Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 09/27/13

Game One Hundred Sixty: Cubs (66-93) vs. Cardinals (94-65)

  • Game Time – 7:15pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
  • Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Travis Wood (9-11, 2.98/1.12/3.87) vs. Lance Lynn (14-10, 4.09/1.33/3.36)

The Cubs begin their final series of the year tonight with the first of three in St. Louis. The Cubs have played some of their best ball of the year against the Cardinals (7-9) and will try to make the Redbirds sweat a little as they wrap up another Central Division title.

According to reports, the champagne is on ice in the Cardinals’ clubhouse and St. Louis fully expects to celebrate winning the NL Central following tonight’s game once they take care of the Cubs. While the Cubs will not roll over, it is safe to say that the Cubs will see the third different team celebrate making it into the post-season in the last seven days. Hopefully seeing what it could be like for them one day will motivate the Cubs’ young players to put in the extra work that is necessary to get to that level.

Travis Wood makes the final start of what has been an excellent season for the 26-year old southpaw. Wood has been the Cubs most consistent starter this year and he takes the hill tonight just one inning short of reaching the 200-inning mark. Wood has allowed less hits (159) than innings pitched (199) this season while maintaining more than a 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio throughout the year (143 strikeouts, 64 walks). Wood will spend the winter mentioned behind Jeff Samardzija when the Cubs’ rotation for 2014 is discussed, even if the front office adds a frontline starter to the mix.

Following tonight’s matchup of Travis Wood and Lance Lynn, Edwin Jackson faces Joe Kelly on Saturday night. Jeff Samardzija starts the Cubs’ final game of the season on Sunday afternoon and is scheduled to face Adam Wainwright, if the game still means something for the Cardinals.

Tonight all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood is coming off an excellent outing against the Braves. Wood received a no decision after allowing one run on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings. The offense could not put any runs on the board while Wood was on the hill … a theme that has been repeated more often than not this year in games that Wood has started.

Travis Wood is 1-1 in his last four starts with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP, and on the road this year, Wood is 5-3 in 13 starts with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.

The Cardinals will see Travis Wood for the fifth time this season. St. Louis is one of the few teams that Wood has struggled against this season. Wood is 1-2 in four games against the Redbirds this year with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.

Cardinals Numbers against Travis Wood in 2013

  • Matt Carpenter – 3-for-15 with a double and a walk
  • Carlos Beltran – 4-for-13 with two doubles
  • Yadier Molina – 6-for-12 with a double and a home run
  • David Freese – 2-for-11
  • Jon Jay – 4-for-9 with a double and a walk
  • Pete Kozma – 3-for-9 with a double and two walks
  • Matt Holliday – 1-for-7 with a walk
  • Matt Adams – 1-for-3
  • Lance Lynn – 0-for-3
  • Shane Robinson – 0-for-1

Things have not gone as expected for Lance Lynn since the break (3-6 in 13 starts with a 4.23 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP) but he has pitched a lot better of late and he is coming off a good outing in Milwaukee. Lynn held the Brewers to one run on four hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Lynn has not allowed more than two earned runs over his last three starts and he is 1-1 in his last four starts with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.

Lance Lynn has pitched much better at Busch Stadium this year than on the road. Lynn is 8-3 in 15 starts with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

The Cubs face Lynn for the fifth time this season tonight. Lynn is 1-3 in four starts against the Cubs this with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

Cubs Numbers against Lance Lynn in 2013

  • Starlin Castro (.287) – 2-for-11 with a double
  • Anthony Rizzo (.255) – 0-for-11 with a walk
  • Darwin Barney (.223) – 4-for-8 with two walks
  • Luis Valbuena (.233) – 1-for-6 with a home run and three walks
  • Nate Schierholtz (.269) – 1-for-6 with a home run
  • Junior Lake (.386) – 1-for-3 with a walk
  • Brian Bogusevic (.326) – 1-for-3
  • Donnie Murphy (.289) – 0-for-3
  • Ryan Sweeney (.308) – 0-for-2
  • Travis Wood (.282) – 0-for-2
  • Logan Watkins (.350) – 0-for-1

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    News out of St. Louis is that Wood will pitch only one inning tonight to reach 200 then he will be replaced by Brooks Raley

    • Ripsnorter1

      That’s great news….for the Cards.

