Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 07/08/13

Game Eighty-Seven: Cubs (38-48) vs. White Sox (34-51)

  • Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WCIU, Comcast SportsNet (White Sox) – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 181/844
  • Location – U.S. Cellular Field, South Side of Chicago

Matt Garza (4-1, 3.45/1.12) vs. Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.50/1.31)

Weather permitting … The Cubs travel to the South Side for a make-up game against the White Sox on the final Monday of the first half. The Cubs have already won the series and the Crosstown Cup by winning the first three games at the end of May. But the Cubs have a chance to sweep the season series against the Sox with a victory tonight.

The game back on May 28 was a match-up of Edwin Jackson and Chris Sale. Jackson was off to his best start of the season while Welington Castillo took Sale deep for a two-run homer that would have been his second longball of the season at the time. The game was cancelled in the bottom of the third and all of the stats were erased.

The Cubs have played good ball against the Junior Circuit this season. The Cubs are 11-6 in Interleague play with three games versus the American League remaining on the schedule. Tonight is the Cubs’ last game in an American League park and Alfonso Soriano is expected to be the Cubs’ designated hitter once again. Soriano is 8-for-17 in four games as the Cubs’ DH this year with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI (.471/.471/.941/1.412) and for his career, Soriano is 33-for-86 as a designated hitter in 29 games with six doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 25 RBI (.384/.411/.791/1.202).

Tonight all starts with Matt Garza

The Matt Garza Watch continues tonight as the scouting section at the Cell should be filled with representatives from the Rangers, Indians, and the Red Sox, just to name a few. Garza has thrown the ball extremely well of late. Garza is 3-0 in his last four starts with a 0.90 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. Garza has not allowed more than one earned run in each of his last four outings (three runs on 19 hits with 28 strikeouts and eight walks in 30 innings).

Matt Garza has pitched very well on the road this season, Garza is 2-0 in six road starts with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Garza did not pitch in the scheduled four-game series with the White Sox back at the end of May.

Matt Garza is 2-3 in seven career starts against the Sox with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. At the Cell, Garza owns a 2-0 record in four starts with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Garza faced the South Side once last year and picked up a win after allowing three runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six innings.

White Sox Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Gordon Beckham – 2-for-5 with a walk

  • Alejandro De Aza – 0-for-3
  • Adam Dunn – 1-for-10 with two walks
  • Jeff Keppinger – 5-for-8 with two doubles
  • Alexei Ramirez – 2-for-7
  • Alex Rios – 5-for-28 with a double, a triple and three walks
  • Dayan Viciedo – 0-for-1 with a walk

Outside of the miserable first game of a doubleheader against the Indians, Hector Santiago has been very good in as a starter this season. Santiago is 3-3 in 10 starts with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Santiago is coming off a very good outing against the Orioles in which he allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings.

Dating back to May 22, Santiago has started six games and he has allowed more than three earned runs only once in those starts.

Hector Santiago faced the Cubs back on May 29 at Wrigley and allowed two runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings. For his career, Santiago does not have a record in three appearances against the Cubs with a 3.60 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP (two runs on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts in five innings). Tonight will be his first career start against the Cubs.

Cubs Career Numbers against Hector Santiago

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-1
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-2
  • Scott Hairston – 1-for-1
  • Dioner Navarro – one walk
  • Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-1
  • Alfonso Soriano – 0-for-2
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-for-1

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Castro – SS
    Ransom – 3B
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Navarro – C
    Castillo – DH
    Barney – 2B
    Sappelt – RF
    Borbon – CF

    Garza – P

  • BosephHeyden

    WCIU? I’m rooting for another rainout.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Raining at the park, tarp on the field. Nothing official on a delay. Will post updates

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castillo scratched from lineup (flulike symptoms). Valbuena to DH.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Update lineup:

    Castro – SS
    Ransom – 3B
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Navarro – C
    Valbuena – DH
    Barney – 2B
    Sappelt – RF
    Borbon – CF

    Garza – P

  • Ripsnorter1

    So much for Soriano at DH.

    I don’t get it. He hits better when he’s rested and not playing the field.

    Glad to see Castro leading off. I think he’ll hit in this spot in the lineup.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Start of game officially delayed … no word yet on start time

  • Skeldor

    If Garza gets shelled how bad will that hurt his value

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      As long as he is healthy, I don’t think it would.

