Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 07/09/14

Game Ninety – Cubs (38-51) vs. Reds (47-43)

  • Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185, 844
  • Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Dallas Beeler (0-1, 0.00/1.17/2.61) vs. Alfredo Simon (11-3, 2.78/1.05/4.36)

The Cubs will look to snap their five-game losing streak tonight behind Dallas Beeler in his second big league start. And Rick Renteria will try to get as many innings as possible out of the rookie with his bullpen covering more than seven innings of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

The Cubs have stopped hitting with runners on base and in scoring position. The Cubs are 4-for-30 with runners in scoring position over the first three games of the five-game series with the Reds and have left 29 men on base. Until the offense is able to string together hits and put runs on the board, the pitching staff will continue to have little room for error.

The Cubs have to make a roster move prior to tonight’s game in order to open a spot on the active roster for Dallas Beeler. The Cubs should keep LHP Chris Rusin on the active roster for one more day just in case the team needs innings tonight. Rusin has not pitched since Saturday and should be able give the Cubs three or four innings. RHP Blake Parker is likely the odd man out of the Cubs’ pen.

All eyes will be on the lineup when it is released today (it will be out by the time this game preview publishes on the site) to see if Arismendy Alcantara is part of the starting eight or if he will make his big league debut off the bench. The Cubs have nothing to lose for putting Alcantara in the starting lineup to see what he can do against two very good pitchers for the next two days.

Tonight all starts with Dallas Beeler …

Dallas Beeler makes his second big league start tonight. Beeler created quite the buzz with the way he pitched in his big league debut on June 28 at Wrigley Field against the Nationals. Beeler gave up one unearned run on four hits in six innings. Beeler struck out six and walked three, one intentional. Beeler made one start with Iowa after he went back down. Beeler allowed two runs on eight hits to Omaha on July 3. Beeler struck out four batters and walked two.

PrintDallas Beeler has a chance to stay in the big leagues. But he will have to show he deserves a spot in the rotation.

No one on the Reds active roster has faced Dallas Beeler in a big league ballgame.

Alfredo Simon is having an excellent season. Simon is coming off a win against the Brewers on the Fourth of July. Simon limited the Brewers to two runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. The Reds have won each of Simon’s last seven starts. The last time Simon or the Reds lost a game in which he started was on May 27 at Dodger Stadium.

Alfredo Simon is 4-2 in seven starts at Great American Ball Park this season with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Simon received a no decision in the game at Wrigley on June 23 and he faces the Cubs for the fourth time this season.

Alfredo Simon has dominated the Cubs, like the rest of his teammates. Simon is 2-0 in three starts against the Cubs this year with a 1.42 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. The Cubs have managed only 14 hits and five walks in 19 innings.

Cubs Numbers against Alfredo Simon in 2014

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • BosephHeyden

      Woo hoo! They called up a position player rookie and actually intend to play him at least once! Good to see they’re actually going to start the rookie instead of platooning him.

      • GaryLeeT

        Maybe the Great American Ball Park will bring the same debut luck to Alcantara as it did Castro.

    • GaryLeeT

      I was just going to mention that it might be time for a drop in the order for the struggling Castillo.

    • triple

      Considering how well Coghlan and Ruggiano have played lately, I actually kind of like this lineup… but mostly because it is not permanent.

  • triple

    I’m reserving my judgement of how well this team is doing (post trading Shark and Hammel) until at least a couple weeks after the all-star break. Why? The Cubs are in the middle of playing 8 games against two teams that are just killing them. Following is the Cubs record against 4 teams that just own them:

    ATL: 0-3
    Cincy: 3-8
    Pitts: 4-9
    ChiWSox: 1-3

    So the Cubs are 8-23 against those 4 teams, and that leaves them with a record of 30-28 against the rest of MLB.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Lineup is very balanced lefty switch lefty right left right left right right

  • Denver Mike

    I’m sure many/most have seen this by now, but it could be bad news for Tanaka. Too bad for him, as his stuff is really good, but the Cubs may have dodged a bullet.

    http://nypost.com/2014/07/09/masahiro-tanaka-flies-back-to-new-york-for-mri-on-right-arm/

    • GaryLeeT

      It’s probably nothing that a 15 day DL won’t cure. I hope so anyway. That’s all we need is the Yankees in next year’s FA market hunting for a TOR arm. Ah, who am I kidding? They would be in it no matter what.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        Jeter off the books. Some of the aging guys are falling off. If ARod can’t go for some reason, insurance picks up his salary and maybe they have even more money.

        • Tony_H

          Not as much insurance on these salaries as there use to be. As long as he is not suspended, the Yankees will be paying his salary.

    • Brp921

      I wonder if this will put Samardziga in the all star game?

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  • Jeffrey Rogers

    Is his name really pronounced AL-Cantra as the radio guys are saying?

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

      I think it’s “tara.”

    • Denver Mike

      Yeah, someone tweeted the phonetic spelling today and apparently that’s how it’s pronounced. I’ve heard the FO refer to him the same way as well.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      It is pronounced as you have it above

      • Tom U

        That is the way I have heard it on broadcast all the way back to Boise.

