Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Dodgers – 08/03/13

Game One Hundred Ten: Cubs (49-60) vs. Dodgers (59-49)

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

Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.75/1.28) vs. Chris Capuano (3-6, 4.54/1.34)

Dale Sveum will turn to his staff ace to end the Cubs’ current two-game losing skid. The Cubs have really been overmatched over the first two games of the series. The Dodgers have outscored the Cubs 12-6 over the first two games and Samardzija must figure out a way to keep Los Angeles off the board this afternoon.

The Cubs’ offense will have their hands full with Chris Capuano today. Capuano has always seemed to take his game to the next level when he faces the Cubs, and Capuano has turned his season around after a rough start. Dale Sveum should load his lineup with right-handers this afternoon.  Right handers are hitting .289/.330.460 while lefties are hitting .250/.277/.286 against Capuano this season.

This afternoon all starts with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija is coming off a very good start against the Brewers. Samardzija tossed seven innings of shutout ball and allowed just three hits. The most important stat was he walked two and struck out seven.

Jeff Samardzija finished a very inconsistent month of July with a 1-2 record in five starts with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. Samardzija had two very good starts and three that were, well, not so good. How Samardzija finishes the season will have a big impact on the team moving forward.

Jeff Samardzija is 2-4 in 11 home starts this season with a 4.90 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.

This afternoon will be Samardzija’s second career start against the Dodgers. One of the few rough starts Samardzija had in the second half last season came in Los Angeles, exactly one year ago today. Samardzija allowed five runs on eight hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. For his career, Samardzija is 1-1 in three games, one start, versus the Dodgers with a 5.19 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.

Dodgers Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Carl Crawford – 1-for-1
  • Mark Ellis – 1-for-3
  • A.J. Ellis – 2-for-2 with a home run
  • Andre Ethier – 1-for-5
  • Adrian Gonzalez – 1-for-3
  • Jerry Hairston Jr. – 0-for-1
  • Nick Punto – 1-for-1 with a walk
  • Hanley Ramirez – 8-for-15 with two doubles
  • Skip Schumaker – 4-for-13 with three walks
  • Juan Uribe – 0-for-2

The Cubs will get a look at an old nemesis this afternoon in Chris Capuano. The veteran lefty has owned the Cubs in his career, especially during his days in the Brewers’ rotation. Capuano is coming off an excellent outing against the Reds. Capuano held Joey Votto and company to only three hits over 6 2/3 shutout innings. Capuano did not walk a batter and struck out four.

After just a miserable start to the season, Capuano has more than righted the ship of late and he was 1-1 in four starts last month with a 4.15 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.

One of Capuano’s best starts a year ago came at the expense of the Cubs. Capuano kept the Cubs off the board for seven innings and beat Chris Volstad. For his career, Capuano is 9-3 in 15 games, 13 starts, against the Cubs with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 5-2 in nine games, seven starts, with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Chris Capuano

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-7
  • David DeJesus – 0-for-4
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-2
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-6

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  • J Daniel

    52 games to go after today and year 2 will be in the books. Progress has been made I think we can all agree on that. Lets see them start to move forward next year at the big league level.

  • Suzy S

    If season ended today…the Cubs would draft #6.
    I think they have it in them to go for anywhere from the 4 – 10th spot….At this point, I just want to see the young guys develop and garner the highest draft position they can get.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Agreed

    • cubtex

      Look at that lineup Suzy :))))) You have nothing to worry about. They will have a top 6 pick when the season ends.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • Tony_Hall

    Came across this article that helps explain WAR by breaking down the way each part is figured. A good read for all.

    http://www.sportingcharts.com/articles/mlb/ultimate-guide-to-wins-above-replacement-war.aspx

  • cubtex

    Sveum is ridiculous. He has a lot to learn.

    Cub manager Dale Sveum says Julio Borbon was DFA for dumb base running play on Friday. Repeat offender.

    • Tony_Hall

      Please explain why that is ridiculous. He was the most likely to be cut and maybe he wasn’t going to be next, but last night did him in.

      • cubtex

        Exactly. He said this is the reason he was DFA. It is not the “reason” It is one of many reasons. So is this supposed to be a message to others?
        Okay everyone…..the same thing will happen to each and everyone of you if you make dumb baserunning plays constantly except….Rizzo,Castro,Castillo,Barney,Dejesus, Schierholtz,Lake, etc. You get my point.

        • Tony_Hall

          You nitpik far too much. I know you hate Theo and the rest of the front office and Sveum and all the coaches, but I don’t think anyone thinks that, more like that was the final reason that got him cut.

          That is the case for Borbon but I don’t think for a minute that any of those players now think they will be cut for base running mistake. But it may state that there will be consequences (bench time) for dumb mistakes.

          • cubtex

            And you live in a blue cloud too much :) This is not about Theo. You cannot just look at a situation as black and white( or in this case blue and white) can you? Sveum has done a terrible job with this team. I don’t see how anyone can defend him. He doesn’t know how to handle a bullpen. The 2 young core players have been struggling all year under him. I just hope they hire a real manager in a year because he has no clue.

          • cubtex

            By the way Tony….That was what Sveum said the reason was. The “quote” but maybe that was in a cryptic code too like your post the other day. :)))

          • Tony_Hall

            Like I said, you are nitpicking far too much. You are taking the words too literal and not getting players who are replaceable can’t make stupid mistakes like this. If you liked the FO and Sveum you would say what a great quick move to show guys that you have to play the game the right way. But you can’t stand the manager who was hired by a GM you can’t stand who was hired by the President you can’t stand. So you pick apart even a simple quote.

          • cubtex

            again. quit living in a blue cloud

          • Tony_Hall

            I would love for you to explain what that means. I do not think this team was good enough to make the playoffs(if only they would have signed some 30 something free agents they could have been). I understand what they are doing and that not every move will work out. I am not convinced Sveum will be around when this team is good, but that he has more wins then many thought at this point with this team. I believe this team is heading in the right direction and that Junior Lake just keeps hitting. I don’t need to spend every day agonizing over the current teams record or baserunning blunders.

            So please explain what “living in a blue cloud” means.

          • cubtex

            Definition of “living in a blue cloud” from this nit picker who is able to be critical as well as complimentary. “one who is unable to have a differing opinion on anything and everything Cubs under the current regime” It is so obvious Tony to so many people on here :)))

          • Tony_Hall

            You are very rarely complimentary, so don’t pat yourself on the back too hard. I have said before, I don’t agree with every single move, no one does not even Theo and Jed agree on every move. But I don’t see a need to be negative on every single thing (like you). It is so easy to be critical, but when you actually are in charge of something, and know all of the facts, do the decisions make sense.

            It’s the things we don’t know that changes everything.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Well, surely Cubtex, you get a warm, fuzzy feeling just knowing that Donnie Murphy is
            being called up. He won’t make any base running mistakes because…..he doesn’t
            hit enough to get on.

            I’m not a Borbon fan. He’s better than Sappelt, imo, but…Donnie Murphy?
            Ugh. And we are supposed to consider that an improvement?

            NO.

          • Tony_Hall

            Why would anyone get excited over the 25th man on a roster? No team keeps that type of player very long.

          • John_CC

            What would the opposite be?

            “One who is unable to have an agreeable opinion of any and everything the current FO or coaching staff does or says.”

          • cubtex

            hahahaha. thanks for chiming in.

          • John_CC

            Seriously, when is the last time you said something agreeable to Epstein, Hoyer or Sveum?

          • cubtex

            I have always said that I agree on what they are doing building up the farm system and spending on international free agency. I do wish they would spend internationally on players who are closer to the majors or major league ready(Darvish,Puig,Ryu) I liked the Garza deal. I am OK with the Feldman deal since I never thought he had much value to begin with. As I have said. I give the FO an A on building the farm but an F on putting together the mlb team. This team will be good in another 2 years but it didn’t have to take 5 years like the way Theo is doing it.

          • John_CC

            OK, glad to hear that you agree with plan. Now I’m going to nitpick, to claim that “you’ve always said” is a stretch at the most!

          • Tony_Hall

            Using the cloud reference, tex lives in a very dark cloud that sometimes turns Grey

          • cubtex

            Greg Luzinski? I live in a cloud that turns into Greg Luzinski? lol

          • Tony_Hall

            Refresh your page. Typing on 7″ Google pad and it keeps changing words.

          • John_CC

            I feel your pain. The nexus keyboard kinda sucks.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Lake leads off with a single

  • GaryLeeT

    Man, that Dodger team is really feeling it these days. Their offense is just relentless.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija is just not sharp today.

    • Ripsnorter1

      He hasn’t had as good of a year as he had last year.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Take a look at his splits from both seasons. They are very similar.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Rip, I should have explained further. Look at his numbers before and after the break. The expectations are more, but the numbers are similar.

  • Tony_Hall

    Very nice job of Samardzija working out of the jam.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Samardzija striking out Crawford and Puig with the bases loaded.

  • Brp921

    Samardzija will be 29 years old next year. What is a reasonable time table to expect him to put it all together and reach his potential, or to decide that he probably won’t

    • Tony_Hall

      What if he already has? No guarantees he will be better than what he has been doing.

      • Brp921

        Obviously the FO doesn’t believe that or they would have negotiated more with other teams at the trade deadline. This off season would definitely be the time to sell high if they believe that though, because his value will start going down if he doesn’t start performing like we hope he will.

