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August 13 – 15, 2012; vs. Astros – Series Preview

 Houston Astros Logo - Astrodome above Astros blue script on orange

If you are a fan of well-played baseball you might want to avoid turning on the Cubs the next three days as they welcome to lowly Astros to town.  The two teams are a combined 65 games under .500, the Astros being 40 under and the Cubs being 25 under.  If you are interested in watching a race for who gets the number one pick in next years draft then this one is for you.  The Cubs bats have gone silent, they were already pretty quiet to begin with by they are in full on mute mode right now.  They were shut out on Sunday by the Reds, it was their 11th time being shut out this season.  It was also the Cubs 11th loss in their last 12 games, and I would venture to say that this stretch of baseball is even worse than the 12 game losing streak earlier in the season.  The Astros might be exactly what the Cubs need to get back on track, although they are coming off a series win over the Brewers.  The good news is that the Cubs pitching staff won’t have to worry about Carlos Lee this time around as the Astros are much like the Cubs, full of guys trying to make a name for themselves heading into next year.

August 13, 2012 – August 15, 2012:  Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

 

 

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Here are the pitching matchups for the three game series.

Monday August 13, 2012
Houston: Armando Galarraga (0-2, 4.70 ERA)
Cubs: Jeff Samardzija (7-10, 4.21ERA)

No one has really heard much from Armando Galarraga since his perfect game that wasn’t while he was with the Tigers.  That’s because he has been living in the minor leagues since then aside from a handful of starts with the D-Backs last year.  He is now getting a shot to see what he can do at the major league level with the Astros.  Galarraga has some experience against the Cubs, making three career starts going 2-1 with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.050 WHIP.  Jeff Samardzija is coming off a stellar seven inning start against the Padres and has seen a lot of the Astros, out of the bullpen.  He has only made one career start against the Astros, it came this year as Shark allowed two runs over six innings in a loss in Houston in May.   

Tuesday August 14, 2012
Houston: Lucas Harrell (9-8, 3.97 ERA)
Cubs: Chris Volstad (0-8, 6.94 ERA)

One of the very few bright spots for the Astros this year has been the performance of Lucas Harrell.  Harrell is above .500 this year, that is saying something considering the team his pitches for is 40 games under.  Harrell has very limited experience against the Cubs in his career, he only has two appearances out of the pen and has not given up a run.  Chris Volstad is coming off his best performance of the year, unfortunately it did not result in a win as Volstad is still searching for one of those, has been since July of last year.  In his career, Volstad has been decent against the Astros, he has a 3-0 record with a 4.40 ERA in five career starts.  He will win this game.

Wednesday August 15, 2012
Houston: Bud Norris (5-9, 4.93 ERA)
Cubs: Justin Germano (1-2, 4.26 ERA)

For as surprising as Harrell has been, Bud Norris has been equally as disappointing this season.  His ERA is hovering around five and he is four games under .500, however Norris has been much better as of late.  He has also been outstanding against the Cubs in his career.  Norris has had seven career appearances against the Cubs (6 starts), and is 3-3 with a 2.52 ERA.  Justin Germano came back to Earth in his last start and the last team he probably wants to see is the Astros.  In two career starts Germano is 0-2 with a 12.54 ERA, that’s really all that has to be said about that. 

Season Series:  Series tied 3-3

Prediction:  Cubs win series, 2-1

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George

August 10, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs Reds

After ending the losing streak last night the Cubs will look to win a second in a row today.  The Cubs will send Justin Germano to the mound to face Homer Bailey and the Reds.  Josh Vitters gets back in the lineup for this one and Welington Castillo gets the start behind the dish.  Here is what the rest of the Cubs lineup will look like on Friday.

