Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 07/19/13

Game Ninety-Four: Cubs (42-51) vs. Rockies (46-50)

  • Game Time – 7:40pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
  • Location – Coors Field, Denver

Jeff Samardzija (5-9, 4.06/1.30) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (9-5, 3.21/1.28)

After a much-needed four day All-Star break, the Cubs begin a very challenging 10-game trip against three NL West teams tonight. The Cubs play 18 games in 17 days to wrap up July with their next day off coming on August 5 after facing the Dodgers for four games at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs will take on the very explosive Colorado Rockies for the next three days before opening a four-game series in Arizona. The Cubs’ ten-game, three city trip wraps next weekend with three in San Francisco against the defending World Series Champs.

The Cubs will make at least two roster moves before tonight’s game. Brian Bogusevic will be placed on the 15-day DL after re-aggravating his left hamstring injury on Sunday night. Junior Lake will be added to the Cubs’ active roster and is expected in the starting lineup with the lefty Jorge De La Rosa on the hill. Lake has a cannon for an arm and excellent speed. Lake can play third base and right field. Lake is expected to see a majority of his playing time against left handed pitching. The Cubs view Lake’s call-up as a way to get his feet wet in the majors and they feel he needs more development at the Triple-A level prior to staying at the big league level.

Nate Schierholtz is expected to be in the starting lineup on Saturday after missing the last two games of the Cardinals’ series while nursing various injuries.

Following tonight’s match-up of Jeff Samardzija and Jorge De La Rosa, Carlos Villanueva is scheduled to face Juan Nicasio on Saturday night. Edwin Jackson is expected to square off against Drew Pomeranz in the finale in Denver on Sunday afternoon.

The Cubs have won six of 10 and own a 7-6 record this month. But the team that takes the field tonight in Denver figures to look quite a bit different in 12 days.

The Cubs took two of the three games against the Rockies at Wrigley in May … and the Cubs first game following the break all starts with Jeff Samardzija.

Jeff Samardzija is coming off back-to-back outings that were not so good but hopefully he learned from both starts as he said he did. Samardzija promised to come back strong after the break and finish the season pitching the way he did when it started.

Samardzija posted a 3-6 record in his first 11 starts with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP (42 hits allowed in 72 2/3 innings with 24 walks and 80 strikeouts). Since June 1, Samardzija is 2-3 in eight starts with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP (65 hits allowed in 51 1/3 innings with 20 walks and 48 strikeouts) … and over his last two starts, 0-2 with a 11.81 ERA and a 2.34 WHIP (seven walks, eight strikeouts and 18 hits allowed in 10 2/3 innings).

Jeff Samardzija has flashed signs of being a top of the rotation pitcher but he must work on his consistency in order to take his game to the next level.

One of Samardzija’s best outings of the season came against the Rockies back on May 15 at Wrigley Field. Samardzija held Colorado to two runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in eight innings. Samardzija and the Cubs won the game 6-3.

For his career, Samardzija is 1-0 in six games, two starts, against the Rockies with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Samardzija makes his first start at Coors Field tonight (no record in three relief appearances with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP).

Rockies Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Nolan Arenado – 1-for-3
  • Charlie Blackmon – 1-for-5
  • Dexter Fowler – 2-for-9 with a triple
  • Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-9 with a home run
  • Todd Helton – 0-for-6 with a walk
  • Jonathan Herrera – 0-for-6 with a walk
  • D.J. LeMahieu – 3-for-3
  • Jordan Pacheco – 1-for-3
  • Josh Rutledge – 2-for-3
  • Troy Tulowitzki – 1-for-6 with a walk

Jorge De La Rosa is coming off a win against the Padres. De La Rosa held San Diego to two runs on two hits in five innings with four walks and four strikes. De La Rosa has looked like the pitcher he used to be during stretches this season but the most important stat is that the Rockies are 7-3 in his last ten starts.

After a decent start to the season, De La Rosa posted a 4-0 record in five starts in May with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. De La Rosa was 2-1 in six starts in June with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP before finishing up with a 1-1 record in two starts prior to the break with a 4.35 WHIP.

Jorge De La Rosa is 5-1 in eight starts at Coors Field this season with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

The Cubs have not beaten De La Rosa in eight chances. De La Rosa is 4-0 in eight career appearances, four starts, with a 2.05 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. The Cubs missed De La Rosa during the three-game series in May at Wrigley Field.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jorge De La Rosa

  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-6
  • Welington Castillo – 2-for-2 with a double
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-10 with a home run
  • Cole Gillespie – 1-for-4 with a double
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-1 with a walk
  • Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-2
  • Dave Sappelt – 2-for-2 with a double and a home run
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-10 with a home run and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-14 with a home run and a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • J Daniel

      Where in the order should Castro bat? I like him in the 2 spot but? Don’t think he is a #5. Put him where he should be and let him stay there.

