Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 07/23/13

Game Ninety-Eight: Cubs (44-53) vs. Diamondbacks (51-48)

  • Game Time – 8:40pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
  • Location – Chase Field, Phoenix

Travis Wood (6-6, 2.79/1.04) vs. Patrick Corbin (11-1, 2.35/1.00)

The Cubs will try to make it two in a row over the Diamondbacks tonight behind Travis Wood. The Cubs’ All-Star representative has not pitched since the final game before the break and should be well rested after some much-needed time off.

Travis Wood put together a very good first half of the season with 17 quality starts in 19 tries. Wood has allowed less hits (89) than innings pitched (122 2/3 innings) and must continue to limit the free passes in order to main his early success throughout the season.

Look for Dale Sveum to run out the same lineup that he used on Monday night with Junior Lake in the leadoff spot. One change could be Alfonso Soriano, if he is no longer with the team.

Tonight all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood makes his first start of the second half tonight. Wood should be fully rested after not pitching since July 14. Wood made the trip to New York for the All-Star game but Bruce Bochy did not call his number.

Wood’s string of quality starts ended with his last start against the Cardinals at Wrigley. Wood lasted only 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on a season-high 10 hits with three walks and one strikeout. Wood seemed out of sorts in his last outing and never found a rhythm or appeared to get comfortable on the mound. Wood surrendered more hits against the Cardinals in his three previous outings combined and he walked more batters than he struck out for the first time this season.

Travis Wood likely needed a break and he received a nice, long breather.

Travis Wood was 1-0 in three starts leading up to the break with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Wood is 2-2 in seven road starts this season with a 2.91 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP and will face Arizona for the first time this year.

Travis Wood missed the D-Backs last month at Wrigley. Wood has not fared too well against Arizona in his career and is 1-3 in four starts with a 6.33 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Wood was shelled in his only start against the D-Backs last year and is 1-2 in three career starts at Chase Field with a 6.61 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.

Based on the numbers, tonight will be a good indication of how far Wood has come this season.

Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Adam Eaton – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Aaron Hill – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Miguel Montero – 2-for-2 with a double
  • Wil Nieves – 0-for-4
  • A.J. Pollock – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Cody Ross – 3-for-6

There are no two ways about it, Patrick Corbin has been lights out this season. Corbin struggled through a stretch in June and in early July that most big league pitchers would kill to have. Corbin was 1-0 in six starts in June with a 3.05 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP and is just 2-1 in his last three starts with a 3.05 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.

Patrick Corbin is coming off back-to-back outings in which he allowed a total of two runs on 10 hits with 20 strikeouts and three walks in 14 2/3 innings.

And for as good as Corbin has been, he’s been even better at Chase Field. Corbin is a perfect 7-0 in 10 games with a 1.54 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.

The Cubs faced Corbin at Wrigley back on June 2 and put four runs on the board on six hits in six innings. Corbin won the game due to a poor performance from Edwin Jackson.

Patrick Corbin makes his second career start against the Cubs tonight and is 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP in his only other regular season outing against the Cubs.

Cubs Career Numbers against Patrick Corbin

  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Julio Borbon – 1-for-4
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-3
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-5 with a home run and a walk
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-3
  • Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-3 with a double

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Lake – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Ransom – 3B
    Navarro – C
    Gillespie – RF
    Barney – 2B
    Wood – P

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Latest Top Ten Cubs Prospect List from Bleacher Report…

    10 -Hannemann

    9 – Edwards

    8 – Vizcaino

    7 – Johnsom

    6 – Olt

    5 – Alcantara

    4 – Bryant

    3 – Soler

    2 -Almora

    1 – Baez

    • DWalker

      Hannemann? Interesting even from Bleacher report.

    • J Daniel

      Love it and it shows how far the system has come in such a short time! How about Olt, the pre-season #22 in all baseball, #6 in the system? The just drafted best hitter at #4 behind last years pick and international? Vitters and BJax, arguably the top 2 in the system before Theo and boys arrived, not even in the top 10?

      Could make a really good infield out of Olt, Baez, Alcantara, and Bryant. Pretty good work in less than 2 years. Still a long way to go but the future is getting brighter by the day.

    • calicub

      Bleacher report is neither reputable nor accurate.

      Thumbs Down

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Question I like to ask…since Garza is gone, and we have Edwards who seems has a high ceiling… Edwards better than Chris Archer?….is Olt better than Hak Ju Lee?….comments, remarks, opinions would be appreciated.

    • John in Texas

      I don’t think you can answer that for another several years. An a ball pitcher doesn’t compare to a MLB starter and lee was hurt at the beginning of the year.

  • Neil

    Another excellent catch by Cole Gillespie

  • Vivid_Reality

    I know Lake’s current level of production is completely unsustainable but he has been impressive thus far. How awesome would it be if he finally realizes his potential at the major league level? Turning him from a productive role player and into a core piece could completely change Chicago’s timetable for competing.

  • Tony_Hall

    Rizzo with a single off of a lefty with RISP!

  • Neil

    Good job by Rizzo with the adjustment … single to CF, Wood scored.

