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* With one inning tonight, Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood will reach 200 for the first time in his big league career. The lefty will join teammate Jeff Samardzija (207 2/3 innings) in reaching the milestone. Entering the game, only two other pairs of National League teammates have reached 200 innings this season: Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels and Cincinnati’s Mat Latos and Homer Bailey. With 4 1/3 innings tonight, the Cardinals’ Lance Lynn would join teammate Adam Wainwright in the 200 club. Wood and Samardzija would become the first pair of Cubs teammates to reach 200 innings since Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly did so in 2008.
In the last 40 years, only two Cubs left-handed pitchers have reached 200 innings: Lilly (twice in 2007 and 2008) and Jamie Moyer (twice in 1987 and 1988)
* Wood begins tonight with a 2.98 ERA. In the last 50 years, only one Cubs left-handed pitcher has turned in a sub-3.00 ERA with at least 200 innings pitched, and that was in 1963 when Dick Ellsworth had a 2.11 ERA. No Cubs lefty in the 50 seasons since Ellsworth has compiled an ERA of 3.10 or less with at least 200 innings.
Going back further to 1920, only four Cubs left-handed pitchers have tossed at least 200 innings with an ERA of less than 3.00 covering those 94 seasons: Ellsworth, Johnny Schmitz (twice in 1946 and 1948), Larry French (1935) and Hippo Vaughn (1920).
* The Cubs have 90 quality starts this season, tied for fifth-most in the NL and 17 more than the 73 quality efforts Cubs starting pitchers recorded last season. In their 90 quality starts this year, Cubs pitchers have gone 42-20 with 28 no-decisions and a 1.93 ERA (131 ER/610.2 IP). The team is 14 games above .500 in those 90 games, posting a 52-38 record.
* The Cubs are 18-38 (.321) in their last 56 games starting July 29, the lowest winning percentage in the NL since that date. However, the Cubs turned in a 30-25 record in 55 games from May 26-July 28, a .545 winning percentage that was fourth-best in the NL in that span
The Cubs close the season with a three-game series in St. Louis against the Cardinals, who are trying to wrap up the NL Central. The Cubs have three pitchers to reach 30 starts apiece (Jeff Samardzija, 32; Travis Wood, 31; Edwin Jackson, 30) for the first time since 2008, when Ted Lilly (34), Ryan Dempster (33) and Carlos Zambrano (30) did so. Despite setting a franchise mark with 56 players used, the Cubs have utilized just nine starting pitchers, its fewest since nine started in 2010.
Here are the pitching matchups vs. the Cardinals:
Friday: LHP Travis Wood (9-11, 2.98) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (14-10, 4.09)
Satuday: RHP Edwin Jackson (8-17, 4.74) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (9-5, 2.81)
Sunday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-12, 4.33) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (18-9, 3.01)
For the second straight day, champagne was sprayed at Wrigley Field, and once again, it was on the visitor’s side. One day after the Braves clinched the NL East title, the Cubs watched the Pirates party as they secured their first playoff berth since 1992 with a 2-1 win Monday night.
“It’s a tough one to lose after coming back like that,” said Dale Sveum, whose team tied the game in the eighth on pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy’s RBI single.
Starling Marte smacked a tiebreaking solo home run with two outs in the ninth off Kevin Gregg to lift the Pirates to victory but it took a close play at the plate to clinch it. Marte had entered in the seventh as a defensive replacement in left field, and his at-bat in the ninth was his first of the game. He launched a 2-2 pitch from Gregg into the left-field bleachers. Marte’s last two home runs have come off Gregg in the ninth; he also connected July 7 on a homer that tied the game.
The Cubs tried to answer in the ninth. With one out and one on, Nate Schierholtz reached on a fielder’s choice, and Ryan Sweeney then singled into the gap in right center. Schierholtz was thrown out at home on an 8-3-2 relay.
Schierholtz has played in a World Series, doing so with the Giants in 2010.
“It brought back some memories,” Schierholtz said of watching the Braves, then the Pirates. “That’s why we play this game. It’s pretty exciting being in the postseason and I obviously want to get back there one day.”
Jeff Samardzija, who also knows about championship seasons, having played football at Notre Dame, had talked to Schierholtz after Sunday’s game.
“We mentioned to each other that’s what it’s all about, that’s why you work in the offseason, that’s why you work hard in Spring Training, that’s why you want to get off to a fast start in April and May so you can have those moments,” Samardzija said. “That’s what you want. If you’re just here just to play until next year, that’s not what it’s all about. You have to let it all hang out and you have to play for right now. That’s what we need to do.
