Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 08/16/13

Game One Hundred Twenty-One: Cubs (52-68) vs. Cardinals (69-51)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jake Arrieta (0-0, 1.50/0.83, 1-2, 6.07/1.58) vs. Jake Westbrook (7-7, 4.11/1.50)

The Cubs return to the field this afternoon after a much needed day off in search of a win. The Cubs are struggling mightily at Wrigley Field and have not only lost 11 of their last 12 home games but have been shut out in four of the last five games at Wrigley. And it will not get any easier for Dale Sveum’s team this weekend.

The Cubs face a healthy Cardinals team that includes Yadier Molina and one of their top prospects, Kolten Wong. St. Louis is calling up Wong, who is also considered one of the top prospects in the game, and he is expected to make his big league debut today.

The Cubs took two of three against the Cardinals last weekend at Busch Stadium and has played well against their long-time rival this year (6-7 in 13 games). The Cardinals took last weekend for granted and Mike Matheny will have his team ready to take it to the Cubs this weekend.

Jake Arrieta is being called up from Triple-A Iowa to make his second start in a Cubs’ uniform. Arrieta will spend the rest of the season in the starting rotation. The Cubs will send out a reliever to make room for Arrieta on the active roster, which probably means that Eduardo Sanchez or Michael Bowden is on the way to Iowa.

After today’s matchup of Jake Arrieta and Jake Westbrook, Travis Wood is scheduled to face Joe Kelly on Saturday afternoon and Edwin Jackson will wrap up the series on Sunday afternoon against Adam Wainwright.

The Battle of the Jakes and the weekend series against the Cardinals all starts with Jake Arrieta

Updated 12:00pm CDTCubs Recalled RHP Jake Arrieta from Triple-A Iowa, Optioned RHP Eduardo Sanchez to Triple-A Iowa

Jake Arrieta makes his second start in a Cubs’ uniform this afternoon and will get his first taste of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry. If everything with Arrieta works out as planned, today is the first of many starts for Arrieta against the Redbirds.

Jake Arrieta has frontline stuff and the ability to be a dominant starter at the big league level. Arrieta has yet to put it all together. And some feel that Arrieta has been his own worst enemy. Arrieta has made 64 starts in the majors and has walked 162 batters while giving up 370 hits in 364 innings. One of the reasons the Cubs brought Arrieta up to finish the year with the team is so he can work with Chris Bosio. The Cubs’ pitching coach has his work cut out for him and hopefully he can have the same success with Arrieta that he’s had with Paul Maholm, Scott Feldman, Travis Wood and Pedro Strop.

Jake Arrieta received a no decision in his first start with the Cubs on July 30. The Cubs called up Arrieta for the day to pitch in the nightcap of the doubleheader against the Brewers. Arrieta settled in after the first inning and allowed one run on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings.

Jake Arrieta faces the Cardinals for the first time in his career today … and no one on the Cardinals’ roster has faced Arrieta in a big league ballgame.

Jake Westbrook is coming off a horrible outing against the Dodgers. Westbrook allowed nine runs on 13 hits with two walks and one strikeout in 4 2/3 innings in relief of Shelby Miller. Miller had to leave the game after taking a line drive off his elbow.

Westbrook was very good before the break and is one of the reasons the Cardinals had the best record in the game for several months. But that was then and Westbrook has struggled of late and the Cardinals are 0-3 in his last three starts.

Since the break, Jake Westbrook is 2-3 in five games, four starts, with a 7.39 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP.

Jake Westbrook makes his fourth start of the season against the Cubs this afternoon. Westbrook has both dominated the Cubs and was very much Jake Westbrook in the other two starts. Westbrook is 1-1 in the first three starts against the Cubs with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP and is 0-1 in two starts at Wrigley this year with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.

The Cubs must make Westbrook work and elevate his sinker, if they don’t the Cubs will be shut out at home for the fifth time in six games.

