Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 08/25/13

Game One Hundred Thirty: Cubs (55-74) vs. Padres (58-71)

  • Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – PETCO Park, San Diego

Chris Rusin (2-3, 3.08/1.32/3.80) vs. Andrew Cashner (8-8, 3.74/1.25/3.71)

The Cubs wrap up the series and season series against the Padres this afternoon behind Chris Rusin. After splitting the four game series at Wrigley earlier in the season, the Cubs are 3-3 in the first six games against the Friars with one game remaining on the schedule … and if Andrew Cashner had anything to do with it, the Cubs are in for a long afternoon in San Diego.

If the Cubs do not figure out how to string together hits with runners on base and in scoring position, the last five weeks of the season will be very similar to last September. After going 1-for-7 with RISP and leaving eight men on base on Saturday night, the Cubs are 13-for-65 with RISP over their last 12 games.

Welington Castillo has been nursing sore ribs and the Cubs decided to give him an extra day with the lefty on the hill on Saturday night. Castillo is expected back in the starting lineup this afternoon.

Andrew Cashner is looking to prove a point this afternoon and “shove it up” the backside of the Cubs front office for trading him for Anthony Rizzo.

Most of the debate this afternoon will be which team got the better end of the deal that sent Andrew Cashner to the Padres for Anthony Rizzo. Cashner has pitched rather well for the Padres while depending on your view of Rizzo, he has put together a decent first full year at the big league level. Rizzo has a lot of extra basehits (20 home runs, 32 doubles, two triples) and still has a lot of work to do to become the player the Cubs feel he can become. The foundation is there with Rizzo, it is up to him to put in the work this off-season and report to Spring Training next year ready to take his game to the next level.

This afternoon all begins with Chris Rusin

Chris Rusin was more opportunistic in his last outing than good. The Washington Nationals had runners on base all night long and 12 of those came against Rusin in 5 2/3 innings. While Rusin limited the damage and allowed only two runs on 10 hits, he tried to be too fine instead of just pitching. Rusin has been successful when he has pitched this season, but when he starts nibbling and falling behind in the count is when he has been hit very hard.

Like the rest of his big league teammates, Rusin has performed much better on the road than at Wrigley this season. Rusin is 2-0 in four starts outside of his home park with a 2.11 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP compared to a 0-3 record in three starts with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP … and teams have hit .225 against Rusin in their park while managing a .308 average against Rusin at Wrigley.

Chris Rusin makes his first regular season start against the Padres this afternoon. And no one on the Friars’ roster has faced Rusin during a big league ballgame.

Andrew Cashner is coming off a good outing against the Pirates. Cashner held Pittsburgh to three runs, one earned, on five hits in seven innings. Cashner walked two and struck out three batters. Cashner has allowed more than three earned runs in a single start only once in his last 10 starts and has been very good at PETCO Park.

Cashner is 3-3 in his last six starts with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP and owns a 5-3 mark in 11 games, nine starts, in his home park this year with a 2.38 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. The road has been very unkind to Cashner. The Cubs must make him work this afternoon. Cashner has a tendency to overthrow and will issue his share of walks (14 walks, 26 strikeouts in last 38 innings).

The Cubs beat Andrew Cashner at Wrigley back on May 1. Cashner allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits with four walks and one strikeout in four innings. Cashner is 0-1 in three games, one start, against the team that drafted him with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Andrew Cashner

  • Darwin Barney (.231) – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Brian Bogusevic (.347) – 1-for-4 with a home run
  • Starlin Castro (.286) – 2-for-4
  • Cole Gillespie (.345) – one walk
  • Dioner Navarro (.293) – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Cody Ransom (.250) – 0-for-2
  • Anthony Rizzo (.252) – 1-for-4
  • Nate Schierholtz (.297) – 0-for-2 with a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

    • That One Guy

      Amazing what the Cubs have paraded out as #1 and #4 hitters this year.

