|SAN DIEGO ( CASHNER )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( FELDMAN )
|909||SAN DIEGO||+100||Ov 8.5,+110||-115||Ov 8.5,-110|
|910||CHICAGO CUBS||-110||Un 8.5,-130||+105||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-11||-2.6||9-8||3.9||0.258||0.328||4.8||0.276||0.346|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||4-3||5.3||0.270||0.344||4.4||0.267||0.316|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-12||-4.6||9-10||3.9||0.240||0.291||4.7||0.233||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||2-5||3.9||0.246||0.289||4.3||0.258||0.327|
|4/17/2013||ROSS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||7-2||W||230||6.5 un||O||13||12||0||10||14||1|
|4/19/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-3||L||200||7 ev||U||5||3||0||10||9||0|
|4/20/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||0-2||L||140||7.5 un||U||5||7||0||3||2||0|
|4/21/2013||STULTS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||0-5||L||120||7.5 ov||U||6||6||0||8||4||0|
|4/26/2013||CASHNER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||2-1||W||-105||7 un||U||6||6||0||7||6||0|
|4/27/2013||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||8-7||W||-110||7.5 un||O||14||11||2||11||5||2|
|4/28/2013||MARQUIS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||6-4||W||+115||7.5 ov||O||9||7||0||10||9||0|
|4/29/2013||RICHARD(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||3-5||L||150||9 un||U||8||11||0||10||6||1|
|4/30/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||13-7||W||115||10.5 ov||O||17||8||0||11||6||2|
|5/1/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|5/2/2013||STULTS(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/8/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|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)||3-2||W||-115||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||5||5||1|
|4/28/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||4-6||L||-115||7 ov||O||7||5||0||7||3||0|
|4/29/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||5-3||W||-160||9 un||U||10||6||1||8||11||0|
|4/30/2013||JACKSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||7-13||L||-125||10.5 ov||O||11||6||2||17||8||0|
|5/1/2013||FELDMAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|5/2/2013||WOOD(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|5/7/2013||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/8/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Cubs Preview* =====================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
San Diego (9-16) at Chicago (10-15), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Carlos Quentin seems to like facing the Chicago Cubs, and he's recently been particularly productive at Wrigley Field.
The rest of the San Diego Padres' lineup also really enjoyed their latest visit to the storied ballpark.
Quentin looks to continue his success against the Cubs as the Padres attempt to build upon their best offensive display of the season Wednesday night.
The two-time All-Star has a .337 average with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 29 career meetings with Chicago. Quentin has been especially dangerous versus the Cubs since the Padres acquired him from the White Sox prior to last season, batting .480 with five homers and 12 RBIs in seven games.
Much of that damage has come on the North Side, where he's 10 for 19 with five doubles, four homers and nine RBIs over the past five visits. His .344 career average at Wrigley is his highest at any ballpark.
Quentin was at it again there Tuesday, connecting for two doubles and a solo homer while driving in three runs in a 13-7 victory. It was the first time this season the Padres scored in double figures, and every member of the lineup had at least one of their season-high 17 hits.
San Diego (10-16) had nine extra-base hits in that win after getting only one in a 5-3 loss to open this four-game set Monday, ending a four-game winning streak.
Andrew Cashner (1-1, 3.26 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound, and he's rather familiar with Wrigley Field.
The right-hander went 2-6 with a 4.29 ERA while making 59 of 60 appearances out of the bullpen for Chicago from 2010-11. A first-round pick in 2008, Cashner was sent to San Diego in a deal that delivered Anthony Rizzo to the Cubs (10-16).
"My first start with the Padres (at Wrigley), but it's just another game," Cashner told the team's official website. "You don't treat it any different. You don't get too up or too down. You try to just stay the same every start you make."
Cashner faced the Cubs twice in relief last season - both in Chicago - and allowed two runs in two innings.
He enters this visit following his first win in eight career starts, yielding one run in six innings of a 2-1 victory over San Francisco on Friday.
"I think in the last two years I've polished my changeup," Cashner said. "My breaking ball is getting better and I found my changeup later in the game. Everything is finally coming together."
Cashner will be facing a hot-hitting Rizzo, who doubled on all three of his hits and drove in one run Tuesday. The first baseman is 8 for 17 with four doubles, two homers and six RBIs over the last five games. He's struck out in his only at-bat versus Cashner.
Scott Feldman (1-3, 3.92) is slated to get the ball coming off his first win with Chicago, allowing two runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-2 victory at Miami on Friday. The right-hander had given up 14 runs - seven earned - in 14 innings through his first three starts.
He was credited with a 7-3 win in his only start versus San Diego on June 19, yielding two runs in six innings while with Texas.
Starlin Castro has five hits in the last three games, including a two-run homer Tuesday.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 1:57:50 AM EST|