Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Nationals – 08/22/13

Game One Hundred Twenty-Seven: Cubs (54-72) vs. Nationals (62-65)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (7-10, 3.13/1.10/3.77) vs. Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.93/1.06/3.21)

Weather permitting … The Cubs wrap-up their 10-game homestand this afternoon with the series and season finale against the Washington Nationals. The Cubs are just 2-7 over the first nine games of the homestand and will try to leave Chicago with a split of the four-game series against the Nationals. The Cubs and Nationals have split the first six games of their season series (3-3).

The Cubs enter play this afternoon a season-low 18 games under .500, mainly due to their poor performance at Wrigley Field. Dale Sveum’s team is 3-15 over their last 18 home games.

The Cubs’ struggling offense will face a well-rested Stephen Strasburg this afternoon. Strasburg was tossed in the second inning of his last start after throwing at Andrelton Simmons in the second inning. Strasburg has been throwing the ball extremely well, and it could be another very challenging game for the Cubs.

Travis Wood will try to keep the Nationals off the board while hoping that his teammates can put runs on the board. The Cubs have not scored a single run in Wood’s last two starts (13 1/3 innings).

According to a report from Judd Sirott during the pre-game show on Wednesday, both Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena are scheduled to begin a rehab assignment in Arizona this week. Both players have been with the team, along with Arodys Vizcaino. With the Cubs spending the next week in San Diego and Los Angeles, all three players figure to report to the Cubs’ facility in Mesa.

The last game of the Cubs’ homestand all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood is coming off a decent outing against the Cardinals, one in which he pitched better than his final line. Wood seemed to run out of gas in the sixth inning and gave up a two-run shot to Yadier Molina that put the game out of reach … and closed the book on Wood. He retired the first nine batters he faced and only allowed four hits. The Redbirds scored four times against Wood while the Cubs’ offense did not put up a single run for him for the second straight start.

Travis Wood has put together a very good season. And while the mainstream media will focus on the fact that Wood has not posted a win since July 28, the Cubs have scored a grand total of nine runs in his last five starts.

Travis Wood is 0-3 in his last four starts with a 5.09 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Over his last 23 innings, Wood has allowed 21 hits with eight walks and 17 strikeouts.

Today marks the first time that Travis Wood has started a game against the Washington Nationals. Scott Hairston (0-for-6), Adam LaRoche (1-for-6) and Jayson Werth (0-for-3) are the only three players on the Nationals active roster that has faced Wood in a big league ballgame.

Stephen Strasburg has been very, very good of late. Strasburg is coming off a short, one-plus inning outing in which he was tossed from the game in the second inning. Strasburg plunked Justin Upton in the first inning of last Saturday’s game in retaliation for the Braves hitting Bryce Harper two times the night before. Strasburg was still not satisfied in the second inning and started throwing behind Andrelton Simmons before he was tossed.

Strasburg is 1-2 in his last six starts with a 2.77 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP … and he’s been a slight bit better over his last three outings, 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. Strasburg has recorded 20 strikeouts in his last 17 innings with only four free passes.

The Cubs beat Strasburg on Mother’s Day in DC after scoring four unearned runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in five innings. Strasburg is 0-1 in two career starts against the Cubs with a 0.75 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. This afternoon will be his second career start at Wrigley Field. Strasburg received a no decision on Opening Day a year ago.

Cubs Career Numbers against Stephen Strasburg

  • Darwin Barney (.233) – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Brian Bogusevic (.308) – 0-for-1
  • Welington Castillo (.348) – 0-for-2
  • Starlin Castro (.289) – 2-for-6
  • Anthony Rizzo (.251) – 2-for-3
  • Nate Schierholtz (.299) – 0-for-2

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Ken Rosenthal: Sources: DeJesus claimed on revocable waivers by unspecified team. If Nationals want out of his remaining $2.5M, this is their chance. Nationals can pull DeJesus back, dump him on claiming club or work out a trade. Deadline for resolution is 1 p.m. ET tomorrow.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    This is what I mentioned to Gary last night:

    Sveum says not his call but he doesn’t see Baez coming up in Sept. 40-man roster issues.

    While many would like to see Baez up this September, from a roster management standpoint is would make zero sense to do so. Baez does not have to be added to the 40-man this off-season and having him sit on the 40-man all winter, taking a valuable spot, is not the best use of that spot right now.

    The Cubs will make plenty of subtractions to the 40-man and can use those spots to protect players from the Rule 5 and add free agents.

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

      Wait and see if he earns it in spring training. No reason to start his clock for one month in a lost season.

      • Brp921

        I hate logic.LOL

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Jesse Rogers: David DeJesus was claimed by Tampa Bay, according to a source.

    • triple

      Poor Kim, having to move so much is probably really stressful. I can offer her a permanent residence at the Casa de Triple.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I wonder what Tampa Bay will have to give up….can Rizzo possibly profit from
      this deal?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    It does not appear today’s game will start on time … at least according to WGN Radio. I will post updates.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s game will not start on time .. officially delayed. No estimated start time given.

  • Denver Mike

    Interesting read during a rain delay

    http://es.pn/1f582fz

    Interesting Comparison of Rizzo to McCutchen. Stats show Rizzo’s batting average on “medium” hit balls i.e. singles is his greatest weakness. Maybe always “looking for a pitch you can drive” isn’t as effective as “put the ball in play” after all. I have always thought his problems with RISP were a byproduct of trying to do too much, and trying to clear the bases rather than find a hole to hit the ball through.

    • Dorasaga

      Same here. I’ve been saying that this month, as I watch more Cubs game daily. Time for the coaching staff and Rizzo’s very own head to find the not-obvious and fix that.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    As of 2:42 CDT … estimated start time of 3:20 CDT

    • Dorasaga

      Nm. Play ball!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        It just restarted

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game on … at 3:20, two hour delay

  • paulcatanese

    According to the announcers, the Cubs are 3-1 when the wind blows out of the North. Is that another Saber stat?

