Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 05/02/14

Game Twenty-Seven – Cubs (9-17) vs. Cardinals (15-14)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (1-3, 3.52/1.34/3.26) vs. Adam Wainwright (5-1, 1.20/0.78/2.35)

Weather permitting … The Cubs begin a five-game homestand this afternoon with the first of three against the Cardinals. The Cubs face the White Sox for a pair of games under the lights on Monday and Tuesday to close out the first set of games at Wrigley in May.

The decade themed homestands continue this weekend. The Cubs will honor the 1920s throughout the weekend and into the two-game series against the White Sox. The Cubs will wear throwback jerseys celebrating the 1929 team on Sunday night. The 1929 National League Champions was the first Cubs’ team to play in a World Series at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals will also wear throwback jerseys from 1929 for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball telecast.

The Cubs are coming off a 2-3 road trip but won two of the last three games of the two-city trip through Milwaukee and Cincinnati. The Cubs played one of their better games on Wednesday to close out the rain-shortened series. Rick Renteria’s team is facing an extremely challenging homestand and seven-game stretch within the Chicago city limits.

The Cubs lost two of three to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium at the end of the second week of the season (April 11-13) but will try to keep the Cardinals on the losing end of ballgames over the next three days.

After this afternoon’s match-up of Travis Wood and Adam Wainwright, Jake Arrieta makes his first start of the season on Saturday afternoon against Michael Wada. A well-rested Jason Hammel is scheduled to close out the series on Sunday night against Lance Lynn.

Starting today the Cubs play 17 games in a row before a day off on May 19. And of the 28 games on the schedule for the month, only 10 are at Wrigley Field. The Cubs wrap up the month with a West Coast trip through San Diego and San Francisco before spending the last two days (May 30-June 1) in Milwaukee.

This afternoon all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood is coming of a not-so-good start in Milwaukee. Wood struggled with his command and was hit rather hard before he was able to complete six innings. The Brewers pounded Wood to the tune of five runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Wood must keep the ball down this afternoon in his first start of the season against the Cardinals.

Wood has thrown the ball rather well at Wrigley Field this year. Wood has allowed six runs, five earned on 16 hits with four walks and 26 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings (2.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP).

The Cardinals like hitting baseballs thrown by Travis Wood. The Cubs’ southpaw has struggled throughout his career against the Redbirds. Wood is 3-5 in 11 career starts against the Cardinals with a 5.16 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. Last year, Wood posted a 1-3 record against St. Louis in five starts with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Matt Holliday: 8-for-26 with two doubles, two home runs and one walk
  • Yadier Molina: 11-for-27 with three doubles and three home runs
  • Jon Jay: 10-for-22 with two doubles and three walks
  • Allen Craig: 7-for-22 with one double, two home runs and one walk
  • Matt Carpenter: 4-for-16 with one double, one home run and two walks
  • Mark Ellis: 2-for-9 with one double and one walk
  • Daniel Descalso: 3-for-7 with one triple
  • Adam Wainwright: 0-for-5
  • Matt Adams: 2-for-4
  • Tony Cruz: 1-for-3 with one double
  • Jhonny Peralta: 1-for-3

What can be said about Adam Wainwright that already hasn’t been said? Adam Wainwright remains one of the best pitchers in baseball and he’s coming off a truly dominating performance against the Pirates. Wainwright tossed eight innings of shutout ball while allowing just three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Wainwright has not allowed a run, of any kind, since he faced the Cubs on April 12. Wainwright tossed a complete game, two-hit shutout against the Nationals. He gave up four hits over seven shutout innings to the Mets then dominated the Pirates.

Adam Wainwright has not allowed an earned run in the last 26 innings he’s pitched (0.00 ERA, 0.54 WHIP) while surrendering only nine hits with five walks and 18 strikeouts.

The Cubs executed the game plan against Wainwright in St. Louis. The Cubs scored four runs on seven hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings. The Cubs lost the game 10-4 but Junior Lake took Wainwright deep in the first inning.

Adam Wainwright is 9-6 in 32 career games, 23 starts, against the Cubs with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Adam Wainwright

  • Starlin Castro: 8-for-28 with one double, one triple and two walks
  • Darwin Barney: 8-for-29 with two doubles and one home run
  • Nate Schierholtz: 6-for-19 with four doubles
  • Anthony Rizzo: 4-for-16 with one walk
  • Luis Valbuena: 4-for-11 with three doubles and one walk
  • John Baker: 1-for-10
  • Welington Castillo: 1-for-8
  • Junior Lake: 3-for-9 with one double and one home run
  • Ryan Sweeney: 3-for-9 with two double and one home run
  • Emilio Bonifacio: 1-for-7 with one walk
  • Travis Wood: 2-for-6 with one home run

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • John_CC

    That career stat line for Wainwright vs. the Cubs is very surprising, the ERA and WHIP well above his career avg. I don’t think the Cubs do that to many dominant pitchers. Weird.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a 2-run single to left …

  • BigJonLilJon

    Runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out and can’t score a run. Could come back to haunt us!

