Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 05/25/13

Game Forty-Eight: Cubs (18-29) vs. Reds (30-18)

  • Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Travis Wood (4-2, 2.24/0.93) vs. Homer Bailey (2-3, 3.09/1.11)

The Cubs will shoot to put an end to their season-long five-game losing streak tonight behind Travis Wood. The middle of the lineup is not hitting right now and until Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano start hitting again, the Cubs will continue to lose games. Rizzo is hitless over the last four games and has not made much contact in nearly a week. The Cubs have lost their last five games by a total of eight runs while having plenty of chances to score runs … and it will not get any easier for the offense this afternoon with Homer Bailey on the mound for the Reds.

The Reds are playing good ball right now while beating the teams they should. The Cubs have lost six of the seven games against the Redlegs this season while only being outscored 34-25.

Travis Wood is off to an excellent start to his season. Wood posted his ninth straight quality start the last time out against the Mets and became the first Cubs pitcher to begin a season with at least nine straight quality starts since Mordecai “Three Fingers” Brown in 1908. Brown began the season with 11 straight quality starts, all complete games.

The Cubs are 2-15 in the last 17 games against the Reds and not only will the offense have  to put runs on the board but it will be up to Travis Wood to set the tone early in order for the Cubs’ losing streak to come to an end. This afternoon all starts with Travis Wood.

Travis Wood is coming off a very disappointing outing and this afternoon will be a big test for the young left-hander. Wood was in total control for 6 2/3 innings but a bloop and a blast turned an excellent start into just a quality one. Wood sat in the dugout during the bottom of the seventh inning and the smoke coming from his ears could be seen on the broadcast. Wood has been better than anyone expected to this point of the season and once again this afternoon will be very telling as to where he is with his development. Not only is he coming off the rough end to an otherwise excellent start but he is facing the team that gave up on him in a very hitter friendly ballpark.

Travis Wood is 2-1 in his last four starts with a 2.22 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP … and outside of Wrigley, 2-0 in three starts with a 1.96 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP.

Travis Wood put together a very good outing at Great American Ball Park last month. Wood held the high-powered Reds offense to two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. The second run that Wood was charged with came after he left the game. Pinch-hitter Jack Hannahan tripled off James Russell and drove in the tying run. Wood has not beaten his old team in three tries. Wood is 0-1 with a 4.42 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Jay Bruce – 2-for-5 with two home runs
  • Shin-Soo Choo – 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Zack Cozart – 1-for-10 with a double
  • Todd Frazier – 4-for-8 with a home run and a walk
  • Ryan Hanigan – 2-for-5
  • Jack Hannahan – 1-for-2
  • Devin Mesoraco – 2-for-2
  • Brandon Phillips – 1-for-9 with a double
  • Joey Votto – 0-for-2 with a walk

Homer Bailey is off to an excellent start to his season. Bailey is coming off a gem against the Phillies that was on the heels of a complete game, 10-strikeout performance against the Marlins. As with so many starting pitchers, Bailey’s win-loss record is very misleading. In 58 1/3 innings this season, Bailey has struck out 55 batters, allowed just 50 hits and has issued only 15 walks. If the Cubs thought they were getting a break with Bailey on the mound that is the furthest thing from reality.

Bailey has been just about unhittable in his home park this season. Bailey is 1-0 in four starts with a 2.16 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. In his last four starts, Homer Bailey is 1-1 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.

Like many of the Reds’ pitchers, Homer Bailey has beaten the Cubs over the years and while his numbers are not that good, he’s been very effective when facing the Cubs. Bailey is 5-2 in 10 career starts with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. Bailey was a perfect 3-0 in four starts against the Cubs a year ago with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Homer Bailey

  • Darwin Barney – 7-for-17 with a walk
  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Starlin Castro – 5-for-18 with two home runs and two walks
  • David DeJesus – 3-for-13
  • Scott Hairston – 4-for-13 with a double and a home run
  • Cody Ransom – 1-for-8 with a home run
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Alfonso Soriano – 5-for-22 with two doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-0for-7 with a walk

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • RynoTiger

    I’d sit Castro for a couple of games or a series. he’s not showing any signs of learning, adapting, changing, or hitting his way out of his funk. I wouldn’t have him just sit though. I’d have a coach there talking him through scenarios in each game to see what his game plan would be in certain at bats or defensive situations. You him him

    • paulcatanese

      That would be difficult, since he doesn’t even know how many cans in a six pack, unless they are scattered all over the place and he has to reach for them:)

  • RynoTiger

    so is it time to replace the hitting coach?

