Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Yankees – 05/21/14

Game Forty-Four – Cubs (16-27) vs. Yankees (23-21)

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

Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 1.62/1.11/2.86) vs. Chase Whitley (0-0, 0.00/0.86/2.65)

The Cubs wrap-up the five-game homestand and two-game series with the Yankees this afternoon behind Jeff Samardzija. With Tuesday victory over Masahiro Tanaka, the Cubs have already posted a winning homestand (3-1) and a win today would give the Cubs a season-long four game winning streak.

With Samardzija on the hill, a well-rested Welington Castillo should be behind the plate. And it should be difficult for Rick Renteria to take Mike Olt out of the lineup and move the red-hot Luis Valbuena off second base.

Since 2003, the Cubs are 4-3 against the Yankees at Wrigley Field and 4-8 in the 12 game in Interleague play with New York over the last 11 years.

Today all starts with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija is coming off his worst start of the season last Friday afternoon against the Brewers. Samardzija had trouble putting batters away and three charged errors ran up his pitch count. Samardzija lasted only five innings after throwing 99 pitches. Samardzija admitted after the game he should have done a better job of getting quick outs after his pitch count ballooned in the first couple of innings. Samardzija was charged with four runs, two earned on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings. And he was hung with a loss after the offense quit scoring runs.

Samardzija has pitched rather well at Wrigley this season. Samardzija is 0-3 in five starts with a 1.78 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. In 35 1/3 innings, Samardzija has allowed 12 runs, seven earned, on 28 hits with 12 walks and 33 strikeouts.

This afternoon will be the first time Jeff Samardzija has started a game against the Yankees. Samardzija pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief against the Yanks on June 18, 2011. Samardzija allowed one run on two hits with three walks while striking out one batter.

Yankees Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

Chase Whitley is making just his second big league start this afternoon. Whitley held the Mets scoreless for 4 2/3 innings in his Major League on May 15. Whitley gave up two hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts. Whitley was pitching rather well and reportedly rolling along against the Mets until the fifth inning when he issued back-to-back walks to start the inning.

The 24-year old right hander was 3-2 in seven games, six starts, for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre with a 2.39 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP (32 strikeouts, seven walks and 20 hits allowed in 26 1/3 innings)

No one on the Cubs active roster has faced Chase Whitley in a big league, regular season ballgame.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Ricky is coming around…except on Schierholtz/Kalish for some reason.
      I also think Castillo is better at #8…keep him fresher.

      I would have done:
      Boni
      Castro
      Rizzo
      Olt
      Lake
      Valbuena
      Schierholtz (or Kalish)
      Castillo
      P

      I know Castro is doing good at #4, but he won’t be there forever, and this gets your 2 best hitters (Rizzo and Castro) guaranteed ABs in the first inning.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here’s the Yankees lineup without Soriano: Gardner LF, Jeter SS, Ellsbury CF, Tex 1B, McCann C, Solarte 3B, Suzuki RF, Roberts 2B, Whitley P

  • paulcatanese

    As I mentioned, last night was a very convincing victory, however, I do not think using six pitchers in the process seems a little overboard to me, especially in the ninth, two out, five run lead and Renteria brings another in for the last out.
    Overuse will come back to haunt him. Not a great move.

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  • John_CC

    That 2003 match-up of Wood vs. Clemens is one of my favorite games. Clemens going for #300 and denied, Wood was sharp. 2003 was a fun year.

    • triple

      I was at that game John! I flew in from AZ to see the Saturday and Sunday games (Prior pitched that one) of that series. I made my decision on the way out that I’d be coming home with either a Wood or Prior jersey. Wood sealed the deal and I walked out of Wrigley on Saturday, went across the street and got myself a #34 jersey in road grey. Some memorable moments from that game for sure. Hee Sop Choi went down after bumping into Kerry Wood on an infield pop up and an ambulance came on the field to take him away… a very somber moment. And then his replacement, Eric Karros hit a clutch 3 run HR that sealed the 50th career win for Wood while preventing Clemens from 300 and giving him the loss. As soon as everyone there heard the crack of the ball off Karros’s bat, the whole place erupted! Another memorable moment was that there was a fight in the section behind us in the upper deck. When it was all said and done, and security was escorting the two guys out of the ballpark, it was really a riot to discover that the two guys fighting were a Red Sox and Yankee fan, HA!