“I think we’re getting there,” Samardzija said, “but I think we need to get some things ironed out and get this team mentally in a spot where that’s what we’re shooting for, and we’re not shooting to survive but we’re shooting to win and thrive out there.”
The Pirates needed to beat the Cubs and have the Cardinals beat the Nationals to secure a playoff spot, and the Cards won, 4-3. Samardzija tried to delay having to watch their fun in his career-high 32nd start. He did serve up Neil Walker’s home run on a 1-1 fastball with one out in the first, but that was really the only hard hit ball.
This was his fifth start against the Pirates this season, including Opening Day, when he threw eight shutout innings. That was his only win against Pittsburgh this year.
“They’re aggressive,” Samardzija said. “They’ve seen me a lot and know I throw a lot of fastballs early in the count. You could tell when one was in the zone, they were hacking. I threw a couple cutters early which kept them off balance. It’s the fifth, sixth time I’ve faced them this year. You have to keep adjusting to what you’re doing against them.”
The Cubs dropped to 30-49 at home, and have two games left at Wrigley Field. They’ve never lost 50 games at home in a single season.
– Carrie Muskat
* Jeff Samardzija will make his career-best 32nd start of the season Monday night. He has 203 strikeouts and 201 2/3 innings pitched. He’s the first Cubs pitcher to reach both 200 strikeouts and 200 innings pitched since Ryan Dempster in 2010 (208 strikeouts, 215 1/3 innings pitched).
Samardzija is in good company. The other five pitchers with 200 Ks/200 innings includes: Detroit’s Max Scherzer (230 strikeouts, 207 innings), St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (209, 229 1/3), Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (224, 230), Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee (209, 214 2/3) and the White Sox’ Chris Sale (221, 209).
* The Cubs finished at nearly .500 against teams outside their division this year at 41-45 while they are 24-46 against the NL Central teams, the second-lowest winning percentage (.343) by any team against its own division in baseball (Houston is lowest at 25-48, .342 vs. the AL West)
* Pedro Strop on Saturday became the fifth Cubs pitcher to record a save this season, joining Kevin Gregg (32 saves), Kyuji Fujikawa (2), Carlos Marmol (2) and Blake Parker (1). Chicago has five pitchers with saves for the first time since 2008 when Kerry Wood (34), Marmol (7), Bob Howry (1), Sean Marshall (1) and Samardzija (1) did so.
The Cubs open their final homestand on Monday night against the Pirates, sending Jeff Samardzija against Charlie Morton. Here’s the lineup:
Here are the pitching matchups for the series:
Monday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-12, 4.42) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.35)
Tuesday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-5, 3.52) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (9-7, 3.23)
Wednesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (3-2, 3.94) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (16-7, 2.88)
Jeff Samardzija reached 200 innings and 200 strikeouts for the first time in his career and also notched his first recorded dugout argument with coach David Bell.
Carlos Gomez smacked a tying two-run homer in the seventh, and pinch-runner Jeff Bianchi scored on a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Logan Schafer in the ninth to lift the Brewers to a 4-3 victory Tuesday night over the Cubs at Miller Park.
It got interesting in the Brewers’ sixth. Milwaukee led 1-0 when Norichika Aoki tripled down the right field line. Samardzija escaped any damage as Jean Segura popped up and Jonathan Lucroy hit into a fielder’s choice with Aoki getting caught in a rundown. Lucroy tried to reach second on the play, but was thrown out. After the inning ended, Samardzija and Bell got into a heated discussion in the dugout. It’s the second argument in as many days for the Cubs. On Monday, Edwin Jackson and manager Dale Sveum had an animated shouting match in the dugout when the pitcher was pulled.
The problem between Samardzija and Bell was that the pitcher wasn’t happy with where first baseman Anthony Rizzo was positioned against Aoki. That’s Bell’s job.
“They were just screaming a little bit about our strategy,” Sveum said.
But in back to back games?
“Sometimes that happens,” Sveum said. “We’ve obviously been fortunate to not have anything like that happen. Unfortunately, it’s back to back nights. Tonight, that was really nothing.”
“We were just talking strategy,” Samardzija said of the disagreement.
“Some of the best teams I’ve ever been on, and the best players I’ve been around, this stuff happens quite often, unfortunately,” Bell said. “It’s not something you want to have happen but in the heat of the moment when you’re competing, like I said he does, and we all do, I think things like this are going to happen. The best teams and best players, it seems to happen more. It’s not a big deal.”