Cubs Numbers against Jake Westbrook in 2013

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-4
  • Welington Castillo – 0-for-4 with two walks
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-10
  • David DeJesus – 1-for-3
  • Dioner Navarro – 0-for-2
  • Cody Ransom – 1-for-2
  • Anthony Rizzo – 5-for-8 with two doubles and a walk
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-7 with a double and two walks

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus CF
    Lake LF
    Rizzo 1B
    Schierholtz RF
    Castillo C
    Murphy 3B
    Castro SS
    Barney 2B
    Arrieta P

  • BosephHeyden

    Looks like Ryno is the new (interim) coach for the Phillies. Good for him. Of course, he probably should have been made Cubs manager years ago, but hopefully he gets himself a ring.

    • TheWrongGuy

      CONGRATS to Ryno!!!

      • texcubnut

        Wish him nothing but success. Best of luck, Ryno. If there were a Mt. Rushmore of Cubs you would be there alongside Mr. Banks and Mr. Santo.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I’m glad he wasn’t manager. Imagine his great reputation being sullied by a couple of bad seasons.

      • TheWrongGuy

        Ryno’s reputation can’t be sullied in Wrigley no matter the season’s or rosters of the team. He is LOVED in Chicago much like Jordan with the Bull’s and all the Blackhawks of last season.

        • 07GreyDigger

          We should ask the opinion of Tigers fans and how they feel about Alan Trammell after some of the stinker teams he managed.

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

      Oh the second guessig. We weren’t in those interviews. There are a lot of baseball people from around te league that don’t think he is an MLB manager. I hope he is a great one and takes the Phillies to the championship someday. But to say “he should have been,” what do you know that the rest of us don’t. You sound like his interview earned him the job. Were you in there?

      • BosephHeyden

        Well, let’s see:

        Ryne Sandberg: Won at every level. Earned the respect of every young player he coached (many of whom were actually in plans for the Cubs’ future). Seems to understand the game just enough to earn Hall of Fame status.

        Compare that to…

        Mike Quade: Was an awful third base coach for the Cubs who would probably have been looked at as a bad third base coach had Wendell Kim not existed previously. Not a lot of notable major league experience to tell prospective players he’s worthy of attention when he gives instruction. Had the good fortune to not be Allen Trammel when Lou Pinella stepped down. Possessed all the qualities of a “Yes Man”.

        These are all observations anyone could make before the decision to pass over Sandberg for Mike Quade. Yeah, Quade won most of the games he had left in 2010, but the teams he faced in that time were either way out of it and therefore done trying or all but guaranteed playoff spots and therefore done trying. At best, he was a mediocre choice. Which is what he was: a mediocre head coach. So mediocre that his 2011 team made a new definition for mediocrity by hitting .500 10 different times in the first 20 games.

        It doesn’t take a genius to know Ryne Sandberg was infinitely more qualified than Mike Quade. And, sure enough, a genius did not make the coaching choice for 2011.

        In short, I could care less if some “baseball people” don’t think Sandberg was a good choice for head coach for the Cubs. Because those same “baseball people” also made brilliant choices like drafting Hayden Simpson with their first round draft pick. And those same “baseball people” are all enjoying their fishing trips right now.

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

          You are right. Inwould have much rater had Ryno than Quade. I’d have preferred him to Sveum as well. I’m just saying we don’t have all the facts. We weren’t in the interview. You never know why decisions are made. I atill hold out hope that if Sveum can’t win once the team has better players we give Ryno a shot. But some very smart, proven winners are making the decisions. I just tend to give them the benefit of the doubt. So now I have mixe feelings about him in Philly, I hope he wins but I also want him for us, and te two probably aren’t symbiotic. We shall see…

  • triple

    GO RYNO!!!

    • cubtex

      He deserves it. Good for him!

      • triple

        Yeah, I would give a toe to see him be the Cubs manager right now. But then if the Cubs were the same team, I’m sure he’d catch a lot of flack just the same.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Phillies replace manager Charlie Manuel with third-base coach Ryne Sandberg for remainder of season.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sandberg returns to Wrigley as the Phillies’ manager at the end of the month (Aug 30 – Sept 1).