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        The Universe conspired against Choi that day…Karros would play most of the rest of season, and then Cubs someone leveraged Choi to get DLee the following season. He had similar expectations to Rizzo, but never panned out.

  • Tony_H

    Nice job of Lake to transfer his toe to the bag on that head first slide to keep from sliding by the bag.

  • Tony_H

    The wind kept that Teixeira high fly ball from leaving the yard.

  • Roland Bowman

    Olt drilled that ball. Gardner misplayed it. He should have caught that.

    • BigJonLilJon

      I think Gardner was scared of the bricks

      • Roland Bowman

        Yeah, the ivy doesn’t offer much cushion.

    • BigJonLilJon

      Ball was just drilled.

  • Tony_H

    Nice to see Olt start to get hits that stay in the ballpark, not that I mind when they leave the ballpark.

    • triple

      I read something from an ESPN link that Neil posted where Olt basically said he has stopped trying to crush everything and is trying to take what is given to him. He realizes the approach he’s taking is much better. If he stays patient and with that approach, I think we will see big things from him.

      • Tony_H

        Hopefully he understands that he has the power to hit the ball out without sacrificing much in the way of contact.

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    How much longer do we have to watch Nate Schierholtz suck?

    • BigJonLilJon

      Until he stops sucking and Theo can trade him?

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Nate is ageless and timeless. I think another 5 years.
      He is to Ricky as Neifi Perez was to Dusty.

  • BigJonLilJon

    I like the way Castro played that ground ball. Put himself into a good fielding position, took his time and didn’t rush the throw even though the runner was busting it down the lne. Maturity??

    • Roland Bowman

      I have liked the way Castro has been fielding this year. He has made a lot of tough plays look easy.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    ok Yankees…you have seen enough of Hammel and Samardzjia at this point. Please give us your best 5 prospects and forgive the balance we owe on Soriano, and let’s call it a day.

    Want to consummate some trades being the injury bug that is sweeping MLB hits our SP’s.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      oh…and throw in Ichiro and we will give you Schierholtz…just for giggles.

    • Tony_H

      No thanks! The Yankees Top 5 prospects are not good enough.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        fine…throw in Ellsbury and give us the Soriano debt forgiveness to cut down on his salary. Can slot him in the OF for next 3-4 years it takes Soler/Almora to show up.

        • Tony_H

          They are not going to give up Ellsbury to gain a SP and I wouldn’t want that contract either.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            why do you worry about Rickett’s money…I am sure he has plenty to spend, right? Plus, to your point, what FA are we ever going to spend big bucks on anyway? Might as well get a productive player and overpay, since we have virtually no other contracts of note we are paying starting next year.

          • Tony_H

            Every contract matters, as it effects what else can be done down the road. I like Ellsbury, just not to that level.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            so the Cubs will never have an overpaid veteran contract to round out the club? Not too many WS winners in past 10 years without a few of those sprinkled in.

          • Tony_H

            Didn’t say that.

    • BigJonLilJon

      From from I’ve read, they don’t have the prospects for Shark. Possibly not even enough for Hammel either.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        no team has the trade haul needed for Samardzjia…it has grown to mythical proportions.

        • Tony_H

          Actually many teams have enough, just not teams like the Yankees.

          • BigJonLilJon

            Colorado would be a good fit for us. They have a need and the prospects. As does Miami.

          • Jeffrey Rogers

            I’ll take Gray

          • BigJonLilJon

            I agree. Ask for a few lesser prospects as well. I may like Miami’s young pitchers better. And since they have the 2nd pick in this draft, they may be willing to part with them

      • Tony_H

        I can see Hammel if we can get Sanchez and 2 arms.

        • Roland Bowman

          I would do Hammel for Sanchez alone.

          • Tony_H

            Very likely, but I like a couple of shots at some arms, even if we had to throw something their way to help offset.

          • Roland Bowman

            Certainly a couple more arms would be great. I just don’t think a team is going to give up that much for Hammel. I hope I am wrong.

          • Tony_H

            Yankees may want Barney or even a Ruggiano or Schierholtz type player as well.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            the Cubs don’t even want those players. Our Fantasy CCO doesn’t want those players (and this is a league of Cubs fans!) Bag of balls at best.

          • Tony_H

            Have you seen their bench.

          • Roland Bowman

            I think Barney has some value. He can play second and SS. I think he would hit for a better average if he had more playing time. His approach at the plate looks good this year. Makes the pitcher work. He is not swinging at bad pitches. Obviously aside from the occasional homerun he doesn’t have much power.

