Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 07/27/13

Game One Hundred Two: Cubs (46-55) vs. Giants (46-56)

  • Game Time – 8:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco

Chris Rusin (1-0, 5.40/1.20) vs. Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.93/0.96)

The Cubs will go for two in a row tonight behind Chris Rusin but in order to do so the offense will have to string together hits against one of the best southpaws in the game. Madison Bumgarner has been very, very good for the Giants this season and figures poise a big challenge for the Cubs tonight.

The Cubs have really struggled with runners in scoring position during the current ten-game road trip. The Cubs were 1-for-11 with RISP on Friday night. Somehow the Cubs are 4-4 over the first eight games despite hitting 8-for-74 with runners in scoring position.

The Cubs improved to 24-29 on the road this season with Friday night’s victory, one more win than they had all last season (23-58) away from Wrigley Field.

Dale Sveum said Friday that Junior Lake will play every day either in left field or in center. Against right-handed pitching, Lake will play left and slide over to center on days the Cubs’ face lefties. Lake is expected to hit leadoff for the Cubs tonight with Cole Gillespie in left and Nate Schierholtz in right. Schierholtz is expected to hit in the fourth spot in the lineup, at least for now.

Tonight it all begins with Chris Rusin

Chris Rusin makes his third start in the big leagues this season tonight. For the first time, Rusin will not make a long trip as a call-up from Triple-A for a recently traded starter. Rusin filled in for Scott Feldman when he was traded on July 2 then took the hill last Monday instead of Matt Garza.

Chris Rusin put together a good outing in Phoenix. Rusin limited the Diamondbacks to two runs on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five-plus innings. Rusin makes his first career start and appearance against the Giants tonight … and no one on the Giants active roster has faced Rusin in a regular season ballgame.

The Cubs have the pleasure tonight of facing arguably the best young lefty in the game. Madison Bumgarner has been beyond good this season and has already beaten the Cubs this year.

Bumgarner is coming off a loss to the Diamondbacks in which he allowed one run on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. Bumgarner has held teams to two runs or less in eight of his last 10 starts. Bumgarner is 2-1 in his last three starts with a 2.14 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP … only 12 hits allowed with four walks and 21 strikeouts in 21 innings.

Madison Bumgarner beat the Cubs at Wrigley in the game better remembered for Steve Clevenger writhing in pain at home plate after striking out swinging to end the game. Bumgarner is 4-2 in seven career starts against the Cubs with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Madison Bumgarner

  • Darwin Barney – 4-for-13 with two walks
  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Starlin Castro – 8-for-21 with a double
  • Cole Gillespie – 0-for-4
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-1 with a home run
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4 with a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • RMercer69

    Did I miss the conversation on here about Castro not hitting 2 hole lately again? Just wondering…it seems his numbers have been very good, if not best, in the 2 hole in his career. It also seems he had really turned it on in the last month and was wondering why mess with that? Also, would love to see more of Castro and Lake hitting 1-2 some more. I realize it might not be that way with Dejesus back.

  • paulcatanese

    Wow, the comment from Sveum that Lake will play everyday ( I know that depends). He may just be getting his shot now. Good luck to him.

    • paulcatanese

      My comment above was actually a compliment.
      Sveum said that Lake will play everyday.
      I said that depends, meaning on how Lake continues to do.
      He may be getting his shot now.
      Meaning, getting his shot now, and will skip going down.
      Good luck to him.
      I didn’t realize I had to spell it out that thoroughly.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Nice win last night……….Navarro must be close to getting traded….#4 slot…..I would had him hitting #3, knowing he has to change out of catching gear…….so Samardzija is on the trade table at the 11th hour….as I said he should be…….there is always a GM somewhere willing to over pay ………everyone will look at Samardzija before trading for Peavy or Santana…….Theo is in full control on this trade……or does anyone want to give Shark a $18-$22 million per year contract for the next 7 years?……..btw, Theo is all done with No Trade Clause contracts.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    New MLB 100 Prospects came out, five Cubs …Baez, Soler, Almora, Olt, Bryant.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Dale said it is a “Silly Rumor” on Shark…..

    same guy who said Garza was going to start Monday night’ game……

    Trade Talk heating up on Shark!

  • Ripsnorter1

    From ESPN Stats & Info: Junior Lake went 1-for-4 in the Cubs’ loss to the Diamondbacks, giving him 15 hits in his first seven MLB games. Per Elias Sports Bureau: That matches the most hits any player has had in his first seven games with the Cubs since 1900. Hall of Famer George “High Pockets” Kelly had 15 hits in his first seven games with the Cubs in 1930. It’s also tied for the third-most hits among all players to debut since 1900 behind Kirby Puckett’s 16 hits in 1984 and Bo Hart’s 18 in 2003.

    Bo Hart? Who is he? Indeed….

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hartbo01.shtml

    A flash in the pan.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    A five-pitch second inning for Rusin

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    So what is the story/expectations on Rusin?
    His Iowa numbers this year were good, and lifetime numbers in minors show he doesn’t give up too many walk (a good thing). Is this a guy finally figuring out how to pitch and starting to peak? Never hear much about him being someone they think is a rotation piece in the future…could he be maturing like Travis Wood did this year?

    • daverj

      Highly unlikely that Rusin has a future in the rotation. His upside is less than Wood and Wood is no more than a 4th or 5th starter.

      Rusin could end up as a major league middle relievers.

    • BosephHeyden

      They need to keep Rusin in the rotation for the remainder of the season. I stopped watching last season before he came up, but his numbers reflect what I’d expect to see from a guy who is good enough to make it to the majors, but doesn’t have huge hype behind him.

      If they can just let him start through September, they’ll see whether or not he can fit in the rotation. If he can, that’s a definite plus. If he can’t, then next season you convert him to a reliever and hope he can help there. But they need to be patient with him for the remainder of this season.

  • SomeGuy27

    Rambling on about nothing here but doesn’t tonight’s game look/feel like a play-off game? I know it’s wishful thinking and all but other than the announcers you have a twilight game on the West Coast, weather is kind of cool and overcast, pretty good pitching, and a packed ballpark. It reminds me of watching Dodgers or A’s post season games in the 70’s.

    Also is it only me, but does anyone else hate watching games from Colorado on TV? I’m sure Coors field is a beautiful park to see a game in person but I can’t watch anything from there. I actually fall asleep every time the Cubs play there and it doesn’t matter if it’s a day or night game.

    I’m getting old…

    • daverj

      Tonight’s game is definitely missing playoff caliber players … other than Bumgarner and Posey.

  • cubtex

    This would have been a perfect game for Vitters to play 1st and sit Rizzo. Too bad Vitters got hurt and couldn’t be brought up. Hopefully by the end of August.

  • cubtex

    Was looking at Rizzo’s numbers this year and thought I would share. Don’t get mad at me. Just posting stats.

    April .224 Avg with 8 HR
    May .295 2 HR
    June .231 2 HR
    July .177 2 HR

    • calicub

      He’s been dreadful since signing that contract

  • cubtex

    Starlin Castro is hitting .318 for July with a .375 OBP. He has been looking great this month!

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    nice outing by Rusin tonight! Last 2 starts are a small sample, but I like what I have seen. Sometimes people just raise their games when the level of competition is greater…maybe that is what is happening with Rusin.
    Nice grab by Rizzo, too!

    • daverj

      Do you like what you have seen or what the numbers look like? Big difference.

      Rusin’s K rate is very low, his BABIP against is very low, his strand rate is very high, and while I haven’t seen the data from tonight’s game, in his first start, he gave up a very high percentage of hard hit balls. This points to luck of a small sample size. See Jeff Pico 1998. I still remember the hype surrounding his second major league start against Dwight Gooden after he pitched a shut-out in his first major league start.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        yes…Rusin’s K rate is downright horrid…Buehrle-esque or Moyer-esque.
        useless soft-tossing no-k lefties…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with an excellent catch to preserve Rusin’s shutout

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    are they feeding Lake? Seems skinnier now then when he came up??? Give that kid some Nutella!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very good at bat by Lake

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      yeah…he won’t hit .400 forever, so key for him to get some walks and get on base. Hopefully he didn’t learn leadoff plate discipline from Soriano…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Chris Rusin with a good outing.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Two bad decisions by Strop, gotta take the outs a team is willing to give you.

    • daverj

      Agreed. I wonder how much he was rattled by the bad call on the lead-off hitter. That was strike three.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        It was strike three, I agree.

      • paulcatanese

        The really good pitchers don’t let those calls bother them, they just go on to the next pitch.

  • Dorasaga

    Pedro Strop sucks.

    • Dorasaga

      Great play by Rizzo. Gold glove stuff.

      • Dorasaga

        Look at where he stood initially before that play. Far, far from first base. He got range. then that arm to home base, saved the run. Pedro needs to call him Daddy.

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

          Strop has been dynamite for us. He sucks? Have you watched him? His stuff darts all over the place an he throws 98 like he’s playing catch in the backyard.

          • Dorasaga

            When your setup guy walked and gave up hits to load the bases three times but got out of the inning. That’s not clean, it’s dirty. Kudos to the defense, not pitching. Perhaps I’m result/performance-oriented, but I look at this fact, and conclude that one day, Strop will bite himself hard in front of our Wrigley Faithfuls, like what he did at Camden Yard.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What a job by Pedro Strop … Wow. Got into the jam and then out of it.

    • daverj

      I haven’t seen that combination of moxie, composure under pressure, and skill out of a Cubs reliever in a long time.

      Strop deserves a shot at the closer’s job.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I’m right there with you. I would like to see him in the ninth once Gregg is (hopefully) traded

        • Dorasaga

          Wow… please not. I don’t believe in his stuffs. I picked him up early in both my fantasy teams last year, and was very pissed by July. I put up with his inconsistency for three months, but that was too much. Watched too many B.S. games when he blew the win.

          He’s not good under pressure. He’s just not thinking. Thrower, not a pitcher. He’s worse than Marmol last year.

      • cubtex

        It’s definately a game of inches and milliseconds. If Posey waited one extra millisecond it was a grand slam on that mistake by Strop and you wouldn’t be saying that.

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

          It’s a game o inches. Strop has been breathtaking with us without a doubt.

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

            Things change, guys figure it out or benedit frim a change of scenery. Tonight was an aberration conpared to Strop the rest of his Cubs tenure. Until firther notice the guy has been throwing straight cheese in a Cubs uniform.

        • daverj

          Fair point. Though but for the missed strike three by the ump on the first batter, Posey likely would not have had a shot at a grand slam.

          It’s not just tonight. Strop has pitched very well in a Cubs uniform.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with a HR

  • Dorasaga

    Schierholz and a tater over the brick.

    • paulcatanese

      Under any circumstance, that is one long home run in that park at night.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Nate is sooooo gonna get traded now. Say hello to 2 pitching prospects folks…courtesy of Nate the Great!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Theo has a big grin on his face…yes. two very good prospects.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Skaggs got bombed today…..wonder if Az. would pull a trigger for Samardiza and pay Theo his price?

    • Dorasaga

      “Tower the Taunter” always dangles with offer. He’ll always confirm his sincere interest alright, in front of another GM, fans, and media alike. Remember that Jake Peavy trade talk 2008? Yea, right. Every M.L parent club owns a Top 10 Prospect, however they were ranked by B.America. So, the Cubs need to initiate a bidding war and outsmart on this one.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      It may sound crazy, but I wonder if Daniel Hudson could get thrown in a trade. That would be more of a Jim Hendry trade, but the guy was great pre-injury, and he is young and under control for a few years still.

      • Dorasaga

        Good idea. Underrated control pitcher with occasional 95 mph. Let’s see what the Taunter of Desert (K.Tower) wants of him.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Braves beat Cardinals again….all roads to W.S. goes through Atlanta.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Archer threw another shout out………it was against he hittless Yankees though.

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

      Talk about a misjudgement. Gave up Archer and kept McNutt.

      • Dorasaga

        Call up McNutt and try him as closer?

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

          Your boy Strop has more than earned that job. At least an attempt. He’s been close to unhittable.

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

    Quite an inning for Strop!

    I have no stats so someone can probabky say how wrong I am but it seems like Schierhotz has been swinging the bat really well lately. Opportune time with the deadline approaching…

    • bpot92

      Last seven days214940283.429July5061341286.260

      His stats are on fire the last 7 days while decent the rest of the month overall. He actually is heating up like Soriano used to do…

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    I know it isn’t allowed, but when they panned the camera to Sveum right after Gregg walked that guy, for some reason I half expected to see him light up a cigarette. Like straight out of Airplane movie “looks like I picked a bad night to quit smoking…”

  • Dorasaga

    Something’s wrong w/Gregg. 7 consecutive balls and two walks???

