Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Marlins – 06/08/14

Game Sixty – Cubs (25-34) vs. Marlins (32-30)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185, 844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.00/1.60/2.94) vs. Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.62/1.28/3.28)

The Cubs will shoot for their sixth win in a row this afternoon behind Jake Arrieta to close out the homestand. The Cubs have played good ball over the last five games and it will be up to Arrieta to throw strikes and keep the Marlins off the board while the offense tries to figure out Henderson Alvarez.

The Cubs will honor the 1942 team this afternoon with the third of nine Throwback Sundays. The ’42 Cubs were a second division team with a 66-86 record, sixth in the National League. The Marlins will honor the Miami Sun Sox teams from the 1940s and 1950s.

Rick Renteria should have all of his relievers up for today’s game that will give him options if Arrieta struggles early. Hector Rondon, Brian Schlitter and Carlos Villanueva were not available Saturday but should be okay to go today. Jeff Samardzija stepped up with a seven inning outing Saturday that shortened the game for a worn out bullpen.

Rick Renteria should run out a balanced lineup this afternoon. Right handers (.299/.348/.353) have had a lot more success against Henderson Alvarez this season than lefties (.264/.297/.347).

Today all starts with Jake Arrieta …

Jake Arrieta is coming off a rough outing against the Mets. Arrieta wiggled his way out of a lot of trouble and allowed only one run. Arrieta walked three and gave up seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Mets had multiple runners on base in each inning, but the Mets could not come up with a hit when they needed it. Arrieta dealt with command issues again. And when he was ahead in the count, he could not put the batter away. He has to learn how to pound the strike zone, his short outings are not good for him or the young arms in the Cubs’ pen.

'42 Cubs Jersey

’42 Cubs Jersey

Jake Arrieta makes his third start of the season at Wrigley this afternoon. Arrieta has two no-decisions at home this year with a 0.90 ERA and a very high 1.60 WHIP (one run on 11 hits with five walks, nine strikeouts, 10 innings).

Jake Arrieta makes the first start of his career against the Fish today.

Garrett Jones (2-for-8 with a home run and two walks), Casey McGehee (2-for-3 with a double) and Jeff Mathis (0-for-2) are the only three players on the Marlins active roster that has faced Arrieta in a big league ballgame.

Henderson Alvarez is coming off a complete-game shutout against the Rays. Alvarez scattered eight hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five. Alvarez has been lights out over his last three starts. Alvarez has not allowed a run, of any kind, since May 16, and has not issued a walk over his last two starts … 21 innings. The Cubs’ offense will have to make Alvarez work today, early swings will play into his strength.

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Miami Sun Sox Jersey

Henderson Alvarez is 0-2 in six road starts this season with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP and is a much different pitcher in his home park (3-1 in six starts with a 1.47 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP).

The Cubs will get their second look at Alvarez today. Alvarez beat the Cubs the only time he faced them after allowing three runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in six innings. Alvarez beat Travis Wood last Sept. 2 and the difference was … a three-run homer by Henderson Alvarez.

Cubs Career Numbers against Henderson Alvarez

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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
    Arrieta P

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Coghlan has somehow become a regular…has me pining for Sweeney.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Arrieta wiggled out again

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      With a lot of help from the homeplate ump

  • Tony_H

    You couldn’t make that 1st pitch wind up, up in a movie and get anyone to believe it was real.

  • paulcatanese

    It would be ironic,(but not unexpected) if the Cubs were to go on an extended
    winning streak and then have the roster dismantled (again) for the future.
    They do not have a bad pitching staff, and could be effective for the next couple of years, yet they are scheduled to be traded, at least the Shark and Hammel.
    Also many of the starters they have as position players.
    I wonder how many fans are going to keep on buying the wait for the prospects
    to bring a World Series to the North Side?

    • Tony_H

      So it is better to watch Hammel and Samardzija leave for nothing more than a comp pick when their contract is up?

      How would it be to have that comp pick for Garza instead of CJ Edwards, Justin Grimm, Neil Ramirez and Mike Olt?

      • paulcatanese

        I guess you are right, wins and losses mean nothing in the future plans of the Cubs, so why would I think about them winning a few?

        • Tony_H

          So you think it would be better to keep Hammel and Samardzija and win 72-75 games (if they somehow could) and then lose them to FA versus trading them and winning 65 for a number?

          • GaryLeeT

            What if an extended run of winning has Samardzija seeing the light, and he accepts the latest contract proposal? I am sure Hammel would sign for a reasonable amount, and term. The pen looks like it has it’s issues worked out. Next, Bryant get’s a call up, and ends up being the big bat that makes the engine really go. So now, they don’t look so far away. And if you piss in my Cheerios, I will not be a happy camper.

          • Tony_H

            If Samardzija excepts an extension then we keep him. But he won’t. He wants to be a FA.

            Hammel would need to be for 2015 only and look at Feldman’s year so far. Take Hammel’s good start and flip him for another Arrieta/Strop combo and call up Wada or Hendricks.

            You can do whatever you want to in your Cheerios.

          • GaryLeeT

            So no sense in using the eye test. Hammel, and Feldman are one in the same.

          • Tony_H

            Feldman looked awfully good last year and my eye test on Hammel is trade him while his value is high.

            Plus I think you meant Corn Flakes!

          • GaryLeeT

            You can’t get your analysis or adages right. To the Google with you, so you can find out that Cheerios, is used 5-1 over Cornflakes, and Feldman could only dream of having a change-up like Hammel’s.

          • Tony_H

            5-1…good research. Around here I have always heard as Corn Flakes. Either way, you can do what you want with them.

            People wanted to keep Maholm, people wanted to keep Feldman and now people want to keep Hammel. I would say the chance is less than 5% they will keep him.

          • GaryLeeT

            I wasn’t debating if they will keep him, because that is out of our hands. I am saying he’s worth keeping, and it’s something I did NOT say about the other 2.

          • Tony_H

            Ok. But we need to sell high on him while he is still at career highs on pretty much everything.

            Plus he has a very unsustainable BABIP of 234 versus his career 306.

            The Cardinals always seem to know when to walk away from guys like this and bring in another one. We need to keep doing the same.

          • GaryLeeT

            I say don’t sell high. Keep him, and build a competitive team this year, so they have some momentum, going into next year. That way Baez, and Bryant won’t have to put the pressure of savior on their shoulders. They can look at it like they get to join the party, and if a FA or 2 is needed, it won’t be so hard to lure them over. I think they will get much more value by keeping him then by trading him.

          • Tony_H

            And if he signs elsewhere in the off-season and we get nothing?

          • GaryLeeT

            I just told you what they get. It’s time to stop flipping, and build some cohesion.

          • Tony_H

            How is there cohesion if he leaves?

          • GaryLeeT

            I am only talking about this year. It’s time to change attitude, so they can properly receive the players coming up.

          • Tony_H

            Who says Bryant or Baez are coming up this year?

          • GaryLeeT

            If the Cubs get on a bit of a roll, I could see them swapping Bryant for Olt.

          • Tony_H

            I don’t believe anything at the major league level is going to change when Bryant comes up. No one is blocking him as he can go to 3B, RF or even LF and he will play everyday except for breathers.

            I would love to see him called up later this month and skip AAA. But I think he is going to Iowa to finish the year and then will not be a September call up.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Edwin Jackson comes to mind……..

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

            I’m with Gary. I’ve always heard Cheeeios ;)

          • Tony_H

            The irony of doing it with such a cheery product :)

          • Ripsnorter1

            Look at Hammel’s career stats, and see that he is having a contract drive right before your eyes. Then sign him, and watch him disappear….right before your very eyes.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Impossible. Ricketts does not want to pay anyone, imo. Smoke screen is what he is throwing up there.

          • paulcatanese

            No, I don’t care either way. As long as the present system continues, ignoring the Major League team,
            counting on prospects in the future and hoping they all come around at the same time, I just don’t care. If this is you’re cup of tea, enjoy it.

