Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Nationals – 07/04/14

Game Eighty-Four – Cubs (37-46) vs. Nationals (46-38)

  • Game Time – 10:05am CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
  • Location – Nationals Park, Washington D.C.

Jason Hammel (7-5, 2.98/1.01/3.11) vs. Tanner Roark (7-5, 2.98/1.15/3.37)

Happy Fourth of July!

Weather permitting … The Cubs 11-game road trip continues this morning with the first of three against the Nationals. After spending Thursday’s off day in the Nation’s Capital, the Cubs will try to pick-up where they left off at Fenway Park. The Cubs swept the Red Sox and begin play today nine games under .500. But the Cubs will face a very good team in their home park for the next three days.

The Cubs and Nationals split the four-game series last weekend at Wrigley. After beating the Nationals the first two days, the Cubs lost both games of the day-night doubleheader and scored a grand total of two runs in the last 18 innings of the four-game set while the Nationals scored 10 times.

The Cubs have won only 18 times outside of Wrigley Field (18-26) this season while the Nationals have the second most home victories (26-17) in the Senior Circuit.

Jason Hammel will take the hill this morning in what could be his last start of the season with the Cubs. The rumors are heating up and teams could make the Cubs’ front office the deal they are looking for in return for Hammel. After today’s matchup of Hammel and Tanner Roark, Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face Gio Gonzalez Saturday afternoon. Jake Arrieta and Jordan Zimmermann will wrap up the series Sunday afternoon.

LouGehrig75thAnniversaryToday is the 75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s Luckiest Man Speech and every player around the league will wear a patch on their jersey to recognize one of the most memorable moments in the history of the game.

Friday morning, the Fourth of July, all starts with Jason Hammel …

Thanks to the schedule makers, Jason Hammel will face the same team in back-to-back starts. Hammel was very good against the Nationals last Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Hammel allowed two runs on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Hammel finished June with a 1-2 record in five starts with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Hammel is making his 10th road start of the season this morning and is 3-4 in the first nine with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.

Jason Hammel is 7-0 in nine career starts against the Nationals with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP … at Nationals Park, Hammel is 4-0 in five starts with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.

Nationals Career Numbers against Jason Hammel

Tanner Roark had one of his worst days on the mound this season last Friday at Wrigley Field. Roark gave up four runs on a season-high 10 hits and struck out as few as two batters for only the second time this year. Roark has pitched a lot better this season than he did at Wrigley. Look for Roark to prove a point this morning.

PrintTanner Roark wrapped up June with a 4-2 record in six starts with a 2.17 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Over his last 37 1/3 innings, Roark gave up 38 hits with eight walks and 28 strikeouts.

The young right hander has been very, very good at Nationals Park this year. Roark is 4-3 in eight starts with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Tanner Roark has allowed 10 runs, nine earned, on 43 hits with 16 walks and 34 strikeouts in 51 innings in his home park this season.

Tanner Roark is 1-1 in two career games, one start, against the Cubs with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Tanner Roark

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Werth’s ball got out in a hurry

  • Tony_H

    Hammel with a bullet up the middle off Roark for an RBI Single

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Took one of the backside

  • Tony_H

    Ruggiano with an opposite field HR.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ruggiano with a solo shot to right

    • RynoTiger

      what did the aliens do with the Justin Ruggiano we knew? could this be a robot doppelganger they left to replace him?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Let’s hope this one stays, for at least the next three weeks or so.

      • SirGladiator

        Ruggiano was one of the better hitters in all of baseball for a while, then he was terrible for a while. People remember the terrible, not the awesome. He’s got a ton of potential, and hopefully he’s finally getting back to living up to it, if so we got quite the steal of a deal when we got him!

  • GaryLeeT

    Either Roark is not a morning person, or the Cubs have his number.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hammel did a good job of wiggling out of that jam in the fifth

    • BigJonLilJon

      Very

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Luis with a broken bat flip

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with another double

    • Cub4Life

      Instead of letting Lake or Olt hit for Shierholz, we let him hit vs a lefty!! Are u kidding?!

      • Tony_H

        R u!

  • BigJonLilJon

    Who are these guys and what have they done with our Cubs?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dylan Cease is official. He signed with the Cubs

    • Denver Mike
      • Tony_H

        Remember when people were saying the Cubs were just going cheap and trying to save money on the draft.

        Bonus pool $8,352,300

        With Cease $8,754,000

        So they are kind of cheap, they left $15,910 on the table that they could have spent before losing a draft pick. But they also will be paying a tax of $301,275 for going OVER their bonus pool by 0-5%.

