Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 07/30/14

Game One Hundred-Six – Cubs (44-61) vs. Rockies (43-63)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (7-9, 5.06/1.53/4.39) vs. Brett Anderson (1-3, 3.24/1.35/3.62)

The Cubs make the short turnaround following Tuesday’s marathon that ended after 1:30am Wednesday morning and will hand the ball to Travis Wood in search of a series victory over the Rockies.

Rick Renteria needs a long outing from Travis Wood tonight. The Cubs are expected to make a roster move to bring in help for a bullpen that had to cover 12 innings on Tuesday night in relief of Edwin Jackson. Carlos Villanueva, James Russell and Pedro Strop completed at least two innings Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and will not be available today. If Travis Wood runs into problems early that does not involve a high-pitch count he might just have to take one for the team.

The Cubs do not have an off-day until Monday and the team is at the beginning of a stretch of games with only one day off (August 4) until the end of August.

Rick Renteria should run out a lineup similar to Tuesday with the exception of Welington Castillo. John Baker, last night’s winning pitcher, will likely get the start after Castillo caught all 16 innings Tuesday and was obviously out of gas by the end of the night. Brett Anderson has dominated lefties this season (.207/.258/.194) while right handers have hit (.263/.333/.366) the southpaw rather well.

Tonight all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood has not started the second half the way he said he wanted to and is coming off back-to-back rough outings against the Diamondbacks and Cardinals. Wood continues to struggle with his command and is not hitting his spots. Wood issued just one free pass his last time out which was his lowest walk total since May 30. Wood was charged with five runs, two earned, on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in five innings.

PrintTravis Wood is 0-3 in his last five starts with a 7.11 ERA and a 2.01 WHIP. Wood has given up 37 hits and 14 walks in his last 25 1/3 innings with only 20 strikeouts. At Wrigley this year, Wood is 3-3 in 10 starts with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Wood and the Cubs need a long, effective outing from him tonight.

Tonight marks the fourth time Travis Wood will start a game against the Rockies. Wood is 1-1 in four appearances, three starts, with a 1.80 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.

Rockies Career Numbers against Travis Wood

Brett Anderson spent a majority of the first three months of the season on the DL with a fractured left index finger. Anderson was transferred to the 60-day DL before being activated on July 13. Anderson has made three starts since coming off the disabled list and is coming off two very good outings against the Pirates.

Anderson held the Pirates to one run on four hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in seven innings back on July 19 at PNC Park. Anderson tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball at Coors against the Bucs the last time out. Anderson walked four batters but surrendered only two hits and kept the Pirates off the board.

Brett Anderson is 1-1 in his last three starts with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP, and in three road starts this season, Anderson is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.

Tonight is Brett Anderson’s first career start against the Cubs. And the offense must make Anderson work or it’s going to be another frustrating night against a Rockies’ southpaw.

Nate Schierholtz (2-for-2 with a home run) is the only player on the Cubs active roster that has faced Brett Anderson in a regular season game.

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

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  • Neil

    Soler, two-run shot, and Baez, three-run bomb, have both homered tonight. Bryant just missed one, had to setttle for a double. Game is only in the fourth inning.

    • Tom U

      Soler ejected after arguing with an umpire following a strikeout.

      • Theboardrider

        That seems to be his only real issue.

        But man, he may end up taking things by storm a la Puig. When Soler, Puig and Cespedes were all available, Soler was the biggest fish wasn’t he? Even though he wasn’t the closest to ready?

        If he came up and had a rookie year similar to Puig, we could be in the race next year. Couple other things too.

        CF Alcantara
        LF (Melky Cabrera, Rusney Castillo) or Coghlan
        1st Rizzo
        3rd Bryant
        RF Soler
        SS Castro
        2nd Baez
        C Castillo


        • Theboardrider

          That starting lineup is pretty formidable if the rooks have game. The rotation is just this side of abysmal after Hendricks. As long as we do get Lester or Price, our rotation will be manageable.

          • Theboardrider

            Maybe by July Addison Russell joins in the fun and pushes Bryant out to LF. Then we would be just fine with Coghlan starting the year. In that lineup, with Coghlan’s improved play, even if he recedes a bit he should be fine.

  • bpot92

    20 minutes until game time and the bleachers are pretty empty. Weather looks ok though so hopefully it holds up

  • Denver Mike

    Neil, that tweet of the new “Rizzo” t-shirts the players are wearing is hilarious

    • Neil

      I agree. It’s awesome.

  • Neil

    Blake Parker has been optioned to Iowa for Rusin, Bonifacio is available off the bench.

    Also, Soler left first game of DH early. Soler was ejected after striking out.

