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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