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September 18 – 20, 2012 vs. Reds – Series Preview

 

The Reds come to Chicago for a three game series starting Tuesday, September 18.  The Reds have all but locked up the division, but are just 5-5 in their last ten, including losing series’ to both the Marlins and the Astros.  The Reds have gotten Joey Votto back since we last saw them, but Aroldis Chapman has been shut down for a little bit and the Cubs will not face him this weekend.  The Cubs on the other hand have been playing good baseball as of late going 7-3 in their last ten and splitting their most recent series against the Pirates.  The Cubs can’t really play spoiler against the Reds, but they can postpone the Reds clinching the division for a few days and hopefully against somebody else.  Alfonso Soriano went over the 100 RBI plateau last week and he will look to hit his 30th home run this series against the Reds.

Record:  88-59 (road, 41-31) 1st in Central
Runs Scored:  627 – 8th in NL
Team ERA:  3.44 – 2nd in NL
Last 10:  5-5
Last Series:  Lost two of three to the Marlins

Record:  58-89 (home, 36-36) 5th in Central
Runs Scored:  565 – 15 in NL
Team ERA:  4.46 – 14th in NL
Last 10:  7-3
Last Series:  Split with the Pirates

Here are the pitching matchups for the series.

Tuesday September 18, 2012
Cincinnati: Homer Bailey (11-9, 3.93 ERA)
Cubs: Justin Germano (2-7, 5.60)

Wednesday September 19, 2012
Cincinnati:  Mike Leake (8-9, 4.69 ERA)
Cubs:  Chris Rusin (1-2, 5.06 ERA)

Thursday September 20, 2012
Cincinnati:  Johnny Cueto (16-9, 2.92 ERA)
Cubs:  Jason Berken ( 0-1, 7.20 ERA)

Season Series:  Reds lead series 9-4

Prediction:  Cubs lose series 2-1

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

September 14 – 17, 2012; vs. Pirates – Series Preview

The Pirates comes to town looking very much like the 2011 version of the club that collapsed down the stretch and finished with a below five hundred record yet again, and nothing like the surging contender earlier in the year.   The Pirates sit just two games over five hundred now and are losers of six straight games, three of those against the Cubs in Pittsburgh last week.  The Cubs on the other hand are playing solid baseball, winning five out of their last six games, all on the road which is really saying something given how bad they have been away from Wrigley this year.  Solid starting pitching and the long ball have paced the Cubs in September as they have ten home runs, 5th most in the National League this month.  No one has contributed more to that total than Alfonso Soriano as he has five home runs in just 12 games this month.  After being pulled in the third inning two nights ago, and missing yesterday’s game it sounds like Anthony Rizzo will be back in the Cubs lineup tomorrow, that collision could have been much worse.

Here are the pitching matchups for the four game series.

Friday September  14, 2012
Pittsburgh: James McDonald (12-7, 3.93 ERA)
Cubs: Chris Rusin (0-2, 5.73 ERA)

Saturday September 15, 2012
Pittsburgh: Jeff Locke (0-1, 4.11 ERA)
Cubs: Jason Berken (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Sunday September 16, 2012
Pittsburgh: Wandy Rodriguez (10-13, 3.72 ERA)
Cubs: Chris Volstad (3-10, 5.99 ERA)

Monday September 17, 2012
Pittsburgh: Kevin Correia (10-9, 4.29 ERA)
Cubs: Travis Wood (6-11, 4.23 ERA)

