Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 08/30/13

Game One Hundred Thirty-Four: Cubs (56-77) vs. Phillies (61-73)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.03/1.32/3.60) vs. Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.81/1.39/5.81)

The Cubs begin their penultimate homestand of the season with three games against Ryne Sandberg and the Phillies. After spending the weekend battling the Phils, the Cubs will face the Marlins for three games before a day off on Thursday. The homestand wraps up next weekend with three versus the Brewers.

The Cubs must figure out how to play better ball at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are just 25-41 in their home park this season compared to a 31-36 mark on the road. The Cubs are 63-84 at home over the past two seasons.

The Cubs dropped two of three in Philly at the beginning of the month and will face a Phillies team that is playing good baseball. The Phillies are 8-6 under their new interim manager, Ryne Sandberg.

The Cubs offense will not catch a break during this series. After today’s matchup of Jeff Samardzija and Roy Halladay, Chris Rusin is scheduled to face Cliff Lee on Saturday afternoon. Jake Arrieta is expected to wrap up the series on Sunday afternoon against Kyle Kendrick.

Ryne Sandberg makes his return to Wrigley Field this afternoon, a place he called home for 16 years, and where his number flies for every game to honor his Hall of Fame career. Sandberg is one of the greatest players to put on a Cubs’ uniform and is arguably the best second baseman to ever play the game.

A lot will be made over the next three days about Sandberg being back at Wrigley and managing against Dale Sveum and the Cubs. The bottom line is that the Phillies have a much better big league roster than the Cubs right now and on paper, the next three days figure to be very challenging for the Cubs. Sandberg has posted a 8-6 record in his first 14 games as a big league manager and is doing everything he can so the Phillies’ front office will remove the interim tag from his title this winter.

The Sandberg Series all starts with Jeff Samardzija

The reigning NL Co-Player of the Week should come out with something to prove this afternoon. Jeff Samardzija has been very, very good over his last two starts and has been solid since he hit rock bottom in Philly back on August 8. Samardzija posted back-to-back wins against the Nationals and Padres in what was his second best two-game stretch of the year.

Jeff Samardzija is 2-0 in his last two starts with a 1.59 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. Samardzija has allowed three runs on 13 hits with two walks and 12 strikeouts over his last 17 innings. Samardzija is 2-2 in his last five starts with a 5.29 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.

Like a majority of his teammates, Samardzija has struggled at Wrigley Field and in day games this year. Samardzija is 3-5 in 14 home starts with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP while teams have hit a robust .271 against him … and in day games this season, Samardzija is 2-7 in 12 games with a 4.81 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.

Jeff Samardzija makes his third career start against the Phillies this afternoon. Samardzija was horrible back on August 8 and allowed nine runs on 11 hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. For his career, Samardzija is 1-3 in eight appearances, two starts, against Philly with a 12.83 ERA and a 1.95 WHIP … and the Phils have hit .361 against him.

To say this afternoon will be a big test for Samardzija would be an understatement.

Phillies Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Chase Utley – 3-for-10 with three doubles
  • Roger Bernadina – 2-for-9
  • Jimmy Rollins – 1-for-7 with a double
  • Carlos Ruiz – 2-for-5
  • Dominic Brown – 1-for-3
  • Kevin Frandsen – 0-for-3
  • Cody Asche – 2-for-2 with a double
  • John Mayberry Jr. – 1-for-2
  • Darin Ruf – 2-for-2 with a home run

Roy Halladay is making just his second start since going on the DL in May and undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. Halladay posted a quality start against the Diamondbacks in his return the mound and gave up two runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts in six innings. Halladay was not too good early in the season before going on the DL, but showed spurts of the dominant pitcher he once was.

Roy Halladay is 2-5 in seven career starts against the Cubs with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 1-3 in four starts with a 4.68 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Roy Halladay

  • Dioner Navarro (.297) – 7-for-24 with two doubles and a walk
  • Starlin Castro (.288) – 7-for-14 with a home run
  • Darwin Barney (.229) – 2-for-11
  • Brian Bogusevic (.305) – 1-for-4
  • Nate Schierholtz (.291) – 0-for-4
  • Welington Castillo (.347) – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Cody Ransom (.250) – 0-for-2 with a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • Denver Mike

    I’ve been on the Cubs season ticket waiting list for close to 10 years, and have just now been informed I will be invited to purchase season tickets for the 2014 season….gee thanks! I’m not going to say never, but based on what I expect the cost to be let’s just say not very likely.

    • cubtex

      hahaha. thanks for the laugh!

