Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 05/24/14

Game Forty-Seven – Cubs (17-29) vs. Padres (22-27)

  • Game Time – 9:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185, 844
  • Location – PETCO Park, San Diego

Travis Wood (4-4, 4.61/1.34/3.59) vs. Billy Buckner (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–)

The Cubs will look to get back on track tonight behind Travis Wood following the pounding they received on Friday night. Travis Wood has pitched a little better of late, but not on the road. Wood has really struggled outside of Wrigley Field and if he gets into trouble early, he could be stuck wearing one today in the wake of Friday night’s game.

Rick Renteria will have a short pen tonight. The Cubs skipper did not have to use Neil Ramirez, Hector Rondon, James Russell, Justin Grimm or Brian Schlitter over the last two games, but Jose Veras and Wesley Wright will not be available tonight after each reliever threw two innings on Friday night. And it is doubtful that Carlos Villanueva will be available after his three inning stint on Thursday.

The Padres decided to call-up once highly touted Royals’ prospect Billy Buckner up from Triple-A to make the start tonight. San Diego decided Thursday to use Donn Roach to fill in tonight for the injured Andrew Cashner, but changed their mind, officially, after last night’s game. Buckner has been pitching in the PCL for Triple-A El Paso and will make his 2014 debut tonight.

A lot is being made about a pitcher named Billy Buckner starting in a game against the Cubs in which the Padres are celebrating beating the Cubs 30 years ago to win the NL Pennant on the exact same day Bill Buckner played his last game in a Cubs’ uniform.

Tonight all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood is coming off one of his best starts of the season. Wood limited the Brewers to two runs on two hits in seven innings. Wood gave up a two-run homer to Rickie Weeks, his only mistake of the afternoon. Wood was shaky in the first inning, walked the bases loaded before he settled down following a sensational play at third by Mike Olt to end the inning. Wood struck out seven and walked three in route to his fourth win of the season.

Travis Wood began the season 1-3 in his first five starts with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Over his last four games, Wood is 3-1 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Wood as really struggled on the road this year (1-3 in four starts with a 8.02 ERA, 1.97 WHIP) and will try to beat the Padres for the first time in his career tonight.

The Padres have had Travis Wood’s number over the years. Travis Wood is 0-2 in six games, five starts, against the Friars with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Wood lost the only game he pitched against San Diego last season (three runs, four hits with one walk and three strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings) and he’s 0-1 in three career starts at PETCO Park with a 2.75 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

Padres Career Numbers against Travis Wood

Billy Buckner has pitched rather well for Triple-A El Paso this season. In five starts, Buckner was 3-2 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Buckner gave up 29 hits with 10 walks and 20 strikeouts in 28 innings. Buckner has not been able to find a home with an organization or pitch to expectations after the Royals selected him in the second round of the 2004 draft. Buckner has pitched with Arizona, Detroit, Colorado, Boston and the Angels. Buckner went 1-0 in seven games, two starts, for the Angels last year with a 4.67 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.

Billy Buckner faced the Cubs during his time with Arizona and is 1-0 in three games, one start, versus the Cubs with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

Chris Coghlan (0-for-3), Anthony Rizzo (0-for-1) and Luis Valbuena (0-for-1) are the only three players on the Cubs active roster that has faced Billy Buckner in a regular season big league ballgame.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I haven’t cracked the Ricky lineup decoder ring yet…there just seems to be no rhyme or reason outside a little league-esque desire to give everyone playing time, despite their production.

      You play Kalish (yay) but have to sit Boni to do it, while still stubbornly playing Schierholtz everyday.

      You start Luis (deserved based on this roster and his production of late) but unfortunately you do it at 3B, necessitating that Barney’s bat be in the lineup instead of Olt.

      This is a completely lefty/righty lineup (ignoring the P spot)…almost like that was the whole goal. Forget talent level and production…just have a balanced lineup for the sake of a “balanced” lineup.

      This is the same Ricky that seems obsessed on other days with trotting out heavily righthanded or lefthanded lineups for righty/lefty matchups. I really feel like this is rookie manager growing pains…or at least I hope it is, because if he gets Bryant and Baez up next year and the Barneys/Schierholtz/Sweeney/Ruggiano types are still getting half the starts or more I may lose my mind.

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

        Totally agree with basically everything you say.

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

        But it may be good for Olt to have a night off.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          I think it would be good for Schierholtz to get a night off…or week.

          Apparently he is Ricky’s Cal Ripkin.

          • RynoTiger

            how about that Schierholtz! 1-0 Cubs.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            yeah…I think next time we face Buckner we need to make sure Schierholtz is starting.

            This likely bought him another month’s exemption from Ricky’s doghouse, too.

          • RynoTiger

            I hope so. It was neat that it was Barney that scored too.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I think Luis scored. Barney flied out.

      • Denver Mike

        I think once Baez/Bryant are ready it will make a big difference. Something like this would be much more appealing:

        Kalish/Bonifacio CF
        Lake LF
        Bryant RF
        Rizzo 1B
        Castro SS
        Baez 2B
        Castillo C
        Olt 3B
        P

        If Olt proves worthy, and can move to LF then you could put Baez at 3rd and try Alcantara at 2nd, I think he’ll be ready by the end of the year. It’s not going to scare anybody but could be fun to watch.

        • Tony_H

          I think Baez would move to LF before Olt.

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  • GaryLeeT

    “Buckner has been pitching in the PCL for Triple-A El Paso and will make his 2014 debut tonight.”

    Come on Neil, there is no shame in telling everybody El Paso’s name, which BTW has the greatest logo in sports.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      It is a great logo.

      • GaryLeeT

        How can you not laugh at a menacing Chihuahua?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Oh, it’s hilarious.

  • Eugene Debs

    Love the Padres brown uniforms.

    • triple

      I like them too, but I’ll admit that I don’t like how they remind me of ’84.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    I can’t say Buckner looks much like his dad, but maybe if he had a bushy mustache…hmmm.

  • Eugene Debs

    Dang it Junior, gotta take the bat off the shoulder with one out and a runner on 3rd.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Nate slugged in another run…trade ‘im while he’s hot!

    • RynoTiger

      and he just doubled and scored a run. Good move to start him tonight.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with a RBI single … plated Luis Luis

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Luis made up for the error with the excellent stop and throw to nail Headley to end the fourth

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake crushed that ball. That was a heck of a catch by Cameron Maybin. Huge yard in San Diego takes another homer away from the Cubs

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Luis Luis with HR #3

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Padres intentionally walk Barney to face Wood … Cost them a run

    • John_CC

      Bad scouting report on that one,

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro has hit the ball hard all night, nothing to show for it.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wood should not have been allowed to face Quentin, he kills Cubs pitching always has, always will.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Neil Ramirez strikes out two to end the eighth.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What a catch by Rizzo … Wow!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Padres 3-2 on Saturday night … Travis Wood: 2R, 3H (HR), 2BB, 3K in 7.1 IP (98 pitches, 67 strikes)

    Valbuena: 1-2, HR, 2BB, 2R; Schierholtz: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R; Wood: 1-2,
    RBI, SAC; Barney: 1-3, BB; Castillo: 1-4