    Rizzo is further back in the box than he has been.

  • TrevorPetersma

    I’m confused, I’m watching the game out of the corner of my eye with the sound turned off as I’m trying to finish up work. It looked like Ransom got tossed, but then he is still out there? Can someone fill me in on what went down there?

    • Thomas D

      Dale came out arguing during commercial and rightfully so that ump is expanding the zone for Corbin

      • TrevorPetersma

        Definitely. Nobody got thrown out though? Glad to see Dale fight for his guys.

        • Thomas D

          Dale got ejected

          • TrevorPetersma

            Thanks for filling me in. Maybe I should turn the sound back on… :)

          • Thomas D

            It has definitely been a pitchers duel though

  • Thomas D

    I’m glad Dale came out it seemed like that home plate ump is expanding the zone for corbin

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    way to make Corbin work here in the 4th guys (sarcasm, yes).

  • Ripsnorter1

    Gag! Pirates lose closer Jason Grilli.

    Tony, the Pirates are done. Their GM isn’t good enough to save them from another sub-.500 season.

    Unless, of course, they call Team Theo and get advice on how to save this situation. No doubt Team Theo would tell them to trade for Kevin Gregg.

    • Thomas D

      Might work isn’t their ballpark pretty pitcher friendly?

    • Tony_Hall

      Chicago Cubs Online…..come out of the closet you Pirate fan!

  • Neil

    Excellent stretch by Rizzo

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    ok..I admit I am depressed about the rotation now that Garza is gone.
    Wood looks good…a solid #3 if he can remain near this level consistently…maybe even a #2. I have no faith in Shark being anything but a #4-5 with his inconsistency and his age. Edwin Jackson is what he is…a #3 type guy. And then we have…who? And I don’t mean a project like Baker…who are the farm studs waiting in the wins from a pitching perspective? Seems like all our chips are position players.
    I know the answer is “cubs will make trades” or “cubs will sign FA pitchers” but I am just getting impatient.
    Junior Lake is the most excited I have been as a Cubs fan for a few years. I want to see more of the future instead of Barney/Ransom/Nick Sch./Borbon/Gillespie and other mediocre stopgaps. If I wanted to watch mediocrity I would watch the Neifi Perez greatest hits dvd on repeat.

    • BosephHeyden

      I wouldn’t call Baker a project. He’s been around. And when he’s good, he’s really good. More of a low-risk gamble than anything else: if he pays off, he can be a #2-#3 starter. If he doesn’t, well, he’ll catch on with someone else and see what they can do.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        gamble is a better word than project, but that is what I meant by it. He is 31…so even if he pans out next month, no guarantee he signs with us, and if he did, would he really be part of the long-term plan? My guess is he was only ever a short-term asset they hoped to flip this July, but his return from injury was just slower than anticipated. Either way, don’t see him as part of the future. Maybe Junior Lake can pitch too?

  • paulcatanese

    Finally found a way to watch the Cubs this year.
    I just shut the sound off and watch a baseball game.
    I am so sick and tired of hearing about the ops, ips, ups, or whatever, and all the quality starts instead of just watching baseball.
    Sorry guys, I’m just old school and enjoy watching the game for what it is, a game, a baseball game.
    When did this get all out of hand?
    When did all these facts and figures take over what was happening on the field.
    I know now that I really miss watching the games at
    Wrigley, in the stands and get the true experience of what I grew up with and played.
    I just don’t enjoy the games any longer listening to all of these things that take away what is on the field.
    To me, the game is not about who’s going to be trade bait, who is brought in to turn over, it just loses the flavor.
    I will continue to read the CCO and once in a while comment about the game that has been played the same day or the night before, but I am out of all of these other things. Enjoy guys, just remember, its just a game, an old one, but all of these other distractions just ruin it for me.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I think you are simply experiencing “Thoyer Pains”. They are like growing pains, but way more boring. In the absence of exciting players to watch at the big league level, the talk of stats increases, as does the trade talk, discussion of assets, etc… What the heck else can the broadcasters discuss…how Darwin Barney’s latest groundout seemed to have been hit with more authority? Don’t worry, I checked with Mike Ditka, and he assured me that this too shall pass.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I am literally just watching for Junior Lake right now. You might as well keep watching to see if he can match DiMaggio’s hitting streak! (mmm…koolaid good!)

    • jtrain23

      I really miss Brenly on the TV broadcasts this year.

    • cubtex

      Don’t go away Paul. I enjoy reading your thoughts!

