2012 in Sunday’s finale against Josh Collmenter.

Darwin Barney has a chance to set an all-time single-season record tonight. Barney enters play tied with Placido Polanco for the most consecutive games played at second base without an error in a single-season. Barney tied Polanco’s record on Thursday afternoon with his 141st straight game without committing an error.

Tonight it all begins with Travis Wood

Travis Wood has pitched rather well over his last ten starts and is coming off a no decision against the Cardinals. Wood gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in five innings. Wood allowed an error by Josh Vitters to get under his skin and run up his pitch count. Wood departed after five innings with his team down 3-1. The Cubs scored three in the sixth but Carlos Beltran took Carlos Marmol deep in the ninth and the Cubs dropped the second game of the series in 10 innings.

Travis Wood is 2-1 in his last five starts with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Over his last five starts, 30 innings, Wood has walked eight while striking out 29 and allowing 22 hits. Wood figures to be a lock for the rotation next season but he still has two starts this year and a lot of work to do in the off-season.

Travis Wood missed the Diamondbacks at Wrigley and in Phoenix earlier in the season. Wood is 1-2 in three career starts against Arizona with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP … at Chase Field, 1-1 in two starts with a 5.56 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Willie Bloomquist – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Chris Johnson – 2-for-12 with a double
  • Ian Kennedy – 0-for-1
  • Miguel Montero – 2-for-2 with a double
  • Cody Ransom – 1-for-5
  • Justin Upton – 2-for-7 with a walk
  • Chris Young – 3-for-9 with a double

While Ian Kennedy had a lot to do with the D-Backs winning the NL West a year ago, his performance this season is one of the big reasons that Arizona’s season will end on Wednesday. Kennedy was a spectacular 21-4 in 33 starts last year with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP … and the seven-game difference would put Arizona firmly in the mix for a spot in the post-season this year.

Kennedy is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies. Kennedy allowed four runs on nine hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings. Kennedy is 2-0 in his last four starts with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP and 8-4 in his last 14 starts with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

Ian Kennedy has struggled at Chase Field this season (7-3 in 13 starts with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP) and will face the Cubs for the third time tonight. Kennedy is 0-1 in the first two with a 10.61 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP. Kennedy allowed five runs on 10 hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings at Chase Field on June 23 then the Cubs put up a six spot on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five innings at Wrigley back on July 18. For his career, Kennedy is 1-2 in five starts against the Cubs with a 7.34 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Ian Kennedy

  • Darwin Barney – 3-for-7
  • Adrian Cardenas – 2-for-2
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-13 with a double and a triple
  • Steve Clevenger – 1-for-3 with a double
  • David DeJesus – 4-for-10 with two doubles and two walks
  • Bryan LaHair – 0-for-6
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 6-for-11 with a double and three home runs
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Travis Wood – 0-for-1

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • Aaron

    Question for everyone on yet another meaningless gameday…

    Who would be on your 2013 25-man roster (using only those in the system or free agency…but no trades allowed, though you can keep Cubs off the roster that you would trade, just don’t include players you’d hope to get back for any player)?

    Here’s mine…

    Vizcaino (because he’d be done with rehab next spring hopefully)
    Edwin Jackson

    Marmol (only if we can’t trade him for a decent return)
    Cabrera (though I might try him in the rotation with his electric arm and starting experience if they sign League or Adams)

    C-Castillo, Clevenger
    2B-Barney, Cardenas/Watkins
    3B-Vitters, Youkilis/Rolen
    LF-Delmon Young
    CF-B Jackson, Campana (hopefully he adds muscle this winter)
    RF-Swisher, Lake

