Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Marlins – 09/04/13

Game One Hundred Thirty-Nine: Cubs (58-80) vs. Marlins (52-85)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.13/1.32/3.62) vs. Brian Flynn (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–)

The Cubs will turn to Jeff Samardzija to salvage the final game of series against the Marlins. After playing good ball against the Phillies and posting their first series victory at Wrigley since early July, the Cubs have dropped two straight to the Marlins.

Marlins’ pitching has held the Cubs in check over the first two games and this afternoon figures to be another challenge for the Cubs. The Marlins are giving the ball to a very good southpaw and he will make his big league debut today.

Look for Dale Sveum to use his right-handed lineup this afternoon with Junior Lake in center and flanked by Darnell McDonald in left and Cole Gillespie in right.

The Cubs have split the first six games of the season against the Fish after taking three of four from the Marlins in Miami in April.

And this afternoon all begins with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija completed a roller coaster August with a poor outing against the Phillies. Samardzija was in total control for five innings and picked up where he left off from his previous two starts. But Samardzija allowed a misplayed ball by Junior Lake to change his mindset and he was not able to put behind him what he could not control. Samardzija allowed the Phillies to tie the game after being staked to a five-run lead.

Samardzija ended up 2-2 in six starts last month with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. Samardzija needs a strong finish to his season, and the Cubs more than need for him to pitch well over his final four starts.

Jeff Samardzija is 3-5 in 15 home games this year with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Samardzija has also struggled in day games to the tune of a 2-7 mark in 13 starts with a 4.97 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Samardzija has to work on pitching better in his home park and in day games.

Jeff Samardzija missed the Fish earlier this season and is 2-1 in 12 games, three starts, versus the Marlins in his career with a 4.62 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.

Marlins Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Logan Morrison – 2-for-7 with three walks
  • Giancarlo Stanton – 0-for-7 with a walk
  • Greg Dobbs – 1-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • Chris Coghlan – 1-for-2
  • Juan Pierre – 0-for-1

The Cubs were supposed to see Jose Fernandez this afternoon but the Marlins pushed him to Friday in their home park. The Cubs will get their first look at lefty Brian Flynn instead.

Brian Flynn is making his big league debut this afternoon. The 23-year old southpaw put together an excellent season during two stops in the Marlins’ system. Flynn posted a 7-12 record in 27 starts at the Double-A and Triple-A level with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. In 161 innings, Flynn struck out 147 batters, walked 43 and gave up 145 hits. And at Triple-A New Orleans, Flynn struck out 122 batters and walked only 40 in 138 innings.

Several of the players on the Cubs’ active roster should be familiar with Flynn from his time in the PCL this season.

The Marlins acquired Flynn in the deal that sent Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers last season. Flynn is 6-foot-8 and can run his fastball up into the mid-90s. Flynn throws two breaking balls, a curve and a slider, and misses more bats with his slider than his curveball. Flynn figures to be a big challenge for the Cubs this afternoon.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • Sonate

    Why is Barney and his .268 on-base percentage batting at the top of the order?

    • TheWrongGuy

      Sveum has been doing this a lot lately to try and generate some offense from Barney.

    • cc002600

      Are you worried that we’re going to lose this huge, critical game ?
      :-)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs claimed RHP Daniel Bard off waivers from Boston, DFA Cole Gillespie. Lineup change coming soon

    • TheWrongGuy

      And the try-outs for the 2014 bull-pen continues.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I am guessing Jamie Moyer, Rich Bordi, Randy Martz, Bill Caudill, Warren Brusstar, Tim Stoddard, Drew Hall, Jay Baller, Pete Broberg, Doug Capilla, George “Heat” Riley and others would all love to be called for try-outs……except for Mel Rojas….we don’t want to see his face any where near Wrigley.

        • TheWrongGuy

          You forgot Smitty (Lee Smith)

          =)

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Smith, Sutter, Meyers…..those guys already proved themselves as being Winners…….I was sticking to those players ho felt thy still can pitch.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          George Frazier for the win!!!
          (he had wicked movement on his pitches).

    • cubtex

      I thought this was a strong possibility

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        The writing was on the wall. Maybe they can get him back on track.

        • cubtex

          good gamble. arms like that don’t grow on trees.

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

        My buddy is a huge Red Sox fan, has the MLb TV subscription and is as clue’d in to Sox as anyone I know.

        He said and I quote from his text…”Really inconsistent but has a cannon and has had some glimmers of stardom. He was an awesome set up man , they tried him as their closer when pap left and then tried him as a starter last season and absolutely bombed. He looks exactly like Napoleon Dynamite!”

