Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Marlins – 09/02/13

Game One Hundred Thirty-Seven: Cubs (58-78) vs. Marlins (50-85)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (2-3, 3.09/1.10/3.83) vs. Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.90/1.22/3.02)

Happy Labor Day from Chicago Cubs Online!

The Cubs open a three-game series this afternoon with the Miami Marlins. The Cubs won three of four in Miami at the end of April. The two teams enter play this afternoon with the worst two records in the Senior Circuit and both organizations will have picks at the top of next June’s Draft.

After this afternoon’s match-up of Travis Wood and Henderson Alvarez, Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face RHP Tom Koehler on Tuesday night. Jeff Samardzija is slated to start the finale on Wednesday afternoon and he will not face Jose Fernandez. The Marlins pushed Fernandez to Friday in Miami and have not announced a starter for Wednesday’s finale in Chicago.

Dale Sveum said on Sunday that Donnie Murphy and Luis Valbuena will split time at third base over until the end of the season. Nate Schierholtz will continue to start against right-handers while Brian Bogusevic, Ryan Sweeney and Junior Lake will rotate against righties for the remainder of the year. The Cubs want to see how Bogusevic and Sweeney perform for the rest of the season to see if they should be in the mix for a job next year.

It is Labor Day, and the unofficial end of summer all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood is coming off his best start since the break. Wood outpitched Clayton Kershaw and allowed one unearned run on five hits in seven innings at Dodger Stadium last Tuesday. Wood has been one of the good stories for the big league club this season, and don’t be surprised if the Cubs use the expanded roster to limit his innings over the last month .

Travis Wood has already completed 172 innings this season, nearly 20 more than a year ago at the big league level. Wood tossed 41 1/3 innings for Iowa last year. So with adding in his minor league innings, Wood completed 197 1/3 innings a year ago. Wood is 25 1/3 innings shy of his career high, and there is really no reason for Wood to go more than five innings per outing over his last four starts of the season.

Travis Wood is 2-4 in eight starts since the break with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP, and is 1-3 in his last six games with a 4.17 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

Like a majority of his teammates, Wood has performed better on the road this season than at Wrigley Field. Wood is 4-7 in 16 starts at Wrigley with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP but on the road, Wood is 4-3 in 11 starts with a 2.60 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.

Travis Wood beat the Marlins in Miami on April 27. Wood held the Marlins to two runs on three hits in six innings with a walk and five strikeouts. For his career, Wood is 1-2 in three starts against the Fish with a 10.93 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.

Marlins Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Placido Polanco – 2-for-6
  • Justin Ruggiano – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-5 with a home run
  • Donovan Solano – 0-for-3
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-2

Henderson Alvarez is coming off a short outing against the Nationals. Alvarez pitched the first 1 2/3 innings before rain delayed the game. Alvarez gave up one run on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Alvarez’s last full start prior to the Nationals’ game did not go too well. Alvarez lasted only five innings against the Dodgers and allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings.

Alvarez is 0-2 in his last five starts with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP and will make his first career start and appearance against the Cubs this afternoon. No one on the Cubs’ active roster has faced Henderson Alvarez in a big league ballgame.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I am predicting a complete game shut out today by Wood against the Marlins.

    • Brp921

      I believe Wood will pitch well today. I don’t see him being in there for the whole game though, unless he has an extremely low pitch count. What’s the point of leaving him in there?

      • Brp921

        Oh well, so much for my predictions. Here’s hoping he settles down.

  • paulcatanese

    There was little left to Len Kasper’s comment yesterday about the Phillies franchise and the connection with Sandberg as manager and the desire of Cub fans to have him here with the Cubs.
    Len went on to comment that the Phillies are “old school”, and that it itself is one reason Sandberg is not here in Chicago managing the Cubs (the latter my opinion). Theo didn’t want someone here if they didn’t meet the criteria of his system, nothing personal, just business, as the Godfather would say.
    What sticks out for me is all of the Saber stats that are being applied towards a successful franchise. Every little move and players are being built around this theory for success.
    How many years is it going to take to build a complete roster that reflects all of these things? Turn on the game on any Sunday and you are bombarded with facts and figures and percentage’s of how to succeed, what will and what won’t.
    No longer is the game played under the term “Baseball”, instead it’s OPS, BIPB, WHIP and the rest of it.
    I assume the Cubs won yesterday, as I shut it off after the first inning, just could not take the rhetoric.
    Looked at Neil’s recap to find out what happened.
    It seems it won’t be long before I read in the papers or on re-caps whether or not the Cubs won or lost.
    “Old school, back in the day”, (I hate that phrase), but that’s what I am, and love the eye test to enjoy baseball.