    • coachdon

      I like a lot of what you have going there. But I think Valbuena will be the lefty infield bench guy instead of Cardenas. Obviously the braintrust does not like AC. I also don’t think the FO will allow Vitters anywhere near the Majors unless he just kills it at Iowa for a couple months. I think Lake will also start at Iowa and Sappelt will be given every opportunity to be Reed Johnson for a year. Dolis may get a shot instead of one of the FA relievers. What is Delmon Young’s status for next year as of now? Perhaps an Upton takes that spot? Swisher would be a major upgrade over DeJesus, in my opinion. I’d take what you’ve offered but I’m trying to read Epstein’s trends into it. Oh, by the way, it sounds like Vizcaino will only be allowed around 100 innings next year so maybe T. Wood or someone starts the season in the rotation and Vizcaino replaces him around the end of June, gives him more time to get ready that way and saves his innings.

    • carmelo

      Valbuena as a LHH middle infield sub is way ahead of Cardenas—remember he is a shortstop by trade, therefore let him back-up ss/2b/3b. Cardenas cannot do that. Don’t see Vizcaino throwing too many innings coming off injury—I think he’ll be a stud, but not in 2013.

    • carmelo

      Also, let’s throw Jon Garland into the mix. Sat out entire year, minor surgery on shoulder—when healthy 175-200 inning guy.

    • Dorasaga

      I want to see Vitters play more left field. If his approaches both on the field and at the plate improve, he can be a call-up around July.

      I haven’t seen enough of Cardenas, but he’ll most likely play third base. Youkilis and Rolen are not answers for a World Series team. If they can agree to a two-year contract, that’ll be bargain, or else, better leave the spot for the young ones to play.

      Scott Hairston, FA at age-33, can play all over the field. That means they won’t need another utility infielder, plenty and too much in the system and witnessed by us on this current roster.

      Swisher is a tough call, and at what price? 4 years 70M? He’s worth a shot if they believe contention with a playoff team is coming very soon.

      The best FA pitchers will be Greinke and Anibal Sanchez, then Dempster, Jackson, Matsuzaka, McCarthy, Jon Sanchez*, or Wolf*. For stopgap, Dempster, McCarthy, and Wolf will do. Other players will demand a big contract.


      It’s all about risk management. I believe the moneyball character, former GM Depodesta, brought this up: We pay for five years on a free agent, we should feel lucky to get more than 3 full years of service, after we added up that paced-out month or two without DL.

      It’s just the reality. With the risk involved, a longer contract always seems like an overpay. It isn’t always an overpay. While there’s NO JUSTIFICATION of a huge contract to eat away a team’s fiscal health in the long term, like Fonzieriano, I can see why a team be willing to sacrifice the bad years when a veteran turns 36, for the immediate years coming next.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Why doesn’t the “braintrust” dislike Adrian Cardenas?

    • Neil

      Travis Wood walks Ian Kennedy …

  • Ripsnorter1

    FA pitchers….Jake Peavy is up for bid this winter.

    I don’t want him necessarily. His 2nd half ERA is 4.05

  • Neil

    Sappelt with a two-run homer

    • Neil

      Wood walks Kennedy again

  • Dorasaga

    Good move to first base by Russell, caught Eaton on the basepath.

    • Neil

      Rundown went 1-3-6-3-4-2

  • Dorasaga

    And just like that, Barney errored. His streak stands at 141. (See Neil below).

    • Neil

      It was 141, tied for the longest in big league history for a second baseman in a single-season

      • Dorasaga

        Thank you. Regardless of the result (such as an error), it’s been a good game so far.

        • Neil

          Any time.

  • RynoTiger

    the Dback announcers are D*bags.

  • Neil

    Darwin Barney was charged with a throwing error in the 8th
    inning of Friday’s game. Barney’s errorless streak ended at 141 games.

    • brent carmona

      NOOOOOOOOOOO……..why….just why.

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 8-3 to D-Backs on Friday night – Travis Wood:
    5R,5H,3BB,2K,5IP; Starlin Castro: 3-for-4,2B,RBI; Alfonso Soriano: 1-for-1,R,3BB; Dave Sappelt: