Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 07/28/13

Game One Hundred Three: Cubs (47-55) vs. Giants (46-57)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco

Travis Wood (6-7, 2.95/1.07) vs. Tim Lincecum (5-10, 4.73/1.38)

The Cubs wrap up their 10-game trip through Colorado, Arizona and San Francisco with the series and season finale against the Giants. Dale Sveum’s team is 3-3 versus the Giants this season and 5-4 over the first nine games of the trip … and what a trip it has been.

The Cubs have won ballgames despite not hitting with runners in scoring position (8-for-75) and receiving short outings from their starters. Plus, both Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano were traded while the team was in Phoenix.

Dale Sveum figures to run out his left handed lineup with Tim Lincecum on the hill. Which means Junior Lake will slide over to left and David DeJesus will hit leadoff and man centerfield. Luis Valbuena will be back at third and Welington Castillo should be back behind the plate.

The Cubs are 22-17 since June 13 … and this afternoon all starts with Travis Wood.

There are no two ways about it, Travis Wood has looked more like the old Travis Wood the last two times out. Throw the quality start stat out the door, Wood has really struggled the third time through the lineup in his last two starts and is in need of a good outing today to prove his last two outing were the exception this season and not the rule.

After a tremendous first 18 starts to the year, Wood has allowed seven runs on 18 hits with five walks and three strikeouts in his last two starts (11 1/3 innings). The amount of hits and walks allowed are concerning. For comparison, Wood allowed a total of 23 hits and eight walks in five starts in June (32 1/3 innings). He’s shown that as long as he pitches ahead in the count and limits his walks he can be successful.

Even with his last two outings, Wood is 1-1 in his last four starts with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP … teams are hitting .269 against him.

Travis Wood missed the Giants at Wrigley back in April and has not beaten San Francisco in four career starts. Wood is 0-2 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP versus the Giants and 0-2 in three starts at AT&T Park with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.

Giants Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Tony Abreu – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Joaquin Arias – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Gregor Blanco – 0-for-3
  • Brandon Crawford – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Jeff Francoeur – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Hunter Pence – 6-for-15 with a triple and a home run
  • Buster Posey – 2-for-9 with a double
  • Pablo Sandoval – 3-for-5
  • Andres Torres – 2-for-5

Tim Lincecum did something two starts ago that he’d not done before, Lincecum pitched a no hitter against the Padres. Lincecum threw 148 pitches, one short of the 149 it took Edwin Jackson to notch his no-no. Lincecum struck out 13 batters in nine innings and had many thinking, and hoping, that ‘The Freak’ was back. Lincecum really struggled in his last outing, his first since the no-hitter and gave up eight runs on nine hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings to the Reds. The Cubs had a good game plan against Lincecum in April and must follow it again today. The key with Lincecum at this of his career is to make him work. He really struggles with throwing quality strikes and if the offense is able to layoff early there will be plenty of chances to put runs on the board.

Lincecum is 1-2 in his last four starts with a 5.04 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP and has really struggled in his home park this year. In 10 starts, Lincecum is 3-4 with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

The Cubs let Lincecum off the hook in April and he is 4-4 in 11 career starts against the Cubs with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Tim Lincecum

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 7-for-16 with two doubles and a home run
  • David DeJesus – 4-for-8 with a double, a home run and five walks
  • Cole Gillespie – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk
  • Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-11 with a double and two walks
  • Nate Schierholtz – 1-for-2 with a home run
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-for-5
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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Lake – LF
    Rizzo – 1B
    Schierholtz – RF
    Castro – SS
    Valbuena – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Castillo – C
    Wood – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with his 30th double of the season

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    Runners at second and third with one out, zero runs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wood is up and looks like he is aiming the ball

    • cubtex

      Both pitchers are. Looks like a bullpen day for both teams.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Everyday that Lincecum starts is a bullpen day, except for the no hitter.

        • cubtex

          His stuff has really regressed.

          • J Daniel

            Roids …just kidding … Man I am sure they are glad his contract is up

          • Denver Mike

            Maybe if they didn’t make him give up the long hair and the Mary Jane after his Cy-Young year. It might sound silly, but don’t discount how it may have affected his mental approach on the mound.

          • J Daniel

            Lol … One of the all time classic signs in the crowd a couple of years ago when they won … “Let Timmy Smoke”! Still laugh about that whenever I hear about him. Classic!

