Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 04/29/13

Game Twenty-Five: Cubs (9-15) vs. Padres (9-15)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 189/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jeff Samardzija (1-4, 3.03/1.10) vs. Clayton Richard (0-2, 7.94/2.00)

The Cubs open a 10-game, four team homestand tonight with the first of four against the Padres. The Cubs host the Reds over the weekend then play the Rangers in the makeup game from the postponement back on April 17. The homestand concludes with a pair against the Cardinals. Due to the makeup with the Rangers, the Cubs will play three different teams in a three-day span on this homestand.

After playing 16 of the first 24 on the road, 16 of the next 19 games are at Wrigley Field where the Cubs are 3-5 this season.

The Cubs split the six games against the Padres a year ago and will face an underachieving Padres team for the next four days. But the Padres are getting healthy and have won four straight since getting Carlos Quentin back from his eight-game suspension.

The Cubs struggling offense will have their hands full for the next four days. After tonight’s matchup of Jeff Samardzija and Clayton Richard, Edwin Jackson faces Edinson Volquez on Tuesday then Scott Feldman squares off against Andrew Cashner on Wednesday. Travis Wood and Eric Stults are scheduled to wrap up the series on Thursday afternoon. The Cubs will have to face a pair of righties they do not match up well against while the other two games will be started by lefties, the Cubs are 2-4 in games started by southpaws this season.

The offense must find a way to support Jeff Samardzija tonight. It is fair to say that Samardzija is the best four-loss starter in the big leagues. The Cubs have scored only 10 runs in Samardzija’s five starts.

Tonight all starts with Jeff Samardzija.

Jeff Samardzija is coming off his third quality start of the season … and his fourth loss. Samardzija made one mistake over six innings and it cost him the game. Todd Frazier launched a solo shot off Samardzija in the sixth, the third homer off Samardzija in two starts. Samardzija has not been as dominant in his last three outings as he was in his first 12 innings of the season. But he’s still been very, very good. It is rare to see a pitcher with Samardzija’s peripheral stats with four losses on his record.

In 32 2/3 innings this season, Samardzija has allowed just 26 hits with 39 strikeouts and only 10 walks.

Jeff Samardzija makes his third career start against the Padres tonight. Samardzija is 2-1 in four games, two starts, with a 2.20 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP … last season, 1-1 in two starts with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

Padres Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Yonder Alonso – 1-for-7
  • Alexi Amarista – 0-for-5
  • John Baker – 2-for-7 with a double and a walk
  • Everth Cabrera – 1-for-6 with a double
  • Chris Denorfia – 0-for-3
  • Jesus Guzman – 0-for-1
  • Chase Headley – 2-for-7 with a double and two walks
  • Nick Hundley – 0-for-2
  • Mark Kotsay – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Carlos Quentin – 3-for-5 with a double and a home run
  • Clayton Richard – 0-for-2
  • Will Venable – 0-for-3

Clayton Richard is off to a rough start to his season. Richard lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his last outing against the Brewers and allowed six runs, all earned, on six hits with two walks and a strikeout. Richard has allowed six and seven earned runs in two of his four starts while issuing more walks (11) than strikeouts (9) this season.

The former South Side southpaw is a better pitcher than his numbers this season indicate. The Cubs will have to be on top of their game tonight to beat him and the Padres.

Clayton Richard has had the Cubs’ number in two career starts. Richard is 2-0 with a 0.57 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. One of Richard’s two career complete game shutouts has come at the Cubs’ expense. Richard makes his second career start at Wrigley Field tonight (1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP)

Cubs Career Numbers against Clayton Richard

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-8
  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-7
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-6 with two walks
  • David DeJesus – 4-for-12
  • Scott Hairston – 3-for-6 with a home run
  • Dioner Navarro – 2-for-4
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-3
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Jeff Samardzija – 0-for-3
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-13
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk

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