Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 06/27/13

Game Seventy-Seven: Cubs (32-44) vs. Brewers (33-44)

  • Game Time – 1:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
  • Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Matt Garza (2-1, 4.25/1.13) vs. Wily Peralta (5-8, 5.59/1.60)

The Cubs wrap up the three-game series with the Brewers this afternoon with a chance of leaving Milwaukee with a series win under their belt. After dropping their ninth in a row at Miller Park on Tuesday night, the Cubs hung on and ended their skid in Milwaukee on Wednesday. Now the trick is to leave for Seattle a game out of the cellar in the NL Central.

Brian Bogusevic is expected to be in the starting lineup again this afternoon. The Cubs gave Alfonso Soriano a breather on Wednesday and he should be back in left field today. Dale Sveum announced on Wednesday that Soriano would serve as the team’s DH in during the three games in Seattle and in Oakland with Bogusevic receiving a majority of the play in left field.

Could today be one of, if not the last start for Matt Garza in a Cubs’ uniform? The Cubs are listening to offers for Garza and some think he could be the first player the Cubs trade. A ton of scouts are expected at Miller Park today to watch Garza pitch. Dioner Navarro should be in the starting lineup this afternoon and not because he is Garza’s catcher, but because the Cubs are playing a day game after Welington Castillo caught the night before.

This afternoon it all starts with Matt Garza

Matt Garza is coming off his longest start of the season and his longest outing since he tossed 8 2/3 innings against the Brewers on April 12, 2012 at Wrigley Field. Garza limited the Astros to one run on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in eight-plus innings. Garza took the hill in the ninth but walked the first batter he faced and Dale Sveum went to Kevin Gregg to nail down the win.

The Cubs need for the Matt Garza than has shown up for his last two starts to take the hill this afternoon. Not only could the Cubs use a win, but so could Matt Garza.

Garza has allowed only one earned run in his last two starts (15-plus innings) on seven hits with four walks and 13 strikeouts. Garza threw the ball extremely well against the Astros and will look to keep it going against a team he’s had success against in the past.

Matt Garza 1-1 in his last four starts with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP and will face the Brewers for the first time this season. Garza owns a career mark of 3-1 in six starts against Milwaukee with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. Garza was 1-0 in three starts versus Milwaukee a year ago with a 1.37 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP … and he is 0-1 in three career starts at Miller Park with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Norichika Aoki – 1-for-4 with a home run
  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 6-for-25 with a double
  • Ryan Braun – 4-for-16 with a double, a home run and three walks
  • Juan Francisco – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Carlos Gomez – 1-for-3
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-3
  • Rickie Weeks – 2-for-17 with two walks

The Cubs will get their third look of the season at a pitcher that has looked like Cy Young against them. Wily Peralta has struggled mightily this year against just about every other team except for the Cubs. Peralta has a chance to be a serviceable big league starter but there is no reason for the Cubs’ lineup to not have a ton of success against him right now.

Peralta tossed seven innings of shutout ball against the free-swinging Atlanta Braves his last time out. Peralta allowed just two hits, with four walks and four strikeouts. Even with the dominant outing against Atlanta, Peralta is 1-2 in his last four starts with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Dating back to the first of May, Peralta is 2-7 in his last ten starts with a 7.89 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.

Wily Peralta is 1-0 in two career starts against the Cubs with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Wily Peralta

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Julio Borbon – 1-for-1
  • Welington Castillo – 2-for-6
  • Scott Hairston – 0-for-1
  • Dioner Navarro – 0-for-2
  • Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-4 with a home run and two walks
  • Nate Schierholtz – 0-for-6
  • Alfonso Soriano – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-for-6

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Valbuena – 3B
    Castro – SS
    Schierholtz – RF
    Sweeney – CF
    Rizzo – 1B
    Bogusevic – LF
    Navarro – C
    Barney – 2B
    Garza – P

    • Bredstik

      Anyone else find it odd that Soriano is sitting two games in a row?

  • TinkerstoEverstoChance

    so Soler is out 4-6 weeks; which could easily turn into rest of season. that puts his debut back to 2015 at the earliest and a big “if” depending on if he hits with power; otherwise prob 2016. only 8 homers so far; not showing what was projected of him. meanwhile, puig, cespedes, ryu are doing great in the majors and making an impact. cubs chose the cheap route and most unpolished of the 4 so they could delay winning till 2016; per the ricketts regime of losing on purpose as the mandate. while the other 3 were major league ready; soler is really only a “suspect”……….now hurt further delaying his progression.
    why does all of this sound so familiar with the cubs. great prospect. gets hurt. more losing. anyone?? Mr Wood?? Mr Prior??….comments……….
    all the eggs are in the “prospect basket”; lake been hurt, soler now hurt, almora was hurt, bjax hurt, vitters hurt, vizcaino hurt and gone for a long time again, concepcion basically been hurt since day one, maples seems to be hurt too……….always…….
    105 yrs and counting……………lets hope the “all the eggs are in the prospect basket” is not really scrambled eggs.