      Still, the Cubs are playing their best offensive lineup tonight. Lance Lynn has been
      pretty sick looking this 2nd half (as you noted).

      • SuzyS

        Barney is batting .500 against this guy.
        That’s pretty funny.

        • Ripsnorter1

          It is. But then, Lynn has really looked bad the 2nd half.

  • SuzyS

    Tony made a point on the previous thread that Theo knew exactly what he was doing with the silence around Sveum’s outlook.
    If I’m Sveum, I don’t like the way this is being handled…being left to dangle at the end of the season.
    He has handled a very difficult job for two years and kept his composure…overall…I like the guy.

    • Ripsnorter1

      “Kept his composure….”

      LOL

      EVERYBODY is yelling at Sveum. He doesn’t get ulcers; he gives them!

      LOL

      • TheWrongGuy

        Yes Rip I would say he kept his composure very well considering he lost his top run producer and his top 2 pitchers both years combined. And is the team better or worse? Sorry rhetorical question here. And yes he does probably give some good ulcers as well =)

      • SuzyS

        I know I couldn’t handle all the losing graciously. I’d Outrip you….Imagine Sweet Lou with almost 200 losses in two years…there wouldn’t be a clean base on the diamonds…probably they’d all be flung into the outfield with Milton Bradley sent in to calm him down.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Ain’t that the truth.

    • TheWrongGuy

      I agree Suzy. I can’t say I like Dale or dislike him. I will say I respect him. I wouldn’t have taken the job in his position.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Monday morning, Dale is gone.

  • SuzyS

    Ben Badler/Baseball America, tweeted the top list of players for the Northwest League…#1 is Kris Bryant.
    Five years ago…it was Josh Vitters.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Don’t curse Bryant with Vitters’ name on there that’s not nice.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Whoa!

  • cubtex

    Eric Wedge from the Mariners said he is done before getting axed. First manager down. Will Sveum be next?

    Here is another reason to change managers. Team will be bad again next year. They will not add any top FA… so they need to add something to keep the fan base interested in this poor product. Bringing in a new manager will add a little something to stay interested. What will the “new” manager change. Will the “new” manager have a better effect on the younger players. If they don’t change the manager or make any significant moves…Who will show up and pay any money to watch this team? Especially in the first half.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Great points tex.

    • SuzyS

      Maybe so, cubtex…but that I hope that would not be the reason. It would show a complete lack of respect for both Sveum and more knowledgeable Cubs fans…in that we’re not all brain dead enough to think that another manager will do better…unless the talent base is better.
      Fans will watch the first half of the season just to see how they break camp….There will be a lot of storylines…ie does Olt do enough in ST to take over third??? How does Vitters do as a LF…could he make it as the fourth or fifth OF.
      When do Baez or Bryant come up…Can Watkins contribute…what does Lake bring to the mix in a full season? Does Castro move to second?…etc.etc. etc.
      They don’t need to dump Sveum to put fannies in the seats. It’s an insult to the fans if that is the premise for firing Sveum.

      • cubtex

        The attendance was down again. It’s something to ponder. How else will they add butts in the seats? Don’t have any money to buy any players.

        • TheWrongGuy

          They might have money but they aren’t spending it.
          I was saying this earlier and posted about it on the other thread.
          Earlier the Smokies were in the play-offs and Mr. Ricketts was there and visited the booth with Mick Gillispie and said “We’re not gonna sign any big Free Agents” AND I believe Mick Gillispie tweeted something about this also. Take that as you will.
          I think Jed and Theo are on a leash as far as how much $$$ they are allowed to spend on free agents.

          • Tony_Hall

            Ricketts was there on Sept 6th in the playoffs, and no mention of this on Mick’s twitter. Neil and Tom both follow Mick on twitter and I have to believe they would have retweeted something like that.

            http://t.co/NbO4jUPHBY

          • TheWrongGuy

            I know what I heard. I was sitting here in the same place I am now Tony.
            I also believe they will spend some money in FA just will not be any big signings as everyone wishes.

