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Padres @ Cubs – Series Preview (April 17 – April 19, 2015)

Series Preview HOME Padres

The Padres come to town for a three game set this weekend, and look who will great them…. KRIS BRYANT!!  That’s right, it’s Bryant time on the Northside as the phenom will make hi major league debut today.  Both teams come into this series playing solid baseball as the Padres sit at 6-4 on the season and just took two out of three from the Diamondbacks.  The Cubs have played one of the toughest schedules in baseball, and have yet to lose a series, the Padres are another great test.

Broadcast Information:

  • Friday, April 17, 2015 – 1:20 PM – ABC 7 Chicago
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 1:20 PM CST – CSN Chicago
  • Sunday, April 19, 2015 – 1:20 PM CST – WGN 9 Chicago

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Padres:  Newcomer Justin Upton is paying dividends right away for the Padres.  Over the last seven games Upton has been unreal, he’s hitting .450 (9-for-20) with a double, two dingers, and four RBI’s.
  • Cubs:  The Cubs are starting to swing the bats much better, and it’s Jorge Soler leading the charge.  Soler has been pounding the ball as of late, he’s hitting .360 (8-for-22) over his last seven games, during that span he has two dingers, and seven RBI’s with an OPS of 1.081, loud noises!

Who is Not:

  • Padres:  Jedd Gyorko is still terrible, sorry.  Gyorko has been really bad again this year, and he’s only hitting .091 (1-for-11) over his last seven games with zero walks, and four strikeouts.
  • Cubs:  Miguel Montero is still looking for some solid footing on his new club as he has struggled out of the gate.  Montero is hitting .143 (2-for-14) over his last seven games with just two RBI’s.

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It’s Early, But Cubs Making Strides at the Plate

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A popular narrative the last couple of years has the been the Cubs ability, or inability to take walks, or make contact.  It was absolutely true, the Cubs were a team that would belt a dinger, but no one would be on base.  When someone was on base, the Cubs just couldn’t make contact, it wasn’t hard to see why they were 26th in the Majors in runs scored last year.  For the past few years the organization preached a “Cubs Way” that would see the team grind out at bats, make more contact, and be a general pain in the you know what for opposing pitchers.  While it’s early, we are starting to see glimpses of what an offense built around the “Cubs Way” will look like.

The Cubs organization was definitely targeting guys this off-season that could help push the club in this new direction.  What impresses me are the guys that were here last year have been so much better in their approach this year.  Arismendy Alcantara is only hitting .091 on the season, but he has an OBP of .259, he’s walked five times already this year.  We haven’t seen OBP numbers like this in what seems like forever, Chris Coghlan (.385), Jorge Soler (.382), Anthony Rizzo (.429), even Starlin Castro has contributed in this way (.364).  These are the kind of numbers that turn solo home runs into two run shots to tie the game in the eighth, kind of like Soler on Monday Night.  The importance of getting on base really can’t be understated, it really doesn’t matter how, just do it.

Let’s look at a comparison between 2014 and 2015, I know it’s a super small sample size, but the improvement in the numbers is striking.

Walk rates

Let’s extrapolate that out for a full 2015 season, the Cubs are on pace to walk 607 times, and strikeout 1,316 times.  That would mean that the Cubs would have 165 more guys on base via the walk over the course of the season compared to last year.  In regards to the strikeouts, the Cubs are on pace to strikeout 161 fewer times, that means those K’s turn into walks, or balls in play that the other team has to account for.  You couple this kind of turnaround at the plate with a lineup that has some additional power in it (Kris Bryant), and the Cubs aren’t going to be 26th in the Majors in scoring for very long, and that should mean more victories on the Northside.

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Wood Dazzles in Win Over Reds

Cubs Final 4-15

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Travis Wood was dominant all night long as the lefty shut down the Reds, and led the Cubs to a 5-0 victory to take the series.  It didn’t take long for the Cubs to grab a lead as Anthony Rizzo blasted his first home run of the season in the first, a majestic two-run shot to right.  The Cubs flashed the leather all night behind Wood, Starlin Castro in particular, he made two outstanding plays to help preserve the shut out, and the lead.  The only bad news in this one was an injury to Neil Ramirez, the right-hander left after just three pitches in the ninth inning.  Ramirez will go for an MRI tomorrow, the initial diagnosis is right shoulder discomfort, that doesn’t sound great.  First place!

At the Plate:

  • Dexter Fowler is proving to be a solid lead-off hitter for the Cubs, he was 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, and two runs scored.
  • Anthony Rizzo finally got on the board with a dinger, he was 1-for-4 with said homer, a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Jorge Soler continued his production, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and an RBI.
  • Starlin Castro had an outstanding game, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a run scored.

