Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 04/24/13

Game Twenty: Cubs (6-13) vs. Reds (12-9)

  • Game Time – 11:35am CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 189/844
  • Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Jeff Samardzija (1-3, 3.38/0.98) vs. Mat Latos (0-0, 2.73/1.14)

Weather permitting … The Cubs and Reds square off this afternoon for the rubber match of the three-game series. The Cubs have outplayed the Reds over the first two games. But missed opportunities, three blown leads and 29 strikeouts over the first two games have the Cubs looking for their second series victory of the season.

Dioner Navarro should be behind the plate this afternoon with the early start after a night game. Welington Castillo has also caught all 23 innings and he had his four worst at bats of the season on Tuesday (0-for-4 with four strikeouts).

On paper today’s pitching match-up should be a good one … and there could be a lot of strikeouts this afternoon with Jeff Samardzija and Mat Latos on the hill.

Can the Cubs win back-to-back games for the first time this year?

Jeff Samardzija is coming off his third loss of the season. While his final line against the Brewers does not look that good (five runs, four earned, on six hits, two home runs, one walk and four strikeouts in seven innings), Samardzija settled down after a four-run first inning and allowed just one run over his final six innings of work. Samardzija may have not started off too well, but he finished very strong and showed just how much he has matured as a pitcher.

After striking out 13 Braves back on April 7 in Atlanta, Samardzija has struck out a combined nine batters in his last two starts. While the strikeout numbers might not be as impressive, Samardzija has walked only two batters in his last two starts. For the season, Samardzija has struck out 31 batters in 26 2/3 innings while walking seven and giving up 19 hits.

Samardzija makes his third career start against the Reds this afternoon. Samardzija owns a 1-1 record in 16 appearances, two starts, versus the Reds with a 4.67 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP… at Great American Ball Park, 1-1 in eight games, two starts, with a 5.60 ERA. Last season, Samardzija 1-1 in two starts with a 3.55 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP, 12 strikeouts and two walks in 12 2/3 innings.

Reds Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Jay Bruce – 2-for-8 with two double and a walk
  • Zack Cozart – 1-for-6 with a double
  • Todd Frazier – 2-for-4 with a home run
  • Chris Heisey – 3-for-7
  • Cesar Izturis – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Xavier Paul – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Brandon Phillips – 2-for-13
  • Joey Votto – 1-for-11 with two walks

Mat Latos is off to a very good start to his season. Latos should have a 4-0 record but the Reds’ bullpen has blown two of his starts and the Reds only scored one run in another one of his outings. Latos struggled out of the gate last year and has been the total opposite this April.

Latos has not issued more than one walk in each of his first four starts and is coming off a 10-strikeout performance against the Marlins. In 26 1/3 innings this season, Latos has struck out 29 batters and walked four while allowing 26 hits.

Latos really likes pitching at Great American Ball Park (8-3 in 19 starts last season with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP) and has had a lot of success in his career against the Cubs.

The Cubs faced Mat Latos only one time last season and managed four runs, two earned, on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts in eight innings. Latos received a no decision. For his career, Latos is 2-2 in five starts against the Cubs with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Mat Latos

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-7
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-13
  • David DeJesus – 3-for-4 with a double
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-4
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-2
  • Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-1
  • Nate Schierholtz – 3-for-18
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-11 with a home run
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-for-3 with a walk

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Quote of the Day

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sounds like they are going to wait out the rain in Cincy. Will post updates as they are available.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Borbon – LF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Schierholtz – RF
    Navarro – C
    Valbuena – 2B
    Ransom – 3B
    Samardzija – P

    • 07GreyDigger

      Interesting that they sit Soriano after a 3 for 4 night.

      • SuzyS

        You’re right but he still has bad knees.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

        It’s a common practice. Day game after a night game.

        • triple

          Soriano probably needs to give his legs a break after all the running he did yesterday. Interested to see how they do with Borbon in left and batting second. Hopefully it provides some sort of spark.

    • Jim_Schwartz_Gramps

      I like the lineup but would rather see Borbon leading off and DeJesus hitting 2nd.

