Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Angels – 07/10/13

Game Eighty-Nine: Cubs (40-48) vs. Angels (43-46)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 189/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jeff Samardzija (5-8, 3.54/1.26) vs. C.J. Wilson (8-6, 3.49/1.38)

The Cubs wrap-up the series and season series against the Angels tonight with their final game of the year against the Junior Circuit. The Cubs are 13-6 in Interleague play this season after managing a 10-20 record versus the American League in 2011 and 2012.

Dale Sveum is expected to run out his right handed lineup tonight with the lefty on the hill for the Angels. Look for Cody Ransom and Dave Sappelt at third and in right as well as Welington Castillo back behind the dish. Castillo is expected back in the starting lineup tonight. Castillo has been held out due to dehydration and showed improvement on Tuesday after being a late scratch on Monday.

Dale Sveum said following Tuesday’s game that Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo would remain in the second and third spots of his lineup. Sveum indicated the Cubs are going to “let them figure it out.”

Jeff Samardzija makes his final start of the first half tonight. Samardzija needs a good finish before the break after his last outing. Samardzija has shown flashes of being a number one pitcher this season but has struggled with consistency, and command, from start to start.

Tonight it all starts with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija is coming off a rough outing against the Pirates and arguably one of his worst as a starter in the big leagues. Samardzija had little to no command of his fastball and splitter. Everything was up and the Pirates took advantage of hitter’s counts and poor location. Samardzija walked a season-high five batters while striking out a season-low three batters. Samardzija admitted after the game he just did not have it … and it will be important for him to finish the first half on a positive note, especially with the way his last start went.

Jeff Samardzija has not been as effective this season at Wrigley as he was a year ago. Samardzija was 4-4 in 12 starts at Wrigley last year with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP while holding opponents to a .221 batting average (91 strikeouts, 28 walks in 78 1/3 innings). This season, Samardzija is 2-3 in nine starts with a 4.47 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP and opponents have hit .284 against him (57 strikeouts, 24 walks in 56 1/3 innings). One of the improvements Samardzija must make after the break is being more effective and consistent in his home park.

Jeff Samardzija missed the Angels in Anaheim last month and will make his first career regular season start against the Halos tonight.

Angels Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Brad Hawpe – 0-for-3
  • Chris Iannetta – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Albert Pujols – 5-for-12 with a double, two home runs and three walks
  • J.B. Shuck – 0-for-1

C.J. Wilson has been very, very good of late. Other than a bump in the road in Detroit where he gave up five runs on seven hits in five innings, Wilson has not allowed more than three earned runs in six of his last seven starts. Wilson got off to a slow start but has shown steady improvement. Wilson was 4-2 in six starts in June with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP and allowed three runs, one earned, on 10 hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings to the Red Sox his last time out.

Wilson is 3-4 in nine road starts with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP and will face the Cubs for the third time in his career tonight. Wilson is 0-1 in two appearances, one start, against the Cubs with a 5.87 Era and a 1.30 WHIP (five runs on seven hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings). Wilson makes his first career start and appearance at Wrigley tonight and the Cubs must make him work. If they allow Wilson to get comfortable, there will be a lot of swings and misses from the team in blue pinstripes.

Cubs Career Numbers against C.J. Wilson

  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-3
  • Dioner Navarro – 0-for-2
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-2 with a home run and a walk
  • Luis Valbuena – 2-for-2 with a double

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  • 07GreyDigger

    Barney is batting sixth today. YEESH!

    • calicub

      Its an interesting line up thats fr sure…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Sappelt – RF
    Ransom – 3B
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Castro – SS
    Barney – 2B
    Castillo – C
    Borbon – CF
    Samardzija – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hoyer says Bryant would prob start in Boise rather than Kane County since he hasn’t played since late May

    • GaryLeeT

      Maybe he will move quickly through the system, but does college ball really count that little towards developement?

  • maryellen quirk

    trade all 3 of them they give up to ma ny runs

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija is struggling again.

  • GaryLeeT

    Cubs are trying to trade the wrong SP.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija is all over the place … there goes another ball. 2 home runs already and the wind is blowing in. He looks like he did prior to last season. No consistent release point or mechanics.

