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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