Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 05/08/14

Game Thirty-Three – Cubs (11-21) vs. White Sox (18-17)

  • Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 179, 844
  • Location – U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00/1.13/1.61) vs. Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68/1.05/3.78)

The Crosstown Series … Cubs vs. White Sox

The Cubs will try to salvage the last game of the Crosstown Series against the White Sox tonight behind Jake Arrieta. The Cubs have lost four games in a row and Arrieta started the last game the Cubs won. The Cubs and Sox will not see each other again until next spring in the Cactus League. And next year’s Crosstown Series will be six games, three at Wrigley and three at the Cell, and not the two and two, four-game series the crosstown rivals have been playing the last two years.

The Cubs are really struggling at the plate. The Cubs have scored a grand total of five runs the last three games and are 0-5 versus the Junior Circuit this season. The Sox have outscored the Cubs 16-5 and will look to complete the sweep tonight behind rookie right hander Scott Carroll.

The final game of the year against the Southsiders all starts with Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta makes his second start of the season tonight. Arrieta made his season debut five days ago and set the tone for the afternoon. Arrieta tossed the first 5 1/3 innings of the Cubs shutout over the Cardinals. After a rather shaky start, Arrieta settled down and surrendered four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Arrieta appeared to relax as the game wore on and just played catch with Welington Castillo.

Jake Arrieta is making his fourth career start against the Sox tonight, but the first time he’s participated in the Crosstown Series. Arrieta is 1-1 in the first three starts with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP … and all three of his starts against the White Sox were at the Cell.

White Sox Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta

  • Paul Konerko: 2-for-9 with one double
  • Adam Dunn: 1-for-6 with one double and one walk
  • Alexei Ramirez: 3-for-8
  • Gordon Beckham: 1-for-7
  • Alejandro De Aza: 1-for-3
  • Dayan Viciedo: 1-for-3
  • Moises Sierra: 0-for-1

Scott Carroll, the 29-year old right-hander, made his big league debut on April 27 and picked up a win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Carroll allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Carroll threw the ball extremely well. Carroll was hung with the loss five days ago in Cleveland when he allowed two unearned runs on five hits with one walk and no strikeouts in six innings. Carroll has been excellent story for the Sox.

The Cubs should have tape on Carroll by now which should help the players put together good at bats and put runs on the board. The key is not to let him get comfortable on the mound. No one on the Cubs’ roster has faced Carroll in a big league ball game and they must make him work the first time through the lineup.

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  • BosephHeyden

    Taking on a pitcher no one on the team has ever seen before AND trying to prevent a season sweep? The Cubs have this one in the bag.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Kalish CF
    Valbuena 2B
    Rizzo 1B
    Castro SS
    Schierholtz RF
    Castillo C
    Coghlan DH
    Olt 3B
    Lake LF

    Arrieta P

    • Denver Mike

      I was travelling tonight so just checking in, but this may have been the most interesting lineup of the year so far. Too bad I didn’t get a chance to watch.

  • Tom U

    In a mildly interesting development, Logan Watkins is playing third base for the Iowa Cubs tonight. It is only the second time in his career he is playing there and his first time since 2011.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      thinking they are going for a Watkins/Olt platoon after they trade Barney and are forced to go with a Boni/Luis platoon at 2B?

      (hey…a guy can hope, right?)

  • Roland Bowman

    Good at bat and single by Rizzo. Worked the count full. Goes with the pitch into centerfield.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Jake has me a bit nervous so far tonight…not as sharp as his last outing so far.

    • Ripsnorter1

      What is his career ERA?
      What is his career WHIP?

      He has always had good stuff, but if you betting on him to outperform what he has always been, you are experiencing “blue hope.” And that has been proven over the years to be a losing bet.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    needed that K! (phew)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Arrieta got away with a couple to Viciedo. Long first inning (22 pitches) but no runs.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Hey!!! The Cubs may have lost first 3, but you are only as good as your last game, so if they win tonight, as far as I am concerned, they will have bested the Sox for 2014 in my eyes!

    #silverlinings #cubsfansnewreality #moralvictories

    • Tony_H

      You must have received my kool-aide gift pack I sent you :)

      PS, this isn’t twitter.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        I am trying to send positive vibes to Jake…one of my 4 SP’s tonight…if I don’t build a helluva fantasy lead, I will wind up losing on the last day…again.

        PS…what’s Twitter?