      • John_CC

        That didn’t sound like joke. Why do find it funny that after 10 years Mike probably won’t get his tickets?

    • Vivid_Reality

      Honestly this is probably the best time to get in on the season tickets. Would be like having Microsoft stock on the ground floor.

      • Denver Mike

        If the ticket prices had actually gone down it would be one thing, but I don’t think they have lowered prices at all despite the quality of the product.

        • BosephHeyden

          If anything, I’d expect the price to go up, what with the renovations being approved and all. If people didn’t show up, that might make them consider dropping prices, but with people still going to games and them needing to bring in more money, I’d expect an increase.

        • cc002600

          I am in a group that shares season tickets. This is no secret cause a lot of people did this last year, but we moved from 400 level to 500 level. The tickets in 500 level are very reasonable, actually downright cheap. The price range is $10-$35, depending on the game. The 400 level tickets are more than double that. Until the cubs get good again, no one wants the 400 level, they are just too expensive for a lousy product. Scalpers have been taking a bath on them last couple years. (awww) :-)

        • lulu

          Me and Jr. Samples can’t wait to watch a lineup filled with the likes of Ransom, Gillespie, McDonald, Barney–shoot, even Castro and Rizzo don’t mean no harm to anybody. Throw in JC Boscan, and I could just Luuuuuv this team! Why wouldn’t everybody want to be a season ticket holder?

      • LuLu

        The Cubs will shine in ’69.

        • Denver Mike

          Yikes, I don’t think I’ll still be around by then :)

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

        I was thinking the same thing…

    • 07GreyDigger

      People call me crazy for being optimistic about a team I love here, especially with evil Dale Sveum as manager, but look it as an investment. If the plan goes right and they start winning, you’ll be banking on those tickets again.

      Now to Tex, with a comment about how it’s a very big IF. Tex?

    • Rick Barkan

      Same here but for this year i said no because the seats were in a terrible location

      • Denver Mike

        Hey Rick, do you recall what they wanted for them and where they were by chance?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Alcantara (2B), Baez (SS), Hendricks (RHP), Szczur (OF), Villanueva (3B) named to Southern League postseason All-Star squad

    • cubtex

      do you know if they televise that game Neil?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Post-season All-Star teams have been just as a way to
        recognize an excellent second half, or full season, in the past without any
        games actually played. I have not seen where that will change this year. The
        five players from the Smokies represent 1/3 (15 players) of the Southern League
        All-Star team.

  • texcubnut

    How do ypu spell integrity and class? R-Y-N-O!!! Welcome HOME, Mr. Sandberg.

    • John_CC

      Agreed. But I still want his homecoming to be spoiled with a L.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a big fly … with a little help from the wind. #21

  • Brp921

    I said come on Rizzo let’s take this guy deep and there it went. My daughter in law was not happy. She’s sitting here in a Chase Utley jersey though lol

    • Dorasaga

      You can don her with some Cubbie Blue. Amen.

  • Dorasaga

    I was wondering if Shark will plank one on the PED user Ruiz, but nope. Not yet.

    • lulu

      Trade for Dempster. ASAP.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with a solo shot … #20

    • 07GreyDigger

      I don’t think I had any idea that he’d hit 20 HRs.

      • Tony_Hall

        He has had a very nice season. He ran out of gas in July as he will have career highs in games and AB’s this year.

      • John_CC

        Pretty nice LH platoon guy.

  • Brp921

    Right after the centerfielder lost the ball the sun went behind the clouds lol. I’d rather be lucky than good…

  • daverj

    Off topic a bit, but unless the Cubs still think they can trade Gregg before tomorrow’s waiver deadline, I can’t understand why Gregg is still closing instead of Strop or Parker. Let’s see if the “kids” can handle the 9th …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a 2-out, 2-run double

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Rosenthal: Phillies announce signing of Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to revised three-year, $12M contract.

    Big difference from earlier reports

    • Denver Mike

      Far cry from the 6-year $50M deal that was originally reported, but I do remember hearing there were some questions about his elbow that stalled that deal, likely leading to the reduced price. At 3/$12M it is a good gamble to take regardless.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And the Phillies tie the game at five

  • cubtex

    And just like that another lead blown. And the bullpen is now just getting up.

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

      With him crusing there is no reason to habe expecte te bullpen in the 6th. Him not being aboe to pitch 6 innings is on him. He was under 90 pitches headed to the 6th.

  • John_CC

    Wow. I am really tired of the Samardzija routine. A couple good turns every 5 isn’t going to cut it. Reminds me of Z.

