Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 07/14/13

Game Ninety-Three: Cubs (42-50) vs. Cardinals (53-36)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: ESPN Sunday Night Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 89/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (6-6, 2.69/0.97) vs. Adam Wainwright (12-5, 2.30/0.99)

It’s the Cubs versus the Cardinals in the game of the world on Sunday Night Baseball in the final game before the All-Star break begins. The Cubs have a shot of taking three of four from the best team in baseball going into the break. But in order to accomplish the feat, the Cubs’ All-Star representative will have to outpitch one of the Redbirds’ All-Stars.

Travis Wood has put together a very good first half of the season. Wood has recorded 17 quality starts in 18 tries and will face a big challenge with the high-powered St. Louis Cardinals.

Cole Gillespie is expected to be activated prior to the game which would give Dale Sveum another bat off the bench with Nate Schierholtz likely unavailable for the second day in a row. Schierholtz has been dealing with nagging injuries for a couple of weeks and the Cubs would like to give him a long, six-day break. With Schierholtz likely unavailable, the Cubs will play with a short bench even if Gillespie is available.

The last game before the break all begins with the All-Star Travis Wood

Travis Wood is coming off another excellent outing and his first win in six starts. Wood held the very powerful Angels lineup to two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts on a night the wind was howling out at Wrigley. Wood ran out of gas with two outs in the seventh. But he still completed his longest start since June 17 in St. Louis. For those questioning his performance against the Angels, just ask Jeff Samardzija his thoughts.

Travis Wood is 1-0 in his last two starts with a 1.42 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP. Wood has allowed seven hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts in his last 12 2/3 innings.

Tonight will be the 12th time this season that Travis Wood has started a game in his home park. Wood is 4-4 in 11 starts at Wrigley with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. The key for Wood tonight will be to keep the ball down and in the park.

Travis Wood faces the Cardinals for the third time this season. Wood is 1-1 in the first two outings with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Wood lost his last start against the Cardinals after allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts in seven innings. Wood has allowed five runs, four earned, on 13 hits with two walks and 12 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings to the Redbirds.

Cardinals Numbers against Travis Wood for 2013

  • Carlos Beltran – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Matt Carpenter – 1-for-8
  • Allen Craig – 1-for-6 with a home run
  • David Freese – 1-for-6
  • Matt Holliday – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Jon Jay – 2-for-5
  • Pete Kozma – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Yadier Molina – 3-for-6 with a double

Adam Wainwright has been, well, Adam Wainwright over his last four starts. The last time Wainwright did not pitch well was when the Cubs beat him in St. Louis back on June 18. Wainwright is coming off a dominating performance against the Astros. Wainwright gave up one run on five hits with a walk and nine strikeouts in seven innings.

The Cardinals’ ace is 1-0 in his last two starts with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP after posting a 4-2 record in six starts in June with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.

Adam Wainwright makes his second start of the season against the Cubs. Wainwright lost the game on June 18 after allowing four runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts in seven innings. For his career, Wainwright is 6-6 in 28 games, 19 starts, against the Cubs with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Adam Wainwright is a perfect 5-0 in 14 games, nine starts, at Wrigley with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

The Cubs really made Wainwright work the last time they faced him and should stick to that game plan once again.

Cubs Career Numbers against Adam Wainwright

  • Darwin Barney – 6-for-18 with a double
  • Brian Bogusevic – 1-for-5
  • Welington Castillo – 0-for-5
  • Starlin Castro – 5-for-17 with a double and two walks
  • Cole Gillespie – 2-for-3
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-3
  • Cody Ransom – 3-for-6 with a home run
  • Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-6
  • Dave Sappelt – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-11 with two doubles
  • Alfonso Soriano – 11-for-42 with six doubles, one triple and five walks
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Travis Wood – 2-for-3 with a home run

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  • paulcatanese

    Well they have been pretty good lately, hope they have another win in their pockets. Would be nice against the Cards, and closer to .500.
    Might as well take it to them with this team, may not see all of them together much longer.

  • Denver Mike

    Another decent outing from Rob Zastryzny today:

    2.0IP 2H 1BB 2K

    It was also good to see Scott Baker settle down after the first inning in Kane County. Although he took the loss only two hits allowed in his final two innings.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a triple to right center.

