Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rays – 08/10/14

Game One Hundred Sixteen – Cubs (49-66) vs. Rays (57-59)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 188, 844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Travis Wood (7-9, 5.08/1.54/4.20) vs. Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.52/1.21/3.58)

The Cubs wrap-up their series against the Rays this afternoon not only in search of a win to salvage the finale of the three-game series but to actually put the ball in play on a regular basis. Over the first two games (18 innings) the Cubs have struck out 27 times, 12 on Friday and 15 on Saturday afternoon. And it will not get any easier for the offense with Alex Cobb on the hill. The Rays have the pitching staff to be a real challenge in the post-season if Joe Maddon can sneak his team in the tournament.

Rick Renteria should run out as right-handed a lineup as possible this afternoon. Cobb has had less success this year against righties (264/.344/.314) than lefties (.214/.272/.304).

Travis Wood takes the mound for the Cubs this afternoon in need of a complete outing. Like Edwin Jackson, Wood has struggled early in his outings and ran up his pitch count while putting his team in an early hole before turning things over to the bullpen. Wood needs to finish the season on a positive note but he’s continued to have command problems since the break.

'88 Throwback Jersey

’88 Throwback Jersey

The Wrigley Field 100 celebration continues today with the seventh of nine Throwback Sundays. Both the Cubs and Rays will wear throwbacks, or throwback inspired jerseys today.

The Cubs will honor the ’88 team, the first to play under the lights, that was managed by Don Zimmer and featured the likes of Ryne Sandberg, Mark Grace, Shawon Dunston, Andre Dawson, Jody Davis, Greg Maddux, Rick Sutcliffe, Jamie Moyer, Scott Sanderson and Goose Gossage but finished in fourth place in the NL Eastern Division with a 77-85 record.

Tampa-Bay-Rays-Road-Fauxback-Uniform-2014The Rays, and not Devil Rays, will don fauxbacks this afternoon that look very close to a certain team on the West Coast that knocked the Cubs out of the ’84 playoffs with the appropriate tribute to Don Zimmer still on the sleeve.

Today all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood is coming off a quality start in Colorado, his first such outing since June 26. Wood still struggled early in the game before somewhat settling down. Wood has not been able to find his command this season and until he begins hitting his spots Wood will continue to run up his pitch count, ERA and WHIP while reducing his average innings per start.

Chris Bosio needs to see Travis Wood build on his last outing. Wood showed a year ago that when he able to locate he can be a good big league starter, but over the last two-plus months he’s just not been able to find a groove.

PrintTravis Wood is 3-3 in 11 starts at Wrigley this year with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. In 66 2/3 innings, Wood has given up 61 hits with 26 walks and 70 strikeouts. While he has not been able to maintain a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio this season, in order for Wood to finish the year on a positive note he will have to quit pitching from behind in the count.

Travis Wood makes his first start against the Rays today. James Loney (0-for-7 with two walks) and Logan Forsythe (0-for-4) are the only two players on the Rays active roster that have faced Wood in a big league ballgame.

Alex Cobb has been very good this season and the Rays are 6-4 the last 10 times he’s taken the bump. Cobb is coming off a no decision against the Athletics in which he allowed two runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Cobb walked four and struck out four batters. In his two starts prior to facing Oakland, Cobb held the Brewers to one run on three hits in eight innings with 12 strikeouts and shutout the Cardinals for seven innings with 10 strikeouts.

Alex Cobb is 6-2 in nine road starts this season with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. And he is 3-0 in his last four starts with a 1.71 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP … 21 hits allowed in 26 1/3 innings with eight walks and 28 strikeouts.

The Cubs get their first look at Alex Cobb today … and no one on the active roster has faced Cobb in a regular season big league ballgame.

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Neil Ramirez was activated from the DL and Jacob Turner was added to the 25-man roster. Chris Rusin was optioned and Brian Schlitter was placed on the 15-day DL. See the report, Turner will pitch out of the pen, for now.

    • SirGladiator

      That’s a brilliant move. The numbers prove Turner is a dominant reliever, so that’s how he should finish the season. Then in the off-season we can give him some in-depth training and conditioning etc. with Bosio and give him another shot at starting, knowing that if that doesn’t work out he can still be a lights-out reliever. Glad to hear they made the right move with Turner!

