Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 08/07/13

Game One Hundred Thirteen: Cubs (49-63) vs. Phillies (51-61)

  • Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
  • Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Travis Wood (7-8, 3.05/1.13) vs. Cole Hamels (4-13, 3.87/1.23)

Weather permitting … The Cubs will try to snap their five-game losing streak tonight behind Travis Wood. After one of their best road trips in three years, the Cubs have lost eight of nine and it will not get any easier for the offense tonight with Cole Hamels on the hill. Hamels might not have the traditional numbers that many would like to see, but he has been very good of late and has the ability to shut down the best lineups.

Dale Sveum is expected to run out his right-handed lineup tonight with Hamels on the hill. That means Thomas Neal will start in left with Junior Lake in center. Sveum should leave Nate Schierholtz in right due to his career numbers against Hamels. Righties are hitting (.260/.316/.388) better against Hamels this season than lefties (.239/.295/.380).

The Cubs are in need of a clean, complete game and it all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood is not only coming off his worst start of the season but arguably his worst start as a Cub. Wood lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits to the Dodgers with five walks and two strikeouts. Wood had little to no command, ran up his pitch count and ended up with his shortest start of the year.

The five walks that Wood issued is very concerning. Wood has walked 11 batters in his last three starts after walking 12 in his previous seven outings combined. Wood has to pitch from ahead in the count and hit his spots. Wood started nibbling before his start against the Dodgers, and he simply cannot be successful pitching that way.

Travis Wood is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP … and is in need of a good outing tonight.

Tonight will be Wood’s third career start against the Phillies. Wood has two no decisions with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP (three runs on seven hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts in 15 innings).

Phillies Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • John Mayberry Jr. – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • John McDonald – 0-for-2
  • Jimmy Rollins – 1-for-7
  • Carlos Ruiz – 2-for-5 with two doubles and a walk
  • Delmon Young – 1-for-3

Cole Hamels is having a better season than the media is letting on. Hamels is coming off an excellent start against the Giants. Hamels tossed eight innings of shutout ball while allowing seven hits, one walk and five strikeouts. Hamels has allowed more than three runs only three times in his last ten starts.

Cole Hamels was 2-2 in five starts in July with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP and is 0-2 in three starts with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

Cole Hamels is 2-6 in 11 starts at Citizens Bank this season with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

The Cubs have had very little success against Hamels over the years. Hamels owns a 3-1 record in six starts with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP against the Cubs. Tonight is his first start against the Cubs since July 17, 2010.

Cubs Career Numbers against Cole Hamels

  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Cole Gillespie – 0-for-3
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Nate Schierholtz – 5-for-10 with two doubles and a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • 07GreyDigger

      Woof. Good luck. Add another loss.

      • cubtex

        ? You don’t think that lineup scares the Phillies?

        • John_CC

          Yes, I think it does.

          • Bredstik

            I don’t know about the rest of the lineup, but they should fear Donnie Murphy!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      This looks like more of a minor league lineup.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      There are at least six players in this lineup tonight that might not make the team next year.

      • J Daniel

        Probably 5 but possibly Barney being traded.

  • Tom U

    Congratulations are in order for the VSL Cubs for a fine season as they lost 11-8 today in 12 innings.

    The Cubs were swept by the VSL Mariners in the best-of-3 series two games to none in the Venezuelan Summer League Championship.

  • CerranoReadyNow

    Sounds like Baez will end the year in Iowa and could be up in the bigs towards the end of next season.

    • Tom U

      Never say never, but with a little more than three weeks to go in the minor league season, it wouldn’t make much sense.

      In addition, Tennessee is in a playoff race and giving Baez exposure to that kind of experience, and possibly more games, might be better for him.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake with a single to left to start the game

  • CerranoReadyNow

    That was an amazing catch by Baez last night.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yes it was

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brown with a long home run … only the second lefty to take Wood deep over the last year, the other is Jay Bruce

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Murphy with a home run to right

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Three Cheers for the Irish!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If anyone is interested, between innings, you can catch up on “Elvis from Hawaii from 1973″ on PBS.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake with a bloop single to center that plated Ransom with the go ahead run … not a sentence I could have imagined typing in Spring Training.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Don’t worry Neal….by 2020, you should be typing “Cubs Win the World Series – Baez MVP”………or…………”Ricketts Cleans House, Epstein & Hoyer Fired.”

    • J Daniel

      A lot of changes … and more to come. Baez will be here soon. Not this year, but end of next.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Neal is hurt. He appeared to hurt his right shoulder when he threw the ball in

    • SomeGuy27

      He has history. I think he missed the ’10 season because he ran into a wall and dislocated it. The way it was hanging it looks a bit like a tear or another dislocation.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        He appeared to blow out his arm, I agree.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Close the book on Wood, no decision. He pitched a good game tonight

  • GaryLeeT

    Since Hoyer has taken over as GM, have any of his 200, or so, wavier pickups ever amounted to anything?

    • Dorasaga

      A case worth following. Have fun, man. I’m moving on to the Hall of Fame for DH.

