|CHICAGO CUBS ( RUSIN )|
OAKLAND ( GRIFFIN )
|927||CHICAGO CUBS||+170||Ov 7.5,-115||+195||Ov 7.5,-120|
|928||OAKLAND||-180||Un 7.5,-105||-215||Un 7.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-32||-5.6||30-24||4.4||0.244||0.294||4.4||0.245||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.3||6-0||6.4||0.266||0.301||5.0||0.281||0.331|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-24||+8.3||32-24||4.8||0.252||0.322||4.1||0.244||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||5-2||4.9||0.265||0.335||4.1||0.241||0.286|
|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)||4-5||L||140||7 un||O||7||2||0||9||11||1|
|6/29/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||5-3||W||-110||7 ov||O||10||6||0||10||8||0|
|6/30/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)||7-6||W||105||8 ov||O||9||6||0||10||7||1|
|7/2/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||GARZA(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||WOOD(L)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|7/8/2013||GARZA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|6/18/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||6-2||W||165||8 ev||P||7||5||1||3||4||1|
|6/19/2013||MILONE(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||4-9||L||-115||9.5 un||O||6||6||0||14||9||0|
|6/20/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)||3-4||L||-105||9.5 ov||U||12||13||0||8||5||1|
|6/21/2013||COLON(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||6-3||W||-110||6.5 ov||O||8||1||0||8||5||0|
|6/22/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||5-7||L||-125||7.5 un||O||12||8||0||13||10||0|
|6/23/2013||PARKER(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)||3-6||L||-145||7.5 ov||O||8||8||0||7||2||0|
|6/28/2013||COLON(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||6-1||W||-110||7.5 un||U||9||7||0||7||5||0|
|6/29/2013||PARKER(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||1-7||L||+110||7.5 ev||O||5||5||0||10||5||1|
|6/30/2013||MILONE(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||7-5||W||-130||8.5 ov||O||12||6||1||8||5||2|
|7/2/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||COLON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||PARKER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/5/2013||MILONE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|7/8/2013||COLON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GOMEZ(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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).
|OAKLAND: HITTING: 2B JEMILE WEEKS may not be a legitimate .300 hitter, but he's still the best option they have at the leadoff spot. C KURT SUZUKI seemingly hits as many line outs as anyone in baseball. He has a solid bat for a catcher and qualifies as a middle-of-the-order option in Oakland. OF JOSH REDDICK is more of a line-drive hitter than a 25-HR guy, and he doesn't yet have the plate discipline to approach .300. 1B BRANDON ALLEN is an all-or-nothing hitter, but his potential for much-needed power should be enough for him to beat out DARIC BARTON. SS CLIFF PENNINGTON has quietly developed into a serviceable regular. With 3B SCOTT SIZEMORE out for the season with a torn ACL, either ERIC SOGARD or JOSH DONALDSON will win the job at third base. Neither player has reached 80 career at-bats yet. Highly-coveted Cuban OF YOENIS CESPEDES inked a four-year deal with Oakland, and will be expected to produced in the heart of the lineup immediately. OF COLLIN COWGILL is undersized, but has shown impressive power in the minors. The DH spot will fall to Allen when Barton is in the lineup. When he's not, it will be filled by such Quadruple-A types as KILA KA'AIHUE and CHRIS CARTER. |
STARTING PITCHING: BRANDON McCARTHY reclamation project worked out nicely. He's an injury risk, but when healthy he's one of baseball's better middle-of-the-rotation arms. BARTOLO COLON pitched better than expected with the Yankees last year (7.4 K/9, 4.00 ERA), and should perform just as well in his new spacious ballpark. DALLAS BRADEN (shoulder) and BRETT ANDERSON (elbow) are both question marks after major surgeries. Braden's return date has been pushed back to early May, while Anderson will might not take the hill until June. The jewel of the Trevor Cahill trade, hard-throwing righty JARROD PARKER has a chance to make a big impact if his arm is recovered from 2009 Tommy John surgery. The Gio Gonzalez trade landed Oakland TOMMY MILONE and BRAD PEACOCK, both of whom are coming off impressive