        He started the text telling me we were lucky.

        • Dorasaga

          Haha. Never occurred to me which actor he’s like. I like Bard. He was on my fantasy team the whole season, when he was the “good” setup. He was on my watchlist for the next year, too. I hope he comes back to form.

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

            Very little to lose. And I would bet Bosio can get him straightened out. If anyone can it is Bosio. It feels good to have a pitching coach that I believe in and has had such success with young pitchers. We are bery lucky and I hope he is around for a long time. If he keeps this up he may get a managerial offer before too long. If Sveum is cut loose at some point I imagine Bosio would be the one guy that would stay. Be a fool to get rid of him.

          • Brp921

            Question for anyone: I know Wood has given Bosio credit for his improvement, and I don’t mean this as critisism because I think Bosio has done a credible job as a pitching coach, but who else if anyone, has given Bosio credit for helping to turn them around. Again I don’t mean this as any kind of a downer for the FO or Bosio, I’m just wondering.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Cody Ransom keeps hanging on…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Updated lineup:

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

  • 07GreyDigger

    Neil, why didn’t you write how the Cubs will face former Cubs catcher extraordinaire Koyie Hill?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Since I last talked…2 Cubs left the sinking ship…2 Cubs have join to re-arrange the chairs on the deck……….I do like this Bard addition……I read the other day that Boston GM screwed up on Bard…..I didn’t think Bowden would be gone now……I had Gillspie, Ransom & McDonald ranked ahead of Bowden…..no Scott Baker…..at this point, Dusty Baker will be at Wrigley sooner than Scott Baker……..if anything, we might hear a medical set back for Baker for not being here…..this to save face by Cubs FO.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I’m sorry, but Rizzo has serious issues on LHP…..can’t be like that if you are going to be a power LH hitter on this club…..that third strike swing looked like ” it does not matter anymore” by Rizzo.

    • TheWrongGuy

      I couldn’t agree more. His hands are in the wrong position IMO. He needs to start his hands back more in line with his back shoulder (left shoulder). He’s been LATE on many fast balls. up in the zone.
      I also was thinking maybe Vitters could spell him next year some at 1st.

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

        In the past he has done well against lefties. There have been times in his very short career that he’s been better against lefties than righties. He’ll get it worked out.

      • cubtex

        Do you know that in 136 games….Rizzo has only had more than 2 hits in a game 10 times. 10 games! And hasn’t had a 4 hit game all year. He should not be hitting 3rd in any lineup.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          I agree…but look at what we have….or lack of……if Dale is still playing his “line up” card game in September, that tells us allot.

          • cubtex

            I agree. I know they don’t have anyone now but if the point is to develop Rizzo….keep him out of the middle of the lineup. I actually liked that Sveum batting him 2nd for a week and I thought it would have been fine to keep him there for the rest of the year.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Rizzo didn’t like …big story here about in the newspaper.

          • cubtex

            I read that. I didn’t care for that statement from him.

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

          I’ve noticed that since you ponted it out. That sucks, hopefully next year that will be much improved. I think once we have a few more hitters inthe lineup and aome pressure is off of him he’ll get that workes out. His future is bery bright.

    • cubtex

      He should be hitting 6th. He is not a middle of the order bat.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If you are going to call yourself an “Ace”….you don’t give up two run bombs to guys on the Marlins..

  • CubbyDenCritic

    That was a shot!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Koyie Hill in MLB…and Carlos Zambrano & Manny Ramirez is not…..go figure that one out.

    • 07GreyDigger

      He’s a catcher. Easy. Catchers hang on the majors forever. Ex. Pat Borders.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Shark is all over the place.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake with a double …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    McDonald with a RBI double

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I believe every time McDonald drives in an RBI, free “Big Mac” for everyone in the stands.

    • 07GreyDigger

      There wouldn’t be a lot of free Big Macs then would there?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I cannot believe how the ump missed that strike.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    better 3 rd inning for Jeff

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      That was a good third for Samardzija

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I was thinking about how this Cubs pitching has improved since last year……all the new pick-ups….farm system…….2014 Spring Training will be very competitive among Cubs pitchers

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

      Absolutely. Spring pitching race will be bery interesting. We’be got real depth but few high end guys.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Castro in the basket

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a big fly … #9

    • cubtex

      great to see Castro back to hitting with confidence

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Turned it around since his sit down by Dale.

    • Dorasaga

      He’s always been a better hitter at home, owning a split that amuses me all time.

      • cubtex

        You must be thinking of a different player. Castro is extremely consistent home and away.

