Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 09/29/13

Game One Hundred Sixty-Two: Cubs (66-95) vs. Cardinals (96-65)

  • Game Time – 1:15pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187/844
  • Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Jeff Samardzija (8-12, 4.33/1.35/3.83) vs. Jake Westbrook (7-8, 4.67/1.56/4.63)

This is it, the Cubs season comes to an end today and soon after the final out is recorded the speculation will continue on whether or not Dale Sveum and his coaching staff will be retained for next season. The front office is expected to announce on Monday how many changes will be made to the big league coaching staff and player development department.

The Cubs were expecting to face Adam Wainwright this afternoon, but he was moved up to Saturday and Mike Matheny pushed Joe Kelly from Saturday to Sunday. But the Cardinals have decided to use Jake Westbrook this afternoon instead. Westbrook could be making his final start in a Redbirds uniform today. The Cardinals and Westbrook have a mutual option for next season worth $9.5 million that includes a $1 million buyout.

The Cubs are not expected to cut Jeff Samardzija’s start short, even with the fact he has complete a career-high 207 2/3 innings in a career-high 32 starts. Jeff Samardzija rebounded nicely from a tough stretch earlier in the month and is looking to end the season with a win. Even with the inconsistent second half, Samardzija has allowed less hits (202) than innings pitched (207 2/3) with 210 strikeouts and 78 walks.

Keep an eye on the game in Minnesota between the Twins and Indians. If the Cubs an Twins both win or lose, the Cubs will have the fourth pick in the draft next June. If the Cubs win and the Indians complete the sweep over the Twins, the Cubs will have the fifth pick in the draft.

The Cubs will look to end the season the same way it began, with a win, and it all starts with Jeff Samardzija for the last time this year.

After miserable outings against the Phillies, Marlins and Reds, Jeff Samardzija is coming off back-to-back quality starts against the Brewers and Pirates. Samardzija gave up one run on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in six innings to the Pirates in his last start. Samardzija had good command and received a no decision in his next to the last outing of the year.

After going 5-9 in 19 starts before the break, Samardzija is 3-3 in his last 13 starts with a 4.73 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Samardzija has pitched well outside of Wrigley (5-7 in 15 starts with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP) and is 0-1 in his last four starts with a 5.84 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.

Jeff Samardzija faces the Cardinals for only the second time this season. One of Samardzija’s best starts of the year came against the Redbirds in St. Louis back on June 18. Samardzija came within two outs of a complete game after he allowed two runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings.

For his career, Samardzija is 4-2 in 17 games, six starts, against St. Louis with a 4.47 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Matt Holliday – 4-for-17 with four walks
  • Yadier Molina – 9-for-17 with a double and a walk
  • Jon Jay – 6-for-15 with a walk
  • Carlos Beltran – 5-for-12 with a double, a home run and two walks
  • Matt Carpenter – 2-for-10 with a triple and three walks
  • Daniel Descalso – 1-for-8 with two walks
  • David Freese – 2-for-11
  • Pete Kozma – 0-for-3
  • Shane Robinson – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Matt Adams – 0-for-1
  • Adron Chambers – 0-for-1
  • Tony Cruz – 0-for-1

Jake Westbrook is having another rough season and is coming off a relief stint against the Pirates. Westbrook has not started a game in well over a month and he lasted just 4 2/3 innings in Milwaukee. Westbrook allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Jake Westbrook was one of the reasons the Cardinals played so well before the break. Westbrook was 5-4 in 12 starts with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. But he is just 2-4 in his last eight games, six starts, with a 7.97 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP.

The Cubs face Jake Westbrook for the fifth time this season. Westbrook is 1-2 against the Cubs this season in four starts with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Cubs Numbers against Jake Westbrook in 2013

  • Anthony Rizzo (.258) – 6-for-10 with two doubles and three walks
  • Starlin Castro (.292) – 3-for-13
  • Nate Schierholtz (.267) – 3-for-10 with a double and two walks
  • Luis Valbuena (.233) – 2-for-8 with two walks
  • Darwin Barney (.224) – 2-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • Ryan Sweeney (.296) – 1-for-6
  • Junior Lake (.381) – 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Brian Bogusevic (.327) – 1-for-3
  • Donnie Murphy (.299) – 2-for-2
  • Dioner Navarro (.311) – 0-for-2

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