    • Vivid_Reality

      If anything Soler was the most polished between him and Puig at the time of signing. No one can really predict how players will develop and the Dodgers just happened to catch lighting in a bottle. That by no means diminishes the potential the Soler has. He may be lost to this season but I will almost guarantee he will play in the AFL to make up for the time he lost. If he performs well I don’t think his time table will be effected at all.

    • Vivid_Reality

      If anything Soler was the most polished between him and Puig at the time of signing. No one can really predict how players will develop and the Dodgers just happened to catch lighting in a bottle. That by no means diminishes the potential the Soler has. He may be lost to this season but I will almost guarantee he will play in the AFL to make up for the time he lost. If he performs well I don’t think his time table will be effected at all.

    • calicub

      when cespedes signed, most believed he would fail miserably in the majors and quickly return to the minors for a career of mediocrity.

      Hindsight is 20/20 my friend

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

        “Losing on purpose.” I just love when people say that.

        As if Ricketts and Theo are up in the box like Rachel Phelps high-fiving every time we lose a game. Silly…

        • paulcatanese

          I have heard that they do have a
          life size cardboard photo of Theo and Ricketts and peel off clothes in the Clubhouse:)

          • Ray Ray

            hahahaha. good one Paul!

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

            That made me smile bigger than anything else I’ve read or heard today Paul! Thanks…

      • TinkerstoEverstoChance

        here’s 3 scouting reports that show Cespedes was worth every penny and more. he had a .861 OPS last yr, 3.7 WAR and 10th in MVP voting. there is no 20/20 hindsight my friend, as you say, the Cubs were all over him, but too cheap to give the 4 yr deal the A’s did, Theo wanted 6 (Ricketts I assume too). as this team isn’t project to stop losing on purpose or re-building as the Theo lovers call it, till 2016; the 5th year of the new regime.
        http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/2012/02/scouting-report-for-as-outfielder-yoenis-cespedes/http://baseballprospectnation.com/2012/02/13/scouting-report-yoenis-cespedes-of/
        http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/hotstove11/story/_/id/7526784/yoenis-cespedes-compared-colby-rasmus-adam-jones-others-big-league-execs-mlb
        And despite the Ricketts lowering payroll by 1/3; and profiting 32M according to Forbes; this is an example of what 114M could of been spent on compared to what it was.
        36M-Cespedes
        36M-Ryu (or towards Garza)
        42M-Puig
        However, Theo/Jed spent:
        52M-Jackson-bust
        30M-Soler-unknown in minors
        4M-Stewart 2 yrs of zilch
        10M-Fujikawa-injured for 80% ot time he’ll be on a roster
        6M-Concepcion-injured; minors; non-prospect
        6M-Baker-injured;
        5M-Hairston-below the “Mendoza Line”
        Seems to me; the repeat refrain of Cubs fans; coulda, woulda, shoulda, is being repeated; just a different GM; same results; and no where near a championship.
        Here’s hoping Garza brings back soon-to-be ready MLB pitching prospects; and not more injured suspects; hence we become the O’s, Bucs or Royals who “rebuilt” for 20 yrs each and did not win anything. And still haven’t.

    • gary3411

      Thank GOD it’s not all eggs in a ‘few’ prospects and we are hoarding as many as we can!

      There is no other way my friend without getting extremely lucky or absolutely ignoring the future for the short-term gain.

    • Suzy S

      Hi “Cubs1967″!

      • John_CC

        Ha! Good call Suzy. I started to skim that post and quickly scrolled past it, so I went back and looked after your comment and I think you’re right. The general message and style of the post are right in line. 1000 pts for you.

        • Tony_Hall

          It is amazing how many people have to change their names……and yet we go by our actual names…..not sure what people are hiding from, maybe its their own words.

  • Ray Ray

    Borbon hasn’t had a start since June 5th. Why did they even claim him if they weren’t going to give him a fair shot?

    • Vivid_Reality

      I mean, Sweeney is kind of killing his chances at that.

      • Ray Ray

        Bogusevic?

