Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 05/02/13

Game Twenty-Eight: Cubs (11-16) vs. Padres (10-17)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (2-1, 2.25/0.97) vs. Eric Stults (2-2, 5.67/1.33)

The Cubs and Padres wrap up their four-game series this afternoon. The Cubs have taken two of the first three and a victory this afternoon would give the Cubs back-to-back series wins.

Dale Sveum is expected to run out his right-handed lineup this afternoon. Both Alfonso Soriano and Welington Castillo are expected to be part of the starting eight with Dave Sappelt in center and Scott Hairston in right. After dropping their first four games started by southpaws this season, the Cubs have won three straight in games started by lefties.

Sveum said Wednesday he is likely to use different looking lineups, like the one on Wednesday night, until the off-day next Thursday. Sveum would like to get players a breather and will shift his lineup accordingly.

With Scott Feldman going the distance on Wednesday night, the Cubs bullpen received a much needed break. Sveum should have a full bullpen at his disposal this afternoon.

This afternoon all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood has made five starts and in all five starts Wood has completed at least six innings while allowing three runs or less … that is five quality starts for those scoring at home. Wood is coming off his second victory of the season. Wood held the Marlins to two runs on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six innings. Wood was not as sharp against the Fish as he’d been in his previous four starts but he was still good enough to post his first win against Miami.

Wood has shown a lot of improvement this season under the tutelage of Chris Bosio. In 32 innings, Wood has allowed 20 hits, three home runs, 11 walks and 23 strikeouts.

Travis Wood is 0-1 in two starts at Wrigley this season with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP and will make his fifth career start against the Padres this afternoon. Wood has never beaten San Diego … 0-1 in five games, four starts, with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. The Friars had their way with Wood a year ago. Wood faced San Diego twice and was 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.

The Cubs are 3-2 in Travis Wood’s five starts.

Padres Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Yonder Alonso – 1-for-6
  • Kyle Blanks – 1-for-1
  • Everth Cabrera – 2-for-6 with a home run
  • Chris Denorfia – 3-for-8 with a double and two walks
  • Chase Headley – 6-for-12 with two home runs
  • Nick Hundley – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Carlos Quentin – 2-for-4 with two doubles and two walks
  • Eric Stults – 0-for-1
  • Will Venable – 2-for-7 with two home runs

Eric Stults was very good over 18 games for San Diego a year ago. Stults posted an 8-3 record in 14 starts with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Stults has struggled a little out of the gate this year.  Stults has allowed five earned runs in each of his last two starts while not allowing less than three earned runs in his last four games. Stults is coming off a no decision against the Giants in which he allowed five runs on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts in four innings.

Stults throws strikes and the Cubs will have to make the own opportunities this afternoon. In 27 innings, Stults has walked only four batters while striking out 21 and giving up 32 hits.

The veteran southpaw is 1-3 in four career starts against the Cubs with a 5.21 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, Eric Stults is 0-3 in three starts with a 7.24 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Eric Stults

  • Darwin Barney – 3-for-6 with three doubles
  • Welington Castillo – 2-for-2
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • David DeJesus – 0-for-3
  • Scott Hairston – 0-for-2
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-2
  • Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-3
  • Nate Schierholtz – 3-for-6 with two doubles
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-10 with a home run and a walk
  • Travis Wood – 1-for-2

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Sappelt – CF
    Ransom – 3B
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Castro – SS
    Castillo – C
    Hairston – RF
    Barney – 2B
    Wood – P

  • cc002600

    ok, when Garza comes back, who gets bumped from rotation ? They all have pitched very well (for the most part).

    Before last night, I would have said Feldman….but now…..?

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

      If Garza comes back.

    • calicub

      I still think its a battle between Villanueva wood and Feldman. Jackson’s contract will keep him in the rotation

    • SomeGuy27

      IMO Jackson has been the under-performer on the staff but at 50+Mil he’s not going anywhere. Feldman has actually been fairly solid. When he’s had problems, they’ve been self inflicted (i.e. not getting to 1st, throwing errors=7 unearned runs). The question is; who gets sent out when Garza and Fujikawa come back? There are two spots in the pen that will need to go. Outside the first week of the season, the BP has not been awful. I guess Camp is a likely suspect but remember he started out slow last year as well. Loe has given up HR’s but I think it’s a mechanical issue right now–sinker baller has to stay on top. It’s actually getting to be a tough call…

      • calicub

        Loe and Bowden are my guesses

        • SomeGuy27

          Loe is a good bet and he might clear waivers. Otherwise, someone’s gonna have to go on the DL or a trade. IMO Bowden doesn’t clear waivers (3.83 ERA/1.02 WHIP since post 2012 all-star break).

          • John_CC

            who cares if Loe clears waivers? The guy is not a very good pitcher!

          • SomeGuy27

            I’d say Loe’s having a down year. It’s easy to go from sugar to sh*! in a couple of early outings.