DeJesus – RF
Barney – 2B
Rizzo – 1B
Soriano – LF
Castro – SS
Vitters – 3B
Jackson – CF
Castillo – C
Germano – P

Go Cubs!!
-Mark

August 9 – 12, 2012; vs. Reds – Series Preview

Talk about a weird schedule, the Cubs and Reds will play each other a total of 17 times during the 2012 season.  They have played each other only five times this year (one rain out) so far, and haven’t seen each other since May 3rd, a full three months ago.  Since then the Reds have taken off and the Cubs have sunk to the bottom of the Central division, which was somewhat expected.  The Reds have been rolling as they sit atop the Central division with a 2.5 game lead over the Pirates.  July was rather spectacular for the Reds as they had 19 wins, a Major League best (tied with Oakland).  They have leveled off here in August going 4-4 so far as they have lost their last four games, but they are doing this without their best player Joey Votto, quite the void to fill.  To be fair the Reds have beat up on lesser opponents while Votto has been out, and it continues in Chicago this weekend.  I hate saying that but it’s true, the Cubs are 0-for August, no wins in seven games and have lost eight straight.  The Cubs offensive woes might get even worse as they face a Reds team that is third in the National League in ERA at 3.38. 

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Thursday August 9, 2012
Cincinnati: Mike Leake (4-7, 4.51 ERA)
Chicago: Chris Volstad (0-8, 7.22ERA)

Mike Leake has been beat up a little bit over his last three starts, but has turned in a decent season for the Reds up to this point.  Leake has started against the Cubs 8 times in his career and he has been good.  In those 8 starts Leake is 4-2 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.189 WHIP.  Volstad on the other hand has been very bad, for a while.  His numbers against the Reds in his career don’t exactly give me a lot of confidence that Volstad will record his first win in over a year.  In four career starts against the Reds, Volstad is 1-3 with a 5.32 ERA, and a 1.479 WHIP, at least he has a win.

Friday August 10, 2012
Cincinnati: Homer Bailey (9-7, 3.98 ERA)
Chicago:  Justin Germano (1-1, 3.38ERA)

Justin Germano has been a pleasant surprise for the Cubs this season after being acquired mid-season from the Red Sox.  Germano has been versatile for the Cubs, pitching out of the pen and the rotation.  He is not going to light up the radar gun but he knows how to pitch, and pitchers have a chance against the Reds as opposed to throwers.  Likewise, Homer Bailey has also been a nice surprise this season for the Reds as he is starting to fulfill some of that potential that everyone was so excited about.  In his career, Bailey has been roughed up by the Cubs.  In 8 career starts, Bailey is 3-2 with a 5.60 ERA, and 1.667 WHIP.

Saturday August 11, 2012
Cincinnati: Bronson Arroyo (7-7, 4.05 ERA)
Chicago: Travis Wood (4-8, 4.77 ERA)

Travis Wood should have some extra incentive going into this one as the Reds are the only other team he has pitched for in his career.  After struggling a bit in July, Wood has been pretty good the last two times out, however he has no wins to show for it.  Bronson Arroyo profiles as a guy the Cubs struggle with, changes speeds, more slow than hard and the Cubs refuse to be patient.  The numbers back this up, in 26 games (24 starts) against the Cubs in his career he is 9-9 with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.138 WHIP.  If the Cubs want success against Arroyo they need to take pitches and force him to elevate.

Sunday August 12, 2012
Cincinnati: Johnny Cueto (14-6, 2.58 ERA)
Chicago: Brooks Raley (0-1, 15.75ERA)

Talk about being thrown into the fire, Brook Raley will make his second career start against a first place team and a 14 game winner.  Raley was the victim of some bad luck in his major league debut where balls were just finding holes.  He was unable to work out of jams after those dink and dunk hits and that’s what hurt him.  I’m sure nerves will be an issue once again for Raley as he will be making his Wrigley Field debut.  Johnny Cueto is having an outstanding season for the Reds, he has been just okay against the Cubs however.  In 15 career starts, Cueto is 5-6 with a 3.55 ERA with a 1.320 WHIP.

Season Series:  Reds lead 3-2

Prediction:  Reds win series, 3-1

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George

Jackson Impresses in Debut; Bullpen Fails Cubs

It was an exciting day to be a Cubs fan until the bullpen entered the game and the reality of being in the early stages of rebuilding slapped us all across the face.  Nevertheless, it was an important day for the Cubs organization and the fans as the future became a little clearer.  Top prospects  Brett Jackson, and Josh Vitters were called up before the game, and both Jackson and Anthony Rizzo played large roles in the game today.

