Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Braves – 05/09/14

Game Thirty-Four – Cubs (12-21) vs. Braves (18-15)

  • Game Time – 6:35pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187, 844
  • Location – Turner Field, Atlanta

Jason Hammel (4-1, 2.43/0.81/3.79) vs. Julio Teheran (2-2, 1.80/0.88/3.94)

Weather permitting … The Cubs nine-game, three-city road trip continues tonight with the first of three in Atlanta. The Braves are reeling and are 2-8 in their last 10 games and have slipped behind the Marlins and Nationals in the NL East. The Braves can pitch, pitch and pitch some more, but Fredi Gonzalez’s team has trouble putting the ball in play and when the offense goes cold, it goes ice cold.

After tonight’s matchup of Jason Hammel and Julio Teheran, Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face Ervin Santana on Friday night. The Cubs and Braves wrap up the series on Sunday afternoon with Edwin Jackson scheduled to take on lefty Alex Wood.

The offensively challenged Cubs will not catch a break this weekend and will have to figure out how to manufacture runs against Atlanta’s staff. The Cubs have really struggled against the Braves over the past several seasons and managed only one win in six tries (1-5) against Atlanta a year ago.

Not many batters have success against Julio Teheran, but righties (.226/.250/.320) have hit him better than southpaws (.171/.236/.281) this season.

The Cubs sent Jason Hammel to Atlanta on Thursday night so he would be well-rested for tonight’s game. The weekend in Atlanta all starts with Jason Hammel

Jason Hammel is coming off his sixth straight quality start last Sunday. Hammel surrendered three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings to the Cardinals. And while statistically it was a good outing, Hammel did not have it. Hammel struggled with his command, left a lot of pitches up and the Cardinals punished the baseball while he was on the mound. Hammel lasted only six innings and did not figure into the decision for the first time this season. While pitchers win-loss records are meaningless, a team’s record on the day a pitcher starts is still valued. The Cubs are 4-2 on the days when Hammel takes the hill … more than a third of the Cubs’ wins this year.

Jason Hammel is 2-1 in three starts outside of Wrigley Field this season with a 1.74 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP, which should help his value over the next two months.

Tonight will be Hammel’s seventh career start against the Braves, and he’s not fared too well against the team originally from Boston over the course of his career. Hammel is 1-3 in six starts with a 6.39 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. At Turner Field, Hammel is 1-2 in three starts with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. But the last time Jason Hammel faced the Braves on June 16, 2012, he threw a complete game, one-hit shut out in Atlanta and gave up two walks with eight strikeouts.

Braves Career Numbers against Jason Hammel

  • Justin Upton: 7-for-23 with two doubles, one home run and two walks
  • Dan Uggla: 3-for-12 with one double and two walks
  • Jordan Schafer: 2-for-8 with two walks
  • Ryan Doumit: 0-for-6 with one walk
  • Jason Heyward: 6-for-8
  • Freddie Freeman: 2-for-3
  • Andrelton Simmons: 0-for-3
  • Gerald Laird: 1-for-2
  • B.J. Upton: 0-for-2

Julio Teheran has been just about as good as it gets this season. Teheran makes his eighth start tonight and has not completed less than six innings in any outing while allowing more than two earned runs only one time. Teheran has two shutout outings under his belt, including a complete game shutout in Philly on April 16. In 50 innings, he has allowed 35 hits with nine walks. The struggling Cubs offense faces a huge challenge tonight.

Teheran lost his last outing against the Giants because the Braves scored a grand total of one run. Teheran allowed three runs (season high) on four this with no walks and seven strikeouts. Teheran is 0-1 in four home starts this season with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP and he makes his third career start against the Cubs tonight.

Julio Teheran is 1-0 in two career starts against the Cubs with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP, with both of those outings happening a year ago.

