Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 06/13/14

Game Sixty-Five – Cubs (26-38) vs. Phillies (28-36)

  • Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
  • Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Jake Arrieta (1-1, 2.50/1.42/2.58) vs. Roberto Hernandez (2-4, 4.35/1.55/4.71)

Weather permitting … The Cubs begin a three-game series in Philadelphia. The forecast, however, does not look favorable for tonight. After dealing with three hours and 13 minutes worth of delays over four days in Pittsburgh, the Cubs could be in line for another long night at the ballpark.

With the Cubs dropping three of four in Pittsburgh and the Phillies sweeping the three-game series with the Padres, the Cubs have moved ahead of Ryne Sandberg’s team for the worst record in the National League. The Cubs road woes have continued. Outside of Wrigley Field, the Cubs are 11-24 this season. The Cubs stretch of 29 of 40 on the road is nearly over which will help the young team, which figures to get younger, over the last three months of the season.

The Cubs lost two of three to the Phillies at Wrigley Field during the first homestand of the season … and after this weekend, the Cubs are done with the Phillies until the 2015 season.

Following tonight’s matchup of Jake Arrieta and Roberto Hernandez, Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face David Buchanan on Saturday afternoon. Travis Wood and A.J. Burnett will close out the series Sunday afternoon.

Rick Renteria should load his lineup tonight with as many right-handed hitters as possible. Roberto Hernandez has limited lefties to a .221/.361/.277 line while right handers have hit .289/.350/.417 against him this season.

At some point this weekend, Jimmy Rollins will become the Phillies All-Time hits leader. Rollins is currently one base knock behind Mike Schmidt for the most basehits (2,234) in franchise history.

The Cubs will wear throwback jerseys from the ’64 season tonight as part of retro weekend at Citizens Bank Ball Park.

As was the case when Ryne Sandberg was at Wrigley Field for the first game of the 100th season at the old ballyard, it is fitting the Cubs are playing the Phillies tonight. 20 years ago today (1994), Ryne Sandberg shocked the Cubs and the fan base when he suddenly retired from baseball. Sandberg cited family reasons as to why he was walking away at the time. Sandberg returned in 1996 and spent two more seasons with the Cubs on the way to the Hall of Fame.

Tonight it all starts with Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta threw strikes five days ago and for the first time in a Cubs’ uniform he did not walk a batter. Arrieta was very sharp against the Marlins and arguably put together his best outing since he was acquired from the Orioles last July. Arrieta kept a very good Miami off the board for six innings, scattered three hits and struck out seven batters.

Jake Arrieta has three no decisions in three road starts this year. Arrieta has allowed one run on 14 hits in 16 innings outside of Wrigley (0.56 ERA, 1.19 WHIP). Arrieta needs to build on his last start and not take a step back tonight in Philly.

Tonight will be Arrieta’s third career start versus the Phillies. Arrieta is 1-1 in two career starts against Philly with an 8.44 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. Arrieta makes his first start at Citizens Bank tonight and the last time he faced the Phillies was way back in 2013. Arrieta limited the Phillies to one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings at Wrigley Field and the Cubs beat Sandberg’s Phillies 7-1.

Phillies Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta

The Cubs will get their second look of the season at the pitcher formally known as Fausto Carmona. Roberto Hernandez is coming off a short start in Cincinnati in which he allowed four runs on four this with three walks and two strikeouts in four innings. Hernandez has really struggled after he went back into the rotation on May 23. Hernandez is 0-2 in his last two starts with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Hernandez has allowed nine runs on nine hits with five walks and seven strikeouts in his last two starts (0-2).

Roberto Hernandez has thrown the ball a lot better at home than on the road (1-2 in six games, five starts, with a 6.12 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP). Hernandez is 1-2 in eight games, six starts, inside his home park with a 316 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.

One of Hernandez’s two victories this season came at the Cubs expense. Hernandez allowed two runs on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in in 5 1/3 innings back. And for his career, Hernandez is 1-0 in two games, one start, against the Cubs with a 3.18 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Roberto Hernandez

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Coghlan, Sweeney, Schierholtz, Barney, and baker in same lineup. FO plans for top 3 pick next year becoming clearer.

      • RynoTiger

        I’d like Olt and Lake to play more but they have both become so “swing and miss” that they have taken themselves out of more playing time.

        For Barney this is the time to give him more playing time to see if he can show improvement to increase odds of him being included in a trade.

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

          Sweeney may be able to get back to what e was doing pre injury lat season. He was improving before most recent DL trip. Schierholtz has to play some because he can be good and may have value.

          Barney could help a team with a mighty offense down te stretch.

