Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 08/29/14

Game One Hundred Thirty-Four – Cubs (59-74) vs. Cardinals (71-61)

  • Game Time – 7:15pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
  • Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Kyle Hendricks (5-1, 1.78/1.01/3.44) vs. Shelby Miller (8-9, 4.26/1.38/4.79)

Weather permitting … The Cubs kick-off a four-game series in three days tonight in St. Louis behind Kyle Hendricks. The Cubs and Cardinals have single games tonight and Sunday afternoon and a day-night doubleheader scheduled for Saturday to make up the game that was rained out May 14. And the rain delays could continue for the Cubs throughout the weekend.

The weather forecast does not look good for Friday night and Saturday could be a wash out. The Cubs have dealt with close to 24 hours of delays this season due to the weather, and it appears there could be more this weekend.

The Cubs are 5-7 in 12 games with the Redbirds this season and have seven games remaining on the schedule. Javier Baez and Jorge Soler will get their first taste of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry and the Cubs rookie corps could have a say on whether or not St. Louis plays in October.

The Cardinals are 14-16 this year against southpaws and will see three in four games this weekend. After tonight’s match-up of Kyle Hendricks and Shelby Miller, Felix Doubront makes his Cubs debut in game one of the day-night doubleheader. St. Louis is expected to send Justin Masterson to the hill in one of the two games on Saturday, but the Redbirds have not announced a starter for either game. Tsuyoshi Wada is starting the night game Saturday. Travis Wood and John Lackey are scheduled to pitch the finale on Sunday afternoon.

Anthony Rizzo was hoping to return to the lineup for tonight’s opener and the Cardinals will receive a boost from the return of Yadier Molina. St. Louis is expected to activate Molina from the DL as soon as Friday night.

The Cubs have a chance at a winning record in August. The Cubs are 14-12 this month with four left against St. Louis as the team tries to figure out how to beat teams in their division. After losing the last two games in Cincinnati, the Cubs are 20-34 versus the NL Central this season.

The first of four in three days in St. Louis all starts with Kyle Hendricks

Kyle Hendricks made the start last Saturday in the second game of the series against the Orioles. Hendricks was rather shaky in two innings before rain shortened ended his fay early. Hendricks missed his spots for the first time since his debut against the Reds. Even with the short-start, Hendricks is 4-0 over the last five times he’s taken the ball with a 1.44 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.

PrintTonight is Hendricks’ fifth road start at the big league level. Hendricks is 3-0 in the first four with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. Hendricks faces the Cardinals for the second time tonight.

The Cardinals figure to be a big challenge for Hendricks tonight. Not only is there more tape on Hendricks but the Redbirds will be the first team to face Hendricks for the second time. Kyle Hendricks held the Cardinals to one run, a Matt Holliday homer, on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts when he faced them on July 27 at Wrigley.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Kyle Hendricks

Shelby Miller’s up and down season has continued since he faced the Cubs on July 26. Shelby Miller has shown flashes of how good he can be over the last month. Miller notched a quality start his last time out after he gave up three runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts to the Phillies in six innings. Miller is 0-1 in his last four starts with a 4.88 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Miller is 3-5 in 13 games, 12 starts, at Busch Stadium this year with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Miller faces the Cubs for the second time this season.

The Cubs had trouble making contact with Miller at Wrigley last month. Miller allowed two runs on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Shelby Miller is 1-0 in three career appearances, two starts, against the Cubs with a 1.59 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Shelby Miller

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Coghlan LF
    Baez 2B
    Castro SS
    Valbuena 3B
    Soler RF
    Castillo C
    Alcantara CF
    Valaika 1B
    Hendricks P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo is out, and still listed as day to day. Reports are that he is doing better.

    • GaryLeeT

      Missing their top ops guy very much.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Luis Luis #14

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soler with a single

  • Redlarczykg

    This ump must wear red underwear.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      It’s Joe West behind the plate tonight

      • GaryLeeT

        I can’t remember the last time I saw that insane of a strike zone.

        • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

          Is it because he is a rookie
          Lot of questionable strikes tonight… No calls for Hendricks…

          • GaryLeeT

            The 3rd called strike on Castillo in the 2nd had to have been almost a foot off the plate.

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            Reminds me of Jackson last year
            He never got a call if it was close

      • Redlarczykg

        I didn’t know West was a Cards fan!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          He’s not, just a horrible umpire that should be forced into retirement. At least MLB broke up the pairing with Angel Hernandez.

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            That’s funny! Only reason we know thier name is because they are BAD!

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            you won’t get invited to the Umpire’s Ball with that attitude…

          • BillyFinT

            I like Joe West for allowing Lou PIniella raged over the 3rd base umpire on behalf of the Cubs. That was a good show.
            😉

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent at bat by Soler

  • GaryLeeT

    Hendricks’ 1st inning stats versus the rest of his innings is beyond bizarre. There must be a way to fix that with a change in pregame routine.

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      Change umpires?

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      Seems like all the good pitchers many struggle in the 1st then get stronger…
      Like the pattern

      • SirGladiator

        Not sure if there’s ever been a worse 1st inning pitcher than Tommy Glavine, he was also a 1st ballot Hall of Famer. I’ll take that :) .

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    He hustled
    Hopefully shuts some folks up!

    • RynoTiger

      He did? If that’s hustle then I think we need to have a group discussion on what qualifies as “hustle”…to me that was indecisive running and watching the ball…an example of how not to run the bases…never even used his coach to help him..all his looking at the ball cost him

      • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

        Man you all are rough on this kid
        Ok I did not see it the same way. Looked like he was responding to the negativity from the other day to me. Have at it go ahead and crush the guy

        • RynoTiger

          he’s not a kid. he’s an adult. If he can’t take feedback on his performance, then he should quit.

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            And we should give him away for whatever
            Best ss we have had come up for as long as I can remember. I still give him a chance

          • Craig York

            I prefer not to trade him. Still like him, just saying that wasn’t exactly hustle there.

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            Saw it differently. I actually thought of the play the other day and figured he was running harder because of the reaction to the double turned into a single.

          • Tony_H

            You must have missed the replay where he still hesitated out of the box and ran 3/4 until half way to 2nd. But his arms and legs were flying all over the place, totally out of control. If we saw an aerial view, his rounding of the bases looked pretty poor as well.

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            Yep must have missed that… Like I said, looked to me like he was trying.
            Trade him to LA and bring back Barney
            Can’t believe how much our fans complain about Castro. That is just my opinion. We have a ss that could be really good for some time. Why always pick out every single negativity? Like I said. Just single and no one will start firing crap. No more extra base hits. Just go to 1st and no one will focus on you as to what is wrong with the Cubs.
            Go Bobby Valintine. Thanks for pointing out what is wrong with the Cubs. And Starlin Castro

          • Tony_H

            You don’t need to go to ridiculous extremes. He made a very poor effort and decision on the same play.

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            Tony, I must have not paying attention. I Really did not see it the way it is posted. I ythought he made a good effort…

          • http://www.AstroDecision.com/ Larry Schwimmer

            Varmit: I think part of the problem is that many of us are soooooo grateful to have a gifted SS that we forget — that just because we’re grateful or just because he’s gifted doesn’t give Castro a free pass to play the game the wrong way that could cost us runs and an important game. Let’s not defend the “indefensible.”

          • RynoTiger

            Did I say give him away for whatever? He has the talent and skills, he just needs to put it all together to keep his game consistent and at a higher level. The question is if he can actually do that.

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            Better for him if he had just hit a single
            No criticism that way

          • Tony_H

            Better for him if he had run the bases with proper fundamentals and picked up his coach rounding 2nd.

            Basic fundamentals!

          • http://www.AstroDecision.com/ Larry Schwimmer

            Well said Tony. I don’t understand fans who want to find some way of excusing the mistakes — we all see him make. Most of us know that he’s a sincere young man with a lot of talent. We just want him to respect the game and play it the right way for the sake of the team.

