Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 09/11/13

Game One Hundred Forty-Five: Cubs (62-82) vs. Reds (82-64)

  • Game Time – 11:35am CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
  • Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.29/1.34/3.68) vs. Mike Leake (12-6, 3.46/1.23/4.09)

We Will Never Forget

The Cubs wrap up the series and season series against the Reds this afternoon behind Jeff Samardzija. Dale Sveum’s team has a chance to sweep a series in Cincinnati after winning only three games against the Reds all year prior to Monday. The Cubs are 5-13 versus the Reds with one game left to play.

Jeff Samardzija will look to pick up where both Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson left off. Cubs’ pitching has allowed only one run to the Reds over the first two games while not walking a single batter. It will take a similar performance today against a Reds’ team that will be in must-win mode. Dusty Baker sent all of his starters home early on Tuesday so they would be ready for today’s game.

With Mike Leake on the hill, look for Dale Sveum to load his lineup with lefties again today. But instead of Dioner Navarro and Brian Bogusevic, maybe sticking with the hot-hitting Welington Castillo and Junior Lake would be the way to go.

The final game of the year with the Reds all starts with Jeff Samardzija

After putting together back-to-back excellent outings against the Nationals and Padres, Jeff Samardzija has not been very good over his last two starts. Samardzija was staked to a 5-0 lead before he allowed a misplayed ball by Junior Lake to get under his skin. Samardzija allowed five runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings against Philly and followed up that dud by giving up six runs on nine hits with two walks and nine strikeouts to the Marlins. Samardzija lasted six innings but struggled once again.

Jeff Samardzija is 3-2 in 10 starts since the break with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Samardzija has given up 67 hits with 25 walks and 62 strikeouts in his last 65 innings.

This afternoon will be Samardzija’s fifth start of the season against the Reds. Samardzija has been very good and not-so-good against the Reds this year. Samardzija is 0-1 in four starts with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP … at Great American Ball Park this season, 0-1 in one start with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. Samardzija lost to Mat Latos 1-0 that afternoon and one of Samardzija’s bloody baseballs was auctioned off for charity.

Reds Numbers against Jeff Samardzija in 2013

  • Shin-Soo Choo – 3-for-10 with a home run and four walks
  • Jay Bruce – 3-for-12 with a double and a walk
  • Zack Cozart – 4-for-12 with a walk
  • Brandon Phillips – 4-for-13
  • Joey Votto – 4-for-11 with two doubles and two walks
  • Todd Frazier – 3-for-10 with a home run and two walks
  • Xavier Paul – 1-for-8 with a double and three walks
  • Devin Mesoraco – 2-for-6
  • Ryan Hanigan – 1-for-3

Mike Leake has been very good for Dusty Baker this season when most thought he would spend a majority of his season in the minors. After a rough stretch in August (1-1 in five starts with a 6.44 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP), Leake is coming off a very good outing against the Dodgers. Leake held the high-powered Dodgers’ offense to two runs on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.

Since starting the season 8-4 in 18 starts with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP, Leake is 4-2 in his last 10 outings with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

This afternoon will be Leake’s fourth start of the season against the Cubs. Leake has been a thorn in the Cubs’ backside since he made his big league debut against them on April 11, 2010. Leake is 2-0 in three starts versus the Cubs this season with a 2.18 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP (five runs, 20 hits, three walks and 14 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings) and owns a 6-2 career mark against the Cubs in 13 starts with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Cubs Numbers against Mike Leake in 2013

  • Starlin Castro (.283) – 1-for-10
  • Welington Castillo (.353) – 1-for-9
  • Anthony Rizzo (.252) – 2-for-9 with a double
  • Nate Schierholtz (.275) – 5-for-9 with a home run
  • Luis Valbuena (.246) – 4-for-9
  • Darwin Barney (.228) – 2-for-8
  • Ryan Sweeney (.314) – 1-for-3

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Castro SS
    Valbuena 3B
    Rizzo 1B
    Schierholtz RF
    Bogusevic LF
    Lake CF
    Castillo C
    Barney 2B
    Samardzija P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Chech this out … Tim does such a great job

    Welington Castillo’s longest homer of the year. (watercolor) http://bit.ly/15jWW5I

  • 07GreyDigger

    Is Logan Watkins still on this team? I picture him as a brown moldy banana.

