|MIAMI ( ALVAREZ )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( WOOD )
|907||MIAMI||+155||Ov 7,-120||+120||Ov 7,-120|
|908||CHICAGO CUBS||-165||Un 7,+100||-130||Un 7,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||18-26||+0.8||15-22||2.7||0.224||0.285||3.7||0.255||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.1||2-2||2.7||0.203||0.291||3.7||0.273||0.350|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-59||-13.7||48-47||4.1||0.238||0.295||4.4||0.245||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.5||2-4||3.3||0.225||0.305||3.6||0.218||0.297|
|8/19/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||6-2||W||+105||6.5 un||O||10||4||1||6||9||0|
|8/20/2013||TURNER(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||4-6||L||+115||7.5 un||O||10||8||2||16||12||0|
|8/21/2013||EOVALDI(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-4||L||+165||7 un||U||6||5||3||7||7||0|
|8/22/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-6||L||+215||6 ov||P||6||6||0||8||10||0|
|8/25/2013||TURNER(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||3-4||L||-105||7 ev||P||5||11||2||7||4||1|
|8/27/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ WASHINGTON||OHLENDORF(R)||1-2||L||150||8.5 un||U||4||6||0||9||8||0|
|8/28/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||3-4||L||210||7 un||P||10||9||1||10||10||1|
|8/29/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||0-9||L||187||7.5 un||O||4||7||0||12||3||0|
|8/30/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||1-2||L||130||6.5 un||U||5||7||0||5||6||0|
|8/31/2013||TURNER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||4-5||L||195||7 ev||O||7||6||3||11||15||1|
|9/1/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||7-0||W||195||7 un||P||13||8||0||8||10||0|
|9/2/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|9/3/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|9/4/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|8/23/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||6-8||L||115||7 ev||O||10||9||1||13||3||1|
|8/24/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-2||W||115||7 un||U||10||8||0||7||7||1|
|8/25/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||2-3||L||130||7 ov||U||8||13||1||13||16||1|
|8/26/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-6||L||230||7 ev||O||5||4||0||9||9||0|
|8/27/2013||WOOD(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-2||W||250||6 ov||U||9||13||1||7||9||2|
|8/28/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||0-4||L||190||7.5 un||U||3||6||1||6||4||1|
|9/9/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MIAMI-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES 12th graf with Marlins' Stanton questionable with ankle injury.)
*Marlins-Cubs Preview* ======================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Miami (50-85) at Chicago (58-78), 2:20 p.m. EDT
Although he took his share of lumps and tough luck in August, the Chicago Cubs' Travis Wood wrapped up the month with one of his most impressive outings of the season.
Facing the lowest-scoring offense in baseball might help him open September in similar fashion.
Wood looks to guide the Cubs to three straight home wins for the first time in almost two months Monday when they open a three-game series against the Miami Marlins.
Brian Bogusevic had two hits and Welington Castillo had two RBIs as Chicago (58-78) defeated Philadelphia 7-1 Sunday to take the final two games in a three-game set. The last-place Cubs, who won their first home series since July 5-7, are 7-19 at Wrigley Field since last winning three in a row there July 6-9.
They'll attempt to match that streak behind Wood (8-10, 3.09 ERA), who avoided a winless August by outpitching Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday.
After going 0-3 with a 5.16 ERA while receiving three total runs of support in his first five August starts, the All-Star ended the month by giving up an unearned run and five hits over seven innings in a 3-2 win at Dodger Stadium.
"He matched (Kershaw) pitch for pitch and actually outdid him," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "That was as good a stuff as he's had in a long time."
Wood now hopes to end his struggles at Wrigley, where he's 0-3 with a 5.59 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .283 in his last five starts - all Chicago losses.
Although the left-hander is 1-2 with a 10.93 ERA in three career starts versus the Marlins, he yielded two runs and three hits over six innings in a 3-2 win at Miami on April 27.
Anthony Rizzo led the way offensively in that series, going 5 for 13 with two home runs and five RBIs to help the Cubs take three of four. They've won five of the last six meetings overall following a six-game losing streak to the Marlins.
NL-worst Miami (50-85) had been averaging 2.0 runs during a six-game losing streak before breaking out with its highest run total since Aug. 16 with a 7-0 victory at Atlanta on Sunday.
Giancarlo Stanton is day to day after injuring his right ankle Sunday. If he's unable to play, it may add to the Marlins' offensive struggles since he's hitting .400 with five homers and 11 RBIs over a nine-game hitting streak versus the Cubs.
The Marlins, who still rank last in the majors with 431 runs - 82 fewer than the next-closest team - seek consecutive wins for the first time since Aug. 18-19 by giving the ball to Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.90).
Since winning back-to-back outings in late July, Alvarez is 0-2 with a 5.74 ERA while receiving nine runs of support in his last five starts. He allowed one run and three hits over 1 2-3 innings before having his outing cut short by rain in a 4-3 loss at Washington on Wednesday.
He's never faced the Cubs, though Ryan Sweeney is 5 for 12 with four doubles lifetime in this matchup. Sweeney went 1 for 3 with an RBI Sunday after missing 56 games with a fractured rib.
Teammate Starlin Castro is hitting .333 with four multihit games in his last seven overall.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 8:33:37 AM EST|