Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 04/11/13

Game Nine: Cubs (3-5) vs. Giants (6-3)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Scott Feldman (0-1, 7.771/1.93) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 8.44/2.06)

Weather permitting … The Cubs will get back to work this afternoon after an unscheduled day off on Wednesday. Dale Sveum’s team opens a four-game series today against the defending World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs were just 1-6 in the seven games with the Giants last season.

With Wednesday’s postponement, Dale Sveum decided to push back all of his starters by a day and keep his rotation in order.

The Cubs’ struggling offense will not catch a break over the next four games. After Scott Feldman faces Ryan Vogelsong this afternoon, Carlos Villanueva is scheduled to take on Matt Cain on Friday while Jeff Samardzija will square off against lefty Madison Bumgarner on Saturday. The four game series ends on Sunday with Edwin Jackson opposing Tim Lincecum.

Scott Feldman is in need of a good outing this afternoon. Feldman has not pitched well in quite some time and carried his poor performances from the end of last year into Spring Training then into the regular season against the Braves. Feldman has not posted a win since beating the Royals in Kansas City on August 4. Feldman is 0-5 in those 11 starts while his teams are 0-11.

Can the Cubs post wins in consecutive games?

Scott Feldman’s first start in a Cubs’ uniform was extremely forgettable. Scott Feldman struggled with both his command and control and kept Welington Castillo moving behind the plate. Feldman carried his rough spring into his first start. In 4 2/3 innings, Feldman issued four walks, hit a batter and uncorked two wild pitches. The Braves scored all four of their runs against Feldman on five hits.

Scott Feldman has the stuff to be successful in the big leagues, but he appears to be battling himself as well as his control. It will be interesting to see if the extra day has helped Feldman get on track.

This afternoon marks the third time Scott Feldman will start a game against the Giants. In regular season games, Feldman has never beaten San Francisco and owns a 0-3 record in four games, two starts, with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Feldman faced the Giants last June 9 at AT & T Park. Feldman took the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts … the seven strikeouts set a season-high for Feldman, he matched it again on August 15 in the Bronx.

Scott Feldman makes his first ever start at Wrigley Field this afternoon.

Giants Career Numbers against Scott Feldman

  • Brandon Belt – 0-for-2
  • Gregor Blanco – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Brandon Crawford – 0-for-2
  • Angel Pagan – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Hunter Pence – 4-for-8 with three doubles and a walk
  • Buster Posey – 0-for-3
  • Pablo Sandoval – 1-for-6
  • Marco Scutaro – 4-for-10
  • Ryan Vogelsong – 1-for-2

Ryan Vogelsong is one of the main reasons the Giants are defending World Series Champions. Vogelsong stepped up in the postseason after posting a 14-9 record in 31 starts with a 3.37 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP last year. Vogelsong has quietly become one of the more reliable starters in NL over the past two years since returning from Japan.

Vogelsong is coming off a rare bad outing. The Cardinals beat up on Vogelsong in his first start of the season. Vogelsong was charged with five runs on nine hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

The Cubs have really struggled with Vogelsong since his return to the majors. Ryan Vogelsong owns a 4-5 record in 15 games, nine starts, against the Cubs with a 5.73 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP, but most of that damage was done while he was with the Pirates. After posting a 2-1 record in three starts with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP against the Cubs in 2011, Vogelsong beat the Cubs the only time he faced them last season (two runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts in seven innings). Vogelsong is 2-3 in eight career appearances, five starts, at Wrigley with a 6.23 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP … but again, those numbers are skewed because Vogelsong is not the same pitcher he was back in 2006.

Cubs Career Numbers against Ryan Vogelsong

  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-13 with a triple
  • Steve Clevenger – 1-for-3
  • David DeJesus – 0-for-6
  • Scott Feldman – 0-for-1
  • Scott Hairston – 2-for-3
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-4
  • Alfonso Soriano – 5-for-12 with a home run and a walk

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  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Daytona – Starling Peralta (0-0, 0.00)
    Iowa – Brooks Raley (0-1, 9.00)

    Tennessee is currently tied with Chattanooga 1-1 in the top of the fourth. Justin Bour waled and came home on Christian Villaneuva’s double. Villanueva was out at third trying to stretch it into a triple. Albert Cabrera 3 K’s through four innings.