      • triple

        I think it’s safe to say that about their leadoff through 5th hitter.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        amazing that other GMs arent complaining about the cubs fielding a competitive team. when they start playing playoff contenders in meaningful games, i wonder if some will speak up…

    • matthew8510

      starting to look like the iowa cubs

  • Brp921

    I’m thinking this will be a low scoring game. Now that I’ve said that, it will probably end up 11 to 10 though. Lol.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good at bats from Castro and Rizzo to start the game

  • GaryLeeT

    Who will win the battle of “miss me yet?” between Cashner and Rizzo?

  • GaryLeeT

    Cashner is not a strike out pitcher these days, except today. I have a sneaking suspicion that he will top his season high of 7.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      He tied his season-high, unless he comes back out. Cashner threw a season-high 108 pitches in seven innings. Doubt he pitches the 8th.

      • cubtex

        His 106th pitch was clocked at 98. He and Rusin were great today. At least the couple of innings I saw.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          They were both very good.

  • Brp921

    I thought Headly was safe until seeing the replay. It goes to show the umpires are right most of the time. Except for balls and strikes of course.:)

  • Brp921

    Home run…Murphy

    • Brp921

      Dang…sometimes those feelings come to be.

  • Dorasaga

    Somehow, when opponents wouldn’t swing at his breakers, Rusin got himself into trouble. Then somehow, Rusin got out of trouble.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good thing Castro was paying attention, Rizzo forgot how many out there were.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good outing by Rusin

  • Dorasaga

    Luke Gregerson, an Illinois homie from the northern suburb. Always good to see him gift one to his home team. >:-)

  • Dorasaga

    Perfectly executed bunt by Watkins.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Can’t hit a ball much harder than Rizzo just did … and nothing to show for it.

  • Dorasaga

    It always amuses me how pitchers like Huston can use that slide step and stay effective for a while. I think there were a whole generation back in the turn of this century doing that slide… I was gonna Huston can lose it. A walk. Now the Cubs can really take advantage of this situation.

  • Dorasaga

    Bogusevic just helped Street with a bogus play. Bad read on this shallow flyball.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Free baseball

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Rusin is pitching way better than Garza has with the Rangers….who lost again today to the White Sox.

  • GaryLeeT

    We have secretly replaced the bats of two MLB teams with wet noodles. Let’s sit back and enjoy the laughs.

    • cubtex

      Look at both of these teams lineups :) Has any team had a runner reach 3rd base today?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Not that I am aware of …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with the Cubs’ first hit since the fifth inning

  • Ripsnorter1

    Two of the most inept offensive teams in baseball are going
    at it for a lower draft pick….the Cubs better put McDonald and
    Gillespie and Watkins in there ASAP or else the Padres will
    lose this game.

  • GaryLeeT

    Here comes Bowden to mercifully euthanize this ball game.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    A common football argument is whether the top College team could beat the worst NFL team. Typically most pundits say the NFL team still wins.
    What about the Cubs top prospects, against the current team starting tonight?
    Bryant, Baez, Olt, Alcantera, etc……not sure who on the pitching side…maybe Kyle Hendricks? Seems like Junior Lake should be a coin flip on which team he would play for…that could decide the outcome.

  • Dorasaga

    Ex-Cubbie Cedeno just flashed his glove. Looked nice for a weekend Top-10 Play.

  • Dorasaga

    Venebal has been hot. Let’s see how James pitches to him with RISP.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And the game goes to the 13th … still zilch to nothing

  • Sonate

    Didn’t Castro just miss a hanging slider???? What is wrong with him?

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      he was probably distracted from daydreaming about being more focused.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz hit in the head by a throw to the plate

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    He was hit in the shoulder

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Never see anything like what happened

    • Dorasaga

      He had a bad start out the box, fell on his knees, stood up and immediately knocked off his helmet, the reflection hit his shoulder hard.

      Poor guy. I can imagine this in your recap, “Luck Over The Unlucky, Schierholtz Took Beatings For The Winning Team.”

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    on the plus side, Castro correctly advanced and scored on that fly ball, rather than think the inning was over and trot into the dugout.
    I think we are looking at another Cubs win here now!

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Cedeno’s career stat line mirrors Castro’s for this year…scary.

