|CHICAGO CUBS ( VILLANUEVA )|
ARIZONA ( MILEY )
|961||CHICAGO CUBS||+165||Ov 8.5,-115||+150||Ov 8.5,-105|
|962||ARIZONA||-175||Un 8.5,-105||-160||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-16||+0.7||12-16||3.6||0.235||0.294||4.2||0.247||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.4||4-3||4.3||0.261||0.332||6.0||0.299||0.382|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-33||-1.4||31-33||4.3||0.253||0.314||4.3||0.258||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.2||2-4||3.6||0.252||0.338||3.9||0.243||0.311|
|7/11/2013||JACKSON(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||3-0||W||+115||8.5 un||U||7||6||1||4||7||0|
|7/12/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||2-3||L||+100||8.5 un||U||5||6||0||7||7||0|
|7/13/2013||GARZA(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-4||W||+105||7.5 un||O||13||10||1||12||13||2|
|7/14/2013||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||6-10||L||+140||7 ev||O||11||7||1||21||15||0|
|7/19/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||3-1||W||140||9.5 ov||U||8||9||0||5||4||0|
|7/20/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||3-9||L||145||10 ov||O||8||8||2||13||10||0|
|7/21/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||3-4||L||150||10.5 ev||U||10||12||1||5||3||1|
|7/22/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ ARIZONA||SKAGGS(L)||4-2||W||175||9 un||U||11||7||0||6||7||0|
|7/23/2013||WOOD(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||4-10||L||165||7.5 un||O||7||9||0||14||7||2|
|7/24/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||7-6||W||125||8 ov||O||11||7||1||12||16||2|
|7/25/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|7/26/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|7/27/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|7/28/2013||WOOD(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|7/30/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|7/30/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|7/31/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|8/1/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|7/19/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||0-2||L||110||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||8||9||0|
|7/20/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||3-4||L||125||7 un||P||9||13||0||8||7||2|
|7/21/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||3-1||W||150||7 un||U||8||7||2||5||8||0|
|7/22/2013||SKAGGS(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||2-4||L||-185||9 un||U||6||7||0||11||7||0|
|7/23/2013||CORBIN(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||10-4||W||-175||7.5 un||O||14||7||2||7||9||0|
|7/24/2013||KENNEDY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||6-7||L||-135||8 ov||O||12||16||2||11||7||1|
|7/25/2013||MILEY(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||DELGADO(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|7/27/2013||SKAGGS(L)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||CORBIN(L)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||MILEY(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|8/1/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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).
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-Diamondbacks Preview* ===========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Chicago (45-54) at Arizona (52-49), 9:40 p.m. EDT
Although they couldn't come through late in their last game, the Arizona Diamondbacks have shown the ability to score runs against the Chicago Cubs.
The Diamondbacks could be primed for another big day against struggling Carlos Villanueva on Thursday night when they try to gain a split of this four-game series in Arizona.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a three-run home run and Cody Ross added a game-tying sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning as Arizona (52-49) rallied from a six-run deficit to send Wednesday's game into extra innings.
Nate Schierholtz, however, capped a career-best, five-RBI performance with a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 12th inning to lead the Cubs (45-54) to a 7-6 victory.
"It's good to win after they came back like that," Schierholtz said.
Arizona dropped 1 1/2 games behind surging Los Angeles in the NL West.
Despite stranding a season-high 16 runners on Wednesday, the Diamondbacks have totaled 16 runs and 26 hits in their last two games. They had nine and 36, respectively, over their previous five.
"We left a zillion guys on and not really swinging at good pitches in those situations," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We have no one to blame but ourselves."
Arizona, hitting .255 overall, has batted .301 and averaged 6.7 runs in splitting six games with Chicago. Goldschmidt has played a key role in that effort, going 9 for 18 with two homers and 10 RBIs in his last five games against the Cubs.
The Diamondbacks hope to continue that production against Villanueva (2-6, 4.16 ERA), who is winless in eight starts. The right-hander matched a season high by allowing seven runs over four-plus innings and issued a season-high four walks in a 9-3 loss at Colorado on Saturday.
"He got through the first few innings, but there was still no fastball command at all," manager Dale Sveum said. "He's got to be able to start up his fastball a lot more than he is so his breaking stuff is going to be a lot more effective."
Villanueva will make his first career start versus the Diamondbacks, though he's 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 11 relief appearances. He's allowed one hit in 1 1-3 innings against them this season.
Arizona starter Wade Miley (6-8, 4.03), meanwhile, hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last nine outings.
The left-hander has gone 3-3 with a 2.98 ERA over that stretch, though he lasted just four innings - his shortest stint since May 25 - and allowed two runs in a 4-3 loss at San Francisco on Saturday.
Miley pitched well in his only career home start against the Cubs, allowing one run and three hits over eight innings in a 5-1 win June 24, 2012. However, he was tagged for three home runs and seven runs over seven innings in a 7-2 loss at Wrigley Field on May 31.
Alfonso Soriano (2 for 5) and Cody Ransom (3 for 8) each have two homers off Miley, but Starlin Castro, David DeJesus and Anthony Rizzo are a combined 3 for 18.
Soriano, the subject of ongoing trade rumors, is expected back in the lineup after getting Wednesday off. He had gone 0 for 7 with four strikeouts in the previous two games.
Junior Lake went 2 for 5 with two doubles in his third straight multihit effort, and the third baseman is 14 for 27 (.519) while hitting safely in his first six major league games.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 8:49:41 AM EST|