Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Dodgers – 08/02/13

Game One Hundred Nine: Cubs (49-59) vs. Dodgers (58-49)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (7-7, 2.79/1.07) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-1, 3.13/1.24)

Weather permitting … The Cubs will try to get back on track this afternoon against the red-hot, high flying Los Angeles Dodgers. Don Mattingly’s team has won 11 straight road games, tied for the longest road winning streak in franchise history (’55 Brooklyn Dodgers) and has shown no signs of slowing down.

Travis Wood has the tough task of trying to keep the Dodgers off the board while the Cubs’ offense tries to figure out lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Korean southpaw has been very good in a limited time in the big leagues. The Cubs are believed to have finished second on the bidding for Ryu in the off-season.

Dale Sveum should resist the urge to fill his lineup this afternoon with as many right handers as possible. Ryu has held right-handed hitters to a .232/.288/.297 slash line with 76 strikeouts and 29 walks while lefties have hit .283/.350/.414 against Ryu with 13 walks and 29 strikeouts.

After a very successful 6-4 trip out west, the Cubs are 1-4 over the first five games of the eight-game homestand.

This afternoon all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood is coming off a solid start and a win against the Giants. Wood allowed one unearned run on four hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings. Wood did not pitch as good as he final line indicates and if he pitches the same way today, the Dodgers will keep the scoreboard operator busy. Wood struggled with his command and pitched from behind in the count for a majority of his outing.

Travis Wood finished July with a 2-1 record in five starts with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Wood must work on his strikeout to walk ratio, which is less than 2:1 over his last 31 innings.


Travis Wood is 4-4 in 12 home starts this season with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.

Travis Wood is 1-1 in three career starts versus the Dodgers with a 6.48 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. Wood received a no decision in his only appearance against the Dodgers last season. Wood allowed three runs on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts in six innings.

Dodgers Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Mark Ellis – 1-for-3 with a walk
  • Andre Ethier – 3-for-7 with two double
  • Adrian Gonzalez – 0-for-3
  • Jerry Hairston Jr. – 1-for-1
  • Hanley Ramirez – 2-for-5 with two doubles
  • Juan Uribe – 1-for-3 with two walks

The Cubs will get their first look at lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu this afternoon. The Korean southpaw has had a very good start to his big league career. Ryu is coming off a win against the Reds. Ryu allowed one run on three hits with one walk and nine strikeouts in seven innings.

Hyun-Jin Ryu has worked through a tough stretch after an excellent start to the season. Ryu has not lost a game since June 19 and the Dodgers are 8-2 in his last 10 starts.

Hyun-Jin Ryu is 3-0 in his last four starts with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. On the road this season, Ryu is 4-2 in 10 starts with a 4.62 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup

    DeJesus CF
    Lake LF
    Rizzo 1B
    Castillo C
    Castro SS
    Ransom 3B
    Gillespie RF
    Barney 2B
    Wood P

  • cubtex

    This lineup reflects the lack of a right handed hitting power bat. Against a left handed pitcher with no Soriano they don’t have anybody capable of hitting there

    • 07GreyDigger

      It also shows how weak the talent pool they have at right handed bats is when you miss a 37 year old, declining skills Alfonso Soriano.

      • cubtex

        Exactly and that is my beef about getting rid of Soriano. Unless Theo picks up a young power hitting middle of the order bat through trade….they will have to sign another platoon 4 hitter via free agency next year in 2014(a Scott Hairston type platoon outfielder) to play against a LH starter. They had that person already in Soriano who could have filled that void for next year. They are paying almost all of his salary anyway and if you spend 5 mil next year on a 1 year stopgap? Same salary…..Same purpose. The return of Corey Black was not worth the value of keeping Soriano imo

        • John_CC

          What does it matter for this year though that they got rid of Soriano? And how can you go into relying on Soriano, how far do you project his decline next year from this year, from last year…

          • cubtex

            Look into next year as well my m##. Just kidding. They have noone in the minors who can handle the #4 spot. You cannot expect Olt to hit there if he is your starting 3rd baseman. Baez is not ready. Soler is not ready. Bryant is not ready so that is my point….this year and next.
            So what have you gained if you buy a free agent next year to handle Sorianos role? Corey Back with no salaray relief. Do you see what I am saying?

          • Tony_Hall

            They could trade that player too. That is the gain.

          • cubtex

            Sure that is a possibility if he pans out.

          • Tony_Hall

            They have done well with the short term contracts and trading them off.

