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It’s not a good sign when the players with the most RBIs for the month are the pitchers. So far, Cubs pitchers have combined for 13 RBIs in May, and were batting .316 (12-for-38) with two home runs for the month. Outfielder Alfonso Soriano also has driven in 13 runs in May with three home runs.
Among the rest of the Cubs’ batters this month, Anthony Rizzo and Nate Schierholtz each have 10 RBIs in May, Starlin Castro has nine, David DeJesus has eight, catchers Welington Castillo and Dioner Navarro have three each, and the third base combo of Luis Valbuena and Cody Ransom three total.
In 2011, Cubs pitchers collected five RBIs for the season. Last year, they drove in 11. These pitchers take hitting seriously.
Here’s the pitcher-by-pitcher breakdown and their performance with runners in scoring position. The team is batting .218 with RISP; the pitchers are batting .286 (8-for-28):
Matt Garza 1-for-1 RISP, 2 RBIs
Scott Feldman 3-for-9 RISP, 4 RBIs
Edwin Jackson 1-for-2 RISP, 2 RBIs
Jeff Samardzija 1-for-5 RISP, 2 RBI, 1 HR
Travis Wood 2-for-4 RISP, 3 RBI, 1 HR
Carlos Villanueva 0-for-7 RISP, 0 RBI
– Carrie Muskat
Happy Mother’s Day. Here’s the Cubs lineup:
Scott Feldman takes the mound on Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Nationals. Feldman is the only Cubs starter to record a decision in every start this season. He began with three losses and has followed up with three wins. The right-hander is one of 10 pitchers in baseball to make at least six starts and record a decision in every outing.
In his first three starts, Feldman was 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA (7 ER/14 IP), and in his last three, he is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA (4 ER/22 2/3 IP). The last three include his first complete game May 1 against the Padres.
* The Cubs return to Wrigley Field on Monday to begin a three-game series against the Rockies. All three games will start at 7:05 p.m. CT. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: LHP Travis Wood (3-2, 2.33) vs. RHP Juan Nicasio (3-0, 4.72)
Tuesday: RHP Carlos Villanueva (1-2, 3.02) vs. LHP Jeff Francis (1-3, 6.90)
Wednesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-5, 3.70) vs. RHP Jon Garland (3-3, 4.83)
– Carrie Muskat
Scott Feldman had every reason to be pumped Monday night. The right-hander was coming off his first complete game and facing his former team, the Rangers, who he started with back in 2003. One of the reasons Feldman signed with the Cubs was the chance to be a full-time starter, something he couldn’t do with Texas. If he had something to prove, he did so calmly, following the same game plan he did against the Padres in his last start, and now the right-hander leads the Cubs in wins.
Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo both hit two-run singles in a five-run fourth and Rizzo added a two-run home run in the eighth to back Feldman, who helped himself with an RBI single, to give the Cubs a 9-2 victory over the Rangers.
“He was commanding every pitch,” Welington Castillo said of Feldman, who held the Rangers to two hits over seven innings but had to leave because of a hand cramp. “He executed the pitches and he got out of the innings. He made the pitches when he needed to make them — that’s not an easy lineup to face. I give all the credit to him.”
The only problem Feldman had was with his right index finger in the eighth. He fell behind in the count 2-0 to David Murphy opening the inning, and was then lifted because of cramping. What happened?
“It was weird,” Feldman said. “I threw my last warm-up pitch and my finger was getting stuck. I tried to stretch it out and do a couple more throws. Finally, on the last one, I realized it wasn’t going to work.”
He had flown out to center in the seventh inning, and said the at-bat didn’t affect his hand. He did get a major confidence boost as the crowd of 32,618 cheered loudly when he was at the plate.
“I thought I was getting a standing [ovation],” Feldman said. “Then I came into the clubhouse and [clubhouse manager Tom Hellmann] had to burst my bubble and said it was because the Bulls won [against the Heat]. I thought I was raking.”
He was pitching. Feldman is the first Cubs pitcher to throw at least seven innings and give up three or fewer hits in consecutive starts since Rich Harden did so Aug. 11-19, 2009. It’s the first time in Feldman’s career he’s given up two earned runs or less in five consecutive starts, and he now has a 1.63 ERA in his last four starts.
“That’s really encouraging to see — that’s three or four really good outings in a row, especially two very impressive outings in a row,” Sveum said. “He’s got a feel for [his cutter] right now and it’s impressive, especially to go along with his two-seamer. He didn’t throw a whole lot of offspeed pitches tonight.”
The Cubs scored five runs in the fourth, all with two outs. Luis Valbuena doubled and the Rangers intentionally walked Darwin Barney, who was hitless in his last 16 at-bats. Feldman lined a single to left-center to score Valbuena, and make it 2-0.