  • Denver Mike

    Days like today are why I couldn’t care less is we extend Samardzjia or not. He is a #3 at best, and if it weren’t for EJax he would be the least productive starter on the team. Aside from his K rate he is marginally better than Villaneuva. People talk about trading Castro, but at least he has proven he can be productive at the MLB level. We could probably get slightly less for Shark, but he has proven nothing and it is far less likely we will regret losing him down the line. Smeh…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Just the daily reminder

    A quick note to everyone and I will continue to mention this in the game previews leading up to the break. Due to the actions of a few of the readers/commenters, at some point during the All-Star break I am going to flip the switch on Disqus to where only registered Disqus users will be able to
    leave a comment and engage in the discussions on the site. I have tried to avoid this for a long time but the amount of multiple comments from the same
    user using different screen names just to complain and then agree with themselves has gotten to the point I can no longer ignore the problem. Those
    readers/commenters are not adding to the site or community but are bringing it down. I welcome discussion and the varying opinions and passion for the team.With that said, I have to do something about this issue.

    I apologize to all of the readers/commenters that are being truthful and just stating their opinion for this inconvenience and I hope everyone understands.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Shark is 28…not improving…he is what he is. I would hope the FO isn’t projecting more out of him than he is now. He is a back-of-rotation starter…#3 at best, and I hope if/when we extend him, that he has pay that reflects those expectations.
    My concern is that he will finish the year with 3 good starts and everyone forgets the games like today and last week against the Pirates.
    It is akin to understanding that Soriano gets super-hot, and then he is bad for a while, and then he gets super-hot. Unfortunately, we pay Soriano like he is super-hot all the time, and the reality is different.
    So pay Shark for what he is…inconsistent, but with great stuff when he is “on”. Those good and bad outings average themselves out over a season. Still valuable, but not a #1-2 type of pitcher, imo.
    I would much rather over-pay Garza and hope he stays healthy than over-pay Shark and hope he improves beyond what he is today.

    • cubtex

      I think he is a #3 as well. Top of rotation starters don’t grow on trees.

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

        I agree with the person who said we’re trading the wrong SP…

    • BosephHeyden

      I think a lot of why Samardzija has over-performed in the past (over-performed for a #3 that is) is because you always got that feeling he wanted to be a Cub more than anything else (so much so that he passed up high draft pick money in the NFL to play for them). But recently, whatever that motivation translated into as far as performance goes has disappeared. There was a pretty big difference between the Samardzija from June and the Samardzija that showed up after the Cubs traded Feldman away. I just don’t think he wants to be a Cub anymore. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t think they’re on the right track, or maybe he just doesn’t think he’ll be around when they’re competitive.

      Either way, he’s still got some value, and they may as well get what they can for him now, because, unless this is just a mechanical thing that needs to get fixed, this likely won’t change.

      • cubtex

        He has a great arm and very good stuff. Don’t forget that. He is amongst the league leaders in K’s. He has some mental lapses where he loses command. I wouldn’t be so quick to want to get rid of him but he is not ever going to be an ace. A #3 is still pretty good.

        • Denver Mike

          I definitely agree a #3 is nothing to be ashamed about, and I don’t think the front office has any problem paying him like a #3. The fact he hasn’t signed an extension yet makes me think he feels he deserves more than #3 money, which he has never proven. I obviously have no insider info to back that up, but his unwillingness to discuss an extension coupled with his comments after the Feldman trade makes me think he just doesn’t want to be here.

          At least he is giving me reasons to continue my completely biased distain for Notre Dame :)

        • J Daniel

          He is also very young as a pitcher. Personally, I think he would make a great closer.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        if you are correct, then it speaks poorly to his mental make-up. I listened to the first inning on the radio, and you could hear Keith Moreland basically saying (and I am paraphrasing) that Shark needed to settle down and limit the damage, but he kept making it worse…talking to himself on the mound…gotta keep your composure.
        The team has to believe that Shark can lock it down the rest of the game…otherwise it kills their confidence in coming back and winning the game.
        But when he is beating himself up and acting rattled, it is hard for them to feel confidence in him when he isn’t looking too confident/composed himself.
        Part of being a team leader is leading by example on the field..not just feeding tough-guy-type quotes to the media after Feldman is let go.

  • pete187

    Can anyone answer this Disqus question? I used to log in via Facebook as Trevor Petersma, but now the Disqus thing links to my FB, but posts using my gmail username “pete187″. Frustrating. I just want my name to post as it always has since I’ve been on this site for a while, either Trevor or Trevor Petersma. :(

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      might be too simple, but I think you just go to the gear symbol, select “edit settings” from the dropdown, and you can modify your profile settings including your username.
      I am using the same email now, as I did before logging in through google, but I was able to modify my username and keep using the same email address, so I think you should be able to modify it too.

