Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 05/27/13

Game Fifty: Cubs (19-30) vs. White Sox (24-24)

  • Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet (Cubs), WGN TV (White Sox) – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 178/844
  • Location – U.S. Cellular Field, South Side of Chicago

Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 3.25/1.13) vs. Jose Quintana (3-1, 3.48/1.18)

Happy Memorial Day from the CCO and a huge tip of the cap to all of the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice to provide us with the freedom that we enjoy everyday.

Weather permitting … The Cubs and White Sox renew their rivalry in the Crosstown Classic, the battle for the Crosstown Cup, or at least that is what the next four days is being billed as in Chicago. The White Sox have owned the Cubs over the past two seasons, and really since 2008. The Cubs are 4-8 in the last 12 games against the South Side but this is the first season of the new format. The Cubs will play the Sox for the next four days, two on the South Side on Monday and Tuesday then the series wraps with day games at Wrigley on Wednesday and Thursday.

Like the last two years, the Cubs do not match up well with the Sox and it figures to be a very challenging four days ahead for the Cubs. The Cubs will face southpaws for the next three days and that alone does not bode well for the Cubs. Dale Sveum has mentioned using more of his everyday lineup against southpaws due to the ineffectiveness of his right handed lineup. Sveum announced Sunday that Scott Hairston would serve as the Cubs’ DH tonight and Dioner Navarro would be used as the designated hitter on Tuesday night. The Cubs are a league worst 4-10 in games started by lefties and will face three very good ones over the next three games.

After tonight’s matchup of Jeff Samardzija and lefty Jose Quintana, Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face Chris Sale on Tuesday with Scott Feldman taking on John Danks on Wednesday at Wrigley. The four-game series is scheduled to wrap up on Thursday with Travis Wood facing Jake Peavy.

The Cubs are expected to have a new face in the bullpen for tonight’s game. Kyuji Fujikawa is expected to go on the DL and Eduardo Sanchez should be recalled to take his spot on the active roster.

It’s the Cubs vs. the Sox … and it all starts with Jeff Samardzija.

Jeff Samardzija is coming off another tough-luck loss. Samardzija allowed only one run on three hits over seven innings to the Pirates with a walk and eight strikeouts in his last start. Francisco Liriano and the Pirates’ pen tossed a shutout and Samardzija took the loss … the second time this season that Samardzija lost a game 1-0.

After just a horrible outing against the Nationals on May 10, Samardzija has bounced back rather well and has allowed just three runs on eight hits with three walks and 15 strikeouts in his last 15 innings (two starts). Samardzija’s location and command has been a lot better and he will once again have to bring his A-game tonight. Including the start against the Nationals, Samardzija is 1-2 in his last four starts with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

Jeff Samardzija has pitched well outside of Wrigley this season and is 1-5 in six road starts with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP but has never beaten the White Sox.

The Cubs number one starter ruffled the feathers of the White Sox last year at Wrigley with not only his comments but when he hit Paul Konerko the at bat after Konerko took him deep. Samardzija ended up losing the game that is remembered for Kerry Wood ending his career by striking out Dayan Viciedo and carrying his son off the field and into the Cubs’ clubhouse. Samardzija is 0-2 in four career games, one start, against the Sox with a 3.27 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.

White Sox Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Alejandro De Aza – 0-for-4
  • Adam Dunn – 1-for-5 with a home run and a walk
  • Tyler Greene – 1-for-3
  • Jeff Keppinger – 1-for-2
  • Paul Konerko – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Alexei Ramirez – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Alex Rios – 1-for-5
  • Dayan Viciedo – 1-for-1
  • Dewayne Wise – 0-for-1

Jose Quintana is off to a very good start to his season and is coming off his second best outing of the year. Quintana tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball against the Red Sox in his last start. Boston managed just three hits while Quintana struck out five and walked two batters. Quintana is 1-1 in his last four starts with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Quintana throws strikes and has not walked more than two batters in any of his nine starts.

Quintana is 2-1 in four starts at the Cell this season with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

The Cubs will face the lefty for the first time in a regular season game and Cody Ransom (0-for-3) is the only player on the Cubs’ active roster that has faced Jose Quintana during his career.

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  • raymondrobertkoenig

    Cubs claim Burnett to take Qg’s spot.

    • calicub

      Which makes Eduardo Sanchez’s absense from Iowa intriguing…

      • Tom U

        I don’t know why Sanchez is not in Iowa, but including Burnett on today’s roster may be just because he is a fresh arm. Sanchez was used a couple of days ago, while the best minor league candidate, Yoanner Negrin, pitched 4+ innings yesterday. Burnett hasn’t pitched since May 13.

        • SomeGuy27

          They may have gotten Sanchez on the road before deciding to pick up Burnett. Someone in the press tweeted earlier that Burnett will be in uniform tonight.

  • BosephHeyden

    This series has lost a lot of it’s luster now that Ozzie and AJ are gone. Now, it’s more about finding out how to avoid the incredible annoyance that is Hawk Harrelson (a feat that will be impossible for anyone outside of Chicago tomorrow due to the Cubs being on WCIU).

    • paulcatanese

      My wife asked is today’s game telecast? I told her Heee gonn, and she said can we go shopping instead?

      • Tom U

        By the way Paul, thank you for your service on this Memorial Day.

        • paulcatanese

          Thank you Tom, and the same to all out there.