          • cubtex

            The righthanded outfield FA power hitting market is weak.

            Corey Hart
            Chris Young
            Delmon Young(please no)
            Mike Morse(can’t see Cubs going there)

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Just say no to all four

          • cubtex

            What do you think they do for next year Neil as far as a RH power bat?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I don’t think they will add a free agent bat.

            Edit – RH bat.

          • cubtex

            You could be right but to go into next year with no #4 hitter against a LH starter would be pretty tough

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Think Mike Olt …

          • Ripsnorter1

            He does favor Soriano when some RHP throws him a
            low and away slider. I’ve watched him flailing away at
            the down and out slider, and he favors Soriano.

          • cubtex

            He is the only in house option that could eventually do that but that would be awfully tough to do that to that kid at the beginning of next year after his struggles in AAA this year. Maybe by the middle of the year after he proves himself a little and gets some success he could be tried there.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I’m not saying I would agree with that, I think he needs time. I think that is the way they could go. I do not think they will spend on a RH free agent bat with what is coming through the system

          • Ripsnorter1

            Scott Hairston panned out, didn’t he?

            LOL

            LOL some more.

        • 07GreyDigger

          But if Soriano is a Scott Hairston type platoon OF, is it money well spent to pay that guy $18 million? To play 40% of the time? I know everyone said Soriano was classy and a gentleman, but I really doubt he’d stand for that.

          • cubtex

            They are paying all his salary next year but….what is it 4 mil? So can you find a player for 4 mil for next year who gives you the same type of production? A middle of the order bat type? That is what I am saying.

        • Ripsnorter1

          They are going to most likely spend $6.5 million for ….(gag)…David DeJesus.
          Yup, he’s LH bat that hits .260 with no power, but Team Theo will gladly sign him
          up.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Corey Black is a long shot. Big arm, but there are a lot of big arm
          guys that do not make it to MLB.

      • cubtex

        One player that could make sense for the Cubs to sign to a 1 year contract next year would be Corey Hart. He is coming off knee surgery. He might not get a multi year offer and IF they sign him to one of those Carlos Pena type 1 year contracts he could fill the RF void next year and be your #4 hitter.

        • 07GreyDigger

          I like that idea. My only problem with that is with Hart’s knee problems keeping out 1.5 years, can he hold up to play OF anymore?

          • cubtex

            Maybe you can put him in LF. He needs to re-establish his career and maybe he will do a 1 year and hope for a multi year contract for the following year. He has hit close to 30 HR every year for the last 3 years.

          • 07GreyDigger

            That sounds something they’d do actually. Look at the Scott Baker signing for example.

          • Tony_Hall

            That would be a great idea, LF would be much easier :)

        • daverj

          I like the idea, but I expect that he’ll resign with Milwaukee. They have a need at 1B, 1B would be best for his knees, and from what I’ve read, he would like to stay with the Brewers.

          • cubtex

            who knows what Milwaukee will do now though with the Ryan Braun fiasco. Maybe Hart would rather not deal with all those questions and controversy

        • Ripsnorter1

          Carlos Pena outright released yesterday.

  • Tom U

    The Cubs have just promoted reliever Armando Rivero from Kane County to Daytona.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Do you think Logan Watkins gets a September callup? Darwin Barney has been horrific this year offensively.

      • cubtex

        Agreed. They need to make a change at 2B

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I’m not Tom, but yes, I would expect him to be called up in September when the rosters expand.

        • John_CC

          To follow up on your previous post and Barney, do you think he is on Trading Waivers?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Yes, but not to trade him. Every player will be placed on waivers. Teams use this time of year to gauge interest on their players. Barney will be pulled back.

        • Tom U

          I agree with Neil. Watkins numbers are somewhat deceptive because they have asked him to lead off for the entire season.

          In comparing Watkins to Barney at the same point in their development, their average is about the same (.278 to .280), but Watkins has more home runs, stolen bases, and a better on-base percentage.

          Defensively, they also are about equal, but Watkins has over 50 games of experience in the outfield.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    4 straight walks for Wood in the third

  • GaryLeeT

    I don’t even recognize that Cub starter out there today.

  • Brp921

    Wood needed that out. I was thinking it was getting close to a seven to one game.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That was a 41 pitch third inning for Wood

    • cubtex

      He looks like he doesn’t trust his stuff anymore.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        He’s missing his spots by a lot. It seems the only time he is hitting the mit, he’s not getting the call.