    • John_CC

      Yeah, always bad, but when you have opportunities against a guy like Wainwright you have to capitalize.

      • BigJonLilJon

        Especially for a team that has trouble scoring runs to begin with

      • BigJonLilJon

        Haunted already. Tie game opposed to 4-2 game

  • John_CC

    Maybe they’ll get em back…

  • John_CC

    I’d love to see Schierholtz’s first dinger here

  • BigJonLilJon

    Bases loaded, 1 out for Sweeney

    • BigJonLilJon

      Ground ball to 2nd base scores a run!!!

  • BigJonLilJon

    Castillo continues his hot streak with a 2 run double!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castillo cashes in a two-out, two-run double. Castillo with two doubles off Wainwright.

  • John_CC

    Beef Doubles Wellington!

  • John_CC

    Great inning following the really bad inning. Wainwright at 71 pitches.

  • BigJonLilJon

    Two out throwing error by Castro allows a Cardinals run

  • BigJonLilJon

    After 4, Cubs ahead 5-3. Need to keep foot on the gas.

  • Roland Bowman

    Rizzo!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a HR to RF off Wainwright on a 1-2 pitch … #5 for Rizzo.

    Rizzo has reached base in his last 8 at bats.

    • BigJonLilJon

      He sure looks locked in right now!!

  • BigJonLilJon

    Rizzo goes deep!!!

  • Roland Bowman

    Wainwright over 100 pitches in the 5th.

  • Roland Bowman

    Men on 1st and 3rd, one out. Hope they tack on more.

  • Roland Bowman

    They continue to be aggressive sending runners home. He was out easily, but I still think it is the right call to send him there. Only difference is men on first and third instead of second and third.

  • Roland Bowman

    That was a good curve ball by Wood. I didn’t know he threw a curve.

  • Roland Bowman

    A pop foul just knocked a guy down in the stands.

  • Roland Bowman

    7 innings, and that will be it for Wood. A good quality start.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very good outing for Wood

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo’s streak comes to an end with a tapper to first base.

  • Roland Bowman

    That is a play Bonafacio has to make. Grimm was lucky not to get hit.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sweeney hurt, pulled hamstring.

    • BigJonLilJon

      Yep. Looks like DL time

  • Roland Bowman

    Nice job by Sweeney to make the catch after injuring his leg.

  • Roland Bowman

    Castillo with his third double.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That’s three doubles for Castillo

    • BigJonLilJon

      Is that a triple double then?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Yes, well done

  • BigJonLilJon

    Rondon will get his chance at his first save it appears

  • Roland Bowman

    Nice job by Rondon

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Cardinals 6-5 on Friday afternoon … Travis Wood: 3R, 2ER, 6H, 0BB, 6K, 7IP (112 pitches, 80 strikes)

    Rizzo: 2-3, HR, BB, 3RBI, 2R; Castro: 1-4, R; Castillo: 3-4, 3 2B, 2RBI; Sweeney: 2-3, 2B, RBI; Bonifacio: 2-4, R

  • BigJonLilJon

    A 2 game winning streak!!!!

  • Zonk

    Sweeney’s injury looks like it’s going to result in a call-up of some sort. It really has to be someone who can play OF. Without a 40-man move, has to be Watkins or Szczur, probably Watkins.

    • John_CC

      Coghlan is getting on base at a far better rate (.379 OBP) than anyone in the Iowa OF (not hard when Jackson and Vitters are 2 of the 4), and he’s left handed. I’ve been waiting for this, but not at the cost of an injury.

      • John_CC

        I didn’t realize Watkins is a lefty as well. He is actually hitting better, but he isn’t really an OFer.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Look for Coghlan with Fujikawa being moved to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man.

      • John_CC

        Did know Coghlan was on the DL. Who do you foresee being added to the 40 man?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Coghlan is on the DL? I did not know that, he played in both games yesterday I thought.

          • John_CC

            I misread your post…I thought you were saying look for Fujikawa AND Coghlan to the 60 day DL. Then I mis-typed by not writing “Didn’t know” .. My bad!

            So you feel Coghlan will get the call over Szcurz?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Yes, calling up Szczur would be a mistake. Not ready at all.

          • John_CC

            I agree. Then Andreoli could move to Iowa.

      • Zonk

        Coughlan and Watkins are in the lineup tonight for Iowa. Szczur and Vitters are NOT. I bet it’s one of those, probably Szczur.

    • Zonk

      Correction…Coghlan was a late scratch! Interesting!

  • Richard Hood

    There are some rumbling that the Dodgers are going to move an outfielder sooner rather than later. With the Cubs definite need is this the time to see what the price is on one of their surplus?

    • John_CC

      Yes. I would be all for a trade for a good youngish OF that could take a veteran role and help out for a few years.

      I read a good blog post re: what if the Cubs used some of their prospect talent to pursue CarGo. I like the idea a lot.

      • Richard Hood

        I am 100% in the trade for CarGo camp. We need that productive bat that does things the right way to be the veteran as we turn the corner. It is one of the main reasons I think that we should be doing the daily double this deadline and move some of our middle infield depth to get some of the talent out there as well as be sellers.