Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 04/23/14

Game Twenty – Cubs/Federals (7-12) vs. Diamondbacks/Packers (5-18)

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

Jeff Samardzija (0-2, 1.29/1.07/2.79) vs. Wade Miley (2-2, 4.35/1.26/4.24)

The Cubs will shoot for their third win in a row on a very special day for the old ballyard at the corner of Clark and Addison.

Photo from first game at Weeghman Park in 1914.

Photo from first game at Weeghman Park in 1914.

On April 23, 1914 the Chicago Whales of the Federal League played the Kansas City Packers at the first ever game at Weeghman Park. The Whales topped the Packers 9-1 with Art Wilson hitting two home runs for the Whales, the first longballs hit at what is now known as Wrigley Field. The Cubs played the franchise’s first game at Weeghman Park nearly two years later (April 20, 1916). The field was later named Cubs Park before taking on the name ‘Wrigley Field’ in 1926.

1914 Chicago Federals (Whales) Jersey

1914 Chicago Federals (Whales) Jersey

The Cubs and Diamondbacks will honor Wrigley Field turning 100 years old today with both teams wearing throwback uniforms. The Cubs will wear Chicago Federals jerseys and the D-Backs agreed to be the Kansas City Federals for a day.

Due to pre-game ceremonies, the first pitch will not be made until 1:30pm CDT this afternoon.

The Cubs will honor several of the players of the past in pre-game ceremonies in which the players will take the spots on the field they once occupied.

Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ferguson Jenkins, Andre Dawson, Kerry Wood, Ryan Dempster, Bobby Dernier, Lee Smith, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley, Gary Matthews Sr. and Milt Pappas, along with Ron Santo’s grandsons, Sam and Spencer Brown, are among the players that are expected to be introduced today. Relatives of Charles Weeghman are expected to attend as well as MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

Once the game begins, Mike Olt is expected to be at third base this afternoon with Darwin Barney at second and Emilio Bonifacio in center behind Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs have a chance to win their first series since last September (Sept. 9-11) with a victory this afternoon.

Rick Renteria should load his lineup with right handers today. Righties have hit .264/.319/.382 against Wade Miley while lefties have hit only .246/.285/.345 against Miley in just a little more than a fourth of the plate appearances.

This afternoon it all starts with Jeff Samardzija …

Jeff Samardzija has shown up in each of his four starts this year and while he has not received any run support he has been consistent from his first pitch to his last. Samardzija has completed seven innings in all four starts and has allowed a total of four earned runs on 23 hits in 28 innings. Samardzija has issued only seven walks while striking out 22 batters. Samardzija surrendered three runs, one earned, on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts against the Reds the last time out.

Samardzija has pitched extremely well in two starts at Wrigley this season. Samardzija has allowed five runs, three earned, on 12 hits with five walks and 15 strikeouts in 12 innings.

Jeff Samardzija goes for his first win this afternoon against the team that has been trying to pry him away from the Cubs for nearly a year. Samardzija is 0-1 in eight career appearances, three starts, against the Diamondbacks with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. Samardzija faced the D-Backs twice a year ago and did not receive a decision while posting a 4.50 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP (seven runs on 13 hits with nine walks and 16 strikeouts in 12 innings … and one dust up with Kirk Gibson).

Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Martin Prado: 2-for-13 with one walk
  • Paul Goldschmidt: 0-for-6 with four walks
  • Gerardo Parra: 3-for-7 with one home run and two walks
  • Miguel Montero: 3-for-6 with one triple and two walks
  • Cody Ross: 0-for-5 with two walks
  • A.J. Pollock: 2-for-4
  • Eric Chavez: 1-for-3
  • Aaron Hill: 1-for-3 with one home run
  • Mark Trumbo: 1-for-3 with one home run

Wade Miley is coming off a very good outing against the Dodgers and his team is 3-2 in the five games he’s started this year. Miley held the Dodgers to one run on two hits in six-plus innings. Miley walked five batters and struck out eight. The only mistake he made was serving up a solo homer to Scott Van Slyke in the seventh inning.

1914 Kansas City Packers Jersey

1914 Kansas City Packers Jersey

One bad start has skewed Miley’s numbers and he has been just about unhittable in the two starts he’s made this season outside of Phoenix. Miley knows how to pitch and has performed much better than his traditional stats indicate.

Wade Miley is 2-1 in three career starts against the Cubs with a 3.57 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. Miley has limited the Cubs to 15 hits with six walks and 18 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings. Miley was 1-1 in two starts versus the Cubs a year ago with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. This afternoon is Miley’s second start at Wrigley. Miley is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP after allowing seven runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Cubs Career Numbers against Wade Miley

  • Starlin Castro: 2-for-10 with one double and one walk
  • Darwin Barney: 3-for-8 with one double and one walk
  • Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-8 with one double
  • Welington Castillo: 2-for-5 with one double and one walk
  • Justin Ruggiano: 0-for-4 with two walks
  • Junior Lake: 1-for-4
  • Emilio Bonifacio: 0-for-3
  • Nate Schierholtz: 1-for-3 with one double
  • Luis Valbuena: 0-for-2

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Bonifacio CF
    Lake LF
    Rizzo 1B
    Ruggiano RF
    Castro SS
    Olt 3B
    Castillo C
    Barney 2B
    Samardzija P

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

    Kris Bryant looks to really be pushing himself at AA. Wonder if he’ll spend his whole season in the minors or get called up? Guess we’ll know when he starts playing some outfield. With his college career included, it seems to me he’s better prepared than some. I hope he could come up sometime in the summer.

