Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Braves – 04/06/13

Game Five: Cubs (2-2) vs. Braves (3-1)

  • Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
  • Location – Turner Field, Atlanta

Carlos Villanueva (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Julio Teheran (0-0, -.–/-.–)

The Cubs will try to get back in the win column tonight, and get the offense on track, against one of the top pitching prospects in the game. Even with the problems Carlos Marmol and Scott Feldman have had over the first four games, the Cubs pitching staff has done their job. But the offense, well that’s another story.

With a few exceptions, the Cubs are not hitting. Granted it was very cold in Pittsburgh and they ran into Mike Minor on Friday night, but as a team, they are not hitting … or taking their walks. As a team, the Cubs made A.J. Burnett work on Opening Day but since then, there have been a lot of swings early in at bats.

The Cubs must make Julio Teheran work tonight. Teheran figures to be amped up early on and if they make it easy on him, it will be a quick night and another loss. Tehran has pitched in only seven big league games, and tonight will be the fifth career Major League start for the 22-year old right hander.

For the third time in five games, a starting pitcher will make his Cubs’ debut. Carlos Villanueva must keep the ball down and limit his free passes, something he struggled with in the spring, or his first game in a Cubs’ uniform will have the same result as both Edwin Jackson and Scott Feldman.

A win tonight would ensure a .500 trip for the Cubs to start the season. Can Dale Sveum’s team pull out a win? It all starts with Carlos Villanueva.

Carlos Villanueva makes his Cubs’ debut tonight. Villanueva was expected to start the season in the Cubs’ pen but the injury to Matt Garza forced him into the starting rotation. Villanueva had a decent spring and the Cubs will be looking for him to give them innings tonight.

Last season with the Blue Jays, Villanueva posted a 7-7 record in 38 games, 16 starts, with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. As a starter, Villanueva was 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP (86 strikeouts and 25 walks in 92 innings).

Carlos Villanueva has had very little success against the Braves in his career. Villanueva is 1-2 in 10 games, one start, with a 7.20 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP … at Turner Field, 1-1 in six games, one start, with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Villanueva faced the Braves twice a year ago and was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP (no runs, three hits, three walks and two strikeouts in three innings).

Braves Career Numbers against Carlos Villanueva

  • Juan Francisco – 0-for-2
  • Freddie Freeman – 1-for-1 with a double
  • Jason Heyward – 0-for-2
  • Reed Johnson – 2-for-5
  • Chris Johnson – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Andrelton Simmons – 0-for-1
  • Dan Uggla – 2-for-8 with a double and three walks
  • Justin Upton – 0-for-5
  • B.J. Upton – 3-for-14 with a double

The Cubs will get their first look at the top pitching prospect in the Braves’ organization. Julio Teheran has pitched in just seven big leagues games over two seasons with the Braves. Teheran has excellent stuff but reportedly does not throw as hard as he once did by design. Teheran now sits in the low 90s with his fastball (90-93) and throws an above-average change up in the 79-81 mph range with excellent depth and fade.

The Cubs offense must make Teheran work early on. And see if they can take advantage of the 22-year old before he gets comfortable on the mound.

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  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Daytona – Austin Kirk (9-3, 3.12)
    Tennessee – Eric Jokisch (10-6, 3.11)
    Iowa – Brooks Raley (6-10, 3.58)

    Kane Co. currently losing 9-5 in the top of the 7th. Oliver Zapata a 2-run homer 2-3, 3 RBI. Jose Arias 6 ER in 1.2 innings

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus 0 CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Schierholtz – RF
    Castillo – C
    Valbuena – 3B
    Gonzalez – 2B
    Villanueva – P

  • triple

    It’s not good when the Cubs face someone with a good change up. Probably alot of foolish looking swings tonight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.cox.5621 Ryan Cox

    the cubs lineup should be..

    dejesus
    valbuena
    rizzo
    soriano
    castro
    schierholtz
    castillo
    gonzalez

    castro has to be in an RBI spot with this team or else they won’t win at all

    • matthew8510

      actually lineup should be the whole yankees team but hey ill settle for this lineup

    • Ray Ray

      The issue is that they don’t have a lead off hitter on the team or AAA for that matter(boy Michael Bourne) would have been nice at 10 mil per year. No #2 hitter. The team is extremely flawed with no team speed, no situational hitters and very little power. Get used to seeing alot of shutouts and 1 run scoring games.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Still hung up on Bourn Ray? He would look good and now that we seem to be exceeding expectations it may have been worth getting him. But who knows, maybe we’ll be buying at the deadline rather than selling.