    • 07GreyDigger

      I love sabermetrics because of the kind of things that have been invented to explain some things.

      But on the other hand, some of these stats (across all sports mind you) they come up with are crazy.

      “Rizzo just set a record tonight, with most HR in a single season by a player who wears size 10 Reebok shoes.”

    • Dorasaga
      • 07GreyDigger

        I’m guessing its the announcers. They have to fill the time. Dead air is bad in broadcaster speak.

      • paulcatanese

        On the other hand, the Cubs tied it up with two out:)

        • Dorasaga

          And I’m proud to be watching this game towards the end, from the first second the Cubbies run onto field!

  • Dorasaga

    I have the impression that this current Cubs team doesn’t run well. They had Dejesus caught stealing a couple of times beginning of last season. Rizzo was just caught in the middle b/w home and 3rd last night, and now Castro misread Strasburg’s legkick by a few steps.

    They have the same problem in 2009, then 2010. That was a veteran, old-man’s team with misguided fundamentals down the farm. This is a young team nourished under something new (how much are new, I dunno), so I sure hope this one can improve on reading along their basepath.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Send in the Cubs Team Video Assistant….he will show the players how to steal a base.

      • Dorasaga

        Ah, how I hope things be this easy…

  • Dorasaga

    And I think that was the first basket catch by Lake at CF? Nice job!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      He has been watching those old Jerry Morales game films.

  • Dorasaga

    Two consecutive balls to boot. That’s a lot of respect to Woody’s bat. And that flyball just proved Stephen right.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs do not score again while Wood is on the mound … three straight starts for Wood the Cubs have scored no runs … 20 innings.

    • Dorasaga

      I might turn this off and wait for the South Side game, rather than remembering every second when the Cubs lineup is helping Woody’s opponents! LOL

      • CubbyDenCritic

        “The South Side Game” ?…..I hope you are talking about the dice game that happens behind the 7/11 store @ 111th & Western.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Cubs are going for it this year……to have the #2 draft pick in 2014.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Let’s hope they make it!

      • CubbyDenCritic

        White Sox are on a winning streak……cross your fingers.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Just another year of this misery and Theo will then embark on the Baez / Soler / Bryant / Almora era.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bogusevic with a solo shot

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Cubs going to have a nice bench next year…..Bogusevic, Sweeney, Murphy, Schierholtz…..

  • Dorasaga

    Middle of the lineup coming up. Make the Expos earn it!

  • Dorasaga

    Great bomb! Donnie bomb!

    • Dorasaga

      Strasburg has not earned a win at Wrigley. Unbelievable good stat for now.

    • Brp921

      Donnie Bomb…I like it!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Today’s Cubs Subject Matter is “Dead Weight”………who needs to be thrown off the 40 man roster…whether it may be free agencies, trades or outright release…….my list includes……

    S. Baker……if this guy makes three starts in Sept, I would be shocked……set back after set back……it was a crap shot gamble from the beginning on Baker’s health.

    M. Bowden…..please, lets end the bleeding

    Fujikawa…….release him….

    Guerrier……..another M*A*S*H member

    Gregg…….thanks for helping out…..

    McNutt……..his time has passed

    Raley……..his time never came

    Ransom….Cubs have five guys waiting to play third

    McDonald……need to retire and start a farm….

    Sappelt……fell down the ladder on the outfield position with this club

    Gillespie……..Not in the long term plans with Theo.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Keep Baker. He’s good when healthy. It would be a mistake to dump him.

      Raley: he’s not hurting anybody in the minors.

      As for the rest of them, how can we get the #2 pick in the 2015 draft without them?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Donnie Murphy with a 2-run shot off Strasburg in the ninth! Game tied at 4

  • paulcatanese

    Tie game.

  • texcubnut

    Donnie Murphy for president!!!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      At this point of time, anyone else can do a better job as being President.

      • Dorasaga

        Let it go, man. It feels good when one doesn’t give up, so are we fans!

        • CubbyDenCritic

          ??????????

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Just think how many more games we would have lost if Marmol was still around.

    • Ripsnorter1

      It was a bad trade for us……

  • Ripsnorter1

    Donnie Murphy having a career year!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Scorer just charged all runs as earned vs. Strasburg.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    The Line…..

    Soriano (Yankeess)…..284/327/589/916 ..9 HR 28 RBI

    Murphy (Cubs)….340/397/811/1.208 ….8 HR 15 RBI

  • Dorasaga

    Another great catch at the wall. Keep it up, Navarro.

  • Dorasaga

    Time for Donnie Bomb. Roll out the rally cap!

    • Dorasaga

      My prayer was answered, “Just get on base, GET ON BASE,” a fairly good welk with 1 out.

  • Dorasaga

    Why is Bowden making everything so difficult? WHY? I’ll need to double check his performance with runners on base, because he’s been waffling for two nights in a row, not making the pithces to stay efficient .

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 5-4 to the Nationals in 13 innings on Thursday –
    Travis Wood: 4R, 7H, 2BB, 4K, 6.2IP (110 pitches, 74 strikes)

    Brian
    Bogusevic: 3-4, HR, 2B, BB; Donnie Murphy: 1-5, HR, 2RBI; Junior Lake: 1-4, BB,
    R; Dioner Navarro: 2-6

  • paulcatanese

    Would have been a nice win.

  • Brp921

    This was a great game really. We got to watch a great comeback in the ninth and we don’t lose any ground in the draft choice race.

    • Brp921

      I think the most important thing is that we draft just ahead of the white sox and get even with them on the Robin Ventura/Ty Griffin fiasco.