  • cubtex

    I mean cmon. He gives up a 4 spot in the 6th and you don’t have anyone warming up until he blows the lead. He was close to 100 pitches and now is over that.

    • Bredstik

      Yep. Now Russell will probably blow the tie…

      • cubtex

        they had an off day yesterday with a fresh bullpen. It’s like Sveum is trying to lose games.

        • Bredstik

          At least Russell was able to get the left hander out. Hopefully Dale won’t throw him out there for a full inning in the 8th.

          • cubtex

            I think he has realized that he is not Sean Marshall. I doubt he will start next inning.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Down with Sveum! Down with Sveum! :)

      • cubtex

        not much better at managing a game in all of baseball. ooooooops

      • John_CC

        LOL. He is obviously the problem!

        • cubtex

          hahahahahaha

    • Tony_Hall

      Maybe he isn’t concerned with wins and losses and is more concerned with Samardzija’s development and allowing him to work through difficult situations. Experience is the best way to learn.

      Amazingly after 6 2/3 he ended up with 103 pitches. Back in the day, that was just getting warmed up.

      • Tony_Hall

        And if he had yanked him at the first sign of trouble in the 6th, it would have been…….

        Sveum is an idiot, wins and losses don’t matter, it is all about development. He is terrible at developing these players as he pulls them out of the game, right when there was a chance to gain some experience. It is not like he is even over 100 pitches, why does he baby these guys like that, back in the day guys threw 200 pitches if that is what was needed.

        • cubtex

          good point Tony. It is good to have the team lose games and not work on an area of need…..like the BULLPEN. We don’t need to work on that next year. We’re good!

          • Tony_Hall

            Work on the bullpen…..what are you talking about. If you want to work on the bullpen, just skip the starters.

          • cubtex

            what? Sure. Who cares about trying to get Shark a win and end the season strong with some good positive starts. Let him blow a lead and carry that with him.

          • Tony_Hall

            You worry too much about old school stats.

          • Dorasaga

            And we need to stop worrying about what each other fan is worrying. Unless, of course, you have a genuine concern and is trying to fix cubtex on a personal level. ;-)

          • cubtex

            Can’t fix perfection :)

          • Tony_Hall

            So why are you worried about it…..

          • John_CC

            Looks like Sveum is going to “work on the bullpen,” Russell getting some work.

          • John_CC

            Because giving Shark the hook in the middle of a jam in the 6th would make the start positive?

          • cubtex

            ummmm John, He pitched 6 innings and gave up a 4 spot in the 6th. It was the 7th inning

          • Tony_Hall

            He was talking about when you wanted him yanked.

          • John_CC

            So giving him the hook in the 7th AFTER giving up a 4 spot was going to make his start positive? Now I get it!!

          • cubtex

            No. letting him blow it after giving up a 4 spot was. Do you get it now? I will explain it to you John. Shark had a 5-0 lead. He gave up 4 in the top of the 6th with some of those hits absolutely being CRUSHED. Now….The game is now 5-4 Cubs. Am I going too fast for you? They have a lead going into the 7th inning. Would it be better for Shark and the TEAM to use your resources and WIN a game? Shark got LIT UP in the 6th. To not even have the bullpen up to start the 7th????Go Dale!

          • John_CC

            Don’t talk to me like that. I am sick of you condescending BS! And don’t give me your line of it’s just fun, it’s just the way you are.

            YOU are the one that started out by saying how it would have been positive to Shark to “get him the win.” I counter that there is very little positive to Shark about a measly W after getting pounded in the 6th inning UNLESS he can come out and wash that stink off by tossing a clean frame.

            That is all. That was the response to your statement “Who cares about trying to get Shark a win and end the season strong with some good positive starts.”

            Getting pounded and then not going out is NOT a way to end the “season strong with some good positive starts.” is it?

            Don’t answer, because I am done with you.

          • cubtex

            You attack more people on here than any poster. You call people idiots, etc. I am just responding to you the way you talk to anyone you don’t agree with.

          • Tony_Hall

            I think you have that crown sir!

          • cubtex

            not even close

          • cubtex

            You 2 are having a hard time following along. Happy hour???

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Let’s move on from this conversation.

            Thank you.

          • John_CC

            Hilarious. Work on the bullpen!

          • cubtex

            It is all set. We got that area covered. Don’t worry John. One day, I will explain this game to you. haha

          • John_CC

            I’ll wait and let the FO “work on the bullpen” i.e. replace all the dead weight in it. Not by giving them more innings in tight games now. The bullpen has sucked all year, everyone knows that. hahaha

          • cubtex

            that’s great John! Cut them all. start fresh. I will go along with that.