      • 07GreyDigger

        I think DeJesus is a better on-base guy than Borbon. But I like they worked him into the lineup, I think Brett Jackson is on notice.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Carrie Muskat: Cubs, Reds will not start on time. Officials to meet at 12:15 pm ET to discuss their options, look at the radar

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    First pitch is scheduled for 12:15pm CDT

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Update: delayed again — game will not start at 12:15pm CDT. I will keep updating

  • Ray Ray

    Orioles have won 100 consecutive games when leading after the 7th inning. Cubs have now won 1. If we win another…..that would be 2. If we win another after that it would be called a winning streak! Only 99 to go to catch the O’s

    • redlarczykg

      Ray

      At least we have hope for improvement.

      Jed’s Padres are 5-15. His Cubs are doing better at 6-13. Jed’s improving on the job.

      • calicub

        I think you mean Byrnes’ Padres

        • redlarczykg

          Hoyer left there a year and half ago. It’s his San Diego legacy. The fruit of his labor.

          • calicub

            so these are hendry’s cubs?

            i don’t buy it

          • redlarczykg

            What I don’t buy (including tickets) is that after 106 years, Cub Fans need to wait 3 to 4 years to field a competitive team.

          • Ray Ray

            here here

          • calicub

            This conversation had nothing to do about fielding a competitive team but since you went there:

            THIS IS YEAR TWO AND COUNTING!!!

            Its time to move on from the “106 yrs and counting” nonsense. We need to sever the past from the present. Its time to stop cutting corners and do things right instead of bemoaning how long it has been since the cubs won a WS. The past 100+ years are not on the current FO and they should not be scrutinized or criticized or ostracized for the failures of owners, managers, GMs, and players of the past century!!

            This is a brand new ball club. Yr. 1 they blew it up and planted the seeds. Its Yr. 2. Its time to watch them sprout and grow instead of running to the Home Depot and buying a bunch of transplants and hoping they don’t wither and die in the summer sun with nothing to show but an empty bank account and no one capable of stepping up.

          • Ray Ray

            The thing that is a shame is that with the starting pitching that they have gotten, by fielding a better starting 8….this team could be competitive.

          • calicub

            I somewhat agree with you on that one, but to be honest, I think if the Cubs had been able to grab a guy like Mike Adams or another strong BP arm they would be competitive even with the starting 8 they have.

            The fact of the matter is the Cubs have been in almost every game this season, but for the past 3-4 yrs, the bullpen just hasn’t been up to snuff to start the season, and has cost Cubs teams crucial early season victories.

          • calicub

            he was also there for less than 2 yrs.

  • Mac

    while we are waiting…. does this mean Charlie Leesman is a free agent? Wouldn’t mind signing him if he is.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    First pitch now scheduled for 1:00pm CDT

  • paulcatanese

    Bummer, the Shark could have slept later:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Time to play ball …

  • 07GreyDigger

    I’m watching the game delay at work, what was the injury delay?

    • calicub

      latos hit in foot on come backer, shark hit on finger on another comebacker

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Samardzija striking out the side with two on and no outs. Lots of pitches through 3 … 59/41

  • John_CC

    An encouraging column at Cub’s Den for this day of yet more AB with no walks and few hits. Plate discipline can be taught and learned.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2013/04/cubs-young-prospects-learning-to-walk/

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Frazier’s home run traveled 480 unhappy feet

  • calicub

    16 game on base streak for castro?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yes sir

  • Ray Ray

    Rizzo is O for Cincinnati. He really needs a day off. O-6 Monday. 0-5 yesterday and now 0-3 with 2 more runners left on base. It is painful watching this guy struggle like he is.

    • calicub

      Hey he got a hit off of Chapman thats gotta boost his confidence

      • Ray Ray

        yes he did. glad to see that

  • Ray Ray

    I’ll tell you what. With the incredible starting pitching the Cubs have gotten this year, with any kind of offense and a better arm or 2 in the bullpen this team could very easily be 13-6 this year instead of 6-13.

  • calicub

    Dale, wheres the small ball?

    • John_CC

      First you need a base runner. You know, walks and hits.

      • calicub

        8th inning, 1 out men on 3rd and 2nd and he sends up Phonzie to flail at ptiches a foot inside.

        I seem to recall a bunting turnement.

        • Ray Ray

          You would want Phonzie to bunt there? The problem is the bench. I didn’t like the Broxton/Soriano matchup but who else is an option? Castillo struck out 4 times yesterday. They don’t have any other LH on the bench.

