Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Nationals – 06/27/14

Game Seventy-Eight – Cubs (33-44) vs. Nationals (41-37)

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

Jason Hammel (6-5, 2.99/1.02/3.29) vs. Tanner Roark (7-4, 2.79/1.11/3.40)

The Cubs will shoot for two in a row over the first place Nationals this afternoon behind Jason Hammel. The Cubs are back to .500 at Wrigley after Thursday night’s win and are 3-4 on the homestand with three games in two days left to play.

Rick Renteria said Thursday the team plans to work Welington Castillo back into an everyday role and with Jason Hammel on the hill today, John Baker would have started anyway. Will Baker catch game one tomorrow with Welington Castillo in the nightcap with Jeff Samardzija on the bump?

Tanner Roark, the Wilmington High School product, makes his first start at Wrigley this afternoon and is expected to have a rather large crowd on hand to watch him pitch his second game at Wrigley. And Roark has been very good for Matt Williams this season.

Rick Renteria should load his lineup with as many right handers as possible, including Mike Olt. Right handers are hitting .268/.302/.321 against Roark this season while lefties have managed a .192/.268/.314 line.

This afternoon all starts with Jason Hammel …

Jason Hammel bounced back from rough starts against the Pirates in Pittsburgh and Marlins and pitched a good game his last time out, despite taking the loss. Hammel completed seven innings for the first time since June 6 and really made only two mistakes. Hammel served up a solo home run to Travis Snider and walked backup catcher Chris Stewart, who was able to score without a ball leaving the infield. Hammel gave up two runs on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts to the Pirates … and based on his comments following his last start, he will be glad to face a team not from Pittsburgh today.

Jason Hammel has pitched rather well for the Cubs this season and is 0-2 in his last four starts with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Even as he’s struggled, Hammel has averaged more than six innings in each of his last four starts. Hammel is 3-1 in six starts at Wrigley with a 2.27 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.

Today will be Hammel’s ninth career start against the Nationals. Jason Hammel is 6-0 in the first eight with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Hammel saw quite a bit of the Nats when he was with the Orioles for two seasons.

Nationals Career Numbers against Jason Hammel

Tanner Roark is having a very good first full season in the majors. Roark is coming off a win against the Braves in which he allowed one run on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Roark has not lost a game since June 1 and has not lost a game in which he pitched poorly since May 3. Roark has not allowed more than two earned runs in a single outing since he faced the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 3. Roark is 4-1 in his last five starts with a 1.44 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.

Today will be his eighth start outside of Nationals Park. Tanner Roark is 3-1 in the first seven with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP … and he will make his first career start versus the Cubs.

Tanner Roark faced the Cubs last Aug. 21 at Wrigley Field and gave up two runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.

Cubs Career Numbers against Tanner Roark

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Sweeney RF
    Ruggiano CF
    Rizzo 1B
    Castro SS
    Valbuena 3B
    Coghlan LF
    Baker C
    Barney 2B
    Hammel P

    • redlarczykg

      I see only five holes in the lineup, Sweeney, Ruggiano, Coghlan, Baker and Barney. But they are part of the plan to lose for 4 years, so the Cubs will be really great someday.
      This is a very painful thing Theo & Jed is doing to the l o n g suffering Cub fan.

      • triple

        “You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren’t happy in one place, chances are you won’t be happy in any place.”

        -Ernie Banks

        • BillyFinT

          What an amazing idea! I was actually thinking about this this morning.

        • Denver Mike

          Apt advice for us all!

          • triple

            I was happy to see Neil quote it above. It is so true, and Ernie was/is a wise man who is humble, yet had so much talent. And that quote speaks so much truth. Banks didn’t have such a great attitude as a result of coping with being on a losing team, he brought that attitude with him and it’s partly why he was so successful.

        • redlarczykg

          Ernie and Jack Brickhouse were very happy losers. How do you think Ernie maintained such a happy attitude.

          • John_CC

            You called Ernie Banks a loser. You are lame, man!

