Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Marlins – 06/06/14

Game Fifty-Eight – Cubs (23-34) vs. Marlins (32-28)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jason Hammel (6-3, 2.78/0.87/3.03) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 3.24/1.17/3.20)

The Cubs open a three-game series this afternoon against the tied-for-first place Miami Marlins. The Fish are playing very good baseball this season and are 10-17 on the road. The Cubs will shoot for their first four-game winning streak of the season today behind Jason Hammel.

The Cubs won four of the seven games (4-3) versus Miami last season, but this is a different team than the one from a year ago. The Marlins are playing with confidence and the additions of former Cubs Reed Johnson, Jeff Baker and Casey McGehee have made a difference. The Marlins recently added former Cubs’ farmhand Justin Bour to their roster. Miami took Bour from the Cubs in the minor league phase (Triple-A) of the Rule 5 Draft in December.

After this afternoon’s matchup of Jason Hammel and Nathan Eovaldi, Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face veteran lefty Randy Wolf on Saturday. Jake Arrieta and Henderson Alvarez will square off in the series finale on Sunday afternoon. The Cubs better get used to playing the Marlins. Seven of the Cubs next 13 games will be against the Fish. The Cubs wrap up the next road trip (11 games) with four in Miami.

Members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League will throw out the first pitch at Wrigley this afternoon and the first 10,000 through the gates will receive an AAGPBL bobblehead. Both teams will wear throwback jerseys on Sunday from the 1940s.

John Baker is sidelined for a couple of days after being hit in the throat with a baseball on Wednesday. How will Jason Hammel pitch this afternoon without Baker behind the plate?

Today all starts with Jason Hammel …

Jason Hammel quieted the concerns about his right hand the last time out. Hammel tossed seven innings of shutout ball in Milwaukee and allowed only four hits with no walks. Hammel struck out a season-high eight batters in seven innings. Hammel put the previous three starts behind him and finished the month on a positive note.

Jason Hammel was 2-2 in six starts in May with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP and is 3-0 in four starts at Wrigley this season with a 2.81 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. Hammel makes his fifth career start against the Marlins today.

Jason Hammel is 1-3 in six career games, four starts, against Miami with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. Hammel has not faced the Fish since 2011. Hammel picked up the win in his only game against the Marlins after allowing one run on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings on April 23 in Miami.

Marlins Career Numbers against Jason Hammel

With Jose Fernandez out for the remainder of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Nathan Eovaldi has moved to the top of the Marlins rotation. And he’s been very, very good all season.

Eovaldi is coming off a no decision against the Braves after allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts in eight innings. Eovaldi has allowed more than three earned runs in a single start two times in his last 10 starts and has surrendered less than three earned runs in seven of his last 10 games. Eovaldi has struggled on the road this season and is 1-1 with five starts with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP and will face the Cubs for the first time in his career this afternoon.

Nate Schierholtz (1-for-3) is the only player on the Cubs active roster that has faced Eovaldi during a regular season big league baseball game.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • BosephHeyden

    Sometimes I wish we went the Marlins route: sure, we’d suck 9 years every decade, and, yeah, we’d make a lot of mind-boggling moves, and would be at our worst when we should be playing better. But at least the one year out of the decade we wouldn’t suck we would make an inexplicable playoff run capped by a World Series victory…followed by the immediate destruction of that team and 9 more years of being awful.

    • GaryLeeT

      I would make that trade off in a heartbeat.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        no thanks…I remember 84 and 89. Don’t remember a lot of 1990 thru 2002, except for Kerry Wood coming on the scene and Sammy hitting longballs.

        Then Cubs were good in 2003, 04, 07, 08. That was a fun stretch.

        Losing sucks. I don’t care about WS championships…it is ridiculously hard/lucky to win a WS. What I want is a competitive playoff-contending team every year, so turning on the tv and watching the game is fun and not aggravating/depressing.

        • GaryLeeT

          Did you get to watch today’s game? Cubs cooling off 2 teams that were playing pretty well coming in.

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

      I’d certainly do it if we could have the championships. But man, they’ve caught lightning in a bottle twice. Can’t plan for that. Maybe with the 90’s team because that was an impressive collection of talent bought and paid for. But in 2004 it was much more out of nowhere.

      • Brp921

        I believe you meant 2003. Ouch!

        • Brp921

          I’m still not over that. Along with 84 and 69. Ouch again!

  • GaryLeeT

    Gee, will Stanton ever get it going this year? What a bust.

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

    Hope Hammel goes out and dominates…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hammel with 7 innings of shutout ball … that’s 14 straight scoreless innings for Hammel

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      can we stop trotting out Baker when he starts now…

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Baker started. He was told not to talk. Wasn’t supposed to start last night.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          crap. oh well.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ramirez with two strikeouts to end the eighth, and one was Stanton

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a two-run double to left off a right hander with runners in scoring position

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Three bloop singles off Rondon, bases loaded with one out in the ninth

    Here comes Justin Bour

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Not enough to overturn that call

    • Tony_H

      Side angle is close….

