Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 04/29/14

Game Twenty-Five – Cubs (8-16) vs. Reds (11-14)

  • Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185, 844
  • Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Jeff Samardzija (0-2, 1.53/1.10/2.78) vs. Alfredo Simon (3-1, 1.30/0.94/3.88)

Weather permitting … Monday’s rainout has turned the Cubs three-game series in Cincinnati to a two-game set if weather permits it. The Cubs decided to keep the rotation in order and will send Jeff Samardzija to the hill against Alfredo Simon. Edwin Jackson will now face lefty Tony Cingrani in the finale on Wednesday night.

The Cubs make their first trip of the season to the Queen City in their second series of the year with the Redlegs. The Cubs lost two of three to Bryan Price’s team last week at Wrigley Field. As has been the case over the last two years with all of the teams in the NL Central, the Cubs have really had problems with the Reds. The Cubs managed five wins against the Reds last season (5-14) but four of the five victories came in the nine games at Great American Ball Park (4-5).

The Cubs are 3-8 on the road this season and will face a Reds team that begins play tonight one game under .500 at home. The Reds are starting to get healthy and will have to start playing better ball if they want to keep up with the Brewers and Cardinals.

Right handers have had more success this season than left handers against Alfredo Simon. Right handers are hitting .208/.240/.314 while lefties have managed a .137/.254/.203 slash line. Over the course of Simon’s career, right handers have hit .262/.322/.405 while left handed hitters have managed a .254/.331/.367 line. Rick Renteria will likely use the same starting lineup tonight that was announced for Monday’s contest. Renteria had a starting nine of: Emilio Bonifacio (CF), Ryan Kalish (RF), Anthony Rizzo (1B), Starlin Castro (SS), Luis Valbuena (3B), Welington Castillo (C), Ryan Sweeney (LF), Darwin Barney (2B) and Jeff Samardzija (P).

The Cubs have scored 21 runs while Samardzija has been in the game over his last 10 starts. If the offense is able to give him any support tonight, and if he has a late lead late, it will be interesting to see how much he campaigns to stay in and try to wrap it up himself.

Tonight all starts with Jeff Samardzija …

Jeff Samardzija was very good last Wednesday and could benefit from the extra day of rest. Samardzija should have picked up his first win since Aug. 30 (11 starts) but the bullpen, and defense, imploded on the 100th Anniversary of the first game at Wrigley Field. A frustrated Samardzija received a no decision after allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in a season-high 7 1/3 innings. Samardzija was not as good against the Diamondbacks as he had been in his previous four starts, but he still put his team in position to win the game … and was even in line to pick-up a game winning RBI.

Samardzija has completed at least seven innings in each of his five starts and is coming off a season-high 7 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks the last time out. Samardzija is throwing strikes and has maintained a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio (27 strikeouts, nine walks in 35 1/3 innings) which is key to any starting pitcher having success. And while the strikeout totals may be down, he is pitching deeper into games and is still giving up less hits (30) than innings pitched (35 1/3).

Jeff Samardzija had a good outing against the Reds back on April 18 at Wrigley Field. Samardzija was hung with the loss after allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings.

For his career, Samardzija is 1-4 in 22 games, eight starts, against the Reds with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP … at Great American Ball Park, Samardzija is 1-3 in 10 games, four starts, with a 5.52 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Joey Votto: 6-for-28 with two doubles and five walks
  • Brandon Phillips: 7-for-31
  • Jay Bruce: 7-for-25 with four doubles and three walks
  • Zack Cozart: 6-for-24 with one double and one walk
  • Todd Frazier: 6-for-19 with one double, two home runs and four walks
  • Roger Bernadina: 2-for-12
  • Chris Heisey: 3-for-7
  • Ryan Ludwick: 2-for-6
  • Billy Hamilton: 1-for-4 with one double
  • Alfredo Simon: 0-for-3
  • Ramon Santiago: 0-for-2

Alfredo Simon followed up his stellar outing against the Cubs with an even better start in Pittsburgh. Simon held the Pirates to two runs on four hits but he issued five walks while striking out only four batters. Simon and the Reds still picked up the win against the struggling Pirates and he will look to keep his strong start to his season going tonight against the Cubs.

Simon beat Samardzija and the Cubs on April 18 after allowing one unearned run on four hits. Simon issued two walks and struck out four batters in six innings.

Alfredo Simon makes his second start of the year in his home park tonight. Simon lost his other outing after he allowed one run on five hits in eight innings to the Rays.

Tonight is Simon’s second career start against the Cubs. Alfredo Simon is 2-0 in 11 appearances, one start, with a 2.16 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Alfredo Simon

  • Ryan Sweeney: 1-for-9 with one walk
  • Starlin Castro: 2-for-9 with one double
  • Darwin Barney: 3-for-6
  • Nate Schierholtz: 0-for-5
  • Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-5
  • Emilio Bonifacio: 1-for-3 with one walk
  • Luis Valbuena: 2-for-3 with one double, one home run and one walk
  • Welington Castillo: 1-for-3 with one double
  • Junior Lake: 0-for-3
  • John Baker: 1-for-2
  • Jeff Samardzija: 0-for-2

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Bonifacio CF
    Kalish RF
    Rizzo 1B
    Castro SS
    Valbuena 3B
    Castillo C
    Sweeney LF
    Barney 2B
    Samardzija P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reds have already announced tonight’s game will not start on time.

    • Roland Bowman

      Clearly they are afraid of the Cubs.

  • cc002600

    so much for Olt playing everyday. Unless I’m missing something, I have not seen a change since Renteria declared that Olt would see most of the playing time at 3B.

    Unless his shoulder is bothering him again, I don’t get it.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    First pitch scheduled for 6:30pm CDT

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Does Ricky know Olt is a righty?

