Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 07/23/14

Game Ninety-Nine – Cubs (41-57) vs. Padres (43-56)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 85, 844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 0.00/1.20/2.54) vs. Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.62/1.21/2.98)

The Cubs will shoot for two wins in a row tonight behind Tsuyoshi Wada in his second big league start and Wrigley Field debut. The Cubs announced prior to Tuesday’s game that Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada would hold down the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation for the foreseeable future. Dallas Beeler and Dan Straily are expected to see starts at the big league level this season, but for now the Cubs will stick with Hendricks and Wada.

Emilio Bonifacio and Arismendy Alcantara should be at the top of the lineup again tonight. Bonifacio and Alcantara are expected to split time in center and at second base while Bonifacio is still with the Cubs. Jed Hoyer mentioned Tuesday that Alcantara would likely see more time in center than at second for now.

With Mike Olt optioned to Iowa, Luis Valbuena should receive a bulk of the playing time at third base. Bonifacio can fill in at third as well. If the Cubs move one or both of the players, the roster shuffle will continue. Chris Coghlan has limited experience in the big leagues at both second and third base.

On the pitching side, the Cubs plan to stick with a 13-man staff. Jake Arrieta, Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood, Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada in the rotation with Hector Rondon, Neil Ramirez, Pedro Strop, Brian Schlitter, Justin Grimm, James Russell, Wesley Wright and Carlos Villanueva in the pen.

The offense will have the tough task of figuring out Ian Kennedy tonight. Kennedy has been very good of late and he could be the next player the Padres College of General Managers ship out. There were reportedly a lot of scouts on hand Tuesday night to watch the two teams play and should be more at the old ballyard tonight with Kennedy on the hill.

Rick Renteria should run out as many right handed bats as possible. Lefties have hit only .228/.287/.332 against Kennedy this season while right handers have managed a .265/.318/.361 line.

Tonight all starts with Tsuyoshi Wada

Dr. K makes his second big league start and Wrigley Field debut tonight. The Cubs called up Tsuyoshi Wada as the 26th  man to face the Reds in the second game of a day-night doubleheader in Cincinnati. Wada held the Reds to one unearned run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five innings. Wada became more and more predictable as his outing wore on and he must stay away from those same patterns tonight or the Padres will take advantage.

Wada was optioned back down after making his big league debut and struggled in his first outing back with Iowa. Wada allowed four runs on nine hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Wada completed six innings and served up three homers to Oklahoma City. Wada did not participate in the Triple-A All-Star Game and held Round Rock to one run on three hits in six innings his last time out. Wada issued one walk and tied a season-high with 10 strikeouts.

PrintTsuyoshi Wada has not faced anyone on the Padres active roster during a regular season game.

The Cubs get their second crack of the year at Ian Kennedy. The Padres right hander shut down the Cubs in May and is coming off a rough outing against the Mets. Kennedy allowed four runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings. Kennedy had been lights out prior to his last start and is rumored to be on several teams’ radars to help fill a hole in one of their rotations.

Ian Kennedy is 2-0 in his last four starts with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP and is 4-4 in 10 starts outside of PETCO Park with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Kennedy held the Cubs to one run on two hits in six innings back on May 25 and makes his tenth career start against the Cubs tonight.

Ian Kennedy is 4-2 in nine starts in his career against the Cubs with a 5.80 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP, at Wrigley Field, Kennedy is 2-1 in three starts with a 6.30 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Ian Kennedy

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

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  • Denver Mike

    Jeez, do the Cardinals end up with a comp. pick practically every year? I know the rules/reasons why certain teams are selected, but damn. It’s not as hard to continually produce ML talent from your system when you end up with an extra pick in the top 40 every year.

    • texcubnut

      I agree, Mike. It is supposed to be based on small market/ small revenue. The Cardinals, although they may qualify as small market, there is no way in hell they are small revenue. Their fan base is extensive throughout the Midwest, South and Southwest. States like Arkansas, Oklahoma,Iowa and Kentucky are but a few where Cardinal fans are numerous.
      It is inconceivable that the Cardinals are lumped in with the Royals, Pirates and Twins.

      • Tom U

        The Cardinals have a huge fan base dating back to when they were the only team west of the Mississippi. There are people in states like Washington, Oregon, and parts of California that remain fans even though they have major league teams closer to them,

        • texcubnut

          Agree, Tom. Same thing here in Texas. The Astros and Rangers came here in the 60’s/70’s and there are still lots of Cardinal fans. I don’t think it’s right that St. Louis is rewarded as a small market team.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dan Vogelbach has hit two home runs in first two at bats tonight

    • SuzyS

      He feels left out by all the promo’s :-)

    • texcubnut

      I have to grind my teeth when I say this, but, it’s time for the National League to adopt the DH. Hold your nose and vote Yes!!
      Assuming that either Alcantara or Almora holds down the CF position and Soler and Bryant are on the corners, then, what do you do with the Schwarbers’ and Vogelbachs’ etc. These are guys that are too talented with the bat to settle for PH and platoon roles. Nice problems to have, for sure, but problems nonetheless. DH could help alleviate a problem or two.