          • http://www.AstroDecision.com/ Larry Schwimmer

            If you paid me $60 or $70 million, I’d let you criticise me all you want :)

          • http://www.AstroDecision.com/ Larry Schwimmer

            You’re 100% right Ryno. This “kid” is making adult money. He owes the team, the ownership and the fans to play the game the right way. He’s not helped when people “make excuses” for his absent-minded behavior.

        • http://www.AstroDecision.com/ Larry Schwimmer

          Varmit: The problem is that his manager is not tough enough. These type of mental mistakes can be eliminated if they work with Starlin and help him. If he’s talked to the “right way,” he will not be crushed; he will be helped.

      • http://www.AstroDecision.com/ Larry Schwimmer

        I think part of the problem with Starlin Castro is that he loses his concentration and mentally his mind goes off some where. I know that he realized that he made a huge gaffe the other day in not running hard to 1st base. But while he wasn’t blatant today (and neither was he thinking that his hit was a HR), he still did not run hard out of the box and around each base. He kept on looking over his shoulder and he totally forgot about the need to look at the 3rd base coach. If he had run all out, he would have been safe at 3rd for sure.

        I’ve listened to R.R. talk about Starlin’s gaffe the other day when he went into his HR trot and all I heard was this wellspring of compassion from R.R. about “how bad Starlin felt” and that he apologized to the other players. He does not need compassion. He’s like a young boy who genuinely feels bad about a mis-deed. But it doesn’t seem to change his behavior.

        I’m a Castro fan — but he really needs a manager + coaches to really “ride him,” and get him to be very, very conscious of the right way and the wrong way of playing baseball — because he forgets and reverts back to making mental mistakes.

        • Tony_H

          Don’t assume based on RR public comments how he is doing things in the clubhouse and in his office.

          • http://www.AstroDecision.com/ Larry Schwimmer

            Tony, I didn’t “assume” anything. I merely stated what I heard R.R. say. Obviously, I don’t know what he says in the clubhouse. (I never claimed that I did.) Whatever is being said, seems to have limited impact. Perhaps, he just needs constant monitoring and mentoring? My comment was about expressing the “kind of coaching” that he needs to create a real shift in his behavior. I realize I can only say that from the vantage point of a fan on the outside.

            But all of us are making comments as fans — not part of the coaching staff.
            P.S.
            Is there any comment I can make that you won’t take issue with or dispute in some way? :) LOL

          • http://www.AstroDecision.com/ Larry Schwimmer

            Hey Tony, I agree with you that we just fans. Obviously, we don’t see or know what’s going on in the club house. But I was happy to read this article (from yesterday’s Chicago Tribune) that I find re-assuring because it let us know that the F.O. and R.R. are addressing the mental mistakes of young players like Castro and Rizzo. That’s good enough for me. (Just like you — I was frustrated with Castro because after his 1st mental gaffe — it looked he had a 2nd mental gaffe yesterday. But I’m wiling to move on and hope that R.R.s efforts will help Castro develop better habits.)

            http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-report-cubs-cardinals-spt-0830-20140830-story.html

    • Craig York

      That’s not hustle .. If he hustled the whole wat he would’ve easily been safe.

      • http://www.AstroDecision.com/ Larry Schwimmer

        Anyone who saw that play Craig — knows you’re correct. It wasn’t the throw from Perjalta to 3rd that got him out. It was his base running that got him thrown out.

    • Tony_H

      Poor base running as he didn’t hustle all the way and then tried to turn it on to take 3rd (poor decision) instead of looking for the 3rd base coach.

      • BillyFinT

        I concur!

  • Tom U

    Daytona Cubs just won 8-4 over Tampa, making them second half FSL North champions.

    Daytona is the second Cubs’ minor league team, along with Kane County, to qualify for the playoffs. Both Tennessee and Boise also have a chance to secure post-season.

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      How bout Tennessee ?.

