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

Game One Hundred Nineteen: Cubs (52-66) vs. Reds (66-52)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.23/1.35) vs. Homer Bailey (7-10, 3.73/1.16)

The Cubs will try to snap their two-game losing skid tonight behind Jeff Samardzija. Not only will the Cubs have the tall task of beating the Reds in their new home park, but they will also try to just put a run on the old scoreboard in centerfield.

The Cubs have not scored a run a Wrigley in the last three games. And it has been 32 innings since they scored a run in their home park. Runs figure to be at a premium once against tonight with Homer Bailey on the hill. The Cubs must figure out a way to start beating the Reds at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are 1-13 in the last 14 games against the Reds in their own park.

A win tonight would keep the Cubs from hitting a season-low 15 games under .500 and would go a long way towards the team just playing better ball at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs will honor Ernie Banks prior to tonight’s game against the Reds. Banks received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. The Medal of Freedom is the highest honor awarded to civilians in the United States. Former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, Billy Williams will introduce Mr. Banks.

Tonight all starts with Jeff Samardzija … and scoring a few runs.

Jeff Samardzija is in a rut and not only needs to put his recent outings behind him tonight, he needs to forget about what may, or may not, be going on with his contract and just pitch. Both the team and Samardzija could really use to see the number one pitcher on the Cubs’ staff pitch like one tonight.

Jeff Samardzija is coming off one of his worst starts in the big leagues. Samardzija lasted just 3 1/3 innings and allowed nine runs on a season-high 11 hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Samardzija had zero fastball command and the Phillies pounded him. Samardzija is 0-2 in his last two starts with a 11.57 ERA and a 2.46 WHIP and over those two starts the Phillies and Dodgers have hit an even .400.

Samardzija said after his last game that he would get back on track the next time out.

Jeff Samardzija is 2-5 in 12 starts at Wrigley this season with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. And it will help him that today is actually a night game. Samardzija is 4-4 in 12 night starts this season with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP … and during the day, 2-7 in 12 starts with a 4.81 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.

Jeff Samardzija makes his fourth start of the season against the Reds tonight. Samardzija is 0-1 in the first three with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP (21 hits, 10 walks and 19 strikeouts in 18 innings).

Reds Numbers against Jeff Samardzija in 2013

  • Jay Bruce – 3-for-10 with a double
  • Shin-Soo Choo – 3-for-7 with a home run and three walks
  • Zack Cozart – 4-for-9 with a walk
  • Todd Frazier – 2-for-7 with a home run and two walks
  • Devin Mesoraco – 2-for-6
  • Xavier Paul – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Brandon Phillips – 1-for-10
  • Joey Votto – 3-for-9 with a double and a walk
  • Ryan Ludwick (career) – 1-for-4 with a walk

Even with two no-hitters under his belt, Homer Bailey remains one of the most inconsistent pitchers in the big leagues. Bailey will dominate for an outing or two then fail to post a quality start for a game or two. Since his no hitter against the Giants on July second, Bailey is 2-4 and has allowed four runs, four runs, three runs, two runs, no runs and five runs in those six starts. Bailey has the stuff to be dominant and usually keeps the Cubs in check.

Homer Bailey is 3-8 in 12 road starts this season with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP … and since the break, Bailey is 2-2 in four starts with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

Bailey makes his third start of the season against the Cubs tonight. Bailey is a perfect 2-0 in the first two with a 1.29 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Homer Bailey

  • Darwin Barney – 7-for-22 with a walk
  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 5-for-24 with two home runs and two walks
  • David DeJesus – 3-for-19 with a walk
  • Dioner Navarro – 0-for-3
  • Cody Ransom – 1-for-8 with a home run
  • Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-9 with a double and four walks
  • Nate Schierholtz – 6-for-12 with two doubles

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  • Dorasaga

    Just watched a few replays with Donnie’s at-bats. Can’t wait for the LIVE game. The wind seems to be dead. But hey, it’s summer baseball; might be blowing again!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dan Vogelbach hit a 2-run HR in his second at bat with
    the Daytona Cubs on Tuesday afternoon

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dan Vogelbach went 2-3, HR, 2RBI, 2R in Daytona debut.
    Pierce Johnson’s final line in Gm 1: 0R, 4H, 3BB, 7K in 5.2 IP … D-Cubs won 5-0

  • Tom U

    Kris Bryant starting at 3B and batting 5th in Daytona’s nitecap.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    List of Samardzija excuses if he takes the lost…..

