|CHICAGO CUBS ( JACKSON )|
MIAMI ( SLOWEY )
|907||CHICAGO CUBS||-115||Ov 7.5,-105||-115||Ov 7.5,+100|
|908||MIAMI||+105||Un 7.5,-115||+105||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-10||-4.2||7-8||3.7||0.241||0.291||4.4||0.226||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.2||2-5||3.0||0.243||0.289||3.4||0.193||0.265|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-8||-1.5||5-6||3.6||0.235||0.279||4.4||0.276||0.346|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.4||3-4||3.3||0.242||0.277||5.7||0.275||0.358|
|4/11/2013||FELDMAN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||6-7||L||+120||8 un||O||12||6||2||9||10||2|
|4/12/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||4-3||W||+130||9.5 ov||U||10||8||0||7||4||0|
|4/13/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-3||L||+105||8 ov||U||7||7||0||9||7||1|
|4/14/2013||JACKSON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||7-10||L||+100||9.5 un||O||9||6||0||13||8||0|
|4/19/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||4-5||L||100||7.5 un||O||10||5||1||7||2||0|
|4/20/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURGOS(R)||1-5||L||-105||8.5 ov||U||7||5||3||6||7||0|
|4/21/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||2-4||L||120||8.5 ev||U||5||6||2||3||3||1|
|4/22/2013||WOOD(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||4-5||L||150||8.5 un||O||11||12||0||9||9||3|
|4/23/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||4-2||W||160||7.5 ov||U||9||5||1||6||7||2|
|4/24/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||0-1||L||155||7 ev||U||5||5||0||8||7||0|
|4/25/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ MIAMI||LEBLANC(L)|| |
|4/27/2013||WOOD(L)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|4/30/2013||JACKSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||FELDMAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|5/2/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/18/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||1-11||L||175||7.5 ov||O||6||7||2||12||8||0|
|4/19/2013||SLOWEY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||2-1||W||230||7.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||4||0|
|4/20/2013||LEBLANC(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||2-3||L||200||8 un||U||8||7||0||13||17||1|
|4/21/2013||SANABIA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||6-10||L||225||8 un||O||11||8||2||11||8||0|
|4/23/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||3-4||L||140||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||7||6||0|
|4/23/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||8-5||W||135||7.5 un||O||16||9||1||9||8||0|
|4/25/2013||SLOWEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||LEBLANC(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||SANABIA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|4/28/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||NOLASCO(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||SLOWEY(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||LEBLANC(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|5/2/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-Marlins Preview* ======================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Chicago (6-13) at Miami (5-16), 7:10 p.m. EDT
After finally breaking out of their season-long offensive funk, the Miami Marlins hope to build off that effort as they open a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.
The Marlins will try to win consecutive games for the first time and give Kevin Slowey his first win in the majors since 2010 on Thursday night when they host a battle between last-place clubs.
While Miami enters the contest ranked at or near the bottom of the majors in runs (56), home runs (six) and batting average (.221), the team put together a promising performance in an 8-5 win over Minnesota on Tuesday.
The Marlins, last in the NL East at 5-16, matched their season high in runs and doubles (4) and had a season-best 16 hits to gain a split of their day-night doubleheader.
Rob Brantly had three hits and a career-high four RBIs, while Giancarlo Stanton was 2 for 4 and two RBIs to lead the attack.
"We haven't had a game like this yet," said Stanton, who entered the game with just one RBI for the season. "It was good that we overcame the weather, too, to wake up the bats a little bit."
The Marlins look to keep the bats going and finally plate some runs for Slowey (0-2, 1.90 ERA), who has allowed five runs over his 23 2-3 innings.
Miami, however, has provided only one run of support over his first four starts.
Slowey, who has battled through several injuries, has lost 10 straight decisions since beating Oakland on Sept. 18, 2010, while he was with Minnesota. He did not get a decision in a 2-1 win last Friday despite limiting Cincinnati to one run on four hits in six innings.
"This is certainly one of the best stretches I've had, feeling-wise," said Slowey, who won his only career start against the Cubs in 2009. "Nothing is bothering me."
The Central-worst Cubs (6-14), who are 1-5 on their current road trip, have also had their share of struggles offensively. They've batted .207 over their last five games after being held to five hits in a 1-0 loss at Cincinnati on Wednesday.
David DeJesus has fared well against Slowey dating back to his days in the American League, batting 7 for 20 with four doubles and a homer in this matchup.
Chicago will try provide some scoring and solid defense for Jackson (0-3, 4.84), who was hurt by errors while allowing five runs - one earned - over six innings in a 5-1 loss at Milwaukee on Saturday.
Cubs fielders haven't done many favors for their pitching staff, ranking among the worst defensive clubs in the league with 18 errors.
"We just have to make plays when we have a chance," said Jackson, who has only beaten the Marlins once in seven career starts. "It's just a matter of going out and doing it."
New Marlin Miguel Olivo is 4 for 8 with two homers against Jackson, while third baseman Placido Polanco has gone hitless in 10 at-bats in this matchup.
Miami won four of six between the teams last year, including a three-game sweep at Marlins Park last April.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:21:28 AM EST|