Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 05/19/13

Game Forty-Three: Cubs (18-24) vs. Mets (16-24)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 188/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (4-2, 2.03/0.92) vs. Dillon Gee (2-5, 6.13/1.74)

The Cubs wrap up the six-game homestand this afternoon with a rubber-game against the Mets. The Cubs are 3-2 on the homestand and a win this afternoon would not only give them a winning homestand but would be their third straight series victory … it has been nearly 10 months since the Cubs last won three series in a row (July 6 – July 19 vs. Mets, Diamondbacks and Marlins).

Dale Sveum will have another arm available out of the pen this afternoon. The Cubs will not make a roster move to activate Matt Garza from the DL until Tuesday and Carlos Villanueva will be available for today’s game.

Travis Wood is off to an excellent start to the season and will face a challenge this afternoon in the Mets. Wood has pitched in cold weather to this point in the season. Wood’s sub-200 BABIP (.196) suggests that Wood will regress at some point near his career BABIP average of .268 … and at some point the routine fly balls will start ending up in the bleachers.

The Anthony Rizzo watch continues today. After a not-so-good start to the season (.224/.315/.531/.846 with six doubles and eight home runs in April), Rizzo is hitting .369/.406/.554/.960 in his last 16 games with six doubles and two home runs. Rizzo has not struck out since the sixth inning of the game against the Cardinals on May 7 (39 at bats). For the year (42 games), Rizzo is up to .282/.350/.540/.890 with 12 doubles, 10 home runs and 30 RBI … versus LHP, .324/.393/.636/1.030 with five doubles and four home runs.

The Cubs are 7-4 over the last 11, 13-11 over the last 24 games and will shoot for their second victory on Sunday (1-5 on Sundays in 2013). This afternoon it all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood has made eight starts this season and in each of his outings he has completed at least six innings while allowing three runs or less … for those scoring at home, that is eight quality starts in eight outings. Wood became the first Cubs’ starter to begin a season with eight quality starts since Hippo Vaughn in 1919.

Wood has posted a victory in each of his last two games, the Cubs are 3-1 in his last four games and for the season, the Cubs are 5-3 when Wood takes the hill. Wood pitched seven innings of two-hit shutout ball the last time out while walking three Rockies and striking out two … the first time this season that Wood issued more free passes than strikeouts.

Today marks the sixth time Wood has started a game at Wrigley this year. Wood is 2-2 in the first five with a 2.06 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. For as good as Wood has been this season, he is 2-1 in his last three games with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.

Travis Wood makes his fourth career start against the Metropolitans this afternoon. Wood is 2-0 in three career starts with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP … last season, 2-0 in two starts with a 1.38 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Mets Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • John Buck – 1-for-4 with a home run
  • Marlon Byrd – 2-for-9 with a double
  • Ike Davis – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Lucas Duda – 1-for-6 with a home run
  • Ruben Tejada – 0-for-8 with a walk
  • Jordany Valdespin – one walk
  • David Wright – 3-for-9 with a triple

Dillon Gee is off to a rough start this year. Gee has been more of a five and dive starter this year than in his previous two years in the Mets rotation. Gee has completed six innings only two times and pitched into the seventh inning once. Gee is coming off a short, four-inning outing against the Cardinals in which he allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Dillon Gee is 1-3 in four road starts this season with an 11.34 ERA and a 2.52 WHIP and makes his fourth career start against the Cubs this afternoon. Gee has had quite a bit of success against the Cubs. His only career complete game came at the Cubs expense , a rain-shortened six-inning outing on May 25, 2011 at Wrigley. Gee is 2-1 in three career starts against the Cubs with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP … last season, 1-1 in two starts with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP and in two career games at Wrigley, Gee is 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Dillon Gee

  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-9
  • Welington Castillo – 0-for-2
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-9 with a walk
  • David DeJesus – 3-for-7
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-4 with a home run
  • Cody Ransom – 2-for-4 with a double and a home run
  • Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-6 with a double
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-4 with a triple and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-8 with a double
  • Ryan Sweeney – 1-for-2
  • Luis Valbuena – 4-for-6 with two doubles

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  • Tony_Hall

    Buster Olney ranking the Summer SP trade market.

    Keep in mind, as of right now.

    1. Feldman
    2. Garza
    3. Nolasco
    4. Norris
    5. Harrell
    6. Marquis

    7. Volquez
    8. Colon
    9. Lee

    • Steven Petty

      What type of packages would we get for Feldman and garza? Anything that would make us contenders for next year? Maybe a solidified closer, 3b? LF?

      • Tony_Hall

        I don’t think so. I would prefer to extend Garza, as I don’t we can get enough in return for him right now.

        Feldman will not bring back a starter for next year, unless he keeps pitching like he is right now. We would get a higher ranked player if we took an A level player that was further away from the majors.

    • Rich Hood

      Would a Garza and DeJesus package pry loose some almost ready pitching? I have been jonesing on Bundy all year. We have a extreme depth in our OF and if Garza won’t take a injury/hometeam discount then a trade like this would make sense for Baltimore and us.

      • Tony_Hall

        Maybe. They might want a young SP thrown in and then we might want a lower level SP thrown in as well. Trades are so hard to make up, IMO.

        I would like to see Bundy as well.

  • Steven Petty

    Cubs are the 8th worst team baseball. Well, that should silence the critics. The Cubs are getting better by the day. Only 6.5 games out in the wild card!!! With a win today, the Cubs are on their way!!!

