Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 05/07/13

Game Thirty-Three: Cubs (12-20) vs. Cardinals (20-11)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (2-2, 2.50/0.91) vs. Lance Lynn (5-0, 2.75/1.11)

The Cubs open a two-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals tonight. The first place Cardinals are clicking on all cylinders right now and come to Wrigley riding a six-game winning streak. The Cardinals completed the four-game sweep in Milwaukee before spending their off day in Chicago on Monday. The Cubs were 7-10 in the 17 games versus their long-time rivals a year ago.

After tonight’s matchup of Travis Wood and Lance Lynn, the series concludes on Wednesday afternoon with Carlos Villanueva facing Jake Westbrook.

The Cubs are 3-5 on their current 10-game homestand following Monday’s victory over the Rangers. Dale Sveum’s team has a shot at a .500 homestand but in order to do so, they will have to play mistake free baseball and take advantage of every scoring opportunity against the Cardinals.

Tonight all begins with Travis Wood …

Travis Wood has pitched better than his record and ERA indicate. Wood is coming off a loss to the Padres in which he was charged with two runs after he left the game … the second time in three starts that Wood picked up at least one earned run after he was in the dugout. Wood pitched into the eighth inning for the first time this season and was charged with three runs on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.

Wood has made six starts and has completed six innings in each of those outings while allowing three runs or less. For those scoring at home, that is six quality starts. Wood has allowed three earned runs only one time in those six outings and that was in his last start against the Padres. To say Wood has made big steps in his development this year would be an understatement.

Travis Wood will face an old nemesis in the Cardinals tonight. Wood has beaten the Redbirds two times in six starts but the Cardinals have pretty much had their way with him. Wood is 2-2 in six starts with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. In 35 1/3 innings, Wood has allowed 24 runs on 42 hits with 10 walks and 24 strikeouts. The Cardinals have hit .307 against him to go along with 10 home runs. Wood was 0-2 in three starts against St. Louis last season with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP (22 hits, six walks, six home runs and 13 strikeouts in 16 innings).

Cardinals Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Carlos Beltran – 2-for-6 with a home run
  • Matt Carpenter – 1-for-4 with a double
  • Allen Craig – 4-for-10 with a home run
  • Daniel Descalso – 3-for-7 with a triple
  • David Freese – 3-for-5
  • Matt Holliday – 6-for-18 with two doubles and two home runs
  • Jon Jay – 5-for-12 with a double and two walks
  • Pete Kozma – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Lance Lynn – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Yadier Molina – 4-for-14 with a double and two home runs

Lance Lynn has picked up where he left off a year ago. After posting a 18-7 record in 35 games, 29 starts, with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP, a lighter Lance Lynn is a perfect 5-0 in six starts this season … and more importantly, the Cardinals are 5-1 in his six starts.

Lynn is coming off a tremendous seven-inning outing against the Reds in which he allowed one run on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in seven innings of work. Lynn has not allowed more than one earned run in each of his last three starts, and just two earned runs on eight hits in his last three starts … so to say Lynn has dominated would be an understatement.

Lance Lynn is a perfect 4-0 in five career games, four starts, against the Cubs with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Lynn won all four games he started against the Cubs last season (4-0) with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, Lynn is 2-0 in two starts with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Lance Lynn

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-9 with a double and a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 5-for-13 with a double and a triple
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-10 with a triple and three walks
  • Cody Ransom – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-5 with a home run and a walk
  • Nate Schierholtz – 0-for-2
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-13 with a double
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Travis Wood – 0-for-4

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Iowa Cubs have activated INF Donnie Murphy and OF Darnell McDonald from the disabled list

    • calicub

      I think i’d prefer it if they’d just cut Mcdonald

    • 07GreyDigger

      How many people are on the Iowa roster? Like 40?

      • Tom U

        There are 28 players currently on the Iowa Cubs’ roster. Jaye Chapman, Barret Loux, Junior Lake, and Brett Jackson are on the disabled list.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        No, not on the active roster … but it seems like it. Tom’s numbers are correct. Triple-A teams are limited to a 38-man reserve roster (total) and a 24-man active roster

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • John_CC

    Lance Lynn is 5-0. Must be nice to a have real bullpen.

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

      As much as I dislike the freakin’ Cardinals, they do know how to build a ‘pen. 2 years ago Franklin started the season as their closer. When he didn’t get the job done they replaced him. This season Motte needs TJ, no problem. Stick someone else in. The Cubs? Keep sending the same guys out in the late innings, watch them fail, then send them out again.

      • SuzyS

        Agreed!

    • RynoTiger

      actually if you watched the broadcast and saw some of the Cardinal’s bullpen stats, hopefully you saw that their bullpen ranks at the bottom.

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Daytona – Ben Wells (3-1, 3.31)
    Tennessee – Matt Loosen (0-0, 3.86)
    Iowa – Nick Struck (0-2, 6.50)

    Kane Co. has the night off

    Tennessee has place OF Jae-Hoon Ha on the 7-day DL retroactive to May 5 with a back injury. Activated UT Tim Torres

  • Ray Ray

    All those empty seats for a Cubs vs Cards game?

    • GaryLeeT

      And how many are filled with Card fans? How about all those Red’s fans there in the last series?

      • Ray Ray

        It looks like alot of the crowd filed in late. Not nearly as bad as when the game started.

  • GaryLeeT

    I hope the Cub hitters will start to make Lynn pay for all the 3 ball counts he’s been in.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Good call, Schierholtz did

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with a 2-run HR

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Kyuji Fujikawa unable to pitch for Double-A Smokies on Tuesday night. Game called due to rain in the 6th. Fujikawa scheduled to pitch on Wednesday.

    Fujikawa could be activated for the weekend series with the Nationals.

  • GaryLeeT

    Too bad Wood is at 104 pitches through 6, because I would put the percentage at near zero, that the pen can protect a 1 run lead for 3 innings.

    • John_CC

      OK, is marmol out of the way now? They can’t send him back out.

    • SuzyS

      GaryLee…amazing isn’t it? I guess we can never give something a close to zero percentage…sometimes that.001 percent comes through!!! I would have made the same guess btw.

  • John_CC

    In most cases, this the kind of game baseball people call “a great baseball game” but unfortunately we hate this kind of game because a one run game this late is berybery scary.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Castro … and stretch by Rizzo to get Craig. Well, maybe …

  • GaryLeeT

    Wow, Jed is going to market Marmol for a mid season trade, no matter what it costs the team in the loss column.

  • John_CC

    Yank him NOW.

  • GaryLeeT

    Even after putting 2 on, the blind squirrel found his nut. Still, after eating many bad contracts, I just don’t understand the obsession with not eating less than a year of Marmol’s.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What an excellent at bat by Castro … double to right on the 11th pitch of the at bat

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo gave it a ride …

  • John_CC

    Gregg with a 1-2-3 9th! WOW!!

    • Tony_Hall

      Gregg has been as good as Mattingly described this spring.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Cardinals 2-1 on Tuesday night – Travis Wood: 1R, 5H, 2BB, 8K in 6.2 IP (114 pitches, 72 strikes)

    Schierholtz: 1-3, HR, 2RBI; Soriano: 2-3, R; Castro: 1-4, 2B; Marmol: 0R, 2H, 1BB, 0K in 1.1IP

    • SuzyS

      Never, ever would have thunk it….Cubs beat the Cards??? It’s like the Bears beating the Packers when the Bears are 2-10!