        Career
        Home .287 avg
        Away .281 avg

        2013
        Home .229 avg
        Away .257 avg

        • Dorasaga

          Check his ops.

          • cubtex

            that should be different when you play at a hitters park like Wrigley. I think almost every Cub player would look like that.

            Career
            Slg
            home .427
            away .384

            OPS
            home .762
            away .697

            not unusual imo

          • Dorasaga

            Yea, I haven’t checked the “team ops” record. I do observe Castro a much better hitter at home; something about this approach… anyway, no proof.

          • cubtex

            he hits for more power at home no doubt. 367 power alleys help him there :)

          • cubtex

            Look at Rizzo’s OPS this year. Now that is a big split.

            OPS
            home .826
            away .674

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

            Wrigley is a pitchers park close to 50% of the time with the wind. That’s always been a misconception of Wrigley.

          • cubtex

            367 power alleys stay there whether the wind blows in or out.

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

            But when the wind is blowing in, which it does half the time and most of early spring, those power alleys are a lot tougher for the ball to fight its way to.

          • Dorasaga

            I’ve said this a few times before: If Hoyer &Co. can find out how to deal with the variation of winds (more a hitters park for lefthanded batters at August night? for example), then they would be unlocking a secret formula to winning!

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

            Very true! Also finding huys that aren’t payched out by all the day games. Wrigley has day-to-day variables no other park has to deal with. Not always a good place to hit, not always a good place to pitch.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I wonder if there is a stat who hits more HR’s in the basket….Cubs or visiting players.

  • Dorasaga

    Navvy follows with a CF dinger.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Navarro…Gone

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Navarro goes yard … #12

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Kendall Americo, Navarro’s agent, should be worry if Scott Boras steals his client away from him.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I am sorry, but that is Sweeny’s call for that fly.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    this home plate umpire is killing Jeff on the strike calls.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    there are more fans on the roof tops than in the bleachers.

  • Tom U

    The Boise Hawks have just announced that after reviewing the records and MLB Rule 10.22, outfielder Kevin Encarnacion has been awarded the Northwest League batting and slugging championship.

    Encarnacion batted .355 and had a .566 slugging percentage. He is the second straight Boise player to win the batting title (Stephen Bruno at .361 last season)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Samardzija gets slammed …

  • Dorasaga

    Well, here comes the sweep! Can’t beat the Marlins!

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    same ol’ Shark…tease you with 1 or 2 good outings, then has 3-4 bad ones. Right when you realize his talent is just a tease, he has another gem, and everyone starts talking “extension” and uses terms like “top of rotation starter”.
    The Cubs can’t be a playoff team with a bunch of #3, #4, or #5 starters. Need a couple Aces/Studs…right now, I am seeing a lot of competent MLB starters, but not #1 or #2 type starters.
    Are they in the minors right now? Maybe…not sure. But quality #1 or #2 starters really seem to be an area that Cubs may have to acquire in trade or FA.

  • cubtex

    I don’t agree with the way Shark has been handled this year. In 28 starts he has thrown over 100 pitches in 24 of those starts. In 2 others he was at 99. That’s 26 out of 28 starts where he has been over 99 pitches. He seems to lose it lately right around the 100 pitch count. Would anyone else assume that he is getting worn out? He has never thrown 200 IP in a season and why push it now? Shut him down and let’s see Grimm get a couple of starts.

    • Brp921

      I’m not disagreeing, but at his age shouldn’t we find out if he can handle 200 innings a year? If he can’t should he remain a starter or be moved back to short relief?

      • cubtex

        I understand that argument but why push him when they are 20 games plus under .500. The time to push a player is in a playoff hunt.

        • Brp921

          I agree, I’m just starting to wonder about Samardzija and what his role should be. I hope this will just be a learning season for him like it has been for Castro. Maybe Bosio can do for him what he was able to do for Wood.

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

    Neil, I’m about to order a t-shirt. I measured myself but still am not sure. Do they run big? Do they shrink much? I where a medium or a large and if it ends up too big I’ll never wear it so I want to get it right. Usually a medium is perfect but sometimes they shrink.

    What do you suggest?

    • cubtex

      you measured yourself? I won’t ask :)))))

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

        Ray, Ray, Ray…mind always in the gutter ;)

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I am shocked……..just shocked that something like that would be said here……..where is our Christian values at?……..oh never mind.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      First, thank you. The shirts run small. I would order a little bigger than you are used to.

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

        Boom! I’ll be sportin’ it in 8-10 days. I was going to order a new Cubs shirt but I figured why not represent both the team and the site I waste so much of my time on ;)?

        They look pretty cool, I went with standard white but I do like the ringed sleeves and the half sleeves as well.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          You rock man. Thank you very much.