    • Tony_Hall

      Didn’t you already post this in this thread?

      Since they have 2 wins already, I don’t think you are right that they won’t win at all.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Dodger dealt Aaron Harang to Rockies for DFA’d catcher Ramon Hernandez.

    And to think the Cubs would have traded Marmol and cash!

    • Tony_Hall

      The Rockies are hoping for a better return in a trade for Harang than what they were getting in Hernandez, so they bought themselves 10 more days for the $1.55M, yet they have no intention of paying Harang at all.

      The reason you don’t get it and the reason you think it was Jed like, is it was so smart most people don’t understand it.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Harang is injured. He gave up 3 HRs, 28 H and 9 BB in 18 ST IP, and had an ERA of 8.20.

        We’ll see how smart this move is within 10 days.

        • Tony_Hall

          The Red Sox are one team that is already interested.

          SP’s that can get outs are pretty scarce once we get into the season.

          • Ripsnorter1

            That’s the key phrase, “Starting pitchers WHO CAN GET OUTS.”

            I don’t think he can anymore.

          • Vivid_Reality

            He pitched 170 innings of 3.60 era ball in each of the last two seasons. He might not be great but he can still get outs and be a serviceable 4th/5th starter for someone.

          • Ripsnorter1

            That’s the last two years. We are talking about 2013. He’s hurt.

          • Tony_Hall

            Not seeing where he is hurt….

          • Ripsnorter1

            He flunked Cubs’ physical. ST numbers were awful. Then today Jesse Rodgers spoke about his lower back injury.

          • Tony_Hall

            What Cubs physical? And if Jesse Rogers is reporting it, then it must be true. I am looking at fantasy baseball websites, that report when a pitcher has a hangnail and not seeing it.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Oh. I am sorry. I thought you knew that there was a deal…Marmol for Harang. Harang flunked the physical. It was reported by Neil on the CCO.

          • Vivid_Reality

            Marmol for Haren

          • RynoTiger

            Marmol for Haren?…no you have it wrong..I’m pretty sure it was Marmol for The Undertaker but Undertaker failed his physical because his hips and knees are really bad due to all the bumps he’s taken in the ring.

          • HHH

            and tomorrow chicago’s very own; CM Punk becomes victim number 20 at Wrestlemania!
            where’s HBK when we need him!

          • Bredstik

            Undertaker 21-0!

          • Tony_Hall

            Dan Haren…..please try to keep up if you are going to be this negative about every move.

          • Vivid_Reality

            I was really curious where he was going with the Marmol and cash angle. That didn’t make any sense at all.

          • Tony_Hall

            Normally Rip is right on, he got mixed up on this one, like we all do from time to time.

  • Tom U

    Kane Co. loses 13-10 in 11 innings. Oliver Zapata was the hero, with a two-run triple in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score. Zapata ended up 3-6, with a triple, home run and 5 RBI.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another nice at bat from Schierholtz

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another excellent throw from Castillo

  • Tony_Hall

    I think Castillo is going to get a reputation, really quick.

    Check Catcher….another building block is confirmed!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Olney reported this week that A.J. Ellis has liked what he has seen from Castillo.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Hell yeah! I was thinking the same. How old is Schierholtz? Could he turn into a building block? Or his age going to just make him a trade piece for other building blocks?

      • Tony_Hall

        I think Schierholtz was brought in with the hope he can hold RF until Soler is ready.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          What about Schierholtz in left? Or is that where Almora will be?

          • Tony_Hall

            Almora will be in CF. Short term maybe, if he performs, but by the time Soler comes up, they will trade him if he has any value.

  • Tony_Hall

    Upton has looked good to start the year.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I would not throw him another strike the rest of the weekend

      • Tony_Hall

        He is streaky, so I would agree. I might let Samardzija challenge him, but not with a base open.