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

    Alcantara is so littlle! Can’t believe the power he has put up in minors. I knew he was short but he looks skinny too.

    6 years in Cubs system and only 22 years old. Caribbean players can take a little bit because they sign so young. Many seem to creep to the MLB below the prospect ratings as well. I have a feeling he’s going to be a really good player. Our first real good home grown latin position playing prospect of the modern era. I say that but I’m sure I’m leaving someone out like Vance Law ;0. JK, could anyone be less Latin? I miss the gloves in hands while running bases though.

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      Castro?

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        Zambrano.

        • Jeffrey Rogers

          Juan Cruz never lived up to his minor league hype but he had a fairly long career after the Cubs.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Angel Guzman had injuries derail him…but did have one decent year in bullpen before his injuries resurfaced. Felix Pie was supposed to be the next big thing…obvious he pulled a Vitters.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I missed that you said “position playing prospect”. Pie was closest I can think of. But Guzman, Zambrano, and Juan Cruz all had varying degrees of success at mlb level.

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

        Were forgetting Castro! He’s a 3 time all-star. I guess what I have in mind is one of those huge personality Latino players like Papi or Manny or one if the totally dominant guys like Sosa, Rivera or Clemente. A guy that becomes transcendent an takes the game by storm. Certain great Latino players seem to have a certain swagger and personality that makes them larger than life and they just become these huge international megastars. Obviously Castro is reserved with the media and I think his poor year last year is being held against him much to unfairly and people don’t take into account all the factors. All his off field stuff doesn’t help either. You can get away with some of that after you’ve already become huge and overcome it, but if it’s early in your career you get labeled.

        Maybe Alcantara can become that type of guy. Who knows?

    • Tony_H

      Absolutely Board, those 16 year old signings can make it to the majors.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good play by Alcantara on the broken bat blooper

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

    Alcantara with a slick defensive play on a weird hop. Does a “cup of coffee,” in the show include the “long legs and brains,” on the side? Perhaps I’ll check Baseball Reference for a definition.

  • Craig York

    Rizzo with number 20!!

    • DWalker

      his slump seems to be over

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another excellent play by Alcantara

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

    Kid is making plays! And Rizzo with a bomb! He is second in the league… His overall batting stats are pretty dang impressive.

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

      Or he’s #2 in the league in pitchers making mistakes against him, depends on who you ask ;). Sorry Tex, I couldn’t resist. But you know I luv ya!

    • Tony_H

      Rizzo will hopefully be named to the All-Star team today, and if he somehow comes in 2nd, he will likely be added to replace someone who can’t make it. Very deserving!

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Very inconsistent strike zone.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Past time for the Cubs to start making Hamilton feel uncomfortable at the plate

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The grounders are finding holes …

    • GaryLeeT

      That’s too bad, because he can’t strike anybody out.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        He does not have an outpitch. Tom and I have said that for a long time. He is a contact pitcher that will rely on his defense to be effective in the majors.

        • Tom U

          However, when those ground balls are finding the defenders, it give the opposing offenses fits.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Tom, excellent point and thank you for posting it.

          • GaryLeeT

            I hear what you are saying, but at the MLB level, those ground balls can be hit pretty hard, like Beeler’s were tonight.

  • GaryLeeT

    Geez Dallas, are you sure allowing 4 two out runs are enough?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    It’s the #UmpShow at Great American

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

    Love the quote today Neil. It’s a Facebook repost for me…

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thanks man, I’m glad. I was thinking about not posting those any more but I have received a lot of good feedback of late, so we’ll keep them around for a while

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

        I think they are great and always look forward to seeing them each day.

      • Tony_H

        Please do, especially the ones that are just so fitting :)

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

    Is Hendricks on TV tomorrow?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Tomorrow’s game is on WGN, first pitch is 11:35am

  • Eugene Debs

    Looks like we’re terrible again.

    • GaryLeeT

      This is just a combo of having a run of bad luck, and running into hot teams. I mean, we are talking about professional baseball players here. There no possibility of them reacting negatively to management saying that this season is essentially over, don’t get too attached to the guy next to your locker, and better luck next year.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        it would be hard for me to believe anyone on the Cubs roster was shocked by a Hammel or Samardzija trade. If they were caught off-guard, they may literally be the only people in the sports world that didn’t see a trade coming.

        • GaryLeeT

          It’s easy for fan who is on the outside looking in to put it those simple terms, but to live it, is a completely different story.

    • Tony_H

      At the beginning of the year, this was known that it would be one of the toughest stretches of the season.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    me thinks Castro was safe.. oh well.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Chapman just throwing heat past Lake…wow.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 4-1 to #Reds on Wednesday night … Dallas Beeler: 4R, 6H, 4BB, 0K, 5IP (96 pitches, 58 strikes)

    Rizzo: 2-3, HR, BB; Castro: 1-4; Sweeney: 1-3, 2B; Alcantara: 0-4

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