Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Dodgers – 08/02/14

Game One Hundred-Nine – Cubs (46-62) vs. Dodgers (62-48)

  • Game Time – 8:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 188, 844
  • Location – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.38/1.31/2.63) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5, 3.44/1.21/2.84)

Rick Renteria hands the ball to Tsuyoshi Wada to tonight as the Cubs shoot for two wins in a row at Dodger Stadium. Kyle Hendricks pitched a very good game Friday night and was able to make up for a few miscues behind him. Wada will have to keep a very good Dodgers team off the scoreboard while the offense looks to figure out lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Will John Baker get the start tonight or will Renteria let Welington Castillo catch Wada? Baker and Wada were on the right page his last time out and Wada was far less predictable. Lefties (.288/.310/.336) have hit better than right handers (.249/.288/.347) against Ryu in a third of the at bats this season. So it will be up to Renteria to decide which backstop gives Wada the best opportunity to succeed.

Chris Valaika should make his Cubs debut tonight with Don Mattingly sending Hyun-Jin Ryu to the hill.

Tonight all starts with Tsuyoshi Wada …

Tsuyoshi Wada earned his first big league victory his last time out. Wada worked extremely well with John Baker and limited the Rockies to one run on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts in seven innings. Wada did a good job of mixing his pitches and was a lot less predictable than his other two outings. The Cubs should have a good idea of where Wada is after tonight. Wada’s first three outings were against a B-Team lineup for the Reds, the Padres and the Rockies, outside of Coors Field, and he will have to make pitches against the Dodgers or he will be lit up.

PrintTsuyoshi Wada is making his second road start in a Major League stadium tonight and faces the Dodgers for the first time in his career.

Hyun-Jin Ryu makes his second career start against the Cubs tonight, the team that finished second to the Dodgers in the bidding for him nearly two years ago. Ryu has been very good over his last three starts after he was rocked in Detroit on July 8. The Tigers pounded Ryu in 2 1/3 innings and scored seven runs on 10 hits without a single ball leaving the yard.

Ryu gave up three runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in his last outing against the Giants. Ryu issued only one walk and struck out seven. Over his last five starts, skewed by his outing against the Tigers, Ryu is 3-1 with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Hyun-Jin Ryu is 4-3 in nine starts at Dodger Stadium this season with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Ryu has pitched better on the road than at home while maintaining close to a 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio. In 117 2/3 innings this season, Ryu has issued 23 free passes while striking out 105 batters.

Hyun-Jin Ryu beat the Cubs last August 2 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs collected 11 hits, but scored only two runs. Ryu struck out six and did not walk a batter.

Cubs Career Numbers against Hyun-Jin Ryu

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Alcantara 2B
    Coghlan LF
    Rizzo 1B
    Castro SS
    Ruggiano RF
    Castillo C
    Valaika 3B
    Lake CF
    Wada P

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  • texcubnut

    It could be a long night for Wada and the Cubs…..hope I’m wrong. At least it’s not Edwin Jackson so we have a puncher’s chance. :-)

    • Eugene Debs

      I predict Wada will shut them down.

      • texcubnut

        Looking good so far, Eugene. It looks like you’ll be right and I’m wrong…..again….I hope my wife doesn’t read this; she’ll expect me to repeat those words to her….often….over and over…..and deservedly so!!

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

      Turns out Wada had a really good game…

      • texcubnut

        He sure did. I don’t mind being wrong about that one.

  • GaryLeeT

    Just looking over the standings, and what a down year for NL. The Dodgers are only 14 games over with a paltry .564 winning percentage. Too bad the Cubs are where they are, because this would have been a great season to fill a void.

    • Tony_H

      That does work out to 91 wins.

      1. Dodgers 91
      2. Milwaukee 90
      3. Washington 88
      Wild Card San Fran 88 and Pittsburgh 86

      • GaryLeeT

        The eye test says the weak are beating the weaker to get to mediocre records.

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

          I agree Gary. The eye test says there is nobody dominant. I’ll go with the best chance of an NL team win if the WS being San Francisco. They won two before when they weren’t the best. They know how to play in October, have great pitching and an excellent manager. Bochy may be the most underrated manager of this era. He’s never talked about much and I’ve certainly never mentioned as the best in th game. I’d probably say that is Maddon (who I would love to have). But Bochy took two overachiever teams to the title and Maddon hasn’t win any.

          But I love how Maddon will do what no, and I mean no, other manager is willing to do. He’s an outside the box manager if ever there was one. He’s the type that would put a 1st baseman like Rizzo in the 2 hole.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Coghlan with a double and Castro with a 2-out RBI single

  • GaryLeeT

    Haven’t watched much game action, but decided to tune in for Valaika’s 1st AB with the Cubs. Then I continued to watch Lake’s AB, and that was just horrific.

    • texcubnut

      Unfortunately, he is absolutely lost at the plate.

      • texcubnut

        Whenever Lake or Schierholz are up, I turn over to the Weather Channel or Nick-At-Nite

  • texcubnut

    Our 2 newest additions are looking good this evening at Kane County. Jonathon Martinez with a nice first start and Victor Caratini with a couple of hits and 3 ribbies.

