Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 08/19/14

Game One Hundred Twenty-Five – Cubs (54-70) vs. Giants (65-58)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 84, 844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Tsuyoshi Wada (2-1, 3.15/1.17/3.86) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.71/1.25/3.51)

Weather permitting … The Cubs kick-off a six-game homestand with the first of three against the Giants tonight that concludes Sunday with the first place Baltimore Orioles. Counting today’s game, the Cubs have 37 games remaining on the 2014 schedule and each one will be against a team playing for a spot in the post-season.

The Cubs dropped two of three to the Giants in San Francisco at the end of May and will look to return the favor at Wrigley this week. The Giants enter play tonight 3 1/2 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West and a game ahead of the Braves for the final Wild Card spot.

After tonight’s match-up of Tsuyoshi Wada and Ryan Vogelsong, Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face Jake Peavy on Wednesday night. Travis Wood and Madison Bumgarner square off in the finale on Thursday night.

The Cubs season-long celebration of Wrigley Field turning 100 years old continues this week. The Cubs will pay tribute to the decade of the 90s and wear the road uniforms from the ’94 season for Throwback Sunday. Ryne Sandberg retired and un-retired, Mark Grace led the National League in hits, Sammy Sosa hit home run after home run and helped make 1998 a season that will not be forgotten. The Cubs won the ’98 NL Wild Card … and some Kid from Texas struck out 20 batters on a cloudy afternoon in May that season. Kerry Wood made his big league debut in ’98 and arguably the most dominating start in big league history.

Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer will be back behind the mic tonight calling the action on WGN.

The homestand all starts with Tsuyoshi Wada

Tsuyoshi Wada makes his seventh start for the Cubs tonight. Wada posted his second win after holding the Brewers to two runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Wada tossed six innings of shutout ball before giving up a pair of solo home runs in the seventh inning. Wada lasted 6 2/3 innings, his second longest start of the season at the big league level.

Four of Wada’s first six starts have been at Wrigley Field. Wada is 2-1 at his home park with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. In 23 2/3 innings, Wada has allowed 10 runs on 19 hits with seven walks and 21 strikeouts … but three of those 19 hits have left the yard.

PrintTsuyoshi Wada faces the Giants for the first time in a regular season big league ballgame.

Ryan Vogelsong has bounced back this year after a rough 2013 season. Vogelsong is healthy and has been very good of late. Vogelsong is coming off a no decision against the White Sox after allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts in seven innings.

Since the break, Vogelsong is 2-1 in five starts with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP and in his last three outings, Vogelsong is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP. The road has not been as kind to Vogelsong this year as AT & T Park has. Outside of San Francisco this year, Vogelsong is 5-2 in 11 starts with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.

The Cubs missed Ryan Vogelsong in late May in San Francisco. In 16 career appearances, 10 starts, against the Cubs, Vogelsong is 5-5 with a 5.75 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 3-3 in nine appearances, six starts, with a 6.19 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Ryan Vogelsong

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

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

    I’m a big supporter of Mike OLT. Since he’s doing so well in the minors, I’m hoping that his success will translate to MLB when he re-joins the CUBS in September. Sahadev Sharma wrote an interesting article on the adjustments that OLT has made. Here it is: http://thegamechicago.com/2014/08/19/sahadev-sharma-mike-olt-adjusting-in-minors/#axzz3AstsFkan

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

        You’re a funny dude. And perceptive: How did you know that I ripped off John McDonough?

        (Just teasing…that’s all me :)

    • Denver Mike

      I haven’t heard an update yet, but Olt left today’s game apparently due to injury. Here’s to hoping it isn’t serious and he can continue to build off the success he’s had in AAA.

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

        Thanks Mike. That’s a bummer. Players these days seem so fragile and prone to injury. Let’s hope this is someone just being careful with him.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        It was a hamstring injury. Pevey said being cautious and would know more tomorrow.

    • triple

      Interesting article Larry… thanks for sharing. Olt is like the ultimate wild card in the Cubs rebuild. They don’t necessarily need him, but if he can get right and contribute at the major league level, it seems like he’d make for a decent LF/power bat who can also backup the corner IF positions. Or, if he’s hitting hitting really well, he can become their 3rd baseman, which then allows Bryant to move to LF or RF (dependent on what Soler becomes), and then the Cubs will have good bats at almost every position. The other option is that if he can show enough success when he comes up in September, maybe he’s the type of guy who can be included in an offseason trade for pitching.