      • Tony_Hall

        Ideally #6. He is never going to be an on base guy (eliminates #1 & #2), doesn’t have the power to be a 3/4/5.
        Too much bat for 8, so 6 or 7. Hopefully he settles in as more guys come up, more suitable for the Top 5 spots.

  • J Daniel

    Maybe we will see a repeat of last year when players were hugging in the middle of the game on their way out.

    • paulcatanese

      Very possible this may happen again. And Castro in the five spot? May work out as he has been swing the bat pretty well lately.
      I would agree with you on the two spot, but he is so unpredictable on his approach, I just don’t know where the best spot is for him.

  • Tom U

    Josh Vitters in the starting lineup and playing third for the Iowa Cubs tonight

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Tim Brown: In Garza negotiations, Cubs and Rangers have exchanged medical reports. Final stage.

    • Suzy S

      Yup….

  • BosephHeyden

    Just copying and pasting from the Twitter feed on the side:

    RT @JeffPassan: Sources: Cubs-Rangers deal for Garza hits snag, no longer a certainty.teams still negotiating,seeking alternatives to Texas.

    SHOCKER!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Jeff Passan:

    Sources: Cubs-Rangers deal for Garza hits snag, no longer a certainty. Teams still negotiating, Cubs seeking alternatives to Texas.

    • BosephHeyden

      I can’t help but notice the timing between this and the exchanged medical reports news. I know neither is/was “official news”, but, pretending they’re both legitimate, I guess the question is which side had the injured party?

      • Suzy S

        Better hope it’s not Garza again.

      • jtrain23

        Ramirez has been injured and has missed a few starts in the past few weeks for a “minor” shoulder injury, if there is such a thing. I believe he was supposed to start tonight for his minor league team, but I wonder if more health concerns have come up?

        • DWalker

          Had the same thought. looks like a good chance there was something in the medicals someone didn’t like and Ramirez’s shoulder is a good canidate. I also thought of Olt having something they didn’t like thats been impacting his playing, but not sure what it woudl be that they wouldn’t have put him on the DL for all things considered.

          • jtrain23

            Olt has something that I don’t like as well. This guy’s progression, or lack thereof, is a bit concerning. His batting average has plummeted as he has worked his way up the ranks, especially at the AAA level and major league level, although with a very small sample size in the latter. His strikeout numbers are high and his power numbers are a bit inconsistent. Plus, this guy is 24 years old, not 18 so he should be fixing some of these problems if he is going to. Seems to similar to guys like Vitters and Jackson to me.

          • Tony_Hall

            He had a vision problem earlier in the year.

          • jtrain23

            That’s what I hear. I hope I’m wrong and that the vision problem is the only problem. It’s just concerning.

      • paulcatanese

        Don’t know, were there CT scans on the brains done?:):)

    • Suzy S

      I’ve been on pins and needles waiting for this trade to happen…with whomever…somehow…like the Dempster deal last year…the first time around seems like a trial balloon. Hope we haven’t all been duped.

      • RynoTiger

        Suzy..pins and needles? really? ouch. why are you torturing yourself like that? that’s got to hurt, but it is dedication to the Cubs way of life

        • Suzy S

          Ryno…if not pins and needles…how about Al Mcquire’s “Seashells and Balloons” ?

      • Ripsnorter1

        Suzy,
        Are you a Cubs fan? If so, you’ve been duped.

        • J Daniel

          Come on, Rip, not nice!

        • Suzy S

          I guess I walked into that one…but Rip…you haven’t let go either…so you also are a “dupee”!!!

          • Ripsnorter1

            Yup.

            What’s worse: I’m on pins and needles, too, to see how this Garza trade works out. I think Brett Jackson is involved, and it’s costing me sleep at night.

          • J Daniel

            Now that is funny!

    • J Daniel

      Really crazy for sure. I guess if the Rangers want to make a deal, and their guy is the problem with the medicals, they will still make it happen. If not, they were trying to pass off damaged goods which is not cool.

  • matthew8510

    fyi neil ramirez has been pulled after 3 innings could be a sign

    • jtrain23

      Was he pitching well? lol

      • matthew8510

        that could be it too

        • jtrain23

          I was just hoping he was looking really good if he’s coming our way..

      • matthew8510

        he also got lit up so thats probly why

  • jtrain23

    Focusing on a certainty, I am truly excited to see Junior Lake in the starting line up tonight.

  • Vivid_Reality

    Is this a record for most comments before a game has even started?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      No it is not. Game discussions used to receive more comments than it does now for obvious reasons.