  • Tony_H

    Kalish cleared waivers and was outrighted to Iowa.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ryan Kalish cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another good jump by Alcantara in center

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      I like him in center
      Made some good play last few days

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        He’s really improving out there

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Holly May have it righ
    Longoria and Zobrist is not hurting us yet

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Zobrist just down the road from me from Eureka

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Peoria journal star has a daily update on him

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Never saw him play locally however

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    No play! Another chanch for Javy

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Foul
    Chit

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Ok then

  • GaryLeeT

    For his own personal safety Cobb should consider putting Rizzo on next time up.

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      He looked pissed that it came close….

      • GaryLeeT

        Pissed at Rizzo for embarrassingly making him hit the deck twice.

      • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

        Got to be scary though getting hit in the head

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Do not make Tony Stewart mad
    Wow way bad what happened there last night

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

      You think there was any intent Varmit? I don’t. Traveling at those high speeds, and it didn’t appear that he took a line different than anyone else really. The driver kept getting closer and closer until Stewart came by. I’ve never driven a race car but I’d imagine you are so focused on driving and not crashing yourself, it would be difficult to see, process, and make a conscious decision to hit a guy for pointing at you.

      But who knows? You could be right. It’s a tragedy and I do think that if I was in a wreck, I wouldn’t walk anywhere near a moving race car. Confront him after in the garage. Very sad…

      • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

        I personally think that Tony hit this guy on purpose. I do think he meant to give a message that he is Tony Stewart!
        I think he meant to throw some dirt on him and just came too close. Not a fan of the guy and I am not surprised. 3rd shift last night when I heard the news. Look at his history…

        • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

          Edit
          Do not think he meant to hit him…..
          Just meant to send a message

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Gotta figure out how to get my Jose Cardinal avatar going

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Still have a chance….

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Best Wood has been in awhile…

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

      That’s really good news! Of course game not on WGN. Miss the old days when it was almost every game and the Sox were never on.

      Every time I look in my guide and see the Sox are on, it burns my hide.

      • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

        Like when it is on com
        More post game

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

          No com love here in OKC…:(

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            Your still my favorite to follow. Got the pulse of the entire orginanzation.

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

            That’s right Varmit! You always get the accurate inside information about the Cubs from me! And the good predictions :)

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            Like good predictions
            And actually believe some of them now!

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

            I know huh… If I make enough, some are bound to come true!

            But people like to focus on my bad one’s like Kalish and Olt. But I also predicted Hendricks and Arietta, Rizzo, Renteria, Schwarber and others…

            Some like Schwarber weren’t so much predictions, just me saying that I liked the guy and thought he’d rake.

            Still waiting on a few more of my biggies, Vizcaino, Hanneman, Turner (recent), McKinney, Russell, Soler and CBlack. I still think the juries out on Olt too. Should know one way or the other soon on Vizcaino, Soler, Turner and Russell. Longer wait on Hanneman, McKinney and Schwarber.

            But yeah, I pretty much expect good stuff from most of our guys! Don’t go out on the limb on all of them though. I’ve never really predicted anything specific for Baez. I do think he’ll be really good, but I think he”s a huge hit or miss guy. Appears he should hit though. If I had to pick my top one’s of my group it would today be:

            Soler
            Russell
            McKinney
            Hanneman
            CBlack
            Schwarber

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

            I’m not including Edwards or Bryant in there, because I think pretty much most of us believe they will turn out. Especially Bryant. He’s everybody’s all world…

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            Mine
            Soler soon!
            lot I think he still ha a chance…..
            Russell ‘I think he will be traded for pitching’
            Edwards
            And the 3rd baseman for Tenn
            I

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

            I would bet all the tea in China that Russell spends a long career for the Cubs. I think Theo is enamored with his talent. He’s that type of guy. Basically a 5-tool player (maybe not quite speed to be a tool), and he will take a pitch and work the count.

            Honestly, and this is way out on a limb here….

            Would everyone be totally shocked if Bryant was the guy to be traded? It just occurred to me and I said no way, then thought twice. He’s the biggest prospect in baseball. If traded he would bring a king’s ransom of top pitching-probably a MLB ready guy that is a young proven stud with upside (like a , and maybe a top AAA type guy too.