  • Roland Bowman

    Lake did not look good in his last at bat. Carroll spun a curve ball up there. Lake fouled it off.

  • Roland Bowman

    Nice diving stop by Valbuena. Unfortunately Alexi has some speed.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bryant just went yard … #9 and third in 2 days.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      time to head to Iowa…

  • Roland Bowman

    Kris Bryant homers again.

  • Roland Bowman

    Olt was playing in against De Aza, Castro playing up the middle. Wide open hole between 3rd and short and De Aza laces one thru there.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soler is 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and 2 RBI in first three plate appearances tonight

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      good…we really need him and Almora up here sooner rather than later!

  • Roland Bowman

    Terrible throw by Lake. Has to hit the cut off man.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    why do OFs always think they can throw out a fast guy who is practically halfway home already?

    • Tony_H

      I was fine with the attempt, just not the throw. Hit the cut-off man.

    • Roland Bowman

      I think he was trying to throw to the cut off man and just missed him. The cut off man was not lined up betweem Lake and Castillo. That didn’t help the situation either.

      • Tony_H

        That shouldn’t matter. He is throwing to the catcher on a line that a cut off man can cut off. It is the job of the 3B to get there. But that throw wasn’t even close.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    This is about to get very ugly

    • Roland Bowman

      A strike out and a double play will help.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Agreed … and I hope your right

      • Tony_H

        Got your double play!

        • Roland Bowman

          That is exactly how I envisioned the double play too.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            me too

  • Roland Bowman

    Nice play on the short hop by Olt. I also like that he didn’t try to force the throw to second.

  • Roland Bowman

    Bad base running. Cubs catch a break. The second run is on Lake.

  • Roland Bowman

    Kalish 1/2 way to a cycle. A rainbow throw form Sierra.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Boardrider going crazy somewhere right now. I picture him surrounded by 50 Kalish bobbleheads…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a big, big fly

  • Roland Bowman

    Rizzo! A bomb to left center

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    WE NEED THE SOX GROUNDKEEPER TO TALK FOREVER!!!!

    3 runs while this guy is talking sod…love it.

    • Tony_H

      Is that on the Sox telecast?

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        is there a separate Cubs tv telecast? Yeah…this is Comcast Sportsnet Chicago.

        • Tony_H

          Cubs is on WGN. I can’t take Hawk at all. Love listening to Stone though.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            WGN TV or Radio?

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            you aren’t in chicago area, right? maybe that is it. I think the local folks are stuck watching whoever the home team announcing tv crew is.

          • Tony_H

            Rockford area. But I think it is on WGN in Chicago as well. That is what Neil listed and shows up on the Cubs.com

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            yup…of course Neil was right…I hadn’t checked…tv was still set to CSN from last night when I got home. My comcast app lied to me about WGN.

          • Tony_H

            Always trust in Neil!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo’s shot, 407 feet

  • Roland Bowman

    Castro had a bad first at bat and bad second at bat. All his swings he is pulling sinkers to the left side of the diamond.

  • Roland Bowman

    Second Cub to get hit by Carroll.

  • Roland Bowman

    I wish Schierholtz would have rounded third. The throw was so bad he may have made it.

  • Tony_H

    3 picks until the Bears pick.

    • Roland Bowman

      How many TVs do you have?

      • Tony_H

        Not enough. Trying to follow draft, Cubs game and 3 fantasy teams.

        Just one. Easier to have multiple computer screens.

    • RynoTiger

      If Manziel is available when the Bears pick then they might as well go ahead and pick him

      • Tony_H

        I’d be very surprised. I expect a QB pick but in the later rounds. I expect a defensive player all the way.

  • Roland Bowman

    Nice patience by Lake

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake with a bases loaded walk to force in a run

  • RynoTiger

    OMG…Junior Lake didn’t strike out!

    • Tony_H

      LOL! Not sure if not striking out or taking a walk is more impressive.

  • Guest

    Kalish has oppty to send Boardrider into Cubbie Nirvana here…

  • Roland Bowman

    We need John CC to call a home run here.

    • John_CC

      Sorry Roland, just checking in. I’m not all that motivated to follow these games from the start lately.

      • Roland Bowman

        I think you are one for one in calling home runs. Save them for when they really need them.

        • John_CC

          I called one of Olt’s shots, you are correct. And I am saving my juju for when it’s really needed!