          • Tony_H

            5 game winning streaks are tough to take.

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

          If it’s a postseason in all for winning. But not just to win 5 or 10 more and not go to postseason. Let’s get Bundy or Sanchez and have a stud TOR locked up for years.

          But if we feel off 10 straight, why not go for it. Add a bat and we could contend. Our pitching is excellent.

  • Tony_H

    Great catch by Schierholtz in they Ivy!

  • Tony_H

    That has to be one of Arrieta’s most efficient innings so far this season.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      hey Tony…traveling today, so wanted to mention now before I forget that my opponent in CCO Fantasy looks to be starting #8 and #9 starts today, if you want to get him the heads up. I didn’t want to win off a technicality, in case his team puts on a big comeback.

      • Tony_H

        OK. I just back out the 9th+ starts. It looks like you have the game well in hand to get you back to 500.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          cool…thought the rule earlier in the year was 9+ starts was tantamount to a forfeit or something. works for me.

          If I can avoid injuries, a lot of my players are returning to their norms, so things are looking up.

          • Tony_H

            More of a scare tactic. Really hasn’t happened very often as I believe most have figured out it is better to manage your 8 starts yourself and only once all year did it change who would have won. If you learn how to avoid injuries let me know. Good luck on the rest of the season.

  • RynoTiger

    the Marlins announcing team mentioned an interesting fact that makes you wonder why Junior Lake is batting 2nd. they said that Junior Lake either leads the league or is close to the top in the number of swings and misses.

    • Tony_H

      He is not a 2 hole hitter. Valbuena is the best option out of the regulars with this group of players.

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

        Really Rizzo is…

        • Tony_H

          Not with this group, he needs to be 3/4. Long term he will be 5/6 or 2.

  • GaryLeeT

    Another blow to the Marlin’s SP staff.

  • Tony_H

    That’s too bad on Alvarez, he is good young pitcher. People should look back at that Marlins/Blue Jays trade again.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with a 2-run triple

  • Brp921

    Arrietta has looked good today. Early on I wondered if he could make it through six innings with his pitch count.

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

    Arietta is quietly having a solid year. Possibly developin into the pitcher he was estimated he could be. His parallels to Shark are interesting.

    Even his start against the Giants was good. His runs were bad breaks and easily it could have been a shutout. Hopefully by the end of the year he may be a bonifide #3 on his way to more.

  • gary3411

    why the hell was arietta take out for the Schitter, unreal. The Schitter has been solid lately, but I’m willing to bet luck was a big part, he is not a great pitcher.

    • Brp921

      I think with the shoulder fatigue Arrietta suffered in spring training, it was the right thing to do. I agree that Schlitter didn’t look good today from the get go though, I would have yanked him. I’m not up on the bullpen situation though.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Luis with a bases loaded walk

  • Tony_H

    Big RBI Walk! Great AB by Valbuena.

  • GaryLeeT

    Should have been ball 4 for Valbuena. One of the worst check swing blown calls I have ever seen.

    • GaryLeeT

      At least just was served in the end.

  • Brp921

    I just can’t shake the feeling that six in a row isn’t in the cards. I hope I’m wrong.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wild pitch allows the go ahead run to score.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Questionable, at best, bullpen management here.

    • GaryLeeT

      I was just going to ask if Ramirez was unavailable today.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Not that I am aware of. Grimm was late warming up as well.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Just announced that Ramirez and Rondon were not available. Usually those announcements are made before the game.

  • brent carmona

    Bryant bomb off the scoreboard! That’s 21 for him on the season.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Now tied for the most HR in the minors

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 4-3 to the Marlins on Sunday afternoon … Jake Arrieta: 0R, 3H, 0BB, 7K, 6IP (93 pitches, 60 strikes)

    Schierholtz: 1-4, 3B, 2RBI; Valbuena: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, R; Castro:
    1-5, 2B, R; Lake: 1-5, 2B

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Strop is way to inconsistent hopefully they can trade him.