|CHICAGO CUBS ( WOOD )|
MIAMI ( SANABIA )
|907||CHICAGO CUBS||-120||Ov 7.5,-125||-115||Ov 7.5,-110|
|908||MIAMI||+110||Un 7.5,+105||+105||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-10||-3.2||7-9||3.7||0.237||0.285||4.3||0.224||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.4||1-6||2.7||0.214||0.250||3.1||0.204||0.285|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-8||-6.6||3-6||1.2||0.202||0.266||5.0||0.270||0.341|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.5||2-5||3.7||0.252||0.297||4.4||0.250||0.317|
|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)||4-3||W||-115||7.5 un||U||6||4||0||6||9||1|
|4/26/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ MIAMI||LEBLANC(L)||4-2||W||100||7.5 un||U||10||6||0||9||7||0|
|4/27/2013||WOOD(L)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(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||WOOD(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|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)||3-4||L||+105||7.5 un||U||6||9||1||6||4||0|
|4/26/2013||LEBLANC(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||2-4||L||-110||7.5 un||U||9||7||0||10||6||0|
|4/27/2013||SANABIA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|4/28/2013||NOLASCO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||FERNANDEZ(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||SANABIA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||@ 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 ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Chicago (7-14) at Miami (5-17), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Chicago Cubs' Travis Wood has pitched well so far this season but hasn't been given much support.
The left-hander hasn't helped himself in his two career starts against the Miami Marlins and will try to end those woes while helping the Cubs extend their first win streak of the season Saturday night.
Wood (1-1, 2.08 ERA) has given up three runs or fewer and pitched at least six innings in each of his four starts this season, but has been given only a combined four runs of support. He got two runs in Cincinnati on Monday but exited a tied game in the seventh inning of a 5-4 loss.
This time, he'll get to face the team with the worst record in the majors but Wood is 0-2 with a 16.88 ERA in his two starts against the Marlins (5-18), easily his worst against any opponent. Neither of those starts were in Miami, including a 9-5 loss for the Cubs on July 17.
Wood was charged with eight runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings in that game but will take on a club that's batted .189 while going 2-9 at home. That's played a significant part in the Marlins matching their worst start in franchise history.
Miami is also the only remaining team in the majors that hasn't recorded back-to-back wins.
"We just have to keep talking to them," manager Mike Redmond said. "If they see me starting to panic, then that puts more pressure on everybody else. I'm not that way."
After scoring 15 runs in the first six of 10 consecutive road games, the Cubs (8-14) have produced a combined eight in their first two in Miami. Florida native Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of home runs in Friday's 4-2 victory and recent addition Kevin Gregg converted his second straight save opportunity.
"You can say it as many times as you want, but winning is so much more fun than losing," pitcher Scott Feldman said. "Hopefully this is a start to a little hot streak here and we can keep playing well."
Rizzo's eight home runs in April are a franchise record for a left-handed hitter. He also has team-best 18 RBIs despite hitting just .200.
"It's all about production and that's what I'm supposed to do. After yesterday, it means a lot," said Rizzo, who went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in the series opener and was 1 for 20 before Friday's win.
While seeking to provide a more consistent effort, Alex Sanabia (2-2, 5.09) will try to help the Marlins avoid a season high-tying fourth straight home loss and their third in a row overall. The right-hander gave up five runs over six-plus innings in a 10-6 defeat in Cincinnati on Sunday.
He allowed three of those during an eight-run seventh, which he was forced to pitch because of a tired bullpen.
"He did everything he could; I could not ask anything more from him," Redmond told the team's website.
Sanabia was on the wrong end of a 2-0 result in his only start against the Cubs on Sept. 17, 2010. He gave up two runs and four hits over 5 2-3 innings in that game.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 4:50:58 AM EST|