          • Denver Mike

            We were in SF about two years ago and went to a game. I saw a guy selling a t-shirt that said “Tim plays better on grass”. It still makes me grin just thinking about it. I don’t doubt he is beginning to wear down a bit, but baseball is very much a mental game so you never know!

          • calicub

            And yet in the eyes of the MLB “mary jane” is just as bad as PED’s.

            Garbage.

          • Denver Mike

            The NFL too, I’m pretty sure that’s all Von Miller is getting suspended for. I gave up the “devil’s lettuce” many years ago as there is too much risk in my job to not be at 100% mental capacity. But these guys are performing at the highest level in sport, and doing it very well.

          • calicub

            The devils lettuce. lol I’ve never heard that before..

            I posted a break own on this site a few months ago, but when more than 40% of major league teams let alone the minor league teams, are in states with favorable laws which allow medicinal and recreational use, it is ridiculous for the MLB to continue to hold those who use cannabis for w/e reason as culpabe as those who use HGH, PED’s, Amphetamines, etc.

      • Tony_Hall

        And both pitchers went 7 strong innings…..

        • cubtex

          that is what bad offenses allow. pitchers with mediocre stuff lasting longer than they should.

          • Tony_Hall

            And I thought it was the sign of a good pitcher, who on days when they don’t have their best stuff, find a way to keep his team in the game and still go 6 or 7 innings.

          • cubtex

            I don’t have a good feeling on how this second half will go for Travis Wood. He looks awfully hittable.

          • triple

            I think you should think positively about what Travis Wood will do instead of filling the universe with negative thoughts!

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wood was obviously much better in the second

  • cubtex

    Soriano 4-5 HR 3 RBI with a walk off game winning single. I guess that is a plus 1 WAR huh Tony? :)))

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Good to see Soriano deliver today. His first 4-hit game in over a year (July 13, 2012) and his second since Sept. 6, 2008.

      • cubtex

        You can see how happy he is to be back in NY. I am sure he feels wanted with all the veterans there like Jeter and Mariano. He will really help that team.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          But the Yankees will not make the Playoffs.

          • Denver Mike

            As astute an observation as that may be, I’m not real sure what it has to do with Soriano and how he enjoys being back with the Yankees.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Soriano said he wanted to get back in the playoffs one more time…..Yankees are in big mess from on the field to the FO……..one big Circus in the Big Apple…..and I am loving it.

          • GaryLeeT

            I don’t think the Yankee’s F.O. thought Soriano would help get them to the playoffs. They did it, because the fan base would have been livid, if it appeared like they stood by, and let the mighty Yankees’ bad season just happen, without putting up a fight. .

        • Tony_Hall

          He was probably just as happy when he went 0-4 and they lost.

          • cubtex

            You are probably right. He is like a kid in a candy store. I am happy for him.

          • Tony_Hall

            Absolutely, he is back with kids his own age :)

    • Tony_Hall

      I know you are joking, but that is not how it works. Pitchers pitched, defense made plays, other batters got on base, all contributed to one win. So maybe 0.2 for Soriano today to go with his negatives from the last 2 0fer games

    • Tony_Hall

      Now I get it, he was facing lefties all day. That explains it.

      • cubtex

        Ha. Can’t ever give Soriano credit. Matt Moore…. 14-3 3.17 ERA. Yea that explains it.

        • Tony_Hall

          I give him credit for going on extended hot streaks and hitting lefties well…..what else is there…

          • cubtex

            that was a pretty cool moment. I know you can never give the guy any credit but c’mon. there has to be a speck of sentimental nostalgia in that heart of yours Tony. Goes back to his first team and gets a game winner in yankee stadium. that is pretty cool.

          • Tony_Hall

            Haven’t seen it yet, but it sounds cool. I have given him credit, I was a huge fan those first few years, but those middle years were really bad and his last 2 were not that great either, but with the rest of the offense so weak, he was something to watch when on his streaks. I am glad he finished his Cubs career on a streak.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Already four walks for Wood

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wood jammed Pence with the first pitch, got him to pop out. Excellent pitch.

  • cubtex

    This is the battle of 2 bad offensive teams.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wood with a HR, #3 of the year

    • cubtex

      put him in the outfield when he doesn’t pitch :))

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake was robbed … he smoked that pitch

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    So far it is a pretty good debut for C.J. Edwards in Daytona. Edwards has struck out all 6 batters he has faced so far today (5 swinging 1 looking).

