|CHICAGO CUBS ( WOOD )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( LINCECUM )
|907||CHICAGO CUBS||+140||Ov 7,-120||+130||Ov 7,+100|
|908||SAN FRANCISCO||-150||Un 7,+100||-140||Un 7,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-38||-1.2||35-32||4.3||0.247||0.300||4.3||0.245||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.7||2-5||3.3||0.230||0.300||3.9||0.229||0.321|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-19||-7.5||13-17||3.9||0.269||0.319||4.1||0.246||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-7.8||3-4||2.0||0.232||0.290||5.4||0.296||0.351|
|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)||1-0||W||220||7 un||U||5||7||0||5||10||2|
|7/28/2013||WOOD(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|7/30/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|7/31/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|8/1/2013||RUSIN(L)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||WOOD(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|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)||0-1||L||-240||7 un||U||5||10||2||5||7||0|
|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||LINCECUM(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||@ 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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Chicago (47-55) at San Francisco (46-57), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The San Francisco Giants hoped a no-hitter would lead to big things for Tim Lincecum in the second half. Instead, he's looking to rebound from the worst start of his career.
The Chicago Cubs will try to complete their first road sweep over the Giants in 20 years Sunday when they face the former Cy Young Award winner.
Former Giant Nate Schierholtz homered off closer Sergio Romo with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Cubs (47-55) to a 1-0 win Saturday. That loss dropped the reigning World Series champs into a virtual last-place tie with San Diego.
San Francisco (46-57) has lost six of seven to fall a season-high nine games behind the NL West-leading Dodgers.
"We're in a tough rut now and we know it," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We just have to keep working and trying."
The Giants have dropped 10 of 12 with Lincecum (5-10, 4.73 ERA) on the mound. The right-hander gave up a career-high eight earned runs and nine hits over a season-low 3 2-3 innings Monday in an 11-0 loss to Cincinnati.
Lincecum had posted a 3.16 ERA over an eight-start stretch capped by his no-hitter at San Diego on July 13. He insisted the 148 pitches he made in that 9-0 victory had no lingering effect against the Reds.
"It's something we've dealt with before so you just have to be prepared for it and know that you're going to get those days off to give yourself that rest and come back strong, but I didn't," Lincecum said.
Lincecum has gone 1-3 with a 4.84 ERA in his last six starts versus the Cubs. He allowed four runs - all in the first - over five innings before the Giants rallied late for a 10-7 win at Wrigley Field on April 14.
Starlin Castro went 3 for 3 with a home run off Lincecum in that meeting, giving him seven hits and five RBIs in 16 career at-bats in this matchup. He's also 12 for 28 (.429) with two homers against the Giants this season.
Schierholtz has put aside trade speculation to go 9 for 19 with three homers and eight RBIs in his last six contests overall.
The Cubs, winners in 18 of 31, go for their first sweep in San Francisco since Sept. 13-15, 1993, behind All-Star Travis Wood (6-7, 2.95).
Following an eight-day layoff, the left-hander allowed four runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 10-4 loss at Arizona on Tuesday. Chicago has lost eight of his last nine starts despite Wood posting a 3.20 ERA during that stretch.
He's 0-2 with a 4.38 ERA in four career starts against the Giants, but has yielded only three runs in 15 innings in his last two starts at AT&T Park.
This time, Wood faces a slumping San Francisco team that's averaged 2.1 runs while hitting .188 with runners in scoring position over its last 10 games.
The Giants are also batting .168 against left-handers since July 3 after getting stymied by Chicago's Chris Rusin on Saturday.
Buster Posey has gone 3 for 19 versus southpaws during that span and 1 for 19 overall in his last seven games. The 2012 NL MVP has one hit in 17 at-bats against the Cubs this season.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 6:22:35 AM EST|