    • Tony_H

      I get that you like to complain every day about the lineups, but I don’t get this one.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        I get that you are never wrong and can never accept another’s opinion over your own, but since righties have done as good, if not better, against this P, and Olt is not in the lineup, yet the light-hitting lefty Sweeney is in.

        Put Olt at 3rd, Valbuena can play 2B…better OBP than Sweeney…Boni can switch hit in CF, Lake and Kalish can have the other OF spots.

        Sweeney and Schierholtz are not part of the future, they are not productive players, and they don’t entertain me as fans, so I don’t want to see them.

        Go ahead…explain why I am wrong, and excuse me when I don’t bother to reply.

        • Tony_H

          Wow, you might have some anger issues. I was not getting why you were stating something as sarcastic as does Ricky know Olt is RH. I am sure all of your lineups would be better the managers, you obviously put in more time and research than he does.

    • cubtex

      Yes. Ricky also knows he is hitting .143 against righties too with 16 K’s in 38 PA

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        going into the game, Olt had 99 career PA. Fair to say you don’t know what you have yet. Castro had 6x as many PA just last year alone, but we all believe his performance last year isn’t reflective of his actual talent and what his final career numbers will be.

        Sweeney has about 2000 PA’s…pretty sure you know what he is, and he isn’t part of the young/potential future. You need to let Olt succeed or fail, because it has a domino effect on what you do with Bryant.

        The current lineups (not starting Kalish, Olt, and Lake together) haven’t resulted in wins, and they don’t develop the future, so I don’t see the point in them. my opinion, and it won’t change.

        • cubtex

          Understood but Olt has more PA against righties than lefties thus far and it is a big difference. He will get worked in more. He struggled against righties in ST too. It’s not going to change by playing him everyday now. It’s best for Olt to have Renteria pick his spots until he starts showing some improvement.

          • Ripsnorter1

            And I don’t think Olt will improve vs RHP…so how to fix him? He’s not going to improve on the bench. And I do get the idea of not destroying his confidence by having him strike out continually vs RHP. But how to fix him? Impossible?

          • cubtex

            They will eventually give him the opportunity to sink or swim but by sitting him now and giving him time to watch and learn and adjust will give Olt his best shot once he is inserted in the lineup everyday. I feel as if he would have no chance right now(and so does Renteria) on another note- Bulls can’t score! This series is hard to watch!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game on after a 19-minute delay

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Walk to Hamilton, stolen base and wild pitch. Hamilton on third and Samardzija walks Votto

    • Roland Bowman

      That should have been strike three on Votto. It had the inside corner.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Agreed

  • Roland Bowman

    They are hitting him hard. Luckily two were caught. Hopefully he settles down.

  • Roland Bowman

    I know Rizzo slipped, but Shark needs to get over to first.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Bingo

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    Cubs absolutely need to trade samadrtgnjinga

  • Roland Bowman

    I would like to see Sweeney make him throw a strike before he swings.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro delivers … 2-run single to center

  • Roland Bowman

    A hit with runners in scoring position for Castro. I like the aggressive sending of runners home.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs pull off a double steal with Rizzo and Castro

  • Roland Bowman

    Wow Rizzo with a huge lead. I still wonder how smart that was though. I guess it was smart since they were safe. But you don’t want to make the last out at third.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castillo threw out Hamilton

  • Tony_H

    Nice play by Barney, didn’t think he had a chance!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Simon put a charge in that one. Excellent catch by Bonifacio

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game put into a delay after four innings. This is not an official game.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game is getting ready to resume

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game back on

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hamilton ties the game at two in the fifth with his first big league home run

    • John_CC

      Jeff sure has a hard time with him. Or I could say Billy sure doesn’t have any problems with Jeff.

      At any rate this the pitcher that makes the point that he is not an ace.

      • BillyFinT

        It’s one at bat from one game, man.

        • John_CC

          He’s 3 for 3 now. I was thinking that he had quite a few hits the first time they played this year. Maybe its just the impression I have.

          • BillyFinT

            A good player owns another good player. That’s fine. I’m not saying Shark’s an ace. He’s been solid. Not great, but hey, he’ll be paid accordingly.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reds take the lead … here comes the rain again

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs and Reds game put into a delay for the third time tonight. Reds lead the game 3-2 with 2 outs in the bottom of the sixth.

    • Zonk

      Radar looks ominous….there’s a good chance that’s it for tonight

    • BillyFinT

      It’s pouring in New York; the game goes on. Some rain in Chicago; it goes on. I don’t know how’s Cincy doing.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Word from the park … They’re going to try to resume play eventually even though it’s still raining. Tarp coming off. For now.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    More info from the park … Reds say they “hope” to play in 20 minutes.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game resumes …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs and Reds resume play after one hour and 11 minute rain delay, third delay of the night. Cubs trail 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rick Renteria has been ejected from the game in the bottom of the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rain is picking up again

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    barney with one of his more authoritative hits as of late…

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Olt just hit a foul to Pittsburgh I think…

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Olt with a good AB against a righty…unfortunately a diving catch just makes the stats look like he can’t hit righties still.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hamilton robbed Olt of a hit.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Strop escaping his own jam

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 3-2 to the Reds on Tuesday night … Jeff Samardzija: 3R, 8H, 4BB, WP, 4K in 5.2 IP (109 pitches, 67 strikes)

    Castro: 1-4, 2RBI, SB; Bonifacio: 2-5, R; Kalish: 2-4, R; Rizzo: 0-3, BB, SB

  • GaryLeeT

    Prior to tonight’s game, Samardzija was the first pitcher in more than 100 seasons, with five consecutive starts of seven or more innings pitched, while giving up two or fewer runs, without earning at least one victory. This year’s team will set MANY records in futility.