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

        Thanks Triple. From what you’ve heard would you say that OLT is considered a far better defensive 3rd baseman than Bryant?

        • triple

          I don’t know much… I’ve only seen Olt play 3rd while with the Cubs. I liked what I’ve seen from him for him playing his first MLB season, but looking at his stats, he did make 6 errors w/ only a .937 fielding%. It sounds to me like the FO is behind Bryant as a 3rd basemen, but I know he’s got to develop more at the hot corner more. Just did a check on his play at 3rd this year. Bryant made 14 errors in AA w/ a .923 F%, and 7 errors in AAA w/ a .954 F%, so it looks as though he is making improvements. And that he’s only had 30 less chances in AAA, so that is quite a difference. The funny thing is for the year between AA and AAA, Bryant’s total fielding 5 is also .937, so his is identical to Olt’s at the major league level. Just checked range factor, and actually Bryant ranks higher by almost a whole point, according to baseball reference. From looking at those numbers, I can see why the FO wants Bryant to continue to play 3rd, whether he really stays at the position remains to be seen. If anything, I doubt he gets moved off the position until Addison Russell is ready to come to the big leagues.

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

            Trip, a few of those were real early and he was still coming off the injury. Not making excuses for him, but I remember Paul and some others that saw him closely say he still looked to be a bit gimpy.

          • paulcatanese

            Yes that’s true, earlier he looked very rusty on plays,and looked weak to his left. Hard to tell after that, as he didn’t play that much. His rep has him as A+ as a defender, just don’t know that to be a fact.

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

            Yeah, I think it may have been late May, June before he was fully healthy. By then, he wasn’t really playing.

            I do think that article is very interesting. I have said I believe in him, and after reading that, I will go on record that I predict he has a very good season in 2015. He just seems like a sharp guy, knows baseball and what he needs to do. I was impressed. I really liked the comment about his attitude upon showing in Iowa. Even if you’d rather be playing, so many guys just can’t handle the demotion well. It’s almost a cliche, the guy that was good in minors, goes up to MLB and struggles, then goes back to minors and gets even worse. IE: Kalish… If a player isn’t mentally tough, it can take him a while to get back on track. To me, Olt seems to be a tough kid and I think we’ve not yet seen anything close to the best hea has to ffer.

          • John_CC

            So really believe in Olt, huh? Didn’t know that. ;)

            Is the really good season the .245/35/100 line or is better than that?

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

            I guess I’ll have to start being more frank in what I believe….;-)

            I don’t know, that’s a good question. I had it in my head just now better than that. But I think I’d be surprised if he can hit higher than .250 next season. But I don’t know. A lot will probably depend on his K numbers. If he can get them down, then he could be higher.

            I think he’ll have a good year next season. I’ll say next season….yeah, let’s go with that…

          • John_CC

            It was good article, if the giant hole in his swing – the contact rate vs strikes swung at – is mechanical and he can fix that, then he has good chance for success.

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

            Russell is viewed to be so good at SS. I liked Tom’s assessment of him yesterday in the field. But I agree that it sounds like his natural size is going to push him to 3rd. He’s got the power for it, and I think he could be a super athletic, potential GG 3rd. That’s one thing I like about all these SS moving around the diamond. Baez at 2nd, Russell or Castro at 3rd. Gives us such strength defensively. Imagine Castro at 3rd, he’s a good SS, but could be elite at 3rd. And same goes for Russell.

            I’d think Olt and Bryant would both have futures in Chicago in the outfield. If Olt figures hitting out. I still believe in him and think if he’s back in September and looks good, he could be poised for a big 2015. Maybe a .240-.250, but 35HR and 100+ RBI. If he plays everyday and just hits for a serviceable average, he should hit 35 HR. With his power, he’ll do that in his sleep.

          • SirGladiator

            Yeah. I like Olt, but to me he’s just horrible at 3rd, I’d rather see him in the outfield. He might do well as a corner outfielder, he’s got the kind of pop you like to see in one, provided of course he can get his batting average to somewhere around 250, he’d be a really nice addition out there.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez with a walk on the eighth pitch of the at bat

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo onto Sheffield … #29, a two-run shot

    • GaryLeeT

      And that was not down the line either, right over the 368. Way to make them start paying for not pitching to Baez.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Exactly … and sailed onto Waveland.