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’s starting to pick it up offensively again.

    • triple

      I liked his hustle on that triple!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Sappelt and Barney to tie it up with two outs and the bases empty

    • triple

      Ha… Great minds think alike!

  • triple

    Good job by Sappelt and Barney to string together the double and single to tie it up!

  • GaryLeeT

    It’s not hard to see why the Cards have the number one offense. They are relentless.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cardinals really attacking Wood tonight and he’s just off. Not a good combo.

    • Dorasaga

      Wainwright doesn’t have his best stuff, but the Orphans are lost as a team at plate.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Well put and I agree.

  • GaryLeeT

    Rizzo with 2 horribly disappointing ABs

    • cubtex

      He’s not really a #3 hitter. When the younger middle of the order prospects are ready… Rizzo will be moved down to the 6 spot or possibly 5.

  • triple

    At least the Cubs have been having decent at bats and Wainright has already thrown 60 pitches.

  • J Daniel

    Hey, is Tony alive?

    • Ripsnorter1

      Good question. Probably vacationing in some remote location that doesn’t have internet.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Horrible play by Valbuena

  • Dorasaga

    Valbuena made a first-reaction mistake. Even if he couldn’t get Freese, he could have blocked the ball in front of him, and it would be one-third on-base. We also give kudos to Craig, who was alert of the fielding positions, and ran past Valbuena to score. It shows how important and critical is fundamental baseball. The whole redbird flock is a good baserunning team, earlier with Pujols, now led by Beltran. The Cardinals are truly a year-in, year-out World Series contending team.

  • Dorasaga

    I like Dale Sveum. Swammy reponds to reporters with details and no crap. He ktalked about Castro adjusted his swing, Starlin “leaning his backside,” which I don’t know if that means weight-shift or the axle of rotation? Whether or not he can lead a better team, such as the Cardinals, to a World Series, well, is a question worth pondering.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wood’s string of quality starts ends. He battled tonight against a very good offense, just could not put them away.

  • Tom U

    Josh Vitters getting his second rehab start for the AZL Cubs tonight

  • Dorasaga

    MR. CLUTCH!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Darwin Barney with a 3-run HR

  • Ripsnorter1

    I thought we might win tonight, until Sveum put Matt Guerrier in the game.
    +

    • Dorasaga

      Yea, two outs too late to bring in Russell. And boy, these Cards are one good base-running team. Hoyer & Co. might want to poach their farm coach.

    • triple

      Yeah, why use strop for one pitch?

      • RynoTiger

        poor managing, simple as that.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Who would you have liked to see Sveum use at that point?

  • cubtex

    Cubs bullpen doing a great impersonation of the Cubs bullpen.

    • cubtex

      And Cards bullpen doing a great impersonation of Cards bullpen. What a difference in talent.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Big difference

        • cubtex

          What’s a word bigger than huge? :)))

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Ginormous?

  • triple

    Is it me, or has James Russell been absolutely worthless lately?

    • Ripsnorter1

      It is….Russell. He’s being Russell. Overuse has exposed him as not being Sandy Koufax. He has already made 47 appearances in 2013. That’s a pace of 82 games. Sveum is trying to make him into Shawn Camp.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Cubs’ pitching has given up 14 H already, but we are down only 1 run.

  • J Daniel

    Can’t wait until Cubs can start bringing up guys like Carrpenter!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent catch by Bogusevic to take extra bases away from Molina

  • cubtex

    What was Rizzo doing?

    • RynoTiger

      that’s lack of coaching on fundamentals: communication and team play. did Rizzo know the signal of when to cut or not to cut and what were the other players communicating to help him figure out the decision since they had the best vantage point?

      • cubtex

        If catcher doesn’t say anything you let the ball go. Navarro was obviously upset the ball was cut so Rizzo did that on his own

        • RynoTiger

          so if he did that on his own, then it begs the question, what about the coaching has not gotten through to him on when to cut/not cut?

          • cubtex

            I am going to defend the coaching here. This is the same type of cut Rizzo has done for years. Little league,High School,etc. Many times a 1st baseman will automatically make the decision to cut the ball when he knows there is no way to get the runner without waiting to hear any call from the catcher. He obviously did that tonight…..and he made a big mistake. It isn’t about coaching. That was strictly on Rizzo.

