Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Braves – 07/13/14

Game Ninety-Four – Cubs (40-53) vs. Braves (51-43)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187, 844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (7-7, 4.64/1.48/4.20) vs. Julio Teheran (8-6, 2.57/1.03/3.35)

The Cubs will shoot to take the rubber-game of the series against the Braves this afternoon behind Travis Wood. A win today would give the Cubs three victories in four games going into the All-Star break.

Even with Saturday’s embarrassing pitching performance, the Cubs offense has looked much better over the last three games. Arismendy Alcantara is expected back in the starting lineup today and Luis Valbuena is expected back at third. Chris Coghlan and Justin Ruggiano might be the only two players on the Cubs roster not looking forward to the All-Star break with the way they’ve been hitting of late.

'69 Throwback Jersey

’69 Throwback Jersey

The Cubs will honor the ’69 team this afternoon with the fifth of nine Throwback Sundays. The ’69 team featured four Hall of Famers in Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ferguson Jenkins and Ron Santo … and was managed by the fiery Leo Durocher. The team fell apart in August and while the group of players did not play in the post-season together, the ’69 team remains one of the most popular in Cubs’ history.

The SiriusXM Radio All-Star Futures Game takes place this afternoon at Target Field in Minneapolis. Kris Bryant (U.S. Team) and Javier Baez (World Team) will be in opposing dugouts for the first time as the best young players in the game square off for a nine-inning exhibition. Bryant is hitting fourth and playing third base for the U.S. Team and Baez will be used off the bench. The Indians’ Francisco Lindor is starting at shortstop of the World Team. The MLB Network will televise the game with the play-by-play available on MLB Network Radio. Mike Ferrin, Jim Duquette, Jim Bowden and Grant Paulsen will call the action and give in depth analysis of the prospects participating in the game. First pitch, weather permitting, is scheduled for 4:00pm CDT from the home of the Minnesota Twins.

The final game before the break all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood is looking to finish the first half of his season on a positive note and try to bounce back after the break to the way he pitched for a majority of last year. Wood is coming off another rough outing, and he gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits to the Reds. Wood issued two walks and struck out five in 5 1/3 innings. Wood has not pitched to his expectations so far this year, but has performed better at Wrigley than on the road. Wood is 3-2 in eight home starts with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

PrintWood is 0-1 in his last two starts with a 6.00 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP. Wood has given up 15 hits with six walks and just eight strikeouts in his last nine innings. Wood missed the Braves in May and makes his second career start against Atlanta this afternoon.

Travis Wood received a no decision in his only start against the Braves (Sept. 21, 2013) after allowing one run on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings.

Braves Career Numbers against Travis Wood

Julio Teheran has been very good for the Braves, for the most part, this season. Teheran will put together a dud every once in a while and he is coming off one of those outings. Teheran gave up five runs on 11 hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Both the hits allowed (11) and innings pitched (3 1/3 innings) were Teheran’s worst totals of the season.

Julio Teheran is 5-5 in 10 road starts this year with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP and he faces the Cubs for the fourth time in his career this afternoon. Teheran shut down the Cubs for eight innings on May 9 but received a no decision after he allowed one run on one hit (a Mike Olt homer) with two walks and nine strikeouts.

Cubs Career Numbers against Julio Teheran

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

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

      I like this lineup. R/L every other guy. I’m still on the play Olt train and would prefer Alcantara in CF with Valbuena at 2nd. But other than that I think this is a lineup that will compete. Sweeney has had a few hits of late.

      • Tony_H

        This is one of the better lineups. I would prefer Schierholtz over Sweeney in RF.

      • Tony d

        I agree with letting olt get some regular at bats. They have let barney get his cuts in for over two years. We no that barney has no stick!

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  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Our starting RF has a .553 ops wow that’s bad.

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      Junior Lake has a .620 ops Mike Olt has a .600 ops Darwin Barney .576 ops Nate Schierholtz has a .564 ops

      • Tony_H

        1 Coghaln 803
        2 Alcantara 1.011
        3 Rizzo 886
        4 Castro 766
        5 Valbuena 748
        6 Ruggiano 830
        7 Sweeney 553
        8 Baker 548
        9 Wood 771

        • Patrick_Schaefer

          One positve thing besides solid defense I have noticed about Olt lately is he has been taking his walks lately. Still not hitting though. His swing is very long.