  • GaryLeeT

    That has to be is the smallest non weather related crowd at Wrigley in many years. Is there 15K there?

    • Brp921

      I’ve been watching ticket prices on the ticket selling sites, just for the heck of it, and they are way down. If anyone is interested in buying premium seats at reasonable prices now is the time.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I went on Monday. Paid 24 bucks for two upper deck seats behind home plate.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Next time you hear someone say Jeff Samardzija and the word “Ace” in the same sentence……brush them back with a fast ball at their head.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If MLB gave out Silver Slugger awards to back-ups….Navarro would get one.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Now we are talking…Cubs lead!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    The Irish Strikes Back!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Murphy with a 2-run shot, #9, after a 2-run single by Navarro … Cubs up by one

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Donnie Murphy is Brian LaHair in disguise.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If someone told you in April that Jackson Samardzija had a total of 15 wins now, would you be surprise?…..I would be.
    Edwin Jackson has same number of wins as did Scott Feldman Cubs win totals…..and Feldman left in June.
    There are 18 loses tagged with Cubs pitchers no longer on this team.

    • DWalker

      Shark is really odd. He could have had more wins if he had run support or a decent bullpen behind him earlier in the year, but really, his problem is consistancy. Some games, he’s lights out, other days its like theres nobody home. I really don’t think his head is in it a lot of games, and I wonder if he gave up on the season early on and just goes through the motions until he gets to a game he wants to play in; He seems to dominate in the big games. He really does have Ace stuff at his best, but you can’t rely on him to give you a solid start when he walks to the mound. I’d like to see him with a solid team behind him in a run for the playoffs where the pressure is on and every game counts, rather than these race to the bottom games. My guess is, you would see a lot more of the Ace stuff, and not what it sounds like he did today. The question is though, do you extend him in the hopes that what happens, or do you trade him and hope thats not what happens?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Just saw the Starlin we all knew on hitting a ball breaking away….good at bat.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with another extra basehit

  • Brp921

    I left the game to mow and came back in to see the Cubs with a lead. Hey we got Baez at #9, let’s enjoy a few Cub victories.:) Now back to the yard.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    The three teams ahead of us on the waiver wire (Astros, Marlins, White Sox) have little use of picking up pitchers like Bard……Astros & Marlins look towards low price players….White Sox have no idea which direction they are heading……….look Theo & Jed to do more waiver pick up deals..

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Marlins 9-7 on Wednesday afternoon – Jeff Samardzija: 6R, 9H (2 HR), 2BB, 9K in 6IP (110 pitches, 71 strikes)

    Castro: 2-5, HR, 2B, 2RBI; Navarro: 2-5, HR, 3RBI, Murphy: 1-5, HR, 2RBI; Sweeney: 1-2, HR,
    2BB; Lake: 1-4, 2B, R

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Comeback win…….but….there are issues with Shark.

  • Brp921

    Seems like Castro is coming out of his funk. Let’s hope next year he starts realizing his potential.

  • 07GreyDigger

    Cubs magic number is now 3 wins for a better season than last year.

  • Tony_Hall

    Not sure if this was noted or not, but Bard is controlled through the 2016 season, as long as they don’t activate him. If they do activate him he would end up being a FA after 2015. With a power arm like his and his upside, this could be the roster spot we have used for a Rule V guy the last 2 years.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/09/cubs-claim-daniel-bard.html

    “Bard will be arbitration eligible for a third time this winter and still has an option remaining. However, because he’s only accumulated four days of Major League service time in 2013, he is now controllable through at least the 2016 season instead of the 2015 season, as previously projected. If Bard can rediscover his 2009-11 form, he could be a rare example of a player who is eligible for arbitration five times. In fact, if Bard accumulates fewer than 94 days of service time between now and the end of the 2014 season, the Cubs would gain another year of team control, giving them rights to Bard through the 2017 campaign. In that scenario, Bard would be eligible for arbitration six times. Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement states that a player is eligible for arbitration so long as he has between three and six years of Major League service time (or qualifies as a Super Two) and is on a 40-man roster, so theoretically, a player could be eligible an infinite number of times. Of course, all of this assumes that Bard will be tendered a contract for the 2014 season, which is certainly not a guarantee given his 2013 performance.”

    • Brp921

      Thanks for the info Tony. For people like myself who don’t have the time nor the inclination (or computer skill, lol) to do the research it’s nice to be able to read it from a reliable source, such as this site, with Neil and Tom and a lot of the people who contribute. I would be remiss of course to not add my thanks to Neil and Tom for the great job they do.