  • Ray Ray

    What is it with all these 3-0 green lights for the Braves? Uggla swinging on 3-0 to lead off inning? Thank you!

    • Tony_Hall

      My son’s 2nd game today (freshman level HS) ended today with a man on 3rd, with the other teams batter hitting a lazy fly ball for the last out in a 1 run game on a 3-0 count.

      • Bredstik

        My son’s freshman HS game ended today with them losing on a walk off balk.

        Just when you think you’ve seen it all with the Cubs…

  • Tony_Hall

    Nice job by Villanueva against Upton, very good approach.

  • Tony_Hall

    Nice way to get in the hit column for Valbuena.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Power of The Valbuena

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a dinger

  • Ray Ray

    An offensive explosion.

  • RynoTiger

    I’ve figured out what Rizzo’s problem is..he’s off balance because of the hair..it’s too curly..too much weight.he needs the short buzzed hair again…Soriano needs a lighter bat and Rizzo needs lighter hair..it all makes sense

  • Tony_Hall

    I have liked what I have seen from Schierholtz so far offensively and defensively.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Totally agree, he’s dialed in. If he keeps it up who knows, he may work himself into the plans rather than simply being a deadline trade piece.

  • Tony_Hall

    And I have mentioned I like Castillo.

  • Tony_Hall

    This AA team is fun to watch, almost as fun as the actual AA team.

    • Ray Ray

      It is fun to win….isn’t it?

      • Tony_Hall

        Especially with a AA team against one of the best teams in the NL.

        So maybe we should trade off Baez and Soler to get a short term 3B to fill the hole….then we can win a few more games this year.

    • Ray Ray

      See what good pitching can do? Teheran was hanging everything tonight and Villanueva has been great! You still think Villanueva will go to pen once Garza comes back? As I said, 3 more starts for Feldman and he is 1st to go.

      • Tony_Hall

        Villaneuva has won the 1st round, but Villanueva is the more likely pitcher to go the bullpen. I like Villanueva better, but their roles are better if Feldman is the 5th and Villanueva is in the pen.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I like Villanueva starting because it will showcase him more. I think his ceiling may allow a better haul at deadline time.

          • Ray Ray

            Totally agree with that statement! Villanueva will have more value than Feldman at trade deadline because he is a better starter. Keep him there and hope he has a good 1st half.

          • triple

            Exactly!

        • Ray Ray

          Friendly wager? Villanueva is clearly a better starter. Look at past numbers. No comparison.

          • Tony_Hall

            I hope they keep whoever pitches better in the rotation, but past history says Feldman and his 102 starts in 205 games is the starter over Villaneuva and his 56 starts in 301 games.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Villanueva has looked good at spots. He was downright nasty in the 4th…

  • Ripsnorter1

    Villanueva is humming tonight. He’s a good pickup by the Cubs.

    That’s right: I said he’s a good pickup, unlike Feldman and Volstad.

    • Tony_Hall

      Stop the presses….Rip had a positive comment, that he then ended with his normal negativity.

    • Vivid_Reality

      I think Feldman is a good pickup but only if he is the swingman out of the pen. I always liked Villanueva more and I hope his performance keeps him in the rotation until the trade deadline.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Quit making fun of us Rip! You don’t mean it… :)

      • Ripsnorter1

        I mean it. Villanueva was a fine pickup. Jed or Theo or somebody–maybe they were asleep as they did it–made a decent move.

  • Ray Ray

    Friendly scorer tonight. That was an error on Heyward in 1st and that was an error on Castro.

    • Vivid_Reality

      I don’t think that should have been an error. Len was right, that was a do or die play and with the aggressive bounce that ball took I don’t think more than 2 or 3 shortstops in the league make that play.

      • Ray Ray

        He should have fielded it and if Upton beat the throw then it is a base hit. He took his eye off the grounder and dropped it. It would have been a bang bang play but that would be scored an error in most parks.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      You can’t call an error on a diving catch…

      • Ray Ray

        that was a stumble. He should have caught that easily.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent outing for Villanueva

    • Tony_Hall

      I agree. This rotation and bullpen will keep this team competitive, if only the offense can produce even average results.