    • RynoTiger

      Hey Neil, has Manny R reported to Iowa yet? I haven’t heard anything after the HR he hit while playing in Mesa.

      • Tom U

        Iowa beat writer Tommy Birch has said that Manny has not been sent to Sacramento, where the I-Cubs open tonight.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        No he has not reported to Iowa.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The throwback unis look good

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

    I had no idea Rollins had 2,233 hits. Number 2 behind Schmidt and about to be 1!

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

    So many Cubs use the one hand approach to fielding fly balls. I don’t like it. I was always taught to put my glove hand and my throwing hand up together and field it cleanly. Why not use 2? Can anyone tell me why 1 would give an advantage? To me its like wearing a seatbelt. 99/100 times it won’t matter a lick. But why leave yourself susceptible to that 1 time?

    • Tony_H

      There is no reason 1 hand is better, just showboating and laziness.

    • paulcatanese

      You could look at it as a “crutch”, if an outfielder boots a play with one hand, he’s an idiot for not using two. But then if an outfielder boots the play using two hands, he’s not a very good outfielder:) I guess they would rather be an idiot than not very good:)
      I agree with you and Tony, makes 0 sense to use just one hand, and infielders do the same thing on pop ups, just showboating IMO.

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

        I think some of it is showboating Paul. And ego. Think about pop ups to end a game 7. Guys always use two hands? May be the only time all year. That says its a showboating/ego thing. They know they should use two.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Phillies are not pitching to Rizzo

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a 2-run shot

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

    Why not call up Rafael Lopez and let him have a couple weeks in the show and send him back down when Castillo is back? Having an automatic out in the lineup is almost more productive than John Baker. He’s AAA all the way.

    • Tom U

      They would rather sign a retread like Yorvit Torrealba

    • Tony_H

      Adding him to the 40 man roster is the main reason. Adding a short term filler is the best way as you don’t care if you have to cut him when Castillo is back.

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

        That makes sense. Was Whiteside on the 40-man?

        • Tony_H

          Nope, but he is 34 and they will cut him when Castillo comes back and not be upset if he ends up elsewhere.

        • Patrick_Schaefer

          Hopefully Whiteside’s 40 man roster spot goes to Bryant.

          • Tony_H

            I would say that their is less than 1% chance that Bryant is brought up in 2014. He will go to Iowa and at the end of Iowa’s season he will go home after his 1st full season in professional baseball, then head to the AZ Fall League.

          • Patrick_Schaefer

            I’ve heard he will be up soon and I’ve heard September and I’ve heard next year in June. I’m not in the Cubs FO. So I don’t know. Different writers and analysts say different things it’s all speculation.

          • Denver Mike

            I can’t wait until Baez/Bryant are ready to fill the 3/4 spots in our lineup (hopefully). But if there is one player in the minors that is deserving of a call up, I think it’s Arismendy Alcantara. He has put of the same solid numbers across every level he’s played, and is finally adding some power in his early 20s. He could probably bat anywhere except 3/4/5 in the order, is a switch hitter, and plays multiple positions. He won’t get tons of press because he’s not a .300+ 30/30 guy, but .280 80/15/80/20 isn’t beyond his ceiling, and he is as ready as any other prospect in our system IMO.

          • Tony_H

            The 40 man roster is going to be tight this off-season. They have lots of arms that may need to be protected and a few hitters possible. So a player like Bryant that doesn’t need to be protected and that they would like to wait until Super 2 passes next year before calling him up is not likely to be added this season and take up a 40 man spot this off-season, and start his clock ticking. Like I said less than 1% chance he gets the call this year.

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

    Arietta is becoming a good pitcher before our eyes! If he can live up to his potential he can be very good. Just hit 95 on the gun. And his breaking stuff is nasty tonight. 55 pitches with two outs in the 4th. If he was more efficient he’d have a real good record.

  • Tom U

    Jason McLeod is in Tennessee to see the Smokies.

    • GaryLeeT

      I hope he has an extra one-way ticket with him.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        To Iowa …

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

          I have no problem with guys going from Tennessee to Iowa. If that is the development path they might as well stick with it. Look at how Baez struggled at first. Let Bryant move up incrementally and make adjustments in Iowa. I like hat the FO says about wanting players to adjust and overcome atruggles. What I don’t like is Bryant still being at Tennessee. Would have been good for him to come up a couple weeks ago Nd keep the process ging so he can get to Chicago by the end of the season.

          • Tony_H

            I just don’t think the plan for Bryant is being added to the 40 man roster and being in Chicago in September.

