Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 06/16/13

Game Sixty-Seven: Cubs (28-38) vs. Mets (24-39)

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

Matt Garza (1-1, 6.26/1.35) vs. Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 4.11/1.26)

Happy Father’s Day from the CCO!

The Cubs wrap up the three-game set and season series against the Metropolitans this afternoon behind Matt Garza. The Cubs have won three of the first five in the season series with the Mets and Dale Sveum’s team has a chance to leave New York winners of four in a row.

Dale Sveum said on Saturday that Ryan Sweeney or Luis Valbuena could hit at the top of his lineup when there is a right-hander on the hill while David DeJesus is out. Ryan Sweeney has performed quite well to this point after being called up from Iowa early last month. Sweeney has been solid defensively in all three outfield spots while at the plate he has put together a .338/.394/.508 line in 31 games with six doubles, one triple, one home run and a .902 OPS. Sweeney is expected to be in the Cubs’ full time centerfielder while DeJesus is out.

David DeJesus is scheduled to fly to Chicago today and undergo an MRI on his right shoulder on Monday. The Cubs will have a better idea of the severity of his injury after the MRI.

The Cubs decided to activate Shawn Camp from the DL to take DeJesus’ spot on the DL for now. And Camp could see some action today. Kevin Gregg will likely be unavailable after pitching in four straight days and picking saves in consecutive games for only the second time since joining the Cubs (April 26-April 27).

This afternoon all begins with Matt Garza

The Cubs and Matt Garza both need for the veteran right-hander to pitch well this afternoon. Garza is coming off the worst statistical start of his career. The Reds pounded Garza to the tune of nine runs on nine hits, three home runs and two walks in five-plus innings. Garza made the start which is positive but he has now given up at least four earned runs in three of his five starts. Following his outing against the Reds, Garza said he needed more time to get on the right page with Welington Castillo but that theory was quickly debunked by his manager.

Matt Garza has been a much different pitcher on the road during his time with the Cubs than at Wrigley. While his last start was at Wrigley, he has not thrown the ball all too well outside of his home park this season. Garza is throwing strikes and getting ahead for the most part, he’s been struggling with putting hitters away.

Garza has three no decisions in his first three road starts of the season with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP and makes his second career start against the Mets this afternoon. Garza received a no decision at Citi Field back on September 11, 2011 after allowing three runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Mets Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • John Buck – 3-for-12 with two doubles
  • Marlon Byrd – 4-for-11 with two home runs and a walk
  • Lucas Duda – 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Justin Turner – 0-for-1
  • David Wright – 0-for-3 with a walk

Jeremy Hefner took the loss in his last time out after being charged with one earned run thanks to a pair of Mets’ errors. Hefner ended up allowing six runs, one earned, on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts in six innings to the Cardinals. Hefner has thrown the ball much better since his start in Chicago on May 18. Hefner has not allowed more than three earned runs in four starts against the Braves, Yankees, Nationals and Cardinals.

While Hefner has not posted a win at home this season, Hefner has put up good numbers at Citi Field. Hefner is 0-3 in six starts with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

The Cubs beat Hefner at Wrigley on May 18 after he allowed four runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in four innings.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jeremy Hefner

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-2
  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-2
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-4
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-3
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-6 with a triple and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-1 with a double
  • Luis Valbuena – One walk and a RBI

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  • paulcatanese

    Happy Fathers day to all out there. Without Fathers there would be no baseball to watch ( Mothers included of course), Get to wash the car this morning, want to watch the birds come back after I do. (Bird dropping season in California now).
    Can’t wait to watch the Cubs today as they are playing out of their division and should have a good shot at a win.
    That’s an ominous sign, playing in Flushing, lets just
    “Flush the Mets today”, for a sweep.

    • Dorasaga

      u have a wicked sense of humor :-)

  • Suzy S

    Happy Fathers Day to All.

    If you would have told me last off season that Kevin Gregg was our closer and doing well will 9 saves at this point in the season….Well…I would have told you to take a leap off the reality bridge.
    Isn’t baseball a wonderful game…for exactly reasons like Gregg’s resurgence?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

    • BosephHeyden

      Dueling first basemen and two outfielders is a risky move…lets see if it pays off for the Cubs.

      • Brandon B.

        I almost cried I laughed so hard

        • BosephHeyden

          It’s funnier if you think of every time someone throws the ball to first, Soriano does his old hop to get the ball.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Well done, and thanks for catching. Corrected

    • paulcatanese

      Actually think Rizzo is or will be better hitting in the 5-6 spot in the lineup, relaxed and mental
      difference will come to the top for him. Not any kind of punishment but certain guys excel there.
      I look for him to do very well at these spots.

      • paulcatanese

        So what do I know.