      • Jeffrey Rogers

        Please no. Just no.

        • texcubnut

          It’ll be all right, Jeffrey!! :)

      • John_CC

        No, can’t do it.

        You trade them for stud pitchers.

        • texcubnut

          I know John. It’s tough for me too. Always been a National league guy. But it’s not just the two I mentioned above. You’ve got other guys on the way, eventually. Guys like Hanneman, the newly acquired Billy McKinney, the recently drafted Mark Zagunis and more on the way. You can’t trade all of them for stud pitcing and, additionally, I would hope, as soon as this off season, they start acquiring that stud pitching. ( Lester, Scherzer ) this off-season. Again, A line up with 5 boppers like Bryant, Rizzo, Baez, Soler, Schwarber, sounds very appealing, would’nt you say?

          • John_CC

            Well they can’t all DH either!

            Seriously though, there is a lot of time till you have worry about were those kids are going to play.

          • texcubnut

            True. It just opens up one more spot……A really BIG spot in the middle of the order. Although I still believe that a pitcher that throws intentionally at someone has to, himself, step in that batters box. Plus, I’ve always believed a ballplayer should be a complete player, not one dimensional. Again, I’m torn.

          • Tony_H

            I’m with you on all that, but MLB needs to have all teams playing under the same rules. As much as I think no DH is the way to go, the AL will never give it up. So means the NL needs to add the DH or they should be able to have 26 man rosters and the AL 25 man rosters.

          • Bredstik

            I still prefer the NL style game, but it bothers me more now with interleague that they play by different rules. Also, isn’t the NL the only league left that doesn’t use the DH? I think they use the DH throughout the minors. I suppose in this era of specialization & expensive contracts it doesn’t make a lot of sense for pitchers to be risking injury by batting & running the bases either. I still hate the DH, but am more open to it now than I’ve ever been.

          • Tom U

            Use of the DH varies in the minor leagues. The foreign leagues, along with the rookie league, the Northwest League, and the Florida State League use it exclusively among the Cubs’ minor league system. In the Midwest League, Southern League, and the Pacific Coast League, it depends on your parent club and whether you are at home as to if the DH is used.

          • texcubnut

            If you were a fan of baseball in the 50’s/ 60’s than the DH is considered a curse. For fans born after 1973, they have never known anything else. The more years that pass, so too will most of us older fans. Eventually, the DH will be adopted by both leagues. It’s more a matter of when.

          • SirGladiator

            I don’t think that’s true. Every fan who has seen the DH has also seen the superior, non DH form of baseball. There’s absolutely no support, outside of the players union I imagine, for doing away with real baseball in favor of making everything DH. If the AL wants it, that’s fine, but anyone who sees both knows the NL style of baseball is just better, it’s real baseball.

      • SirGladiator

        Voting to ruin baseball because a team you like has a player or two that might do better at DH than somewhere else on the field? I think the term ‘short sighted’ would be a bit of an understatement there :) .

        • Denver Mike

          Given the rate that baseball is losing popularity due the lack of offense after the steroid era, I personally think they should be finding more ways to evolve and make the game more interesting. If adding the DH to the NL can help with that, then I’m all for it. There is nothing to gain by being nostalgic and holding on to the past, while the sport you love loses relevance every day.

  • Tom U

    Tweet from Daren Willman @darenw
    Lowest @MiLB ERA By Org
    1 @tigers 3.58
    2 @Twins 3.65
    3 @Cardinals 3.67
    4 @RaysBaseball 3.69
    5 @Cubs / @BlueJays 3.77 pic.twitter.com/QSZFWbyn43

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

    Exciting to see Hanneman promoted! I think he’s a guy to keep an eye on. I like him a lot.

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

    Why would Manny go on DL? I assume he’ll stay in the dugout? I guess it makes sense as long as he’s still there. He’s not supposed to play much anyway.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I would not read anything into Manny being placed on the DL. Player-coaches are often placed on the DL in the minors when a roster spot is needed. Ramirez still has a job to do.

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

        Good. I just want to make sure he stays around. He seems to really be helping. Want him to get around Olt.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Hoyer would not have made the comments he did about reuniting Ramirez with Jorge Soler if he thought Ramirez would not be with the team.

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

            Great point Neil. You are always good at taking info and adding it up to projections.

  • Tom U

    Another Tweet from Daren Willman @darenw

    Top Avg for 2014 draft classes
    1 #Rangers .320
    2 #Cubs .307
    3 #Royals .302
    4 #Braves .293
    5 #Tigers .291
    Breakdown:
    http://mlbfarm.com/draft.php?sort=1

  • Tom U

    6 Boise Hawks named to the Northwest League All-Star Game

    OF’s Jeffrey Baez and Rashad Crawford, along with C Justin Marra named starters (Baez has since been promoted to Kane Co,)

    RHP Trevor Clifton, 1B/DH Danny Canela, and C/OF Mark Zagunis named as reserves.

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

      Cool Zagunis is there. Hasn’t played the whole season but he’s for promise.