  • Tom U

    Albert Almora came out of today’s Cougars game with leg injury. Early reports are hamstring, Cubs GM Jed Hoyer says on CubsTalk CSN

    • paulcatanese

      That is truly a bummer for him and Cub fans.

      • Tom U

        Almora just Tweeted that he is all right and will be back in a day or two.

  • Sonate

    Jeff hit Konerko…with a breaking pitch!!!!! Even Steve Stone said it could not have been intentional. I hope the Sox give Jeff a break!

  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Borbon – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Hairston – DH
    Castillo – C
    Ransom – 3B
    Sweeney – RF
    Barney – 2B

  • Ripsnorter1
  • Ripsnorter1

    Look at all of the bright spots….

    This time in 2012 vs. 2013.
    Cubs were 15-32 vs. 19-30 in 20132.

    Cubs had scored 161 runs vs. 190 runs.

    Cubs had allowed 215 runs vs 202 in 2013.

    Cubs had just lost 12 in a row, vs. coming off a win to snap a 6 game losing streak.

    • Theboardrider

      Thanks Rip…

  • paulcatanese

    I really think too much was made about Cueto’s pitch to Dejesus. That doesn’t even qualify as 1/10th old school.

    He wasn’t close.

    Today’s game doesn’t have runners sliding with spikes high, ten feet out of the baseline, dropping a bunt down the first baseline and taking the pitcher out, spiking someone every time you get a chance. Throwing the bat at the pitcher (It slipped),people tending to the slightest chance of injury, I’m surprised the DL doesn’t have players on it with the flu.
    Baker wasn’t too far off with his opinion to let them fight it out and then forget it.

    • Sonate

      I agree Paul. DeJesus was laughing after the warning was given. Unlikely he thought it was intentional. I looked like a pitch that got away.

      • Neil

        From ESPN Chicago: DeJesus says if you saw him smiling during Cueto stuff its cause he was smiling at Frazier who he’s friends with…not concerned w Cueto

  • Ripsnorter1

    Since the start of 2012, Starlin Castro has 70 hits vs. breaking pitches, 7 more than any other player in MLB.

  • Neil

    Cubs last two runs have scored on walks

  • Ripsnorter1

    Soriano keeps his SB title with that 6th steal.

    • paulcatanese

      Just blazing speed:)

  • Neil

    Borbon with a 2-run homer, first as a Cub

  • Ripsnorter1

    Both BBs by Quintana have scored.

    It’s nice to have it coming our way for a change.

    • Neil

      Agreed …

  • Neil

    Dating back to the 10th inning on Sunday, the Cubs have walked three times (plus one intentional) and all three of those walks have scored

  • Neil

    That was a nice catch by Soriano to end the fifth

  • Neil

    The Cubs manufactured a run and Welington Castillo walked in the same inning … that is four walks in four days for Castillo

  • RynoTiger

    so as good as Barney’s glove is, if his offense doesn’t pick up, what do the Cubs do?
    -have him retool his swing and plate approach over the winter and hope like heck something clicks?
    -let it come down to a competition between Barney and Watkins and the winner gets the job?
    -something else?
    That was just a dumb send on Bell’s part to have Sweeney try to score.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Barney will face competition if there is any competition to face. If Watkins is ready, he’s in trouble–imo.

      • RynoTiger

        at this point, the big question for Barney is if at any point this season he’ll get a BA that is above the Mendoza line.
        Although if BA could take into calculation the number of pop ups and lazy fly ball outs, then Barney’s BA would be a lot higher.

        • Ripsnorter1

          He was injured. He never could hit for much average. He’ll be up to .230 by the All-Star break.

          Now about Hairston…..

          • RynoTiger

            yes Hairston…umm…ugh…well at least he does something that Barney doesn’t show right now..the ability to hit the ball with some if only those balls would stay in between the white lines

          • Ripsnorter1

            Big contract = falls off next year.

          • Theboardrider

            2nd base is one position we do have many prospects to fill. Watkins, Villanueva, Baez…

            i hope to see Watkins up sooner than later.

    • paulcatanese

      Dumber yet, Castro should have been standing on second base, the throw went all the way home on a fly.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I’d like to see Soriano steal 25 bases this year. That would be a real kick.

    • triple

      That would be incredible! I’d say 15 is way more realistic, and if he does do it, it shows that his legs are much healthier than they’ve been over the last 3-4 years.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Samardzija has only tossed 95 pitches. Let him finish the game.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Soriano hitting .278 now. Let’s get that above .285 and get those 25 steals and 25 HRs!

    • Theboardrider

      And then trade him for a B level prospect. It could happen ;)…

  • Tony_Hall

    Great game tonight. Congrats to Samardzija on his 1st shutout and doing it against the White Sox had to make it even more special for him.

    Nice to see the batters work the counts and take their free passes for a change.

    • Theboardrider

      Definitely. Patience will pay dividends for this lineup…

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the White Sox 7-0 on Monday night – Jeff
    Samardzija: 0R, 2H, 2BB, 8K in 9IP (108 pitches, 65 strikes) first complete
    game shutout of Jeff Samardzija’s career

    Borbon: 2-5, HR, 2RBI, 2R; Rizzo:
    2-5, 2B, 3B, 2RBI; Castro: 2-4, 2B, BB, SB, 2R; Soriano: 3-4, 2RBI, SB

  • John_CC

    I gotta admit, I like the rivalry that is emerging between Dusty’s Reds and the Cubs.