        • Vivid_Reality

          He fits the profile of a more typical corner outfielder than Borbon does. If Sweeney wasn’t crushing right now I think we would have seen more of Borbon in center during DeJesus’ injury.

          • calicub

            Agreed.. Julio needs to b playing everyday in IOwa

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

            Out of options. I said the same thing last night. If Schierholtz gets moved Borbon may get his shot.

            I read today where the Nationals are looking for a right-handed player to hit against lefties. DeJesus would have been perfect if not injured.

            Crazy all the lefties we have now! I have trouble not thinking of them as a right-handed team from the old Ramirez and DLee days. That was truly one of our achilles heels’ during those years. We made it so easy on managers in late inning relief situations.

          • calicub

            I know hes out of options, I just think that’d be the best place for him. He did clear all of the AL clubs to get claimed by the cubs so its not out of the quiestio that at this point in the year he may cler

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

            I’d love to see it. I believe in the guy, but he will have to get to play everyday to get back on track. As Ray said last night it may happen, just somewhere else.

            Unless we can trade Schierholtz and DeJesus when he gets back. Then maybe we could let Borbon, Sweeney and Bogusevic ride out the season. But who knows. If Sweeney is hitting .320 and has 15-10 bombs at the deadline we may get some nips for him.

        • Vivid_Reality

          He fits the profile of a more typical corner outfielder than Borbon does. If Sweeney wasn’t crushing right now I think we would have seen more of Borbon in center during DeJesus’ injury.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From George Ofman: If Garza pitches well today, don’t be shocked if he’s traded over the weekend. Rangers really want him.

    • Ray Ray

      Not crazy about Mike Olt but Martin Perez has been lights out at Round Rock. He is a 22 year old lefty and he would be a good one to nab from them.

      • Vivid_Reality

        If we could nab Martin Perez and Luke Jackson I’d be pretty happy.

        • Ray Ray

          I have a feeling Olt will be involved. His strike out rate this year is pretty alarming.

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

            I could imagine they may try to include Cody Buckel as well as he’s been substandard of late. Imagine Olt and Buckel. They’d be dumping their guys that are underperforming on us. I hope we demand a guy like Perez or Folt.

          • Ray Ray

            Have you seen Cody Buckel’s numbers?

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

            Very bad. That’s what I’m saying. I don’t want Olt or Buckel, especially not both. But at one time he was a highly touted prospect and is still considered a top 5 talent in their system.

          • Ray Ray

            Yes. I agree. So many prospects who are highly touted get away with pure talent in the lower levels of the minors. I would rather stay away from players who struggle as badly as Olt and Buckel have.

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

    Man I hope Garza goes 8 strong of shut-out ball. Then pull the trigger this weekend with the Rangers and max out that return! What if we could send Feldman and Garza for Profar? Dreamin’?

    I’d also take a package of Perez and Font. Or one of those guys and Alfaro…

    • gary3411

      dreamin lol not if we got Samardzija involved….

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

    Bogusevic excites me. He looked good last night…

    • Dorasaga

      Agreed.

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

    Sweeney just continues to hit…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bogusevic with his first RBI and Barney delivers again with run scoring hit.

  • Dorasaga

    Few thoughts to boot:

    1. Barney is Mr. Clutch.
    2. Rizzo has discipline. He rarely made mental mistakes. Reliable–check his advanced stats; he’s the best defensive first baseman the past 3 seasons, a rare jewel since Pujols.
    3. What else we don’t know about the roller coaster Crew rotation? The Cubs are showcasing veterans to trade, while the Brewers showcasing younger talents to trade.

    • gary3411

      It may not seem like it, but Barney’s hardly hitting his weight with runners in scoring position.

      • Ray Ray

        agree. Look at his RISP. Not good. I would not hesitate to include Barney in a trade if a contending team wanted him.

        • Dorasaga

          The last time the Cubs won a World Series, they had the best defensive infield in baseball. Barney is one of the top middle infielder, if not the best already. He saved pitchers a lot of runs. The Cubs will need him to contend, at least in the near future, while his range and reflexes outshine all peers.

          • Ray Ray

            His range and relexes outshine all his peers? He makes all the plays he can get to but he doesn’t have outstanding range nor does he turn the double play exceptionally well. His bat is a liablilty and with the middle infielders coming up in the system, I don’t see him being the starting 2B when this team is ready to compete. Move him while you can get something for him.

          • Dorasaga

            You need to look around the league. Few 2B actually reached the balls Barney can. There’s a reason why Sveum puts him out day after day.

          • Tony_Hall

            I’m with Rayray on this one…….that’s kind of hard to say or iimagine…..