    • Tony_Hall

      They fill the bottom of the roster, what do you expect, All-Star appearances. Some have had decent stretches but that is all you get when the roster they inherited wasn’t as good as most teams players they are cutting.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Navarro is hurt.

  • GaryLeeT

    Poor Navarro. That leg is broken, or something has been torn, for sure.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Navarro is being taken out on a stretcher

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Navarro is talking, appears to be his right leg

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The look on Navarro’s face was not good

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dioner Navarro lifted onto a cart and driven away after a nasty collision at home plate with Chase Utley.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Neal dislocated right shoulder. still being evaluated

  • Tom U

    For those wondering about the back-up catcher position, the news is not good.

    JC Boscan has been out sick for the past few days, and Luis Flores had to leave a game earlier in the week after getting hit with a bat. Neither had been hitting particularly well at Triple-A. Iowa has brought in 2013 draftee Cael Brockmeyer, who happened to be playing nearby with the Boise Hawks.

    The best option may be Tennessee catcher Rafael Lopez. Lopez just caught Eric Jokisch’s no-hitter, but is only hitting .254 with 8 HR and 34 RBI at Double-A

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Tom, Lopez was in big league camp as you know. It will require a 40-man roster move to add a catcher

      • Tom U

        Just to finish, Boscan hitting .253 with 18 RBI in 62 games, while Flores is batting .203 with 4HR and 15 RBI in 50 games.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Pathetic.

          • Tom U

            Leave it to you, Rip, for the exclamation point.

      • Dorasaga

        Thank God Navvy is day-to-day… Barney may catch in case of emergency.

    • GaryLeeT

      The Cubs are in the stretch run without a back up to Navarro? I put the blame squarely on the shoulders of management for this one.

      • Tony_Hall

        What stretch run? There are catchers that can be picked up every year at time. Everything isn’t always someones fault.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Navarro getting x-rays on right leg.

  • J Daniel

    Is Paul Bako available? Oh wait, that would be JH.

    • Tom U

      Koyie Hill is currently catching for New Orleans, the Marlins’ Triple-A team.

      • Bredstik

        I was JUST going to ask!

        Miguel Olivo & Rod Barajas are currently free agents…

      • J Daniel

        Get him on the next plane?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And a strange night gets even stranger … Welington Castillo steals second base.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    X-rays negative on Navarro’s ankle. Treated as a contusion, says team. Still being evaluated.

  • J Daniel

    How about a TAKE SIGN???

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    No excuse at all for Ransom …

    • Bredstik

      Especially with a runner on 2B ahead of him.

      I thought it was a bad call at first but they got him. Awful.

      Think he’ll meet the same fate as Borbon after his last baserunning blunder?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Ransom had no reason to be that far off the base.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Donnie Murphy with a three-run homer …

    • SomeGuy27

      You can only hope to contain him.

    • Bredstik

      Tying his HR total from 52 games last year with Miami at 3.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I don’t get it. can’t hit in AAA. Now he’s Babe Ruth????

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Man, can’t you allow a guy to just have a good night? The first home run was off Cole Hamels.

      • John_CC

        And that’s little babe Ruth to you!

      • Dorasaga

        Had you watched those atbats? Had you checked stats on Pitch f/x? It wasn’t that Donnie swung free at first pitch. He worked a 3-1 count and got a inside, shoulder-high fastball, so he made an early swing and roped it over the fences. You need to look at the content. Murphy did great tonight. He’s a keeper, as long as the Cubs are building a team with AAA players, for this transitional period.

  • CerranoReadyNow

    I say its time for Ransom to go. No reason to have that kind of lead in that situation. Let Murphy handle 3rd.

    • Bredstik

      Or let’s give Lake some games there.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Phillies 5-2 on Wednesday night – Travis Wood: 2R, 6H, BB, 7K in 6.1 IP (96 pitches, 67 strikes)

    Donnie Murphy: 3-3, 2 HR, 4RBI, 2B, HBP; Junior Lake: 2-4, RBI; Starlin Castro: 1-4; Cody Ransom: 1-3, 2B, R, BB

  • J Daniel

    It appears that 2 spots might need to be filled … who is next? Have to have a catcher tomorrow. If Neal goes out … Dare I say Sappelt?

  • gary3411

    Why did C.J. Edwards only pitch 1 inning tonight? Anyone know? Uh oh..

  • gary3411

    Why did CJ Edwards only pitch one inning tonight anyone know? uh oh..

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      There was another lengthy rain delay after the top of the second. I have not seen anything about an injury.

      • GaryLeeT

        That is welcome news. As a resident of the Central Florida area, (moved 2 years ago from so flo) I know that late afternoon thunderstorms occur like clockwork. But the number of Daytona Cub rain outs this year are beyond comprehension.

    • Tom U

      Gary there was a lengthy weather delay after Edwards pitched the first inning.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Tom, thanks. We were typing at the same time.

        • gary3411

          Thanks guys, thank god.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs say Navarro day-to-day, will hold off on at least one roster move. Neal will go on DL

    • GaryLeeT

      After his reaction, and being hauled of on a cart, it’s hard to imagine Navarro is day to day.

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