          • Tony_H

            I would love to see it as a fan, but from a long term perspective, the net gain does not make sense compared to the cost.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      McLeod has been with the Smokies since Wednesday

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro gets hit, Hernandez is ejected

    • Tony_H

      Seemed like a young ump trying to do to much there. No reason to throw him out.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Agreed, no intent there. Just another episode of The Ump Show

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sandberg is ejected

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That was another episode of The Ump Show

    No intent on Hernandez whatsoever. But if GN shows Ryno again, they will need to blur his mouth.

    • Tony_H

      I’m no lip reader, but that was one was pretty easy.

  • Tony_H

    Arrieta at 87 pitches through 6. He has 7 k’s and only allowed 1 hit and 1 walk.

  • Tony_H

    Arrieta at 100 pitches through 7
    9 K’s
    2 H’s
    1 BB
    0 R

    • Tony_H

      His ERA is now down to 2.09

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Excellent outing for him tonight.

      • Tony_H

        He has been pitching well. His WHIP is even down to 1.26 and it was very high after his first few starts.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I would have rather seen Ramirez here and not Strop

          • Tony_H

            I agree.

  • Tony_H

    I don’t like Strop in these situations right now.

    • Tony_H

      But he worked around a lead-off single. Nice job by Strop.

  • Tom U

    Daren Willman The #Yankees minor league pitching staffs lead in Ks with 2293. #Cubs 5th pic.twitter.com/liXVKppZIj

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I’m glad you posted that … good to see.

      • Tom U

        Thank you. Kyle Schwarber grounded out to first in his first at bat for Boise.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I know your listening, did he work the count?

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

            Very excited he got in time to open with Boise. Good for him an says a lot about him.

            And definitely good for the Cubs.

          • Tom U

            Sorry, internet went out at that time. He’s up again this next half inning. i have found a different feed.

          • Tom U

            Base hit for Schwarber on an 0-1 count in the 3rd inning.

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

    If we hold on tonight a headline could be “Fruit of Feldman Tree Yields Sweet Victory.” :))))

    Arietta and Strop keep the Phil’s off the board through 8.

    • Tony_H

      And time for the Rule V kid to come in and pick up a save.

      • Tony_H

        Looks like Ramirez is coming in.

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

        Ramirez coming in with a two run lead and Rollins, Utley and Howard coming up. Will really give us a chance to see if he could be the closer of the future.

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

      Or maybe “…tree gives Cubs taste of sweet victory.”

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

    Ramirez stats look real good. 24/4 K to BB. .64 ERA. 15 innings.

  • Tony_H

    Congrats to Rollins on tying Mike Schmidt for the Phillies All-time hits lead. Schmidt was one of my favorite players growing up.

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

      Rollins with a leadoff double. Utley pops out on a good play in foul territory by Coghlan. Rollins steals on catcher indifference.

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

    Ramirez throwing easy heat and knee bending curve.

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

    Ramirez blows Howard away and sits him down. Byrd up with 2 out and Rollins in 3rd…

  • Tony_H

    How does Byrd not swing at that pitch and how does Ramirez not get the call?

  • Tony_H

    Renteria gets that call! Cubs Win! Cubs Win!

    • Tony_H

      Same basic location as the ball 4 call to Byrd, but this one was a curve versus a fastball.

      Ramirez was not sharp tonight, but gets the save.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        That was one **** of a pitch to end the game, wow.

        • Tony_H

          4 asterisks is quite the sensor :)

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Gotta be careful and make sure I follow the rules

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Phillies 2-1 on Friday night … Jake Arrieta: 0R, 2H, 1BB, 9K in 7IP (100 pitches, 64 strikes)

    Starlin Castro: 1-3, HR, 2RBI, HBP; Anthony Rizzo: 1-2, 2BB, R;
    Chris Coghlan: 1-4

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Lake rode the bench in favor of guys with less talent who have a lower batting avg. And aren’t part of the future.

    • Tony_H

      It’s not like Lake is not playing. They are playing him based on how much, when and against who they want him to play and giving him days off as they feel is needed. The other guys like Coghlan are there to fill in when he is not playing.

  • John_CC

    I am not trying to stir the pot here, but seriously, if Ryno where the Cubs manager in year two with the record he has now, would the fans be shredding him like they did Sveum last year? I really wonder. No doubt he would have a longer leash from the fans, but what about the Chicago sports talk and beat writers?

    Under different circumstances I wish he could be the Cubs manager, but I am actually happy he is not right now.

    • Tony_H

      Good question and the answer is yes and no. Some would still have picked apart every decision no matter how how small and inconsequential.