Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mariners – 06/29/13

Game Seventy-Nine: Cubs (33-45) vs. Mariners (35-45)

  • Game Time – 6:15pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 181/844
  • Location – Safeco Field, Seattle

Jeff Samardzija (5-7, 3.39/1.19) vs. Aaron Harang (3-7, 5.29/1.31)

It’s turn back the clock night at Safeco Field as the Chicago Cubs take on the Seattle Turks.

Dale Sveum’s team will shoot to get back in the win column tonight behind Jeff Samardzija and put Friday night’s loss behind them. Once again the bullpen blew another lead (15 blown saves in 31 chances) and the Cubs face the challenge of putting a tough defeat behind them.

Alfonso Soriano is expected to serve as the team’s DH once again tonight. Soriano continued to thrive in the designated hitter’s role with a 2-for-4 night at the plate that included just his second homer of the month. Soriano is 29-for-77 over his career as a DH with eight home runs and a 1.148 OPS.

The Cubs and Mariners will wear retro uniforms tonight from 1909 when the Cubs were coming off back-to-back World Series titles and the team in Seattle was known as the Turks … a Class-B team in the Northwestern League.

Tonight it all starts with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija is coming off a quality start and a win against the Astros and will make his second consecutive start against an AL West team. Samardzija pitched better than his final line on a very windy day at Wrigley. Samardzija allowed four runs, three earned, on nine hits with no walks and five strikeouts in seven innings. The key to Samardzija’s success was not issuing any free passes.

After a rough start to the month, Samardzija has really settled down and thrown the ball much better … and the biggest difference is the lack of walks. Over his first three starts of June (18 1/3 innings), Samardzija walked eight while striking out 24 but in his last two outings (15 1/3 innings) he issued one walk and struck out 11 batters.

Jeff Samardzija is 2-1 in his last five starts with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.

Tonight will be the ninth road start of the season for Samardzija. He is 3-5 in the first eight with a 2.73 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.

Jeff Samardzija has never faced the Mariners in a regular season ballgame.

Mariners Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Jason Bay – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Endy Chavez – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Raul Ibanez – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Brendan Ryan – 2-for-4 with a walk

Aaron Harang was in camp with the Dodgers in February before being traded to the Rockies for Ramon Hernandez in April. The Rockies then turned around and traded him to Seattle five days later for minor leaguer Steven Hensley. Harang is in the middle of his best three-game stretch of the season and has been very successful throughout his career against the Cubs.

Harang is coming off a no decision against the A’s after allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings. Harang has issued only two walks over his last four starts.

Aaron Harang is 1-2 over his last five starts with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP, and in seven starts at Safeco this season, Harang is 3-3 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.

Tonight marks the 27th time that Aaron Harang has started a game against the Cubs. Harang is 11-8 in 26 starts with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Aaron Harang

  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-5 with a walk
  • Welington Castillo – 0-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-9 with a double
  • Scott Hairston – 2-for-10 with a double and a walk
  • Dioner Navarro – 0-for-2
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-2
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-9
  • Alfonso Soriano – 11-for-43 with three doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-for-2 with a double

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  • Ray Ray

    The Mariners have done a really good job of drafting infielders the last couple of years in later picks. Nick Franklin was the 27th pick in the 1st round in 2009. Kyler Seager was a 3rd round draft pick that same year. Brad Miller was a 2nd round pick in 2011. Mike Zunino(who got the game winning hit last night) was the 3rd pick in the draft in 2012. I think Zunino needs some more experience in the minors but the Mariners aren’t afraid of advancing their draft choices quickly. That is 4 starting players drafted between 2009 and 2012.

    • Ray Ray

      DJ LeMahieu was the Cubs 2nd round pick that same year of 2009.

    • Tony_Hall

      I am always amazed how low your standards are or how willing you are to take small sample sizes, or minor league stats to show how other teams do things right, but none of these work for Cubs players.

      • Ray Ray

        What are you talking about? Nick Frankin is 22. Brad Miller is 23 and Kyle Seager is 25. Those 3 were all not top draft picks. Can you not compliment other teams players?