    • John_CC

      Soft and mushy, pungent with tiny flies swarming him…

    • TheWrongGuy

      I posted something about this yesterday I think. Sveum won’t play him I don’t know why. I think Sveum should platoon Watkins and Barney. Maybe there is something wrong with Watkins we don’t know about. MY OPINION.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Watkins is in the game

  • John_CC

    Two good, two bad, seems like Shark is due for a good turn. A sweep here would be amazing.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rough inning for Samardzija, broke three bats, not one hard hit ball and gave up two runs

  • paulcatanese

    Just an observation. I think Junior Lake swings a major league bat so far. That being said his defense leaves a
    lot to be learned yet. Speed makes up for poor routes.
    One handed catches throws him off in getting the ball in
    and too many double clutches before he does so, and throws are late and off line, missing cutoff men and overthrowing his target.
    That being said, a lot of talent there, and feel he will overcome those things with coaching. If they could turn
    Soriano around after all those years, I see no reason they cannot do the same with Lake.

    • cubtex

      agreed Paul. I didn’t watch the game yesterday but many were commented on twitter on how Lake was struggling yesterday in LF. With his inexperience in the OF and athleticism, I am sure he is much more comfortable in CF. He doesn’t have to worry about running in the bullpen area at Wrigley of the stands along the 3rd base line. He needs a full offseason to work on some things. And you are right about his throws….He has been way off line on many of his throws…I mean….some aren’t even close!

      • paulcatanese

        Couldn’t watch yesterday either, don’t get Comcast. But observed from before.
        Cant watch as much as I would like, this is “Friday night lights” season watching the grandson every day at practice.

        • cubtex

          And cross country season :)

    • 07GreyDigger

      Don’t forget, Lake was an IF his whole minor league career and just started playing OF this season. It’s probably natural that he’s awful at it.

      • paulcatanese

        I agree, and he will improve, I’m sure.
        Better to catch these habits now when he’s new out there.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Too many pitches so far by Shark

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      71 after three innings, 48 strikes

      At least he got out of the third.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    How interesting it would be if the A.L. Wild Card Playoff game has Rangers sending Garza to the mound, and the Rays send in Archer.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    MLB ranked the Top 150 Starting Pitchers…..
    Here are a few known names where they are rank….
    149 – Dempster
    140 – J. Turner
    101 – Maholm
    93 – Delgado
    89 – Feldman
    84 – Cashner
    76 – E. Jackson
    65 – Gray
    61 – Archer
    59 – T. Wood
    56 – Appel
    47 – Bradley
    43 – Garza
    34 – Samardzija
    1 – Kershaw

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      have they watched Shark this year? Placing him higher than Wood, Dempster, and Garza?
      Better than Garza…seriously?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija with a 3 up, 3 down fifth inning on four pitches

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hannahan with a 3-run pinch-hit homer, Reds up 6-0

  • cubtex

    Rizzo 0-3 with 3K’s and 3 LOB. Ouch!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Vogelbach in the wings.

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

        A ball, unfortunately he isn’t in the building yet. Man Rizzo is really in a slump. He’s worked out of others. I believe it is important he works out of this one before year’s end.

        • cubtex

          How good would Andrew Cashner look now??? Seriously, I don’t know why Sveum put Rizzo back in the 3 spot. I would have kept him out of there the rest of the year. He has been awful in the 2nd half.

          • cubtex

            Small sample size but Rizzo batted 2nd for 5 games.

            28 PA .292 AVG .393 OBP

            Batting 3rd

            494 PA .219 AVG .314 OBP

            I don’t get it. Sveum has the numbers. He cannot handle hitting there. How much more obvious does it get?

          • 07GreyDigger

            He’d look so great. I mean I’d be waiting for his arm to fall off since he’s never pitched a full season without being on the DL…

          • cubtex

            24 games started this year and has gone deep into many of his starts. He would be the best starter on this Cubs staff if they would have held onto him. Coulda Woulda Shoulda.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            San Diego Stadium is great for Cashner…..Wrigley Field, not really.

          • cubtex

            98 mph plays anywhere

          • cubtex

            98 mph plays anywhere

          • CubbyDenCritic

            good fast ball,…. but Cashner deep fly balls are held within San Diego Park in the S. Calif night air……unlike SW wind at Wrigley.