It was a pitchers duel through five innings today as the Cubs and Dodgers were deadlocked at one, that’s when things got crazy.  After the Cubs took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 6th the Dodgers pushed across three in the bottom half to take a 4-2 lead thanks to the Cubs bullpen, and their inability to throw strikes.  Normally that would signal the end for the Cubs but they stormed back in the top of the 7th, scoring three times, Alfonso Soriano came through with a big two out double to score two of those runs to give the Cubs a 5-4 lead.  Once again, the Cubs bullpen couldn’t preserve the lead as the Dodgers jumped right back on top in the bottom of the 7th, scoring twice after having nobody on and two outs.  The Dodgers clung to a one run lead into the ninth as Kenley Jansen took the mound, Jansen has been nearly un-hittable this year, don’t tell that to Anthony Rizzo.  Rizzo lead the ninth off with a towering solo shot to tie the game at six, his ninth home run of the season, and third RBI of the game.  Shawn Camp came on in the ninth to get this game to extra’s but he doesn’t really have an arm left and it showed again as he allowed the Dodgers to string together a couple hits after a lead-off walk to win this one 7-6.  All in all it was an exciting yet excruciating day for Cubs fans, probably more of these on the way, but at least there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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August 5, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Dodgers – Jackson!

Exciting and crazy morning  for the Cubs as they traded Jeff Baker to the Tigers, and called up top prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters.  The result is a much different lineup today against Joe Blanton and the Dodgers.  This is something Cubs fans should be excited about as it offers up a glimpse of what the Cubs might look like when they are ready to compete, at least part of the lineup.  Here it is.

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

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George

August 3 – August 5, 2012; @ Dodgers – Series Preview

On paper this matchup looks, well, horrible for the Cubs.  Luckily for the Cubs they don’t play these games on paper, that could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it.  Given the matchups this weekend the Cubs are at a severe disadvantage when it comes to pitching.  This could be said for the whole season, but it hasn’t ever been as bad as this, with Dempster gone, and Garza shelved it could be a long series for Samardzija, Germano, and Coleman.  If the Cubs want any shot at winning this series they are going to need to get outstanding performances from said starters as the offense will be hard pressed to put up very many runs.  The Dodgers rank third in the National League with a 3.38 ERA, compared to the Cubs who have a 4.31 ERA good for 14th in the NL.  The only good news for the Cubs right now is that the Dodgers come into this series reeling despite acquiring Shane Victorino and Hanley Ramirez before the trade deadline.  They were just swept by the Diamondbacks and currently sit .5 game out of first with the D-Backs hot on their tail for second.  It will be interesting to see which Cubs team finishes this series as Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson have both been rumored to be getting the call very soon.

 

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Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George

 

July 30, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Pirates

Justin Germano will get his first start with the Cubs going up against the Eric Bedard and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Cubs will look to build on the series win against the Cardinals and yesterday’s walk-off win.  Here is how the Cubs will line it up today.  The game can be seen on CSN at 7:05.

Johnson – CF
Castro – SS
Rizzo – 1B
Soriano LF
Baker – RF
Soto – C
Barney – 2B
Mather – 3B
Germano – P

Go Cubs!
-Mark

July 30 – August 1, 2012; vs. Pirates – Series Preview

The Cubs are getting used to this whole spoiler thing as they are coming off series wins against the second place (Pirates) and third place (Cardinals) teams in the Central.  The Pirates come to town to kick off the week and they are seeking some revenge as the Cubs took two out of three at PNC park last week.  Not many teams can say that as the Pirates boast the best home record in baseball, on the road they are average, hovering right around .500 on the season.  It will be very interesting to see how this series plays out as it starts before the trade deadline and ends after it.  Both teams might look very different come Wednesday.  Let’s take an in-depth look at this series, hope you enjoy the new format.

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Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George

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