          • Tony_Hall

            If you heard Ricketts say it, fine, but Theo said this in the middle of the month.

            “”Given the needs that we have, and where we are, and the likely price tags on the market I don’t think we’re going to have the ability to add multiple impact pieces in free agency,” Epstein said.:”

            He said multiple impact pieces and people blew up twitter and Cubs blogs saying that Theo said they wouldn’t add any FA’s. I just don’t know why when TR said no big FA’s that it didn’t get more attention.

          • TheWrongGuy

            Understood. and agree’d.

          • TheWrongGuy

            My opinion… I think the Edwin Jackson signing hurts Ricketts and he isn’t happy about it.

          • SuzyS

            Soriano’s 18mil still on the books doesn’t help much either.

          • TheWrongGuy

            Very true and much agree’d.

          • cubtex

            Agreed

          • GaryLeeT

            Per Neil’s reports throughout the season, both Jed and Theo have said that they are not allowed to add significantly to the payroll. By 2015, they should be near the bottom of the League

        • SuzyS

          I have to believe that the Cubs FO would factor in an attendance drop when they adopted the rebuild strategy.
          What they might not have planned on is the rooftop resistance to the Wrigley/Jumbotron rehab plans.
          Remember, they still have Clown Kenney in on that project…and that is Ricketts fault.
          While I don’t see the Cubs going on a major free agent binge…I do believe that they have the capacity to plug in the holes…while starting to filter in some of the minor league talent.
          By the end of next season, I do think that we’ll be seeing some good things developing for the future.

          • TheWrongGuy

            The longer the dealings with the Rooftop owners takes the long the repairs will take for Wrigley which means more money to be spent.
            If it takes 1 or 2 off-seasons is cheaper than 3-4 off-seasons to reapir/fix Wrigley.

          • GaryLeeT

            I appreciate your optimism, but weren’t Castro, Rizzo, and Samardzija, suppose to be the “the good things developing for the future” that we were suppose to be fun to watch develop this year?

          • TheWrongGuy

            Very true Gary that’s where the current coaching staff failed us and the front office IMO.

          • SuzyS

            You got me…GaryLeeT…here’s the rub though…I do expect Castro and Rizzo to improve next season…can’t prove it…just a very strong gut feeling.
            Shark…I’m not sure about…I always thought he’d end up as a #3…more because of his mental make-up then anything.
            He might actually turn into Jason Marquis…(great first half pitcher, lousy second half) if he’s not careful.
            Next season will be different in that I don’t expect a huge sell off at the trade deadline to get prospects…The trades made at the trade deadline will be to make room for the youngsters coming up…and I will be much more interested to see how they do…as opposed to the projects and cast-offs we’ve had the last few years.
            Attendence might still be down…but I still believe it will be the beginning of the turnaround.

          • TheWrongGuy

            And to add on to that Suzy hopefully an improved coaching staff. =)

          • SuzyS

            At least the hitting coach:-)

          • Ripsnorter1

            I think Ricketts wants the rooftop owners to do just exactly what
            they are doing, so he has an excuse to move to the suburbs–and
            build a thoroughly modern stadium.

          • SuzyS

            It’s possible, Rip…But I buy the “I met my wife here story…and the sentiment of Wrigley.

            If the Cubs weren’t in Wrigley right now…their attendance would be much, much less.

            So for both business and sentimental reasons I don’t believe Ricketts wants to move.

            Besides, a new stadium, financed only by Ricketts would probably be cost prohibitive.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Hire Eric Wedge….lol

  • TheWrongGuy

    Well done Starlin!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Misplayed ball by Bogusevic extends inning and led to two runs

    • TheWrongGuy

      Yes sad for T. Wood.

    • Tony_Hall

      Travis may need to send the official scorekeeper a case of his favorite beverage to get that changed to an error, so he can keep his sub 3 ERA.