  • Denver Mike

    Nice job of putting the bat on the ball, and not trying to do too much by Rizzo. I get the sense that the more talent that gets put around him, the more he will shine. He seems like a pretty humble kid, that maybe just puts a little too much pressure on himself at times. Whenever I watch the game he seems to be smiling a lot, and really just enjoying himself. I look forward to watching his progression in the years to come.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    not panicking…but slightly concerned Soriano’s current hot streak might be winding down with those 2 strikeouts today.
    I hope not, cause we need an rbi double or HR from him to get back in this game!
    Having Barney, Borbon, Sappelt, and a P all in your lineup puts a lot of pressure on Rizzo-Sori-Castro to provide all your offense.
    That is why the Bryant signing was key, if he pans out. Add an OF, maybe Baez down the road, Junior Lake…gotta get some better bats in this lineup if they want to keep getting 4-game winning streaks. I think they have decent pitching, if Garza stays, and can add another via FA or trade. The lineups and bullpen are what concerns me most.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Pujols goes deep again

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Arte Moreno should lobby Selig for more games against the Cubs in 2014-2020.
      Will be the only way he gets his money’s worth out of the Pujols contract.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        same thing I said above, just substitute “Hamilton” for “Pujols”

    • Ripsnorter1

      Pujols would be worth the $254 million tax free dollars if only, …..if only he batted against the Cubs everyday.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Is Blanton pitching for the Cubs tonight? I feel like I saw this game last night, but the uniforms were different.

  • Denver Mike

    I was just sitting here trying to think of some complimentary things to say about how Shark had settled down a bit, but he saved me the trouble.

    On the other hand Master Chef is on TV #2 tonight, and unlike Shark, it is living up to my expectations. How’s that for a positive spin!

  • SomeGuy27

    People down the board are talking about alphabet’s (I can’t spell Samardzija) value. Is he a 3? Back of the rotation guy? Has he lost his mental edge? etc…

    Baseball is about percentages. Most players at different points of the season perform at, above, or below. For pitchers you kind of have to look at their season in 3 ten game segments. It’s almost a given in any 10 game span you’ll toss 2 gems and 2 stinkers. It’s what you do with the other six (assuming you get the decision) that determine if the guy is an all-star or average. Go 3-3 and you’re just some guy. Go 4-2 and you’re an 18 game winning all-star.

    I guess what I’m saying is don’t sweat it, He’s just using up one of his stinkers tonight meaning a gem should be on the horizon.

    • Denver Mike

      I can’t really speak for anyone else, but the W-L record of the pitchers on this staff doesn’t impact my judgement of them at all. I have felt for most of the year that Shark had really good “stuff” but he had to really work to keep his pitch count down in game, and not constantly rely on striking every batter out. Looking back on his 18 starts prior to tonight, I would still maintain his numbers are in line with what you would want to see from your #3 starter:

      IP/ER/BB/K
      Jul5 – 6/5/5/3
      Jun29 – 7/2/3/5
      Jun23 – 7/3/0/5
      Jun18 – 8.1/2/1/6
      Jun13 – 6/5/4/6
      Jun8 – 6/4/1/7
      Jun1 – 6.1/3/4/11
      May27 – 9/0/2/8
      May22 – 7/1/1/8
      May15 – 8/2/2/7
      May10 – 5/5/2/5
      May4 – 6/1/3/5
      Apr29 – 5/3/4/8
      Apr24 – 6/1/3/8
      Apr19 – 7/4/1/4
      Apr13 – 6/2/1/5
      Apr7 – 5.2/4/4/13
      Apr1 – 8/0/1/9

      He has shown flashes of brilliance, but in a must win game there are at least two other pitchers on this staff I would pick in front of him. I don’t want to come off as saying he is a lost cause, I just felt unsure coming into tonight’s start, and after the mini-roll we had been on I was hoping he could keep the momentum going. Looking at the scoreboard right now I would say that momentum is long gone.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      67 innings past 10 starts, including today. 34 earned runs over those 10 starts.

      4.57 era.
      Jason Marquis’ lifetime ERA? You guessed it: 4.55 era.
      Shark is a #3-4 kind of a starter…nothing wrong with that. Just means the FO still needs to find a #1 and a #2, via trade, FA, or signing their own guy (Garza).

      • Ripsnorter1

        Jason Marquis was and is a #5 starter.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          yeah…he had 80 wins in a 6 year stretch…heckuva 5th starter.
          I would be pretty happy if Shark can match those kind of 5th starter numbers in his career.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      to be fair, you pointed out the middle 6 outings…so weeding out best and worst, here are the 6 outings: 19 earned runs, 40 innings, which is a 4.27 ERA.
      So consistently over 4.00 ERA, no matter which may you slice the past 10 outings.

