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

Game One Hundred Fourteen: Cubs (50-63) vs. Phillies (51-62)

  • Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
  • Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Jeff Samardzija (6-10, 3.78/1.31) vs. Ethan Martin (0-1, 12.46/2.54)

Weather permitting … The Cubs wrap up the three game series with the Phillies this afternoon behind Jeff Samardzija with a chance to win the series.

The Cubs will make at least one roster move prior to today’s game. Thomas Neal will be placed on the DL with a dislocated right shoulder. Dave Sappelt is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take his spot on the active roster. The Cubs are not expected to place Dioner Navarro on the DL. Navarro reportedly was moving around much better than to be expected after being carted off the field on Wednesday night following a collision with Chase Utley. X-rays on Navarro’s right ankle came back negative and was said to have a bone contusion. Navarro should not play today so Dale Sveum will once again have a short bench. If the Cubs had another catcher on the 40-man roster it would be safe to say that Navarro would be on his way to the DL.

The Cubs will face rookie right-hander Ethan Martin for the first time. Martin is making his second big league start today. The Cubs must make him work. It will help having David DeJesus and Anthony Rizzo back in the lineup as both hitters figure to take more than their share of pitches.

The finale in Philly all starts with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija really struggled in his last start. Samardzija allowed only three runs but he gave up seven hits and walked five batters for the second time in three starts. Samardzija will not be able to take his game to the next level until he starts limiting his free passes. Samardzija wants to be a number one and true number one pitcher go deeper in each start than 6 1/3 innings he is averaging per outing this season.

Jeff Samardzija is 1-1 in his last four starts with a 2.42 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP … 15 walks, 27 strikeouts and 20 hits allowed in his last 26 innings.

This afternoon will be Jeff Samardzija’s second career start against the Phillies. Samardzija is 1-2 in seven games, one start, against the Phillies with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Samardzija did not face Philly last year and is 0-1 in three relief appearances at Citizens Bank Park with a 7.36 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.

Phillies Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Jimmy Rollins – 1-for-7 with a double
  • Carlos Ruiz – 1-for-2
  • Chase Utley – 1-for-7 with a double

The Cubs will get their first look at right-handed rookie Ethan Martin. The former first round pick of the Dodgers (2008) made his big league debut against the Braves on August 2 … and was hit very hard. Martin allowed six runs on eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

Baseball America ranked Martin as the sixth best prospect in the Phillies system prior to this season.  The Phillies acquired Martin from the Dodgers in the Shane Victorino deal last summer. Martin throws his fastball anywhere from 91-97 mph, and sits mostly in the 93-95 mph range with his two-seamer. Martin’s best secondary pitch is a slider that he throws in the 85-88 mph range that has movement similar to a cutter. Martin throws a curveball and an excellent changeup (82-84 mph).

Martin was 11-5 in 21 starts for Lehigh Valley with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP … 107 strikeouts, 67 walks and 94 hits allowed in 115 2/3 innings.

The Cubs must make Ethan Martin work this afternoon. Martin struggles with his command and will issue more than his share of walks … if the Cubs are willing to take a pitch.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

    • paulcatanese

      The surest way to crack the Cub lineup is to stay healthy. I have never seen as many injuries as have occurred in the last two years.
      Someone asked how many DL stints have happened over the timeframe and I couldn’t begin to guess.
      Neil, you are doing a great job keeping up with all of it as it changes so quickly, thanks.

  • raymondrobertkoenig

    Anyone else think Utley’s “slide” was a little less than clean?

    • SomeGuy27

      Nope.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Not me. It was a clean baseball play

    • Tom U

      Clean baseball play. Didn’t lower the shoulder like Pete Rose did.

    • Dorasaga

      Clean. Twenty years ago, nobody would have doubted that was a fine play by both sides. That all Posey Scare is making collision at home like 911.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I’m assuming that all of Philadelphia collectively gasped when Utley made that play at the plate. He’s one of those made of glass players.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija already over 40 pitches in the second inning

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with #15

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Samardzija gives up his second hit to Michael Martinez

  • Dorasaga

    Barney, wow. Watching him on field, chasing every ball into deep center while avoiding collision early. He got something, the full, all-round “D”. Maybe he should be sent to double-A, teach Baez how it’s done.