“Anybody would do that, walk a big league hitter to get to a pitcher,” Feldman said. “Luckily, I was able to find a hole there.”
Feldman was originally scheduled to start against the Rangers in April but was skipped because his back tightened up. Was it tough to face his former teammates?
“I tried to relax out there but obviously I know a lot of those guys and have a lot of respect for them and had a great seven, eight years over there and made some good friends,” Feldman said. “When we’re not playing against them, I hope they do good, and on a night like tonight, I’m trying to get them out.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs face the Rangers at Wrigley Field Monday night in a makeup game. Scott Feldman will face his former teammates. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs play a makeup game Monday night against the Rangers, then play host to the Cardinals for two games Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday vs. Rangers: RHP Scott Feldman (2-3, 3.34) vs. RHP Nick Tepesch (2-2, 3.54)
Tuesday vs. Cardinals: LHP Travis Wood (2-2, 2.50) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (5-0, 2.75)
Wednesday vs. Cardinals: RHP Carlos Villanueva (1-2, 2.85) vs. RHP Jake Westbrook (2-1, 1.07)
On Monday night at Wrigley Field, the Cubs will play the Rangers in a makeup game. Scott Feldman is scheduled to face his former teammates that night.
“I wanted to pitch against them last time [during original April series] and I had the thing flare up with my back,” Feldman said. “I’ll try not to make it anything that it’s not and treat it like another game. It’ll be kind of weird pitching against them. Hopefully, I can pitch a good game and we can beat them.”
Feldman came up in the Rangers organization, and signed a one-year contract with the Cubs this offseason. He knows their hitters well.
“I’ve seen a lot of those guys for a lot of years, and they’ve seen me for a lot of years, so it’s not going to be a big thing of trying to trick everybody,” he said. “I’ll take some of the stuff I’ve remembered over the years, and look at video from what they’ve done recently because guys make adjustments all the time.”
– Carrie Muskat
Dale Sveum is giving Alfonso Soriano a day off on Wednesday, and Julio Borbon will start in left field for the Cubs in the third game of their four-game series against the Padres at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs will try to salvage a win Sunday in their series against the Brewers. After Saturday’s loss, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he was losing patience with some of the errors and mistakes on the field. But there were no changes in the lineup.
Said Sveum: “To win in the big leagues you have to have people who perform, and perform 162 games, not once in a while. You have to perform. It’s the big leagues, otherwise, you lose your jobs.”
What options do the Cubs have?
“There’s always options if you can’t play,” Sveum said.
– Carrie Muskat
* Scott Feldman, bothered by tightness in his back, will take advantage of Monday’s off day and be skipped one turn in the Cubs rotation. Feldman was originally scheduled to start Wednesday against his former team, the Rangers, in the second game of an Interleague series, but now will not start until Saturday when the Cubs are playing the Brewers at Miller Park. The Cubs’ rotation against the Rangers now will be Travis Wood, Carlos Villanueva and Jeff Samardzija.
* Second baseman Darwin Barney flew to Des Moines on Saturday to begin a Minor League rehab assignment. Barney, out since March 30 with a left knee laceration, was expected to play Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Triple-A Iowa team, and rejoin the Cubs on Tuesday. Barney was injured sliding into the right field wall at Minute Maid Park on March 30.
* Third baseman Ian Stewart was headed to Iowa on Saturday and will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday. He did not play in any Cactus League games because of a strained left quad, injured in the first intrasquad game Feb. 21.
* Scott Baker, still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, which he had one year ago, was in Chicago to be re-examined by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo. Baker has been training at the Cubs’ facility in Mesa, Ariz. There’s no timetable for his return.
* Steve Clevenger could start at third base Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Giants. Clevenger made his first start on Friday, and cleanly handled the balls hit to him. He made the Cubs’ Opening Day roster last year as a backup catcher.
“I’ll put Clevenger at third again [Sunday] and see what happens,” manager Dale Sveum said. “He can swing the bat. He gives you that left-handed bat that changes the way a pitcher pitches and gets pitch count up.”
Clevenger was a middle infielder before he was converted to catcher in the Cubs’ Minor League system.
* Giants manager Bruce Bochy presented Nate Schierholtz with his 2012 World Series ring while San Francisco was taking batting practice on Saturday. Schierholtz came up in the Giants organization, winning a ring in 2010. He was with the Giants until July 31 when he was dealt to the Phillies for Hunter Pence.
* Congrats to Garrett Camp, 5 1/2 year old son of Cubs pitcher Shawn Camp, who scored three goals for his soccer team on Friday in a 4-3 win. Garrett now has seven goals for the season.
– Carrie Muskat