  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

    • Brp921

      Sweeney batting cleanup is a bit of a surprise. They must want Scheirholtz batting behind him so he’ll see more hitable pitches maybe?

      • Tony_Hall

        It seems like managers don’t wan to move others around and would rather just have the sub for the starter bat in the same spot.

        Doubt it was anything more than Soriano out, Sweeney in.

      • Brp921

        Bat him cleanup and he homers!

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Daytona – Ben Wells (3-2, 3.98)
    Tennessee – Alberto Cabrera (3-1, 3.86)
    Iowa – Nick Struck (1-3, 6.67)

    Kane Co. has not announced their starter yet, but Tayler Scott usually follows Pierce Johnson, who pitched last night.

    By my calculations, we are about two weeks away from the next round of promotions. The first sign post of the season, Memorial Day, is coming up. Most regular position player will have around 200 AB’s, and roster space for the upcoming draft will need to be cleared.

    Here then, are the possible promotions, listed by level:

    Iowa – With Josh Vitters looking to go back on the DL and Brent Jackson just coming back, the only position player that seems to have a chance is Ian Stewart, if he can start making contact. Guillermo Moscoso would be the first call if something happened to one of the Cubs’ starters. The bullpen would be an interesting call, as the front office might go with Zach Putnam, an off-season signee that has done better lately. However, Yoanner Negrin has been the I-Cubs’ best pitcher all season.

    Tennessee – while its unfortunate that Jae-Hoon Ha would not get the first call because he is injured, Matt Szczur has really stepped up his game and may be ready for the next level. Dallas Beeler and Kyle Hendricks have had the type of seasons that can see them move up, while Alberto Cabrera is always a factor, more due to his “stuff” rather than his results. Zac Rosscup seems to be the most ready bullpen arm.

    Daytona – While Jorge Soler has been making some noise lately, the three position players the most ready are John Andreoli, Ben Carhart, and Dustin Geiger. Left handed relievers Hunter Cervenka and Frank Del Valle appear almost overdue.

    Kane Co. – It probably didn’t hurt that Bijan Rademacher, Rock Shoulders, and Tayler Scott all had great games while Theo Epstein was watching on Monday. Pierce Johnson is now fifth in the league in strikeouts.

    • paulcatanese

      Good post Tom, If Stewart is the one to be picked for a promotion I doubt he would make
      the jump. Two things, 1. he is not hitting enough,
      2. he has found a place to live:) Breaks down to a big fish in a little pond, and he’s not even there yet.
      His mentality may include a moving bonus from the Cubs, a week paid vacation before reporting, and a sure trip to the DL for at least
      60 more days, before he has to do anything.

  • raymondrobertkoenig

    It’s time to win another series.

  • GaryLeeT

    Looks like a very favorable matchup for the Cubs today, and should be their 3rd series win in a row. That win against the Rangers, and the split with the Cards would kind of make it their 4th in a row.

  • RynoTiger

    now is the perfect time to trade Sean Camp. There’s a desperate trade partner out there…the Atlanta Braves. They’ve lost another reliever to injury, which I think makes 3 relievers lost this week to injury. Jump on it and deal.

  • Neil

    That was Rizzo’s first strikeout in 40 at bats

  • RynoTiger

    I’m still waiting for JD to add something of interest, noteworthy, different, and lively to the broadcast this season. Yawn…..

    • Ray Ray

      Don’t care for JD at all.

  • Neil

    Very nice catch by DeJesus

    • calicub

      both pitchers got out of sticky 1sts

  • RynoTiger

    perhaps we could make an appeal to the commissioner’s office to get a DH for Barney

    • RynoTiger

      Barney has 5 RBI. Scott Feldman has 4 RBI.
      Question: Who gets to 10 RBI first between Barney and Feldman?

  • RynoTiger

    oh Castro..stop swinging at all the crap the pitchers throw up there and have a quality at bat

  • Neil

    Ugly slide but Sweeney looked safe

  • Neil

    Wood onto Waveland, 2-run shot

  • Neil

    That is 11 RBI for the Cubs pitching staff

  • Neil

    And Wood walks Gee to start the next inning …

  • Neil

    Sweeney with a homer, first as a Cub

  • RynoTiger

    does anyone think that Castillo is putting extra pressure on himself to get the hit to drive runs in because of who is hitting behind him?

    • Ray Ray

      Looks like that at bat could bite them in the a##. Castillo has like one base on ball all year. He swung at that 2-1 slider way out of the zone and expanded again with 2 strikes.

    • Neil

      My two cents, no I do not. He is young and still learning. He’s got to start taking what the pitchers are willing to give him.

      • RynoTiger

        Neil you have to build up your self confidence and believe that your opinion is worth more than just 2 cents. I over inflate my self confidence and believe my opinion is worth $1 million at least.

      • Ray Ray


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  • Ray Ray

    Marmol’s slider was sharp today.

  • Sonate

    Marmol — shades of years ago.

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 4-3 to Mets on Sunday afternoon – Travis Wood: 3R, 5H, 2BB, 3K, 7IP (103 pitches, 64 strikes) 1-2, HR, 2RBI

    Sweeney: 2-3, HR, 2B, BB; Castillo: 2-4, 2B, R; DeJesus: 2-4, 2B; Cubs: 1-10 RISP, 5 LOB

  • Ray Ray

    Tough loss. Got to get those runs in when you have RISP with less than 2 outs.

  • Neil

    Cubs outhit the Mets 8-7 and six of the eight hits went for extra bases … 1-for-10 with RISP and seven men left on base