Season Series:  Series Tied 6-6

Prediction:  Cubs win series 3-1

Thanks for reading,
- George

Cubs Use Long Ball to Sweep Away Pirates

Wins at this point of the year don’t mean much for the Cubs, sure they might be able to avoid 100 losses, but that’s about it.  Across the field in the other dugout these wins mean everything, which renders this weekend as a complete disaster for the Pirates as they walk away from this series without a single win.  Today it was a combination of solid starting pitching from Chris Rusin, and the long ball as the Cubs blasted three home runs in the 4-2 victory.  Rusin was solid on the mound for the Cubs as he tossed five strong innings giving up one run on five hits while walking three and striking out three.  Unfortunately the Cubs bullpen couldn’t hang on to a one run lead late so Rusin had to settle for a no decision.  After the Pirates tied the game in the seventh on a  James Russell balk, Alfonso Soriano continued is ridiculous 2012 by blasting his 28th home run of the season in the eighth to put the Cubs up for good 4-2.  Soriano finished the day 1-for-4 with a home run, and two RBI’s, he’s now has 94 RBI’s on the season to go with his 28 home runs.  Josh Vitters and Anthony Recker had the other two home runs for the Cubs today, it was Recker’s first major league home run.  Carlos Marmol had an uneasy ninth inning but was able to nail down his 18th save of the season and lowered his ERA  to under four, which was something that no one thought he would do this year back in May.

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Game Highlights:
Soriano’s Game Winning Home Run
Marmol Escapes with the Save
Sappelt’s Nice Grab
Recker’s First Career Homer
Josh Vittes Goes Deep

Thanks for reading,
- George

September 7 – 9, 2012; @ Pirates – Series Preview

Let’s hope the Cubs have some fire left over from yesterday as they could use some of that on the field this weekend against the Pirates.  The season is becoming historically bad, and facing another contender on the road is not going to make it any better.  The Cubs come into this series losers of six straight with only two wins in their last ten games.  Anthony Rizzo is one guy that has been earning his paycheck of late as he is hitting .423, with a double, three home runs and three RBI’s in his last seven games.  The pitching staff on the other hand should give their money back to the organization.  The Cubs staff has a record of 0-6 with a 7.20 ERA, such is life in September with a bunch of guys basically trying out for next season.  The Pirates have been mediocre as of late as they try to summon the energy for one final push for the postseason, they trail both Atlanta and St. Louis in the race for the Wild Card by 1.5 games.

Friday September 7, 2012
Cubs:Travis Wood (4-11, 4.64 ERA)
Pittsburgh: A.J. Burnett (15-5, 3.63 ERA)

Saturday September 8, 2012
Cubs: Jeff Samardzija (8-13, 3.91 ERA)
Pittsburgh: James McDonald (12-7, 3.90 ERA)

Sunday September 9, 2012
Cubs: Chris Rusin (0-2, 9.00 ERA)
Pittsburgh: Jeff Locke (0-1, 4.82 ERA)

Season Series:  Pirates lead 6-3

Prediction:  Cubs Win Series 2-1, how do you like those apples?

Thanks for reading,
- George

Nats Pound Cubs Into Submission

No doubt about this one, as the Nationals pounded out 19 hits, six of which were home runs, and 11 runs en route to an 11-5 victory over the Cubs.  This one was ugly from the get go as Chris Rusin couldn’t command anything and was awesome at finding the barrel of the Nationals bats.  Rusin only lasted an inning plus giving up five runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out one.  The Cubs used seven pitchers in this one, and everyone one of them gave up at least two hits except for Jaye Chapman who pitched a hitless, scoreless inning in his major league debut.  This one was basically a spring training game, Sveum threw out almost every pitcher possible to see what they had, most of them didn’t have much.  Offensively it was a weird night for the Cubs, hitters two through five were 8-14 with a triple, a home run, two walks, five RBI’s and five runs scored.  The rest of the Cubs were 0-for-19 with two walks, yikes.  Luis Valbuena, Anthony Rizzo, Alfsonso Soriano, and Starlin Castro all had two hits in the loss.  Soriano had a great night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple, and three RBI’s.  The Cubs set a franchise record tonight by playing their 51st player of the year, not really sure if that’s something to be happy about, probably not.

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Game Highlights:
DeJesus Makes a Great Catch
Soriano’s 26th Home Run
Castro With a Leaping Catch
Castro’s RBI Single
Chapman’s First Career K

Thanks for reading,
- George

September 4, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Nationals

Game two is tonight in the Nation’s Capital, and Chris Rusin will get the ball for the Cubs as they try to even up the series.  Bryce Harper will be out of the lineup for the Nationals, here is how the Cubs will line up against Edwin Jackson tonight.

