Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 08/15/14

Game One Hundred Twenty-One – Cubs (52-68) vs. Mets (57-65)

  • Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
  • Location – Citi Field, Flushing

Travis Wood (7-9, 4.86/1.53/4.13) vs. Zack Wheeler (7-8, 3.53/1.33/3.59)

The Cubs will spend the next four days in New York facing Ron Santo’s favorite team, the Mets. The four-game wrap around series ends Monday morning then the Cubs will return to Wrigley for a six-game homestand with the Giants and Orioles.

The Cubs swept the three-game series against the Metropolitans at Wrigley Field during the first week of June. The offense that struck out 77 times with only seven walks during the recently completed seven-game homestand will have its hands full with the Mets starting staff this weekend.

After tonight’s match-up of Travis Wood and Zack Wheeler, Dan Straily makes his Cubs debut Saturday night against lefty Jon Niese. Jake Arrieta was pushed to Sunday afternoon and is scheduled to face Rafael Montero. Kyle Hendricks and Bartolo Colon are set for the series finale Monday morning.

Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer have the weekend off and will be back Tuesday for the opener against the Giants to call the action on 720 WGN. Dave Eanet and Dave Otto are filling in for Hughes and Coomer over the next four games.

The weekend in the Big Apple all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood was solid his last time out against the Rays. Wood gave up one unearned run on four hits in six innings and recorded his second straight quality start. Wood still struggled with his command and issued three walks. Until he keeps from issuing multiple free passes, Wood will not be able to complete more than six innings per start.

Wood has two no decisions in his last two games with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Wood has given up 11 hits with six walks and seven strikeouts in his last 12 innings.

PrintThe road has not been too kind to Wood this season. Outside of Wrigley Field he is 4-6 in 12 starts with a 6.11 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. And Wood faces the Metropolitans for the second time this season tonight.

Travis Wood lasted five innings against the Mets on June 5 at Wrigley. Wood allowed two runs on four this with five walks and three strikeouts. For his career, Wood is 2-0 in five starts versus the Mets with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP … at Citi Field, 1-0 in two starts with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.

Mets Career Numbers against Travis Wood

Zack Wheeler is having a good first full season in the Mets rotation. Wheeler has completed at least six innings in each of his last eight starts and has pitched into the seventh inning or later in nine of his last 10 starts while allowing two or fewer runs nine of the last 10 times he’s taken the ball. Wheeler received a no decision against the Phillies after allowing three runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts. The three earned runs he allowed was the most runs scored off Wheeler since June 25.

Since the break, Zack Wheeler is 2-0 in five starts with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP and he’s 3-4 in nine starts at Citi Field this year with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

The Cubs had zero success against Wheeler back on June 3 at Wrigley Field. Wheeler tossed 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball while allowing just two hits. The Cubs managed two walks and struck out seven times. Wheeler makes his second career start against the Cubs tonight.

Cubs Numbers against Zack Wheeler in 2014

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • BillyFinT

    Rizzo was struck out 3 straight last time he faced the Mets pitcher. Plus the K-happy lineup they got, this will be interesting.

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      Wheeler is on my fantasy team
      7.5 points already

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Dodgers are going to the World Series. They just nabbed Justin Germano from Texas.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro extends his hitting streak to 14 games with the infield single

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez smoked that single to center. Wood to third and Baez to second on the throw

    • Josh Man

      Impressive base running by Wood getting from 1st to 3rd on that play

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Very. Got him a run. And I liked the way Baez followed … and Castro singles in Baez

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Ouch
    He hurt that ball

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Now down 1

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Don’t appear wood is fooling many hitters
    Getting. Squared up pretty good….

  • Tony_H

    Here is a development question and I honestly don’t think either is wrong, but is one more right.

    With Alcantara struggling, is he better off staying in the majors, playing everyday or going back to Iowa until the Iowa Cub’s season is over and then coming back up.

    Last 28 days, 102 AB’s 186/265/284/550 with 31 k’s.

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      I say, give him a day on the bench and do a reset on Sunday

    • GaryLeeT

      Just a gut feeling, but I don’t think he’ll make it in the Majors. Maybe a utility roll, at best.

      • Tony_H

        I think that might just be a bad taco or something, because I have no doubt he will be in the majors for a nice career, I don’t think he is a superstar or All-Star but a nice versatile player who will provide slightly above average offense.

        I think his floor is that of a utility player.

        I would send him back to Iowa for the last 2 weeks and hopefully a playoff run, then back up to finish up the year in Chicago.

        • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

          Agree with the player assessment but I would keep him up
          Probably not a wrong plan the other way either

        • GaryLeeT

          Hmmm. Maybe. After watching Castro for about 2 weeks you could just tell he had “it” and I remember predicting right here on the CCO that he would be a star. I just don’t see any semblance of that in Alcantara.

          • Tony_H

            Maybe you weren’t watching Alcantara in his first 2 weeks, because he was great at the beginning. Castro had it from day one, but even he struggled and looked like he had lost it for awhile.

            Alcantara has a solid game but needs to keep working on his approach and I think a short trip back to Iowa to work on it and then back up for an end of year final exam would be a great way to finish his season.

          • GaryLeeT

            It wasn’t just about the numbers, it’s knowing they belong. I don’t know how you can be so sure about Alcantara, because the odds of him becoming an every day player for more than 6 years, are heavily in favor of my prediction.

          • Tony_H

            People who predict failure in baseball have the odds in their favor.

            If you predicted failure for Baez, the odds would be in your favor.

            Many players have nice careers who only last 4,5,6 years.

          • GaryLeeT

            That sounds like an oxymoron to me. The longest careers are the nicest.

          • Tony_H

            I said he will be in the majors for a nice career and that his floor was that of a utility player.