            I know it’s unlikely. But if we got pretty much two proven TOR guys I could see it. Perhaps 2 guys like Shelby Miller and Gerrit Cole.

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

            Boras And inability to sign to long contract playing a factor…

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            Na
            I think they will play with Boras
            Henry did and they will too if it is warrented
            Want to see Bryant in majors ASAP
            Going to Iowa the 30 to watch with the wife
            Seen the Smokies and is hooked!!!

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

            Sweet Varmi! Wife hooked? Impressive.

            We will expect your full game report ;)…

          • SuzyS

            Hanneman is a longshot because he started so late…and has to prove himself quickly. I like him…but then I liked Szczur also.

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

            You are right Suzy. He’s my big longshot! But I’ve had a feeling since the first time I read analysis after the draft…

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Da data do data da data da dat data do
    That was the theme!

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Safe!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez beats the shift, ties the game at one with a single

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      Points
      Keeper league
      19thrd
      Woohoo!

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Woody! Nice

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Stats should be fun
    I liked him when he was ours…

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Miss Jack Brickhouse
    Hopefully baseball voices will give me some cookies!!!

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      Recommend these CDs
      Santo, Harry, and Buck are a lot of fun!

      • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

        Pat Hughes does a hell of o job narrating and signs each copy!

        • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

          Best present I have had 4 Father’s Day!

  • Tony_H

    Pierce Johnson with a great outing in Gm 1 of DH.

    6 IP 1 H 0 R 2 BB 8 K

    • Tony_H

      Beating Archie Bradley 3-0

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Bad call

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Oops good call

    • Sonate

      Bad play by Castro. He tagged too high.

      • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

        Ya should have had that

        • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

          Play we’ll higher draft pick
          Best of both

      • SirGladiator

        Yeah, Castro may have cost us the game by inexplicably not tagging the guy’s leg, he was going to be out by a mile if he’d just been tagged properly. Hopefully we can come back!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Do you think the short-hop throw from Castillo that was too close to the bag had anything to do with Castro’s tag?

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            No
            Take it back quick
            He never does that
            By the way
            I ilke Castro

  • JasonPen

    The Cubs should fire Kasper and hire Dwayne. I’m finally able to watch the game without wanting to shove sharp objects in my ears…

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      I like Kasper but it was fun listening to Dwayne

      • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

        Memories. Pressed between the pages of
        Oh never mind

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Coghlan with a game-tying triple

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      Leave the room for a minute…

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

      Yes! He’s fun to watch dig out a triple. Plays really hard.

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Always looks at the 1st pitch

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Doosh
    Likely result

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    That was one ugly gal!

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Keep going and we may see the new guy!

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Mr Turner is coming!

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    I remember when this guy was one of our top prospects
    You go Jed Theo!

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    His haircut is bad
    Just sayin…..

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Really!!!

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    No way

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Should not have gave that to him
    Haircut alone!

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    It’s bad!

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Castillo. Not afraid of the bad hair!

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Jackson will probably screw this up 2

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Sweeney
    Bad

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Please walk me

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    BAD
    Get rid of this guy

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    K
    Didn’t see that coming…..

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    You can probably take him off the 40000 man roster

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Sweeney /Barney
    Thanks for the top draft picks

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Free baseball for the sixth time in 12 games

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    This is the inning!

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Through wind to a caution….

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      Done that….

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Mannnn ….

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    X-ray
    Wesley wright

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Al Nipper
    Ouch!

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Shchi rapid nipper
    Smith
    Bad

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Nice bunt

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Steal!

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Or not…

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    6/6 Swingles

  • Tony_H

    Cubs WIN!! Cubs WIN!!

  • GaryLeeT

    Cubs save face on a series infamously dubbed the KOpalooza.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Rays 3-2 in 12 innings on Sunday afternoon … Travis Wood: 1R, 0ER, 4H, 3BB, 5K, 6IP (93 pitches, 57 strikes)

    Baez: 2-6, RBI; Coghlan: 1-5, 3B, RBI, SAC; Rizzo: 2-6, RBI; Castro: 1-4, BB; Sweeney: 2-3, 2B, 2R; Castillo: 2-4

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

    Rizzo game winning single in 12th…CUBS WIN!