    • cubtex

      Sam Fuld made a huge error tonight for Rats as well. Cubs and former Cub outfielders in fine display!

  • GaryLeeT

    Like the one inning Wood start wasn’t moronic enough.

  • cubtex

    Paul Catanese….

    Heading out to Cali now for the Stanford XC Invite in Palo Alto. Do you live anywhere near there? Would love to take you and your wife out to dinner tomorrow night if you live around there.

    • paulcatanese

      Heard that at my Grandsons football game last night, and Many of Shasta’s runners are going.
      Thank you for the invitation, we are about 250 miles North of Stanford. Unfortunately , we are limited physically to travel any distance so will have to pass.
      Heard that the meet will be at the golf course, at Stanford, when we lived down there and have played the course. Hope you’re son does well in the meet.
      My oldest Son was there last week for the Stanford Arizona State game, couldn’t make that either.
      Thanks again for the thought, Paul.

      • cubtex

        No worries Paul. Thought I would extend the invite and would have been great to meet you.
        Yes…the race is at the Stanford golf course. I am actually here to watch my daughter and her High School team run. My son was on the east coast running today :) She loves Stanford! What a beautiful campus.
        Thanks for the reply and have a great weekend!

  • GaryLeeT

    It’s somewhat humiliating to watch the Cards tap the Cubs to be their prison bitch, and see them happily oblige. I am not normally that crude, but watching 3 years of some of the worst teams in the Cub’s history has taken it’s toll.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tomorrow’s game has been moved up from 6:15pm CDT start time to 3:15pm CDT due to threat of bad weather.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro has shown up tonight … that’s about all.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      too little…too late.

  • SuzyS

    Well the Cards have come to clinch tonight…no bout adoubt it! Have a good one everyone…I’m off to other endeavors.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro is 3-for-3 with that double, first time the Cubs have put a runner on second base.

  • TheWrongGuy

    Castro 3- 3 2 singles and a double,

  • Tony_Hall

    Always scary when a ball goes that far up towards the head. Luckily he got his elbow in the way. Navarro is a tough guy.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Yeah Navarro has been Superman this season off the bench. Taking the hit at home plate. Coming back and now replacing the injured Castillo. Very big competitor.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Competitor – Yes
        Winner – No
        We are at the bottom of the division…..we need winners.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    At least Robin Ventura will return in 2014.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Anyone really seeing Parker making this club out of Spring Training in 2014?

    • TheWrongGuy

      Yes

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Lets say the Cubs break camp with these pitchers next March….
    Samadizja
    Wood
    Jackson
    Arietta
    Strop
    Russell
    Grimm
    Rusin
    Rosscup
    Villanueva
    Cabrera
    Bard
    Then there is Rondon & Vizcaino…and maybe a free agent or two…maybe Baker resigns………in April, teams don’t carry extra pitchers………..Rondon looks better than Parker these days.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Rondon has more control problems than Parker. Parker also has more late inning experience than Rondon. Baker will probably re-sign and then flipped at the deadline. Which opens a spot in the rotation for Ramirez/Grimm/Hendricks depending on who is ready at the time.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        We are talking “numbers” here of who makes it out of S. T. ……no insurance Baker resigns….Even if Rondon starts n Tenn, Parker is still on the outside looking in…….Cubs will start with a 4 man rotation…..there are 8 guys ahead of Parker in the bullpen.

        • TheWrongGuy

          Well Grimm/Rosscup/Cabrera/bard should all start in AAA, till they prove themselves worthy. So that alone opens many spots.

          • Tony_Hall

            Actually all 4 very likely will make the team out of ST.

            Cabrera and Bard have no options left and Grimm and Rosscup both should win a spot.

          • TheWrongGuy

            Cabera has not impressed the times I have seen him pitch between last year and this year. I like his arm he throws very hard but also very flat and hitable.
            Bard I thought I heard might have 1 option left.
            Grimm I like his stuff.
            Rosscup I like just he needs more control and he will be a solid reiever.

          • Tony_Hall

            Bard has an option year left, but he will need to clear waivers before being sent down and it is not likely he will clear waivers.