  • Neil

    Wood is getting smoked again

  • Tom U

    So far tonight, Baez, Soler, Almora, and Hannemann with home runs

    • Theboardrider

      Tom, we see a lot of reports of great stuff Hanneman does. I know his stats have been very good so far as a Cubs minor leaguer. But don’t hear a lot of analysis of him with all the other guys overshadowing him. However, without having ever seen him play but seeing stats and draft analysis, he seems to me like he could develop into an above average MLB player.

      What’s your take on him? Comp? Ceiling?

      Thanks in advance.

      • Tom U

        Hannemann is one of the best athletes in the system, as he was a starting safety for Brigham Young University. His speed is not at the same level as Tim Saunders or Matt Szczur, but is close.

        Hannemann is a more polished player at this point than Szczur, and has a better understanding for hitting. Since Hannemann has been one of the best athletes every time he stepped on the field, he has had to learn to play the game rather than just letting his athleticism take over.

        Hannemann just needs to get more experience, with his weakest point being a below average throwing arm.

        • Theboardrider

          Thanks Tom. If you had to guess, when will he be ready for MLB? And how far can he go? Potential 4th or 5th outfielder? Potential all-star? Or just a solid guy that plays a long time, a la Mark DeRosa or Doug Dascenzo?

          • Tom U

            Too early to tell. Hannemann is a little behind schedule, but can make that up in a hurry. He is a candidate for the Arizona Fall League.

  • Neil

    Cubs rolled into three double plays in three innings

  • Theboardrider

    Man what’s going on with Castro? Anybody see something in his approach or his swing? His average is plummeting. Soon enough he could drop below Valbuena, who seems to be hearing back up.

    I realize baseball players are streaky at times, but given his past two seasons whats happening now worries me.

    Anybody have thoughts on whats up with him?

    • RynoTiger

      very astute observation my grasshopper….I too have noted that he’s looking like the Castro of last year. Lots of lunging at bad pitches, expanding his strike zone considerably, not recognizing pitches. Definitely been regressing since mid June.

  • Theboardrider

    Read where Bonifacio is supposedly nearing being traded. And I read that the price was high! Excited to see what happens.

    • Neil

      There is a lot of info out there. The Giants writers are saying San Fran is out, the national writers are saying they are in. The Royals are close according to some and not according to others.

      I am hoping there is some clarity soon.

      • GaryLeeT

        There has to be, since time is running out. I was thinking about which players would clear waivers. If you had to venture a guess, what would that list look like.

        • Neil

          I was actually talking about tonight on the clarity. I would like to post a report, but I do not feel comfortable doing so. Too much bad info out there. Like Dan Uggla was released according to everyone, but he has not been.

          Are you talking about Cubs clearing waivers?

          • GaryLeeT


          • Neil

            The only two would be Jackson and Schierholtz for the reason you posted.

          • GaryLeeT

            Yeah well…….

          • GaryLeeT

            Since most of the Cubs’ trade candidates have low salaries with short term commitments, wouldn’t they have trouble clearing waivers?

      • Theboardrider

        Basically what I read. With all the rumors and teams mentioned. Probably he will end up traded to the Angels.

      • Theboardrider

        The main thing I liked that it said the price was high. So if something happens we should get a decent return.

    • RynoTiger

      my sources say it’s high as well. I will gave you a hint on what I’m hearing: David Price.

      wait..that was just blatant and not a hint. my bad.

  • Neil

    Luis Luis with a game-tying two-run homer

    • Theboardrider

      He’s heating back up!

      • GaryLeeT

        And what team in contention couldn’t use a utility infielder with some pop?

        • Theboardrider

          Great timing! Why not? But it would have to be a really good return. He does have value.

          Next season, Valbuena always starts off strong as we know. He could be key to keeping us in games early in season before Bryant gets up in May. And even then. He’ll hit .300 until June. Hopefully by then the rookies will be settling in. Then he can be our utility guy from there on out.

          • John_CC

            I see no point in trading Valbuena for A level prospects. He is way too versatile, cost nothing and is under team control.

  • GaryLeeT

    Soler unchained. They are actually taking the training wheels off, and letting him play both games of the double header?

    • Neil

      He did not play the entire first game.

      • GaryLeeT

        I know, baby steps. But he will have taken at least 6 PAs in one night!

  • Neil

    More free baseball …

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 6-4 to the Rockies in 10 innings on Wednesday night … Travis Wood: 4R, 8H, 2BB (IBB), 11K, 6IP (119 pitches, 76 strikes)

    Valbuena: 3-5, HR, 3RBI; Coghlan: 2-4, R; Rizzo: 2-5; Sweeney: 3-4, 2B, R; Baker: 1-4, 2B, RBI