    • texcubnut

      Point is moot.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Estimated start time of 7:30pm CDT

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Updated start time: 7:40pm CDT … stay tuned

  • Tom U

    For those who may have missed it there were two majors stories to come out of the minors today:

    Matt Loosen struck out nine and went the distance as he no-hit Dunedin 7-0. Loosen was the first pitcher in the organization to toss a no-hitter since Austin Kirk on July 4, 2011. Loosen joins Kirk and Nick Struck as the only pitchers in the system with a no-hitter.

    Juan Carlos Paniagua finally had his visa approved and is currently in Arizona. There has been no word on his next assignment.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I will have a full report in the morning. There were also signings in the minors.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game on … 34 minute delay

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    that was strange…Garza and the gang just taking a leisurely stroll in from the bullpen…while the Cubs are still at-bat.
    not sure I have seen that before…

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    If Soriano isn’t traded, and plays all next year for the Cubs…he will have fulfilled his monstrous 8 yr deal.
    Who would have thought that he would play the whole contract out with the Cubs?
    And along those lines, who else has received a 7+ year contract and actually played every year of it with the same team?
    Ryan Howard pops to mind…horrible contract, and the worst of it is yet to come. A-Rod another. Even if he turns into Adam Dunn next year, Soriano has had a reasonably productive 7 year run…that is impressive. Not saying he earned the monster paychecks…but he was at least productive.
    Outside of Sammy Sosa, I am trying to think of another Cubs OF that lasted 7 straight years?? Hmmm…

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Keith Moreland played 6 seasons…but obviously wasn’t a big contract guy. Only other guy I can think of, without going too far back into time, is Billy Williams. No idea if he was ever considered to have a “big” contract though.

      • triple

        DUDE!!!! How can you forget the Hawk? Andre Dawson played 6 years for the Cubs.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          I have brought shame upon the House of Jason…can’t believe I forgot the Hawk as well.

          • triple

            All as forgiven in Cubbieland!

        • triple

          Dawson (6 years/ages 32-37)

          .285/29HR/98RBI per year – total of 3,262 ABs.

          Soriano (first 6 yrs/age 31-36)

          .265/27HR/79RBI per year – total of 3,041 ABs.

          When you look at the difference, they are remarkable similar players. Obviously the Hawk was a little better hitter, but as far as RBI’s, he definitely benefitted from having guys named Sandberg and Grace hitting ahead of him.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            Soriano should have had more steals, at least the first couple years with the Cubs…but he hurt his wheels early on, and we never got the full benefit of his speed/power combo.

            Moises Alou played 3 seasons, at ages 35-37…fairly similar in production.

            I like those types of signings…Dawson, Soriano, Alou…proven names that still had something left in the tank.

            Something about having those guys added to your team just makes being a fan that much more fun.

            Other signings that made me excited like that were Maddux’s return, signing of Nomar, Kenny Lofton.

            Wonder what proven veterans, if any, we will see added once the FO decides to flip the switch and declare the Cubs to be finally all-in and ready to compete.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Soriano is so hot right now, that he gets on base even when he strikes out.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Lots of ‘em, I am sure. Billy Williams is an easy choice.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Is Phegley the new AJ Pierzynski…new guy for us to hate?
    When I think of White Sox players that were Cubs-killers, I always think of Carlos Lee. Seemed like he homered every game against the Cubs.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    C’mon Rizzo!!!! Popping up?
    Kids gotta get outta this funk asap…

    • Ripsnorter1

      Yesterday, he was dead on .240 BA. Then he singled in the 11th to raise his average. He almost landed in…..Castroland–the .230′s!

      • Ripsnorter1

        What really stinks right now is that Luis Valbuena–Mr. Luis Valbuena!!–has a higher batting average, a higher OBP, and a higher slugging percentage–than the $61 million dollar shortstop of Your Chicago Cubs!

    • calicub

      I’d be interested to see his numbers before and after his extension was announced

      • calicub

        I’d do it myself but I’m not brave enough to mess with BR on an iPhone.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with a solo homer … he’s playing tonight like it is 2006.

    Just passed Harold Baines on the all-time list

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Looks like we will need him to hit at least 1 more…

  • Ripsnorter1

    18-year-old Taiwanese righty JenHo Tseng, ranked #29 on Jesse Sanchez’s top 30 international prospect list for MLB.com, is “known for his upright, quick delivery and a fastball that has reached 95 mph.” The Cubs have emerged as the favorite for Tseng,tweets Sanchez, and he’s expected to command at least $1.5MM. Assuming Eloy Jimenez’s $2.8MM deal with the Cubs is finalized, and the Cubs add Tseng at around $1.5MM, they appear a lock to exceed their bonus pool by more than 10% even if they max it out by acquiring more pool space. As explained by Ben Badler of Baseball America, the penalty for going 10-15% over the pool is a 100% tax on the overage and, more importantly, a $500K per player cap in the 2014-15 spending period. 15% or more means a $250K cap.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I like our success/history with latin players more than Asian.
      Hee Sop Choi…Kaisuke Fukudome…the kid that hit a bird or something in the minors…the reliever we signed this year that hardly pitched before getting injured.
      The Cubs have an Asian Curse.