    • Zonk

      FO seems committed to players clearing a level before advancing, so he’ll need time at AAA. Service time will factor heavily in the timing. He’s also NOT on the 40-man, so we would have to clear space there.

      I feel like we won’t see Bryant this year at Wrigley, for 40-man and service time reasons

    • Tony_H

      I think Bryant is the type of player that doesn’t follow the normal time line. I am not sure he needs AAA and definitely not 500 AB’s. He could force his way up this year, but he will need to dominate more than he is now.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Pre-game ceremony was well done … bravo.

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    God I wish Barney could hit at least .240

  • Craig York

    The Feds are flashing some leather today!

  • GaryLeeT

    Ruggiano hasn’t even gotten a ball to the warning track on a fly this year, so let’s bat him clean-up.

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

      Olt or Lake would give protection better for Rizzo.

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    Shark better tighten up.

  • Roland Bowman

    That whole double play attempt looked bad,

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Agreed, Samardzija’s low throw started it off poorly … and they just missed another one. Cost them a run.

  • Roland Bowman

    Nice play to end the inning by Castro.

  • Roland Bowman

    The 2nd and 3rd inning the Cubs are playing sloppy.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      They are working counts, 59 pitches for Miley after three innings.

      • Roland Bowman

        That has been pretty consistent all year. I have really liked that. I was referring to the play in the field. But the 4rth inning looked good.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Agreed on the defense in the 2nd and 3rd

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney with an excellent stop to take away a hit from Montero

  • Roland Bowman

    Their third baseman got a good hop to bare hand. I thought it would be an infield hit for Ruggiano

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent bunt by Barney .. Olt scored on the safety squeeze

  • Craig York

    I wish Barney could hit a little more! Love the way he plays the game.

    • BillyFinT

      Damn! I hate this team when I can’t watch them playing a good ballgame !!

      • Craig York

        Pretty good game so far. Finally got the Shark some support.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija with a sac fly and a little bat flip

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Cubs have manufactured three runs

  • GaryLeeT

    There is no shame from winning ugly.

    • John_CC

      Not watching, what do you think is ugly about it?

      • GaryLeeT

        Cubs playing small ball, and scoring on Dbacks poor fielding.

        • GaryLeeT

          Until now.

        • John_CC

          Its called manufacturing runs. And we should be happy to see the Cubs do it.

          • GaryLeeT

            Runs scored on errors are gifts, and I would not call them manufactured, but we are happy to have those too. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I like to see hard hit balls that are squared up.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ruggiano with a 2-run shot to right center. First HR as a Cub

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

    Man just read the SI article on Sherzer. Great stuff! Just shows how many pitchers take a long time to develop fully. His whole career he was projected as MOR starter at best. Now look at him! Maybe the Cubs can swoop in and make him an offer? Although he is gonna want a ton of years for a 30 year old.

  • BosephHeyden

    D-Backs may be the best team to end the month against. And it’s good that Renteria is starting the right guys against them. Get them comfortable about beating up major league pitching, end the month on a high note, and let them start May off against better pitching with a more positive outlook.

    This team has the chance to be not horrible to end the year, if they do this right.

  • Zonk

    Nice job by Shark, but after 108 pitches and that double to Goldschmidt, why is he still in the game? 2-0 count to Montero as I write this….

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Third missed DP by defense. Olt recovers gets the out and Rondon gets out of the jam.

  • Zonk

    3-run lead, and you walk the leadoff batter on 4 pitches. Strop is going to remind us all of Marmol…….nasty when he throws strikes, but ulcer-inducing in the meantime

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro has played good ball in the field this season. He rushed the play with Campana running.

  • John_CC

    Russell?????

    • John_CC

      ….speechless

      • brent carmona

        Montero batted under .200 last year vs LHP, for what it’s worth…I dunno though. I’m Speechless too.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Not trying to kick a man when he’s down, but I thought Ruggiano should have caught that ball.

          • Andy Turner

            I am sorry the guy got hurt but he really should have caught the ball… and I thought he didnt make a decent attempt at the line drive in front of him just before that… tough tough way to lose.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            It is really difficult to be critical of a player after he is hurt, especially the way Ruggiano was today. But I agree with you 100 percent.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And there goes the lead. Game tied at five with the go ahead run on third.

    • Zonk

      We still can’t beat the Packers!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ruggiano is really hurt. His rough day in the outfield has ended with an injury.

    • Zonk

      What happened?

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

        Is he like out for a time hurt?