Cubs Career Numbers against Julio Teheran

  • Starlin Castro: 1-for-6
  • Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-6 with one home run
  • Luis Valbuena: 1-for-6 with one home run
  • Nate Schierholtz: 2-for-5 with one double
  • Chris Coghlan: 0-for-3 with one walk
  • Welington Castillo: 1-for-3
  • Darwin Barney: 1-for-2
  • Junior Lake: 0-for-2

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Bonifacio CF
    Kalish LF
    Rizzo 1B
    Castro SS
    Schierholtz RF
    Valbuena 2B
    Olt 3B
    Baker C
    Hammel P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    It is raining at the park, no updates yet on when of if tonight’s game will be played

  • Bryan

    Scattered showers is expected here pretty much thru tomorrow.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    First pitch is scheduled for 6:50pm CDT

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game on … 18 minute delay

  • Vivid_Reality

    Soler’s start really excites me. I know a lot of you were really down on him for various reasons, Puig’s quick ascension (which is a ridiculous comparison to me), his on the field issues, and overall production. I personally was pretty pleased with his high A production but I digress. There wasn’t a lot to argue for him as he was hurt and did make some poor decisions but the MLB is full of second chances. So I patiently waited until next season aaaaaanddd he’s hurt again. But now! Finally healthy! He is a physical specimen and I think he could have a Gregory Polanco-esque rise this season. I really hope he can continue to swing a hot bat and force a promotion with Bryant. Normally I would think Soler gets a full year at AA but they promoted him after only a half season and some AFL catchup time.

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

      I’d like to see them push all of the big 4 through the system. When they show they are killing it at their current level bring them up to the next one.

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

        I think a case could have been made for Baez being in Chicago out of ST. Yes he’s struggling in Iowa but I think he could have had similar production in Chicago. I think he’d have stayed more focused and gotten more out of himself in Chicago.

        • John_CC

          Where do come up with stuff? ; )

          Similar production to his under .200 BA?

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

            Unfortunately that’s exactly what I mean. If he’s gonna bat sub .200 he may as well join Olt and get those scrapes and bruises in Chicago. That way when he starts improving he does that in Chicgo too. But Olt has 7 HR now. Tough to say he’s not worth having, and he is getting better. Exciting.

          • Brp921

            Javier Baez needs to figure out that he needs to be patient and take a few walks until the pitchers start pitching to him, instead of trying to hit everything they through him. Once he does that he’ll be ready to come up to the big club.

  • GaryLeeT

    I am just trying to understand what is so challenging about dealing with an inning when there are 2 out and nobody on.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      More two-out, bases empty issues.

      • GaryLeeT

        Plus, Hammel had first base open, and Upton (who had already struck out) up next. Why on earth give Johnson a pitch to hit?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I did not understand the decision either. Would rather roll the dice with B.J. than give Johnson anything to hit.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    A solo jOlt

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      that is a grown man.

      he has a barry bonds circa 73 Hr season type of pace going on, with HRs/ABs. Crazy.

  • GaryLeeT

    The best part of the Olt HR was seeing Teheran curse when he gave it up.

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

    Mike Olt carries a big stick. He’s starting to pull that average up a bit. Hits in back to back to back games. Hopefully ready to prove he belongs

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      and Ricky’s playing Kalish more now…

      Of course, Ruggiano and Sweeney are injured, which is probably why, but still good to see.

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

        I think Kalish can have a great season if he plays everyday. And he produces better higher in the lineup

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

    Olt is tied for 9th in the NL in HR! Along with Anthony Rizzo. Man when he straightens out a bit and learns to hit offspeed pitches and gets his OBP up a bit he’s going to be a force. He could hit 30 this year, along with Rizzo.

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

      And at this point Olt has hit them off righties and lefties. He’s an equal opportunity bomber.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        can you let Ricky know?

    • triple

      I can realistically see Olt finishing this season with production numbers similar to what Rizzo did last year… that is IF he gets enough consistent playing time. Even if Olt could finish with a line like .220/24/78 and a .740 OPS, I’d say that’s a pretty solid first full MLB season for a guy who went through what he experienced for his 2013 season.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    1-hitter…seriously? And is this the fastest game of the year, or am I missing something?

