Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Dodgers – 08/26/13

Game One Hundred Thirty-One: Cubs (55-75) vs. Dodgers (76-54)

  • Game Time – 9:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 86/844
  • Location – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Jake Arrieta (1-0, 3.71/1.06/4.68, 2-2, 5.75/1.48/4.68) vs. Zack Greinke (12-3, 2.91/1.19/3.53)

The Cubs begin a three-game series tonight against the best team in baseball, and if the Cubs thought the four games at Wrigley against the Dodgers were fun, they are in for a real treat.

A banged-up, offensively challenged Cubs team that is 13-for-75 with RISP over their last 13 games will face Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Ricky Nolasco for the next three days. The Dodgers swept the four game series at Wrigley earlier this month in a series in which the Cubs were not competitive. The Dodgers outscored the Cubs 16-6 over the four games.

The Cubs could be without Nate Schierholtz over the first two games. With Kershaw on the hill in game two on Tuesday night, Schierholtz figures to get two days to rest his back after he tweaked it coming out of the batter’s box in the bizarre play in the 13th inning of Sunday’s game. And Welington Castillo could get a breather as well after playing all 15 innings of Sunday’s game dealing with sore ribs that kept him out of the first two games in San Diego.

After tonight’s matchup of Jake Arrieta and Zack Greinke, Travis Wood is scheduled to face Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday night. Edwin Jackson is expected to wrap up the series against Ricky Nolasco on Wednesday afternoon.

Tonight all starts with Jake Arrieta

After putting together his best start of the season against the Cardinals, Jake Arrieta showed in his last outing why the Orioles were willing to move on from him. Arrieta really struggled with his command, issued four walks in four innings while allowing six runs on five hits. Arrieta pitched from behind in the count and the Nationals punished his mistakes.

Arrieta has shown he has the stuff to be very successful in the majors. It will be interesting to see how Arrieta responds from his last outing against the dynamic Dodgers’ offense.

Jake Arrieta makes his second career start against the Dodgers tonight. The first one, earlier this season on April 21 in Baltimore, did not go well. The Dodgers scored five runs on two hits in four innings. Arrieta walked five batters and struck out six in one of his final starts in an Orioles’ uniform.

Dodgers Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta

  • Carl Crawford – 4-for-8 with a double, a home run and two walks
  • A.J. Ellis – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Mark Ellis – 1-for-3 with two walks
  • Andre Ethier – 0-for-2
  • Adrian Gonzalez – 5-for-12 with a home run and a walk
  • Jerry Hairston Jr. – 1-for-6
  • Nick Punto – 0-for-1
  • Skip Schumaker – 1-for-1 with a walk
  • Juan Uribe – 0-for-3

Zack Greinke has allowed two earned runs over his last four starts and is coming off an excellent outing against Miami. Greinke limited the Fish to one run on six hits in eight innings while not walking a batter and striking out seven.

Greinke is 4-0 in his last four starts with a 0.96 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP and has been as good as it gets at Dodger Stadium this year. Greinke is 6-1 in 10 home starts with a 2.32 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP … 56 strikeouts, 10 walks and 54 hits allowed in 66 innings.

The Cubs success against Greinke has come at Wrigley Field, a park that Greinke simply does not like to pitch in. Greinke is 3-2 in five career starts against the Cubs with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP (0-2 in two starts at Wrigley with a 14.00 ERA and a 2.22 WHIP). The Cubs will have their hands full tonight … and throughout the series.

Cubs Career Numbers against Zack Greinke

  • Darwin Barney (.234) – 2-for-9 with a double and two walks
  • Brian Bogusevic (.340) – 2-for-6 with a triple and two walks
  • Starlin Castro (.286) – 4-for-12 with two doubles and three walks
  • Donnie Murphy (.316) – 0-for-1
  • Dioner Navarro (.292) – 2-for-6
  • Cody Ransom (.250) – 0-for-2
  • Nate Schierholtz (.297) – 0-for-1

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • tonydan

      I’m wanting to see junior lake play 3rd base. This is where he has played in minor leagues! I really am not as confedent with Theo and his front office staff. I’m seeing and feeling the same smoke screen as in past with Jim Henry. I’m done with watching Barney at 2nd base . Why can’t Murphy play 2nd and Lake at 3rd??? Our minor league is suppose to be better coached per Theo but we bring players up and don’t play them where we should (lake at 3rd) !