          • Ray Ray

            You should try it more often. It will make you feel better.

          • Tony_Hall

            I doubt it, I haven’t felt good all night. :)

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

            Nice infield knowledge on the 1908 team Dorasaga! That’s some deep Cubbie cred…

          • Dorasaga

            Thanks. Obviously, 1908 was a different time; even so, the Cubs had the best defensive infield for years. I think we need to be careful of what we wish for. Barney has skills not easily replaceable.

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

            I absolutely agree. He does get clutch hits and he’s a gold glover. I believe Barney can be a 2nd baseman on a chamionship team.

        • GaryLeeT

          They have to trade Barney, to make room for Cano.

  • Ray Ray

    Garza is a quality starter. 4 K’s so far in his first 2 innings of work. Too bad they couldn’t have worked out an extension,but I hope they get back a young starter who could take a spot as soon as next year.

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

      This would be the minimum I would accept for him. Or two guys that are two years away.

      If he keeps this up today Thoyer will really have some leverage this weekend. Teams one quality starter away will be bidding for him.

      • Ray Ray

        Martin Perez would fit that description but they should get back at least one other top prospect besides him.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with another hit … 3rd in 7 at bats

    • calicub

      bad time to jam a finger…

  • Ray Ray

    Grindl is brutal in left. He should have caught Rizzo’s ball last night. Lost that soft liner in the lights and now another error today.

    • paulcatanese

      What did you expect? His mentor for left was
      Braun:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs make it official … Cubs have signed 4th round selection RHP Tyler Skulina of Kent State University from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Navarro with a 3-run shot

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

      I wonder what he could do as a full-time starter? He seems to be really good behind the plate. He drives in runs in extremely limited opportunities.

      • John_CC

        I thought his reputation as a defensive catcher was pretty bleak. He is an offensive catcher.

  • Ray Ray

    Garza is dealing today!!!! It is probably good that ARam got a base hit so there won’t be any reason to keep him in the game longer than he needs to. Let Garza go 6 IP today tops. Take him out and let the offers come! He has proven that he is healthy and his stuff is nasty. He could really help a playoff team.

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

      Ray, I don’t know what it is today, but once again you have stolen the words from my mouth!

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

        The 2 hits don’t hurt either if a national league team wants to deal for him….

    • Bredstik

      They’re leaving him in too long…

      • Ray Ray

        Can’t understand what Sveum is thinking. He should have never started the 7th.

        • Bredstik

          Agreed. But hey, he got out of it. Looks even better now, but he’d better not send him back out for the 8th!

          101 pitches – excellent start. Let’s end on that…

          • Ray Ray

            agreed. great start by Garza!

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

            Done deal…

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

            And he’s out…

      • Ray Ray

        OK. He got out of it. I don’t agree with letting him start the 7th but there is no way he will go out there in the 8th. I don’t even think Sveum would do that.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another good outing by Garza

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

    Great long at-bat by Borbon! 10 pitches then worked a walk.

  • Tony_Hall

    7 innings

    101 pitches

    1 run and 10 k’s

    About perfect. Couldn’t have drawn it up any better.

    • Ray Ray

      What’s an M? Is that another saber stat?

      • Tony_Hall

        I fixed it. Typing on a small 7 inch pad that thinks it knows the words better than I do that I want to type.

        • Ray Ray

          Great start by Garza today! I hope they deal him before his next start

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

            Certainly. Deal high. Right now he’s got to look almost as attractive as before the injury last year.

          • Tony_Hall

            It wouldn’t surprise me.

    • Ray Ray

      lol. why did you edit that? I wanted to know what 10 M’s were

      • calicub

        5 M&Ms?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Brewers 7-2 on Thursday afternoon – Matt
    Garza: 1R, 8H, BB, HBP, 10K in 7IP (101 pitches, 66 strikes) … Garza went 2-3,
    R at the plate

    Navarro: 1-4, HR, 3RBI; Barney: 1-4, RBI; Bogusevic: 1-4, 2B,
    RBI, 2R; Castro: 2-5, 2B, R; Sweeney: 1-4, 2R

  • GaryLeeT

    I wonder if the Brewers liked the Cub’s 9th inning pitching change when they had a 5 run lead, 1 out, and nobody on.

  • paulcatanese

    Another nice win.

  • paulcatanese

    Yankees talking to Stewart? Perfect for the Yanks. Now everyone can be sure they are on the downslope.
    They wouldn’t even think about paying him, and he would fit right in with the rest of the slackers, and be given a key to the “soda shops” in Florida, maybe he can stay healthy.