        When are people going to see the big picture.

        • GaryLeeT

          Come on Tony, the Cubs spend more on Tinactin than what they will pay in that penalty.

          • John_CC

            Not the point.

        • Brp921

          They’ve done an unbelievable job signing their top twenty-two (I believe) draft picks. That’s pretty rare I’d say. I will have to say it’s looking like Schwarber was a real coup. They were able to get him for a great price. I don’t know what Nola signed for, or is asking for, but I’m sure it’s probably more than Schwarber got and even if Schwarber comes back to earth a little bit, drafting him helped get a couple high ceiling pitchers. So my hat’s off to the FO.

        • triple

          It was an excellent draft and strategy! Some would prefer to hype up athletes foot and jock itch before admitting that this FO is doing a great job at steering this team in the proper direction.

          • GaryLeeT

            Some people start fitting the player’s finger for rings on a last place team.

          • triple

            You must be talking about the World Series rings that Cubtex have given the the White Sox!

          • Tony_H

            Can’t say anyone is talking playoffs around here, let alone the World Series. Enjoy the progress that is being made. The last month and a half has been a good, fun team to watch.

          • GaryLeeT

            It’s hard when yet another selloff is just around the corner. When there is a more permanent team that I can identify with, the winning will be much more enjoyable.

          • Tony_H

            There is no such thing as a permanent team. Teams change every year. But many “core” players and role players for next year are on this team already.

          • GaryLeeT

            Thanks for enlightening me, I had no idea players came and went on an MLB team. I clearly said a “more” permanent team not a completely permanent team, and this is where our conversations go wrong. You engage in these literal semantic games that add nothing of value. You knew exactly what I meant. In my mind, permanent for MLB baseball, is a player under contract or control for 4 or more years. The ones that will be on the team when they start winning in 3 years. There are a few there now, but not “many”. In fact I only see Castro, and Rizzo as the only permanent position players.

          • Tony_H

            Actually I didn’t know what you meant as even you just clarified what you consider a permanent MLB player (which I can’t say I agree), but I think the tone of your post is where our conversations “go wrong”

            Have a nice 4th and celebrate the Cubs 4 game winning streak!

          • GaryLeeT

            Why would you worry about my tone? I was simply lamenting the July sell off, and had absolutely nothing to do with you. Here’s a simple idea. Stop projecting.

          • Tony_H

            I’m suppose to stop projecting, yet you can assume all you want. You just assumed I knew what you meant and then let me know that in your mind the definition in the next post and I don’t agree. Weren’t you projecting that I knew what you meant when you then said this is where our conversations go wrong? I think you give me and others far too much credit for knowing what you mean.

            Maybe our conversations go wrong when you make antagonistic comments like these:

            “Thanks for enlightening me, I had no idea players came and went on an MLB team”

            “You engage in these literal semantic games that add nothing of value.”

            Once again, have a nice 4th!

          • GaryLeeT

            So there was no possible way for your mind to make the leap and think that “permanent” meant somebody who was going to be on the team for a while? Sure.
            Truth is, you just don’t like being called out on your crap. Too bad.

          • Tony_H

            Once again, you are the one being antagonistic.

            You said when there is a more permanent team the winning will be more enjoyable.

            My response was that there is no such thing as a permanent team. You are right my fault for missing “more”. But what I don’t get is why a Cub fan wouldn’t enjoy any winning streak, any good week, good month, etc, until the roster is more permanent.

            Once again, you are the one being antagonistic.
            “Truth is, you just don’t like being called out on your crap. Too bad.”

          • GaryLeeT

            “why a Cub fan wouldn’t enjoy any winning streak, any good week, good month, etc, until the roster is more permanent.”

            I could enjoy it. If the winning meant something, and the team I root for hadn’t gone 106 years without winning a World Series, or 69 since they were even in one. If the Cubs were coming of a Championship say 11 years ago, this process would be quite enjoyable. But they are not, and so I am not.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            Hmmm…”core” players. “many core players”.

            On offense: Rizzo, Castro, and…? 6 spots to fill seems to me.
            Pitching: Samardzija/Hammel don’t count, will be traded. Wood is a #3/4 but good enough to keep. Arrieta looks great, but still unproven. So need 3 new SP’s to upgrade rotation for next year.
            Bullpen: this looks promisingso far. Might need some new lefties for next year, but probably returning same crew mostly.

          • Tony_H

            Right now Castillo is part of the core moving forward. Not going to lock him for 6 or 7 years, but moving forward he is the catcher. Also very likely 3 of the other 5 spots are going to be filled by Bryant, Baez, and Alcantara. So they only have 2 spots to fill.