  • Brp921

    Can anyone tell me about a ticket selling service called stubstub? the ticket prices look better than stubhub but I worry about their authenticity.

    • Vivid_Reality

      They are affiliated through MLB and I’m pretty sure they guarantee all ticket sales. I’ve bought all my tickets through them and have never had the slightest issue.

      • Brp921

        Thanks Vivid, I had actually ordered tickets thinking they were stub hub and my computer froze up and I was worried there was a problem. I have since brought them up on my wife’s computer and have confirmation.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Higher ticket prices,kickback with MLB teams for selling premium tickets, choice seating………Cubs one time sued ex-employee Eric Solderholm having a similar business and won……..many say stadium tickets are cheaper than Stubhub now .

      • Brp921

        I saved about $35 a ticket and am 9 rows closer with stubstub than stubhub if all works out. I’m happy with that! Section 131 row 3 behind the Phillies dugout.:)

        • CubbyDenCritic

          just like the stock market, these ticket prices rises or falls depending who is playing, time of season, and if playoffs is in play with these teams……teams that are suffering at the gate, would lower the ticket prices to make the fan spend more money with the stadium vendors…..cheap tickets are better than a non-selling tickets.

        • Dorasaga

          Good luck. I hope all work out. Let us know. I’m curious.

      • SuzyS

        I was not aware Solderholm had any affiliation with the Cubs…he was a long-time White Sox…too my knowledge.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          I know about “Too Many Secrets”

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a leadoff single

    • Ripsnorter1

      He cannot steal anymore.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Agreed … that’s the third time he’s been thrown out in four games

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Smokies are the North Division 2nd half Champs … Baez hit a monster shot, #18 and #35 of the year. Loosen put together his best Double-A outing

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’s a power machine!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        He’s put together a special season

        • Ripsnorter1

          You tell me: when and who was the last Cubs’ minor leaguer who
          put together a season like this.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I cannot think of one off the top of my head

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Karl Pagel

          • Ripsnorter1

            I could not either.

            Karl Pagel:
            AA….28 HR…104 RBI…..334 BA
            Yeah, he had a year. 117 K

            I am not knowledgeable about Pagel.
            He never made it. 67 PA in 5 years of Sept call ups.

          • daverj

            I can picture pagel’s 1980 topps future stars baseball card. He was supposed to be a star …

          • Ripsnorter1

            I was in college in SC and missed seeing him….looking at his stats,
            he must have had a Bryan LaHair hole in his swing. Lots of K’s.
            Lots of HRs in AAA. I can’t see why he failed to get a ML chance…..
            he had some monster AAA years.

            Team Theo should have loved him. He’d draw 100 BB a year.
            I don’t get it…..

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Steve Macko also…RIP

    • John_CC

      Do you think Baez will creep into the top 10 prospect list, pre-season 2014?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I would think so, he made it into the top 10 in one of the mid-season lists.

      • daverj

        I think so.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Chisox laying the wood to the Astros: 8-7.

    If Chisox win, and Cubs lose….we’ve got ‘em!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Sorry, Astros got the Sox.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Bad news for us.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good play by Rizzo

  • Dorasaga

    I just heard Len Kasper iterated Rizzo’s honest feeling, that the first baseman was not happy (not comfortable or some smart language he used) about batting second in the lineup. There was some talk about pride or something. I know it’s usually none of fans’ business, and things will play by itself as the year goes on, with Fall League and Winter then Spring Training. Things will straighten up when the team starts winning. Even so, I’m still not hearing Rizzo clearing his head.

    He’s done nothing yet to show for; he’s not proven. He’s not in a position to talk about where he should bat in a lineup, ANY lineup. Iowa lineup, Tennessee lineup, if any manager wants him to bat second or eighth, because he’s not been doing much lately, esp. with runners on base, not performing the whole season for that matter.

