NLDS Pitching Match-ups and Start Times

The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers will kick off the NLDS on Wednesday evening at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won 5 of the 7 regular season games against the Dodgers, but the team that will take the field at Wrigley this week is a lot different from the one the Cubs faced in late May and early June….the additions of Manny Ramirez and Casey Blake helped turn around the Dodgers’ season.

The wild card in the series could end up being Rich Harden. A majority of the Dodgers roster has not seen him before while the Cubs have faced all four possible starters twice this season with varying degrees of success. Gary Hughes has been scouting the Dodgers for the last two weeks and his reports should help the Cubs adjust to a very different Dodgers’ team.

Game One on Wednesday, October 1st – 5:30pm C.T.
Ryan Dempster – Derek Lowe

Game Two on Thursday, October 2nd – 8:30pm C.T.
Carlos Zambrano – Chad Billingsley

Game Three on Saturday, October 4th – 9:00pm C.T.
Rich Harden – Hiroki Kuroda

Game Four on Sunday, October 5th – if necessary
Ted Lilly – Greg Maddux/Derek Lowe

All games of the NLDS will be televised on TBS with play-by-play on ESPN Radio…as well as Pat Hughes and Ron Santo on WGN Radio.

Here is a game-by-game look at how each starting pitcher has performed against the opposition this season as well as the career numbers compiled by both offenses.

Game One – Dempster vs. Lowe

Ryan Dempster versus the Dodgers

1-0 – 2 starts with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP, Dodgers hit .250

  • Beat the Dodgers at Wrigley on May 26th. Cubs won 3-1. Dempster allowed 1 run on 7 hits in 7 innings with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts
  • Received a no-decision at Dodger Stadium on June 5th. Cubs won 5-4. Dempster allowed 3 runs on 3 hits in 5 1/3 innings with 4 walks and 7 strikeouts

Dodgers’ Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster:

  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Andre Ethier – 5-for-11 with 2 doubles and a home run
  • Rafael Furcal – 6-for-28 with 3 doubles
  • Nomar Garciaparra – 1-for-4 with a double
  • Matt Kemp – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Jeff Kent – 9-for-33 with a home run
  • James Loney – 1-for-4
  • Russell Martin – 2-for-7
  • Juan Pierre – 5-for-12 with a double
  • Manny Ramirez – 1-for-1 with a double

Derek Lowe versus the Cubs

1-0 – 2 starts with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, Cubs hit .204

  • Received a no-decision at Wrigley Field on May 28th. Cubs won 2-1. Lowe allowed no runs on 4 hits in 7 innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts
  • Beat the Cubs at Dodger Stadium on June 7th. Dodgers won 7-3. Lowe allowed 3 runs on 6 hits in 7 innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts

Cubs’ Career Numbers against Derek Lowe:

  • Henry Blanco – 2-for-6 with 2 doubles
  • Ronny Cedeno – 1-for-2
  • Mark DeRosa – 1-for-8 with 2 walks
  • Jim Edmonds – 5-for-30 with a double and a home run
  • Mike Fontenot – 3-for-5 with a double
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Reed Johnson – 4-for-11 with a double
  • Derrek Lee – 11-for-28 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-13 with a double and 2 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 13-for-53 with 2 doubles and 3 home runs
  • Geovany Soto – 2-for-5
  • Ryan Theriot – 2-for-10 with a double

Game Two – Zambrano vs. Billingsley

Carlos Zambrano versus the Dodgers

0-1 – 2 starts with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP, Dodgers hit .317

  • Received a no-decision at Wrigley on May 28th. Cubs won 2-1. Zambrano allowed 1 run on 6 hits in 8 innings with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts
  • Lost to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 7th. Dodgers won 7-3. Zambrano allowed 7 runs on 13 hits in 6 2/3 innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts

Dodgers’ Career Numbers against Carlos Zambrano:

  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-4 with 2 walks
  • Andre Ethier – 6-for-13 with a double and a walk
  • Rafael Furcal – 3-for-23 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Nomar Garciaparra – 1-for-4
  • Matt Kemp – 3-for-6 with a home run
  • Jeff Kent – 8-for-33 with a double and 4 walks
  • James Loney – 3-for-11
  • Russell Martin – 8-for-13 with a home run and 4 walks
  • Juan Pierre – 7-for-32 with a double and 5 walks
  • Manny Ramirez – 0-for-3