      Samardzija with a 4-pitch walk to start the game.

      • jtrain23

        Hopefully we can get back to that point As well, Neil. I would love to be excited about the product on the field instead of the hope for acquiring talent. I think we are getting there though.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I agree …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castillo picked off Fowler from first. Excellent play.

  • Tony_Hall

    Welcome to the majors rook…. nice double.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake with a double and steals third

  • jtrain23

    What a way to start a career. Hopefully a sign of things to come!!

  • CerranoReadyNow

    Nice start for Lake

  • matthew8510

    7:42pm: The loss of momentum between the Cubs and Rangers did in fact occur after the teams had swapped medical information on the players that were to be involved, writes Passan. If medical concerns are to blame, Passan says it was likely not an issue with Garza, since the Rangers are apparently continuing to pursue him.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Lake on the contact play. Directed traffic and told Sappelt to advance

  • J Daniel

    Neil,
    What is your gut telling you, will a deal still be worked out or back to square 1? Sort of like the Demp deal last year, has to be a bad feeling for everyone involved.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I don’t think this is like Dempster at all. He used his no trade rights to veto the deal to Atlanta and a couple of others from the way I understand it. I know everyone thought the deal was done with Garza. But it was not.

      I think they will trade Garza before his next start.

      If there was problems with the medicals on one of the players, I am glad they backed out.

      While Twitter and all of the instant info is great, it does not mean it is accurate. I view this as a delay in the process.

      • J Daniel

        Thanks, Neil. I would tend to agree and hopefully it is for the good of both teams.

  • cubtex

    Neil Ramirez 3.1 IP 7 hits 5 ER. Not good

    • cubtex

      Maybe Cubs wanted to make sure his shoulder is Ok

    • J Daniel

      OUCH!

      • J Daniel

        Only 1 outing though

    • Ripsnorter1

      I guess he decided he didn’t want to pitch for Bosio, and took positive steps to ensure he would remain in Texas’ organization…..

      Still….he’s looking better than Mr. Olt.

      • John_CC

        WTF man? Why can’t you just let people be excited about something doing with this team? What’s your problem with Bosio? As you know the pitching staff has been the strength of this team with Wood and Feldman having pretty impressive first halves that not many including you foresaw. As a matter of fact, if Feldman was no better than Volstad when he arrived, I’d saw Bosio did a pretty great job.

        • GaryLeeT

          Wow John. Comments should never be that upsetting. Especially if they are flippant, or tongue & cheek.
          I will say, I have noticed on more than one occasion, a pitcher do an eye roll when he pays a visit to the mound.

          • John_CC

            Wow what? I can’t call out a little of Rip’s BS? Call it tongue in cheek or flippant (more accurate) or whatever you want but it is the constant and endless stream of it that gets so tiresome. Particularly when it is baseless. And I am not upset, just callin it like I see it.

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

            Hhave to agree on baseless. Bosio has been really good this year. Marmol is the only guy he coudln’t help and I think it was mental as much as anything with him.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Shawn Camp.

          • Dorasaga

            You must had a bad night, even if you were correct about Bosio and his works. Stay Classy, amigo.

    • Ripsnorter1

      He got ripped by the Iowa Cubs!

      LOL

      Vitters, thus far, is 2 for 3 with a HR tonight.

      Raley got destroyed tonight by Round Rock.

      Meanwhile, Olt is 0 for 2 with 1 K.
      I thought he might fan both times……

      • cubtex

        Might try and see them play at Round Rock on Sunday. At Rangers game tonight. Jeff Baker continues to rip LHP. 2 for 3 tonight. Derek Holland vs Bruce Chen. Good game

        • Ripsnorter1

          Baker is slugging .695 this year, with 16 RBI in 82 AB.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Towering HR for Soriano

    • paulcatanese

      Needed 3D TV for that one.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija is really struggling with his release point. He is all over the place again.

    • Suzy S

      Shark hasn’t been the same since the Feldman trade.

      • CubsTalkNow

        Can’t image what he will be like when Garza is gone……ERA over 6.00 most likely.

        • Ripsnorter1

          9.00.

    • Denver Mike

      Interesting, I obviously didn’t that great of a read from the stands (3rd base line) but I was impressed by how he kept the pitch count down. I thought all along the Rockies batters were swinging at everything, and as he started the 8th thought he had a chance at a CG. I had assumed Shark just had good stuff tonight and pitched to contact, do you think the Rox hitters were just overly aggressive and that helped him?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        He was elevating the ball in the fourth inning especially. The release point was shaky early. I think the defense helped him over the first four innings. Castillo picking off Fowler and the play Castillo made on the wild pitch was huge. The game is much different if those two plays aren’t made.

