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After the Cardinals leave town, the Cubs finish the homestand with four games against the Nationals. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.29) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (14-6, 3.02)
Tuesday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-2, 3.06) vs. RHP Dan Haren (7-11, 4.82)
Wednesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 0.69) vs. RHP Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.85)
Thursday: LHP Travis Wood (7-10, 3.13) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.93)
Dioner Navarro gets his first start behind the plate since injuring his right ankle when the Cubs play host to the Reds Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Navarro was injuryed last Wednesday in a collision at home plate with the Phillies’ Chase Utley. Jeff Samardzija takes the mound. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs return to Wrigley Field Monday to play host to the Reds, the start of a 10-game homestand. Starting Monday, the Cubs will play 19 of 25 games at Wrigley through Sept. 8. Here are the pitching matchups vs. Cincinnati:
Monday: LHP Travis Wood (7-8, 3.04) vs. RHP Mat Latos (11-3, 3.21)
Tuesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.23) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (7-10, 3.73)
Wednesday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-1, 3.08) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (10-9, 3.51)
Jeff Samardzija matched a career-low, lasting 3 1/3 innings, in the Cubs’ 12-1 loss to the Phillies on Thursday. Samardzija gave up nine runs on 11 hits. The last time the right-hander went 3 1/3 innings was his first career start in 2009, which also happened to be against the Phillies. Nate Schierholtz homered for the Cubs’ only run. Chicago stranded 11 baserunners and went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Jeff Samardzija gets the start Thursday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Phillies. Here’s the lineup on Anthony Rizzo’s 24th birthday:
* Donnie Murphy Murphy hit two home runs Wednesday in his second straight start at third base. Combined, Cubs third basemen now have hit 19 homers, surpassing the 12 hit by Cubs third basemen last season. The 19 home runs by Cubs third basemen are second-most in the NL and fifth most in the Majors. Here’s some trivia to test your friends: Who has played third base for the Cubs this year? Here’s the list: Luis Valbuena, Cody Ransom, Brent Lillibridge, Murphy, Steve Clevenger and Alberto Gonzalez.
– Carrie Muskat
Jeff Samardzija lost his 10th game a 3-0 loss to the Dodgers. Samardzija struck out nine and notched a quality start but it wasn’t enough. He has received zero runs of support in his last two starts. The right-hander is 2-5 with a 4.86 ERA in 12 home games.
* Junior Lake was batting .538 in the first three games of the series.
* The Cubs grounded into a season-high tying four double plays.
* The Cubs were shut out for the seventh time this season and fell to 1-6 in the first seven games of this eight-game homestand.
* Luis Valbuena was headed to the DL with a right oblique strain.
* With the win, the Dodgers set a franchise record with their 13th-consecutive road victory, joining the 1976 Philadelphia Phillies (April 17-June 2, 1976) as the only NL teams in the last 56 years to win 13-straight road contests
Jeff Samardzija takes the mound Saturday as the Cubs face the Dodgers in the third game of this four-game series. Here’s the lineup:
The Trade Deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT, and manager Dale Sveum doesn’t expect Jeff Samardzija to be doing anything but prepping for his next start with the Cubs. Rumors continue to swirl about the Cubs listening to offers for Samardzija.
“If somebody asks, sure,” Sveum said on whether the Cubs were keeping an open mind. “That’s not my job, so I don’t know what goes in those kind of meetings. It’s not realistic [to deal Samardzija].”
The Cubs would have to be offered a lot to part with the 28-year-old right-hander who is under team control for two more years.
“This is me speaking, but I would think it’s very, very far-fetched to think that you have a guy under control for that long and possibly a No. 1 guy to do anything with him,” Sveum said. “Those are things that pop up and somebody will say, sure you’ll listen. But are you going to want to trade half your team [to get Samardzija]?”
Meanwhile, Kevin Gregg and Nate Schierholtz wait to see if they will stay with the Cubs past the deadline.
“It is a compliment to be rumored,” Sveum said. “Some people get to be part of a pennant race and get to the playoffs and do some fun things.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Brewers scored five runs in the ninth to take the first game in this four-game, three-day series. What’s lost was a solid outing by Jeff Samardzija, who gave up three hits over seven shutout innings, striking out seven. This marks the third straight game a Cubs starter has gone seven innings and not given up an earned run since Aug. 3-5, 1971, when Bill Hands, Milt Pappas and Juan Pizarro did so.
The Cubs have said from the start of the season that the kid gloves are off Samardzija, who has 144 innings. He was shut down after throwing 174 2/3 innings last year. His goal this year is 200 innings and to make every start.
“Not that I’m a big goals guy,” he said, “but going into Spring Training that was No. 1 on my list, to pitch every fifth day and be healthy and even when you’re not healthy [to still] pitch, and be a guy on this team that hey, every fifth day, that name is in the lineup and he’s pitching, and we have a chance to win that day. It’s been my No. 1 goal from the start of the season was to pitch and be strong every game. I like where I’m at right now.”
He also likes where the team is at.
“We’re making a good late run and I feel good physically and my arm feels good, and I really feel like I’m improving as a pitcher, too, which feels really good to go out there and make some pitches in the game and know you made the right choice and get the right result,” he said.
The Cubs have stayed competitive despite losing two-fifths of their rotation in trades. How does Samardzija view the way Dale Sveum has handled things?
“‘Sveumer’ is a consistent dude,” Samardzija said. “Everytime he comes to the park, he has one goal in mind and that’s fielding a lineup that has a chance to win the game. He does a great job instilling that confidence in every player that that’s our goal. On top of that, with this roster we have, there’s a lot of scrappy guys who can play the game. With those two things combined, I feel every day we show up and we’re ready to win a ballgame in any form necessary.
“We’ve had a few games that have taken a different route, where the pitching’s been great, or the hitting’s been great,” he said. “We know we’re going to be in every game, they’re going to be tight. We need to figure out a way to pull them out. I really like the way we’ve played these teams in the top of the division, to tell you the truth. I know San Fran isn’t up there, but they’re the defending world champs, Arizona is at the top of their division, and Colorado has one of the most potent offenses in the league. We come to play against these guys.
“That’s exciting and it says a lot about this team and this roster from top to bottom,” he said. “These guys come to work every day and that’s all you can do. You come to play every day and everyone knows how good it feels to win as opposed to losing. That’s the first thing that’s on everyone’s mind is do what it takes to win this day.”
* EXTRA BASES: Junior Lake snapped an 0-for-14 stretch with a single in the third. He has five multi-hit games in his first 11 big league games. … The Cubs were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and are 9-for-84 (.107) with RISP since the All-Star break. … Chicago is 15-29 vs. the NL Central.
– Carrie Muskat
Jeff Samardzija takes the mound Monday when the Cubs open an eight-game, seven day homestand, beginning with the Brewers. Samardzija (6-9, 3.94 ERA) is one of only seven pitchers in baseball with nine losses despite a sub-4.00 ERA, joining Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey (5-10, 3.77), Atlanta’s Kris Medlen (7-10, 3.74), the White Sox Chris Sale (6-10, 2.69), the Dodgers Ricky Nolasco (6-9, 3.72), Houston’s Bud Norris (6-9, 3.93) and San Diego’s Eric Stults (8-9, 3.65). Here’s the lineup: