Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 05/25/14

Game Forty-Eight – Cubs (18-29) vs. Padres (22-28)

  • Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 188, 844
  • Location – PETCO Park, San Diego

Jason Hammel (5-2, 2.91/0.90/3.21) vs. Ian Kennedy (2-6, 3.79/1.18/2.75)

The Cubs wrap up the four-game series in San Diego this afternoon with a shot to win the series. After excellent outings by Jake Arrieta on Thursday and Travis Wood on Saturday night, the Cubs have won two of the first three games.

Jason Hammel is scheduled to start today’s game after the comebacker off the bat of Brett Gardner in his last start almost cut his outing short. Hammel said he thought his hand exploded when he was first hit but he stayed in the game as his hand swelled up as the night progressed. Hammel reported to Wrigley, late, the next morning with his hand bandaged. X-rays were negative and revealed a deep bone bruise, but that was all. John Baker will be behind the plate calling the shots for Hammel.

The Cubs will face a pitcher they reportedly had interest in last summer before San Diego acquired him from the Diamondbacks for Joe Thatcher and Matt Stites at the trade deadline. Ian Kennedy is off to a decent start in San Diego and the Cubs must not allow him to get comfortable this afternoon. If they do and he finds a rhythm, it will be another frustrating day for the offense and a long trip to San Francisco after the game.

Right handers (.271/.316/.365) hit better against Ian Kennedy than lefties (.220/.268/.364), but the lefty-righty splits have been rather even throughout his career.

This afternoon all begins with Jason Hammel

Jason Hammel dealt with the rain, a comebacker on the second pitch of the night, the hype of the Yankees being at Wrigley Field and outpitched Masahiro Tanaka the last time out. Hammel settled in nicely after it looked like he would be leaving the game after only two pitches. Brett Gardner hit a shot back up the middle that hit Hammel in his pitching hand. After throwing a warm-up pitch to the backstop, Hammel was able to refocus and he ended up pitching 5 2/3 innings. Hammel held the Yankees to one run on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

After a rough outing in St. Louis, Hammel is 1-1 in his last four starts with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP and he will face the Padres for the 13th time in his career today.

Jason Hammel is 4-2 in 12 games, 11 career starts, against the Friars with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. Hammel last faced San Diego in 2011 while in a Rockies uniform and he went 1-1 in two starts with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. For his career, Hammel is 3-0 in four starts at PETCO Park with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Padres Career Numbers against Jason Hammel

Ian Kennedy has really struggled in three of his last four starts and is coming off a loss in San Diego to the Twins. Kennedy began the season on a positive note with a 2-3 record in six starts with a 3.16 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. Kennedy struck out 37 batters in 37 innings while allowing 27 hits with eight walks. Kennedy is 0-3 in his last four starts with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. But his last two games really have not been good.

After giving up five runs on 11 hits with a walk and four strikeouts in six innings to the Reds, Kennedy gave up four runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings with two walks and six strikeouts. Kennedy makes his ninth career start against the Cubs today.

Ian Kennedy is 3-2 in eight career starts against the Cubs with a 6.33 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Last year, he was 1-0 in two starts against the Cubs with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP (10 runs, six earned, on nine hits with three walks and 14 strikeouts in 12 innings) … and both of those starts came when Kennedy was still in the Diamondbacks rotation.

Cubs Career Numbers against Ian Kennedy

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Javier Baez just hit a grand slam over the wall in RCF. Baez’s blast came in the bottom of the 5th, his 7th longball of the year

  • BillyFinT

    Quick thoughts:

    1. Manny should be out of my league!
    2. Jeter had 4 hits in Chicago, thank you for treating the fans.
    3. Beckett is a stud — no hitting to the 9th.
    4. It’s throwback 30s at Wrigley, and I think Neil is a serious editor.

    • Tony_H

      Thanks for the heads up on Beckett, just switched to it.

      • BigJonLilJon

        So did I. Hope we don’t jinx him

        • BigJonLilJon

          Congrats to Beckett on the no no.