    • SomeGuy27

      I understand what you guys are saying but you’re kind of missing my point. My comment doesn’t even have to pertain to alphabet. I’m not talking about any sabermetric numbers or specific outings. All I’m saying is that most MLB pitchers grade out to be average so there’s no reason to go overboard on any specific outing. The main point is it doesn’t take much either way to be regarded as either sugar or sh&#!

  • GaryLeeT

    Henry Rodriguez? Where the hell has he been? Did somebody finally open the locker he was stuffed in as a practical Joke?

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      didn’t he bat .304 with 26 HRs for Cubs back in ’99?
      guy must be pretty old now…

  • texcubnut

    Rangers put Darvish on 15 day DL. They may be more amenable to dealing M. Perez, Neftali Feliz and Mike Olt for Garza/Soriano. ( of course, we pickup most of Fonzie’s salary.) Maybe throw in another piece. It could happen!!

    • daverj

      Love that deal for the Cubs, but If I’m Texas, there is no way I do that deal. Maybe they would do Felix and Olt for Garza and Soriano.

    • gary3411

      HAHAHA. We’d be lucky as hell to get Perez ALONE for Garza and Sori.

  • Denver Mike

    I don’t have the sound on, and am cooking dinner at the same time….is that Lucha Jeff Garlin?!?

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Yes…appears so. Am I still deciding if he is just a bit loopy tonight or if he has had too many Old Styles.

      • Denver Mike

        Hahaha, fantastic! I can almost guarantee it’s the Old Styles, I actually hope his new show turns out good … miss seeing him on Curb!

  • Denver Mike

    Is it too early to start discussing the top 5 prospects for next year’s draft?

    • J Daniel

      Yes, IMO. Still a lot of time.

      • Denver Mike

        Wishful thinking :)

        • J Daniel

          I for one hope they end up with another really high pick. There is no reason to be mediocre. Another #3 or #4 pick would be just fine. I want another very high end prospect and I have a lot of faith in McCloud! His track record is really good. They may need to sign him to a high end contract!

          • texcubnut

            I’m with you on this. I think they will get a #3 or #4 next year.( especially when they trade Garza) Marlins/Astros will finish #1 and #2. I know it’s early but maybe an ace pitcher will be available when they pick.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    love it…Jeff Garlin just confirmed it will be a Garza for Mike Trout trade.
    lol…I wish. And I am saying that even though I really like Garza!

  • J Daniel

    Well, let’s assume the Cubs signed their third baseman of the not to far off future. You can project a pretty good infield with Bryant, Castro, Alcantara, and Rizzo (or Baez instead of Castro and another 2b such as Watkins). IMO, I still believe Castro will be moved and it will be Baez. Anyways, it gives 2 power hitters at the corners and some decent pop in the middle infield.

    In the outfield Almora, Soler, and possibly Lake? Or someone not with them yet. Now, this is assuming they all pan out, which may not happen. I for one believe that it is closer to happening than not happening.

    This is pretty exciting and I know Aaron would be happy as could be (with the exception of DJ not being at 2nd :)) It is a young team that can grow together and possibly be very good for a long time.

    Obviously, not all will make it but they continue to add depth. One of the amazing things is where to Vitters and BJax fit now? Well, they don’t. Or as depth? Probably added in on trades.

    The problem is, who is going to pitch? Maybe they have drafted enough after round 1? Travis Wood, as good as he is pitching, IMO, is a #4 or 5 on a really good team but he would be a really good 4/5. Is Shark a 3 on a really good team? I don’t think so but possibly? EJax? Probably a 4/5.

    Bottom line is they will need to acquire a #1, #2, and #3.

    But, future got a whole lot brighter today!

    Go CUBS!

  • paulcatanese

    Whatever happened to the ten run rule?
    What’s with the mask’s?
    And the beer is still flowing with no notice of the game.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 13-2 to Angels on Wednesday night – Jeff Samardzija:
    9R, 9H (4 HR), 2BB, 5K in 4.2 IP (99 pitches, 60 strikes)

    Cody Ransom: 2-4, HR,
    2B, 2R; Anthony Rizzo: 1-4, RBI; Cubs offense: 2R, 5H, 0BB, 8K

    • paulcatanese

      Good for Cody, at least he hung in there.
      There’s some payback due to the Angels, they didn’t ease up at all, wasn’t necessary.