        • Tony_Hall

          No, I was looking at their stats and if the Cubs had players with those same stats, you would not be saying anything good about them.

          I compliment other teams players all the time.

          • Ray Ray

            I would be thrilled if the Cubs had 4 young players like that to talk about. Look at what Kyle Seaer has done in the last 2 years that he is starting. 20 bombs last year as a 3B and he has 10 this year. Would look a lot better than Valbuena/Ransom for the next couple of seasons. Nick Franklin is a switch hitter with a great future. Would you rather have Barney there for the near future and Brad Miller was hitting .364 in AAA before his promotion and is 23. What is not to like? I don’t understand why you take things so personally when another team does some good things.

          • Tony_Hall

            I think it is great that Seattle has some young players coming up. I had Kyle Seager on one of my fantasy teams, last year. I also had Dustin Ackley, who if you were a Mariner fan you would be blasting their FO for his failures. You would also be blasting them over the Jesus Montero trade.

            I find it hard to believe you would be thrilled it the Cubs had the same situation, as you can’t do anything but pick apart the young guys we have. You like 20 bombs out of Seager playing 3B, yet Rizzo had 27 in his first 162 game stretch with the Cubs and all you do is pick him apart. Yet his stats are better than Seager’s. That’s my point, you can get excited about another teams players, but you can’t find much good to say about any of your own favorite teams players and Cubs and Mariners are only games apart in the standings.

            As far as 2B and Barney, I have been all for trading him anytime. Watkins, Alcantara, Torreyes, Baez, etc gives us a lot of options at 2B, that will play avg to above avg defense with an actual offensive presence.

          • Ray Ray

            I wish one day soon the Cubs can bring up 3 or 4 minor leaguers and START them everyday who have as much success. That’s 4 starters out of the 8 who are draft picks from 2009 to 2012. All I pointed out was that is pretty impressive and you think that is a shot to the Cubs. I don’t post just to dig at the Cubs. I love the game and appreciate what other teams have. If the Cubs bring up Alcantara and he does as well as Franklin….I would be as thrilled as you will be.

          • Tony_Hall

            If only we had a young infield for you to appreciate….

            Age – Service time before 2013
            Castillo 26 – 0.128
            Rizzo 23 – 0.168
            Barney 27 – 2.053
            Castro 23 – 2.150
            Valbuena 27 – 2.146

          • Tony_Hall

            Didn’t think it was a shot at the Cubs, don’t see why you can’t see the same things on the Cubs… but you watch the Cubs and follow the Cubs, so you see the players faults, the Mariners you just take a glimpse and think they are great. Also, not saying just you, but me and all other fans, can see the same type player or same stats and think differently of them then a player on our own team.

          • Dorasaga

            That’s harsh, but you know, this Cubs team has been losing, and few are happy about the present. It’s good you spot the good out for the future. Prospects are always hard to project. How the M’s figure themselves back to contention, I dunno. I doubt they know what to do.

      • Bryan

        Always looking to stir up a controversy with another poster. Can you just accept that other people just have an opinion, which may or may not align with yours. You obviously look for certain posters on here (including me), and just can’t wait to create a debate.

        • Tony_Hall

          Isn’t that what the site is for, to discuss things, debate things.

          RayRay and I just had a conversation about stats and minor league stats in peticular and he stated he doesn’t even want to see minor league stats when looking at major league players.

  • Tom U

    Good Afternoon! Here are tonight’s minor league starters:

    Boise – Trey Lang (0-1, 6.75)
    Kane Co – Felix Pena (2-2, 3.04)
    Daytona – Pierce Johnson (0-0, 4.50)
    Tennessee – Eric Jokisch (4-7, 3.57)
    Iowa – Nick Struck (4-5, 6.05)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Valbuena – 3B
    Castro – SS
    Schierholtz – RF
    Soriano – DH
    Rizzo – 1B
    Sweeney – CF
    Bogusevic – LF
    Barney – 2B
    Castillo – C

    Samardzija – P

  • Ripsnorter1

    Carlos Zambrano was to take the mound last night to show the Phillies they had to call him up by the July 1 opt out date. Instead, he left the mound with serious pain in his shoulder.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Supposedly three teams are interested in Marmol. Like I said, I expect he’ll be a sixth, seventh and eighth inning guy again, and pitch successfully. He was a great setup guy in 2007 and 2008 for the Cubs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a home run