    • daverj

      I get what you are saying Paul, but after all these years of losing “old school” style, I’m willing to embrace something new. I’m with you that I don’t want to hear all that stuff from the announcers during the game, but if the front office has a strategy that they think will maximize the chance of a Cubs’ World Series title, then I’m all for it.

      • paulcatanese

        That’s fair enough, Just wonder how much longer it’s going to take trying to find the players that fit all at once to make a run. That part is hard to do.

    • John_CC

      Paul, baseball has always been a game of numbers, stats. The Hall of Fame, the HR races, the triple crown, single season records, all the records. There is not an other sport with a record book even half as complete as that of Baseball. It is what makes the game so great. That we can still compare against the Babe, that is the greatness of the game.

      The stats are just different Paul, new. Like a cellphone compared to rotary dial wall phone I grew up. Bit they are still just stats, numbers that help us put the game into perspective.

      Change can be hard, but it is inevitable.

    • cubtex

      I am right there with you Paul. I can’t watch Sundays either. Stats Sunday drive me nuts. It makes watching intolerable.

  • raymondrobertkoenig

    5 spots left in my Yahoo fantasy football league drafting online tonight if anyone’s interested.

    • paCubsFan23

      I;m interested. What’s your league name and when are you drafting?

      • raymondrobertkoenig

        The name of my league is 1 running back +. The draft is scheduled for 7 p.m. Chicago Daylight Time tonight.

    • daverj

      Why give a “thumbs down” to a regular poster for asking if other posters want to join his fantasy football league?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I agree Dave. I have an email into disqus about how to remove those arrows. They do more harm than good.

        • Brp921

          Maybe the person who uses the down arrow could be identified like with the up arrow. That would at least make a poster think about what they are doing.

          • John_CC

            The anonymity creates virtual bravery.

  • daverj

    What is the reason for giving Sweeney playing time over Bogusevic? Sweeney is a free agent after this season while Bogusevic is under team control. If the Cubs want Sweeney back as a bench player next season, then playing him potentially increases his price. Playing Bogusevic would give the Cubs a free look as they can elect to either keep him or non-tender him.

    • paCubsFan

      All good points, Dave. I think they mat be considering Sweeney as the starting CF next year and want to give him some reps.

    • RynoTiger

      With that logic, then playing Sweeney also gives the Cubs a free look. They can either try to resign him or not based on how he plays. They’re able to give a potential FA a month long tryout to see if he will do for next year.

  • Brp921

    Neil I was wondering about Travis Woods era, You have transposed the zero and the nine. You do great work day in and day out and I know we all appreciate it. :) Thank you for all you do!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thanks for catching, corrected.

  • Brp921

    Valbuena truly is a great defensive third baseman. Won’t it be nice when we can use him as a utility infielder.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good to see Rizzo single in a run

    • Brp921

      I forgot I had paused my TV and thought I was watching a delayed telecast LOL.

  • RynoTiger

    can someone help me out…when I click on the Disqus icon to log in and post a comment, my pop up window says “The page cannot be displayed”. Anyone know why that is?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Please sign out, close the browser, reopen a new browser and sign back in, that should take care of it.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wood gives up a three-run shot to Alvarez … and the Cubs are down 4-3 in the second inning.

  • Brp921

    Dang that was against the wind too.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Great Bob Segar song…..

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Baseball…what a game…..out duel one of the better pitchers in MLB in Kershaw….and you SUCK against the minor league club like the Marlins.

    • Brp921

      Just two bad pitches and it’s still early.

  • RynoTiger

    at this point with nothing else to lose, seems like it would make more sense to play Watkins most days just to see what he can do. I’m sure he can at least hit the ball as weakly as Barney.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dave Sappelt just announced on his Twitter account that he is not being called up this month.

  • RynoTiger

    a rookie pitcher the Cubs have never faced before. didn’t we all know how this was going to go today?

  • Dorasaga

    Gameday says “Injury Delay” on Barney. I hope nothing bad happened?

    • RynoTiger

      Barney found out his bat was injured..turned out it was broken..for the entire season..

      • RynoTiger

        now now Mr. Negative. There’s no need to put a down arrow for a very accurate assessment and statement.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      It was an injury to Alvarez, he had to leave the game with a tight right hamstring

      • Dorasaga

        Thanks.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 4-3 to the Marlins on Monday afternoon – Travis Wood: 4R, 9H (2 HR), 2BB, 3K, 7IP (106 pitches, 70 strikes)

    Navarro: 2-4, RBI; Schierholtz: 0-3 SF RBI, Rizzo: 1-4, RBI, R; Sweeney: 2-4, 2B; Castro: 1-3, BB, R; Valbuena: 1-3, R