Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 04/30/14

Game Twenty-Six – Cubs (8-17) vs. Reds (12-14)

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

Edwin Jackson (1-2, 5.02/1.64/3.26) vs. Tony Cingrani (2-2, 2.86/1.24/3.48)

The five-game, two-city road trip comes to an end tonight with the Cubs in search of a win. The Cubs are 1-3 on the trip so far with one game left to play. The weather looks like it is going to cooperate tonight, but the offense will not get a breather with lefty Tony Cingrani on the hill.

The Cubs offense has really struggled on this trip with the exception of Starlin Castro. Castro followed up his two-homer game on Sunday with a two-run single on Tuesday. Several of the players are grinding out at bats and getting on base, but the team is not able to string together enough singles to put runs on the board. And until the Cubs have more than a couple of players in the lineup that can square up the ball on a consistent basis, the run totals will remain low while the numbers of men left on base increases.

Tonight it all starts with Edwin Jackson …

Edwin Jackson is technically coming off his first quality start of the season. Jackson gave up three runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in seven innings to the Diamondbacks. Jackson gave up all three runs in the first two innings and put his team in a hole they could not get out of. Jackson has really struggled over the first couple of innings of each of his starts this season, and if the pattern repeats itself tonight, it could be a quick hook for Jackson with Carlos Villanueva available in the pen.

Jackson picked up his first win of the season back on April 19 against the Reds at Wrigley, the Cubs only victory over the team from Cincinnati this season. Jackson received a ton of run support and allowed two runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

For his career, Jackson is 3-1 in six starts against the Reds with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Jackson is 1-0 in two starts at Great American Ball Park with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Joey Votto: 7-for-18 with two doubles, two home runs and one walk
  • Jay Bruce: 3-for-16 with one double and one walk
  • Ryan Ludwick: 3-for-14 with two doubles and one walk
  • Brandon Phillips: 4-for-14 with one double and one walk
  • Zack Cozart: 1-for-12
  • Chris Heisey: 1-for-8 with one walk
  • Ramon Santiago: 2-for-9 with one double
  • Todd Frazier: 3-for-9
  • Brayan Pena: 4-for-9 with one double and one home run
  • Roger Bernadina: 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Billy Hamilton: 2-for-4
  • Tony Cingrani: 0-for-2

Tony Cingrani bounced back from his loss against the Cubs at Wrigley Field with a win his last time out in Pittsburgh. Cingrani held the Pirates to one run on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in six innings of work. Cingrani has thrown the ball extremely well this season, but when he’s had problems it’s been with teams that have made him work.

The Cubs beat Cingrani on April 19 after scoring three runs on four hits with four walks against him. Cingrani struck out three batters before departing after five innings. The Cubs have not been working the count of late. It will be interesting to see if the same game plan will be used tonight that was successful 11 days ago.

Tony Cingrani has been just about unhittable in his home park this year. In two starts, Cingrani has allowed two runs on seven hits with five walks and 15 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings (1.35 ERA, 0.90 WHIP).

Tonight will be Cingrani’s sixth career start against the Cubs. Cingrani is 1-2 in the first five with a 4.39 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Tony Cingrani

  • Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-10 with one double and two walks
  • Starlin Castro: 1-for-12
  • Welington Castillo: 1-for-10 with one home run
  • Darwin Barney: 0-for-9 with one walk
  • Junior Lake: 1-for-3 with a double and one walk
  • Emilio Bonifacio: 2-for-3
  • Ryan Sweeney: 1-for-3
  • Edwin Jackson: 0-for-2
  • Mike Olt: 1-for-2 with one home run

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a big fly, #4 a 2-run shot

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bryant grounded back to Kershaw in his first at bat, reached on an error

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Edwin Jackson simply will not pitch with a lead, always gives any runs right back.