        • Tony_Hall

          He has very similar numbers to what Garza had pitching for the Rays (nl/al obviously), with more k’s. There is no rush to trade him as he will give a good return no matter when.

          • Brp921

            I think his value now is the potential to be much better than Garza. In the next year or so if he doesn’t realize his potential wouldn’t you think his value would lessen?

          • Tony_Hall

            The Rangers just overpaid hoping Garza can take the next step. But if he stays the same, the longer he does that, the less chance someone will see more potential.

          • cubtex

            what is your definition of next step? I don’t see the comparison at all? Garza is 1 year older than Shark. He had thrown back to back 200 innings with Tampa and was an ALCS MVP. Shark had never pitched in a pennant race. Shark has not thrown 200 innings yet(although he probably will this year)

          • Tony_Hall

            You take Sveums comments literally, but always put words in my mouth……

            I said their stats were similar if you look at Garza before we traded for him with the Rays.

            Garza actually becoming a TOR pitcher. He has stretches but never a full season.

          • cubtex

            so you are saying that Garza is not a TOR starter?

          • Tony_Hall

            Do you think he is in the same category as Kershaw, Harvey, Scherzer, Wainwright, King Felix, Yu, Bumgarner, Lee, I could go on. Even young guys Corbin, Minor, Miller, Sale, Fernandez. I don’t. TOR pitchers have lower WHIPs then he has ever done. His WHIP this year, as good as he has been is at 1.10 and that will go up as he gets more starts. Career 1.27 and only the last 2 years in short seasons has he been below 1.20. TOR pitcher are around 1.00

          • cubtex

            Corbin? Fernandez? Harvey? Miller? These guys haven’t even pitched a full year yet. I think Garza is a #2. A TOR starter is a 1 or 2. Is he a Kershaw or Felix? no but he is someone who I would want to pitch the 2nd game of a playoff or WS game for me. And that is what the Rangers want him for as well.

          • Tony_Hall

            I said even young guys…..

            Most teams would want those guys over Garza. The Rangers rotation is beat up.

            Now who is taking things personally, don’t say anything bad about Garza like calling him a #2/#3 and not call him a TOR ace.

          • cubtex

            Not personally but if you dog Garza all the time as not a good pitcher…..the Cubs are in trouble because they don’t have anyone close to what he is now.

          • Tony_Hall

            Thats right calling him a #2/#3 SP is dogging him…..

          • Brp921

            Teams in a pennant race will overpay, though I think it remains to be seen if they overpaid. Will Olt pan out I think the rangers gave up on him. Will CJ Edwards make the majors. Who will be the PTBL…

      • Brp921

        His stats are actually pretty good this year except for his win loss record and the fact he has high pitch counts.

        • Tony_Hall

          I agree.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija needed that 7-pitch fifth inning

    • cubtex

      I read something that the Cubs really want Shark to get to 200 innings this year. Have you seen that Neil? He has had 18 starts where he has been over 100 pitches and 2 starts he was at 99. In a year like this I would think they would not want to push him there. Any thoughts?

      • Tony_Hall

        Counting today he should have 10 starts left for sure. He avgs 6.5 innings per start which would give him 65 more innings totaling 209 innings for the year. Not sure they need to do anything, he will get over 200 ninnings this year unless something happens.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Yes, I wrote it.

        • Tony_Hall

          LOL….that is just too funny.

        • cubtex

          So that’s where I read it? lol. Sounds like he is driving up his price on the one who is signing his paychecks.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Sorry, could not resist. Did you see my other response?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        He will not allow them to shut him down again. Samardzija wants to hit 200 innings to prove his worth as a starter.

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  • Tony_Hall

    From Brian Kenney – If anyone comes up w/ value stat better than WAR, great…..But read this first

    http://sabr.org/sabermetrics

    • Tony_Hall

      Only a close minded person could down arrow this…..and probably did so without even looking at it. Lots of great info on the sabr site.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Third time in last six starts that Samardzija has walked five batters.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija’s second 28-pitch inning of the day.

    112 for the day … 56 in two innings, 56 in the other four innings.

  • Tony_Hall

    I will be surprised if Puig didn’t do something to his left wrist on that dive.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Garza getting roughed up by Oakland A’s.

    He had his “trade me to a contender” drive, and now has quit on his new masters.

    • cubtex

      That is the Fox game here. He is not getting roughed up. The A’s are bunting on him. They clearly have that game plan. First inning leadoff bunt single. Sac bunt to 2nd. Bloop hit and then Cespedes took one deep. He retired 10 or 11 in a row after that. They just squeezed a run in in the 7th for the 4th run. They haven’t hit him hard at all but that Cespedes HR.