          • calicub

            Unless Dale was just trying to avoid going into extras for a 3rd game in a row, I see no reason there couldn’t have been a situational bunt there, no matter the batter.

          • Ray Ray

            The old manager’s playbook says that you go for the win on the road and tie at home. All Soriano needed to do was hit a fly ball and it would have tied it up.

          • calicub

            I get what your saying, it was a calculated risk and had Phonzie smacked it out of the park we wouldn’t be having this conversation…

            But t’were it me, I’d be trying to claw my way back into every ballgame anyway I know how, especially with clutch/situational hitting as anemic as it is with this club, but I guess I just tend to be a little more cautious in these things

        • Ray Ray

          Where’s Blake DeWitt when you need him? LOL

  • John_CC

    game, set,, match

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs shut out 1-0 by Reds on Wednesday afternoon – Jeff Samardzija: 1R, 7H (1 HR), 3BB, 8K in 6IP (104 pitches, 67 for strikes) … Castro: 1-4; Borbon: 1-3, 2B; Ransom: 1-2, SAC; Cubs offense: 5H, 1BB, 0-6 RISP, 5 LOB

  • John_CC

    Shark is the best 4 loss pitcher in baseball right now!

    • Ray Ray

      It’s tough when he is our ace on this team. He has to match up against the other teams best pitcher and this team doesn’t have any offense. Villanueva should be 4-0 as well.

  • paulcatanese

    What is the attraction of Wrigley field? Who has liked going out there year after year watching a team lose?

    It makes no sense to coincide Wrigley with a losing team.

    A park that has now turned into one large party house with a beer on every hand.

    The team on the field is secondary to most people showing up there. No wonder they want to stay, and in the end give in to the people that live across the street.

    I really believe they could sell tickets with no game, just send the vendors out to sell beer.

    How they can go on and on without putting a product on the field the way they have (year and 1/2 and counting.
    A new park, new uniforms, and a roster that includes new players, start from scratch, and the legacy will be Ricketts, not Wrigley, Hendry or whoever that was there before them. Get it done guys.

    they have the opportunity right now to move with fan support, build a clone park with a retractable roof, first class park with help from communities and start fresh.

    If they build it people will come (sorry about the comparison) but true a new park.

    • calicub

      I agree, Let the Cub’s AAA team play in the only minor league stadium with 3 tiers of stands. I think they’d still pull a million fans a year…

    • SuzyS

      Paul, as far as a winning team goes…I agree. But here’s the thing…I’ll still sit next my father’s grave on a sunny summer day and share a beer and a memory of better days at the ballpark.
      My best friend and I…from high school…the first thing we did together was go to a Cubs game (as sophomores in highschool). My sister used to fly in from Boston so we as a family…(All six kids and mother) could sit in the bleachers around Mother’s Day every year.
      The memories are thick with great times at Wrigley.
      Memories are tough to part with…not the winning teams…the winning family.
      As a fan of baseball and one that’s been to fifteen or so parks around the country including Fenway and Yankee Stadium on several occasions….The Cubs need to update their facilities…for sure.
      Wrigleyville neighborhoods have to realize this is their goose with the golden egg…don’t kill it.

      If Fenway and Yankee Stadium could modernize…so can the Cubs.

      • paulcatanese

        I understand how you feel Suzy, I went to Wrigley starting in the forties, a steady diet.
        Even when I moved to the west coast rented apartments where WGN was broadcast. Never missed a game on TV whenever possible. So I know what you are saying.
        I also have memories of that place, the only woman I ever took to Wrigley turned, out to be my wife( now for 56 years).
        Watching these guys lose year after year and also the TV scans of the fans in the park, well that leaves a lot to be desired.
        I probably just old fashioned, but I went to the park to watch a game period.
        Tired of what’s going on with the rooftops and wish the Cubs were out of there, just a fresh new start. Maybe that would change things around, nothing else seems to.

  • calicub

    So apparently the resaurant chain giving out the free pizza when the reds combine for 11k’s has already lost over $100,000 this season from the freebies.

    They were expecting 11-13 for the year and the reds have already had 7.

    Yikes!

  • paulcatanese

    Saw a close up of the Sharks finger, pretty nasty. Has to be the football training that kept hi, out there. Tough loss for him.