          • Roland Bowman

            Good point. You would think there would be a good fit there.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            is Sanchez really any better than our best performing arms on the farm today? Everybody else’s prospects are gold…the grass is always greener.

          • Roland Bowman

            I think he is a catcher

          • Tony_H

            He’s a catcher.

          • BigJonLilJon

            He’s a catcher

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            ahh…sorry…thought you were referring to the Toronto top prospects often mentioned.

          • Tony_H

            Sanchez is the Yankees #1 prospect, yet ranks 85th in all of baseball. That is how weak the Yankees system is for top prospects.

          • BigJonLilJon

            And isn’t there #2 prospect a catcher also?

          • Tony_H

            #3 J.R. Murhpy Just turned 23.

          • BigJonLilJon

            That’s who I was thinking of. Couldn’t recall. His name though. Thanks

          • Tony_H

            His future potential is as a major league regular, that’s not too good for your 3rd best prospect.

          • BigJonLilJon

            Yanks just don’t have the prospects.

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      I would try to trade Jeff S to the Rockies for Gray, Butler and Parker.

      • Tony_H

        I don’t see the Rockies trading Gray, but they would definitely not add 2 more guys anyone has ever heard of before.

        • Jeffrey Rogers

          You never know.

          • Tony_H

            No, this is a sure thing. They won’t trade their #1, #2, and #9 prospects which are their top 3 SP prospects for Samardzjia.

            Grammar edit.

          • BigJonLilJon

            Sounds like what Theo asked for from Toronto though

          • Tony_H

            Toronto wasn’t trading Gray in the deal.

          • Tony_H

            Trades are tough. I keep looking at your team trying to find a way to make a deal, and can’t put one together that I will even send you.

          • BigJonLilJon

            Yea it’s getting thin isn’t it. The only thing I thought of when I looked at your lineup earlier is I throw in a RP

          • Vivid_Reality

            I posted about a potential Rockies trade the other day. Some writers seem to think Gray can be acquired but I don’t really see it. I think they could move Butler and then just call Gray up but there is no chance they move both of them.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I don’t know…a pitcher with Samardzjia’s talent and robust mullet comes along once a generation.

      • John_CC

        I want CarGo.

        They aren’t trading Gray.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          this is why I don’t sweat the Samardzjia trade haul we get…it won’t contain any “can’t miss” prospects.

          Just like the Cubs won’t trade Baez or Bryant this year, no other team trades their equally valued (in their eyes) prospects.

          • Tony_H

            Will Myers was traded just last year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bonifacio with a triple

  • Roland Bowman

    Bonafacio with a lead off triple

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    what the heck is going on with this AB?

    • Tony_H

      Horrible call!

      • BigJonLilJon

        Replay ??

        • Tony_H

          Can’t do on a check swing.

          • BigJonLilJon

            True. Lol

    • BigJonLilJon

      Looked like Rizzo was hit on that check swing??

      • Tony_H

        He was, they said he didn’t check his swing.

        • Sonate

          He didn’t check it on the first, but he sure appeared to check on the second one. They missed the call.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I think Bonifacio kinda scored twice, but kinda didn’t. weird.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Jeter is a nice player and all, but this seems like overkill. I don’t remember anyone doing this for Canseco’s last season…

    • Tony_H

      Jeter is a classy player.

      • BigJonLilJon

        He Was a great player. The past few years his age has showed. He needs to be done.

        • Tony_H

          Agreed. Injuries tend to add up over time.

          • BigJonLilJon

            As does Father Time.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        true. I doubt he is the only one. Just saying…overkill. Save the player love for Cubs players. The Yankees will do plenty of honoring of Jeter…not sure we need to do it for him. Plus the Jeter/Cubs rivalry has been…well…it hasn’t been a rivalry.

        • Tony_H

          EVERY team is honoring Jeter in his last appearance at their park this year. It’s a classy thing to do.

    • John_CC

      Jeter is one of the best ball players of our generation. I think it is easy to not think of him in the upper echelon because he has never done any of the flashy, attention grabbing stuff. He’s never been a power hitter, though put up good seasons, never been known as a super speedster, but has the most SB in Yankee history. He’s not flashy with the glove. He doesn’t get the ESPN highlights (or lowlights) because he isn’t an egomanic and always putting himself first.