          • Tony_Hall

            Oh please tell us more about the good ole days….back when Cy Young awards were given to the guys with the most Wins…..please tell us more Harold.

          • cubtex

            What the hell. Who cares about wins. Obviously Theo doesn’t. Hahaha. Thanks for teeing that one up for me

          • Tony_Hall

            Pitchers wins….

          • John_CC

            You have to spell out the obvious, Tony. You know that.

          • John_CC

            Right, because the guys in the bullpen need more experience. Right. LOL. Shark is the SP that the club needs to make a huge decision about. And according to you Russell has already been “ruined” by Sveum with his 48 innings pitched this year. What a joke.

          • cubtex

            According to me Russell has been ruined by Sveum? When have I said that? I have said from day 1 that Russell couldn’t get righties out no matter who the manager is. I am glad you think I have that much influence on how Russell does. LMAO!!!!

          • Tony_Hall

            I don’t think he was saying you have any influence on it, just that you said it.

          • cubtex

            Show me where I said that. I have never said Sveum ruined Russell. I said Russell ruined Russell. He is not that good

          • Tony_Hall

            I didn’t say you did, just clarifying for you after you have had a few too many this Friday afternoon…..as……slow…..as….I……can…….explain……..it…….so……you…….will……understand……..it.

          • cubtex

            you are talking too fast, slow it down a little

        • 07GreyDigger

          You can’t win sir. Valiant effort.

        • Brp921

          Alright so you think Sveumis a good manager thats your opinion and I respect it. I disagree that’s all.

          • Tony_Hall

            Actually I have never said he was a good manager, just don’t think he is as bad as some want to make him out to be. He is an inexperienced manager, like they all are when they get their first jobs. He is learning and the way you learn is to make mistakes. But what looks like mistakes to us, sometimes is the Cubs wanting to put players in different positions to see how they do.

            I am not convinced he will be around when this all turns around, but if you look at some of the better managers, they have had bad years as well. Cub fans have always been envious of LaRussa, yet Cardinal fans complained about his moves just like Cub fans do about Sveum. It sometimes is justified, but most of the time, I believe it is the things we don’t know that make us think they are making the wrong decision.

            I only have run kids teams (up to 16) but I am amazed how many times after games, when asked why I did this or that, that when I tell them the why, that I hear, I didn’t know that and then they say well that changes what we thought. This is on a kids team, can’t even imagine how many things we don’t know going on with a 25 man major league roster that effects a managers decisions on a day to day basis.

      • Brp921

        Ok. Good point. I don’t like it sitting here at the game but maybe.

        • Tony_Hall

          I agree, if I am at the game, I want a win.

          Nothing wrong with wanting your team to win, but understanding why they do somethings, you have to get that experience is what they are playing for right now, not wins.

          • cubtex

            yea. they can do that whenever they are ready. kind of like turning on a light bulb

          • Tony_Hall

            You are clueless…….managers make decisions, players play the game. Players at the major league level play every play to win. Managers, in times like these, allow players more rope so to speak to, but if they were in a pennant race, Samardzija would have been yanked in the 6th.

    • Brp921

      My thoughts as well.

  • John_CC

    ‘Nuther double for Starlin! Take him home Jr.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a good day at the plate

  • paulcatanese

    Lot of empty seats today, would have thought Sandberg’s return meant a full house.

    • Brp921

      Me too. I was surprised.

  • Brp921

    Maybe some free baseball as Neil would say:)

  • cubtex

    Alright. Tie game in the 9th. Who outmanages who for a W? I got my money on Sandberg even though the home team has an advantage :)

  • Brp921

    You know what. Screw developing Samardziga. Dale Sveum was wrong and so was Theo the better manager is sitting in the opposite dugout.

    • Brp921

      You know what Samardzija is Samardzija. He has good stuff sometimes. So what so does Jackson.

    • Brp921

      I understand Tony’s point on developing Samardzija, but what about pulling him when he’s obviously losing it and preserving a win for him. The guy is 28 years old. How much more time does he need. He needed to bear down and he didn’t.

      • Tony_Hall

        Seeing how a pitcher works when losing it is a valuable thing, it is also good experience for the pitcher to try and work through it. It’s not like he had a high pitch count. He is 28, but much younger in terms of pitching experience and wear and tear on his arm.