  • Tom U

    Good morning and Happy Father’s Day! Here are today’s minor league starters:

    Boise – Loiger Padron (4-0, 2,45 ERA in 28.1 inning with the AZL Cubs last season)
    Kane Co, – Pierce Johnson (4-5, 3.45)
    Tennessee – AJ Morris (2-0, 4.60)
    Iowa – Guillermo Moscoso (2-4, 4.82)

    Daytona is off for the All-Star break

  • Tom U

    Here are this week’s minor league notes:

    After drafting six catchers and with Wil Petit, Alberto Mineo, Neftali Rosario, and the very intriguing Erick Castillo in camp, it’s puzzling why the Cubs would like to look at 22-year old shortstop Guiseppi Papaccio at catcher.

    It looks as if Boise will be loaded with pitching, and that’s even before all the draft choices sign.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Tom,

      Dillon Maples on thin ice means ….? Return to rookie ball? Outright release? He was a 14th round pick and is only 21. He just walks way too many to be effective.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Maples will probably be sent down to Boise to get on track. His stuff has been good, just having command problems. He will not be released, no reason to.

        Maples put himself in this position by not following the Cubs off-season program a year ago. He did this past winter but he has a season to make up for and that could be his problem.

        • Tom U

          Thanks for explaining Neil. Had to experience my weekend terror of my son’s driving.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Teamwork. Hope you’re okay and Happy Father’s Day

  • BosephHeyden

    There’s a reason the Mets have a worse record than the Cubs: that may have been one of the single worst series of throws I’ve ever seen. If there’s anything to take away from this series, it’s “at least the Cubs aren’t Marlins/Mets/Astros bad.”

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I’ve seen a lot of ball, like you, can’t remember one like that one.

      • paulcatanese

        Neil, was at a White Sox game about a hundred years ago. Two out, two on,
        Sox ahead by one run, ninth inning.
        3-2 on the hitter, Sherm Lollar catching for the Sox. Runners going on the pitch.
        Wild pitch(in the dirt, Lollar didn’t block,
        ball got away. Lollar picked it up, overthrew first base, right fielder didn’t
        get to the ball, both scored, Sox put behind and lost last of the ninth. Not as
        bad as today, but still funny.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          That had to be a close second to yesterday. Thanks for posting that.

    • Ripsnorter1

      They have lots of players playing out of position, and horrible management. UGH!

      One thing is for sure: being a Mets’ fan is worse than being a Cubs’ fan, these days.

      • paulcatanese

        Don’t know about that one Rip, the Mets
        don’t have Marmol.

    • Ray Ray

      Yea. Garza is not sharp today but he is getting away with it so far because of the opponent.

      • Ray Ray

        And David Wright just missed that hangar.

    • Dorasaga

      Never compare a respectable baseball operation, whether pro, independent, or amateur, to the Marlins. That club has been a shame to baseball, for spitting on us fans.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Still trying to sort out that last play. Three throwing errors, two Cubs scored, Soriano at third on what should have been a groundout.

    • paulcatanese

      looked that one over several times, still can’t figure out why Soriono wasn’t sent home, I think he could have made it.

  • Ray Ray

    Who’s the ringleader of that Mets circus? Wow! Should have sent Soriano home since they would have thrown that ball away too.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with the Cubs’ second error of the inning

  • Ray Ray

    Good job by Garza to get Byrd and Duda.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marmol gives up a solo shot to Byrd, walks Duda. Tying run up with no outs.

    • RynoTiger

      If I were Theo and Jed, I’d be kicking myself for not making the Marmol/Haren trade. Not going to come close to receiving that talent for Marmol at this point.
      woulda, coulda, shoulda

      • RynoTiger

        You know Garza is PO’d in the clubhouse. I’d like to see the confrontation that Garza would have with Marmol.

        • GaryLeeT

          He should have that confrontation with Sveum. Parker was ready. Like the Cubs couldn’t have used a road sweep to silver line a dismal season?

          • Sonate

            Agreed. Marmol CAN’T handle save situations. (See: LaTroy Hawkins) It’s ridiculous for Sveum to allow it! Sveum gets the blame.

          • paulcatanese

            Right, one has to look at who put him out there. Hindsight though, Marmol has been good the last three outings, but maybe that was too much to hope for.

    • paulcatanese

      Garza had been throwing Byrd sliders and curves all day long, and Marmol throws a fastball up a little in the Zone?

  • BosephHeyden

    Why did they go with Marmol in the 9th? Anyone was a better choice. I know Gregg wasn’t available, but Marmol has clearly shown he has some mental block with closing games. And he just gave up a home run to a guy that was batting .097. I don’t even know how any of that is possible.