            As a reliever in 254 career outings (prior to this season) he’s compiled a 3.70 ERA and 1.300 WHIP (Career ERA over 4 as a starter). Am I saying he’s the next coming? No he’s MLB average which has value. Thus far, this season has been an anomaly based on past history.

            I still think he has an arm angle issue causing him to lead with his elbow causing him to get under his sinker hence the HR’s.

          • calicub

            yeah i would hate to lose him too. i think he was a great return for a PED using 4th OF’r

      • BosephHeyden

        Loe has to go. I don’t see any value in him outside of going to the minors and being an emergency arm. Outside of that, Camp was lightning in a bottle last year, but apparently lightning in a bottle only stays put for a year before it blows the bottle up. So those would be my two.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Jackson. To me it’s a no-brainer…

    • gary3411

      I don’t think a six-man is out of the question for a month or so until someone pitches themselves out of it and/or injury.

      • John_CC

        The 6 man isn’t done for reasons. Mainly because it shorts your pen by an arm while doing nothing to increase the inning that the starting pitchers throw. If you had 4 or 5 pitchers that could each go 7 innings every start then it might work. But if you had that why would want want a 6th starter?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good play by Castro to get Cabrera

  • BosephHeyden

    That was simultaneously one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen a player do and one of the best catches I’ve seen in a long time.

    • John_CC

      explain please.

      • BosephHeyden

        Rizzo was in foul territory (first base side, obviously) near the tarp chasing a foul ball. On TV, it looked like the ball was heading to the seats. Then Rizzo dove over the tarp, caught the ball, and landed in the crease between the tarp and the cement wall. It was amazing and will likely be a top play of the week on ESPN, but the “dumbest thing” part comes when you watch the play and see how close Rizzo’s head comes to hitting the wall. And it isn’t made any easier to watch live when he comes up from the crease very, very slowly and minces for a bit.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tremendous catch by Rizzo

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hairston with a 2-run shot

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Hairston’s bat seems to be coming alive a bit…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wood steals second, first stolen base of career

  • BosephHeyden

    That was almost two web gems in one game.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Borbon with an excellent play

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Then a not-so-good one …

  • BosephHeyden

    Wow…that’s why you never quit on a play

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wood can now lose the game …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Speechless …

  • John_CC

    Russell had to give up run one of these outings, but jeez

  • BosephHeyden

    It won’t be given any second thought by anyone else, but kudos to Starlin Castro on that strikeout the catcher dropped for running it out and trying to get to first. Too many times it seems like people don’t make the effort to do so.

    • BosephHeyden

      And double kudos to Wellington Castillo for running out that that single to first that would have been an out had he ran at a regular pace.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I hate that. If you have an opportunity to get on base after a strikeout run your ass down there!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 4-2 to Padres – Travis Wood: 3R, 4H, 1BB, 3K in 7.2 IP (96 pitches, 63 strikes); 1-3, SB … Hairston: 1-3, HR, 2RBI; Castillo: 2-4, R, PB; Castro: 1-4, Rizzo: 1-4; Offense: 0-7 RISP, 9 LOB

  • brent carmona

    Man this hurts….

    Anybody got any jokes to lighten the mood? maybe an Aaron rant? …..help

    • BosephHeyden

      I got a rant: I don’t particularly like Len and the new guy. It just seems like the chemistry there isn’t that great, and they always sound like two guys goofing off and occasionally watching the game rather than two guys commenting on the game and sometimes going off in a different direction. Plus the new guy just sounds like he has nothing invested in the team. At least Bob could fake it when the Cubs weren’t doing well.

      • brent carmona

        Thanks for your rant, I usually listen to the radio so I can’t relate. all I know is Jim can come up with some witty one liners here and there, that’s about it. I guess they’re alright by me, Len needs a better home run call in my opinion….

        Pat and Keith are pretty good, I just cant stand Keith mentioning ‘he got great extension’ like every other batter…both show passion that’s what i like most

      • calicub

        Don’t forget how long Len & Bob were broadcasting together. Thats where the chemistry comes in. I think they will get better as time goe on, but it still hurts losing Bob.

        Your right though as far as JD’s investment in the cubs… At least Brenly had played for the Cubs, and had a son in the system so he was part of the Family, and it showed in his game calling.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      There once was a man from Nantucket …

      • brent carmona

        Hmm i can’t tell what you mean Neil….I feel dumb lol

        • calicub

          Its the begining to a very popular limeric which has been recreated time and time again in dirtier and dirtier forms…

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          It’s a very old joke, did not mean to make you feel dumb. Sorry.

          • brent carmona

            All good,! recap coming soon Neil?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Yes, working on right now

  • paulcatanese

    The Cubs lost today, cannot get the games unless they are on WGN, and it seems to be less and less. Will wait for you’re update Neil.