  • Tony_Hall

    Cool old uniforms

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with his second hit

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sweeney out, Borbon in center. Sweeney hit the wall making a catch in the third inning. Nothing official yet on what happened

    • Tony_Hall

      Looked like he hit his foot/ankle on the wall and was limping a little after the catch.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Rib soreness from hitting the wall

        • Tony_Hall

          And that was a padded wall…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Announcement on Sweeney’s injury:

    Ryan Sweeney banged his ribs against the wall. Has left rib soreness. Listed as day to day

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’ll probably be even more sore tomorrow.

  • Tony_Hall

    Nice play by Barney….again and again.

    • Dorasaga

      Don’t trade him yet. :-D

  • Tom U

    Currently watching Dillon Maples pitch. It looks like he has absolutely no idea where the ball is going once it leaves his hand. Kane Co. now losing 6-3 on a wild pitch and a passed ball that crossed up catcher Carlos Escobar.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Russell picks off Bay … but Bogusevic misplays another ball hit by Ibanez into a double

  • RynoTiger

    is that the old Pinella/Hendry Soriano out there in LF playing defense? I can’t tell…

    • Tony_Hall

      I can’t say Soriano dives for balls very often.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bogusevic with a strike to nail Ibanez at the plate

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Gregg joins the club … blows the lead.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney with the Cubs’ first walk in the series

  • Kermit Foltz

    At the game in Seattle… We should be going for the sweep tomorrow but…

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Hope your having a good time

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with a 2-run shot

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Parker on for the 11th inning

  • Ripsnorter1

    The DH seems to agree with Soriano’s bat….

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yes it does …

      Alfonso Soriano is 5-for-9 with 2 HR, 2 2B, 4RBI, 3R scored in 2 games as DH in Seattle. Soriano is 7-for-13 with 2 HR, 2 2B, 5 RBI in 3
      games as Cubs DH this season

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Mariners 5-3 in 11 innings on Saturday night -
    Jeff Samardzija: 2R, 6H, 3BB, 5K in 7IP (113 pitches, 64 strikes)

    Alfonso
    Soriano: 3-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI; Starlin Castro: 2-5, HR; Nate Schierholtz: 2-5,
    RBI, 2R

    Blake Parker picked up his
    first Major League save

  • Ray Ray

    As I have said ad nauseum in talks with Tony(keep doubting him because he always starts hitting after you bash him.lol). Soriano can still hit and will help a playoff team. He will put up his 20 plus HR’s this year with 80 plus RBI.
    Congrats also to Blake Parker on his first career MLB save. I like what I have seen from him so far.

    • Tony_Hall

      The homer was off of a…..lefty :)

      And this run is as a DH….

      His bulk of stats this year is as a RH hitter playing LF are not good.

      Please go on a hot streak, and make an AL team trade something for him, so we can move on….

  • paulcatanese

    I wonder how many fans would be so quick to dump
    Soriono if the National league had the DH?
    Seems as though he fits the role very well. And wasn’t there a DH or PH that had a rocking chair in the dugout?

    • Tom U

      Rick Monday used to have a rocking chair in the clubhouse

      • Ray Ray

        Didn’t Bobby Murcer have one as well?

        • Tom U

          My mistake, it was Murcer

    • Tony_Hall

      We wouldn’t need to trade him then…..there would be a spot he has excelled in that comes with more rest and fresher legs, Playing LF is not his strength and takes a lot out of him.

      • paulcatanese

        It’s too bad to have to trade him, the contract was clearly not his fault. I would rather it was “had a good run for us (Cubs) and we would like to reward you with a trade to a team that uses the DL, where you can still rack up numbers, and still be in the spotlight”.
        Tony, it’s hard to tell a guy that we are trading you or taking away you’re drivers license because you are too old.
        I wish for his own sake he would take a deal, and kick back and do what he does best, hit. ( as long as they eliminate the low outside pitch, of course), but I love watching the guy.