    • daverj

      Apparently he got the memo that he is Kevin Gregg …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Gregg is all over the place, walked the bases loaded.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    oh Rizzo…your defense makes me forget your strikeouts…Cubs Win!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Okay. we won…NOW TRADE GREGG !….my heart can’t take it anymore!

    • Dorasaga

      Tell my heart about it!!!

    • daverj

      He will bring back a bag of balls.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Rusin looking better than Samardzija…..and Garza.

    • daverj

      Those looks are deceiving. Rusin’s skill stats have not been better than Shark’s or Garza’s. Small Sample Size!

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

    I need to atay of the thread when the game is coming down to the wire. I found out from you guys it was over well before my At Bat radio feed finished!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Giants 1-0 on Saturday night – Chris Rusin:
    0R, 3H, 2BB, 3K in 7IP (90 pitches, 55 for strikes)

    Nate Schierholtz: 1-4,
    HR; Starlin Castro: 2-4; Dioner Navarro: 1-4

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What an ending and game

  • Dorasaga

    That was a 24-pitch inning from Gregg. Those were four, FOUR, 4, quatro bases-loaded situations in two innings, with the builders’ effort by Kevin and Pedro. This is not why Marmol was traded. Call up McNutt or someone, and try him 8th and 9th inning, please, now, before I pass out with fear.

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

      Thing is with Strop I had no doubt he could pitch his way out of it. He is electric and obviously a change of scenery has benefited him. He’s pitching like an all-star. With his stuff 3 straight strike outs is never out of the qurstion.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        careful…used to say that about Marmol. Don’t fall in love with relievers…too fickle. Just enjoy it while it lasts!

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

          Very true, but he’s been a thing of beauty in a Cubs uniform. I feel bery good when he comes in the game. That may change but for now give credit where it is due.

  • triple

    Where’s cubtex? What do ya think of Player A (aka scheirholtz) now?

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Rusin was the star of this game…..Schierholtz gets the supporting award.

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

      I’m sure Ray is around. Schierholtz has been hot of late. It’s a game of ups and downs that is for sure. Good timing for his trade value.

    • cubtex

      What is your point? I am happy he hit a game winner. My point is that he is not a 3/4 hitter over a course of a season. That is why I think Soriano should have been kept. How about our 3 hitter tonight? If they had a better 3 hitter they could have had a lead before Schierholtz hit the bomb

      • paulcatanese

        True. And what goes unnoticed is the fact that this was two teams with almost identical records, I would not have expected a blowout from either team.
        More so from the Cubs as they have hit more home runs, but never the less two even teams.
        Clutch hitting from either side is lacking,
        and errors will show up with these two.
        Simply amazing that the Cubs got out of the 8th and 9th without runs scored against them, all of those ground balls were inches away from tying or winning,
        luck played a big part tonight.
        One little extra Tex, I had the Giant announcers on tonight, and what a pleasure, only one blurb about ops,eps,ups or whatever, the rest was about baseball period.

  • bpot92

    Idk how he can expect even a ptbnl or cash now for Gregg. No Gm in their right mind should trade for him when relievers like crain lindstrom krod (now traded) Russel and more are or were on the block.

    • SirGladiator

      I’d say it’s because he’s a closer who closes. Yes it’s highly annoying watching him close, you could say he’s the new Wild Thing, but a GM wants a guy who gets results, and ultimately Gregg gets results. Not pretty results, not the way we the fans want to see them obtained, but he gets the S, and gives us the W, by any ugly means necessary. That’s why they’ll pay to get him, and it’s why we’ll be glad to see Strop in the 9th instead. He’s much more dominant than Gregg, should be a lot more 1-2-3 9ths with Strop as the closer, which is what we as fans prefer to see :) . GMs just want results, fans want dominant results. That’s the difference.

      • bpot92

        Would you really trust Gregg to get the last 3 outs in a elimination game of the playoffs? I wouldn’t, especially if his control isn’t spot on. He doesn’t have the stuff to get himself out a jams as much as other closers since he doesn’t overpower hitters or have that one out pitch.