Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Marlins – 06/07/14

Game Fifty-Nine – Cubs (24-34) vs. Marlins (32-29)

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

Jeff Samardzija (1-5, 2.54/1.15/3.02) vs. Randy Wolf (1-1, 3.38/1.13/1.76)

The Cubs will shoot to make in five wins in a row this afternoon behind Jeff Samardzija. Rick Renteria could use a long, quality start from Samardzija today while the Cubs’ number one starter could use a good outing to quiet some of his critics.

Jeff Samardzija is coming off a bad outing and since his clunker in Milwaukee the question has been is Samardzija going on another June swoon? Over the course of Samardzija’s career, June is by far his worst month of the season. Samardzija is 4-9 in 26 games, 12 starts, in June with a 6.59 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. Plus, Rick Renteria figures to have a short bullpen today. Brian Schlitter and Carlos Villanueva should not be available after each pitcher threw two innings on Friday. And Hector Rondon might not be available either after the long ninth inning.

The Cubs will face an old foe in Randy Wolf for the first time in a couple of seasons. Wolf took Jose Fernandez’s spot in the rotation when Miami’s ace had season-ending Tommy John surgery. Wolf knows how to pitch and he knows how to beat the Cubs. Renteria should fill his lineup with as many right handers as possible, with the exception of Anthony Rizzo. Right handers are hitting .250/.278/.389 against Wolf this year while lefties have managed an .182/.250/.167 slash line.

The Cubs staff had a good game plan in place for Friday and struck out 17 batters while issuing only one free pass in 13 innings. Will Samardzija follow Hammel’s example?

This afternoon all starts with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija is coming off one of the worst starts of his big league career. The Brewers torched Samardzija for three innings like they knew what he was getting ready to throw. Samardzija allowed eight runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts … and only two of those runs came via a home run.

Jeff Samardzija is 0-3 in six starts at Wrigley Field this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Samardzija faces the Marlins for the 14th time in his career today.

Today will be Samardzija’s fifth start against Miami. Jeff Samardzija is 2-1 in 13 games, four starts, with a 5.46 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP. Samardzija faced the Fish one time a year ago and gave up six runs on nine hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in six innings. Logan Morrison went deep early and Adeiny Hechavarria hit a grand slam off Samardzija in the sixth inning.

Marlins Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

Randy Wolf found the fountain of youth in his second Tommy John surgery that cost him his 2013 season. Wolf spent the spring with the Mariners, opted out of his contract and signed a minor league contract with the Marlins. Wolf is making his third start today and is coming off a solid start against the Rays. Wolf allowed one run on three hits in six innings with one walk and seven strikeouts.

Randy Wolf has had a ton of success against the Cubs over the course of his 17 seasons in the big leagues. Wolf is 6-11 in 25 starts against the Cubs with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP … and at Wrigley Field, 3-5 in 11 starts with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Wolf last faced the Cubs in the 2011 season. Wolf was 1-2 in four starts versus the Cubs in 2011 with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Randy Wolf

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Bonifacio CF
    Lake LF
    Rizzo 1B
    Castro SS
    Ruggiano RF
    Olt 3B
    Barney 2B
    Whiteside C
    Samardzija P

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I am ready for some roster dumping. Barney, Schierholtz…not sure if anyone wants Ruggiano or not. Bring up all the kids that you probably are going to DFA anyway, such as VItters and Bjax and any minor league lifers we have.

      It just feels difficult to get emotionally invested in this team when so many pieces are literally short-term and won’t be here next year and possibly not in 2 months. I want to start rooting for players again…not just the jersey.

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

        I agree. But lately they’ve really been playing well. If they stay hot they could be at .500 in a couple of weeks.

        Valbuena has been a great surprise. He may have some value to teams. His OBP is always high but he can hit and is versatile. Also, he’s still relatively young. In a few years he could be a borderline all-star.

        • cubtex

          Did you seriously just use the words all star and Luis Valbuena in the same sentence??

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

            At some point, borderline, sure. You don’t have to like him but he’s proving to be a solid big leaguer. He’s only 28. Next year or two I wouldn’t say it’s out of the question. He’s gotten better every year he’s been with the Cubs.

          • cubtex

            I will make a little bet with you. I say he will end the year closer to .200 than .250. Over and under being .225. Even with his torrid start this year he has only 6 hits in 44 PA with RISP.

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

            .225, I’ll take the over. You got a bet…

          • cubtex

            Remember last year he hit .291 in May. .190 in June and .190 in July and then played sparingly after that. Finished in the low .200′s just like the previous 3. Its a bet!

  • BigJonLilJon

    Pretty weak at the bottom of that lineup

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Kris Bryant was just intentionally walked again

    • BigJonLilJon

      I’ll bet he’s really learning a lot that way!!!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        That’s two that I am aware of in his last six games. The other teams are really pitching him carefully as well. It is easy to see what they are doing.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Correction, fourth one this season and the second since June 1. I was close.