    • paulcatanese

      Remember “Shock and Awe”?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 4-3 to the Mets on Sunday afternoon – Matt Garza:
    0R, 3H, 2BB, HBP, 5K in 7IP (107 pitches, 64 strikes)

    Valbuena: 2-4, R;
    Castro: 2-4, R; Schierholtz: 1-3, R, BB; Soriano: 1-4, RBI

    Carlos Marmol gave
    up 4 runs on 3 hits, 2 HR, and a walk in 0.1 innings on Sunday, 3rd charged
    blown save of season

  • Ray Ray

    And a Happy Fathers Day to all Cubs fans from Carlos Marmol.

  • Brp921

    You knew it was over before it happened.

    • GaryLeeT

      I really did. I was laughing after the 3 run shot, because Marmol fulfilled the silly caricature he’s become.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I usually don’t chime in with this, but I agree. You could see it happening after Byrd’s shot. He was toast after that … and quite frankly has been for a while.

      Here’s a stat line for everyone:

      Since June 1 (7 games), Carlos Marmol has allowed 9 runs on 8 hits, 3 HR, 10 K, 7 BB in 5.2 IP (14.31 ERA, 2.65 WHIP)

      • RynoTiger

        so you’re saying he’s working through a rough stretch but that he’ll be fine? Is that what you’re saying Neil?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          No I am not, he has not been fine for a while. It is time they cut ties with him. They have to make a roster move soon with the bullpen to bring up an outfielder. They could use his spot on the 40-man for someone like a Brian Bogusevic and just go with the pen they have.

          The problem the Cubs have is there are very few relievers ready for the big leagues in either Double or Triple-A. They were able to keep Eduardo Sanchez in the system and Michael Bowden is in Iowa too. But both would require a 40-man roster move.

          • Tom U

            Neil, it appears that the organization is quite confused as to how to deploy their pitchers, especially at the upper levels. Yoanner Negrin was a starter who they put in the bullpen, but is now back to starting at Iowa. Meanwhile, starter Barret Loux is now being used in the pen.

            At Daytona, AJ Morris has been used as a reliever since he was acquired from the Nationals, but has been starting the last few weeks. Yeiper Castillo had been starting and had been performing adequately, but is now being used in relief.

            It appears they still don’t know how to use Yao-Lin Wang in Daytona, as he has both closed and started, and has been somewhat effective in both roles.

            And then, there is the nightmare that is Lendy Castillo at Kane Co., who has been terrible whenever he has been used.

          • Dorasaga

            Interesting. I think we had this conversation over when a prospect should be moved back to starting. Maybe you explained it while going over the Wang situation when he was starting at WBC, while he’s been relieving for so long?

      • Ray Ray

        I think it time to release him. Might as well do Ian Stewart and get em both done now.

        • paulcatanese

          Now just a minute Ray, if they want to convert my buddy Guissepe to catcher, just put Marmol back of the plate, send him down for a few years for seasoning and then release him.
          Marmol was originally a catcher, remember?:)

  • RynoTiger

    call me crazy, but I think after the 2014 season when Sveum’s contract is over, I don’t think he’s brought back. my Spider senses are tingling and say there’s a slight chance he’s let go at the end of this season.
    I’m not sure Jed makes it past 2014 either.

    • Craig York

      They will both be back. IMO

      • paulcatanese

        I have no doubt they will be back. I share you’re feelings, but aint gonna happen.

    • BosephHeyden

      Any other team, Sveum wouldn’t make it past 2013. 96 games left, you have to imagine that the Cubs will likely lose at least half of those, you’re looking at a team that is, with reasonable expectations, going to finish 76-86. And that’s reasonable expectations: the Cubs being the Cubs, there’s reason to believe they’ll lose an extra 10 or so games in there.

    • John_CC

      I read an article a while back that said the same thing. Called it the Alan Trammel affect. Bring a rookie manager who will remain loyal, stick to the plan and take the heat through the worst of the rebuild while stressing fundamentals and being a hands on guy. Lose 275 games and then get canned for a Leyland who takes the team the end.

    • Dorasaga

      Sandberg time?

  • RynoTiger

    the more I think about Gregg not being available, the more I laugh in frustration because it’s ridiculous that a guy can’t throw 5 days in a row. with all that money that athletes are making, get your a** out there and work.

    • Tony_Hall

      It has nothing to do with if he can go out and throw it has everything to do with being effective

      most pitchers if they lose a little velocity are not as effective and pitching that many days in a row will have them lose velocity

      not sure but i cant capitalize a letter or enter a period on my computer

  • GaryLeeT

    I predict no team will trade for Marmol, and he will only get a minor league deal next year. In 2 years he will be out of baseball.

    • John_CC

      Not quite a Nostradamus prediction. What is it that makes you sense this , Gary? :-)