DeJesus RF
Valbuena 3B
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Castro SS
Castillo C
Jackson CF
Barney 2B
Rusin P

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George

September 3 – 6, 2012; @ Nationals – Series Preview

Long time no see as the Cubs travel to Washington to take on the Nationals.  When the two teams last met it was the opening series of the 2012 season, the Cubs were unsure of what the beginning of the build would look like, and the Nationals were a young upstart bunch.  Fast forward five months and the Cubs are now feeling what’s it’s like to begin the process of building a perennial contender and the Nationals sit atop Major League baseball as the best team in the land.  The Nationals are hurtling towards the finish, but the focus is on what or should I say who will not be with them as they descend on the postseason.  I’m talking about Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals ace, who will make his last start on September 12, and miss the postseason because the organization wants to be cautious with him.  To each their own, not sure I agree with it, but I understand it, I guess.  The Cubs will miss Strasburg but will have to deal with the rest of a pitching staff that has buzzed its way through the National League.  They will also have to deal with a Washington offensive attack that now features a rookie that won’t turn twenty years old until the playoffs are in progress.  Bryce Harper has given the Nats a jolt and made them one of the most exciting teams in baseball, it’s up to the Cubs to temper that enthusiasm and slow down this well oiled machine.

Here are the four game series pitching matchups.

Monday September 3, 2012
Cubs: Jeff Samardzija (8-12, 4.03 ERA)
Washington: Ross Detwiler (8-6, 3.32 ERA)

Tuesday September 4, 2012
Cubs: Chris Rusin (0-1, 1.80 ERA)
Washington: Edwin Jackson (8-9, 3.53 ERA)

Wednesday September 5, 2012
Cubs: Chris Volstad (2-9, 6.06 ERA)
Washington: Gio Gonzalez (17-7, 3.10 ERA)

Thursday September 6, 2012
Cubs: Justin Germano (2-5, 5.52 ERA)
Washinton: Jordan Zimmermann (9-8, 3.01 ERA)

Season Series:  Nationals lead 2-1

Prediction:  Nationals Win Series 3-1

Thanks for reading,
- George

8/31: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A quick recap of the Cubs minor leagues on Friday, August 31.  Peoria was cancelled due to rain and both Iowa and the AZL Cubs seasons are in the books.

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The Boise Hawks had a few rough innings and lost this one 6-4.  Felix Pena pitched five really good innings giving up no runs on four hits with three strikeouts.  Hayden Simpson struggled and took the loss giving up six runs on six hits in two innings.  Eduardo Orozco pitched well in his two innings allowing no runs on one hit and striking out four.  Jeimer Candelario had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.  Stephen Bruno and Gioskar Amaya each had two hits, with Amaya scoring two runs.  Dan Vogelbach and Wilson Contreras each a had a hit in the loss and Rock Shoulders was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Marco Hernandez delivered a pinch-hit RBI single.

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Daytona got down early, but Rebel Ridling and the bullpen sparked a 4-3 win.  Ridling was awesome on Friday tying the game in the seventh and winning it with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth.  He ended the night 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, and two RBIs.  Vladimir Frias also had a nice night at the plate going 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Nelson Perez had two hits, including a double and a run scored.  Rafael Lopez and Christian Villanueva each had a hit in the win.  Kyler Burke got the start for the Cubs, he lasted four innings giving up three runs on six hits.  Matt Iannazzo pitched the next three innings allowing only one hit and striking out two.  Scott Weismann got the win as he threw the final two scoreless innings.  It was a nice win for the Cubs as the season is coming to a close.