          • cc002600

            you’re darn right.
            It makes a HUGE difference to pitch in that park.

            Cashner has done nothing so far in his career, except spend time on the DL

          • cubtex

            Let me put it this way. IF the Padres decide to trade Cashner in a year or 2…they will get a hell of a lot more for him than an Anthony Rizzo. The Padres would do that trade again in a heartbeat….can you honestly say the Cubs would(if you are being honest?)

          • Tony_Hall

            Why is everyone else not being honest, if they don’t agree with you?

            Let Cashner pitch a full season (next year would be his 1st) before annoited him the next great SP in baseball.

          • cubtex

            Quit putting words in my mouth!!! there you go again! Hahaha.

            Again, by saying he would be the best starting pitcher on the Cubs is not annointing him the best starting pitcher in baseball.

            But…..he is worth a hell of a lot more than Rizzo

          • Tony_Hall

            Your opinion….I said to wait a year before you do it :)

          • cubtex

            fair enough

          • SuzyS

            Cubtex, you are from the department of the redundancy department.
            Your views on the Rizzo/Cashner trade are well known into the ad nauseum department…please give it a rest.
            In addition, Cashner can become the ace you are spouting off about or he could be the next Angel Guzman that has great promise and major health issues.
            Rizzo can still turn the page and become the player we hoped for.
            Either way, your views are well known…and you are totally premature in making a judgement on the trade by at least 2-3 seasons.

          • cubtex

            So it is OK for fans to post ad nauseum on how it was a slam dunk win of trade at the start of the year?

          • SuzyS

            cubtex, I haven’t seen that many claim the trade was a slam dunk…any reasonable fan would give it more time before they make proclamations on whether the trade was a bust or not,
            Both teams took a risk in the trade. Cashner, a possible ace with major arm/health risks…and Rizzo with obvious talent, not quite put together and a major health risk (cancer), himself.

            I expect Rizzo to right his ship next season.
            I would like to see Rizzo hit .280 plus with 25 -30 HR.
            …and I believe he’s fully capable of that with adjustments and a better team around him.

          • cubtex

            I think .280 is way too optimistic for Rizzo.

          • SuzyS

            Again…your opinion…and this discussion could go on forever…it will be settled over time….and by actual performance over the years.
            BTW…my hope is that it is a win for both teams.
            In any case, Rizzo is down right now and Cashner is productive.
            Next season, it could be the other way around.

          • cubtex

            I hope you are right about Rizzo but I don’t see it. The need for starting pitching is so great. I was upset when Cashner was traded because of the lack of arms in the system. I was optimistic about Rizzo last year but the league has adjusted and he has not. He has soooo many holes in his swing. He is not a run producer and therefore we gave up a quality arm for a #6 hitter 1st baseman.

          • cc002600

            Suz, the trade was a slam dunk,
            for the cubs
            in the end, it won’t be close

          • cubtex

            By the way Suzy….what type of player do you hope for in Rizzo? I am just curious to hear what your expectations are?

          • cc02600

            COMPLETELY disagree.
            Cashner has proven NOTHING so far other than he gets hurt. He already has had shoulder problems. bad, bad sign.
            and oh, he is not exactly a young rookie anymore. He will be 28 next year.
            You’re telling me that when he’s 30, having spent more time on the DL (trust me, he will), he will be worth more than Rizzo at 26 ?
            Not in a million years.

          • cc002600

            by the way, take a look at his splits.
            His ERA is a full 2 runs higher on the road. So if you take him out of the best pitcher’s park in baseball, what exactly is he ? He’s a medicore #4 starter at best.
            I really don’t understand why you think he’s so great.
            I would take Rizzo a million times over

          • cubtex

            If that was directed at me…I went over that. Look at my previous post.

          • cubtex

            He turned 27 today. Happy Birthday! He is not a free agent till 2017. He will have a ton of value if he builds on this year. 98 mph starters don’t grow on trees

          • cc002600

            newsflash: Starting pitchers that throw 98 MPH that spend more time on the DL than not, are worth nothing.
            I’m still waiting for you to tell me what it is that he’s done so far to warrant your over the top praise.
            He is no longer a rookie !!
            I still don’t get it.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Not true. If you look at his home road splits, quite the story.