    • cubtex

      sweet!

  • cubtex

    both pitchers 2-2

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Rangers lost 4 in a row since Garza’s victory…2-8 in the last ten games………Garza might not get to pitch in the playoffs this year.

    • Denver Mike

      Texas needed more than just Garza, Perez has been terrible his last few times out. I am much happier getting Edwards+ back, as I don’t feel like the hype around Perez was justified at all.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I believe last year “almost” trade with Garza was just Perez & Olt…..so maybe we lucked out.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    nice shot from Castillo

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castillo with a big time, big fly … #3.

  • Denver Mike

    9HR for Baez in 20 games since joining the Smokies, very nice. Only 3 doubles and 0 SB, not so much. His average and steals really drops off every time he moves up a level mid-season. Maybe he just presses too much or mid-season adjustments just aren’t his thing?

    • CubbyDenCritic

      We might be lucky to see Baez at Wrigley in Sept of 2014…..he still has a way to go.

      • Denver Mike

        Based on his track record I would say he starts at AA again next year, gets about 250-300AB before he moves up to AAA to get his feet wet, then starts at AAA in 2015 for a post-All Star break call up to the show….assuming he stays injury free.

    • J Daniel

      Young, adjustment, and they are humans not robots. Each move is a brand new situation. Got to love it how he is performing. He is not that far away.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Dale needs to have a running the base competition next Spring Training…….I am putting my bet on the Cubs Video guy to win.

    • cubtex

      Now that is funny!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    C.J. Edwards struck out
    8, walked one and allowed one infield single over 5 shutout innings on 63 pitches in his
    D-Cubs debut. Not a single ball left the infield.

    • Denver Mike

      I would love to see this kid pitch, the stat line sure is a thing of beauty

  • cubtex

    Strop has been extremely effective. I would think they might be able to flip him to a contender. Scouts are watching the Cubs and they are absolutely noticing. Relief pitchers are up and down. Maybe you sell high on Strop now.

    • daverj

      It’s a good idea, but Strop might have some value to the Cubs so I think they would need to get back something more than a low level relief prospect. As opposed to Gregg, where a return of a low level relief prospect would be a fine return.

  • cubtex

    Hopefully Gregg can get his last save today as a Cub!

    • daverj

      I hope that is something all Cub fans can agree on!

    • J Daniel

      You don’t think they will win again?

      • cubtex

        Badabing! Gregg needs to be moved if at all possible. He is doing it with smoke and mirrors.

        • J Daniel

          No doubt!

        • triple

          He’s been smoking and mirroring for 2 months now. How much longer does he have to do that for someone to recognize that maybe he’s just capable of having a good season, and in the process earn himself a decent contract for a couple more years?

          Yes agree though, they do need to move him, as that will help the Cubs tank more to get another high draft pick… but even if he’s moved, I think Strop will replace him just fine and that the Cubs will continue to hold their ground, or maybe even improve closer to .500.

          • SirGladiator

            He needs to stop walking so many people, that’s his main problem right now. Just get out there and throw strikes, it’s what he used to do, if he gets back to that he will get back to being dominant. Even now, with all his walks, he still gets it done, he should be pretty valuable if we want to trade him. But I wouldn’t be upset having him stay as our closer the next few years, so long as he stops his Marmol impersonation with the walks. That means we have a shut-down guy in the 8th (Strop) and the 9th, instead of just moving Strop to the 9th and not having a dominant guy in the 8th anymore. I like having two dominant relievers instead of one, it’s a lot more fun :) .

  • Denver Mike

    Castillo did a great job framing that strike 3 call…credit where it’s due

    • paulcatanese

      Agree, on the other hand, he keeps moving that glove as fast as he does, he may sprain his wrist:)))

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Giants 2-1 on Sunday afternoon – Travis Wood:
    1R, 4H, 4BB, 7K in 7IP (107 pitches, 68 strikes); 2-3, HR at the plate

    Welington
    Castillo: 1-3, HR; Anthony Rizzo: 1-3, 2B, BB; Luis Valbuena: 1-4

  • Dorasaga

    The defense waffled at the end, but for the overall content I watched (caught this game past 8th inning online), it was a good win. Now, where’s the World Series as promised? :-)