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    61 pitches and counting thru 3 for Sox P…

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    eff me…Arrieta can’t throw strikes. Going to be lucky if he goes 5, I think.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soler walked for the second time tonight

  • Roland Bowman

    Lake misplays the ball a bit, but still makes the play.

    • Tony_H

      He is so raw. I am not sure if it will ever come all together though.

      • Roland Bowman

        I know. Some at bats he looks awful. But then other at bats he is laying off the low breaking balls. And then when he connects, the ball goes a mile. He is very fast, especially for his size. I think he will be a 4rth outfielder unfortunately. He reminds me a bit of Soriano where he will foul several pitches off that he should have crushed. Then crushes a very good pitch by the pitcher.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Just how long has he been on the stove, and still raw?
        As they say, “How long is this going to take?”
        Forever is too long.

        • Tony_H

          Not even in the majors a year yet. Some guys take time once they reach the majors. And of course some guys never get it.

  • Tony_H

    Bears are on the clock.

    • Roland Bowman

      They went with a punter! Can you believe it?

      • Tony_H

        I dont’ think so Tim!

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      heard they wanted Donald, but Rams just took him. Wonder if they will trade down or take the S.

      • Tony_H

        I’ve been thinking DB all the way.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro goes yard

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      yeah! Please Arrieta…please qualify for this win!!!

  • Roland Bowman

    Castro’s third at bat was a bit better.

  • Roland Bowman

    Schierholtz with the Cubs second triple today

  • Tony_H

    Bear’s pick Kyle Fuller CB VA Tech

  • Roland Bowman

    Kalish calling for it. Schierholtz catches it.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      that’s what happens when you have 25 different OF combinations in first 5 weeks.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    heard Scott Baker just DFA’d?

    • Tony_H

      Looks like it. But he has told Texas he will report to Round Rock if he clears waivers.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Arrieta is killing me. I suck at CCO Fantasy…turning it off.

    • Tony_H

      If he is your 7th starter you are fine and have upside, but if he is higher than that…

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        he is my 7th…but look at my projections across my starters, and what they have done so far this year. they have all been bad.

        • Tony_H

          I am sure you could get some pitching for Trout!

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            things tend to come back to their norms and averages…all I can do is wait out these poor starts and expect them to go on streaks soon.

          • Tony_H

            Can’t blame me for trying :)

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            go ahead and accept the trade offer, then.

          • Tony_H

            Ah no!

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            dude…it’s Mike Trout…#1 fantasy player in the game.

            in. the. game.

            Rizzo is just a throw-in consolation.

          • Tony_H

            I am sure it would take Kershaw to make a deal work, but I would need a better SP than Arrieta back.

            Rizzo is pretty much off limits :)

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            instead of Arrieta, your choice of Garza, Lincecum, or Ubaldo. best I can do.

          • Tony_H

            Garza and Trout for Kershaw works for me!

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            garza and trout for kershaw and rizzo, you mean.

          • Tony_H

            Now we are back to NO!

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            and you have Texiera on the bench.

            Playing with your heart, Tony…do the smart thing.

          • Tony_H

            He’s my Utility guy. Off day had to make room for a bench guy who had a game.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            ok…well you can sleep on it.

            Dream of DL stints for Kershaw and AB’s of Trout in days gone by that slipped thru your fingers.

            you know where to find me when you change your mind.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Arrieta appears to be done for the night.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      damn my limitless capacity for Cubbie hope and dreams…selling me on Arrieta being the Opening Day starter he was in years past.

  • Roland Bowman

    Nice single by Olt going with the pitch.

  • Roland Bowman

    Lake does it again. Almost over runs the ball. But hey he is catching them.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ramirez struck out Viciedo and Ramirez to end the seventh inning. Zac Rosscup looked good as well.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    A jSlam for Olt

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    the name’s Olt…Mike Olt. I hit Homeruns…that’s what I do.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the White Sox 12-5 on Thursday night … Jake Arrieta: 4R, 3ER, 9H, 1BB, 1K, 4 IP (81 pitches, 47 strikes)

    Rizzo: 3-5, HR, 2B, 2RBI, 3R; Castro: 1-5, HR, 2R, HBP; Olt: 2-4, HR, 4RBI, HBP; Lake: 2-4, RBI, BB; Kalish: 2-6, 3B, R; Valbuena: 1-5, 2B, RBI,
    BB

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