        He was very good after the fourth. I was glad to see it.

  • J Daniel

    Nice play at the plate.

  • cubtex

    Josh Vitters with a 2 run shot fresh off the DL for Iowa

  • CubsTalkNow

    Can’t wait for the Cubs to trade Samardzija. But that will be the trade talk next year at this time.

  • paulcatanese

    Junior was impressive first two at bats, put the bat on the ball hard and crisp. Looks as though he is bigger than Soriono and Castro. All three from the same country? I believe that was mentioned on the broadcast. If he continues in center field he catches that ball later on in his career. Nice speed also. Good looking player, should have a nice time in the majors.

  • CubsTalkNow

    Junior Lake is here to stay.

    • J Daniel

      Let’s hope so but as we like to debate on here … small sample size.

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

        Remeber Jackson’s first game last year…just sayin.

  • SomeGuy27

    Physically, Lake reminds me of a hybrid of Mike Cameron (and with #21 on his back) an on his way to bulked up Sammy. Watching him run tells you that if nothing else the guy is an athlete.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    There is someone on tonight that is using a different name for the third time today. The IP addresses are the same. If this persons does not stop it, I will block the IP address.

    • J Daniel

      I wish Rip would cut it out! Just kidding, Rip!

      • Ripsnorter1

        It’s not me. But I have this question:
        suppose there are three CCO fans living in one house, using the same wireless internet. They have three different laptops. Does it appear that there is one guy using three different names in a case like that?

        • J Daniel

          It would … same IP address

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          It could show up as the same IP address. I don’t think that is the case this time.

    • Denver Mike

      I’m not pointing fingers, but when I saw “CubsTalk…” tonight it reminded me of last summer when we were constantly trolled by CubsTalk, CubsLive, CubsBlah, Cubs….., seemed like DejaVu

      • Tony_Hall

        Let’s hope it is not the same guy.

        • Bredstik

          That same guy was commenting on the Garza trade thread on MLBTradeRumors all day yesterday as well.

          • Tony_Hall

            That thread was too long to read, it was over 600 comments at one point, I was not even able to read and get through all the bad comments to see anything of any real information.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Olt just fanned again.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very good inning for Samardzija. He has really settled down. Good to see the adjustments.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake with his third hit of the night

  • J Daniel

    Lake, really nice start!

  • Tony_Hall

    Nothing to be excited about in these unproven minor leaguers…..especially considering Lake is ultimately considered a utility guy and we have others better than him “Down on the Farm”.

    • J Daniel

      Well if he could be a Super Sub that would be great. Need those guys to. Could play 5 days a week just giving others a day off and injuries.

      • Tony_Hall

        That is his likely role but he is a fun player to watch…lots of energy put there.

        • J Daniel

          Which is what this team needs even more of and is infectious.

      • CubsTalkNow

        By 2015, this Cubs team should have a set line up with Almora, Soler, Castro, Rizzo, Baez, Bryant, Alcantara, and maybe Castillo.

        • J Daniel

          I hope so but doubt it. Someone is likely to crap out.

          • CubsTalkNow

            I didn’t put BJax in that lineup.

          • J Daniel

            or Vitters

          • CubsTalkNow

            Vitters I believe will rebound.

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

          Eloy Jimenez in there too, but maybe not until 2016. Torres too was a top international prospect. He could be there as well.

    • CubsTalkNow

      3 for 4…..so far Lake has proved he should be in the majors.

      • J Daniel

        I love the start but he will prove it when he starts facing guys again and the league adjusts.

        He looks good and I am excited about him.

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

          One game
          Does not a career make. But I will be pulling for him.

  • TrevorPetersma

    Glad I got home in time to see Lake’s last two at bats. Exciting to see guys come up and have early success!

  • CubsTalkNow

    Boston will be calling on Kevin Gregg…..their guy is out.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Strop to get out of Samardzija’s jam

    • Denver Mike

      I figured it would be him or Parker to come in, and Strop was hitting 95 on the gun pretty regularly. Nice to see him shut down a potential rally. I like what I see in a pretty small sample.

  • Ripsnorter1

    It’s Kevin Gregg time!

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

    Man I really like Strop. Now we need Gregg to out together a few good outings to get his value back up.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Rockies
    3-1 on Friday night – Jeff Samardzija: 1R, 4H, 3BB, 6K in 7.1 IP with 9
    groundball outs (105 pitches, 62 strikes)

    Soriano: 1-4, HR; Rizzo: 1-4, 2B,
    RBI, BB; Lake: 3-4, 2B, SB; Ransom: 0-3, 2 BB, R; Barney: 1-5, 2B, RBI

  • Denver Mike

    .