      But think of all the baseball greats and specifically the Yankee legends. Jeter has more than hits than any Yankee ever – 3300 and counting, he has played more games than any other Yankee, he’s 3rd in Runs, 6th in RBI, and 7th in BA.

      The dood is a pure class act, a flat out baseball player. And a new legend, though we don’t know it because he is playing in our time.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        all true…but not sure why Cubs need to honor him. Did other teams do the same for Ernie Banks? You get my point.

        By the way, there is a guy on Jeter’s team right now with over 4000 hits if you count his time in Japan. Rocket for an arm, SB machine, single season hits record, high average for the league in multiple years. Sadly Ichiro seems to be exiting mlb with a bit of a whimper. Stayed a bit too long, but likely trying for his 3000th mlb hit before he retires.

        • John_CC

          Come on man, it’s not the same. Ichiro is a Mariner when he goes into the hall. He’s had barely two seasons with the Yankees.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I know he is a Mariner. The point is: will the other 29 teams Ichiro is not playing for when he goes into his retirement season, celebrate him the same way? Not expecting the Yankees to lavish attention on him.

          • Tony_H

            Good chance once he announces it. Some players don’t say a word until the season is almost or is over.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    maybe if Nate can crouch even lower, say to a height of 2-1/2 feet, he would strike out less?

  • BigJonLilJon

    Do we think Shark is gonna have to have a complete game shut out to get a win today?

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    With every inning Samardzjia puts up a 0, I feel like I am watching my tech stocks in the late 90s…constantly going up. Just want the Cubs to make their trade before the bubble bursts!

    • BigJonLilJon

      So true. Cause we know he can’t this up. No one can

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        yep. he could have 1 horrible game, give up 6 ERs, and all his great stats are out the window. Smart teams will factor out the 1 game in evaluating him, but it won’t stop them from negotiating down a bit with the Cubs and using his bad game to their advantage.

        • Tony_H

          Add 6 ER to Samardzija and his ERA is still a great 2.25

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            yes…but I like Hoyer negotiating with a 1.something ERA better.

  • Roland Bowman

    That was a nice play by Castro. Backhand deep in the hole and still gets Ichiro by more than a step.

  • John_CC

    Will Ricky let Jeff hit and go back out for the 8th? I doubt it but he’s only at 95 pitches. I’d let him go.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      he’s a grown man.

      • John_CC

        Ricky or Jeff? Both.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          its a uniformed personnel decision, by both grown men.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent outing by Samardzija

    • BigJonLilJon

      Again.

  • Roland Bowman

    Let’s get this run in from third

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And the safety squeeze works … third time the charm

    • BigJonLilJon

      Finally. Shark just let out a big sigh

  • Roland Bowman

    Nice execution. 2-0

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Maybe Kalish should play more. Just a thought.

    • BigJonLilJon

      Where have I heard that before????

    • Roland Bowman

      He is a grown man

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        Yes…yes he is. But not sure that is enough to supplant Ricky’s illogical love for Schierholtz in the lineup daily.

  • Roland Bowman

    Nice job by Lake going the other way. Another run will be big.

  • John_CC

    Big insurance.

    Loaded for eStarlin.

    • John_CC

      oops

  • BigJonLilJon

    Standing ovation for Jeter right now. Do they boo him if he hits a 2 run jack?

  • Roland Bowman

    Nice play by Castro to end the eighth.

    • BigJonLilJon

      More like … Another nice play by Castro

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    4 in a row coming? Last time they did that???

    • BigJonLilJon

      Scary thought. Don’t jinx it!!!!!

      • Roland Bowman

        It is the streak that we do not speak of.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    uh-oh…our Walk Machine, Luis V, is smarting from that HBP.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      foul-off…my bad.

    • BigJonLilJon

      Hope he’s not seriously hurt. Would mean more of Barney

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        yep…that is scary thought.

        Do the mlb players wear shin guards under their pants? I think Bonds did over his pants, but he had all kinds of body armor.

        • BigJonLilJon

          I think it’s mostly on the outside from my experience and observations.

    • Tony_H

      He’s been a pretty productive this year.

      264/377/427/804 is a pretty good line.

      ISO 163

      Plus above average D.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        I am a Luis fan. I like him as a sub though, but starting over Barney, of course. Be great if he could learn OF, and be more versatile like Boni.

        • Tony_H

          I agree, except about the OF. I don’t see him out there.

          • Roland Bowman

            Why not Tony? He has a good arm. He isn’t that slow.