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Tennessee continued to roll on Friday beating Pensacola 5-0.  Chris Rusin started, but only lasted three innings not allowing a hit and striking out one.  Nicholas Struck pitched the next 5.2 and got the win as he gave up only one hit and struck out six.  Rubi Silva had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.  Matt Szczur had two hits in the win and scored a run.  Junior Lake and Justin Bour each had a hit and combined to score three runs.  Anthony Recker and Matt Cerda each had a hit and Jae-Hoon Ha had an RBI in the win.  It has been fun following Tennessee the past few weeks as they have been playing some really good baseball, unfortunately it was a little late as they have been eliminated from the playoffs.

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The Iowa Cubs were supposed to play a series against New Orleans, but because of Hurricane Isaac the series has been cancelled and their season has come to an end.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/26: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Sunday’s minor league recap.  Daytona did not play as they had a scheduled day off.

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The AZL Cubs won a big one on Sunday beating the Athletics 5-2.  Duane Underwood started and pitched the first 2.1 innings giving up two hits and allowing no runs.  Juan Paniagua got the win striking out three over the next 1.2 innings.  After Carl Lang gave up one run in his inning Anthony Prieto pitched the next two, followed by Carlos Martinez-Pumarino who finished this one off giving up a run, but striking out three in two innings.  Ben Carhart had another nice night at the plated going 3-for-5 with an RBI.  Trevor Gretzky got his average over .300 as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored in this one.  Carlos Penalver and Jeff Baez each had two hits a piece with Baez knocking in one run.  Shawon Dunston had a double and an RBI in the Cubs win.  With the win the Cubs are now only one game in back of the Athletics for the division lead.

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After winning the division on Saturday, Boise came back Sunday and lost 5-1 to Vancouver.  Felix Pena got the start and took the loss allowing four runs on five hits over 4.1 innings.  He also walked three and struck out five.  Su-Min Jung and Tyler Bremer combined to pitch the final 3.2 innings on Sunday.  The Hawks had a few highlights at the plate, however.  Jeimer Candelario ended the night 2-for-3  and Darien Martin also had two hits.  Stephen Bruno had yet another hit in this one and also drove in the Cubs lone run.  Gioskar Amaya and Marco Hernandez each a hit in the Boise loss.

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Peoria was all over Wisconsin from the get go, eventually winning 10-3.  Jeffry Antigua was outstanding on Sunday pitching seven strong innings allowing no runs on three hits, while striking out seven.  Pete Levitt pitched the final two frames allowing three unearned runs in the ninth inning.  Dustin Geiger led the way offensively going 3-for-4 with three RBIs.  Jorge Soler go into the fun as well going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs..  Jacob Rogers also had two hits, including his first home run with Peoria.  The top of the order did their job as well, as Zeke DeVoss and Pin-Chieh Chen each had two hits.  DeVoss added a run and an RBI and Chen scored four runs and drove one in as well.  Oliver Zapata and Sergio Burruel each had hits with Zapata adding an RBI in the Chiefs victory.

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Tennessee scored one in the bottom of the eighth to win the game 4-3.  Eric Jokisch was pretty good in this one giving up three runs on eight hits in seven innings.  He also walked one and struck out four, his ERA now sits at 2.97.  Trey McNutt continued to pitch well out of the bullpen pitching the final two innings and getting the win.  Jae-Hoon Ha was outstanding at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, RBI, and a runs scored.  Elliot Soto was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Rubi Silva had a hit and an RBI of his own.  Matt Szczur also contributed with  hit and a run scored in the Smokies victory.

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Iowa scored one in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough losing 4-3 to Oklahoma City.  Chris Rusin got the start and pitched good, but took the loss.  He pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits, while walking one and striking out seven.  Blake Parker tossed the final two innings allowing one run and striking out two.  James Adduci, Blake Lalli, and Matt Tolbert all were 2-for-4 with Adduci knocking in a run and Lalli scoring two.  Brian Esposito had a double and an RBI and Adrian Cardenas pinch hit with an RBI single in the Cubs loss.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/15: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at Wednesday’s Cubs minor leagues.

