Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 07/25/14

Game One Hundred-One – Cubs (41-59) vs. Cardinals (54-47)

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

Travis Wood (7-9, 5.12/1.53/4.29) vs. Joe Kelly (2-1, 2.84/1.30/3.06)

Weather permitting … The Cubs open a three-game series this afternoon against their long-time rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs are coming off of two not-so-good days against the Padres and look to put Thursday’s embarrassment behind them. Travis Wood takes the hill today in search of a positive start to build on for the remainder of the season.

After today’s match-up of Travis Wood and Joe Kelly, Jake Arrieta is scheduled to face Shelby Miller on Saturday afternoon. Kyle Hendricks gets the tough task of squaring off against Adam Wainwright in Sunday’s finale.

The Cubs are 4-5 in the first nine games of the season with the Redbirds but have struggled in July in all three aspects of the game. For as challenging as it’s been over the past four-plus seasons, the Cubs usually step up and give the Cardinals all they can handle, hopefully that is the case again this weekend.

The Cubs celebration of the 1970s continues this weekend … Jack Brickhouse bobbleheads, Ernie Banks replica statues and ’78 throwback uniforms are on the calendar for the next three days.

Today all starts with Travis Wood …

Travis Wood is coming off another poor outing and is in need of a good start this afternoon against the Cardinals. Wood has really struggled since he tossed eight innings of shutout ball against the Phillies on June 15. Wood allowed seven runs, five earned, on eight hits with four walks and three strikeouts to Arizona in 5 1/3 innings.

Wood is 0-3 in his last four starts with a 7.97 ERA and a 2.11 WHIP. Wood has given up 30 hits with 13 walks and 15 strikeouts in his last 20 1/3 innings. The walks and lack of command are past the point of concern for Wood, but a good outing today would certainly go a long way moving forward for the rest of the season.

PrintTravis Wood makes his tenth start of the year at Wrigley this afternoon. Wood is 3-3 in the first nine with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. And he faces the Cardinals for the third time this season.

Travis Wood is 2-0 in two starts versus the Cardinals this year with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Wood was the beneficiary of a ton of run support when he faced the Redbirds in St. Louis on May 12 and he put together one of his best starts of the season against the Cardinals at Wrigley on May 2. Wood allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. For his career, Wood 5-5 in 13 starts versus the Cardinals with a 4.99 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Travis Wood

Joe Kelly has spent most of the season on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. The Cardinals placed Kelly on the DL on April 17, transferred him to the 60-day DL and did not activate him until July 11. Kelly was rocked in his first start back on July 11. The Brewers pounded Kelly to the tune of six runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in three innings. Kelly was much better his last time out and limited the Dodgers to one run on four hits in seven innings.

Joe Kelly has dominated the Cubs over the course of his three-year career. Kelly received a no-decision against the Cubs in St. Louis on April 11 after allowed one unearned run on six hits in six innings. For his career, Kelly is 3-2 in eight games, five starts, against the Cubs with a 2.19 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, Kelly is 2-2 in four games, three starts, with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Joe Kelly

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • John_CC

    Today would be a great day for Wood to blast out of this awful slump. Beating the Birds is one of the few team feel-good aspects of this season.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      It is always a very good day when the Cubs beat the Cardinals

    • BillyFinT

      Go Woody! 75 F, nice weather to win!

  • texcubnut

    So agree. Just don’t like the Cardinals and hope they don’t sniff the World Series this year. I’d rather see an LA vs. LA World Series than for the Cards to be there. At least we would get to see Clayton Kershaw vs. Mike Trout maybe 8-12 times in a series.

    So go Cubbies and put a hurt on St. Louis’ chances!!

    • BillyFinT

      Never to LA, never.

    • John_CC

      eewww…I don’t think I can go that far. Oakland is the only California team I can remotely pull for. Kershaw v. Trout would be awesome.

      What about the A’s v. Cards? Jeff Shark would be up against his old nemeses.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        Anaheim vs LA has the most interesting/known names, outside of Boston/Yankees. Detroit has some star power, too.

        Otherwise I don’t care much about the playoffs if the Cubs aren’t in them.

    • triple

      I’d like to see another A’s vs. Giants World Series, sans Earthquake interruption.