    • texcubnut

      He’ll get a standing ‘O’, I would hope.

  • Brp921

    My dream has come crashing down, I have held out hope of Ryno somehow coming home to the Cubs. I wish him the very best and he’s very deserving of the job. I’m still upset that Theo wouldn’t consider him and in my mind I want to see him burn Theo every game we play against him, but in my heart I will always root for the Cub’s and besides, I see the good things Theo has brought to the team. Now the question comes to mind, who will win a world series first, Ryno or the Cubs.

    • 07GreyDigger

      The Cubs. Ryan Howard signed an even worse (for the team) contract then Soriano did.

      • Brp921

        The Cub’s are farther along on a rebuild than the Phillies so in theory you are right and if I had to pick one I would have to agree with you. Of coarse we are still talking about the Cubs though.

      • BosephHeyden

        A single bad contract does not hinder teams in big markets from getting players that can help them win games.

        Unless that team is the Cubs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    More from the National media on Sandberg: Amaro says the next Phillies manager will need to “understand” what the front office is doing. This suggests a long, long search.

    • Brp921

      As long as interim comes before his name we can still hope.:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs start the afternoon with 3 straight walks

    • John_CC

      And then all score. Who woulda thunk it?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with a 2 run single to center

  • John_CC

    Let’s see now if Jake can take a lead, calm down and run with it.

  • Brp921

    Why was Craig so mad that didn’t look intentional and didn’t the Cardinals hit our guys several times in the last series.

    • Tony_Hall

      That might be why, expecting retaliation.

      • Brp921

        What goes around comes around. They’ve got more to lose than we do, if they want to make something of it.

      • paulcatanese

        I expected that, Castillo took two above the waist. Can’t let that go unanswered.
        Can’t get the game, just following the posts.

  • John_CC

    I just don’t get why, after your first AB walk and run scored, why come back in the next AB and swing at the first two pitches low in the strike zone. Why?

  • Tony_Hall

    I am liking what I am seeing from Arrieta. Didn’t see him pitch the last time out. For someone who has had control issues and hits mid to upper 90’s, I was expecting someone who was more, max effort. But he seems to get the speed without that, which should mean more control, than his history suggests. Either way, he has good stuff, and that is nice to see. Let’s hope he can put it all together.

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

      He was an opening day starter. Obviously the Orioles thought he could be their ace. Maybe he will out it together here. Bosio has worked some wonders this year. Obviously he is great with young pitchers. Maye he’ll help Arrieta reach his potential.

  • John_CC

    Should be the end of Westbrook. Some good, patient ABs and timely hits and he’s at 90 pitches in the 5th and 4 runs down. Very nice approach from the offense. Westbrook drives me nuts because the Cubs never seem to follow a plan against him, but today they did. Getting early into the bullpen today helps.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Arrieta retired 12 in a row before walking Westbrook

  • Tony_Hall

    Whether Arrieta makes it as a SP or not, the upside is there and when you consider we got him AND Strop for 3 months of Feldman, and that all Feldman cost us was us about $3M as a FA pick-up (that was criticized by so many on here).

    I call that a very good deal all around.

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

      Absolutely! Steop looks like a closer an Arrieta has ace “stuff,” if we went back to that day knowing what we know now I would pull the trigger on that trade in an instant.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good recovery by Arrieta

  • Tony_Hall

    Now that’s a good use of a BUNT!

  • John_CC

    Leave Westbrook out there … I hope they pound a couple more across!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Arrieta with a safety squeeze …

  • Tony_Hall

    I would much rather having a team in the playoff hunt, but beating the Cardinals, like we have been doing, is pretty nice as well.

    • John_CC

      Indeed. There are few things I enjoy more in baseball than seeing the Cubs pound on the Cards. And particularly when they are in the playoff race and the Cubs suck!