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Overturned … wow

        • Tony_H

          I agree, I didn’t think we would get that.

  • Tony_H

    About time we won a review that was close!!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Reed ties it up …

  • Tony_H

    Rondon has pitched well, even the Reed Johnson location was good.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Rondon pitched very good. That was down and in. Those reading the box score will see it a different way

      • GaryLeeT

        Still, I do like to see closers come in and mow them down. Too much contact, and not enough swings & misses. He even had the shadows working for him at one point.

        • Tony_H

          His SO/9 is 9.9. That’s really good.

          You can’t strike everyone out everytime.

          • GaryLeeT

            So was this a good outing or wasn’t it?

          • Tony_H

            He pitched well. The best contact was Reed Johnson’s hit. Results don’t always match how someone pitched.

            Net result is 3 runs and a tie game.

          • GaryLeeT

            He didn’t pitch well. Too much contact. Or, are only your opinions legal these days?

          • Tony_H

            I will take Neil’s opinion over yours.

          • GaryLeeT

            Here’s a quarter.

          • GaryLeeT

            No it wasn’t, the best contact was the hit by Jones where he beat a shift, and dumped the ball right where he wanted it.

      • Tony_H

        Even some who watched it!

  • Tony_H

    Rondon just lost me 5 points and pitched well.

  • Tony_H

    Stanton is so casual on fly balls.

  • triple

    It’s a bummer to see that Rondon blew a save opportunity from what I’m reading here. I really really think that they should give some closing opportunities to Schlitter. Even though he isn’t as much of a power arm like Rondon, or get lots of K’s, he induces a lot of ground balls and seems to get outs easily. If a pitcher is only giving up ground balls, they won’t go over the fence, and the only way to really get a hit is a hard hit ball down either line or in the hole. Isn’t he giving up a really low batting average?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Rondon blew the save, yes. The first three hits were bloops on pitches with good location. The mistake was made on Johnson, he is a first pitch fastball hitter, especially as a pinch hitter. Rondon threw a fastball.

      Ramirez would be a better option in my opinion if Rondon can’t do the job.

      • triple

        Yes. I agree Ramirez is a great option. But it is obvious they are handling him very carefully. I don’t even think he’s ever pitched 2 days in a row yet, has he? I don’t mind the way they are handling him though, as he is staying healthy and learning a lot about how to pitch and how to get major league hitters out. Can he possibly be a shut down reliever next year? I really hope so.

        And by no means am I down on Rondon. I really like the guy. And I haven’t been able to watch many games this season, but when I’ve seen Schlitter pitch. He’s been solid. Personally, I really like all 3 of these guys and hope/believe they may have a future in the Cubs bullpen. Yes Schlitter is older, but he’s older and maturity level probably helps with the kids, even if he doesn’t have alot of big league experience.

      • triple

        Another thing I do believe about the Cubs bullpen/future. is if you see the way they are handling Arodys Vizcaino in AA, it is very similar to how they’ve handled Ramirez with the Cubs, don’t you think? Next year we may just see Vizcaino pitching in a role very much like Ramirez’s role this year. And if Vizcaino pitches well in that role, he (or still even Ramirez this year) may have the possibility of being stretched out later in the season to see how he responds in a starting role to finish the last couple months of the season. It would be a nice step for either of them to take, if the FO thinks either of them have a future as a starter. By no means though, do I have any issue at all if they stay in the bullpen, especially if they pitch as well as they prove to be capable in the back end of the pen.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I agree with you on the way they are handling Ramirez and Vizcaino being very similar. The front office has not closed the door on Ramirez starting again. The goal with Vizcaino is just to keep him pitching this year. He is on the three-day schedule right now and will not be called up until he starts pitching on back to back days.

          I do not think they would try to stretch either one of them out to start again during the season, not even in the minors. With the injuries both of them have dealt with, it would be better to put them on an off-season program and stretch them out that way.

          It is nice to have arms to discuss.

          • daverj

            I would like to see Ramirez stay in the pen. In today’s game where starters often only 6 innings, it would be incredibly valuable to have a bullpen full of guys like Rondon, Ramirez, Strop and Vizcaino.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And here comes Jeff Baker …

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      And Baker grounded out …

  • triple

    Rizzo with a walkoff HR!!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Marlins 5-3 in 13 innings on Friday … Jason Hammel: 0R, 6H, 1BB (IBB), 8K, 7IP (99 pitches, 66 strikes)

    Rizzo: 2-6, HR, 2B, 4RBI, Schierholtz: 2-5, 3B, R; Coghlan:
    2-4, 2B, RBI, BB; Ruggiano: 1-1, 2B, R

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

    Super clutch game for Fats! And 4 straight for the good guys.

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

    Seems like I keep seeing Coghlans name in the box score of late. Haven’t gotten to watch much. Is he doing better? I’m pulling for him.