      • texcubnut

        I could live with that matchup. I’m kind of like Jason, if the Cubs aren’t in it, I’m not happy. ( I haven’t been happy for a long time! ) Seriously, I love baseball and always watch the playoffs and WS but the Series I found the most difficult to watch was the so-called subway series of mets vs. yankees.

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

          That series sucked. But any time the Cards are in is the worst. That year they came back on the Rangers just killed me! That was horrible!

          • texcubnut

            Tore me up too, Board. I definitely felt the pain of that one.

  • Tony_H

    Great common sense conversation by Len and JD!

    • triple

      You must be talking about Rizzo and his RISP BA vs. OBP?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bad throw that Holliday made even harder to catch.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Two errors, two run scoring hits on two-strike pitches and three runs in the first inning.

    All three hits, so far, Wood has allowed have been with two strikes.

  • Sonate

    Did they trade uniforms with their single-A squad???? The only good thing so far is that the runs are unearned.

  • BillyFinT

    Ah, the Peralta defensive talk, forever mystery, forever rifted between non-believers and practitioners…

    • BillyFinT

      Good moment for Travis, K-ed the cleanup hitter with the corner.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    66 pitches for Wood after two innings, all five hits surrendered on 2-strike pitches

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

      Wow! 66 pitches in 2 innings? That’s got to be up there for most in any inning by a Cubs pitcher this season.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        For a starter, probably. Unfortunately there were several 35+ pitch innings from relievers earlier in the year.

  • BillyFinT

    tied!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sweeney with a 3-run homer to left center … #2 on the season

  • Tony_H

    Always lots of talk of what is the best way to break in a prospect and more specifically a top prospect into the majors. The Cardinals, known as the best at the prospect area have had Oscar Taveres on roster twice this season. Now Taveras was a 16 year old when the Cardinals signed him and is now 22 years old. In this second call up this year (since about July 1st) he has started 11 of the 18 games and received 83 AB’s.

    Taveras has been splitting time with Craig after starting most of the games when he was called up on July 1st.

    Matheny says “I think there are benefits to being here, and there are other times where you do have players who need playing time. I don’t necessarily think that is where Oscar is right now. We need to get him locked in right now, and hopefully that can happen with opportunities, whether it’s as a pinch-hitter or when he gets starts. He is going to get opportunities.”

    “This game is about playing, so at some point, I do think getting at-bats are important,” Mozeliak said. “We said that in the month of July, if he was getting two or three games a week, that would be OK. But you bake in the All-Star break, then take into account that he is not getting a lot of at-bats at the moment — it is something that we, internally, have to reflect on.”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/stl/cardinals-nearing-potential-crossroads-with-oscar-taveras?ymd=20140724&content_id=86093166&vkey=news_stl

    I would say that there is not just one way to bring up a player and that every situation and player is different.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sweeney with a RBI single

  • Tony_H

    I always love watching our pitchers hit HR’s! #3 for T Wood

  • BillyFinT

    Wood got some wood!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wood with #3

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Holliday with a wind blown homer, game tied at five

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Chris Rusin is scheduled to pitch tonight for Iowa. Will be keeping an eye on that to make sure he does. Bullpen is spent and Wood is likely done after five innings.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Luis Luis with #7, a 2-run shot

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

    Man, Ramirez has been legit…

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

    Hey Sexy Texy, don’t look now but Valbuena has been heating up a bit of late…

    Still got 24 points to go before he’s under .225. I don’t remember what you’re going to owe me but you better be ready to pay up son!

    • triple

      You are funny Board!

    • cubtex

      Still plenty of time for him to be at the Valbuena line :)

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

        You are certifiable ST! That whatever it was is gonna look mighty nice on my wherever it will go!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo gets hit again

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rusin is starting tonight’s game for Iowa

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Cardinals 7-6 on Friday afternoon … Travis Wood: 5R, 2ER, 7H, 1BB, 5K, 5IP (113 pitches, 74 strikes)

    Sweeney: 2-4, HR, 4RBI; Valbuena: 1-2, HR, 2RBI, 2BB, 3R; Wood:
    1-2, HR; Rizzo: 1-3, 2 HBP, R

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Addison Russell with a solo HR to left in the 2nd inning, second HR of the game. Russell is 2-2 on the night with 2 HR, 4 RBI

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

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    Thanks to everyone for their patience with this.