    !0 – I have a blister on my nose picking finger

    9 – I couldn’t understand why it is so cold here in August

    8 – I didn’t wear my favorite Notre Dame socks.

    7 – I forgot to set my DVR to tape “Storage Wars” tonight.

    6 – My buddies John, Tom & Felzz did not show up to see me pitch tonight.

    5 – I am worry that Pierce Johnson might take my spot in the rotation in 2015.

    4 – I am worry that Kyle Hendricks might take my spot in the rotation in 2014.

    3 – I am worry that Scott Baker might take my spot in the rotation this September.

    2 – I am worry that Cody Ransom might take my spot in the rotation next week.

    1 – I got upset the Dodgers let go Ian Stewart today.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another bad start for Samardzija

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here is some good news …

    Kris Bryant hit a HR in his second at bat with the
    Daytona Cubs on Tuesday night, a solo shot in the 4th inning

    • Denver Mike

      That puts a smile on my face, at this point I just hope Bryant, Vogelbach, and Baez continue to learn and make adjustments as they climb through the minors. We could really use some punch in the 3-4-5 spots, not like we don’t all know that already!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    28-pitch first inning for Samardzija, 16 for strikes, already down 2-0.

  • Denver Mike

    Lake appeared to get a gift with that call at first, but that’s what hustle will get you.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Agreed …

  • Denver Mike

    When does Rizzo get a day off? He has played in every game except one all year, and certainly looks like he needs one.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija walks Bailey

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with a 2-run shot … Cubs can put runs on the old scoreboard

  • Denver Mike

    It would be nice if the Cubs brought in an experienced lead-off hitter in the off-season. Not someone who needs to play every day, but a vet that could work with Lake on his base running and in particular his take-off when trying to swipe a bag. It might be difficult to find a willing bench rider that won’t steal playing time from a more deserving player, but Juan Pierre comes to mind. Or what about a specialty coach? What is Kenny Lofton doing nowadays?

    Throughout the minors Lake has shown the ability to steal bases, but his CS of 27.3% in the minors, and 3 CS in the majors leaves much to be desired. He has done a good job make adjustments the last year or so, and can bunt for hits to both sides, which makes me think he just needs to refine his tools a bit have a shot as a leadoff man. Otherwise, it looks like we might be waiting for Alcantara to fill the void.

    • Suzy S

      Szczur might be the other choice. Its amazing how close the stats are between Alcantra and Szczur are….The major difference seems to be that Alcantra has 12 hr while Szczur has 3 hr.

      In a few years…we should have a really killer line up with team speed and base stealing abilities at the top…and quite possibly a murderers row in the middle of the order.
      I can’t wait!

    • texcubnut

      Some were talking of Michael Bourn last year and some will talk of Jacoby Ellsbury (he of the over .300 BA and of over 40 steals ) this year, but I kind of like Suzy’s idea of an in house answer between Alcantera and Szczur.

  • Denver Mike

    Yikes … that escalated quickly!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      He looks very bad, worst I’ve seen him since 2009.

      • Denver Mike

        I can’t help but think of Zambrano, so many similarities.

      • Suzy S

        Why? I wonder??? Has he just lost focus???

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          He does not seem to be there tonight. The double steal is a prime example. He was not paying attention. As the cliche goes, the lights are on but no one is home.