Rizzo goes way back!

On the Mound:

  • All Travis Wood tonight, stellar.  He worked seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits while walking two and striking out seven.
  • Phil Coke worked a solid scoreless inning in relief.
  • Neil Ramirez got hurt in the ninth, so Brian Schlitter had to close it out, he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while striking out one.

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One Bad Inning Does in Cubs

Cubs Final 4-14

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Jake Arrieta had his typical no hit stuff against the Reds once again, at least until the fourth inning.  The Reds scored three times on five singles in the fourth inning en route to a 3-2 victory to even up the three game series.  The Cubs didn’t exactly go quietly, that seems to be their thing this year.  Welington Castillo smacked a pinch hit homer in the 8th inning to bring the Cubs to within one, but they couldn’t get any closer.  The Cubs had two more guys on base in the eighth and the ninth, but couldn’t come up with a big hit, this time.  Being able to come back in games is a nice thing to be able to do, you just don’t want to be doing it every night.

At the Plate:

  • Welington Castillo didn’t start but probably had the best game, he was 1-for-1 with a pinch hit dinger, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Matt Szczur, also coming off the bench, had two plate appearances, and walked each time.
  • Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler, and Starlin Castro had the other hits, one each.

On the Mound:

  • Jake Arrieta got the start, and was just fine except for that fateful fourth inning, he worked 6.2 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Zac Rosscup made his 2015 debut, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings, he walked one, and struck out two.
  • Pedro Strop worked a scoreless inning to give the Cubs a chance in the ninth, he struck out one in the process.

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Jorge Soler Powers Cubs Past Reds

Cubs Final 4-13 Full Box Score

How about those Cubs?  I’m not going to lie, I’m excited, sure it’s only April, I don’t care, first place.  Jon Lester was off again tonight, but the bullpen picked him up and gave the club a chance to comeback.  That’s exactly what the Cubs did, they came back from two separate three run deficits to win 7-6 thanks for a walk-off single by Arismendy Alcantara.  The game doesn’t get there without Jorge Soler who jacked a pair of two-run homers, what a thrilling night.

At the Plate:

  • Anthony Rizzo was locked in tonight, he was 2-for-3 with two walks, and two runs scored.
  • Jorge Soler was outstanding tonight, he went 3-for-5 with two dingers, four RBI’s, and three runs scored.  He also had a tasty outfield assist.
  • Chris Coghlan continued his torrid start to the season, he went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.

On the Mound:

Alcantara wins it!

Soler with an unreal throw.

Soler ties it in the 8th with a bomb!

Soler’s first two-run shot.

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Jorge Soler’s Game Tying 8th Inning Dinger (VIDEO)

LOUD NOISES!!  Soler destroys his second home run of the game to tie things at six.  The Cubs have come back from two different three run deficits, and are about to walk off, I hope.

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WARNING: Do NOT Run on Jorge Soler (VIDEO)

Thanks for Zack Pearson for grabbing a vine of this throw, ahhhh!!  What a play by Jorge Soler, not only the throw but being able to cut that ball off, in this park?  Tingles.

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Cubs Gameday – April 8, 2015 vs. Cardinals (Lineups / Broadcast Info)

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Has the 2015 actually started yet because Sunday Night sure does feel like a long time ago.  The weather is not much better than last night, maybe a little warmer, and less wet, so the Cubs will be on schedule this afternoon.  Jake Arrieta makes his 2015 debut against Lance Lynn and the Cardinals in the final game of a rain shortened two game set at 1:20 PM CST on ABC 7 Chicago, sounds weird.  Here is how both teams will lineup this afternoon.

Cardinals:

1. Carpenter – 3B
2. Heyward – RF
3. Holliday – LF
4. Adams – 1B
5. Peralta – SS
6. Jay – CF
7. Molina – C
8. Wong – 2B
9. Lynn – SP

Cubs:

1. Fowler – CF
2. Soler – RF
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Castro – SS
5. Coghlan – LF
6. Montero – C
7. Alcantara – 2B
8. Arrieta – SP
9. La Stella – 3B

Money Line – St. Louis -101
Over/Under:  6.5 runs

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Another Day, Another Soler Dinger (VIDEO)

Soler Dinger

Just look at that extension from the big man. Soler went deep again this afternoon in the Cubs victory over the Brewers, I could watch him swing a bat all day. The ball barely got over the height of the wall, and somehow got out.

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Soler Takes Shark Deep, With Authority (VIDEO)

Soler Dinger

Welcome back, Jeff.  Jorge Soler absolutely annihilated that baseball to give the Cubs an early 2-0 lead over Jeff Samardzija and the White Sox.

 

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