    • GaryLeeT

      Always. He’s definitely a clubhouse leader…… in spirit crushing.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      he pitches better as the underdog…

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      to shark/wood/hammel, it must be like hungry people watching perfectly prepared steaks and pizzas getting thrown in the trash. You know they are thinking “wtf??? I never get leads like this!”

  • Sonate

    Pitch FX showed that 3 of the four “balls” called by the ump against Bruce were strikes.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      They were close, Votto and Frazier crushed those balls. Elevated, right down middle.

  • cubtex

    How much longer can they continue to start this stiff? It reminds me of the Carlos Silva situation that the Mariners had.

    • GaryLeeT

      Ha! Good one. Hey, doesn’t that mean Seattle owes the Cubs a favor?

    • John_CC

      I’d rather see villanueva get the starts than Jackson at this point. He may not be much better but I dont care. Jackson needs to go….anywhere else.

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

        The bullpen?

        • John_CC

          Its the first option, I reckon.

          But he seems to have kept them in the game, I admit I have a short leash for patience with Jackson these days. I just came back inside and am pleasantly surprised.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a RBI single

    • cubtex

      He has been producing in the 4 hole the last week!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        He sure has. Great to see.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney drops a perfect throw from Castillo. Bruce should be out. Instead another stolen base on Castillo’s record that should have been an out.

    • Sonate

      You could put the “perfect” in all caps. Did Barney take his eye off the ball, or did he not start to the bag quickly enough?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        The ball was on the mark. I am not sure what you are asking. Replays actually showed, after I left my comment, that Barney did not catch the ball. He stopped it with his glove as Bruce slid in.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bryant grounded out to short in second at bat against Kershaw

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      not striking out at least…he was getting K’s at a high rate in ST, and the K rate is still a bit high, but his avg and OBP and OPS are all great, so the bottom-line is he is producing!

  • GaryLeeT

    Jackson again, can’t help his own cause, and delivers another failed sacrifice. 0fer 2014

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a nice slide to get the run

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bryant was caught looking at a 1-2 pitch in his third at bat against Kershaw. Video is not available, Mick Gillispie said the ball was outside and not a strike.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    bringing in Schlitter with a 1-run lead? Probably our weakest RP…can’t we save him for situations when we have more of a cushion?

    • Eugene Debs

      Schlitter has only had one bad game all year. He’s actually been very effective. This is his 8th appearance. Six were scoreless.

  • Sonate

    Yanking Jackson with two out and no one on? He was under 90 pitches. This seems like over-managing, unless someone with better intuition can enlighten me.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Didn’t Pena take Jackson deep earlier in the game?

    • Eugene Debs

      It worked?

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

    Kalish’s average has crept back up over .280. Given his very limited playing time it’s impressive. I really hope he starts to get more time with Ruggiano out.

  • BigJonLilJon

    If we hold this lead, who comes on in the 9th? Rondon I’m thinking

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Hoyer and Renteria said yesterday Rondon will have the opportunity to pitch the ninth.

      • BigJonLilJon

        Thanks. Didn’t hear that but I think it’s deserving

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          You’re more than welcome

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Frazier swung … no call.

    • BigJonLilJon

      2nd bad no call of the at bat

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Blew that 96 mph fastball past him though.

  • Tony_H

    Nice inning for Ramirez!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Ramirez has three strikeouts in the majors … Braun, Bruce and Frazier.

      • Tony_H

        That’s pretty impressive in just 2 innings. And let’s face it he struck out Frazier twice.

  • BigJonLilJon

    Ramirez looks great !!!!

  • JimBo_C

    First time I have seen Ramirez. He has a live arm and attacks the hitters.

    • BigJonLilJon

      Nice tight spin on that 96 mph heater!!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with his fourth walk of the night

    • John_CC

      Putting on his best Votto impersonation?

      • Tony_H

        I was thinking the same thing. I would take that OBP for sure!

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

          He has incredible zone awareness for a guy his age. It will serve him very, very well as he gets older.

