|CHICAGO CUBS ( RUSIN )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( BUMGARNER )
|961||CHICAGO CUBS||+205||Ov 7,-110||+215||Ov 7,+115|
|962||SAN FRANCISCO||-225||Un 7,-110||-235||Un 7,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-17||-0.3||12-17||3.5||0.233||0.293||4.1||0.247||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.5||3-4||3.6||0.242||0.315||5.1||0.258||0.350|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-18||-5.1||13-16||4.1||0.272||0.321||4.2||0.249||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||3-3||2.6||0.246||0.303||5.7||0.307||0.369|
|7/13/2013||GARZA(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-4||W||+105||7.5 un||O||14||10||1||12||13||1|
|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)||1-3||L||155||8.5 ev||U||6||7||0||7||7||0|
|7/26/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||3-2||W||150||7 un||U||8||11||0||5||5||2|
|7/27/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|7/28/2013||WOOD(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|7/30/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|7/31/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|8/1/2013||RUSIN(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|8/2/2013|| ||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|7/13/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||9-0||W||-115||7.5 un||O||10||2||0||0||5||0|
|7/14/2013||ZITO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-10||L||130||8.5 un||O||7||7||1||12||7||0|
|7/23/2013||ZITO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||REYNOLDS(R)||5-3||W||-115||8.5 un||U||9||6||2||10||14||0|
|7/26/2013||CAIN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||2-3||L||-160||7 un||U||5||5||2||8||11||0|
|7/27/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)|| |
|7/28/2013||LINCECUM(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/30/2013||ZITO(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||CAIN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|8/2/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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).
|SAN FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-Giants Preview* =====================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Chicago (46-55) at San Francisco (46-56), 9:05 p.m. EDT
The San Francisco Giants may be the reigning World Series champion, but they're on the verge of dropping into the NL West cellar.
Madison Bumgarner will try to prevent that from happening.
Bumgarner attempts to help the Giants avoid a sixth loss in seven games and beat the Chicago Cubs for a third straight time at AT&T Park on Saturday night.
San Francisco (46-56) has won two of the past three World Series, but the team is much closer to the basement than first place after dropping five of six, including Friday's 3-2 defeat to Chicago.
The Giants trail the division-leading Dodgers by eight games and are one game ahead of last-place San Diego.
Bumgarner (10-6, 2.93 ERA) has been by far the team's most reliable starter this season. He leads San Francisco in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts, while his ERA is the lowest of any qualifying member of the rotation.
Still, he could've used some help from the offense Sunday, when he was the hard-luck loser in a 3-1 defeat to Arizona. He yielded one run and five hits in seven innings.
Bumgarner had won each of his previous three decisions over four starts at home behind a 1.93 ERA.
He's had similar success at home against the Cubs (46-55), going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three outings. The left-hander has won the last two, allowing two runs with 22 strikeouts in 16 innings.
Bumgarner, though, could find it difficult to win if the Giants' offense doesn't produce. They have scored 14 runs over the past six games and are 9 for 47 (.191) with runners in scoring position during that stretch.
Buster Posey has been a major culprit, going 1 for 16 and stranding seven runners in those six games. He went 0 for 4 in Friday's opener, dropping his average in 11 home contests against the Cubs to .158.
Jeff Francoeur drove in both of San Francisco's runs Friday and is 7 for 16 with a homer and six RBIs over his past five meetings versus Chicago.
The Cubs have alternated wins and losses over the past five games, but they're making an impact on the postseason race by trading veterans to contenders ahead of Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline.
Alfonso Soriano was the latest departure, as he was sent to the Yankees for minor league pitcher Corey Black on Friday.
More moves seem to be on the horizon.
"There are some things we'd like to explore, and if we can find the right fit and bring value back to the organization, sure, we would be (interested)," president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told the team's official website. "We've had a very active July. We set out to be proactive, especially with starting pitching."
One of those deals sent Matt Garza to Texas in exchange for rookie right-hander Justin Grimm, third baseman Mike Olt and Class-A pitcher C.J. Edwards.
That deal opened a rotation spot for Chris Rusin (1-0, 5.40), who is scheduled to face the Giants for the first time.
The rookie left-hander made a case for remaining in the rotation Monday, allowing two runs and two hits in five innings of a 4-2 win at Arizona, hours after being recalled from Triple-A Iowa.
Starlin Castro is hitting .385 over the past 12 games after getting two hits and one RBI on Friday. He's 10 for 24 (.417) with two homers, two doubles and five RBIs in as many games versus the Giants this year.
Castro is also 8 for 21 (.381) against Bumgarner.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:10:48 AM EST|