Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Yankees – Game Two – 04/16/14

Game Fourteen – Cubs (4-9) vs. Yankees (8-6)

  • Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV, MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 176, 844
  • Location – Yankee Stadium, New York (The Bronx)

Travis Wood (0-1, 2.92/1.14/2.64) vs. Michael Pineda (1-1, 1.50/0.92/2.71)

Cubs players and coaches will wear #42 tonight to honor Jackie Robinson

The Cubs will try to bounce back in game two of the day-night doubleheader behind Travis Wood. Masahiro Tanaka shut the Cubs down in game one and it will not be any easier for the offense tonight with Michael Pineda on the mound. The Cubs managed only three singles, two bunt singles, and one walk in game one.

The Cubs are looking to do something tonight that no other Cubs team as ever done, win a game at Yankee Stadium. The franchise is 0-8 at the old and new Yankee Stadium dating back to the years when the two franchises faced one another in fall classics.

LHP Zac Rosscup has been added to the active roster for tonight’s game. Teams can have a 26-man active roster for doubleheaders. Rosscup should be optioned back to Iowa after tonight’s game.

Rick Renteria should load his line-up with as many lefties as possible. Left handers have his .236/.293/.333 against Pineda in his 30-game big league career and righties have managed only a .183/.258/.288 slash line.

And game two of the day-night doubleheader all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood rebounded nicely his last time out from a not-so-good first outing against the Pirates. Wood was not as sharp as he or the Cubs would have hoped in the home opener against the Bucs and gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Wood tossed six innings of shutout ball before turning the game over to the pen in his last start. Wood surrendered a double to the leadoff man in the seventh, Rick Renteria went to his pen and the Pirates hit a pair of big flies off of Brian Schlitter and James Russell. Wood ended up being charged with one run on four hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in six-plus innings.

Travis Wood has thrown a lot of strikes so far this season and must continue doing so tonight. Wood has issued four walks in 12 1/3 innings with 17 strikeouts. A 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio would help him build on last season.

The Cubs lefty faces the Yankees for the second time in his career tonight. Ivan Nova beat Wood and the Reds at Great American Ballpark on June 20, 2011. Wood gave up four runs on eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings. Tonight will be Wood’s first start at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Carlos Beltran: 6-for-20 with two doubles and one home run
  • Alfonso Soriano: 2-for-9 with one double
  • Kelly Johnson: 0-for-5

Michael Pineda is finally healthy and other than the little pine tar incident, he is off to an excellent start to the season. Pineda was the tough-luck loser on April 5 to the Blue Jays after he allowed one run on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings. The Yankees were shutout 4-0. Pineda beat the Red Sox his last time out after allowing one run (home run) on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in six-plus innings. The lone run came off the bat of Daniel Nava in the seventh inning. In 12 innings this season, Pineda has issued only two walks while striking out 12 batters.

Tonight will be his first career start against the Cubs and Ryan Sweeney (0-for-1) is the only player in the Cubs 25-man roster that has faced Michael Pineda.

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