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

      That’s awesome! Martinez is a total
      Wild card. But Theo has been good with these guys nobody else see’s much in. Black comes to mind. Everyone was like “who,” and now he’s one of the best pitchers at AA. If he was a few inches talked he’d be a top 5 pitching prospect. Hendricks also is kind of in that mold of under the radar guys. I’ll be watching Martinez and his progress closely.

      • Eugene Debs

        Poor Hoyer, he never gets any credit.

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

    Best news of the week, Castro is heating up! I’d love to see a week or two of Rizzo, Castro, Ruggiano and Coghlan all got at the same time. Or at least all hiring at the same time.

    You know ho is consistent for us? Wellington Castillo. He may never hve the great week or two, but he always does what he does. He’s certainly not a liability and his defense is above average. He’s really learned how to manage a game. I think the time working with Henry Blanco and Dioner Navarro helped him a bunch. Also working with Bosio and some of the veteran pitchers that have passed through. Whatever it is, he’s gotten that part of his game to a level I need expected to see.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Alcantara with a triple, game tied at 2

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      It was ruled as a double and a RBI

  • GaryLeeT

    Before tonight’s game I was going to recommend a silver lined Boardy inspired pep talk for the Alcantara fans, but now I have to say…. never mind.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Mendy has had a good night.

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

      Don’t worry Gary…he’s just going through normal adjustment period and but will be NL player of the month in August…

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

        Bwahahahah…JK

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

          I’ve been a little concerned. It seems like we have a lot of guys like Valbuena that are hot starters and then flail. But Alcantara had a good tear for about 3-4 days, then has come back to earth. But it’s pretty normal I’d imagine. I don’t know what to make of his swings or what he’s missing.

          It’s a good supporting argument for getting guys up ASAP so they can see MLB pitching and make adjustments. Hopefully he’ll return in ST and be ready to have a really solid 2015. Will he qualify as a rookie next season? That’s one bummer about the status call ups to add season to the clock. So few ROY’s these days seem to come up straight outta ST.

          • GaryLeeT

            “It’s a good supporting argument for getting guys up ASAP so they can see MLB pitching and make adjustments.”

            As a huge supporter of that philosophy, you know I agree.

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

            I know you do. I’m about 70/30 toward waiting, at least on Bryant. If he wasn’t a Boras client I’d say let it ride, but Boras is a dick and we all know what happens with his guys. Bryant will likely never sign an early deal. Baez and others that we can sign late in rookie campaign or year two, bring on up. It’s like the left side of my brain says to wait and let the clock pass, right side says get them the heck up and let’s watch and see what happens!

          • GaryLeeT

            I hear what you are saying. If you take Boras as your agent, that says a lot about the player. Guilty by association as far as I am concerned. That said, with all the many moving parts to ” the plan”, I don’t see the value in obsessing over a year’s control of Bryant’s career as a Cub.

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

            I hear that too. It’s the main thing that occurs to me when I’m on the “bring me up,” train. But ones just come off back to back MVP seasons or down thing we will be really glad h did.

            I posed a question earlier about Boras and why players sign with him considering other agents this have much Bette reputations.. You rarely if we’ve hear about a guy leaving Moorads agency or Casey Close. But it’s pretty regular someone gets fed up with Boras. And we know the stories of guys he made hold out that it backfired on. What’s his pitch look like? What does he do? There’s gotta be something he offers or does to impress folks.

          • Tony_H

            I know Boras gets a lot of bad press and does many things that earn the reputation, but from a players perspective he has the entire package to offer to players to be their agent.

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

            Yeah, but so do many others. Who don’t carry his baggage and bad press. There are a lot of negatives that seem glaring with him. What is he offering that nobody else can? Whats in his pitch. It just seems that all things being equal a player has better options.

          • Tony_H

            You can look up articles on Boras’s company, but he has a complete staff of everything any player would ever need or ask for, plus a complete facility. I have never read that any other agency has all of this.

          • Tony_H
          • SuzyS

            Tony, thanks for the link. It was an interesting look into the world of Scott Boras…and his clients.

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

            That was great Tony… Thanks

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

            You’re right about the “guilt by association.” I can’t help but color my opinion of Bryant a bit by it. I just don’t get why anyone would want him.

          • texcubnut

            Boras, like him or not, (and I don’t) will maximize years and dollars for his clients. And for their part, the players want the security he usually gets for them and their families.

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

            Bourn, Morales, Lohse, Rafael Soriano, all guys that got the short end of Boras strong arm tactics…

            It just seems other agents can get them a wad of cash too. Without the risk and self interest of Boras.

          • Tony_H

            Many, many more got a much better deal. You should read the article I posted.

            And yes other reps can do well too.

          • Tony_H

            And not sure on the short end.

            Soriano has made $61M as a reliever to date and over $10M for 5 seasons through next year.

            Bourn received a 4 year $56M deal and Cleveland has been left with the short end on that one.

            Kyle Lohse is working on a 3 year $33M deal after some very good deals with the Cardinals. He has made $78M to date.

