Game One Hundred Thirty-Seven: Cubs (58-78) vs. Marlins (50-85)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Travis Wood (2-3, 3.09/1.10/3.83) vs. Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.90/1.22/3.02)
Happy Labor Day from Chicago Cubs Online!
The Cubs open a three-game series this afternoon with the Miami Marlins. The Cubs won three of four in Miami at the end of April. The two teams enter play this afternoon with the worst two records in the Senior Circuit and both organizations will have picks at the top of next June’s Draft.
After this afternoon’s match-up of Travis Wood and Henderson Alvarez, Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face RHP Tom Koehler on Tuesday night. Jeff Samardzija is slated to start the finale on Wednesday afternoon and he will not face Jose Fernandez. The Marlins pushed Fernandez to Friday in Miami and have not announced a starter for Wednesday’s finale in Chicago.
Dale Sveum said on Sunday that Donnie Murphy and Luis Valbuena will split time at third base over until the end of the season. Nate Schierholtz will continue to start against right-handers while Brian Bogusevic, Ryan Sweeney and Junior Lake will rotate against righties for the remainder of the year. The Cubs want to see how Bogusevic and Sweeney perform for the rest of the season to see if they should be in the mix for a job next year.
It is Labor Day, and the unofficial end of summer all starts with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood is coming off his best start since the break. Wood outpitched Clayton Kershaw and allowed one unearned run on five hits in seven innings at Dodger Stadium last Tuesday. Wood has been one of the good stories for the big league club this season, and don’t be surprised if the Cubs use the expanded roster to limit his innings over the last month .
Travis Wood has already completed 172 innings this season, nearly 20 more than a year ago at the big league level. Wood tossed 41 1/3 innings for Iowa last year. So with adding in his minor league innings, Wood completed 197 1/3 innings a year ago. Wood is 25 1/3 innings shy of his career high, and there is really no reason for Wood to go more than five innings per outing over his last four starts of the season.
Travis Wood is 2-4 in eight starts since the break with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP, and is 1-3 in his last six games with a 4.17 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.
Like a majority of his teammates, Wood has performed better on the road this season than at Wrigley Field. Wood is 4-7 in 16 starts at Wrigley with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP but on the road, Wood is 4-3 in 11 starts with a 2.60 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.
Travis Wood beat the Marlins in Miami on April 27. Wood held the Marlins to two runs on three hits in six innings with a walk and five strikeouts. For his career, Wood is 1-2 in three starts against the Fish with a 10.93 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.
Marlins Career Numbers against Travis Wood
- Placido Polanco – 2-for-6
- Justin Ruggiano – 0-for-4 with a walk
- Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-5 with a home run
- Donovan Solano – 0-for-3
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-2
Henderson Alvarez is coming off a short outing against the Nationals. Alvarez pitched the first 1 2/3 innings before rain delayed the game. Alvarez gave up one run on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Alvarez’s last full start prior to the Nationals’ game did not go too well. Alvarez lasted only five innings against the Dodgers and allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings.
Alvarez is 0-2 in his last five starts with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP and will make his first career start and appearance against the Cubs this afternoon. No one on the Cubs’ active roster has faced Henderson Alvarez in a big league ballgame.
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