Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 05/18/13

Game Forty-Two: Cubs (17-24) vs. Mets (16-23)

  • Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Scott Feldman (3-3, 2.53/1.15) vs. Jeremy Hefner (0-4, 4.61/1.29)

The Cubs will try to get back on track this afternoon behind Scott Feldman. Even with Friday’s loss to the Mets, Dale Sveum’s team is 12-11 over the last 23 games and a win today will give them a shot at not only three straight series victories but a winning homestand.

For the second game in a row, the Cubs will face a starting pitcher they have very little first-hand knowledge about. Jeremy Hefner has not won a game all season and the Mets are 0-7 in his seven starts but he has pitched better than his record and ERA. Look for Dale Sveum to load his lineup with as many lefties as possible this afternoon. Lefties are hitting a robust .350/.437/.597 against Hefner with six home runs and nine walks while striking out five times. Hefner has been very successful against right handers to the tune of a .182/.250/.278 line with 22 strikeouts to only seven walks.

This afternoon it all starts with Scott Feldman.

Scott Feldman is coming off his fourth straight quality start and the fourth straight game the Cubs have won in which he started. Feldman received a no decision last Sunday after he pitched out of a first inning jam and allowing only one run over six innings to the Nationals. Feldman did an excellent job of righting his ship after a bad first inning, and in the process put his team in a position to win the game … and the Cubs ended up stealing a victory and a series on the road.

After a rough start to his season, Feldman has really turned his year around. Feldman is 2-0 in his last three starts with a 1.23 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP … teams are hitting just .132 against him over that span.


Scott Feldman makes his fourth start at Wrigley this afternoon. Feldman is 2-1 in three starts at his new home park with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. Feldman makes just his second career start versus the Mets today. The Mets pounded Feldman to the tune of seven runs, six earned, on eight hits over five innings. Feldman walked two and struck out one and was obviously hung with the loss back on June 13, 2008 in Queens.

John Buck (3-for-13 with two doubles and a home run) and David Wright (0-for-2) are the only players on the Mets’ active roster that has faced Scott Feldman in a big league ball game.

Jeremy Hefner makes his first career start against the Cubs this afternoon. Hefner is coming off a no decision against the Cardinals in which he allowed three runs on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts in six innings. Hefner has pitched better than his line indicates this season despite the fact that the Mets are 0-7 in the games Hefner has started this season.

Hefner has really struggled on the road. The 27-year old right hander is 0-2 in four games, three starts, outside of Citi Field with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

The Cubs faced Hefner last season at Wrigley. Hefner pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings with a strikeout in a 5-3 Cubs win on June 26.

Starlin Castro (0-for-1), David DeJesus (0-for-1), Anthony Rizzo (0-for-1), Nate Schierholtz (1-for-4 with a triple and a walk) and Alfonso Soriano (no official at bat) have a limited number of at bats in their careers against Jeremy Hefner.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

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

    It’s time to even the series.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree, yesterday the Met’s gave us the “Byrd”,
      gotta look out for those things.

      • SomeGuy27

        C’mon Paul! You’re better than that. (sigh)

        • paulcatanese

          Tried to think of something more appropriate in between coffee and breakfast, but that was the best throw he’s made in his career, and he expressed total happiness afterwards, have to give him that one.
          He was very happy in his time with the Cubs, and I was one of the ones that said his career was over after being hit in the face.
          Actually I was paying him a compliment for the play.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Garza to start Tuesday, Villanueva to the pen

    • Ray Ray

      Great!

    • Ray Ray

      I guess a roster move needs to be done before Tuesday. Shawn Camp? I guess he is probably the next one to go.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Don’t rule out a mystery injury for Camp

        • SomeGuy27

          Agree, it looks a lot like the anterior reverse sigmoidal nodule on his left Deltoid has been bothering him.

          • paulcatanese

            Love it, had to read it several times and still don’t know what you said:)

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Well done … or just arm fatigue would work too.

      • Tony_Hall

        I believe I win the bet on Feldman versus Villanueva to the pen….what did we bet by the way….I would take a Powerball ticket!

  • Ray Ray

    Mark Appel had his worst start of the year yesterday against Cal. 7IP 9 hits 4ER and 11K’s. Jonathan Gray went 6.1 vs K State 9 hits 4ER and 3 K’s. 103 pitches in 6.1. That’s 2 starts in a row that Gray has thrown over 100 pitches in less that 6.1 IP.

    • Brp921

      I’ll agree again with whomever suggested the first time. Take Appel if he’s available and Bryant if he’s not. We don’t need another fireballer with an eventual career ending injury. From what I’ve read Gray doesn’t have the best mechanics.