          • Patrick_Schaefer

            Olt has a .2667 ops against Teheran. 1 for 2 with a homerun a walk and a strikeout.

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

            I’ve noticed the same. He needs to really work on shortening things up. I’d like to see Mueller tweak him and see what he can do in the 2nd half.

  • RynoTiger

    the Braves announcers said that Valbuena is batting .175 over his last 20 games…no bueno…

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

    I can’t watch today :(. Guess I’ll be watching to see if Messi can beat Germany. Please keep the play by play as much as possible. I may go sit by the pool and turn the game on the radio after a few innings.

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      U r not missing anything good happening. It’s all bad so far.

  • RynoTiger

    if you have that thing call the internet you can watch for free…

    • RynoTiger

      that was meant for Boardrider

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

        I listen, is it steamed live somewhere? And not expensive?

    • MNCub

      MLB.com??

  • Brp921

    Just turned on the game. I guess I’ll turn it right back off.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Well turning it off not wasting a beautiful day outside to watch bad baseball.

  • Denver Mike

    I turned this game off during the 3-run 2nd, and I’m glad I did. This starting staff outside of Arrietta is too frustrating to watch. It’s looking more and more like not signing Wood to an extension may have been a good thing. He looks more and more like a 4/5 starter each time out.

  • Tony_H

    Travis Wood was off today, and gave up 7 runs in the 2nd and 3rd. But he kept going and finished 6 innings after putting up 3 zeros to finish out his day.

    6 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

  • Tony_H

    Alcantara with his first career Home Run!!

    • Ripsnorter1

      He looks like Castro when he first came up, don’t you think?

      • Tony_H

        Yes and bringing some excitement to the ole ball yard.

        He is definitely not intimidated by his surroundings. He is making it very difficult on the FO to send him back to Iowa.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Alcantara with his first big league HR, a 2-run shot on a 0-2 pitch and it was a breaking ball

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

    Is Coghlan just on a one year deal? I really hope we have him next year. He’s young and I think he’s gotten his groove back. .300 and 20 HR next season wouldn’t surprise me. He’d be a nice guy to have to help while we wait on the young guys. Alcantara in CF, Coghlan in LF and maybe an affordable FA in right? Or, and I know many disagree, but if Kalish gets on track at AAA he could be in RF next season. I still think he had a future.

    • Denver Mike

      He is arbitration eligible, but won’t be a FA until 2017

    • triple

      He’s got 2 arbitration years ahead of him. So he can be a cheap platoon player with some speed and pop in his bat, and as the prospects come up, he can easily adjust and be a good bench player. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Cubs hold onto him, Ruggiano, and Valbuena, as they all have 2 more arbitration years and have enough to offer, that they can become good bench players once all the prospects are coming up.

      And for an update on the game, the Cubs aren’t letting up and have the bases loaded w/ one out in the bottom of the 8th, but down 10-5.

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

        Looking at FanGraphs, Coghlan has been better this season vs. lefties than righties. And in seasons where he’s been good that’s been the case. His worst seasons it appears that was his achilles heal, against lefties. But for now he’s got it figured out, and if that continues then he could be an everyday player.

        I wouldn’t mind Melky Cabrera. He’s been pretty good this season. But other than his big year in SF, when he got busted for PED’s, his numbers in his good seasons look very similar to Coghlan. If Coghlan sustains his recent success until the end of the season, I would just assume to keep him than commit 3 or 4 years to Cabrera. If he’s ours through 2016 than by the end of that we’d likely be in a position to have internal options for the outfield. Or if he continues this over the next two seasons then we could resign him, at 32 or 33 he’d be affordable and not long term, and have him as insurance if Soler, Scwarber or whoever flops. Committing to Melky Cabrera until 2019 at 10 million per seems like a lot for those last couple seasons when he’d hopefully be a bench player.

