Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Dodgers – 08/27/13

Game One Hundred Thirty-Two: Cubs (55-76) vs. Dodgers (77-54)

  • Game Time – 9:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
  • Location – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Travis Wood (7-10, 3.22/1.11/3.88) vs. Clayton Kershaw (13-7, 1.72/0.86/2.39)

The Cubs series in Los Angeles continues tonight with Travis Wood taking the hill against Clayton Kershaw.

The Cubs have dropped eight in a row to the Dodgers for the first time since 1975 and it does not figure to get any easier tonight facing the best starting pitcher in the game. The Cubs snapped a string of 31 2/3 scoreless innings against Dodgers’ pitching by scoring two runs in the ninth inning on Monday and runs figure to be few and far between with Kershaw on the mound.

The Cubs have not scored a single run in support for Travis Wood over his last three starts (20 innings) and Dale Sveum is expected to run out his right-handed lineup. Dioner Navarro should be behind the plate with Darnell McDonald in left and Cole Gillespie in right. Nate Schierholtz and Welington Castillo are both nursing injuries and looked like on Sunday they would not be in Monday’s lineup.

Tonight it all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood pitched better against the Nationals than his final line indicates. Wood settled down after a rough start and really pitched well. Wood was charged with four runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. The Nationals scored two of their four runs off Wood on two home runs. Wood was taken off the hook after the offense scored four times against Stephen Strasburg in the eighth and ninth innings.

Travis Wood has pitched well in stretches since the break but not with the same consistency as in the first half. Wood is 1-4 in his last seven starts with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

Like the rest of his teammates, Travis Wood has performed much better on the road this season than at Wrigley Field. Wood is 3-3 in 10 road starts with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.

Travis Wood’s worst start of the season and arguably his worst start in a Cubs’ uniform came against the Dodgers at Wrigley Field on August 2. Travis Wood had zero command and gave up five runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. Wood issued a season-high five walks. Wood is 1-2 in four career starts against the Dodgers with a 7.65 ERA and a 2.05 WHIP … at Dodger Stadium, 1-0 in one start with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP (one run on five hits with five walks and two strikeouts in six innings).

Dodgers Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Mark Ellis – 2-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • A.J. Ellis – 0-for-2 with two walks
  • Andre Ethier – 3-for-8 with two doubles and a walk
  • Adrian Gonzalez – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Jerry Hairston Jr. – 1-for-1
  • Yasiel Puig – 1-for-1 with a walk
  • Nick Punto – 2-for-8 with a double
  • Hanley Ramirez – 2-for-5 with two doubles
  • Juan Uribe – 1-for-5 with two walks

What can be said about Clayton Kershaw that already hasn’t been published hundreds of times? Kershaw is the best southpaw in the game and arguably the best pitcher in all of baseball. All the 25-year old lefty does is win games, and when he doesn’t, it is because the Dodgers did not score enough runs.

Kershaw has allowed more than two runs one time in his last ten starts and the Dodgers are 7-3 during that span. And the last time Kershaw allowed a run was on August 11 against the Rays. Kershaw is an amazing 5-1 in his last seven starts with a 1.02 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP (49 strikeouts, eight walks and 30 hits allowed in 53 innings) and 3-1 in his last four outings with a 0.90 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.

The last time a Cubs’ team faced a Dodgers’ southpaw on this kind of a run was Sandy Koufax on September 9, 1965 at Dodger Stadium.

Clayton Kershaw makes his fifth career start against the Cubs tonight. Kershaw is 3-1 in the first four with a 1.61 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Clayton Kershaw

  • Darwin Barney (.234) – 1-for-7
  • Welington Castillo (.345) – 1-for-3
  • Starlin Castro (.286) – 0-for-13
  • Cole Gillespie (.323) – 1-for-8
  • Darnell McDonald (.154) – 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk
  • Donnie Murphy (.316) – 0-for-3
  • Cody Ransom (.250) – 1-for-5 with a home run and two walks
  • Anthony Rizzo (.252) – 0-for-3
  • Nate Schierholtz (.297) – 2-for-6 with a double and a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Castro SS
    Barney 2B
    Navarro C
    Murphy 3B
    Lake CF
    Ransom 1B
    McDonald LF
    Gillespie RF
    Wood P

    • http://www.go-for-it-productions.com JoeS_SanDiego

      As I said I havent watched many games…but I do like Navarro and would like to see him get a shot as the regular C…any reason why not?

      Murphy has been impressive…not sure he is an everyday 3B….is there anywhere else he can play?
      Love Lake and the move of him to the OF….I see great things with this kid…..

      Castro I think will get over his slump next year…..I am not sold on Barney anymore…at all……

      • Thomas D

        Joe, I to thought Navarro was a better choice until I looked at the advanced stats and much to my belief Castillo is better I posted the stats a couple of articles back.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Navarro has a better bat: much, much better.
        Castillo has a gun for an arm, but most of his other skills are still raw.
        IMO he’s slow developing defensive skills.

        Navarro made several errors early in the year, but has done very well since
        about June 1. In my mind, he should be the starter.

        • Tom U

          That has been the MO for Castillo, who spent 7 seasons in the minors.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    That No Hitter streak might end tonight.

  • http://www.go-for-it-productions.com JoeS_SanDiego

    I will be sitting at home here in Las Vegas watching the game….havent had a chance to watch many this year….nor have I been able to chat much on hear like I used to…..
    Hope all the regulars here I got to know are well!!!

    • Dorasaga

      Long time! It’s been almost three years (?), since you shared stories about finance and a daughter who could be the next GM. :-))

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Joe, Great to hear from you.

  • calicub

    I wish I was able to go to the game tonight. The Dodgers are giving out Rick Monday Bobbleheads to celebrate one of the greatest acts of patriotism the game has ever seen.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Wait for it on Ebay.