            You turned that into having to be a everyday starter for over 6 years. Giant leap I would say.

            I am not going to say he is going to be an everyday starter for over 6 years, as I think once Russell, Almora, Schwarber, McKinney come up or some combination of that wave, he will be a super utility guy.

            Nice career is not the nicest careers.

          • GaryLeeT

            The term “nice career” is completely subjective, and it’s whatever anybody thinks it is. But you argue like yours is right even though it’s just your opinion. I call it Tony being Tony.

          • Tony_H

            I will give you an example.

            Mark Derosa had a nice career. I really doubt anyone can argue that.

            His most AB’s were from 2006-2009 where he had 502-520 AB’s per year. Not even an everyday starter.

            But he had a nice career, even though he was never an everyday starter.

            Next time I will argue like I think your opinion is right and mine is wrong.

          • GaryLeeT

            How many years did he play?

          • Tony_H

            16 years.

            But never as a starter.

          • GaryLeeT

            HAH!

          • Tony_H

            Hah! What? You said your definition was over 6 years as an everyday starter. He was never an everyday starter.

          • GaryLeeT

            Never an everyday starter? Now we get YOUR definition of an everyday starter. What, only Castro types need apply?

          • Tony_H

            500 AB’s is not an everyday starter. That is a platoon type player. I would think closer to 600 is everyday.

            500 is the amount of AB’s the starting catcher gets that takes 2 days off a week.

          • BillyFinT

            My definition is 350 PA as a utility. Having 500 AB is good for starter, methinks. Most players won’t have 500 AB due to injury, platoon, and other less obvious reasons.

          • Tony_H

            My definition of everyday starter is you are the 2B, the SS, the 3B, the LF, etc of the team and play, I don’t know, every day. You get days off for rest here and there and don’t get platooned with someone else.

          • BillyFinT

            Did you mean PA or AB? Almost impossible for most players to meet 600 AB. AB doesn’t count sac hit and walks (inc. IBB).

            Only 38 players in 2013 met 600 AB, out of more than 700 position players that year.

          • Tony_H

            I also thought I gave the parameters for Alcantara for what I called a nice career.

            “… I don’t think he is a superstar or All-Star but a nice versatile player who will provide slightly above average offense.

            I think his floor is that of a utility player.”

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            Made me think, nice career guy
            Kerry wood, Keith Moreland, Manny Trillo, Ivan DeJesus, Mark Grace, JOSE CARDINAL, Jodi Davis, Jerry Moreales, Rick Monday, Joe Pepitone, Bobby Dernier, Eric Young

          • Tony_H

            Also, aren’t you arguing like your opinion is right? How is that any different than everyone else on here who thinks their opinion is right. Is that Gary being Gary?

          • GaryLeeT

            Look at you. I started out by saying I had a gut feeling, which clearly prefaced my statement as an opinion. Your gotcha game is a little weak these days.

          • Tony_H

            All posts are opinions. And you say I start it? All you tonight!

            Yours is working just fine though!

          • GaryLeeT

            So what did I write, that was presented as a fact? Your projections aren’t working.

          • Tony_H

            Nothing and neither did I. We both are giving our opinions.

            Have good night.

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            I predict that not all the prospects called up will be all stars. That way my prediction will also prevail!

      • SirGladiator

        It sure looks like, right now, Alcantra isn’t going to be around a whole lot longer. Probably through the end of the year, then back to AAA for 2015 unless he really improves his game. He started out hot, really impressed everybody, but now he’s hitting 212, that’s about Barney level there. Of course Baez is heading that-a-way too, he’s down to 245 himself, but everybody expected him to suck early on because he always does that when he moves up a level. This guy was never really expected to be any good, he made us think he was good his first week or so, but now it seems he’s living up to the original expections, which were ‘who is this guy?’ . Too bad, but at least it’s more room in the outfield for Olt, for what that’s worth :) .

        • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

          We sure give up on guys quickly
          Maybe we can see if he can make any adjustments
          Does feel a little like Lake last year though
          Hopefully the hitting coach can make the correct adjustments needed

        • John_CC

          This is silly talk.

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    That was funny
    Open butt pitch
    High and stinky
    Len didn’t know what to say!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That’s one you don’t see too often … a 9-3-2 double play with the out recorded at first base.

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      If the runner would have picked up his coach, may have made it back

  • Jay from sandwich

    Bjax traded to diamondbacks for relief pitcher both players are 26yrs old good luck to bjax maybe he will get a chance in are because theo did not draft him he did not get a chance I assume bitters in next on the block

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      He didn’t earn another chance this year…
      Not being drafted by Theo had nothing to do with getting another chance
      See Baez…

      • DWalker

        Did he do anything besides breathing to warrant another call up?

        • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

          Nope
          He should not have gotten one…

    • Tony_H

      You really don’t think the reason he is not in the majors playing everyday is because Theo didn’t draft him?

      http://chicagocubsonline.com/archives/2014/08/wire-cubs-trade-brett-jackson-arizona-rhp-blake-cooper.php

    • Tony_H

      Also explain how Baez and Alcantara are in the majors playing, Theo didn’t draft them either.

    • John_CC

      Did you look at his stats for last 2 years at AAA?

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      Or Butters
      Oh dam….

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Nice throw by Coglan

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 3-2 to the Mets on Friday night … Travis Wood: 3R, 4H (HR), 4BB, 5K, 5.1 IP (101 pitches, 59 strikes)

    Castro: 2-4, RBI; Rizzo: 0-3, RBI, BB; Baez: 1-4, R; Castillo: 1-2, BB, HBP

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake optioned to Iowa to make room for Straily

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      Has to be rough on the young man
      Been up for over a year…