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        If Olt were playing there would be one more hole and you forgot Hammel.

      • triple

        Let’s see, the Cubs beat a first place team for a 2nd day in a row, and who contributed to the win?

        Sweeney: 2/5, 2 RBI
        Ruggiano: 2/5, 1 run scored
        Coghlan: 2/4, 2 runs scored
        Baker: 3/3, 4 RBI, 1 run scored
        Barney: 1/4, 1 RBI

        Maybe you need to listen to Mr. Cub and find that happiness from within. Because even when Sweeney, Ruggiano, Coghlan, Baker, and Barney step up and deliver a win against a 1st place team, they still have not brought you any happiness.

    • redlarczykg

      I see only five holes in the lineup, Sweeney, Ruggiano, Coghlan, Baker and Barney. But they are part of the plan to lose for 4 years, so the Cubs will be really great someday.
      This is a very painful thing Theo & Jed is doing to the l o n g suffering Cub fan.

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  • BillyFinT

    Coghlan is not doing well on left field. That shouldn’t be a run in.

  • BillyFinT

    Good job by J.H, containing damage.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Barney has hit safely in 7 of his last 8 games.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Wow Kate Schierholtz is gorgeous

    • redlarczykg

      She is really hot! Just think of the chicks we could have got if we could only hit .200.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree, only thing, I thought she was his daughter:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent throw by Baker

    • paulcatanese

      I think he had a career day.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sweeney delivers a two-out, two run single

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Coghlan is out, this will be reversed

    • Sonate

      Yes, and if he doesn’t slide, he’s safe.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Wow Sweeney Ruggiano Baker Barney Coghlan and Hammel all have hits.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Blevins finally makes his Wrigley debut

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    John Baker with a three-run double

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Ricky gets rewarded again for stupid decisions…let’s really bad lefties (coghlan and baker) face a lefty, instead of using a righty off the bench.

    glad Cubs scored runs but it just reinforces these weird/odd/inconsistent choices Ricky makes.

    • RynoTiger

      or he was being a manager and made a decision that he thought gave his team the best opportunity to score runs because the batter had been doing well at the plate already today and perhaps based on the pitcher he felt that it was a better match up than what was available..and look he was right as Baker came through and delivered.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        yep…the current mgr is flawless and should not be criticized, you’re right. I will go see what Sveum is up to instead.

        • RynoTiger

          did I say don’t criticize him? Nope. I merely offered a different interpretation of the situation. Has he made questionable decisions this year? Sure has.

          • BigJonLilJon

            As the manager, he makes the decisions. Some will be good and some will be bad. When they go his way, we praise him. When they don’t , he gets criticized. Some we won’t agree with. In RR’s case… Most. Hero or goat. At end of day, he must answer for those decisions. The good and the bad. It’s called contract extended or ran out of town.

        • Patrick_Schaefer

          He didn’t want to put Lake in after yesterday, and they are easing Castillo back in.

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        He didn’t want to put Lake in after yesterday and they are easing Castillo back in.

  • BigJonLilJon

    Wow. Just turned on game. 7-2 Cubs!!! I must need new glasses!!

    • GaryLeeT

      A huge game from the Mendoza gang. Or, another one I like to use is the Kelly Cubs.

      • BigJonLilJon

        Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then!!!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Nationals 7-2 on Friday afternoon … Jason Hammel: 2R, 5H, 1BB, 6K, 6.1 IP (101 pitches, 64 strikes)

    Baker: 3-3, 2B, 4RBI, BB, R; Sweeney: 2-5, 2RBI; Barney: 1-4,
    RBI; Coghlan: 2-4, 2R; Ruggiano: 2-5, 2B, R

    • BigJonLilJon

      Sounds like a good fantasy day for Mr Hammel!!!!! And for me.

  • Vivid_Reality

    A pretty solid start from Hammel against a contending ball club in first place. I’ll be interested to see if he gets another start as his next one is scheduled right around when IFA opens July 2nd. I fully expect him to be traded on that day or shortly there after.