    • RynoTiger

      yes these are terrible me down! hahahahaha…thank you for the laugh

      • BosephHeyden

        I tried to even it out a bit. Because I think you’re right. At this point in time, you can look at this team and say they’re young, but the problem is they’re not developing. Rizzo seems to be regressing, Castro is definitely regressing, and Castillo…I don’t even know what his deal is. That’s three key pieces that this team is going to have to rely on if they have any hope of being competitive, and they’re just not performing at the levels they should be.

        They fired Rudy Jaramillo for much less, and people still consider him one of the best. Their hitting is just not where it needs to be, and after a while, you can’t point to team effort anymore.

        • RynoTiger

          I would agree. You know why I don’t like the Cardinals? Because they’re so damn good year after year after year. As much as I hate to say it, the Cardinals organization knows how to develop players. I think the Cubs could do a case study of the Cardinals organization and try to learn how they determine the qualities of the coaches they want, how to assess a coaching candidate’s skill set to coach and develop, how they coach and develop a player, how they assist a player through challenging times, and how they get players with perhaps less than stellar skill sets to get the most out of their skills.

          That’s what I see year after year with the Cardinals. I want that for the Cubs.

          oh and for pure comedic relief, I voted down for every post on here today. after I post this one, I will give it a down vote too. :)

        • John_CC

          Please explain how “Rizzo is regressing.” Regressing from his AAA numbers? What? I really don’t understand, it is his first full season.

          • BosephHeyden

            He hasn’t played a full season as of yet. Comparing what little time he played last year versus the first part of this season, that’s a regression. He has one good game and it’s followed up by four or five not-so-good games. Him having a good game outside of Wrigley seems to be a rarity (they showed the numbers before the game, they weren’t good at all).

        • Ripsnorter1

          Firing Rudy Jarmillo worked. It solved all of the Cubs’ offensive woes last year.


        • paulcatanese

          After todays game, someone ought to mention to Castillo that there are pitches below the neck that he can swing at.
          He was swinging at neck high pitches, and for the love of me I don’t know how he put the bat on the ball, he did but not very well.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Which one?

  • RynoTiger

    I must admit that when the game broadcast started today and Len and JD were looking into the camera from the booth, the only thing I could think is that JD reminded me of a character from the movie Dinner for Schmucks

  • Micharl

    Hit after hit after hit on 2 strike pitches and Sveum just left Wood in there. I’ve watched Sveum mishandle games all year. BP is bad but Wood lost it in the 6th quickly.

    • Henry

      same thing happened in the 7th of the last game. Wood was getting his pitches up and got rocked.

  • Steven Petty

    In thinking it is time to fire Sveum! Then go hire Girardi or Sandberg! If this team is going to play at a championship level in the coming years, they need a winning manager. Attitude reflects leadership, Captain”!

    • BosephHeyden

      It kinda sucks we missed the boat on both. I would have gladly traded 07 and 08 if it meant a proper rebuild under Girardi, and obviously most of us are very fond of Ryno. But here we stand…

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 5-2 to Reds on Saturday – Travis Wood: 5R, 7H,
    3BB, 5K in 5.2 IP (115 pitches, 69 strikes)

    Anthony Rizzo: 3-3, 2B, BB, RBI,
    R; Alfonso Soriano: 1-4, RBI

  • gary3411

    Albert Almora CRUSHED the ball again today in a double header. I believe it was 4-7 and a few doubles. He has a 1.500+ OPS so far in KC.