    • John_CC

      Its not like he risked his life or anything. Greatest act of patriotism? How about Jackie Robinson daring to take the field, or Branch Rickey daring to let him do it?

      • Dorasaga

        Calicub did say “act.”

        • John_CC

          Yes I know he did. So did I. I don’t understand.

          • Dorasaga

            The pun here: an “act” is a part of the “show.” I’m sure it was an authentic and sincere act for Rick, but it’s still a good show. Players on the field, TV camera on you, after all. Rickey was not in the show. You can’t give away bubbledolls for Rickey’s decisions off field.

          • John_CC

            I get it now. Thanks. And exactly.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        two guys had gasoline in a canister with matches…some danger…..yes, it was a brave act by Monday.

      • calicub

        There is no doubt that what Jackie did 55 years ago was beyond heroic, but was it done with patriotism in mind? Likely not. Branch was heroic sure but also had financial incentives behind his mode of thinking.

        Rick Monday stopped two fanatics from burning the flag of his country by running up to two trespassers and stealing their flag. Today’s players wouldn’t bat an eye brow at trespassers and streakers alike and would rather let an overweight cop with a gazer handle the problem.

        You have to admit its a very inspiring act that would be hard to surpass.

        • John_CC

          Without getting too into it, I guess it depends on how you define patriotism. Personally, I feel like the word has been stolen to be used for political reasons. If one truly believes in the Constitution then freedom of speech, freedom of press and freedom of expression must be believed in unconditionally. That means KKK rallies and flag burning.

          I believe that a patriot stands up for justice based on love of country. Jackie Robinson was a patriot, he risked his life to bring the equality promised in the Bill of Rights to an entire race of Americans. And he risked his life doing it.

          Yes, Rick Monday acted patriotically, but lets keep in perspective.

          • calicub

            Your right John it’s all perspective. They were both events that allowed us, then and now , to sit back and take pride in our game and our country. I’m not saying what Rick did was better or more heroic than Robinson because it wasn’t. I think they are just in two separate categories.

            As far as freedom of speech goes, it’s a slippery slope. We live in a time where we are comfortable damning Paula Deen for words she spoke 30 years ago but applaud and reward Lil Wayne with a new record deal after he tramples and dances and sings on top of an American flag.

          • John_CC

            Yep. Speech is ugly sometimes, but that’s what we got. Freedom of means for all sides.

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

          I love the humility with which Monday speaks of it. Definitely a great act of patriotism.

  • Dorasaga

    I’m watching two other games (PIT, Crew, ATL) and heard that the Braves made a claim on Lohse, but Crew pulled him back. PIT traded for Marlon Byrd. There might be more shake up-s coming to NL Central this postseason. Can’t wait for this one be over…

  • Tom U

    NO HITTER

    Ben Wells, Kyler Burke, and Zach Cates hold Dunedin hitless in 7 inning as the D-Cubs win 1-0. Burke had 4K in 5IP

    • Dorasaga

      7 IP… Called game due to weather?

      • Tom U

        Daytona played a suspended game earlier. In the minors, doubleheaders last 7 innings.

        • Dorasaga

          Great info, as always. I can’t imagine what’ll happen without you this season, and it’s still staying loooong, as the minor ones be over in a day or two.

      • Tom U

        The win was also Daytona’s 70th of the season and reduces their magic number to 1.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney with a one-out single in the first inning …

    • John_CC

      Dang, there goes the No No. Someone must have cursed it.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Kershaw & Samardzija do have something in common….high pitch counts after one inning

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I love those hills of Hollywood

  • GaryLeeT

    I have a feeling that the runners at 1st and 2nd with one out, the Cubs had in the first, will be their best opportunity against Kershaw.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Dale…Dale…man…you gotta give me some more reasons to watch. How/why you sit a future “core” piece in Rizzo, simply because of a lefty/lefty matchup? Do we really think Cody Ransom gets you a better chance to win? Is the point to try and win or develop our core at this point? Doesn’t Rizzo need to learn to hit lefties to be an everyday 1B?
    I am interested in watching Castro bat, and Lake, and then…just a gut-punch. Literally I am thinking of just getting in bed and reading a book.
    I feel bad for Wood…probably goes 6 or 7, gives up 2-3 runs, and he gets a loss or no-decision at best, as it is hard to believe we have any offense tonight. My concern would be damaging the psyche of a guy who had an all-star season who never can seem to get a win.

    • Dorasaga

      While Logan Watkins benched. :-(

      • Tony_Hall

        LH

        • Dorasaga

          I saw that, an all RHB lineup. Who cares? It’s a losing season, let’s see how young guys matchup all situations. I want to see how Logan adjusts to Kershaw.

    • Tony_Hall

      Jason, Jason, Jason…..

      Giving Rizzo an off night versus the best LH pitcher in baseball…..seems like a smart move for a young LH 1B, versus giving him a night off versus an avg right hander.

      Wood’s psyche seemed to survive this pitchers duel.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Navarro plates Wood … first run the Cubs have scored in 4 starts when Wood has been on the mound

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a RBI single and Kershaw is out of the game

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

    Man whenever we play at Chavez Ravine I always notice the organ player. That guy can really play.

  • http://www.go-for-it-productions.com JoeS_SanDiego

    CUBS WIN!!!! Great game! Travis Wood is awesome!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Dodgers
    3-2 on Tuesday night – Travis Wood: 1R, 0ER, 2BB, HBP, 6K in 7IP (105 pitches,
    69 strikes); 1-4, R

    Starlin Castro: 2-5, RBI; Dioner Navarro: 2-4, RBI, R, BB;
    Darwin Barney: 1-4; Donnie Murphy: 1-3, 2BB