Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Nationals – 05/12/13

Game Thirty-Seven: Cubs (14-22) vs. Nationals (20-16)

  • Game Time – 12:35pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
  • Location – Nationals Park, Washington D.C.

Scott Feldman (3-3, 2.70/1.12) vs. Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 4.97/1.34)

Happy Mother’s Day from the CCO!

The Cubs will try to take two in a row from the Nationals this afternoon behind Scott Feldman and wrap up the three game road trip with a 2-1 record. The Cubs picked up their second win in the last ten games (2-8) at Nationals Park on Saturday. The offense had a good day and followed up the seven doubles on Friday night with six more two base hits on Saturday. The Cubs have yet to win a game on Sunday this season (0-5) and will have to take advantage of every scoring opportunity against Gio Gonzalez.

Look for Starlin Castro hitting at the top of the lineup today and don’t be surprised if Julio Borbon is in the starting lineup as well. Borbon is 4-for-7 in his career against Gonzalez. Outside of Borbon or Ryan Sweeney along with Anthony Rizzo, Dale Sveum should load his lineup with as many right handers as possible. Lefties are hitting .194 off Gonzalez this season while right handers have managed a .225/.336/.351 slash line.

Cody Ransom was scheduled to start today’s game with the lefty on the hill. Luis Valbuena is available to pinch-hit after x-rays came back negative on the pinky on his right hand following Saturday’s game. Valbuena jammed his pinky sliding in headfirst to third base in the fifth inning trying to stretch a double into a triple.

This afternoon all starts with Scott Feldman

Scott Feldman is coming off his third straight victory and he has been as good as it gets over his last two outings. Feldman tossed his first career complete game against the Padres two starts ago. Feldman made only two mistakes and allowed two runs on three hits with a career high 12 strikeouts and just one walk. Feldman followed up his gem against the Padres with an excellent start against his former team.

Feldman tossed seven innings of shutout ball against the Rangers while allowing two hits, a walk and he struck out three.

After a not-so-good start to the year, Feldman is 2-0 in his last two games with a 1.13 ERA and a 0.44 WHIP. Teams hit .272 against him in April and 0.93 against him over his last 16 innings. Feldman has pitched with a confidence over his last three games that was not there in the spring or in his first three games of the season. The Cubs need Feldman to keep it up today … and pick up a win.

Scott Feldman is 1-2 in three starts outside of Wrigley Field this year with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. This afternoon will be his first start and appearance against the Nationals.

Adam LaRoche (0-for-1), Denard Span (4-for-14), Kurt Suzuki (5-for-17 with two doubles) and Chad Tracy (0-for-1) are the only Nationals on the active roster that have faced Scott Feldman during their career.

Gio Gonzalez is coming off a win against the Pirates. Gonzalez held the Battlin’ Bucs to two runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings. Gonzalez had a tremendous first season with the Nationals (21-8 in 32 starts with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP) and some think his slow start this year is due to his connection with the Biogenesis Clinic in the off-season.

Over his first seven starts, Gonzalez has fallen into a pattern. Gonzalez will be very good, then struggle in his next outing … two starts ago, Gonzalez lasted just four innings and gave up five runs on seven hits with five walks and nine strikeouts.

Gio Gonzalez has been very good at home this year (2-1 in four starts with a 3.38 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP) and faces the Cubs for the fourth time in his career this afternoon. Gonzalez is 1-1 in three starts versus the Cubs with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP … last year, 1-0 in two starts with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Gio Gonzalez

  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-4
  • Julio Borbon – 4-for-7
  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-7
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-8 with a home run
  • Scott Hairston – 4-for-14 with a double and a home run
  • Dioner Navarro – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Cody Ransom – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-3
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-for-3 with a walk

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  • Neil

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Today’s lineup:

    Castro – SS
    Ransom – 3B
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Hairston – RF
    Sweeney – CF
    Navarro – C
    Barney – 2B
    Feldman – P

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    Time to win a series on the road against a superior opponent.

  • Tom U

    Happy Mother’s Day to everyone at the CCO!

    Here are today’s minor league starters.:

    Tennessee – Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 3.19)
    Iowa – Chris Rusin (2-3, 3.79)

    Daytona has the day off.

    Kane Co. has no reported starter at this time, but reports have suggested that RHP Dillon Maples will be making his 2013 debut.

    Some notes from this week:

    Kudos to the front office for finding suitors for IF Alberto Gonzalez and RHP Drew Carpenter. Both had outlived their usefulness to the organization, and anything gotten in return would be a plus.

    Largely assembled by this front office (15 of 28 players), the Iowa Cubs are second to last in both batting average and earned run average.

    It was humorously suggested that the Cubs may receive DJ LeMahieu in the Drew Carpenter trade, but don’t bet on it. LeMahieu is in the top five in hitting in the PCL and has a 20 game hitting streak. His performance is making the Rockies’ decision to go with Josh Rutledge and Reid Brignac look bad.

    It appears that at this time, Tennessee will have to make do with what they have, as they were the only team in the organization that had no player movement.

    While its taken them more than a week, it seems that Christian Villanueva and Rafael Lopez are beginning to step up in the absence of Justin Bour and Jae-Hoon Ha.

