Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 09/09/13

Game One Hundred Forty-Three: Cubs (60-82) vs. Reds (82-62)

  • Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Travis Wood (8-11, 3.17/1.12/3.96) vs. Bronson Arroyo (13-10, 3.62/1.13/3.93)

The Cubs kick-off a very difficult 11-game road trip tonight with the first of three in Cincinnati. The 11-game, three city trip continues on Thursday with the first of four in Pittsburgh then wraps up with four in Milwaukee on September 19. The Cubs have not played good ball against the central division this season (20-39) but at least the next 11 games will be on the road instead of at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are 31-36 outside of Wrigley this year and just 29-46 in their home park.

The Cubs have really struggled against the Reds this season (3-13) over the first 16 games and wrap up their season series with the Reds on Wednesday. After tonight’s match-up of Travis Wood and Bronson Arroyo, Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face lefty Tony Cingrani on Tuesday. Jeff Samardzija and Mike Leake square off in the finale on Wednesday afternoon.

Welington Castillo and Dioner Navarro will have the pleasure of trying to slow down Billy Hamilton over the next three days. Dusty Baker has used the speedster as a pinch-runner late in games but he is expected to receive a lot of playing time against the Cubs.

Dale Sveum is expected to mix and match throughout this series as the coaching staff and front office continue their evaluations for the remainder of the season. With Arroyo on the hill today, look for Sveum to run out a left-handed heavy lineup.

The Cubs have 20 games remaining on their schedule, 14 on the road and six at Wrigley Field.

Tonight all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood will look to bounce back tonight against his former team following a not-so-good outing against the Marlins his last time out. Wood gave up two home runs, one to Christian Yelich and the other, a three-run shot, to pitcher Henderson Alvarez, that accounted for all four runs he surrendered in seven innings. Wood could not build off his excellent start at Dodger Stadium in which he outpitched Clayton Kershaw.

Travis Wood is 2-5 in nine starts since the break with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP and is 4-3 in 11 starts outside of Wrigley with a 2.60 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.

Travis Wood faces the Reds for the fifth and final time this season. Wood is 0-3 in four starts against the Redlegs this season with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Wood has never beaten his former organization and is 0-4 in six tries with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

Reds Numbers against Travis Wood in 2013

  • Jay Bruce – 3-for-12 with a home run
  • Shin-Soo Choo – 1-for-8 with a double and three walks
  • Brandon Phillips – 3-for-11 with a home run and a walk

  • Joey Votto – 1-for-10 with two walks
  • Zack Cozart – 0-for-9
  • Devin Mesoraco – 3-for-8
  • Derrick Robinson – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Cesar Izturis – 2-for-4
  • Ryan Hanigan – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Chris Heisey – 1-for-3
  • Ryan Ludwick – 0-for-3

Bronson Arroyo is coming off a solid outing against the Cardinals but received a no decision in a Reds’ loss. Arroyo allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts in seven innings. The Reds are 6-4 in Arroyo’s last 10 starts and he has been very good over that span.

Since the break, Arroyo is 5-3 with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP but a majority of those runs came in two starts … one in Colorado and the other against the Cardinals in Cincinnati on August 2. Arroyo was charged with 13 earned runs on 17 hits in seven innings in the two outings against the Rockies and Redbirds.

Bronson Arroyo is 9-3 in 17 starts at Great American Ball Park this season with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP and makes his third start of the season against the Cubs tonight. Arroyo has owned the Cubs over the years and is 2-0 this season with a 2.08 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP.