How much of a competitor is Samardzija? Before anyone could ask him a question, Bell said, “I love everything about this guy, the way he competes and the way he cares and the way he goes about everything and his intensity. It’s going to make him a great pitcher for a long time. I absolutely love the guy.”
Samardzija has seen plenty of brouhahas during his Cubs career involving Carlos Zambrano and former manager Mike Quade. On a scale of what he’s witnessed in the past, the right-hander graded Tuesday’s incident a “one.”
“There are a lot of cameras out there, that’s the way it is,” Samardzija said. “It’s just competitive dudes, man, playing to win a game. It’s good to see. People care. Our record isn’t where we want it to be right now and nobody’s happy about it. We’re out here scraping and clawing and doing everything we can to win a ballgame.
“‘Belly’ is the epitome of that, of doing whatever he can to win a ballgame,” Samardzija said of the third base coach. “He cares, everyone on this team cares. Nobody is happy where we’re at as a team and we just want to win every game we can. We’ve had some pretty good characters here on these teams that would overshadow this.”
Welington Castillo gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead in the seventh with a two-run homer. But Samardzija walked Aramis Ramirez to open the Brewers’ seventh, and Gomez followed with his 20th home run off a hanging slider to tie the game.
“Besides one pitch, he was really good,” Sveum said of Samardzija. “He used his fastball, pitched inside, did really well pitching inside and had his fastball working really well.”
In the Milwaukee ninth, Justin Grimm walked Ramirez, who was lifted for Bianchi, and he moved up on Gomez’s single. Scooter Gennett then bunted, but he was safe on an error by Grimm, who could not field the ball cleanly and whose throw pulled Rizzo off the bag. With the bases loaded, Caleb Gindl popped up to shortstop Starlin Castro, and Schafer bunted to Grimm, with Bianchi scoring.
“Leadoff walks never help,” Grimm said. “I threw some close pitches on the outside and they were a little out. Then the base hit, and then I don’t field my position and didn’t give myself any help at all. Bases loaded, and the guy got the bunt down. Maybe I should’ve gone fastball, I don’t know. I thought it was a good pitch [to Schafer],” Grimm said. “I was trying to get the guy out. It didn’t work out in my favor. I made it really tough on myself.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs will try to snap a three-game losing streak Tuesday night at Miller Park. Jeff Samardzija gets the start against Marco Estrada. Here’s the Cubs lineup:
* The Cubs are nearly .500 against teams outside their division this year at 40-43 but they are 23-44 against the NL Central, the second-lowest winning percentage (.343) by any team against its own division in baseball (Houston is 25-48, .342 vs. the A.L. West).
* Jeff Samardzija tonight will make his career-high 31st start of the season with 195 strikeouts and 194 2/3 innings pitched. He is vying to become the first Cubs pitcher to reach both 200 strikeouts and 200 innings pitched since Ryan Dempster in 2010 (208 strikeouts, 215 1/3 innings pitched).
Entering tonight, Samardzija is in good company among those in all of baseball to have reached his current innings pitched and strikeout numbers. The other five include Detroit’s Max Scherzer (227 strikeouts, 201 1/3 innings), St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (201, 221 2/3), Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (214, 223), Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee (201, 207 2/3) and the White Sox’ Chris Sale (214, 201 1/3).
* Since June 26, which was the Cubs’ most recent visit to Milwaukee, they are 20-19 (.513 winning percentage) on the road, tied for the fourth-best mark in the NL in that span. They started the season 14-22 in their first 36 road games. The Cubs already have 34 wins on the road this season, 11 more than their total number of victories on the road last year.
* The Cubs have played 75 games at home and 75 on the road. They are five games better on the road than at home, posting a 29-46 record at Wrigley Field and a 34-41 record on the road.
Jeff Samardzija gave up six runs over 5 2/3 innings in the Cubs’ 6-0 loss Wednesday to the Reds. Chicago finished 5-14 against Cincinnati, with two of those wins coming in this series. Samardzija served up a solo home run to Devin Mesoraco and a three-run shot to pinch-hitter Jack Hannahan in his 30th start of the season. The right-hander thre 114 pitches, and now has 194 2/3 innings and 195 strikeouts. He’s trying to become the Cubs’ first pitcher to reach 200 in both innings and strikeouts since Ryan Dempster in 2010.