      • paulcatanese

        Thanks, I don’t think I indicated that I wouldn’t post at all, I just won’t acknowledge the so called numbers of the game, I will leave those to those who think they are the “experts” of the game. I choose to just watch, with the sound off and enjoy the game, and ignore the rest of it.
        My opinions are and will be of the visual manner, I do not care for the percentages being flashed with runners on this base or that.
        The posts on the site that people put on are fine, they are opinions, and I respect that, but I refuse to get into WAR, WHIP, and the rest of it. Means nothing to me.
        I have watched the game too long and for too many years to ok changing the way it is played now, on stat sheets and computers, that take a human being’s performance, good or bad and eliminate the fact of what they do, and transfer those to figures to determine whether or not they can play but how soon they can be rid of that person. I happen to like the unknown, not the position of what they will or will not do based on what is perceived to be the outcome from figures. Yes they will make mistakes, leave runners on, make errors, strike out, so what, they have been doing that for over a hundred years, and game is still here, getting away from the original but still around.
        I like personalities on the field, not robots, I like to get upset when a player blows his nose on National TV, or dislike when others spit seeds in the middle of an at bat, and not concentrating on the task at hand,
        but I guess that’s next, put those incidents on the computer to decide where the heads are in relationship to their performance, “hey, this guy spits too much, can’t hit and spit, get rid of him”. “he has nasal problems, get him checked out”.
        No, I will continue to post, but only on the physical makup of the game, and leave all of the other things alone.
        And I would say as well, that you are one of the ones I respect and like the opinions that you put out there.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    lol…I am a big Junior Lake fan…but not sure he is cut out for CF. Can we trade Soriano or stop using (fill-in-the-blank) in RF and and put Lake on a corner, please?

    • Tony_Hall

      Haven’t you heard Ray and Paul say CF is the easiest to play…..not!

      • cubtex

        It is for an athlete. Why do many Former SS get moved there? Because they can run. The Greg Luzinskis play lf

        • Tony_Hall

          And I thought they put the best athletes there because they are the only ones who can handle it.

          CF you have to be an athlete to even be able to play it.

          Next thing you will say is SS is the easiest IF position…for an athlete.

          • cubtex

            I have played middle infield my entire life. When I have filled in occasionally and played OF….CF is where I was most comfortable and at ease. Not very difficult. In fact Jim Duquette was talking this morning saying RF is easier to play than LF and CF being the easiest so you always get varying opinions. Y
            On another note….don’t take things so personally. This is not computer baseball and stats all the time. If you love the game you should appreciate alot of opinions of people who have played the game.

          • Tony_Hall

            I will give one more example that Paul and you should relate to as it is your guy Soriano. Cannon for an arm makes you think RF. Fast and athletic makes you think CF. Yet he was not good at actually playing the OF so he had to move to LF as that was all he could handle. Why is that? Because it is the easiest OF spot to play.

            As far as taking things personal,I think we all do when we feel the other person is wrong, you included and I am trying to work on that myself. But today it looks like you took some mello pills telling everyone else to relax. I guess we all need to take turns be the peacekeeper from time to time.

      • paulcatanese

        Tony, when was the last time you played the outfield?
        If you haven’t noticed, Sappelt, Schierholtz, many other Cubs have been in center, and the two mentioned above are 100% better in centerfield than right field, where they might as well just not be out there. It is easier to play centerfield, period, no debate, go back over the years and see who the Cubs have put out there and then tell me that.

        • Tony_Hall

          See my reply to Tex. I complete disagree with you. I never played OF, but doing batting practice for the last 8 years I have spent many hours chasing flyballs. I am fast and can track balls very well, so enjoy doing it. I would prefer to be in CF, but not be cause it is easy, its not, but because you are in charge out there and the others guys have to give way to you.

          • paulcatanese

            I see you have never learned the term “you got it, you got it”,

            instead of “I got it”. Those three words were my favorite, and used them often:)

            Seriously, for me, playing any outfield position, right field was the easiest, the ball rarely traveled more than two directions, slice or fade. An the outfielder had the advantage with the hitter, right handers, the ball slices, lefthanders it draws.

            Both types are diminished playing center field, (easier), and one can see the ball coming off the bat based on pitch location, which is easier to spot from center. I would submit that you preferred center field because you saw the ball better off the bat and could read its flight better than the left or right field positions, and being in charge out there means that

            you were running full tilt to the left and right center parts of the field at a greater distance, giving you a higher head of steam increasing the level of injury in a collision.

            Its a fact Tony, less side flight, see the ball better, it’s no contest, center is easier.

            Now putting a great athlete out there only multiplies the

            defensive ground that can be covered, and it does not mean that it’s harder to play out there, but increases what is being chased down.

          • Tony_Hall

            Paul – we will have to agree to disagree on this. You two are the only ones I have ever heard say this.

            Also, you and Tex never did give me an answer on why Soriano had to be moved to LF if CF is so much easier, and his athleticism and arm strength were not the reason (obviously).

  • GaryLeeT

    A rare site this season to see it come off the rails like this for T. Wood

  • Theboardrider

    I think Wood thrives on work. He’s a rubber arm..

  • Neil

    Schierholtz with a pinch-hit 2-run HR

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 10-4 to DBacks on Tuesday night – Travis Wood: 4R,
    8H, 2BB, 2K in 5.2 IP (108 pitches, 68 strikes); 1-2, R

    Junior Lake: 3-5, HR;
    Nate Schierholtz: 1-1, HR, 2RBI; Anthony Rizzo: 1-4, RBI, BB; Cubs offense: 1-9
    RISP, 9 LOB

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