Cubs Numbers against Bronson Arroyo in 2013

  • Anthony Rizzo (.257) – 0-for-6
  • Nate Schierholtz (.275) – 1-for-5
  • Starlin Castro (.287) – 1-for-4
  • Darwin Barney (.227) – 0-for-2
  • Welington Castillo (.354) – 0-for-3
  • Darnell McDonald (.304) – 1-for-3
  • Dioner Navarro (.304) – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Ryan Sweeney (.324) – 0-for-3
  • Luis Valbuena (.242) – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk
  • Donnie Murphy (.313) – 0-for-2
  • Logan Watkins (.231) – 0-for-2

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Daytona’s game 4 lineup:

    RF Chen
    CF DeVoss
    1B Geiger
    DH Vogelbach
    3B Bryant
    LF Giansanti
    C Krist
    2B Darvill
    SS Soto
    RHP Edwards

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Lets Go Daytona!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Smokies’ game 5 lineup:

    Szczur CF
    Alcantara 2B
    Baez SS
    Bour DH
    Villanueva 3B
    Silva RF
    Andreoli LF
    Mota 1B
    Davis C
    Ramirez SP

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Daytona scores a 1st inning run for the 5th time in 6 postseason games. Vogelbach with the RBI single puts the Cubs up 1-0. Mid 1

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Edwards retired the side in order in the first

    • Tom U

      D-Cubs score 2 more in second. Darvill on first no one out.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Daytona up 3-0 in the second on consecutive singles by Giansanti, Krist and Darvill

  • CubbyDenCritic

    How about Theo hiring a base running coach for next Spring Training!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    You think Luis instincts would say, “make a run for home” after seeing Navarro caught in a run down…..especially with 2 outs….maybe a bad throw can happen.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Hey Mr Thumbs Down….what would you do?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    oh, I forgot…..Mr Thumbs Down is all about being “negative”…….plus, he cannot give an opinion.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Smokies score a run in the first on a RBI-single by Christian Villanueva. Smokies lead 1-0 after 1.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Through 4 innings in Charlotte: 4 Edwards 4IP H 0R BB 2K with Daytona leading 3-0.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Castro to nail Cozart

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Luis Luis #11

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barons take a 2-1 lead with a RBI-fielder’s choice by Jacobs and a RBI-single by Blanke. 2 on and 1 out in the second

  • Tom U

    CJ Edwards is replaced by Ryan Searle in the 6th. Final line for Edwards: 5IP H 0R 2BB 3K. 10IP w/ 1H in postseason. 3-0 Cubs B6

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Alcantara singles to right-center to score Mota from second and tie the game at 2-2. Javier Baez to the plate.

  • Tom U

    Through 7 innings now, Daytona still leading 3-0

  • Tom U

    Daytona Cubs FSL CHAMPS!
    Final D-Cubs W 4-0
    CJ Edwards 5IP 3K W
    Ryan Searle 4IP K Sv
    DAn Vogelbach 3-4 RBI
    Wes Darvill 2-3 RBI

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Daytona Cubs are the 2013 Florida State League
    Champions!

    • Tom U

      Championship has a special meaning for Anthony Giansanti, who lost his grandfather earlier today.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Javier Baez SMASHES a two-run home run to left-center to bring the score to 6-4 in the fifth

    That’s 39 total home runs for Baez this season.

    • Tom U

      Javier Baez home run was estimated to fly 432 feet

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        At least, Mick Gillispie said to add 15-25 feet to that.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Gregg giving up some hard shots here.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Great postseason pitching by Daytona……future looks bright!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Cubs match 2012 win total….but still in a position to lose 50 home games……which would be a first.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Okay Smokies, your turn to win tonight.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Reds 2-0
    on Monday night – Travis Wood: 0R, 6H, 0BB, 7K in 7IP (100 pitches, 70 strikes).
    Wood’s first win over the Reds

    Ryan Sweeney: 1-3, HR, BB; Luis Valbuena: 2-4,
    HR, 2B; Nate Schierholtz: 1-3, 2B, BB

    • CubbyDenCritic

      That Wood / Marshall trade looking even better now.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Boise Hawks Lineup:

    Encarnacion CF
    D Lockhart SS
    R Rodriguez RF
    J Rogers 1B
    J Marra DH
    D Bote 3B
    J Hankins 2B
    L Rymel C
    Dunston LF

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Smokies lose by a final score of 7-4 against the Barons and are eliminated from the playoffs.

  • SuzyS

    Congrats to Daytona!!! I’m sorry about the Smokies loss. Hopefully, next season will be better across the board.