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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