    • Ripsnorter1

      What’s scary: Castro…or Cedeno?

      LOL

      Castro is way, way overrated for 2013.
      Hopefully the 2014 management won’t…..and Castro will keep his…..and it’ll all be better.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    note to Theo: still need a bullpen next year, along with an improved offense, or you are going to destroy the confidence of all these young starters that never get run support or winning records. Losing can become a habit, just like winning.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And the Padres tie the game in the 13th on a wild pitch … the game goes to the 14th tied at two.

  • Brp921

    All I can say is the Astro’s and Marlin’s better be glad they have a big lead in the draft choice race.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Kevin Gregg for President!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Gotta love Ronnie Cedeno.

  • Ripsnorter1

    This is it: bullpen empty. Rondon wins or loses it.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      new drinking game: guess the emergency pitcher! If this goes another 5-6 innings, Rondon’s arm will eventually fall off…do you bring in a starter, or a position player? I am going with Navarro…shades of Fernando.

      • Ripsnorter1

        INEPT!

        THE PADRES ARE TOTALLY, OFFENSIVELY, INEPT!!!

        GAG!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Ransom, Navarro has already been used.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          misread the box score…hrumph.
          All right…so less Fernando and more…shades of Wellemeyer?

  • Dorasaga

    It was a boring game before the 6th, then it became an exciting game going into the 12th. It later turned out with funny plays then ugly plays… I’m hoping it won’t end like this.

  • Dorasaga

    Lake is the 5th infielder. Nice. Must feel back at home. Just don’t be too comfy. Stay alert, quick, and God help you.

  • Dorasaga

    BTW, Pitch f/x shows its position a ball. Headley had a point. Now, Cubs make use of this luck.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And onto the 15th. game tied at two

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Put in Travis Wood as a pinch hitter the next time the bases are loaded.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Is Scott Baker nearby to pitch?…never mind

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Dale Sveum spotted Mark Prior in the stands….told him to warm up.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    hey..Cubs getting closer to the top draft pick!

  • Sonate

    Thank you Kevin Gregg!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 3-2 to the Padres
    in 15 innings on Sunday – Chris Rusin: 0R, 3H, 4BB, 3K in 6.1 IP (87 pitches,
    47 strikes)

    Bogusevic: 0-3, SF RBI, 3BB; Rizzo: 2-6, BB; Castillo: 1-5, BB; Schierholtz:
    1-6; Castro: 2-6, R, BB; Cubs: 0-10 RISP, 13 LOB

  • CubbyDenCritic

    lets recap…….two good starting pitchers against a bunch of AAA hitters….fans got a good tan……WGN made money on the extra air time….and the Cubs got closer to the top draft pick……….down on the farm…..Vitters & BJax discuss with Scott Baker which ice cream stand is best place to visit while on the DL

    • GaryLeeT

      Are you sure AFV reruns draw fewer viewers than the current version of the Cubs?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Well, Rondon almost blew it, but he recovered and lost the game.

    That was close!

  • SirGladiator

    Just when you think they can’t get any worse….actually, you never really think that, you HOPE it, but you know better than to actually think it. No runs through 12 innings, then they finally score 2 runs and have the game won, and the closer turns in an EJax-Marmol like performance and loses the un-loseable lead. It’s hard to remember back when he used to be good earlier this year, I guess those were his 15 minutes of fame, and now he’s just a plain terrible pitcher. Here’s hoping Strop can close games, it would be smart if we started using him now, that way if he sucks at closing we’ll find out in meaningless games instead of important games early next season, it’ll also give us a chance to go get a real closer in the off-season, if we find out Strop can’t handle it. The 8th inning is about physical talent, which Strop has, but the 9th is all about mental talent, and we need to find out if he has that, if I’m the manager Gregg is no closer the closer. The major league team is pretty terrible, it’s fun reading about the minor league teams though. Sadly they aren’t the ones on TV, the crappy team is. Hopefully this off-season we’ll finally go out and get some offense and relievers, and have a good major league team to go along with our awesome minor league ones.

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