  • Tony_Hall

    Cafe patron: You know, they could be a lot worse.

    [Cuts to construction site]

    Construction worker: You know, these guys aren’t so fxxxing bad.

    [Cuts to groundskeepers]

    Groundskeeper #1: [In Japansese] They’re still shxxxy.
    Groundskeeper #2: Hai

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Refreshing to see teaching in the dugout. Like with Rizzo after being called out at the plate. Just like ol’ Sweet Lou used to do it right? Lol

  • Aaron

    I know it’s not rocket science but Cubs won’t score bases loaded no outs…just sayin’

    • Ray Ray

      yep

  • Tony_Hall

    Just like at 1B, he should have ran through home plate, he would have been safe.

  • Aaron

    LOL…different year, same sucky offense…at least we got 5 runs prior to that though

  • Guest

    “A well designed run and hit play.” You’ll never convince me those are less than 95% luck…

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      They make the call, but the design part is luck with a hitter like Gonzalez.

  • Ray Ray

    This is the first I have seen Fujikawa. What do you think he weighs? A buck 45?

    • Tony_Hall

      It says 189, but I think someone else was stepping on the back of the scale.

      • Ray Ray

        haha.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    It was a difficult play but Gonzalez mishandled another ball

    • Tony_Hall

      He has shown me that he is that great defensively.

  • Ray Ray

    Castillo has some work to do on blocking pitches.

    • Tony_Hall

      Didn’t that ball hit the plate?

      • Ray Ray

        He tried to backhand it instead of dropping to his knees to keep it in front of him

  • Denver Mike

    Fujikawa gave up his first hit, trade him while his value is high!

    • Tony_Hall

      Wouldn’t that have been right before he gave up the hit??

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    DeSchaies is kind of Captain Obvious… Tonight’s my first time listening to him but that’s my early impression.

  • Aaron

    yes, this is the same replay I’ve seen. Cubs lose, bottom of the 9th…J Upton hits a bomb off Marmol? I dunno, does it matter.

    Tony and others would say I’m just being negative, but I’ve seen this before. Goodnight all

    • Tony_Hall

      Not just, just usually.

    • texcubnut

      Once again, right on the money, Aaron. It’s unfortunate that others , blindly, cannot see this or will not accept this. Others will say, yes but, wait until 2014 or 2015, and things will be different. I hope so. I just don’t see it at this point…..at all. Ihave been a Cub fan since 1958. I’m old and I hope to see the Cubs become a great and competetive organization and this front office have sustained success. But you’ll have to excuse me if after 55 years, I’m just a little skeptical. Goodnight Aaron, goodnight Neil and goodnight all. May tomorrow be better.

      • triple

        Well I think part of the reason most of the positive people here preaching that it will be better by 2014 or ’15 is partly due to the Cubs getting out of the little remaining bad contracts (Marmol and Soriano) and there should be some good prospects ready for the big leagues by then. Without big money tied up in contracts, they can spend some money for better free agents to fill in the holes. If they spend some of that money now, it will handcuff us for the future. After another season or two, it will be easy to identify what needs are remaining (should be more minimal needs by then, not like the many this team has now), and spend money to take care of them.

      • Tony_Hall

        Ummmm. Aaron is all for the rebuild….

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    That at bat by Francisco…

    You can tell they’ve been working with him on being patient and looking for his pitch. And it all went quickly out the window when he stepped into the box!

  • Ray Ray

    Wow! Get Marmol up. Wait……did I really just say that? :)

    • Ray Ray

      Unbelievable!

  • Ripsnorter1

    GET FUKIKAWA OUT OF THE CLOSER’S ROLE!!!

    LOL

    GET MARMOL BACK IN THERE!!

    What are these guys, nuts?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Well now…with Marmol coming on to close, the Braves have a chance.

    • Tony_Hall

      It amazes me how you seem to be happier when the Cubs struggle.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I listened to Jessie Rodgers and Bruce Levine arguing about FujiKawa today. Rodgers:”Let Fujikawa close. He was hired to close.” Levine: “Marmol must be showcased.” It was fun to listen.

