Game One Hundred Twenty-Two: Cubs (53-68) vs. Cardinals (69-52)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 89/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Travis Wood (7-9, 3.00/1.10) vs. Joe Kelly (3-3, 3.14/1.37)
The Cubs will look to build on Friday’s win and take another series from the Cardinals this afternoon behind Travis Wood. The Cubs offense was solid on Friday and picked up where they left off in St. Louis. The Cubs used six walks and a hit batsman to beat the Redbirds as four of the six walks, and the hit batsman scored five of the Cubs’ seven runs.
The Cubs had some success last Sunday against Joe Kelly and must make him work again this afternoon. Mike Matheny figures to have a quick hook with Kelly if he struggles because the Cardinals’ pen is back in shape after Jake Westbrook took one for the team on Friday.
Look for Dale Sveum to run out the same lineup for the second day in a row with Kelly on the mound.
This afternoon all starts with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood is coming off an excellent outing against the Reds. Wood was hung with the loss after making one mistake in a season-high eight innings. Wood paid too much attention to Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips launched a two-run homer in the seventh that accounted for all of the runs that was scored on the night. Wood surrendered four hits, one walk and struck out five in what was his best start since the break.
After a rough outing against the Dodgers, Wood settled back in and has allowed four runs on ten hits with two walks and 12 strikeouts in his last two starts, 14 1/3 innings (2.51 ERA, 0.83 WHIP). Since the break, Wood is 1-3 in five starts with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
Travis Wood missed the Cardinals last weekend and is 1-1 in three starts against the Redbirds this season with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.
Cardinals Numbers against Travis Wood in 2013
- Matt Adams – 1-for-3
- Carlos Beltran – 3-for-10 with a double
- Matt Carpenter – 2-for-11 with a walk
- Allen Craig – 3-for-9 with a double, a home run and a walk
- David Freese – 2-for-9
- Matt Holliday – 1-for-5 with a walk
- Jon Jay – 3-for-7
- Pete Kozma – 3-for-8 with a double and a walk
- Yadier Molina – 5-for-9 with a double
Thanks to the schedule makers, Joe Kelly will face the Cubs in back-to-back starts. The Cubs did a nice job against Kelly last Sunday and scored four runs, three earned, on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. The Cubs lost 8-4 after battling back and tying the game in the sixth inning.
Joe Kelly was in the middle of an excellent run before he struggled somewhat against the Cubs. Kelly is 2-0 in four starts since the break with a 1.57 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.
Kelly has pitched much better on the road (2-0 in 15 games, three starts, with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP) this season than in his home park (1-3 in 13 games, four starts, with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP) and has already beaten the Cubs at Wrigley this season.
Joe Kelly is 1-0 in three games, two starts, this year against the Cubs with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Joe Kelly
- Darwin Barney – 1-for-5
- Welington Castillo – 3-for-6 with a walk
- Starlin Castro – 3-for-8 with a double
- David DeJesus – 3-for-6 with a walk
- Junior Lake – 0-for-3
- Donnie Murphy – 1-for-3
- Dioner Navarro – 0-for-1
- Cody Ransom – 1-for-3 with a walk
- Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-9 with a double
- Nate Schierholtz – 1-for-5
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