Chad Billingsley versus the Cubs

0-1 – 2 starts with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP, Cubs hit .256

  • Lost to the Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 26th. Cubs won 3-1. Billingsley allowed 2 runs on 4 hits in 6 innings with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts
  • Received a no-decision at Dodger Stadium on June 5th. Cubs won 5-4. Billingsley allowed 4 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts

Cubs’ Career Numbers against Chad Billingsley:

  • Henry Blanco – 0-for-1
  • Mark DeRosa – 2-for-6 with a home run
  • Jim Edmonds – 1-for-11 with 2 walks
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-5 with a home run and a walk
  • Derrek Lee – 1-for-6 with a home run
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-7
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-8 with a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Ryan Theriot – 3-for-5 with a walk

Game Three – Harden vs. Kuroda

Rich Harden versus the Dodgers

Game Three of the NLDS will be Rich Harden’s first career start against the Dodgers

Dodgers’ Career Numbers against Rich Harden:

  • Angel Berroa – 2-for-9 with a double
  • Casey Blake – 0-for-8 with 2 walks
  • Nomar Garciaparra – 0-for-4
  • Manny Ramirez – 3-for-11 with 3 home runs and 3 walks

Hiroki Kuroda versus the Cubs

1-1 – 2 starts with a 0.59 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP, Cubs hit .204.

  • Lost to the Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 27th. Cubs won 3-1. Kuroda allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, on 7 hits in 6 1/3 innings with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts
  • Beat the Cubs on June 6th at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 3-0. Kuroda tossed a complete game shutout and allowed 4 hits without a walk and 11 strikeouts

Cubs’ Career Numbers against Hiroki Kuroda:

  • Henry Blanco – 0-for-3
  • Ronny Cedeno – 1-for-3 with a walk
  • Mark DeRosa – 0-for-3
  • Jim Edmonds – 1-for-6
  • Mike Fontenot – 0-for-4
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Derrek Lee – 2-for-6
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-6
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-7 with a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Ryan Theriot – 1-for-5

Game Four – Lilly vs. Maddux/Lowe

Ted Lilly versus the Dodgers

Game Four of the NLDS, if necessary, will be Ted Lilly’s first start of the year against Joe Torre’s squad. The Dodgers 23rd round pick in the 1996 draft is 2-0 in 4 career games, 3 starts, against the Dodgers with a 5.21 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP

Dodgers’ Career Numbers against Ted Lilly:

  • Angel Berroa – 3-for-12 with a double and 2 home runs
  • Casey Blake – 4-for-21 with a double, a home run and 3 walks
  • Andre Ethier – 0-for-5
  • Rafael Furcal – 1-for-8 with a home run
  • Nomar Garciaparra – 3-for-13 with 2 doubles
  • Matt Kemp – 1-for-3
  • Jeff Kent – 3-for-9 with a double and a home run
  • James Loney – 0-for-3
  • Russell Martin – 1-for-1
  • Juan Pierre – 4-for-9 with 2 doubles
  • Manny Ramirez – 11-for-42 with 3 doubles and 4 home runs

Greg Maddux versus the Cubs

0-1 – 2 starts (both in a Padres’ uniform) with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP, the Cubs hit .333

  • Lost to the Cubs at Wrigley on May 15th. Cubs won 4-0. Maddux allowed 4 runs on 11 hits without a walk and one strikeout in 4 1/3 innings
  • Received a no-decision on June 4th at PETCO Park. Padres won 2-1. Maddux allowed 1 run on 3 hits without a walk and 4 strikeouts in 7 innings

Cubs’ Career Numbers against Greg Maddux:

  • Henry Blanco – 6-for-16 with a double and a home run
  • Ronny Cedeno – 2-for-4
  • Mark DeRosa – 0-for-5
  • Jim Edmonds – 11-for-42 with 3 doubles and 2 home runs
  • Mike Fontenot – 0-for-3
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-5
  • Derrek Lee – 14-for-59 with 2 doubles, a triple and a home run
  • Aramis Ramirez – 6-for-21 with a double and a triple
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-12
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-2
  • Ryan Theriot – 3-for-10

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