    • Tony_Hall

      Don’t speak poorly of Garza, as you can see there is an explanation for his poor performance. Of course make him field a grounder is a real good plan.

      Plus playoffs teams want him to start Game 2 of the World Series.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Dodgers just put Brandon League into the game, with the game on the line.

    He’s awful, you know.

    He was also placed on waivers today.

    • Tony_Hall

      All players go through waivers in August at some point.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That was the fourth time the Cubs have hit into a double play today

  • Brp921

    How about a big fly!

  • BosephHeyden

    Eric Karros got it: bat Navarro with the bases loaded and two outs. He’s much more likely to drive something than the guy with 3 home runs on the season. Instead, Castillo comes up, strikes out with the bases loaded, there’s the inning.

    • cubtex

      Don’t nit pick or second guess the almighty and powerful Sveum. You do not know what goes on behind the scenes. Navarro could have a hangnail or an upset stomach.lol

      • Tony_Hall

        Or he was giving Castillo (who has a future with us), a pressure AB to give him experience. If he pinched hit and Navarro got out, people would have complained that this is a development year, Castillo has to take that at bat.

        • Henry

          Tony, I agree, we are not going to win anything this year. Unlike past years where our managers left the veteran in or played the percentages, it is time to see what we have for next year! It is time to let our young guys experience the pressure situations. So I was happy to see that AB for Castillo. Some may disagree but the pitch that was called a strike looked low. He should have had a walk.

          One thing I would like to see is an occasional day off for Rizzo and Castro. They both seemed to play better after a day off. No need to play them every day.

        • cubtex

          Tony. Went out for dinner and a movie with the wife(Two Guns) recommend it. Good action. I read this and couldn’t let this go…. I know you say I put words in your mouth so lets disect what you are saying…..You are saying that even though there was another member on the bench that gave the team a chance to tie the game up or win,,,,,MAYBE Sveum let Castillo bat to gain experience in a pressure situation? That he didn’t manage to win the game? Is that what you are saying?

          • Tony_Hall

            How does one manage to not win a game? He has a 25 man roster of major league players to use.

            Castillo was the starter, batting 4th (I know because the great Alfonso is no longer here, with his 280 obp), and if he doesn’t pinch hit the only other catcher on the roster (something rarely done) he is managing to not win the game. It was Castillo’s at bat.

            But once again, I never said that there was another player.

            Castillo gave them a chance as well, and had a very good at bat, saw what 7 pitches and ended up striking out. Always easy to criticize, but would you have said anything if Castillo walked or got a hit…..I doubt it.

          • Brp921

            That’s a good point. Give Castillo the at bat so he will experience a pressure situation that can help him in the future. I hadn’t thought of it. We aren’t going anywhere this year and we need to look to the future.

          • cubtex

            Castillo gave them a good chance to win? Castillo has 11 hits in 78 PA with RISP or a whopping .164 Avg. He has 18 RBI all year. You have a roster with better options on the bench with the bases loaded. OBP doesn’t mean squat if you can’t drive runs in.

          • Tony_Hall

            Always adding words to what other people say….

          • cubtex

            “Castillo gave them a chance as well.” Said Tony Hall. Do I need to do that each time? You seem a little edgy these days. I know you said that losing Garza and Soriano doesn’t mean much and would only have a 1 or 2 game effect but don’t sweat it…..nobody thought that would be the case but you. Take a couple days off and chill.

          • Tony_Hall

            A chance…..you changed it to a good chance….

            Are you saying that batting Castillo gave them ZERO chance at that point.

            You need the days off, you took alot of things very personal yesterday. BTW, did you see the class act your boy Garza was last night?

          • Tony_Hall

            One could argue that even Navaro didn’t give them a good chance.

          • Tony_Hall

            Two guns….two of my favorite actors….plan to see it soon.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs pitching has issued 12 walks and hit two batters in the last 18 innings

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 3-0 to Dodgers on Saturday afternoon – Jeff Samardzija:
    3R, 7H, 5BB, 9K in 6IP (112 pitches, 69 strikes)

    Lake: 1-4; Castro: 1-4; Castillo:
    1-3, 2B, BB; Gillespie: 2-4; Cubs offense: 0R, 8H, 4 GIDP, 1-5 RISP, 7 LOB

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Luis Valbuena going on DL with oblique strain .

    • BosephHeyden

      So will it be Olt? Or Vitters? Or will they just go with the move that has no benefit to them and go with Ransom?

      • Brp921

        Let’s see what Olt can do.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Vitters is on the DL again.

        My guess is that they call-up Sappelt for Sunday. Bruce Miles is guessing Logan Watkins.

        I don’t think they are ready to call-up Olt yet.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Lake in a slump…only 1 for 4 today….LOL

    • Henry

      give him a day off!