      • calicub

        Hee Sop choi turned into Derek Lee.

        Worth it

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          No doubt. The trades that netted Aramis and DLee were two of the best in team history.
          I am just saying Choi never became much of a player of use for the cubs on the field.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    they just showed a Cubs branded luche libre wrestling mask…marketing goodness!
    Barney with a crap throw into the stands.
    Look kid..if you are gonna hit under .220, you kinda need to keep doing the gold glove thing.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    why why why why why why why…???
    Why do you try to throw that guy out? Makes no sense.
    You need (1) out and you have a guy on 3rd…don’t make a throw.
    Now you just tacked on a run to Garza’s ERA…we are trying to trade him!

    • matthew8510

      it was fielders choice it doesnt count as a run relax

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        still a bonehead play that gives up our lead.

  • RynoTiger

    It’s a shame that the Cubs can’t make the bold decision and move to send Castro to Iowa to get out of the spotlight and work on things. I don’t think him pressing to turn things around in Chicago is doing any good at all.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Shouldn’t surprise anyone, should it?

    Scott Feldman tattooed by the Rangers today. He looked like the Feldman of yesteryear. He gave up 9 hits and 7 ER in just 5 IP, and of course, lost the game.

    I hold to my prediction that he’ll be a sub-.500 pitcher for the O’s.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      sort of makes you feel dirty for unloading him and getting something back…
      But that feeling fades rather quickly.
      I was a Cubs fan thru the whole 2006 season…which entitles me to think I deserve some things to go my way for a while.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Let’s talk 3rd base in MLB these days….

    Who has the worst 3B in all of MLB? We’ll judge them by OPS.

    Answer: Yanks. They are getting a lousy .600 OPS out of all of their 3B. No wonder they even looked at Ian Stewart.

    White Sox are #29 with .611. That team cannot hit anything this year.

    SF is at #21–Pablo Sandoval is hitting a mere .675 OPS.

    The Cubs are at #11, with a .766 OPS thus far. Cody Ransom’s slugging has surely helped out matters.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I miss Aramis…

      • Ripsnorter1

        Not this year. He’s injured–again–and has only 5 taters all year. Oh yes, he’s owed $20 million for next year, too.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          that’s because he left the Cubs…karma.
          When I sold my 1976 Ford Maverick, the kid who bought it crashed it the next day.
          Granted that car was a pos, and Aramis was the best 3B since Santo…but still…fair analogy.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Yes, Aram was worth Jose Hernandez.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Valbuena with a 2-run double

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      might be a keeper for backup infielder / super-sub…can he play 2B or SS if needed?

      • Ripsnorter1

        He has more RBIs now than Castro.

        BTW, Rizzo just entered Castroland at .239.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Looking at the Cubs’ BA with RISP…..get your airplane bag first, please….

    The top 3 Cubs for Batting Average with a runner in scoring position are all Cubs’ pitchers: Garza, Wood, and Edwin Jackson.

    Worst hitter with RISP on the team not named Carlos Villanueva is…was….Mr. Scott Hairston at .120.

    Surprise! Dave Sappelt is next at .143!

  • matthew8510

    does garza come out 1 more time?

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I hope not…nothing to gain/prove, and the bullpen was already warming up.
      That may have been the last pitch he throws for the Cubs…at least this year.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    who scares you the most on a hot streak: Sosa, Soriano, DLee, or Aramis?
    (regardless of alleged steroid use)
    Soriano is playing his way into a trade at this rate…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the White Sox
    8-2 on Monday – Matt Garza: 2R, 1ER, 5H, 0BB, 6K in 7 IP (102 pitches, 64
    strikes)

    Soriano: 3-4, HR, 2B, BB, 4R, 2SB; Valbuena: 1-3, 2B, 3RBI, HBP, R;
    Ransom: 2-5, 2B, 2RBI; Sappelt: 4-5, 2RBI, R

    • texcubnut

      No matter what else happens this year, there is one thing they can’t take away……..THE CUBS SWEEP THE SOX!!!! YEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!

  • texcubnut

    No matter what else happens this year, THE CUBS SWEEP THE SOX!!!! YEEESSSSSS!!