    • texcubnut

      Agree!! Always a treat to beat the Cards if only because it gets their fanbase in a ‘bunch’. :)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent outing for Arrieta

  • cubtex

    Just getting off the golf course and its nice to see Arriteta having a good start. On a side note……I find it hilarious that some on here cannot be happy for a hall of fame player from our Cubs to finally get a shot to manage a major league club. Like it is a slap in the face to Theo if they are happy for him. Pleeeeze! He has put in years managing in the minors and he is finally getting a shot. Great for Ryno!

    • Tony_Hall

      90% of the comments and the all important arrows were positive on Sandberg, yet you once again, look at the negative….why?

      I think most agree, good for Ryno!

      • cubtex

        Stating the obvious Mr Hall. If you want to play that negative spin like you always do….if that makes you feel good…have at it. It is a shame that you and other Theo supporters have to stay mute etc. in fear that it will look bad because Theo didn’t hire him! It’s a shame! You can’t be happy for a hall of famer and other players who are doing well on other teams because Theo traded them or in Sandbergs case….Theo didn’t hire him. It must be tough to be in your shoes to always make sure the person you are rooting for has to get the blessing of Theo first!

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

          Ray I think you are off base in your critiscm of Tony. Ryno succeeding and Theo being right aren’t mutually exclusive. So far Sveum hasn’t proved to not be te guy. Ryno hasn’t proved to be the guy. Both may end up happening and the decision to hire Sveum may turn out to be wrong. It doesn’t make Theo a bad VP, mistakes get made. Tony loves Ryno and I know he’s happy for him. But some will take advantage of this to pan Theo for not hiring him which isn’t fair either. He can win, we can win, somedya we may do it again together. Theo knows what he’s doing, an I believe Ryno does as well. We just have to move passed this deal with Ryno. He’s not out manager. We’re all happy for him but really today’s hiring has zero to do with the Cubs team today. It’s a side note, and one that makes us all smile.

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

            We need to all remember we are on the same side here. We all want the Cubs to win, we all want Ryno to succeed everywhere except when he plays the Cubs. We let ourselves get to divided wre. We all want the same thing.

        • Tony_Hall

          Where have I been mute and where do you see I am anything on this. I am all for Ryno succeeding and am fine that it is with the Phillies. I feel we got the better years out of him the Phillies ever will.

          You are truly making things up about other peoples opinions.

        • Tony_Hall

          And just so there is no confusion (as you think I down arrow you all the time but almost never use the down arrow) this was a down arrow from me. You are the one that is always negative and chose now to comment on the not even 10% of comments that weren’t rah rah for the Phillies hiring Sandberg.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I think you are way off base with this comment. I do not see anything but positives for Sandberg here and I do not see where Tony said anything negative.

          With the amount of up arrows and the fact I haven’t mentioned him being the Phillies manager yet in a report, I do not think any one is being silent and supportive of the Cubs’ front office.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    So Sandberg is the Phillies manager…….for now……..but don’t look at this for the long term…….the Phillies GM is on a short leash ……….if Amaro Jr. gets fired, the new GM will come in with his own guys, coaching staff, scouts, etc……….Ryno has 1 1/2 month to prove himself…..

    I like the Feldman trade more and more each day………what do you think Jeff S. ?…….you think Theo might know what he is doing?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Cardinals 7-0 on Friday – Jake Arrieta: 0R,
    2H, 2BB, HBP, 7K (5 look) in 7IP (94 pitches, 57 strikes); 0-2, SAC RBI

    Schierholtz:
    1-3, SF, 3RBI; Rizzo: 1-2, 2BB, 2R; Murphy: 2-2, RBI, R, HBP, BB; Barney: 2-3,
    2B, RBI, BB, R; Lake: 0-3, BB, 2R

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

      What a start! Bosio may be really good for him, as he has been with mist of our young guys. Honestly what Arrieta did today is what he should do regularly. He’s got the potential to be an ace. Maybe he will become one here. Obviously he has it in him.