Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 05/01/13

Game Twenty-Seven: Cubs (10-16) vs. Padres (10-16)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Scott Feldman (1-3, 3.92/1.65) vs. Andrew Cashner (1-1, 3.26/1.14)

The Cubs will shoot to get back in the win column tonight in a game that has already been labeled as “Anthony Rizzo vs. Andrew Cashner.” The Cubs have shown improvement over the last week but the offense will face another challenge tonight while Scott Feldman tries to build on his last start and keep the ball in the park. The forecast calls for another hitter’s night at Wrigley. After Tuesday night, the Cubs need a long, quality start from Scott Feldman tonight.

The last time Andrew Cashner started a game at Wrigley Field was April 5, 2011. Cashner was electric in his first start of the season and in his first start in a Cubs’ uniform. Cashner left the game in the sixth and did not appear in another big league game until September 9.

The previous regime selected Cashner in the first round of the 2008 draft (19th overall pick). The Cubs traded Cashner to San Diego along with Kyung-Min Na for Anthony Rizzo and RHP Zach Cates  on January 6, 2012.

Anthony Rizzo and Andrew Cashner have faced each other one time … and Cashner struck out Rizzo swinging to end the seventh inning of the game back on September 28, 2011.

With the four home runs hit on Tuesday, the Cubs finished April with 35 longballs, third most in franchise history and nearly four times the home runs they hit last April (9). While they have hit the ball of the park, the Cubs are still struggling defensively. The Cubs were charged with two more errors on Tuesday and their 21 charges errors in second in baseball behind the Washington Nationals (23).

Tonight all starts with Scott Feldman … and making Andrew Cashner work.

Scott Feldman is coming off his first win in a Cubs’ uniform. Feldman held the Marlins to two runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Darwin Barney helped him from self- destructing and Feldman pitched into the seventh inning for the first time this season. Feldman had very good command and mixed his pitches well against the offensively challenged Marlins.

While the Padres are not exactly the ’27 Yankees, Feldman will have to step his game back up tonight in order to put himself in line for a victory.

Scott Feldman is making just his second start at Wrigley tonight (0-1 with a 4.15 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP) in his third career appearance against the Friars. Feldman is 1-1 in two games, one start, against the Padres with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Feldman faced San Diego last June at PETCO. Feldman picked up a win after allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

Padres Career Numbers against Scott Feldman

  • Yonder Alonso – 1-for-3
  • Alexi Amarista – 1-for-2
  • Everth Cabrera – 1-for-3
  • Chase Headley – 2-for-3
  • Nick Hundley – 1-for-3
  • Mark Kotsay – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Carlos Quentin – 3-for-14 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Will Venable – 0-for-3

Andrew Cashner is coming off an excellent start against the Giants that resulted in his first victory of the season. Cashner allowed just one run on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts over six innings, the second longest outing of his big league career.

Cashner has electric, top of the rotation stuff. The only question about Cashner is his durability. If Cashner can stay healthy and on the mound, the Padres have a very good arm to build their rotation around.

Andrew Cashner faced the Cubs twice last season, both times out of the pen, and allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings (9.00 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP).

Darwin Barney (0-for-1), Starlin Castro (1-for-1), David DeJesus (walk), Scott Hairston (0-for-1), Cody Ransom (0-for-2), Anthony Rizzo (0-for-1), Nate Schierholtz (0-for-1) and Alfonso Soriano (0-for-1) have limited at bats against Andrew Cashner in their careers.

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