      • Tom U

        One game behind Chattanooga, who the Smokies are leading 6-5 in the 7th. Tennessee has 2 more games with the Lookouts before the end of the season.

        • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

          Thanks! My favorite team. Thanks for the update

          • Tom U

            You’re welcome!

    • Tony_H

      And Iowa was on it’s way until they called so many guys up to the majors. Very good year “Down on the Farm”

  • BillyFinT

    I’m having enough of Castro this season. All the talents in the world, plus all the time he got to season himself, he is still playing like a rookie. That was a bad baserunning. He didn’t even look back to check where the ball and throw were.

    And that head-in slide was the worst I’ve seen of him. With that awkward “moving parts,” anything could go wrong there. He could have pulled his leg, snapped his wrist, hurt his back, twisted his ankle, AND hurt his neck.

    He’s a veteran now. Next season, if he’s still playing like this, I don’t know what would I say…

    • SirGladiator

      Hopefully we’ll be saying ‘I’m glad we traded him last off season, let (fill in the blank team) enjoy plays like that from now on while we enjoy the quality new players we got for him’.

      • BillyFinT

        Having said that, I still hope he can’t turn it around next season. I can’t find any SS who can stay healthy like Castro and demonstrate all those talents. So, be careful of what we wish for!

        • AaronOR

          I realize Castro has his moments but this week he probably deserves a mulligan, he did just return from a death of a family/ friend.

          • BillyFinT

            My opinion was not based on this week, but all the seasons he played so far. He dozed off on the field, he failed in multiple instances… in short, he did not have the fundamentals to translate his talents into performance that a Major League veteran shows.

          • AaronOR

            I understand that, he definitely has his gaffes. Maybe all this talent coming up will help him reset and refocus. I think once we start winning on consistent basis he needs too be more focused.

          • BillyFinT

            Yes. Like some say, winning creates chemistry!

          • BillyFinT

            But yea, I must give you that a lot of these are mental. (The doze off, too). He needs a break.

  • Tony_H

    This Soler kid may be pretty good. HR!!!

    • BillyFinT

      Just like that, it’s tie-game!

    • http://www.AstroDecision.com/ Larry Schwimmer

      I think Soler is the real deal!!! Can you imagine what the CUBS offense will be if Bryant comes in next year and can provide similar offense? If I’m a F.A. — and I’m a “gamer,” — I want to be part of the 1st CUB team in 100+ years to go the World Series! I sure hope that’s the way LESTER is thinking :)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soler with a huge fly #2

  • Redlarczykg

    Solar appears to have potential!

    • Tony_H

      I had said awhile back that he was going to be the best all around player of the Cuban imports we could have added since Theo took over.

      • Jeffrey Rogers

        And they got him at 19 for $30M

        No way I give $70+ M to the guy the BoSox just signed at 27.

        • Tony_H

          Yes that contract looks like a bargain now. But if Soler was just now coming up for a deal after the escalation of the contracts and success of the Cuban players, he would take a whole lot more to sign. Assuming he was a FA and not under the Int’l signing rules of today.

      • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

        Jose Abreu looks pretty good too…

        • Tony_H

          Most of the talk on here about the Cubans was before Abreu this year. But Abreu has looked very good. Soler is better defensively (don’t run on that arm) and I think he will have a better eye, which will lead to a better BB rate as well.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Again, after Hendricks that 95 mph fastball from Ramirez has to look like 105 mph

  • RynoTiger

    having Baez and Castro up in this important RBI situation scares me

    • Tony_H

      How about now :)

      • RynoTiger

        still scares me but glad he came through. and he actually showed patience in that at bat. surprised me.

        • Tony_H

          Good experience for him.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I liked his adjustment, recognized what they were doing and made him come in.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez with a 2-run double … Cubs up 4-2

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very good adjustment during the at bat by Baez

  • BillyFinT

    And all these runs started with Coghlan’s double. Go Cubs!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Actually with Logan Watkins pinch-hit single …

      • BillyFinT

        Ah, I saw someone on first base, but didn’t know Watkins is back with the team. Thanks! I think Coghlan deserves credit for his comeback and clutch.