        • GaryLeeT

          Only I will know if you edit that comment real quick.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Thanks Gary, oops….

          • GaryLeeT

            You’re not wrong. I heard from a reliable source that it bounced off a vendor’s head, then ricocheted off of Murphy’s and on to Waveland.

          • paulcatanese

            Don’t know about that, it looked as though it left the field
            entirely, and the Giant broadcasters said the same, at any rate it was smoked.

          • GaryLeeT

            I meant to say a street vendors head.

          • paulcatanese

            Got that after reading you’re post again.

      • John_CC

        Gitty up! I hope Baez likes trotting around the bases in front of Rizzo almost as much as on his own.

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

      That’s what I’m talkin’ about! I’m so happy that BAEZ is realizing that he can be a better hitter if starts showing pitchers that they have to throw him pitches in the strike zone! Yeaaaaaah :)

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

        Me too! Larry did you see the article about his conversation with Manny?

        This is a different one, but similar comments. Tough to not say the Manny experience has been a smash hit.

        http://nesn.com/2014/08/manny-ramirez-drawing-rave-reviews-for-work-with-chicago-cubs-prospects/

        The other one I read had a quote that said Manny had told him “he could stand there and take walks all day because they wouldn’t pitch to him.”

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

          No I didn’t see that article. Thanks for passing it on. It sounds like Manny’s advice is kicking in — in Baez’s psyche. The moment that pitchers realize that he can lay off their “out of the zone” pitches, he’ll either get something he can hit or take more walks as Rizzo has learned.

    • Brp921

      Thanks for the report. I lost my signal due to weather and didn’t know how we scored.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game placed into a rain delay before the bottom of the 5th

    • triple

      Any news on if/when the game might continue? Also, since the Cubs are in the lead in the middle of the 5th, can this count as a ballgame, or would the Cubs still need to bat and complete the 5th inning despite their lead?

      • paulcatanese

        If they call it, the Cubs would win as they are the home team and the Giants have hit for four and a half innings.
        However, it could have special circumstances since the ground crew really messed up getting the tarp down, in fact it was laid siedeways not really covering 2nd base and SS area. Those two were under a tremendous amount of water when they removed the tarp. Yet they are still working on the field, just don’t know how it would be playable.

        • SirGladiator

          Well, the Yankees screwed up their grounds crew stuff and they got a win out of it, so it’s only fair that we’d get the same deal :) .

          • paulcatanese

            Agree, but as of now, they haven’t made a decision .
            As I had said earlier, when I saw the water on the field, I really cant imagine them continuing. But stranger things have happened. I’m on the West Coast, so I have two more hours on Chicago, but it’s still going to be very late if they play on.

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

        Yes…it becomes an “official” game after 4 1/2 innings. The “visiting team” must complete 5 innings. So…I say…let’s have a minor monsoon. Let the bullpen take the night off. Call it a win.

        • triple

          That’s what I thought, but I’ve just always had the 5 innings thing in my head, but as I asked the question I realized it was kind of stupid, as that situation is the same as the 9th inning. Speaking of monsoons, we got a decent one in AZ this afternoon!

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

    Any idea what time the game might resume? Or do we care since it’s 4 1/2 innings and the CUBS are ahead? :)

    • SirGladiator

      I think this would be a good night to give the bullpen the night off :) . Call the game, 2-0 for the Cubbies, another game winning RBI for Rizzo!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      They are still working on the field … 2 hr and 15 min delay at this point and over 100 bags of diamond dry

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

        Neil: has the game been called yet?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          No, they are still trying to figure out what to do.

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

            It’s almost 1 pm CDT. Is the game officially called?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Just called it.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs and Giants game has been called after 5 innings due to unplayable field conditions after 4 hour, 34-minute rain delay at 1:16am CDT

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Giants 2-0 in 5 innings on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning … Tsuyoshi Wada: 0R, 6H, 0BB, 3K, 5IP (79 pitches, 56 strikes)

    Rizzo: 2-2, HR, 2B, 2RBI; Alcantara: 1-2, 2B; Baez: 0-1, BB, R