Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 06/15/13

Game Sixty-Six: Cubs (27-38) vs. Mets (24-38)

  • Game Time – 12:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
  • Location – Citi Field, Flushing

Scott Feldman (5-5, 3.22/1.17) vs. Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.24/1.56)

The Cubs will shoot for three wins in a row this afternoon behind Scott Feldman. Dale Sveum’s team began the seven-game road trip on a positive note on Friday night with a win but lost their everyday centerfielder in the process.

David DeJesus will be placed on the DL prior to today’s game. As of this writing, the Cubs had not decided if they would recall an outfielder or a relief pitcher to take DeJesus’ spot on the active roster. The Cubs are in the middle of 17 games in a row without a day off and the 14-inning marathon on Thursday took its toll on the bullpen.

The only reliever on the 40-man roster healthy enough to pitch is Shawn Camp. Camp made his second rehab appearance with Kane County on Friday. Camp pitched two innings after completing an inning on Tuesday. There is possibility that they could call-up Chris Rusin. Brooks Raley was sent down on Friday but he started the rain-shortened game for Iowa. Rusin last pitched on June 12 which would not make him available until Sunday.

Ryan Sweeney will receive a bulk of the playing time in center, if not all of it, while David DeJesus is out.

With the exception of Sweeney and Anthony Rizzo, Dale Sveum is expected to run out his right-handed lineup this afternoon with the lefty on the hill for the Mets.

This afternoon all starts with Scott Feldman

Scott Feldman is coming off a loss to the Reds in which he gave up five runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts in six innings. Feldman has really pitched well of late except when he faces the Big Red Machine. Feldman has posted seven (very) quality starts in his last nine games, the only two times he failed to go at least six innings and not give up more than three runs was his two starts versus Cincinnati.

The Cubs need for Feldman to keep putting together solid outings as the calendar turns to July. Even with the two starts versus the Redlegs, Feldman is 4-2 in his last seven starts with a 2.94 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP (42 strikeouts, eight walks and 43 hits allowed in 52 innings).

Feldman has not fared as well on the road this season as he has at Wrigley. Feldman is just 1-3 in six road starts with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Feldman faces the Mets for the second time this season after beating them back on May 18 at Wrigley.

Scott Feldman picked up the only win in the weekend series with the Metropolitans after tossing 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball while allowing seven hits, a walk and six strikeouts. Feldman is 1-1 in two career starts versus the Mets with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. This afternoon is his first career start at Citi Field.

Mets Career Numbers against Scott Feldman

  • John Buck – 3-for-15 with two doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-1
  • Collin Cowgill – 0-for-2
  • Lucas Duda – 1-for-3
  • Daniel Murphy – 2-for-3
  • Omar Quintanilla – 0-for-2
  • Justin Turner – 0-for-1
  • David Wright – 1-for-5

Jonathon Niese has not pitched the way the Mets were hoping he would when the season began. Niese was an impressive 13-9 in 30 starts last season with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. The Mets thought he had turned the corner with his career but he has regressed over his first 12 starts of the season.

Niese is coming off a no decision against the Marlins in which he gave up three runs, two earned, on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Niese struggled through May (1-3 in five starts with a 5.65 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP) but he has pitched much better at home than on the road this season.

Jon Niese is 1-3 in eight starts at Citi Field with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

The Cubs must be patient against Niese, he will give them plenty of chances to put runners on base. Niese is 2-3 in six career starts against the Cubs with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP, last year 1-1 in two starts with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jon Niese

  • Darwin Barney – 4-for-9
  • Starlin Castro – 5-for-13 with a triple and a home run
  • Scott Hairston – 0-for-3
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-2
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-7 with a double
  • Nate Schierholtz – 1-for-1 with a double
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-14 with a double and two walks
  • Luis Valbuena – 2-for-6 with a double

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Barney 2B
    Ransom 3B
    Castro SS
    Soriano LF
    Rizzo 1B
    Hairston RF
    Castillo C
    Sweeney CF
    Feldman P

  • Neil

    From the Trib: Barney to lead off today vs LH but Sweeney or Valbuena in 1 hole vs RHs w/ DeJesus out.

    • calicub

      I know he’s been slumping but whatever happened to Starlin leading off against RHPs?

      I feel like it happened once and that was that

  • Neil

    From the Trib: B-Jax not an option to replace DeJesus. Sveum sez Sappelt could be. If Cubs need T-Wood to pinch hit today he’s ready.

    • paulcatanese

      Like the idea of T-Wood off the bench with his bat.
      Do not like the idea of Sappelt at all, period.

      • calicub

        Agreed. I’d rather have Bogusevic come up and show what he’s made of. Not that the Cubs need another LH OF’r

        • calicub

          I guess its a moot point, I didn’t see Camp had been activated

          • paulcatanese

            Camp is a moot.

          • Neil

            You win the game thread for today. Very well done sir.

  • Neil
  • Neil

    According to Jason McLeod, Cubs have agreements in place with majority of top 10 draft picks. McLeod said waiting on physicals before announcing signings. Jason McLeod said many of the college pitchers will report to Boise soon after signing. Cubs are hoping to sign Kris Bryant soon. Jason McLeod said it could be a couple of more weeks but will have done before 7/12

  • Neil

    This is good for the Cubs, now Boras can concentrate on Bryant

    No. 1 pick Mark Appel & Astros have a deal. @CBSSports

    • Ray Ray

      They are reporting deal is between 6 and 6.5 mil which is almost 1 mil before slot value. That is very surprising. Hopefully Bryant follows suit.

      • Ray Ray

        below slot. typo

    • RynoTiger

      uh oh..Astros GM said there is no deal in place and negotiations on-going

  • Neil

    Feldman with a two-out, two RBI single

    • RynoTiger

      at the beginning of the season, who would have thought that the true offensive power between the Cubs starting catcher Castillo and starting pitchers would actually come from the pitchers.

      it’s a shame Castillo hits more like a part time/bench player and hasn’t figured things out yet

  • Neil

    Good to see Feldman hustle … but please no more headfirst slides. No more injuries.

  • Neil

    Castro strikes out for the third time

  • Neil

    Missed opportunities and a tired Feldman … not a good combination

  • Neil

    Very good catch by Soriano … that looked gone when it left Wright’s bat

  • Neil

    Castro needed that, a 2-run ground rule double

  • Neil

    Cubs left a ton of runners on base. Mets just cut the lead to 5-2 with Murphy and Wright due up

  • Neil

    Good job by Villanueva limiting the damage

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the Mets 5-2 on Saturday afternoon – Scott
    Feldman: 1R, 2H, 1BB, 6K in 7IP (106 pitches, 64 strikes); 1-3, 2 RBI at the

    Castro: 1-6, 2B, 2RBI; Ransom: 2-4, RBI, 2BB; Rizzo: 0-2, 3BB, R;
    Castillo: 2-4, BB, R; Sweeney: 2-4, 2 2B, SAC

    Cubs walked a season-high 9
    times on Saturday, 3 intentional

  • paulcatanese

    Missed the game, but glad they won, Busy getting oldest son and youngest grandson off to Alaska for

    a fishing trip, glad they get to spend time away from Football for a little bit.

    Read what Feldman did from you’re post Neil, and from what he and Wood do with the bat, I would hope they start using them in a further role as pinch hitters ( of course if they don’t run the base’s foolishly.
    With them hitting, it really starts to be entertaining.