        • Ray Ray

          Its not as easy to close here as it is in Japan says captain obvious

  • Ray Ray

    That was a nice play by Gonzalez

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yes it was

  • Ray Ray

    I have a good feeling about Marmol tonight. Put the W in the books.

    • Denver Mike

      You and me both, just a hunch but we need the 2010 Marmol tonight.

      • Denver Mike

        Brutal

  • Tony_Hall

    Fasten your seat belts folks…

    • Ray Ray

      sit back and relax. this will be easy tonight.

      • Tony_Hall

        I hope you are right, but I doubt it.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Walk off home runs are easy.

      • Tony_Hall

        So much for your feeling tonight.

        • Ray Ray

          damn!

    • Bredstik

      Once the older Upton tied it, I called that the young one would win it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tintin.rex.73 TinTin Rex

    Time for that Def Leppard Song…..
    H Y S T E R I A

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Cubs have 13 hits tonight.

    THE N.I.V. CUBS!!

  • Tony_Hall

    Right down the middle….good hitters don’t miss those very often.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tintin.rex.73 TinTin Rex

      mediocre ones either

  • http://www.facebook.com/tintin.rex.73 TinTin Rex

    That was fast…

  • Ray Ray

    Too bad for Villanueva. He deserved a W!

    • Ripsnorter1

      Exactly.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yes he did

  • Ripsnorter1

    Levine laughed at the idea that the Cubs should move Marmol to the 7th inning until he gets his act together.

    I laugh at Bruce Levine.

    • Tony_Hall

      I agree, he needs to go to the 7th before Camp and Russell, but that was before Fujikawa’s night tonight.

  • Ray Ray

    Seeing Soriano catch that in left has me questioning why Sappelt wouldn’t be in left for defense up a run in the 9th?

  • Ray Ray

    Wow!

  • Tony_Hall

    There will be no talking with Aaron tomorrow…

  • Aaron

    uh oh….look who called it again :)

    Aaron • 30 minutes ago

    yes, this is the same replay I’ve seen. Cubs lose, bottom of the 9th…J Upton hits a bomb off Marmol? I dunno, does it matter.

    Tony and others would say I’m just being negative, but I’ve seen this before. Goodnight all

    • Tony_Hall

      Make that there will be no talking with Aaron tonight…

    • Tony_Hall

      Not sure if you called it or were the jinx that caused it.

  • BosephHeyden

    If the words out of Sveum’s mouth in this press conference have anything to do with Marmol still being the closer after this game, then he has no business managing anyone. The team doesn’t have an ace, it really doesn’t need a closer: just let the best guy pitch the 9th until he’s not the best anymore. That’s clearly not Marmol, and it hasn’t been for about a year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 6-5 to Braves on Saturday night – Carlos
    Villanueva: 1R, 6H (HR), 2BB, HBP, 6K in 6.2 IP (92 pitches, 60 strikes) … Carlos Marmol gave up HRs to B.J. and Justin Upton in the 9th. Kyuji Fujikawa allowed three runs in the 8th … Rizzo: 2-5, HR, 2RBI; Schierholtz: 2-5, RBI, 2B, R; Castillo: 2-5, RBI, SB; Valbuena: 2-4, HR, BB

  • Ray Ray

    Alright. Marmol will have no value to anyone if you keep him as closer. No team will give you anything for him. He will be a morale buster to the team so put Fujikawa there and see if he does better. As Jim Bowden said….Fujikawa will have more value to a team looking for a closer at the trade deadline than Marmol will. If Fujikawa does well….trade him instead of Marmol.

    • Tony_Hall

      Marmol is no longer a closer. This is just another example of why you don’t give relievers multi-year contracts. He needs to move to much earlier in the game. Rondon and Bowden have looked far better.

      • Ray Ray

        Even though Fujikawa didn’t impress me one bit tonight. He was an accomplished closer in Japan. He is 38. Put him there and if he does well you will have a trade chip.

        • triple

          I agree.

  • No Joy in Mudville

    well………let’s hope when ricketts lets the team try to win (someday) that theo and jed are any good at putting together a good team as much as they are freakin’ GREAT a puttin’ a BAD team together.
    today is gonna go on all year; lousy bullpen and an offense that should score 7-8-10 runs scores 5.
    so begins the run to 100 loses.