        • John_CC

          The key is getting a hitter behind him to punish the walks. Castro is really stepping up and I love it. Ideally, if Rizzo continues like this he should be in the 2 hole.

  • Eugene Debs

    Very good work by the bullpen so far. Can we close it out?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro just missed a homer to center

    • BigJonLilJon

      Rizzo and Castro with nice night

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Agreed, they’ve both had a good month.

        • BigJonLilJon

          Add Castillo to that list also

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Agrees with the addition

  • Tony_H

    Uh oh, Castro came up limping on his left knee.

    • BigJonLilJon

      Left him in game. Must be fine???!!!

      • Tony_H

        I think he just tweaked it as he rounded first, after kind of being in a HR trot then realizing as he got close to first, he needed to turn it up a bit to get a double.

        • BigJonLilJon

          Don’t want to jinx him but can you imagine the fans begging for Baez if Castro went down?? Would get ugly!!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Castro ran well around third.

  • BigJonLilJon

    Is it just me or does Olt seem to be over swinging? Swing for fences every at bat lately

    • Eugene Debs

      The .164 average agrees with you.

      • BigJonLilJon

        I’ve been among the people wanting Olt in every day but he seems to be trying to do to much

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with a 2-run single

  • Tony_H

    Not sure if anyone has noticed, and if I didn’t have him in fantasy I might not of, but the 6th pick in the 2011 draft, just 3 spots in front of Baez was college player Anthony Rendon. After hitting just 265/329/396 last year in almost 400 PA’s, expectations were lowered for him. But this year he is now hitting 319/355/549 after tonights 4 hit night with 2 2B’s and a Home Run.

    • John_CC

      Most likely only other fantasy owners would have noticed this Tony. But thanks, this is my first year not playing in a long time…I miss the league wide knowledge of everybody’s stats!

      • Tony_H

        Fun trying to pick out players like this that you feel has some upside and then hitting the jackpot.

        • John_CC

          I agree. My favorite part was picking up the right guy on after a hot April who went on to carry the team. Aaron Hill in 2011 comes to mind. I had a few others that led me to championships.

          • Tony_H

            Always hard to know if it is just a hot start and then back to normal or if it is career year time. But that’s what makes this game so great.

    • BigJonLilJon

      Haven’t seen a lot of him. For real or SSS?

      • Tony_H

        No, he is the real deal. Not to this level, but he is a future all-star, very likely this year. Another example of BPA approach, as the Nationals were questioned for drafting a 3B of this level when they had just signed Zimmerman to a long extension.

        • cubtex

          Rendon slipped in the draft. He was projected to go higher. No one questioned Nats drafting him in fact I was hoping he was going to be there for the Cubs. He was the best college bat in draft out of Rice.

          • Tony_H

            There were questions about the position redundancy, not that he was worthy of the pick.

  • Tony_H

    Is the howling like dogs by drunk fans happening at more and more parks, or is it just nights when there are less fans that you can hear it.

  • BigJonLilJon

    Where’s all this offense coming from this inning??? Wow

    • Tony_H

      Via Sean Marshall, the overpaid 30 something relief pitcher who has lost a notch or two on his pitches.

      • BigJonLilJon

        I think your correct. Was trying to be positive. Poor Rondon…. No save opportunity now.

        • Tony_H

          Just think Marshall is being paid $5.5M this year and $6.5M next year. Travis Wood is getting paid $3.9M this year.

          • BigJonLilJon

            Looking good for us!!

          • GaryLeeT

            Just think, this is Marshall’s first MLB appearance since coming off of the DL, after rehabbing a serious injury. Therefore, we should make the logical leap, and say the Cubs should never pay good money for a quality FA again.

          • Denver Mike

            He pitched against the Cubs last week

          • Tony_H

            Yep, Gary, if it was true. It was actually his 4th appearance of the year.

            And boy talk about logical leap, never said they should never pay good money for a quality FA again. Leap away!