    • Tony_H

      He got a couple of nice calls on the last 2 strikes to strike out Utley. Wasn’t sure if he had enough in the tank with 130 pitches to finish it.

      • BillyFinT

        And he did it! First no-no this year!!! Beckett pitched a change to Utley to start with 2 men out and JRo on 1st (later stole to 2nd – defensive indifference). Then with a 3-1 count, a curve that caught the outer zone, and nothing to hit so far.

        Of course, in true fashion of an ace, Beckett struck out Utley looking a 94 mile fastball on his outer corner. Cool as hell.

        • Tony_H

          Pretty cool for sure. But Beckett is many years past his ace days.

          The curve on 3-1 was definitely a gift from the home plate umpire, the last strike I think was low, but close enough to call.

          • BillyFinT

            I remember in 2007, Beckett pitched 4 curves in a ALDS game and struck out the batter. He had more command back then, sure.

          • BigJonLilJon

            I thought so originally my self. I rewinded and watched it again. Paused it as the ball crossed the plate. It was a strike. It had some sink on it but crossed the knees

          • Tony_H

            Strike 2? Strike 3 I agree is close enough.

          • BigJonLilJon

            I was meaning the third strike.

          • BillyFinT

            Thanks for seeing that and informed. I’ve been wondering about the pitch…

          • bpot92

            Even if Beckett is many years past, its nice to see him do this after all that he has been through. Clutch pitcher for both the Marlins and Red Sox and struggled with injuries.

          • SuzyS

            bpot92: I completely agree.

          • Tony_H

            I agree!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thanks man and for posting about Beckett, I did not have a chance to.

  • BigJonLilJon

    Hammel needs to do a better job watching base runners

    • Tony_H

      How’s that?

      • BigJonLilJon

        Much better. He must have heard me!!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Big pick off for Hammel, then he got Rivera to chase.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Junior goes yard

    • Tony_H

      I wasn’t sure if Smith caught it or not either.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Lake was confused. He stopped running, I’ve never seen that.

        • Tony_H

          Me either, but I thought for a few seconds that Smith was trying to be cool and was going to raise his glove and toss the ball into his throwing hand.

          • BigJonLilJon

            So did I

    • BigJonLilJon

      So funny. Even Lake wasn’t sure if it was caught

    • BillyFinT

      I recall the Friar moved their fences in a few feet, but either way, that was a beautiful hit by Lake in a tough ballpark. His free swing sure looks a lot better than Olt’s.

      • Tony_H

        I think they have moved the fences in a few times. They need to move them in farther, except for down the left field line.

        • BillyFinT

          Or just sell it to the Cubs! LOL

          • Tony_H

            You and I next week in Bill James! I am seeking to pay you back for your 4 point victory over me in the CCO league.

          • BillyFinT

            Sure, I’m sick and tired of winning. LOL

          • Tony_H

            Not sure I get that, you have lost the last 2 weeks in BJX and are down this week.

          • BillyFinT

            When a team has Butler who can’t serve a homer as DH, and only useful 2-third a relief out of six, well, it’s not gonna win every week.

          • Tony_H

            You could add some more relievers and fill all your roster spots like I thought we were suppose to do.

          • BillyFinT

            Still working on the fine-tuning, I got baseball games to watch, you know? I’ll workon this one.

    • BigJonLilJon

      And hitting a ball out at Petco isn’t an easy task!!!

  • Tony_H

    Love today’s quote, it is very fitting!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here comes Quentin

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ugly sixth inning

  • GaryLeeT

    I know it isn’t a real reflection on their abilities, but I can’t stand professional athletes that look like Russell, and Schlitter. I feel like they took time off from their busy duck call making schedule, to throw baseballs at a catcher’s mitt.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very good outing by Grimm

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a two-run shot

    • BigJonLilJon

      That one was a no doubter

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 4-3 to Padres on Sunday afternoon … Jason Hammel: 3R, 3H, 2BB, 5K in 5.2 IP (90 pitches, 54 strikes)

    Junior Lake: 1-3, HR, BB; Starlin Castro: 2-4, HR, 2RBI; John Baker: 1-3, 2B