  • Scott McMeekan

    I’m only able to watch on Gamecast, but it sure seemed like that first batter was walked by the home plate Ump! BS!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Sorry, Wada did not throw strikes.

      • Scott McMeekan

        Weird! The Gamecast strike zone showed every pitch in the zone. Oh well, Wada has limited the damage so far, let’s hope the offense can take advantage of this guy.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          He settled down after the first inning.

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

    Noticed Soler wasn’t in the lineup in Iowa today. When will he be?

    Any idea on Almora and Olt as well?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Iowa had an early game (12:00pm). He and Olt are expected in tomorrow’s lineup.

      Almora is expected in the Smokies lineup tomorrow

      With Daytona and Tennessee finishing late last night, they were not able to get to their new teams on time.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That’s two hits in three at bats Nelson has taken away from Castro.

  • Tony_H

    Valbuena with a 3 run HR!!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      And it started with 2 walks, the first by Rizzo because he is not going to be pitched to again until Castro picks it back up

      • Tony_H

        After the last week of games, I agree, I doubt any pitcher will give Rizzo a pitch to hit right now. Castro is going to have to get back going to change that. Or we may have to bring up reinforcements!

        • John_CC

          With Barney and Olt out of the picture now it will very interesting to see who gets called up if some trades happen with any of the OF.

          • Tony_H

            Agreed. I think they have cleared the way for Baez to come up and play 2B as soon as they find Bonifacio a new home. Especially since they kept Alcantara as a younger and better version of Bonifacio.

          • John_CC

            And what if any of Schierholtz, Ruggiano, Lake are sent in a package?

          • Tony_H

            Soler!!

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Look at the 40-man, Vitters, Jackson and Kalish

          • Tony_H

            All 3 are on their last chances I believe.

          • Eugene Debs

            Yuck.

          • John_CC

            That’s what I was thinking, it could be ugly. If Bitters wasn’t stinking so bad again I’d feel a little better.

          • Tony_H

            I agree, but Watkins could be the guy to have the extra infielder as well, since he has been playing all over the field this year.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Watkins as well, you are correct. They are grooming him to be a lefty utility man off the bench,

          • Tony_H

            I didn’t think of him until I did what you said and looked at the 40 man.

            I have to believe BJAX, Vitters and Kalish are going to have a hard time staying on the 40 man roster until next Opening Day.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Vitters has never been able to get out of his own way. I would like to see Jackson catch on with another organization.

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

            Tough to say better yet. Bonifacio has had some good years. I think he will be but he’s definitely reached a point of haning to switch things up. Tough to tell with any player as new as he is to MLb. I’d feel Bette if he was batting .440.

          • Tony_H

            I know you see Bonifacio as the guy who was terrific at the beginning of the year and can play all over the field. But, his career numbers are 263/320/341/661 are just not good. 661 OPS is not going to cut it. Alcantara has just more skills than Bonifacio ever did, and both are fast. I think Bonifacio can help a playoff team with his speed and versatility off the bench.

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

            I realize he’s not that guy. But he has had some pretty seasons In Miami.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Luis Luis with a 3-run homer #6

  • Eugene Debs

    Two walks and a bomb. Nice.

  • Tom U

    Second round draft pick RHP Jake Stinnett just told me via Twitter that he will see some action “hopefully in a few weeks”.

    • John_CC

      What is he doing now?

      • Tom U

        I don’t want to push it. Just glad he gave me the exclusive.

        • John_CC

          OK, just wondering, so he isn’t in AZ?

          • Tom U

            Considering what I have seen in his activity on Twitter, he is in Arizona, but not ready to pitch at this time.

        • texcubnut

          Just glad to have you and your inside info and reports, Tom. You keep all of us educated and informed. Can’t say it enough, but, thanks.

          • Tom U

            Thanks, its a a real pleasure.

  • texcubnut

    This umpire is squeezing the strike zone.

    • Sonate

      He sure is!!!

  • Tony_H

    Now they have to pitch to Rizzo.

  • Tom U

    CJ Edwards starting tonight for the AZL Cubs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Jon Paul Morosi: Tigers & Rangers have trade agreement in place: Joakim Soria for Jake Thompson & Corey Knebel, source confirms

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs pitching has
    walked 9 batters tonight, tied season-high for Cubs staff

  • GaryLeeT

    Wow. Are we looking at a 4 hour long 9 inning game between 2 teams that were out of contention from day one?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      16 walks by the two teams will do that. Poor pitching on both sides obviously

      • GaryLeeT

        Which is why we focus on the minors for hope from relief of this. One day……

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I would up arrow your comment 1000 times if I could

    • Tony_H

      The umpire could of helped this out by not having such a tight strike zone. He got so use to calling balls that he missed a lot of opportunities to call strikes.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 8-3 to Padres on Wednesday night … Tsuyoshi Wada: 5R, 5H, 4BB, 4K, 4+ IP (87 pitches, 53 strikes); Cubs pitching issued a season-worst 11 walks

    Luis Valbuena: 1-4, HR, 3RBI; Anthony Rizzo: 1-2, 2 BB, R; Emilio Bonifacio: 1-3, SAC; Welington Castillo: 1-4, 2B