        • Brp921

          Like you said yesterday wins and losses aren’t really important at this point in the year. Yesterday we blew a sure victory, it was steaming hot at Wrigley, and they quit serving Old Styles LOL, but a cooler head prevails today and I’ll give Sveum the benefit of the doubt on keeping him in. I think if anything Samardzija has proved he is not going to be the pitcher everyone has hoped he could be. He is younger than 28 in pitching experience but he’s been involved with big time sports for a quite awhile, and at 28 years of age, if he doesn’t have the mental toughness to not fold under pressure now, then I have to wonder if he ever will.

          • Tony_Hall

            I believe Samardzija is a mid rotation pitcher, with top of the rotation stuff and potential. He would fit nicely as a 3 and this team would be really good if he was our 4th.

            Hope you had a fun day, anyway! Because a day at the ballpark sure beats working.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 6-5 to the Phillies on Friday afternoon – Jeff
    Samardzija: 5R, 8H, 2BB, 6K in 6.2 IP (103 pitches, 62 strikes)

    Rizzo: 2-4,
    HR, BB, 2R; Schierholtz: 1-4, HR, BB; Castro: 2-4, 2 2B, 2RBI, BB; Navarro: 2-5

  • Sonate

    Came late to this lively thread. Maybe some of you mentioned it before, but it seems that the Shark loses composure when the fielders mess up. That line drive that Lake missed on a dive, on the replay seemed a MISS! It looked like he waved his glove at it while the ball was still in the air and missed it! That was the first hit of the inning. Several others followed. (If you folks saw a better replay that shows otherwise, I’ll cave :)

  • CubbyDenCritic

    In Ryno’s head, today was the “Sandberg Game”…..he beat the organization that passed him up……he beat the manager that took the job he wanted……..
    as for Samardzija…..wait until next year…….the Shark is a Gold Fish when he goes against the Big Teams.

  • paulcatanese

    Why even use Gregg? Since winning and losing is not that important any longer for this year, and debatable whether or not Gregg can even be effective. Using someone that figures in the future should be, and are not, makes very little sense. Not that winning today was all that big a deal,but it was, because it just fuels fans to say Sandberg should be here, with the Cubs as manager.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      I think we have seen enough of Gregg…..yeah, give others playing time who will be around.

    • Brp921

      Winning or losing today did not have any effect on my belief on whether or not Sandberg should be here. :)

      • SuzyS

        Agreed. I was in the Sandberg camp over Sveum…and still am. However, since the mlb Cubs were going to be horrendous anyhow…it’s better that Sandberg is not here at this time.
        When the Cubs are ready to win…they will change the manager…ala Doug Collins to Phil Jackson for the Bulls.

        • Brp921

          I don’t disagree exceptthat the window to bring Sandberg back may be closed.

    • John_CC

      They really should just cut him loose. There are plenty of better uses for the roster spot he taking up.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Can anyone imagine the comments next year at this time if the Cubs are at 55 win range once again?…..even with Baez in the line up……and another July sell off from Theo……….2015 really means 2018.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Thumbs Down Guy – can you say anything?……give your opinion or view?…..can you spell out words?

    • CubbyDenCritic

      I understand…….it is a “personal” thing.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If you have five run lead, and you think you are an “Ace”, and want to be paid like one, you need to win these types of games.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Soriano Homers again tonight.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Sandberg or Alomar……
    Which player was the better second baseman?…..comparing stats, Alomar edges out Sandberg in many offensive areas, but not much…even though Alomar player one more year than Ryno……..defense, no doubt Sandberg….as a person, no doubt Sandberg………..maybe one area that Alomar had a big edge, was that he was hooked up with Tennis Pro Mary Pierce…………I remember the day when Ryno suddenly called it quits……it was big news that morning in Chicago….only to be over shadow by O.J. story within hours on the National level………1995, no Ryno on the field…..first MJ left us, now Ryno…….Rey Sanchez took over second, and Sammy Sosa took over the team….but just like MJ, Ryno returned in 96…unlike MJ, no titles came with the return……..Ryno played almost all of his games with the Cubs…..fans always cheering, never hearing a boo………Alomar wore out his welcome with the Padres, Blue Jays, Orioles, Indians, Mets, White Sox (twice) and Diamondbacks……..Sandberg will be remember as a great HOF player & person…..while Alomar will be remembered as a HOF player with 2 WS rings and who spit in the face of an umpire……..lets say my Ryno Topps rookie card collection out number my Alomar Score Update rookie cards.
    At the end, I still rank Joe Morgan as the best second baseman in the game that I saw play……and Ryno would agree with that…….but not sure if Alomar’s ego would agree with that.