  • Denver Mike

    Don’t stare at the sky Shark, he can’t help you!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Navarro with #10, a solo homer

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good sixth inning for Samardzija

  • cubtex

    Soriano with 2 HR’s tonight and a career high 6 RBI. Good for Fonzi!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Parker with an excellent inning

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Donnie Murphy with a oppo … game tied at four.

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

      Man he has played well! How old is he?

      • cubtex

        30. Looks like he is playing for a roster spot next year. Can play SS, 2B and 3B. Barney bet start hitting better :)

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I wonder which players Theo will expose to the waiver wire?…and if one might be Samardzija!

    I doubt if Samardzija can even get past the lower tier teams before getting claimed…..but maybe Theo plan would be raiding a teams farm system……Shark couldn’t get the contract similar to what Edwin Jackson got………

    Lets face it Cubs fans….Samardzija does not have of what it takes to be part of the Cubs future or be a Theo type of player.

    • Tbarker

      Please explain a Theo type player when it comes to pitching? Since you have your finger on Mr Epstein’s pulse.

      • Denver Mike

        I most definitely don’t have my finger on Theo’s pulse, that’s not the kind of relationship we share, but I would venture a guess that he likes pitchers that throw strikes.

        • Tbarker

          Brooks Raley and Casey Coleman can throw strikes, That does not get the job done alone. Ability or a better term “stuff” is what any GM are looking for. Example Pedro Strop, has trouble with walks but has stuff, as does Samardzija.

          • Denver Mike

            Samardzija’s “stuff” has led to 8.7 H/9 and almost 3.5 BB/9 this season, driving his pitch count up and leading to early exits from his starts. I don’t care how they get it done, strikeouts or ground balls, but when your pitcher consistently can’t go 7 innings it taxes your bullpen and leads to more losses. I’m not going to pretend that he hasn’t gotten the short end in some quality starts because of lack of run support, but of the Cubs pitchers who have started at least 10 games this year, Shark has the second worst ERA (4.29) and WHIP (1.36) only to EJax, so how well has his abundance of “stuff” been working out for him?

            I’m certainly not rooting against Shark, but I have said all along that while he may have a lot of upside, I don’t think he has the mental makeup to realize his true potential, and will likely be a #3 on a championship team. That’s fine too, because every team needs 5 starters.

          • Tbarker

            I am not sure you understand development. Samardzija is not a finished product. Think of him as a unfinished painting, he may turn out to be a Rembrandt or he may be a local painter with a small following and a gallery. Point being, what he is today may not define him as a pitcher. Also a handful of starters go 7 consistently, we had this argument before, guys with stuff throw a lot of pitches. Not to mention he is one of 3 pitchers who can throw just as hard in your beloved 7th inning on.

          • Denver Mike

            I think I understand development just fine.

            2012: 174.2IP 3.81ERA 1.22WHIP 8.1H/9 2.9BB/9 3.21SO/BB

            2013: 159.1IP 4.29ERA 1.36WHIP 8.7H/9 3.6BB/9 2.59SO/BB

            I don’t think the development is going too well so far, maybe he’ll figure it out in his 30s.

          • Tbarker

            Lol! If two years is a testament to a finished player, we have bigger problems.

            How was Mike Scott after 2 years or Curt Schilling, Al Leiter?

            The thin air of the Rocky Mountain state is getting to you. Take a road trip to Santa Fe, have anything with salsa verde grab some sopapilla’s with honey and clear your mind.

          • Denver Mike

            You’re obviously not very good at geography either considering Santa Fe is 2000ft in elevation higher than Denver.

          • Tbarker

            The message conveyed your state of mind and was an indictment for you to do anything to get your mind right, while enjoying some good eats. Yes exact words Greg Brady Sant Fe has a higher elevation.

          • Denver Mike

            Who are you, Dr. Phil?