            Morales just had way too small of a market for himself, yet still made $7M this year. And is the only one on your list with any short ends.

            Of course, I will take all of these short ends of the stick.

  • Eugene Debs

    In a rain shortened game, Daytona was no hit today in a 10 – 0 loss. Yuck.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Called with one out in the sixth.

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

    I’m enjoying some bonus coverage on MLB channel now. It’s impressive thy Vin Scully, after 60 years or whatever in Dodgers booth, can still manæe to seem objective. He is the ultimate professional broadcaster. What a gem!

    • triple

      Thanks for the tip, watching now.

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

    Lake with a sharp opposite field single! Followed by an awful pop up bunt by Schierholtz. That dude is worthless.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Free baseball for the third time this week …

    • GaryLeeT

      I will let the guys not in the EST like me, carry the torch for this game. However, I will leave the tab up on my computer for a Sunday morning surprise

  • RynoTiger

    I knew Junior Lake had become unproductive at the plate, but in looking at his stats..the last time he drove in a run was June 17 (it was also the last time he homered). That’s what I would call, No Bueno.

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

    Edwards K’d 5 in 3.1 innings and gave up 1 run. I’d say that’s really good news.

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

      And Martinez had a pretty good outing too. Caratini with 2 hits and supposedly just missed a HR for a 3rd.

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

    Dang, Daytona was no-hit tonight by some guy named Blake Snell.

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

    Wonder what Lars Anderson will need to do to work his way back into discussion for a MLB roster spot. Think he’ll stay in our system? Probably could be a trade candidate soon. He’s been doing great in AA and didn’t deserve the demotion from AAA. Former top prospect so could it be that he’s getting himself back on track?

    • RynoTiger

      journeyman firstbaseman. AAAA player/MLB backup. Could try out Japan to have a better chance.

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

        He’s only 26. And barely played anywhere for more than a few months. Looking at his bio it doesn’t appear he’s ever been given a real shot anywhere. Even in minors he’s bounced all over despite some decent numbers at times. You are probably right, but I don’t think it’s fair to close the book on him.

        • RynoTiger

          doesn’t matter whether we think it’s fair, up to the Front Offices and scouts around the league and the way he’s bounced around the league it says to me that some decision makers keep hoping that he finds it but i think he’ll be a Brad Snyder type

          • SuzyS

            Brad Snyder was maddening to me. I really thought he would make it. Sometimes, there are players that should make it to the bigs…but for whatever reason, (usually timing and blockage), they never quite get the opportunity to develop.
            Then there are guys that are given every opportunity, have the talent….and just don’t put it together…(Vitters).

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

    I don’t know if Dallas Beeler will be much of a factor in Chicago. His numbers in AAA are okay, but not really that good. Based on his performance in Chicago this year I don’t know if I see a guy that is more than a bullpen arm in a MLB roster.

    • Tony_H

      I don’t think we will take the Beeler types and convert them to the bullpen. Our bullpen arm depth all seem to throw much harder than the Beeler’s of the world.

      • texcubnut

        We have a lot of bullpen parts coming up through the ranks. What we need is to sign one TOR pitcher to go with Arrietta and Hendricks and let Wada, Wood, Straily, Dubront and Beeler fight for the other two spots and for pete’s sake, and everybody else’s, put Jackson in the bullpen.

        Next off season after this one, (2015/2016) see who is available in the free agent market once again and in our own system see who may be knocking on the door.Unless,
        of course, we’re in the race next trade deadline and see what’s available at that point.

        We’re just not that far off!

        • Tony_H

          No we are not. And I do think they will sign a pitcher, hopefully Lester. But if we were in it this year we would likely have David Price in our rotation right now as they would have made a deal to get someone.

          Right now I think they added the buy low arms for next year already. Doubront and Straily will both be given chances to make the rotation. Not saying that they might not add another Hammel, Feldman, Maholm type this off-season, but it is not completely necessary now.

          • SuzyS

            Basically I agree on the buy low arms…but when we are doing it that way it’s nice to have additional SP candidate depth to cover those that don’t quite cut it.
            Re EJAX…I don’t see him as a bullpen guy. If he can’t put it together over the last couple of months the FO should just cut ties with him. Theo has eaten salaries before.

          • Tony_H

            And I think he will do it with EJAX. But I expect an all out effort to trade him before that. If we would pay $6M/year for a flyer on a pitcher so will others.

          • SuzyS

            Agreed…but I’m not hopeful for a trade unless EJAX improves a bit.

        • Eugene Debs

          We are not that far off from seeing some great young players start their careers. As far as contention, let’s let em play a few games first.

          See a Royals, Kansas City.

          I suppose the optimist could say see Nationals, Washington as well.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 5-2 to the Dodgers in 12 innings on Saturday night … Tsuyoshi Wada: 2R, 6H (HR), 2BB, HBP, 6K, 5.2 IP (103 pitches, 65 strikes)

    Alcantara: 3-6, 2B, RBI; Castro: 3-6, RBI; Rizzo: 2-6; Lake: 2-5, R; Coghlan: 2-6, 2B, R