        • Tony_H

          Sweeney and Ruggiano being DL’d allowed them to bring him back after 2 days in the northwest. Lot’s of air miles for him though.

          • BillyFinT

            I’m hoping Th-oyer won’t make him accumulate too much next season. I want him to stay!

          • Tony_H

            I think Watkins is the super utility guy next year. By being able to play all over the field and LH bat I think he will be around for awhile.

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            Sweeney not in the lineup… Always good

      • RynoTiger

        Actually with the wise decision by Renteria to have Watkins hit…good thing he didn’t send up Lenny Harris

  • BillyFinT

    Wow.

    • BillyFinT

      Soler’s 2nd in a very tough homerun park (this season).

  • Tony_H

    Soler destroyed that ball!!!

  • RynoTiger

    Cespedes Who?

    • Tony_H

      LOL!!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wow!!! What a shot!

    • BillyFinT

      I heard 460+ ft from the Card broadcast, true?

      • Tony_H

        The plus part!

        • BillyFinT

          Now I feel like Epimetheus, in the hindsight for allowing you pick up Soler via fantasy waiver!

          • Tony_H

            I was shocked I got him! I was going to add him a few days earlier, but couldn’t part with anyone until I knew he was on his way. 15 pts so far this week, my top hitter by a good amount.

          • BillyFinT

            It’s a steal.

          • Tony_H

            And a great value keeper for the next 2 years.

          • Bredstik

            Glad you’re not also using him against me.

          • Tony_H

            I was kind of disappointed that a team out of playoff contention picked him up in the CCO league.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        They are saying 442 feet

  • TrevorPetersma

    442! Wow.

  • AaronOR

    Jorge! Jorge! Jorge! This next year will be so much fun!

  • Tony_H

    Add Bryant, add Russell and we might not need to spend $25M/year on a TOR pitcher. Oh yeah, add Schwarber…..at catcher!

    Good times are coming!!

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      Still need the big guy pitcher I think…

      • Tony_H

        Oh, I will take him and we do need him. But I think we are going to enjoy one of the best offensive time periods in Cubs history in a few years.

      • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

        And of course replace the shortstop…

        • Tony_H

          I actually agree with that, but with Russell who we already have. But not trading Castro.

  • Tony_H

    Don’t forget about Alcantara! HR!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Mendy with a solo shot …

    • Bredstik

      Wow, what a power show by the rookies. This is so much fun to watch…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    7 of the Cubs 9 hits tonight have gone for extra bases, 4 home runs

  • Tony_H

    LOL! We will take that strike 3! Payback or still just an incompetent ump.

  • SirGladiator

    What an awesome night! I’d like to be the first person to point out that Hendrick’s QS streak should be allowed to continue where it left off, since he lost it due to rain. This should be like 7 in a row for him. Of course the big news isn’t the pitching, it’s the awesome power! What a great night for our bats, we’re really becoming a whole new, and very improved, team! Let’s keep winning, and ALWAYS against St Louis :) !

  • BillyFinT

    Grimm is making this too exciting. And he can’t blame Joe West for his wild pitch.

    • BillyFinT

      The Card broadcast was actually claiming West helping him with a widened strikezone.

      • Bredstik

        They’re not wrong, but I’ll bet they weren’t saying anything when those same calls were going against the Cubs earlier in the game.

        4K inning for Grimm.

    • BillyFinT

      Finally!

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Oh buddy
    That was fun
    Night fellers

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Cardinals 7-2 on Friday night … Kyle Hendricks: 2R, 5H, 1BB, 3K, 6IP (89 pitches, 58 strikes)

    Soler: 3-3, 2 HR, 3RBI, BB; Baez: 1-4, 2B, 2RBI; Alcantara: 1-4, HR; Coghlan: 1-5, 2B, R; Castro: 1-4, 2B; Watkins: 1-1, R; Valbuena: 1-3, HR, BB