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The AZL Cubs dropped Wednesday’s game to the Angels 3-1.  The Cubs got some good pitching, but it wasn’t good enough.  Duane Underwood started, but took the loss giving up two runs in two innings striking out two batters.  Rafael Dolis and Ethan Elias combined to throw four innings of no-hit scoreless baseball.  Brian Smith gave a run in his one inning of work.  The Cubs offense struggled as they only recorded two hits.  Shawon Dunston and Garrett Schlecht each had a hit a piece.  Daniel Lockhart drove in Schlecht for the Cubs lone run in this one.  It was a good pitchers duel that went in the favor of the Angels in this one.

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Boise gave up a bunch of runs losing to Salem Keizer 13-5.  Everyone was looking forward to the debut of Albert Almora and he didn’t disappoint.  In his second at bat Almora hit a solo home run, he ended the evening 2-for-5.  Rock Shoulders also hit a home run, a three run shot in the third innings as well.  Marco Hernandez had a hit and an RBI and Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-4.  Dan Vogelbach and Jeimer Candelario each had a hit in the loss.  All the Hawks pitchers struggled in this one all giving up multiple runs.  Ian Dickson started giving up four runs on six hits in five innings, but left in line for the win.  Hunter Ackerman took the loss giving up six runs in 2.2 innings and Rafael Diplan gave up three in his 1.1 innings.

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Peoria gave up four runs in the third and could never recover losing to Burlington 5-1.  Jeffry Antigua took the loss on Wednesday, but didn’t get much help from his defense as he gave up all five runs, none earned.  The Chiefs bullpen pitched really well as Justin Berg, Bryce Shafer, and Pete Levitt went the rest of the way striking out nine and only giving up three hits.  Bijan Rademacher was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Wes Darvill had a double of his own and Zeke DeVoss had a triple.  You might be asking why we haven’t heard Jorge Soler‘s name?  Well, he sat this one out tonight, but the Peoria is hoping he will be back in the lineup tomorrow.

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Believe it or not Daytona actually played on Wednesday, a double-header against Lakeland.  PJ Francescon started, but lasted only three innings allowing two runs on three hits.  Hunter Cervenka followed and pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two batters.  AJ Morris got the win pitching the final two innings.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-4, including a double and an RBI.  Elieser Bonne and Taylor Davis each drove in a run in this one.  Nelson Perez had a double in the win.  Javier Baez continued to struggle going 0-for-4 in game one.

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Daytona only gave up two hits over nine innings in game two, but lost 1-0.  Frank Del Valle started and went six strong innings giving up only one hit, while walking three and striking out four.  Eduardo Figueroa pitched well in relief, but took the loss giving up a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth.  There wasn’t much happening offensively as the Cubs only had five hits in this one.  On a positive Javier Baez had one of those hits as did Christian VillanuevaJohn Andreoli, Elieser Bonne, and Vladimir Frias each had as well in the game two loss.

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Winning 2-0 going to the seventh, Tennessee gave up one in the bottom half and then three in the eighth as they lost 4-2.  Nicholas Struck started and pitched really well going six inning allowing one unearned run on five hits while striking out six.  Brian Schlitter struggled taking the loss as he gave up all the runs in the eighth.  Matt Szczur continued making adjustments as he was 1-for-4 with a double.  Justin Bour and Chad Noble each had a hit and drove in the Smokies two runs.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Michael Burgess each had doubles of their own and Matt Cerda also got in the hit column.  Wednesday’s started off pretty good, but didn’t end the way the Smokies had hoped.

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Iowa got a great start from Chris Rusin as the Cubs won 4-0.  In getting his eighth win Rusin pitched six strong innings giving up only four hits and struck out four.  Blake Parker continues to impress in his rehab striking out three in two innings and Esmailin Caridad pitched a scoreless ninth.  Jeff Frazier had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double.  Nate Samson and Alfredo Amezaga each had a hit and drove a run in.  Chris Rusin not only pitched well, but he also contributed offensively going 2-for-3 with a run scored.  Two wins in a row hasn’t happened much lately for Iowa, it would be nice to see if they can have a good run here to end the season.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

 

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