    When Stephen Bruno is able to come off the DL, Daytona will have quite a dilemma. With Javier Baez yet to play anything but shortstop this season, the D-Cubs will have five players contending for three positions.

    With the first round of promotions this week, the most egregious oversights were for OF John Andreoli, and IF Ben Carhart and Dustin Geiger.

    Andreoli’s offensive numbers could have been much better (he’s currently 8th in hitting and 4th in stolen bases) if he had a set place in the batting order. He has hit anywhere from lead-off to 6th.

    The next promotion you may see is Bijan Rademacher. No one from the majors on down has been hotter than he has over the past couple of weeks. With OF’s Zeke DeVoss and Taiwan Easterling struggling, they may pull the trigger soon.

    • paulcatanese

      Good logical post Tom. Not too happy with the way things seem to be going in the minors, it shows what they are missing (FO) there.
      Don’t like the idea that players are not being moved around, or is it that they don’t have the players to do it?
      It looks like the only players that are being watched are the ones that have been brought in by the present FO, and the others don’t matter.
      That creates the long haul for development and subsequent coming up to the majors. If they are banking on the system there needs to be more there than they have.

      • Ray Ray

        This is the reason why the light at the end of the tunnel is years away. Unless they add some free agents both here and internationally who are major league ready the minor league system will not impact the major league team significantly for 3 years at least.

    • Tony_Hall

      Looking at the Top 9 players in AB at Iowa

      System (AB’s – AVG)
      Watkins 110 – 245
      B Jackson 72 – 222
      Boscan 64- 328

      Brought in by this terrible FO
      Bogusevic 105 – 390
      Nelson 100-270
      Sweeney 83-337
      McDonald 78-205
      Maysonet 64-250
      Lillibridge 55 – 309

      Only Boscan is holding his own from within the system, while Bogusevic and Sweeney were carrying the load. Only Mcdonald and Maysonet were bad of the 5 that were brought in.

      Not sure how this low AVG for the team is the fault of the 15 that were brought in like you implied.

      • Ray Ray

        Why do you take every criticism so personal? “In your words” the players brought in by this terrible FO…Do Nelson,McDonald,Maysonet and Lillibridge have a future with the team? Who cares what they are hitting in AAA? I don’t.

        • Tony_Hall

          Tom seems to, as he points out repeatedly
          “Largely assembled by this front office (15 of 28 players), the Iowa Cubs are second to last in both batting average and earned run average.” Yes they brought in players to fill AAA, and no I don’t really care about most of them as at AAA you are either in your final stage before going to the majors or filling space. It was a sarcastic comment.

          • Ray Ray

            OK. I missed that line the first time. I was wondering why you said that.

      • paulcatanese

        As I said, there needs to be more brought in to the system, many more as some may fail, and we all know what percentage will make it .
        Not bad what they have brought in, just not enough of them. It is a slow process. I’m satisfied with the signings, don’t get me wrong, and they are getting rid of the ones they don’t think will be a benefit to the system.

        • Tony_Hall

          But Paul, these are AAA signings, not young prospects. These guys don’t matter except as roster depth for the major league team, or to fill out Iowa’s roster. The players you are talking about bringing into the system to make them better are done through the draft and int’l signings, which they have done a good job. The minor league system is 2-3 years away from being where they want it, where it will consistently produce players for the big league team.

          • paulcatanese

            I worded it ,meant the new signings thru draft and international signings, I could care less what they do to make the AAA stronger, unless it’s a stop before the Cubs.

    • Ray Ray

      Hopefully we can see Maples on a mound soon.

    • Neil

      Tom, Kane County just announced the roster move for Maples.

  • Tony_Hall

    Feldman is not looking as sharp so far. Not the same crispness he has had the last few outings.

    • Ray Ray

      He works so slow when runners get on.

    • Ray Ray

      Wow! He got away with that 2-0 hanger to Desmond

      • Tony_Hall

        Yes he did. He is starting to get some more pitches that have that sharpness he has had lately. But wasn’t going to given in to Desmond (on purpose)

  • Tony_Hall

    One run is not bad at all to get out of that inning.

    • Ray Ray

      no doubt

  • Neil

    Gonzalez perfect through 5

  • Neil

    Navarro with an infield single … first hit

  • Neil

    Castro walks

  • Tony_Hall

    Feldman has settled down nicely since the rough 1st in which he gave up only 1 run.

    Last 5 innings 3 H 1 BB

    • Neil

      Feldman had a good outing

  • BosephHeyden

    1-0 game and both starters are out by the seventh? Feldman I kinda get since he’s over 100, but Gio’s only at 80. Huh.

    • Neil

      Davey playing it by the book … and it cost him

  • Neil

    Castro with a 2-out RBI single

  • Neil

    Excellent catch by Ryan Sweeney.

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the Nationals 2-1 on Sunday afternoon – Scott Feldman: 1R, 5H, 3BB, 6K, 6IP (102 pitches, 61 strikes)

    Castro: 1-3, RBI, BB; Soriano: 1-4, SB, R; Navarro: 2-3; Ransom: 2-4