    The game between Kane Co. and Wisconsin has been postponed due to rain in Appleton.

  • Neil

    Darwin Barney to rehab at Class AAA Iowa this weekend. Will have stitches removed on Friday, play Sat – Mon with Iowa and activated on Tuesday

  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Schierholtz – RF
    Castillo – C
    Valbuena – 3B
    Lillibridge – 2B
    Feldman – P

  • Neil

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  • Neil

    Jorge Soler received a 5-game suspension for his actions on Wednesday night

    • Tom U

      Baseball in America is a game of etiquette and unwritten rules. While the heat is on, don’t look for anything else to happen. But this is probably not the end of this.

  • Neil

    Rizzo with a two-run shot

  • calicub

    I just started watching the game, Feldman seems to have done alright through three. Vogelsong is missing missing missing. Good day to beat the Giants

    • calicub

      I jinxed it i’m sorry

  • Neil

    Good time for Lillibridge, his first hit of the season …
    two-run single

  • Neil

    From ESPN: Anthony Rizzo has 4 multi-RBI games this season, tied with Chris Davis and John Buck for the most in the majors.

  • John_CC

    Castro extends the inning. Was the single to Lillibridge misplayed?

    • calicub

      It would have been close either way but on replay he gave up far too erly

  • calicub

    Lillibridge wiffed on that one

  • EqDoc

    If the management could get a boat load of prospects or a top notch starting pitcher, I think we should trade Castro. I just don’t think he is ever going to focus enough to cut down on the errors…

    • John_CC

      I’m losing patience with his defense at SS. It’s his 4th season, he isn’t a rookie any more.

    • Bredstik

      I agree. I felt they should have considered the Castro/Upton deal that was rumored before he was traded to Atlanta.

    • calicub

      I feel what your saying but Len and J.D. made a good point that with the weather none of the players were able get warmed up in the field

    • gary3411

      Should have 2 offseason’s ago. Too late now everyone knows he can’t take a pitch or concentrate. Improvement is all we can hope for, havn’t gotten it yet in 4 years (slightly on defense).

    • paulcatanese

      Won’t focus as long as he has sunflower seeds.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I really don’t think he sticks there long term. Baez will push him to third or second. Probably third.

      • gary3411

        Baez 4 errors already this year too.

  • SomeGuy27

    As much as he’s been maligned on this board, Darwin Barney can’t come back soon enough. Just on defense alone Lillibridge and Gonzalez have extended innings and cost at least 7 runs this season through eight games.

    • SomeGuy27

      Just to clarify, I know Castro booted the ball this last inning, it’s more about the missed tags, non-error drops, and not making plays that I’m talking about

    • calicub

      agreed. I’ll take his light hitting bat and golden glove defense over Lillibridge and gonzalez.

      With Stewart and Barney coming back soon I’d rather they simply cut Lillibrige and let gonzalez linger as the back up

  • Neil

    Sloppy, sloppy inning. That is the third time in two starts,
    second today, that Feldman has not covered first base in time.

    • SomeGuy27

      I’ll never understand why some pitchers can’t master PFP’s. Other than run, its practically all you do in Spring Training and during position time during the season. I still have dreams with shouts of GET OVER! echoing across the field…The difference is in those dreams I’m dressed like the San Diego Chicken and the field is made of pudding.

      • SomeGuy27

        Wait! that chicken thing was last Friday night. Never mind.

  • Neil

    Feldman does not qualify for a win … lifted with one out in
    the fifth

  • Neil

    Now Feldman is in line for a loss

  • gary3411

    Starlin Castro Walk Watch: 0 in 38 PA’s. But he did work a count to 3-1 today!

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  • Neil

    Soriano with his first extra basehit of the season

  • Neil

    Russell strikes out the side in the ninth

  • John_CC


  • Neil

    Cubs lost 7-6 to Giants on Thursday afternoon – Scott Feldman: 6R, 2ER, 7H, 3BB, 3K, HBP, E in 4.1 IP (92 pitches, 56 strikes) … Castro: 2-5, 2B, R, E; Rizzo: 1-5, HR, 2RBI; Schierholtz: 3-4, 2R, SB; Castillo: 2-4, R

  • ben

    i know they had plenty of missed oppurtunities today and errors or misplays…but is anyone aggravated about the strike zone kerwin danley had?

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