  • Eugene Debs

    Boy, offense is terrible tonight.

    -Captain Obvious

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      “tonight”?

      • Eugene Debs

        LOL, right?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Coghlan with the Cubs’ second hit of the night … in the ninth inning

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Cubs scored a run off Kimbrel. Game tied at two in the ninth.

    • Bredstik

      Nice job Kalish!

  • BillyFinT

    Another impressive at bat, tie game, blown save to Kimbrel!

  • BillyFinT

    Castro walked. The Cubs just became Red Sox lineup this inning.

    • Tony_H

      Um, the Red Sox were 1 hit last night.

      • BillyFinT

        R.S always got patient hitters. What you just described happens in 162 games.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    two more baserunners, and we may get another jOlt!

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    oh no…he double-switched Olt out of the game? c’mon…

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Baker has same avg as Hammel. Or most pitchers. This is one I think the FO has no excuse for…we could have gotten a more serviceable hitting backup C, and it wouldn’t have broken the bank.

  • GaryLeeT

    Statistics aside, (or included, because I did not look this up) Baker, and Barney have to be the worst hitting position players in the MLB.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Baker started the game mashing to the tune of .080 BA. z
      He is slugging .080 also. His o for 4 night has got him down to .069 BA and slugging as well.

      Barney was hitting .127 and slugging .182.

      The lowest BA among qualified hitters is:
      .139 by Carlos Santana, 3B for the Indians.

      Slugging? That honor belongs to Mr. Yonder Alonso, SD Padre fame, with a .233 slugging percentage.

      Mr. Alonso also has the distinction of owning the lowest OBP in MLB among qualified hitters, with a .190 mark. Neither Mr. Baker nor Mr. Barney have achieved a greater mark, Barney at .226; Baker at .179 before tonights game.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Baker started the game mashing to the tune of .080 BA. z
      He is slugging .080 also. His o for 4 night has got him down to .069 BA and slugging as well.

      Barney was hitting .127 and slugging .182.

      The lowest BA among qualified hitters is:
      .139 by Carlos Santana, 3B for the Indians.

      Slugging? That honor belongs to Mr. Yonder Alonso, SD Padre fame, with a .233 slugging percentage.

      Mr. Alonso also has the distinction of owning the lowest OBP in MLB among qualified hitters, with a .190 mark. Neither Mr. Baker nor Mr. Barney have achieved a greater mark, Barney at .226; Baker at .179 before tonights game.

      • GaryLeeT

        So you are saying that Baker, and Barney don’t qualify as MLB hitters? Both those players could use one teed up like that right about now.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 3-2 in 10 innings to the Braves on Friday night … Jason Hammel: 2R, 7H, 1BB, 5K, WP in 7 IP (112 pitches, 76 strikes)

    Mike Olt: 1-2, HR, BB; Ryan Kalish: 1-3, RBI, BB; Chris Coghlan: 1-2, R; Starlin Castro: 0-3, BB

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 3-2 in 10 innings to the Braves on Friday night … Jason Hammel: 2R, 7H, 1BB, 5K, WP in 7 IP (112 pitches, 76 strikes)

    Mike Olt: 1-2, HR, BB; Ryan Kalish: 1-3, RBI, BB; Chris Coghlan: 1-2, R; Starlin Castro: 0-3, BB

    • BillyFinT

      At least the boys made the Braves earned it.

    • BillyFinT

      At least the boys made the Braves earned it.

  • GaryLeeT

    When Ricky gives his catcher the night off, he gets THE whole night off, and there is ZERO chance of that rule being broken.

    • Tony_H

      Actually, just last week, Castillo pinch hit against the Cardinals, on his “night off”.

      • GaryLeeT

        Did I say ” a night off” or “the night off”? I wasn’t talking about any game other than last night’s. What a pathetic gotcha attempt.

        • Tony_H

          Really???

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