    I mean, shouldn’t a player let go of his frustration and turn attention towards fix something? Something wrong with his own approach? Easier than done, I know, but Rizzo is really just another young player who’s easily expendable. For most management, he’s a “cheap commodity,” with some trade value, but not so much right now. He’s not playing a premium position. He’s not a LHP…

    In any event, I hope he’ll swing better. So is Castro. Before then, I doubt I’ll be happy hearing them speaking again.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Arrieta just issued his fourth walk in four innings. He’s pitched better tonight, those walks just kill him … and Greinke just singled in the first run.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I saw an ESPN article threee days ago about how Greinke
      has the average MLB pitcher bat for all of MLB. His OPS is .182.

      And yes, the DH would be nice. What fan enjoys a .182 OPS bat in the lineup?
      Please don’t say Cubs’ fans…..

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Sensing back to back Cubs shut outs.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If I was a betting man……I would put down C-Note on a Kershaw No Hitter tomorrow night.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Look at all those empty seats at this game……..Playoff team…….Road team favorite……..MLB has a problem.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Anyone see any Movie Stars at this game?…….there is a couple of good looking L.A Women behind home plate.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Arrieta should think this as a learning experience for the coming seasons…..
    a few hours from now, he will forget about this game as he enjoy a nice meal in Santa Monica and stroll the pier.

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’s showing Boardrider that he’s not quite the #1 starter
      that he’s billed as being (by Boardrider).

      Great arm.
      Not enough control.

      Will make a nice starter to help us draft #3 this year, and maybe next.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Astros, Cubs, Marlins, Twins, White Sox will be riding the bottom for a few more years.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Got to hand it to the Cardinals organization who been in the playoff hunt year after year since the early 1980’s….

    • Ripsnorter1

      What’s their secret?

      They keep a lineup full of power bats around all the time.
      ALL THE TIME.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Farm System….
        Whitey Herzog…..Tony LaRussa….
        Ozzie Smith…..
        Speed….
        Great hitting….
        Pitching, pitching, and more pitching…..
        Great scouting system

      • daverj

        Actually, the excellent 1980’s Cardinals’ teams were built around pitching, batting average and speed. Other than George Hendricks in the first half of the decade and Jack Clark in the second half, those Cardinals teams had very little power.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Where is Dave Kingman when you need him?……..I saw that 3 HR ……….Lasorda was pissed.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I wonder who will wear #28 next year?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I wonder what is Puig’s numbers against pitchers who have an ERA under 4.00 ?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Are we getting shut out more this year than last year?….seems like it.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Those hot looking women are gone behind home plate…..not worth watching this game anymore.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Lake was trying to do his best Puig imitation with those swings.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Comeback time!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Here comes the Bearded Taco guy.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bogusevic with a 2-run double …

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Shame that Carlos Marmol did not come into this game.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Another step closer to that top draft pick.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 6-2 to the Dodgers
    on Monday night – Jake Arrieta: 4R, 6H, 5BB, 3K in 5+ IP (111 pitches, 73
    strikes)

    Anthony Rizzo: 1-4, 2B, R; Brian Bogusevic: 1-4, 2B, 2RBI; Junior
    Lake: 1-4; Starlin Castro: 1-4; Cubs offense: 2R, 5H, 2BB, HBP, 10K

  • SirGladiator

    It’s just inexcusable to walk all those hitters. Certainly giving up that RBI to the pitcher was an embarrassment, but even that is topped by the incredible number of walks. Of course people would be right to say he’s a great pitcher, if he actually knew how to throw strikes. But when you’ve got a guy who can’t or won’t throw strikes, all you’ve got is another Carlos Marmol, that’s the bottom line. Rusin did it yesterday, but was up against the Padres so he got away with it, Arietta did it against a real team, and didn’t get away with it. When you walk the world, you get the L, that’s the way it generally goes. Ironically, when he wasn’t walking people, he was serving up a lot of juicy pitches, so it’s not like he was constantly nibbling and never giving the other team anything to hit. If you’re going to serve ‘em up the way Arietta was tonight, the very least you could do would be to not make it even worse by walking everybody who doesn’t tee off on you. This guy needs a lot of help, if he gets the help he could be an ace, but the Arietta we saw tonight won’t even make the rotation next year.