        • John_CC

          I like it. Just like last time, the official save off the table but still an important inning for him. Build up the confidence for the 1 run close that will come soon enough.

          • BigJonLilJon

            True but eventually the pressure must come. Get it over with so it doesn’t weigh on the back of his mind

          • John_CC

            I posted that when the lead was still 4…which is within the realm of a “cub save” in my book for this year. After that AZ loss no lead is too big. He’ll get his chance.

      • John_CC

        That trade was horrible! He was the best LH reliever in the league!

        • Tony_H

          If only we could do that type of trade every off-season and twice at the trade deadline.

          • John_CC

            One their first trades…and probably the best so far, results wise.

          • GaryLeeT

            But that trade would only be done if the Cubs were out of it. Is that what you are comfortable with? I know I’m not.

          • Tony_H

            No, I think the Cubs would trade LH reliever for a LH starter any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

        • BigJonLilJon

          Operative word there…..”was”.

          • John_CC

            At the time of trade…

  • BigJonLilJon

    Looked safe to me but very close. Probably too close to over turn

    • BigJonLilJon

      That didn’t take long!!!

      • Tony_H

        To me, that is not why replay was added. It was to fix the obvious bad calls that can have an effect on the outcome. That was a waste of time. I think they need to take the decision of when to replay out of the managers hand and have the replay headquarters signal the home plate umpire when they feel a play was called wrong AND needs to be changed.

        • BigJonLilJon

          I have to agree. But Ricky doing what he thought was best under current rule.

          • Tony_H

            I agree, he was “defending” his player. But still that was not why instant replay was brought in either.

          • Eugene Debs

            Lots of rules have unintended consequences. They’ll work it all out – I feel the game needs replay.

          • Tony_H

            I agree!

          • BigJonLilJon

            Well said

        • John_CC

          That would go a long way to appease me and make this system right.

          I still hate it. For obvious reasons.

          • Tony_H

            If it keeps a pitcher from losing a perfect game on an obvious blown call and fixes when a call changes the outcome of the game, I can live with the parts I don’t like.

          • John_CC

            The problem is that those are 1 in … ? At this rate 1 out of hundreds.

          • Tony_H

            That’s why I don’t want the managers to decide when to challenge. The headquarters office can watch every game and signal to the home plate umpire not when it is close, but when the call needs to be changed. And in my opinion, even if Sweeney was safe on that play, that was not a call that needed to be changed. This would greatly reduce the intrusion into the game that replay is right now.

        • Brp921

          What about a questionable out call on the bases early in a scoreless game? For instance, let’s say a guy is called out at second base with no outs in the first or second inning. You don’t know if he’ll score or not or if it will change the outcme of the game at that point. Should that be reviewed?

          • Tony_H

            Yes that is why they are doing what they are doing. If the call is wrong, plain and simple fix it. If you have to watch the replay 5 times then it is not clear, move on.

            But this can all be done in the studio without a group of umpires huddled on the sideline, after a coach comes out ever so slowly to try to buy time for his guys to see the replay enough times.

  • BigJonLilJon

    Both Ramirez and Rondon looking good. Need to find a Knick name for these 2 as the stoppers.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Reds 9-4 on Wednesday night … Edwin Jackson: 4R, 5H, 2BB, 3K, 5.2 IP (88 pitches, 52
    strikes)

    Castro: 3-4, 2 2B, RBI, BB, R; Rizzo: 1-1, HR, 2RBI, 3R, 4BB; Lake: 2-5, 2B, 2R; Castillo: 3-4, 2B, BB, R; Schierholtz: 1-4, 3RBI

  • Eugene Debs

    I like to think of Samardzija sitting there thinking “where in the hell are these runs for me?”

    • BigJonLilJon

      Your so right !!!

    • Brp921

      It seems likee every year theres one pitcher that has all the bad luck on runs scored.

      • GaryLeeT

        Especially when that pitcher plays for a last place team.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      that’s karma.

      • Bredstik

        “No, that’s Krama…”