        • Zonk

          If Ruggiano goes on the DL, Cubs probably have to call up an OF. And without a 40-man move, it would have to be Szczur or Vitters. Coughlan is the most logical choice, but someone would have to be 60-day DL’ed or DFA’ed to make that happen

          • Zonk

            Another option I suppose is Logan Watkins; he’s on the 40-man. Bonifacio could play more OF with Ruggiano on DL.

          • Tony_H

            Expect Vitters if they don’t want to make a 40 man roster move or a vet like Coghlan if they do.

          • Zonk

            Might as well….time to swim or cut bait

          • Eugene Debs

            Is there a chance they go with a short bench (mainly possible due to the versatility of Bonifacio, Valbuena, and to an extent Olt and Barney) and bring up another pitcher? God knows our bullpen could use some help.

          • Tony_H

            I like that. I was for an 8 man pen to start the year and if the timing was better it would allow them to bring up Arrieta without sending anyone down.

          • Tom U

            Tony, Coghlan also bats left-handed

          • Tony_H

            I know, but if they don’t want to call up a young guy, who else is there except pulling Darnell McDonald out of retirement. And I don’t think any of us want that.

          • Tom U

            I understand, but like I said, the better player would be Valaika. He’s doing well, on a roll, has big league experience, plays multiple positions, and hits right-handed

          • Tony_H

            A case can be made for many options on this one. It will be interesting to see which way they go.

          • Tom U

            Agreed

        • Tom U

          Most likely replacement would be Logan Watkins.

          Watikins is hitting .289/HR/4RBI/2SB and has been seeing most of his time in the outfield.

          Szczur batting only ,246/HR/8RBI/5SB, and this is his first exposure at Triple-A. Probably won’t be moved.

          Vitters hitting .237/2HR/9RBI/SB, but has limited experience in the outfield.

          Outside shot is Chris Valaika. The utility infielder is batting .340/HR/9RBI but will have to be added to the 40 man roster.

          • Tony_H

            How would adding a LH hitting Watkins who has spent 5 games in the OF this year (spent most of his time at SS while Baez was out, but on the bench otherwise) be a better fit than Vitters who is RH (like Ruggiano) and has been starting and played 16 games in the OF this year?

          • Tom U

            Not saying it is a better fit, its just that the numbers are there.

            Bonifacio is a switch-hitter, so that’s where some of the right-handed at bats will come from.

            Vitters has a total of only 19 games in the outfield in his career, while Watkins has 67. Watkins is also considered to be very good defensively in the outfield, while Vitters is still learning.

            Watkins is on roll, hitting .393 in his last 10 games, while Vitters is slumping, batting .152 over the same period.

            The numbers look good for Watkins, but you never can tell with a roster move like this.

          • Tony_H

            I was thinking more of just replacing the role Ruggiano had on the team. I think they go with Coghlan and just cut one of the guys at the bottom of the 40 man. But Watkins could very well be a super utility type guy for the Cubs soon. The game I went to in Iowa, Watkins played short and looked good enough be a back-up.

          • BillyFinT

            I concur. I’m a Logan Watkins advocate. Let him play. Platoon him. Defensively replace with him. I don’t care. This rebuilding club needs younger guys to prove they can lose a job, not let the job loses another youth!

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

            I don’t want it to be Vitters yet because I still think he has a long term shot but bringing him up before he gets in a groove at AAA probably isn’t best for him. Coghlan seems to make the most since. Maybe the burgher lights will help him.

            Hope it means more time for Kalish. Like to see he and Lake play 25 games in a month so we can really start I get a handle on their capability.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        When he went for the bloop from Hill, he slid, hurt his hamstring, appeared to me, and had to be helped off the field.

  • Ben Thoman

    It’s time for Rondon to be the closer!

    • John_CC

      Viscaino.

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

        Agreed John…

        • John_CC

          I know they are being careful with him…but i want him up tomorrow!

          • Zonk

            Kevin Gregg throws strikes, and is available. Just sayin’

    • Eugene Debs

      Edwin Jackson.

  • John_CC

    So freaking lame!

    What happened to Rosscup? Russell should NOT be allowed in a one run game, particularly in that spot.

    Awful, disgusting loss.

  • brent carmona

    @baseball_ref: Jeff is only pitcher in the last 100 yrs to go 7+ IP & allow 2 ER or fewer in his 1st 5 GS of a season and not earn a win

    Kill the win stat!

    • John_CC

      what a meaningless stat. Not the W per say, but that is arguable, the 100 year, 7+ blah blah blah…who cares!

      • brent carmona

        I feel you, it just popped out of nowhere on twitter and wanted to share. Not like you need alot of evidence to put down the win stat anyways..

  • Denver Mike

    Strop forgot the “C” in his title, and was just a “_loser” today. Deep down I should have known that when the heat got turned up on him, he would fold. He walked the bases loaded on what, like 14 pitches?

  • Eugene Debs

    Wow, that was brutal.

  • The Dude Abides

    One of the few games I could catch and it was a classic ending to the 100 year anniversary. Maybe Wrigley is the curse…