    • Dorasaga

      Just to make the downer happy, I’m thumbing down my own creative comment. Thanks for watching. To quote the automated storefront voice if you pass by that sensor: “Goodbye.”

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Maybe this outing will wake up Samardzija.

    • Dorasaga

      Blame the sun ray, too strong and furious? Maybe hurt a tick of his velocity. Ok, I’ll be serious and make this claim, because I’ve heard real hitters said this: the spin. Bright day, with the right atmospheric vision, the batters can see the ball better. Day games are tougher to pitch, unless the opponent let their regulars rest for the day.

    • paulcatanese

      I would hope so. They continually squared him up today. Didn’t look anything like the pitcher he is supposed to be.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Lets cut the B.S. on Samardzija….this guy is not a #1…not a #2…not even a #3 pitcher……..”Shark” should change his nickname to “Minnow”…….how many more “Wake Up” calls will Theo give on Jeff?…….Theo will move this guy in a package deal this winter…….the guy throws 100 pitches by the 5th inning….history tells us that pitchers like Jeff will get arm troubles and never be a “Star” player……….maybe Jeff should go back and be a late inning reliever save guy….but we all know his agent will not allow that due Starters demand bigger contracts than Relievers……hopefully, the Cubs will be able to get a nice package of Prospects when the time comes to trade away Samardzija……the most common fatal flaw of all Cubs fans is to fall in love with these sub below players who become a local town folk hero…….please stop hoping that Samardzija will be the next Greg Maddux.

      • 07GreyDigger

        This is only his second season as a full time starting pitcher, so it’s hard to determine what you’re going to get. But I agree, the FO has to take a hard look on extending vs. selling high. I think that’s why they listened at the deadline to gauge what kind of return they could get for him. If someone offers the moon over the winter, you know they’ll take it.

    • Brp921

      I think the contract talks are playing into his mind more than he wants to admit. He may never be the ace we want him to be but he’s much better than he’s been pitching lately.

  • Dorasaga

    Welcome to the Big, Asche. First M.L. H.R. Off some AAA Cubbie. Ah, life goes full circle.

    • Dorasaga

      I love these Phillie broadcast, never let go of the details. With CSN Chicago, you see hot chicks and hot dogs, but really very little on context. C.C. wouldn’t care to follow up what that HR ball will go, and how it’ll be processed, and the fan who caught it, reaction, so on…

  • 07GreyDigger

    I appreciate Barney won a gold glove, but he’s been just awful at the plate. The team has enough trouble scoring runs as it is, would it hurt to give Logan Watkins more of a shot?

    • Dorasaga

      Hmm…In six minor seasons, Logan batted .277 .365 .386

      In six minor seasons, Barney batted .288 .337 .378

      • 07GreyDigger

        Watkins bats lefty. There’s a difference! Barney and Watkins may look similar in the minors numbers wise, but Barney is hitting .212 and looks terrible. Why not give someone else a chance?

        • Dorasaga

          Because in order to do that, the management would need to move someone else. I saw Logan already on the 40-man, so he’ll be called up sometime. Barney can hit above the Mendoza line (slightLy), but his abysmal on-base ability only means he’s best as a late-inning, defensive replacement, and an occassional clutch PH. Either way, he’s a 25-man regular. Logan still needs to win a job. He should be. New energy is always good.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another good at bat by Logan Watkins.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here comes the rain in Philly

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rain delay in Philly

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs and Phillies game put into a rain delay in the bottom
    of the 7th with the Cubs down 10-1.

    • John_CC

      Call it and put us out of our misery.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I am waiting for the 25th anniversary reunion of Jody Davis, Greg Maddux and Les Lancaster to start sliding on the wet infield tarp.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      They are not waiting for those fines they received …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game is getting ready to restart …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    22 minutes later, the game is back on

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    John McDonald was hitting .090 before the two-run homer off Bowden

    • 07GreyDigger

      Of course!

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 12-1 to Phillies
    on Thursday afternoon – Jeff Samardzija: 9R, 11H, 0BB, 3K in 3.1 IP (83
    pitches, 55 for strikes)

    Schierholtz: 1-4, HR; Lake: 1-4, HBP; Rizzo: 1-5,
    2B; Castro: 1-3, BB; #Cubs offense: 1R, 6H, 4BB, 1-12 RISP, 11 LOB

  • BosephHeyden

    Games like these make me glad football starts tomorrow.