minor-league seasons. They'll compete for rotation spots this spring. TYSON ROSS could get a few starts, but he's gotten very hittable over the past year. They're in no hurry to start the arbitration clock of top prospect SONNY GRAY, but he should make some late-season starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Andrew Bailey gone, righty GRANT BALFOUR (2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will get the first chance to close games. Though his occasional bouts with command issues make him a risk. If Balfour falters, BRIAN FUENTES will get the next look because of his ninth-inning experience and strong second half of 2011 . . . Long a favorite inside the organization, injury-prone righty JOEY DEVINE has long been considered a future closer and should get some late-innings duties. The highest upside option for a future closer is 25-year-old righty FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS. He has overpowering stuff but his command comes and goes.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates with Rusin starting for Cubs after Feldman trade)
*Cubs-Athletics Preview* ========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Chicago (35-45) at Oakland (48-35), 10:05 p.m. EDT
Josh Donaldson is tearing things up offensively at home, and considering who he'll face on Tuesday night, there's little reason to believe he'll cool down.
Donaldson looks to stay hot and lead the Oakland Athletics to their 17th win in 20 home games when they host the Chicago Cubs and fill-in starter Chris Rusin for the first time in franchise history.
Donaldson homered and doubled in a 7-5 win over St. Louis on Sunday, leaving him 10 for 21 with four homers, three doubles and eight RBIs in his last six home games.
The third baseman has emerged as an All-Star candidate while leading Oakland (48-35) with a .316 average and 53 RBIs. He's also third on the team with 13 home runs.
"If someone wants to say that I'm having an All-Star year so far, that's fine," said Donaldson. "I've said it a hundred times, if I just focus on helping our team win and try to do something productive for the team, the individual stuff is going to take care of itself."
The A's have been productive in key spots as of late, hitting .444 (16 for 36) with runners in scoring position while winning four of five on their current homestand.
Jed Lowrie has three hits in his last four run-producing situations, and is batting .457 with two homers and nine RBIs over a nine-game hit streak overall.
The man who has scored more runs than any other Oakland player is a bit banged up, however. Leadoff hitter Coco Crisp could be held out Tuesday after leaving Sunday's game in the fourth inning with back spasms.
The A's, who are an AL-best 26-13 at home, will try to keep swinging the bats well against Rusin, who will make the eighth start of his major league career and his first in 2013.
Rusin is filling in for Scott Feldman, who was dealt along with Steve Clevenger to the Orioles on Tuesday for pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. The left-hander was brutal during his time in the majors last season, going 2-3 with a 6.37 ERA, but he's 5-3 with a 2.33 ERA in his last eight outings for Triple-A Iowa in 2013.
Donaldson is hitting .354 with five homers and a 1.092 OPS in 82 at-bats against southpaws this season.
The A's counter with A.J. Griffin (6-6, 3.56), who hopes to build on a career-best performance in his last outing.
Griffin struck out seven while tossing a two-hitter in a 5-0 victory over Cincinnati on Wednesday. He had been 0-3 with a 4.02 ERA over his previous five starts - all Oakland losses.
Griffin has never faced the Cubs (35-45), though he's 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA in four career starts against NL opponents.
He'll attempt to hold down a Chicago offense that has been showing signs of improvement, averaging 6.4 runs with nine homers and 22 doubles over its last seven games.
Alfonso Soriano helped the Cubs win for the fourth time in five games with a pair of doubles in Sunday's 7-6 victory at Seattle. He went 7 for 14 with two homers, three doubles and five RBIs in the series.
"Doubles are good. Runs are better," said second baseman Darwin Barney, who also had two doubles. "Once something good happens, good things start going through your mind, and that's the whole battle in this game."
Chicago won four of six against Oakland in two previous interleague series.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 10:26:15 AM EST|