          • RynoTiger

            and that is where coaching comes in to correct and improve that decision making of a player.

          • paulcatanese

            I have to agree with Cubtex, if Rizzo doesn’t know it by now he never will, that play was taught to him years ago, and every infield drill from the minors to the majors.

          • paulcatanese

            Yep, and you could see it on Sveum’s face as he just shook his head, and when the camera was on Rizzo, one could see that he knew he had made a mistake.

  • Thomas D

    well i keep hearing the Cardinals are interested in Garza any way they’d center a deal around kolten wong if we included Barney. I’d say Garza/Barney for Wong and Carlos Martinez thats probably to much for them but maybe not, The Cardinals rotation is already loaded and if they got Garza it’d be harder for Martinez to crack the rotation, any thoughts?

    • daverj

      Why would the Cards want Barney? I’m not sure they would consider him much of an upgrade at utility (if at all) over Descalso.

      No chance the Cards deal Wong/Martinez for Garza/Barney. That is way too much for the Cards to give up.

      I also doubt the Cards would give up Martinez alone for Garza. If I’m the Cubs, I’d be willing to deal Garza for Martinez.

      Maybe the Cards would deal Wong straight up for Garza, but I don’t like that deal for the Cubs.

  • Baron_S

    not a very sharp defensive game

  • cubtex

    Wow! Defense is being exposed tonight. Not on errors on the scorecard but bad plays. Valbuena, Rizzo, Castro

  • Dorasaga

    This is becoming a meltdown. Finally, someone else got to pitch the good guys. *sigh*

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bogusevic must have hurt himself. Gillespie with his Cubs’ debut

  • Dorasaga

    Mr. Clutch strikes again. Never give up, Orphans!

  • Baron_S

    nice!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ransom with a game tying pinch hit double

    • Dorasaga

      Made this officially A Night of Little Guys – Winners Have No Size.

  • cubtex

    With all the mistakes…they are still battling and have a chance to pull it out.

  • cubtex

    Cards are getting some great swings against Gregg.

    • Dorasaga

      And again, great baserunning. If the Cubs have at least 1/5 the skill now, they would be a competent team above .500 — like it matters for a rebuilding team, no.

    • cubtex

      On cue….Beltran smokes one to right

      • cubtex

        And then Craig

        • cubtex

          And then Freese

          • paulcatanese

            Gameplan.

  • Baron_S

    what the hell was that slip.. atrocious… just pathetic defense

  • RynoTiger

    unfortunately Gregg has been getting hit like this a lot of late. I just hope other GMs haven’t noticed.

  • cubtex

    Kevin Gregg….It is midnight and your stagecoach has turned into a pumpkin.

  • Thomas D

    Another loss by the bullpen

  • cubtex

    So Greggs trade value just went from mediocre prospect to a bag of balls and a banged up water cooler

    • Ripsnorter1

      You don’t believe other GMs believed in this guy, do you?

      • cubtex

        Playoff teams are always looking to add a piece to help. I think Gregg had some value. Do I think he could get a top 25 prospect from a team? No way, but you could have gotten a mediocre one.

        • daverj

          I don’t think a team would have even parted with a C level prospect for Gregg … even before tonight.

      • daverj

        Rip, I’ll agree with you on this one. The likely reason Gregg is still a Cub is not because the Cubs held out for too much, but because other teams didn’t offer anything for him in the first place.

        Gregg’s trade value has been a bag a balls and a water cooler all season.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The smoke and mirrors can no longer hide that Kevin Gregg is …….Kevin Gregg.

  • Thomas D

    well at least Rizzo was still hustling on that groundout

  • Dorasaga

    The universe rights itself. The better team wins.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 10-6 to Cardinals on Sunday night – Travis Wood:
    3R, 10H, 3BB, 1K in 5.2 IP (100 pitches, 62 strikes)

    Barney: 3-4, HR, 4RBI,
    2R; Ransom: 1-1, 2B, 2RBI; Castro: 1-4, 3B, HBP; Valbuena: 2-5, 2B