          • TheWrongGuy

            OK then I can understand Bard. But couldn’t they play the injured card on the DL and rehab him in AAA?

          • Tony_Hall

            Yes

          • TheWrongGuy

            =)

          • Tony_Hall

            The issue with this, is if Bard won’t go for it. If he feels he is healthy, he won’t accept it. DL”s need to be somewhat legitimate and if the player complains, it won’t work.

          • TheWrongGuy

            If he’s healthy and pitching well in S.T. I am all for him on the opening day roster for next season. Just feel he may need some rehab time since being on the DL and problems with his ab’s as reported before.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            no,no,no,no you silly man

          • Tony_Hall

            Since you thought Rosscup was out of options, please enlighten me with your wisdom.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Cubs had to put him on the 40 man roster or be lost to Rule 5 draft…….pitching better than Raley…..Cubs will have a spot for him next March.

          • Tony_Hall

            That is Rosscup, I believe he will make the 25 man roster.

            Bard is the one I responded to and you gave all the no’s to.

            Please tell me why on Bard they can’t put him on the DL to not have to expose him to waivers.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            DL’s have to be cleared 5 days after the season is over…..put them on your 40 man or release them.

          • Tony_Hall

            We are talking about next year. No kidding DL’s have to clear after this season ends.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            no

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Rosscup is out of options…..so is Grimm….and Cabrera

          • TheWrongGuy

            How is Rosscup out of options? I thought he had more options left?

          • CubbyDenCritic

            6 year minor leaguer I read somewhere.

          • Tony_Hall

            Rosscup has 2 option years left.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Tony, Rosscup has three option years left. He did not use one this season.

          • Tony_Hall

            Sorry, I just usually subtract one during a season. Somehow, I don’t think he will ever use 2, let alone 3.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            No worries, I thought you would want to know.

          • Tony_Hall

            Yes, thank-you. I feel I understand 95% of the roster rules, yet they can still throw a curve. Never thought about being added to the 40 man for the first time, as you are called up, if you stay on the active roster, you never use an option year.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Rosscup makes the club to back up Russell.

          • TheWrongGuy

            I think we will see Raley before Rosscup as Russell’s back-up.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            come on, be serious.

          • TheWrongGuy

            I am serious. have you seen Raley’s numbers against lefties? WOW very nice. He has probelms against righties this game is a perfect example of this fact.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Cardinals have six players on this team from 2009 draft….we have only Rusin & Raley.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    As Carlos Zambrano would say……”We Stinks”

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another very good inning by Rondon. He’s made a lot of improvement this season. Excellent command and velocity of late.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Yes but his command has been spotty most of the season. I loved what I saw from the past S.T. but he fell off the wall when the season started.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        second half much better.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Wants to be on this team in 2014……bus rides in Iowa are not fun.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Neil—-what is the status of Chapman, Dolis and Putman with this team?……can Chapman work his way back up, or do the Cubs cut bait on him?…….I think they will cut Putman…….Dolis still has time.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Chapman is not on the 40-man, I think he will stay with the organization. Putnam and Dolis are both out of options.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    40 Man Roster has to be set……I believe 5 days after the season ends…..that means no DL guys…….I counted 35 guys for sure…..and maybe a few more in the minors need to be cover before the Rule 5 draft.
    Spaces will be taken up fast.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      November 20 is when the reserve lists have to be filed … or 40-man roster set.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    a strike at the ankles for Barney

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I love Fireworks……

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 7-0 to the Cardinals
    on Friday night – Travis Wood: 3R, 4H, 2BB, 1K, 1IP (37 pitches, 22 strikes)

    Starlin
    Castro: 3-4, 2B; Anthony Rizzo: 1-4; Brooks Raley: 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, 3IP; Cubs:
    0R, 7H, 0BB, 13K

    • TheWrongGuy

      THANKS NEIL!!!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I’m not sure what I did, but you’re welcome.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Denver gave a horse to Helton…..
    Any chance we can give a horse to Dale so he can ride off in the sunset?