        • triple

          I totally get what you are saying… But consider that Melky is the same age as Coghlan (as far as season age goes/but actually 10 mths older) with much more regular and postseason experience (including winning a World Series). His career .285 BA ranks 36th among current active players in career batting average, which puts him right in the ranks of David Ortiz (34th), Aramis Ramirez (38th), Prince Fielder (39th), Yadier Molina (40th), and Starlin Castro (48th), meaning he is a bonafide big league hitter. He can play all 3 outfield positions so he can move around to allow the kids to play in their positions that they are more comfortable in. And being a switch-hitter with a lifetime .290 BA against RHP & .275 against LHP would give them 2 switch-hitters (Alcantara) who will see pitches well out of opposing pitchers hands and set the table for the middle of the order. A three year contract would only take him through the 2017 season. I wouldn’t be opposed to offering him a little more money or that extra year if it got him to commit.

          Don’t get me wrong, I like Coghlan, but at his age he is destined to be a role/bench player already, while Melky is a true everyday big leaguer. Just adding one guy like him to our OF, and at least one TOR type pitcher (if not 2), could really make the 2015 Cubs a competitive team that can make a run at a playoff spot.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Here is a roster with contract info that might help you moving forward

      https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nkDWpDW0zkWq2pdfkSxWn9JjbgU26V4Lha6DfMbMXb4/edit?pli=1

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

        Thanks Neil! I’ll save it to my reading list.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soler has hit two homers today

    • Denver Mike

      If he can stay healthy he should finish the regular season with about 200 ABs at the AA level. Assuming Tennessee makes the playoffs he should finish the year right around the 236 ABs he had at A+ last year. I really hope he stays on the field and keeps raking, because I think he starts next year at AAA if he does.

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

        I would imagine so. Considering all the injuries his ability to just step on the field and rake is pretty special.

      • triple

        Definitely hope he can stay healthy. If so, I imagine he would play in the Fall League again. And as long as all that goes smoothly, don’t see why he couldn’t start in AAA next year. And if he’s successful (and healthy) there, I don’t know why he wouldn’t be playing for the Cubs by the end of next season. That would really be something.

  • triple

    Cubs still giving it their best… 10-7, John Baker keeping the rally alive!

    • triple

      And then Lake kills it :(

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    I thought Wood may have overachieved a bit last year, but this dropoff is disappointing. Wanted him to lockdown the #3 spot in rotation, but right now he looks like a #5. (yes, I am excluding EJax from future consideration completely)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Upton just took away another extra basehit from Alcantara

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      …and he can cool it on whining about the unsafe/hard brick wall he just hit. Ald Tunney can explain that is protected and must never be altered!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 10-7 to the Braves on Sunday afternoon … Travis Wood: 7R, 7H, 1HR, 3BB, 4K, 6IP (104 pitches, 66 strikes)

    Alcantara: 2-5, HR, 2B, 2RBI; Coghlan: 2-4, HR, 2RBI, BB; Baker: 2-4, 2B, 2RBI; Rizzo: 1-5, R; Castro: 0-2, 2BB

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Even my guy, the mighty Chris Coghlan, couldn’t help me overtake Tony’s juggernaut in Fantasy CCO…

    • Tony_H

      Sorry man, you just got my best week of the year. And in a week where Kershaw, Price and Richards only started once. I finished the 1st half strong with my 2 best weeks.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Alcantara doesn’t have to get 2 hits or big hits every game…I just hope he plays consistently and never gets sent down! I want to see more of the future here in the present…much more exciting to watch!

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      short guy hitting homer…lefty…reminds me of Corey Patterson a bit. (when he was good in 1H of 2003 anyway)

    • Tony_H

      The future is on MLB channel right now.

  • Tony_H

    Javy Baez just went opposite field for a Home Run!

    World now leading 2-1

    • Tony_H

      Curve ball outer half of the plate, just went with it, off of Giolito.

      • triple

        The pitcher did leave it up too much, or else it would have been a nice pitch. I remember seeing the catcher’s glove coming up from where he wanted it down low. But a very nice example of Baez getting better at pitch recognition and being able to go the other way with a mistake.

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