          • Tony_H

            I just don’t think he moves around like an OF, even a back-up should. Bonifacio definitely does. Castro and Barney do as well. It could just be my perception of him.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            he’s in shallow RF right now! didn’t do any good, but still.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Schierholtz slugs a 2-out single!

    • Roland Bowman

      Proving why he should be in the line up daily!

    • BigJonLilJon

      Are we sure that was him? Or was it someone else wearing schierholtz’s uniform

  • BigJonLilJon

    Shark is in locker room throwing up right now. Nerves

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Karma. And Soriano poised to pinch-hit.

      • Tony_H

        You have been so wrong about Samardzija, that at some point you should just admit it.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          He is pitching out of his mind this year so far. So is Hammel by the way. So did Feldman last year. So is Buerhle. A quarter season does not a career projection make. What he did past 3 years did not predict his current studly stats. But treat it like a gift from the universe to the Cubs FO…cash it in.

          As far as “karma” he is not likeable, and I want the Cubs to win, but I really don’t care if he gets the “W” in the process.

          Meanwhile, karma was just validated. Another no-decision.

          • Tony_H

            He is exceeding my expectations this year. I kind of think of it as his 3rd year starting type of thing.

    • Tony_H

      He’s checking his portfolio and seeing that his biggest investment, himself, just went up again today.

  • Roland Bowman

    Come on, three more outs

  • John_CC

    This looks bad. Its never easy.

  • Roland Bowman

    Man this sucks

    • Tony_H

      And Barney our defensive replacement with the error.

      How big is that check swing on Rizzo when he got hit now.

    • BigJonLilJon

      Barney just hurried the throw.

      • Roland Bowman

        I don’t think he could have got him regardless.

    • Sonate

      That sums it up perfectly! (Bleah!)

  • Roland Bowman

    They had a play at home. Should have just gotten one out. Of course hind sight is 20-20

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Rondon just did Veras a solid. Get ready for it. Closers are so fickle…and it is mental. Hopefully Rondon doesn’t let this affect his future save ops.

    • Tony_H

      Not one ball was hit hard.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        Sweaty Joe Borowski didn’t make excuses…he just got it done!

        • Tony_H

          Yeah, he never blew a save opportunity.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            he didn’t let it knock his confidence…will have to see if Rondon has that resiliency…hopefully he does!

    • Roland Bowman

      Rondon has looked good. The walk was bad. But the two hits were bloops.

  • Tony_H

    Maybe Barney can make up for the error and hit one out to win the game.

    • Tony_H

      Maybe not.

    • Roland Bowman

      Barney not helping his trade value

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      an impressive audition for the Yankees today, on defense and offense.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Don’t worry…Cubs will win in bottom of the 9th.

    Was typing this and then I saw Barney leading off.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Junior with a walkoff HR…calling it here.

    • John_CC

      The problem is that is what he is thinking.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        yeah…HR or really awkward K.

  • John_CC

    un-Be-LEIVE-able!! I can hear Ron as clear as day.

  • JasonPen

    Poor Jeff…

  • Roland Bowman

    Catro had time to make a good throw. He rushed the throw and threw it away.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    so….the game is still going on, eh?

  • Roland Bowman

    Junior Lake goes with the pitch again. A base hit to center.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here comes Veras for the 13th

  • Roland Bowman

    Veras doesn’t look like he has good command

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      None. Hasn’t had it since he put on a Cubs’ uniform.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        cant win all the buy-low and flip gambles, I guess. I was thinking he was straightened out from his minor/rehab stints, but he looks like he did in beginning of year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Veras is pulling everything again.

  • Eugene Debs

    Wow, Veras is terrible. Good grief.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    wow. ugly. bad.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Well…at least there is only 1 baserunner now. #silverlinings #glasshalffull #DFAVerasPlease

    • Sonate

      DFA Veras-YES!!!!!!

  • BillyFinT

    One good game then it’s back to the usual business of losing. What more can I expect? 200 million for Shark?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 4-2 to Yankees in 13 innings on Wednesday afternoon … Jeff Samardzija: 0R, 4H, 2BB, 3K, 7IP (95 pitches, 60 strikes)

    Olt: 1-3, 2B, SF RBI; Bonifacio: 1-5, 3B, RBI, SAC; Kalish: 1-1, 3B, R; Lake: 3-6; Valbuena: 1-5, R, BB