Cubs Game Thread: Please Kershaw, don’t hurt ‘em

Eight-in-a-row. That’s the Chicago Cubs’ current losing streak against the Los Angeles Dodgers. And while I’d love to say there is a good chance this streak will come to an end tonight, Clayton Kershaw stands in the way of such a victory. You might remember Kershaw from his National League-leading ERA of 1.72. He has an FIP of 2.39, so even with luck factored in, he’s been really really good. His whip is 0.857, WAR is 5.5 and ERA+ is 207. I’m stacking all of these stats together just to show you what a monumental task it would be for the Cubs to beat him tonight. I’m just setting the bar low.travis-wood-e1341226308770

On the Cubs’ side, we’ll see Travis Wood. He’s also been good this year, but is 1-4 with a 4.67 ERA since the All Star Break. In an attempt to make this game interesting, Carrie Muskat shared a wacky stat about a Cubs’ All Star lefty facing another All Star lefty.

 The game does mark the first time in 50 seasons that a Cubs left-handed All-Star pitcher squares off against a fellow left-handed All-Star pitcher from that same season, and the first time ever after the All-Star Game took place. In 1964, Cubs lefty Dick Ellsworth twice faced fellow southpaw All-Stars: on May 14, Ellsworth faced off against the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax and endured a 6-4, 10-inning setback at Wrigley Field. On June 23, Ellsworth tossed a complete-game, 2-0 shutout against Philadelphia’s Chris Short, also at Wrigley Field.

You might remember that Sandy Koufax was also the last man to no-hit the Cubs. So be on the lookout for that.

In tonight’s lineup news, we won’t be seeing Anthony Rizzo hit second or third or anywhere else for that matter. He has the night off rather than face Kershaw. The lineup:

Castro SS
Barney 2B
Navarro C
Murphy 3B
Lake CF
Ransom 1B
McDonald LF
Gillespie RF
T. Wood P

This ought to be something. Game time is 9:10 Central, and you’ll be able to watch on WGN, should you so choose.

15 thoughts on “Cubs Game Thread: Please Kershaw, don’t hurt ‘em

  1. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Rizzo not playing: anything to do with his complaints about batting second? Also, Kershaw is hittable in hot weather, and will give up hits early in the game. Also the Cubs should slow things down….

  2. juliedicaro says:

    This might be the worst lineup ever assembled. I think Travis Wood is the Cubs’ best hitter tonight.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Just tonight?

    2. dabirdguy says:

      And he scores the first run.

  3. Doc Blume says:

    More likely due to the fact that Rizzo hasn’t done anything against lefties for the last two month…and Kershaw is a lefty with the added bonus of being the likely MVP in the NL this year.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      ugh.

  4. juliedicaro says:

    And somehow Darwin Barney managed to get a hit off Kershaw.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Kershaw just felt sorry for him.

  5. Doc Blume says:

    Travis Wood’s OPS at the start or tonight: .734

    I’m guessing that better than everyone in the lineup other than Navarro, Murphy and Lake…and that’s only because of a small sample size.

  6. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Umpires are calling balls as strikes for Kershaw,but not for wood…

    1. Doc Blume says:

      computers should be calling balls and strikes these day.

  7. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I thought for sure Kershaw would have been pulled to protect his stats…

  8. sloanpeterson2 says:

    So the Cubs beat the Dodgers, and all the LA Times can keep doing is hurling insults at the cubs like “talent thin”. The names did not change the box score. Oh, and the excuse for today is that the hot muggy weather was like Chicago weather not L.A. weather so only the Dodgers were affected.(per them)

    1. dabirdguy says:

      Well, no one could say the current Cubbies roster is talent RICH…lol.

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