|CHICAGO CUBS ( WOOD )|
SEATTLE ( IWAKUMA )
|929||CHICAGO CUBS||+130||Ov 7,+110||+140||Ov 7,+110|
|930||SEATTLE||-140||Un 7,-130||-150||Un 7,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-31||-6.7||27-24||4.3||0.246||0.298||4.4||0.244||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||3-3||5.1||0.275||0.327||4.6||0.267||0.306|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-14||-0.9||12-12||3.8||0.228||0.289||4.5||0.264||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||5-2||4.4||0.231||0.291||5.4||0.291||0.342|
|6/14/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)||6-3||W||110||7.5 un||O||9||4||0||9||8||0|
|6/15/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||5-2||W||110||7 ov||P||11||16||1||6||6||2|
|6/16/2013||GARZA(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||3-4||L||100||7.5 ev||U||7||6||1||6||6||2|
|6/17/2013||WOOD(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-5||L||190||7.5 un||U||5||7||2||8||4||0|
|6/18/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||4-2||W||190||7 un||U||8||5||0||8||4||0|
|6/19/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||1-4||L||155||8.5 un||U||2||4||0||9||6||2|
|6/20/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-6||L||165||7.5 ev||U||5||6||0||10||6||0|
|6/25/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||3-9||L||130||8 ov||O||8||5||1||11||3||0|
|6/26/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||5-4||W||125||8.5 un||O||11||11||0||9||5||2|
|6/27/2013||GARZA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||7-2||W||100||9 un||P||9||6||0||9||8||2|
|6/28/2013||WOOD(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)|| |
|7/2/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||GARZA(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||WOOD(L)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|6/14/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||3-2||W||165||7.5 un||U||10||9||1||7||6||1|
|6/15/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||4-0||W||110||6.5 ov||U||9||7||0||6||5||0|
|6/16/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||2-10||L||120||7 un||O||8||5||0||17||10||0|
|6/17/2013||HARANG(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||3-11||L||185||8 un||O||7||6||2||20||11||1|
|6/18/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||3-2||W||185||9 un||U||8||8||0||8||9||0|
|6/19/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||0-1||L||200||8 un||U||2||4||1||6||6||0|
|6/20/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||9-10||L||-105||7 un||O||12||8||2||17||9||0|
|6/28/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|6/29/2013||HARANG(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|7/2/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|7/4/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|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).
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-Mariners Preview* =======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Chicago (32-44) at Seattle (34-45), 10:10 p.m. EDT
After starring as one of baseball's top pitchers for most of the season, Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma must find a way to regroup after two straight defeats.
The Mariners might depend on it considering their offensive struggles.
Iwakuma looks to avoid dropping a third straight start Friday night when he takes the mound in the series opener with the Chicago Cubs at Safeco Field.
Iwakuma (7-3, 2.26 ERA) posted a 1.70 ERA while going undefeated in nine straight outings, eight of them quality starts. Then Oakland handed him two straight losses as he gave up eight runs and 14 hits over 12 innings. He went seven innings in last Friday's 6-3 setback, yielding four runs.
"He gave us a chance to win the ballgame, he just wasn't quite as sharp with his secondary stuff," manager Eric Wedge said.
Oakland connected for three homers off Iwakuma, who had held opponents homerless in his previous four starts.
"Overall, I thought I felt pretty good on the mound," he said. "My pitches were there, it's just those home runs that I gave up were not where I wanted them location-wise and they cost me."
Seattle's offense, which is batting an AL-worst .236, continues to sputter, going 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position over the last three contests.
Raul Ibanez remains one of the lone bright spots, homering four times over the last four games, but his 18th of the year couldn't help the Mariners avoid a 4-2 home loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
"We've got to hit. It's time to hit," Wedge said after Seattle (34-45) stranded 10 runners. "You're not going to win games unless you hit."
The Cubs (33-44) have been enjoying some good offense lately, slugging .517 over their last four games while scoring 29 runs. Chicago, which is slugging .404 on the season, has totaled 13 doubles in its last four - the same number it tallied in its previous 12 contests.
Anthony Rizzo is 6 for 15 with six RBIs in the last four, though he was 0 for 4 in Thursday's 7-2 win at Milwaukee. He's also hit safely in 10 of 11 interleague games this season, batting .405 with four homers and 17 RBIs, but he was 1 for 10 with five strikeouts in three games versus Seattle as a rookie in 2011, with San Diego.
Though the Cubs own one of the NL's worst records, they're 8-3 against the AL.
Scheduled starter Travis Wood (5-6, 2.85), is looking to end his own three-game skid. He didn't receive a decision his last time out, however, after yielding three runs over six-plus innings in a 4-3 loss to Houston on Saturday.
"I missed bad," Wood said of his pitch to J.D. Martinez, leading to a three-run homer in the sixth. "It was supposed to be back door and ended it up coming all the way across the plate and that just can't happen."
Both Wood and Iwakuma will be making their first starts against their respective opponents. Wood is 2-3 with a 4.01 ERA in eight career starts versus AL teams, while Iwakuma has never made a start against the NL but went 1-0 with a 5.87 ERA over 7 2-3 innings in six relief appearances last year.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 8:30:47 AM EST|