Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 05/30/13

Game Fifty-Two: Cubs (21-30) vs. White Sox (24-26)

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

Travis Wood (4-3, 2.73/1.00) vs. Jake Peavy (6-2, 2.97/1.04)

Weather permitting … The Cubs can wrap up the BP Crosstown Cup for this season with a win over the White Sox this afternoon. The Cubs have won the first two games of the Crosstown Series and a victory today would guarantee the Cubs a season series victory over the Sox. The two teams have not announced the make-up date for Tuesday’s rainout but the general feeling is the game will be made up on Monday, June 24.

Welington Castillo will be back behind the plate this afternoon. Dale Sveum told reporters following Dioner Navarro’s hat trick on Wednesday that Castillo is the Cubs’ starting catcher. Nate Schierholtz should be back in right field as well after being out of the starting lineup for the last three days.

This afternoon it all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood is coming off his first bad outing of the season and it will be interesting to see how he responds this afternoon. Wood struggled his last time out and did not seem to shake off the ending to his start before against the Mets. Wood did not complete six innings for the first time this season and surrendered five runs on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Wood started out strong but did not adjust as the game wore on and the Reds punished him the third time through the lineup.

Even with the bad outing in Cincinnati, Wood is 2-2 in his last five starts with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Wood has pitched beyond expectations to this point of the season but today is a big start for him.

Travis Wood is 2-2 in six starts at Wrigley this season with a 2.36 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP but he really needs to cut down on the free passes because solo shots are far less damaging than multi-run homers.

Travis Wood makes just his second career start against the White Sox today. Wood beat the Sox at the Cell last June 19 after holding them to one run on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts over six innings (1.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP).

White Sox Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Alejandro De Aza – 1-for-3
  • Adam Dunn – 0-for-3
  • Tyler Flowers – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Tyler Greene – 2-for-9 with a double
  • Jeff Keppinger – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Paul Konerko – 1-for-3
  • Alexei Ramirez – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Alex Rios – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Dayan Viciedo – 1-for-2 with a walk

Jake Peavy is off to an excellent start to his season. In nine starts this year, Peavy has allowed more than one earned run only four times. Peavy is not only being effective but he is pitching rather deep in each start and is coming off his first complete game of the season. Peavy held the Marlins to one run on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts and is 3-1 in his last four starts with a 2.51 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.

Jake Peavy has struggled a little on the road this season. Outside of the Cell, Peavy is 3-2 in five starts with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.

Jake Peavy has dominated the Cubs throughout his career. Peavy is 7-3 in 13 starts against the Cubs with a 2.23 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Peavy was 1-1 in two starts against the Cubs a year ago with a 0.59 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP. For his career at Wrigley, Peavy is 3-2 in seven starts with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jake Peavy

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-3
  • Julio Borbon – 1-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-12 with a walk
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-18 with a triple
  • Scott Hairston – 0-for-6
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-3
  • Nate Schierholtz – 0-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 9-for-29 with three doubles, three home runs and five walks
  • Ryan Sweeney – 2-for-4 with a double
  • Luis Valbuena – 4-for-11 with a double and two walks

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Schierholtz – RF

    Castillo – C
    Valbuena – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Wood – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wind is howling out today … Wood’s got to limit those homers to solo shots

    • paulcatanese

      Good thing he didn’t take that to heart:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Second catcher’s interference call for Castillo this week

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Wood pitching out of the first and second, one
    out jam

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney with a two-out RBI single

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And DeJesus with a two-out RBI single … 4 straight hits after
    two outs

  • daverj

    Per Rotoworld, Juan Francisco was designated for assignment today. Cubs should make an attempt to obtain him, and definitely grab him if he ends up on waivers.

    • Ray Ray

      43K’s in 115 AB’s. Bats left with a huge hole in his swing. Sveum will play Valbuena at 3rd ad nauseum. No point to pick him up.

      • Ray Ray

        Excuse me 115 PA. 108 AB

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Travis Wood with a GRANNY off Peavy

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Travis Wood with the first grand slam by a Cubs’ player this
    season

    • Ray Ray

      One thing for sure…I can’t remember the Cubs having as many pitchers who can hit the way this years staff can!

  • raymondrobertkoenig

    Juan Francisco, anyone?

  • BPchampions

    Since Castro switched to full legged pants his numbers dropped….what do you think?

    • 07GreyDigger

      Hilarious.

      • BPchampions

        Its also why fonzi wants a trade…he lost his little bro

  • DWalker

    I am stuck at work trying to follow along on gameday, but did Russell run over Sveums dog or steal his lunch or something? I get Sveum doesn’t like certain players, in some cases (stewart) its probably justified, but he seems to be fundamentally incapable of using some players like Russell for more than a bit role.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rich.hood.144 Rich Hood

      Russel was all over the place. Actually Sveum made a call to get him out before he fell apart.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the White Sox 8-3 on Thursday afternoon – Travis
    Wood: 2R, 5H, 2BB, 6K in 6IP (88 pitches, 56 strikes); 2-3, HR (GS), 4RBI

    Valbuena:
    3-4, HR, 2B, 3R; Castillo: 2-4, R; Barney: 1-3, RBI, HBP, 2R; Schierholtz: 1-4,
    HR

  • BosephHeyden

    These two teams played like their opponent’s record indicated this week: the Cubs seemed like the two games under .500 team and the White Sox seemed like the team that wants to compete with the Astros and Marlins for the top pick next year.

    I guess that’s why all the bandwagon fans started to jump from the White Sox to the Brewers a few years back. Now that both of those teams suck, where do the bandwagonners go?