          • Denver Mike

            I am not trying to say Shark is a finished player, as I have said before I am certainly rooting for his success. But I also don’t care for his attitude, and mental makeup on the mound, which I think has been his downfall this year. For a pitcher the mental game is just as important, if not more so than “stuff”, and if he can’t overcome the mental side all of the “stuff” in the world isn’t going to help him. That is why I suspect he will continue trending in the same direction he is now, because at the age of 28 I don’t see him changing who he is.

          • Tbarker

            Now that was a well thought out and a lucid argument. Congratulations

            His attitude is competitive, comparable to Clemons for instance, he does not show up his players ala Zambrano, he does not fall apart after a dreadful inning, evidence last night. He does however glare at the umpire, that needs to stop. His age is meaningless considering he has very little mileage on his arm. His changeup needs work and his splitter is inconsistent. Can he improve, with a 96 mph fastball and a plus slider, we all better hope so. He has Ace potential, if he just ends up being a 3, then so be it.

            The reality is Samardzija is the least of the problems.

            Lets talk about Sveum messing with swings and stances, that is worth bitching about.

          • Denver Mike

            By the way if you don’t understand the significance of dominant pitching the in 7,8,9th innings then we don’t have to discuss this anymore. I don’t talk baseball with my girlfriend either.

          • Tbarker

            Ok dude, switch the discussion why don’t you. I never said pitching late wasn’t important and yes the best, Kershaw pitches deeper into games than Samardzija, If that is the argument you win, congratulations, JS is not better than Kershaw.

            Maybe if you talked baseball with your girlfriend, then you would not be so closed minded and spoke of definitives after small sample sizes.

          • Denver Mike

            I am glad you aren’t comparing Shark to the best pitcher in baseball, it adds some credibility as you certainly haven’t stated any facts or statistics that would. So far your one-liners haven’t made any sense either.

          • Tbarker

            BTW, dominant pitching in the 789 are not starters, look at the Pitt bullpen or Atlanta, their pitchers do not go 7 on a consistent basis. They have shutdown bullpens.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Kinda makes you wonder how our season would have been if Strop was our Closer in the beginning of the season and not Marmol!

    • Denver Mike

      We lost 4 games this year in which Marmol gave up a run so I’m gonna go with 56-62 if we assume Strop would have been perfect. If I had my choice between the two records I’d take the better draft pick :)

      • CubbyDenCritic

        higher draft pick does not mean a better ball player down the road…..you play to win….not to get a higher draft pick!

        • Denver Mike

          56-62 or 52-66? I’ll take the better pick because with this roster neither record will get us a WS ring, and that’s the only win that matters. If you’re into moral victories, more power to you.

        • Denver Mike

          That being said I do think Strop has looked great outside of a couple shaky outings I can recall. Considering how Feldman has performed, and I wasn’t really a huge Clevenger fan to begin with, I think the trade with the Orioles has worked out well so far. If Arrieta can contribute next year I say isn’t a definite win.

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

    Vogey and Bryant both with homers! First game at Daytona, that is awesome!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Samardzija, who some local baseball critics calls him an “Ace”, threw 110 pitches in 6 innings tonight……..while on the south side of the town, there is an ‘Ace” who threw 109 pitches in 9 innings last night and won!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with an excellent stop and throw to Gregg to nail Votto at first.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Kyle Hendricks
    allowed 4 runs on 8 hits, 3 walks, a wild pitch and 7 strikeouts in 5 IP (102
    pitches, 66 strikes) on Tuesday. Iowa lost 6-4.

  • RynoTiger

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say Sanchez just doesn’t have it tonight…anyone wanna go out there with me?

    • Denver Mike

      How about I just shout my support from the safety of the ground :)

      • RynoTiger

        but it’s a very strong limb

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 6-4 to the Reds
    in 11 innings on Tuesday – Jeff Samardzija: 4R, 6H, 4BB, WP, 5K, 6IP (110
    pitches, 68 strikes); 2-2 at the plate

    Navarro: 2-5, HR, 2R; Schierholtz:
    1-4, HR, 2RBI; Murphy: 1-4, HR; DeJesus: 1-3, BB, HBP

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