            Rotation – Arrieta and Wood or 40% of the rotation and until Samardzija is traded he is as well or his return will most likely be one that is a part.

            Bullpen – Rondon and Ramirez are going to be around for awhile and anchor the bullpen. Grimm, Strop could as well. Plus Vizcaino, Rivero, and Rosscup are going to be around by next year and form a very good bullpen.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            you were talking specifically about many players already on the team, not guys in the minors. I disagree on Castillo…he is no better than Soto or Barrett ever was. So just because he is the best option we have to trot out everyday doesn’t strike me as “core”. Barney would be a core 2B right now then.

            Point is that I agree with Gary in that it is hard to get emotionally invested in the majority of the players that constitute the current mlb product that will have 70-85% turnover (hopefully) over the next 1-2 years.

          • Tony_H

            I listed 7 that I consider part of the core that are on the roster now. Barney is not even starting everyday, so it’s not him. Castillo is our catcher and all we have are back-ups that will come up for the next few years. Unless we sign or trade for someone, Castillo is not going anywhere.

            In today’s sports you can’t wait until the roster matches what you want before getting emotionally invested in the players. It is very hard to get emotionally invested in players with the constant turnover of rosters. Go back 3-4 years and look at playoff rosters and compare them to today. Event the teams that made the playoffs every year have lots of turnover.

          • GaryLeeT

            “But many “core” players and role players for next year are on this team already.”

            Bryant, Baez, and Alcantara, are not on the team already.

          • Tony_H

            Maybe you missed the part where I said very likely 3 of the 5 spots are going to be filled…”

          • GaryLeeT

            You mean what you wrote to Jason after he pointed out the same thing? We posted within a few seconds of each other.

          • Tony_H

            Sorry I read yours 1st….and I replied to him as well.

          • triple

            Thanks Tony… I was confused by that poster’s response, because I’m pretty sure I have not said anything about any team winning the world series this year. And I don’t like sugary drinks, so I was not partaking in “drinking the Kool-aid” that some speak of. And I definitely do not interact with him, so I don’t know why he tries with me? He’s made comments about how my avatar reminds him of young boys. I don’t know, the whole thing is just really weird and rubs me the wrong way. I’m slightly concerned for some people and their interests.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a two-out, two-run single

  • Denver Mike

    That was a pretty tough catch by Castro

  • Tony_H

    Castro with all 3 outs to finish off another Cubs Win!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      And three very good plays … nothing routine

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Nationals 7-2 on Friday afternoon … Jason Hammel: 2R, 5H, 2BB, 7K, 6+ IP (92 pitches, 54 strikes)

    Ruggiano: 3-5, HR, 2RBI, 2R; Coghlan: 2-4, 2B, 3R, BB; Castro: 2-5,
    2B, 2RBI; Rizzo: 0-5, RBI; Schierholtz: 2-4, R; Barney: 2-4, R

  • Tony_H

    Cubs 24-19 since May 17th.

    • triple

      If they actually keep this pace up, they will finish with a better record than the Yankees…. yup I said it!

  • Tony_H

    Ruggiano, Coghaln and Schierholtz

    7-13 – HR, 2B, 6 R, 2 RBI

    Even Sweeney chipped in with a 1-1, 2B

    • triple

      Come on Tony, you know the only way this team wins is if Castro and Rizzo do all the work!

  • GaryLeeT

    I feel like any time the Cubs can get through the Jackson start with a W, a decent winning streak is possible. But in reality, it’s the Samardzija starts (3-14) that are the streak busters.

  • Ray Koenig

    Way to go, Cubs! Happy 4th to all.

  • triple

    The Cubs now have a better record than 9 other teams in MLB. And since, we are all keeping score, the Cubs are now 3 and a half years ahead of Houston in the SAME REBUILD!!!

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      how do you figure that?

      • triple

        I don’t really figure that. I’m just going on the only relation I could see between someone else claiming that the Cubs are doing the same rebuild as the Astros, but the Astros were a year ahead. In the standings, at the that time, I saw that the Astros were a game ahead of the Cubs, so I decided that maybe that’s his mark of measure as to who is ahead in a rebuild. I myself don’t believe it is possible to measure whether a rebuild is the same, and who is ahead. I apologize for making a snarky comment and confusing you with my statement, but I was just correlating that the Cubs record after today’s win was 3 and a half games better than the Astros now, so we must be 3.5 years ahead… Man it feels good that we’ve finally passed the Astros in the race to rebuild!