        • BigJonLilJon

          I just think its a joke they’re holding him in AA. He needs to at least go to Iowa

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            The Double-A All-Star game is in 10 days …

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Bryant just hit #20

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I guess the FO has a different definition of “dominate” than I do.

          • RynoTiger

            yes they do and that’s why they have baseball jobs like the ones they do and the reason why most of us only baseball enthusiasts and not baseball management

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            gosh…they sound incredibly well-educated and infallible.

          • RynoTiger

            infallible? no. well-educated? it’s possible. experienced in what they do? yes. for as much as we posters think we know and could do better, I’m going to go out on a confident limb that we actually don’t know all there is to the management of a sports organization and the leadership and team members that make up that organization.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I am pretty sure I could make a bad coaching hire, select a #2 draft pick, and not sign marquee FA’s. I would fit right in.

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

            Could you bring 2 World Series to Boston?

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

            Sometimes we just need to step back and realize these guys are pros and know what they’re doing. I know many disagree with me but Theo is a proven top GM. Two rings to the 2nd worst franchise ever championship wise. He’s earned the benefit of the doubt for more than 3 years.

          • BigJonLilJon

            Wow. He’s a beast. But he’s not being challenged in AA. I guess the AA All Star is kind of cool and all but isn’t it more important to prepare to play in the MLB All Star game??

          • Tony_H

            Teams don’t make moves right now except for necessary moves. They wait until the draft is over and in many cases the all-star games.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bonifacio goes yard for the first time this season … two-run HR

    • Roland Bowman

      Only the eleventh of his career.

  • Roland Bowman

    Junior Lake just did a Kris Bryant!

  • Roland Bowman

    The shark fields his position well.

  • Roland Bowman

    Nice base running by Castro to tag and take thrid

  • Roland Bowman

    A sac fly by Olt would be good.

    • Roland Bowman

      Well he doesn’t have to. How about a jOlt?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Good to see him go with the pitch

        • Roland Bowman

          Yes. He has good power that way. Stanton looks kinda shaky fielding in RF today.

  • Roland Bowman

    Darwin Barney heating up

    • BigJonLilJon

      Depends on your definition of heating up.

      • Roland Bowman

        4 for his last 7. He will have his average over .300 in no time at that rate. (A lot of tongue in cheek.)

  • Roland Bowman

    What a throw by Olt!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What a play by Olt at third.

  • Roland Bowman

    That is probably it for the Shark. A very nice outing. A homerun and a wild pitch were all he allowed. 7 innings, 2 runs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very good outing by Samardzija

  • Roland Bowman

    Bonnafacio making the pitcher work

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake goes yard … again

  • Roland Bowman

    Lake again!

  • Roland Bowman

    Hatcher catching way too much of the plate and the Cubs are making him pay.

  • Roland Bowman

    Based on Stanton’s and Grimm’s reaction I thought his ball was gone. Wind must be blowing in.

  • Roland Bowman

    The Marlins gave up this years #39 pick for this guy Morris.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Ricky takes Olt out for pretty much no reason…

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Hmmm…Strop on for the save? Would rather see Neil Ramirez be in there if Rondon is unavailable.

    • triple

      Neil Ramirez is being handled very carefully due to past injuries. Yesterday was only the second time this season that he actually took the mound 2 days in a row, and he’s only pitched about 15 innings. I wouldn’t expect them to let him pitch 3 days in a row until near the end of the season, once he’s proving to remain effective pitching more frequently on back-to-back days. This is also part of the reason why the Cubs are carrying as many bullpen arms on the 25-man roster as they are.

      Hopefully Strop can remain healthy and effective, because this is looking like a really good bullpen that Theo and Co. put together, even despite the big miss on Jose Veras. Rondon, Ramirez, Schlitter, and Strop are all guys that this FO has brought into the organization… not so bad.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Schlitter was a JHendry acquistion.

        • triple

          Yes, and JH also put him on waivers and he was picked up by the Yankees, then returned to the Cubs due to injury. Didn’t seem like JH wanted much to do with him. Wasn’t even on the 40-man roster and while many here knocked Theo for extending so many non-roster invites to players before spring training, Brian Schlitter who received one of those invitations has made the best of it, and it seems that the Cubs are benefitting from that non-roster invite that Schlitter received. Should we thank Jim Hendry for Schlitter playing a positive role in the Cubs bullpen in 2014? I don’t think so…

          • Tony_H

            Triple using FACTS on Rip! Gotta love it!

  • Roland Bowman

    Nice 1 2 3 inning for Strop. A fun game to watch.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Marlins 5-2 on Saturday afternoon … Jeff Samardzija: 2R, 5H, 1BB, WP, 8K, 7IP (103 pitches, 70 strikes)

    Lake: 2-4, 2 HR; Bonifacio: 1-4, HR, 2RBI; Rizzo: 2-3, 2B, BB;
    Castro: 2-4, 2 2B, R; Barney: 2-4, 2B; Samardzija: 1-2, R

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

      Rizzo is raking of late. When he gets hot, look out.

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

      I assume Shark got the win?