  • GaryLeeT

    I know Soriano was a big clubhouse presence, but I didn’t realize how much. Besides the obvious void his missing bat created, this team has no identity, and is a ship that’s adrift.

    • Brp921

      Even when he wasn’t hitting he had an effect in the game and maybe other guys got better pitches to hit. There will be a void in the line up the rest of the season. But at this point it doesn’t matter and some young guys will get a chance. I think the trade was the right move.

    • cubtex

      You can see the effect is has against a LH starter. This year is a lost year so who cares but they are going to have to find one for next year.

    • 07GreyDigger

      This is where someone steps up though. If Soriano was not a part of the long term, some young player will step up, but it won’t be overnight. I’m guessing its Rizzo.

    • Tony_Hall

      I believe Lake’s production has offset Soriano’s.

      • cubtex

        short sample size Tony. Can he “sustain” (my non favorite Cub word) that over an entire season. Very unlikely

        • Tony_Hall

          I think he can exceed the 280 OBP needed and he has the power to hit 20+ HR’s.

          • cubtex

            In Soriano….you are talking about the top HR hitter and RBI guy on the team. Lake cannot fill those shoes

          • Tony_Hall

            Lake is batting 2nd and being productive in both areas. Not saying he is going to continue as I see him as a super utility guy in a few years. Now he can start to see if he can become a starter mm moving forward.

          • tno13

            What is it about what you have seen (not heard) about Lake that makes you think he is a utility guy? He’s fast, can throw, has shown corner outfield power and thus far has hit at this level, Thus far.

            If Soler were up here doing the same thing, I doubt he would be looked on as a utility guy. Because Lake can play the infield (poorly) he’s a potential utility guy and not a starter.

          • Tony_Hall

            What we have seen so far we should reserve him a spot on Cooperstown. Not sure if that is the best way to say what he will be in a few years. I hope he continues, but from what I have seen over the last few years he will not maintain a high average nor do I see him having a high OBP. To me with his infield experience, will make him a super utility guy.

          • tno13

            Don’t know if any of us have seen enough to make a call, but I can’t stand it when someone pegs a guy as one thing or another this early in a career. They just add another obstacle for a player to overcome when they are labeled as a utility guy or a Loogy or whatever. Let them play and let their play tell you.

          • Tony_Hall

            I am flattered that you think anything I say can create an obstacle for a player to overcome by me labeling him as a super utility player.

            I hope he makes it as a starter and he will be given plenty of opportunities to succeed.

        • J Daniel

          I agree with let’s wait and see if he can do it but it is time to find out. Also I think the salary relief was about 5 mil?

      • Brp921

        He has to a point, but I think the difference is with the respect Soriano got from the pitchers. Maybe Lake can gain that if he can continue at the level he’s playing now.

  • cubtex

    There is no need to rush and extend Wood. Lets take a deep breath and see what he does this second half. He needs to prove what he is first. Is he a #4? a #5? Give him a chance to see if he can put together a full year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Mark Ellis and Mattingly tossed, there was contact. Mattingly should get a day or two for that

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    DeJesus with the fourth misplayed ball today by a Cubs’ outfielder

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Six walks now and a HBP by Cubs’ pitching and it’s only the fourth inning.

  • daverj

    We’re witnessing the concept of regression today (and over the past few weeks) with Wood. He’s not this bad, nor is he as good as he was the first half (and his last start at San Fran).

    Over the course of a season, his ERA should be in the high 3′s or low 4′s.

    We have a #4 or #5 starter here. Nothing wrong with that.

    • J Daniel

      Wood is not as bad as he is showing as of late and not as good as he was early. He is a #5 starter.

  • Brp921

    Once again, don’t take the free out

    • Brp921

      Of course at this point it doesn’t matter.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake with his third hit

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Junior Lake is 4-for-4

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marmol is warming up for the ninth

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here comes Marmol

  • Brp921

    What did I miss? Wasn’t Ellis thrown out?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yes, Ellis was ejected and so was Mattingly

      • Brp921

        Thanks Neil, I must be mistaken, I thought that Ellis was batting in the ninth.

  • Brp921

    Now I see what Marmol’s problem was when he was a Cub, he didn’t get to pitch with the Cub’s on base

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 6-2 to the Dodgers on Friday afternoon – Travis
    Wood: 5R, 7H, 5BB, 2K in 3.1 IP (96 pitches, 58 strikes)

    Lake: 4-5; Castro:
    1-4, 2B; Gillespie: 3-4, 2B, RBI, R; Barney: 2-4, 2B, RBI