      • Ray Ray

        Last start against Oklahoma State he had 109 pitches in only 5 innings. No question he has a great arm but his mechanics are not consistent at this stage of his career. Look at Chris Archer. He is still struggling with that. He has a 1.5 WHIP still in AAA. I like the fact that Appel can thow 3 pitches for strikes at any time in the count.

        • Brp921

          I hope the Astro’spass on him.

        • SomeGuy27

          Who knows if Appel or Gray will be any good anyway? IMO it’s always difficult to predict with pitchers in the first place and frankly, I think the college system does more to hurt them than help them. One thing in Gray’s defense though, last week he had the Saturday start rather than his normal Friday due to “the lingering effect of ‘flu-like’ symptoms” so they pushed him back a day and although last night was his normal start, it is on one day less rest than he is used to. (again I hate the college system because that’s where they’ve come up with things like pitch counts, extended time between starts, etc…)

          • paulcatanese

            All I would say is Stanford has an excellent Baseball program,
            lived just south of the University for years and took in many events there.
            I would bank on Appel simply because of their program and look at the overall success of Appel.
            Now if you are talking about Texas that’s another story, no mercy on their staff from their program.

          • Brp921

            the drafts a crapshoot any way you look at it. Appel seems to have the most polish thoug. Let’s just hope The FO hits a home run with who ever they pick.

          • MikeT_2008

            Perfectly stated, no matter who they take let’s just hope they are another cog to future of the team

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Feldman dodged a bullet in the first inning

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro having a bad day in the field

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castillo’s struggles with a runner on third and less than one out continues. He really needs to change his approach and learn how to make hard contact in those situations. Now 0-for-5 with two ks this season, no RBI.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent throw by Castillo to nail Murphy at second base.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice adjustment by Castillo to change his approach with an identical situation in the fourth inning.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Feldman with a two-run double

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very good job by Feldman getting out of the jam in the fifth by striking out both Murphy and Wright … then Rizzo with number 10 on the season

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Feldman with another very good outing

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with a solo homer

    • MikeT_2008

      Neil sorry if this seems like a obvious question but do you think the team will look to move Schierholtz, I know he’s on a one year deal but given his start to the season do you think they’ll look to maximize his value?

      • John_CC

        Then they just have to try to find another cheap replacement and hope he preforms as well. I would keep him, its not like they would get a top prospect for him. I really don’t think the Cubs should or will try to trade every single player they just acquired that is doing well. Schierholtz should be kept, he is an excellent 4th OF.

        • MikeT_2008

          Yeah I agree, I do like him on the team. I was just thinking if they don’t expect to resign him then maybe they’d try and get something in return. More or less a random thought on my part

          • calicub

            Nate is under team control for another 2 years so resigning him wouldn’t be an issue, its only a matter of going arbitration.

            Unless he lights it on fire or is part of a bigger package deal, I say keep him.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Sorry Mike, I was working on the recap. I do think they will try to maximize Schierholtz’s value. The Cubs do have control on Schierholtz for one more year after this one. I think they will weigh what they could get for him with how Brett Jackson is performing at the time before moving him. While the Cubs have outfield depth in the system, not much is near the big leagues outside of Jackson.

        The front office is not blocking anyone in the system with either Schierholtz or Hairston and both signings give them cost effective options at the big league level while players are given time to develop.

        • MikeT_2008

          Thanks Neil and cali for the info, I didn’t realize he was under team control for another year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Mets 8-2 on Saturday afternoon – Scott
    Feldman: 0R, 7H (all 1B), 1BB, 6K in 6.2 IP (109 pitches, 68 strikes); 1-3, 2B,
    2RBI

    Rizzo: 2-4, HR, 2R; Valbuena: 1-2, SF RBI, BB; Castillo: 1-4, RBI, R; Schierholtz: 2-4, HR, 2R, DeJesus: 1-4, 2RBI, BB

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  • mcmurphy88

    Hey Cubs fans, I was one of the 500 Mets fans who came to the game Saturday. The Mets got clobbered, but we had a great time. Wrigley Field really is everything it is cracked up to be, everything I thought it would be, loved being there. More importantly, the Cubs fans were great. Everyone was so friendly, I didn’t have one bad interaction. True baseball fans. Much better than Philly. I hope to come back to Wrigley someday, but just wanted to say thanks for making my first trip to Chicago and to Wrigley a memorable one. Let’s go Mets! But if we don’t make it this year (which we won’t), I’m rooting for the Cubs! Hope to see you guys at CitiField some day.