            Home: 2.14 ERA
            Away: 4.41 ERA

          • cubtex

            Look at his 2nd half compared to 1st half.

          • cubtex

            Remember he had that hunting accident and didn’t get many innings in spring training. He started out in bullpen and then was put in rotation end of April. He had 2 really bad starts both on road. One against Cubs(haha) on May 1st and the other against the Nats on July 5th. He has gotten stronger and better in the 2nd half.

          • cc002600

            sure.
            Then I guess its just coincidence that his ERA is 4.41 on the road and 2.14 at home.
            LOL

          • cc002600

            besides spend time on the DL, what exactly has Cashner done in his career so far ?

            sorry, still think the cubs will win that trade going away

          • cubtex

            based on what??? hoping Cashner gets hurt? Because that is the only way it turns into a win. Have you seen Rizzo this year?

          • cc002600

            what do you mean based on what ? He’s been up for 4 years now, he has spent the better part of 3 of those years on the DL. This year he has been relatively healthy, and he has 9 wins and 3.40 ERA. If he pitched in any other park besides the Grand Canyon, his ERA would be much higher. (look at his splits).
            He will be 28 next year,,he’s a medicore #4 start, at BEST.
            what am I missing ?

        • CubbyDenCritic

          I also think the Cubs will try to convert Canderlario as a first baseman.

          • cubtex

            I just hope Vitters gets some playing time there next year.

          • SuzyS

            I’d like to see Vitters positively contribute anywhere next season.
            To do that he must:
            1)Stay healthy on the field.
            2) Put up the minor league numbers he is capable of.
            3)Drop the entitlement attitude he had a few years ago.
            4)Impress management enough
            to give him a legitimate shot.

            That’s an awful lot to hope for…but I wish both Vitters and BJAX the best…and hope they can reach beyond our current expectations of them….given the other talent coming up around them.

    • paulcatanese

      He did not look good today, needs to lay off the low inside slider, not even strikes.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If Shark wants to be an “Ace”, he needs to cut down the pitch count…….114 pitches in less than 6 innings……Shark also needs to put up “W”s.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      yeah…what he said. same thing I have said most of the year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 6-0 to Reds on Wednesday afternoon – Jeff Samardzija: 6R, 8H (2 HR), 3BB, WP, 5K in 5.2 IP (114 pitches, 74 strikes)

    Castro: 1-3, BB; Castillo: 1-2, BB; Lake: 1-3, 2B; Schierholtz: 1-3, 2B; #Cubs offense: 0R, 6H, 4BB, 9K, 0-4 RISP, 7LOB, 3 GIDP

    The recap will post later today

  • CubbyDenCritic

    2013 Cubs Awards……
    Hitter of the Year……Navarro
    Pitcher of the Year…..T. Wood
    Defensive Player……..Castillo
    Rookie of Year……..Lake
    Most Improved Award…….Rusin
    Worst Player Award…….Lillibridge
    Best Mid Season Addition……Murphy
    Surprise of the Year…….Gregg
    Disappointment of the Year……..Entire Cubs Team
    Hottest Looking Cubs Player Wife…….Kim Dejesus
    “Don’t Let the Door Hit You When You Leave” Award ………..Ian Stewart
    “Hardly Even Knew You” Award……Burnett
    Over-rated Award……..Samardzija
    Most Missed Player That Was Traded…….No One

    • 07GreyDigger

      You could argue hitter of the year award for Schierholtz and Sweeney. Especially if you’re using small sample sizes like Navarro.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        it was a tough decision….Schierholtz would have ben the easier choice, but I thought overall, Navarro went beyond what everyone thought. ..and I base Navarro’s future numbers if he was a full time player.

    • SuzyS

      “Hardly Even Knew You” award…Thomas Neal
      and a host of others.
      Worst Player??? …Marmol….and another host of others.

  • cubtex

    Tampa Rays are in free fall. Should be a good race for that last wild card spot in the AL.

    Baltimore 1.5 games back

    Cleveland 2

    Yanks 2

    Cleveland has a cupcake schedule the last 2 weeks of season.

    Rays were percentage points ahead of Red Sox for 1st place in AL East
    after play August 24. Since: 4-12, 2.6 runs/game, .180 BA w/ RISP

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