Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 09/03/09

Game One Hundred Thirty-Two: Cubs (67-64) vs. White Sox (65-69)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (8-7, 4.15/1.37) vs. Carlos Torres (0-0, 6.75/1.93)

The Crosstown Classic returns for the final round this afternoon in the last Interleague game of the year. The Cubs are 6-8 against the Junior Circuit this season … and 2-3 against the White Sox. The Cubs split the first two games at Wrigley back in June (June 17 – June 18) and lost two of three on the South Side (June 26 – June 28). The original match-up for this game on June 16 was Carlos Zambrano versus John Danks. The Cubs were 30-30 at the time while the Sox were 30-34.

The question was at the time of the postponement was would this game mean anything to each team in September. Nearly three months later the answer to the question is no. Both the North Side and South Side are just playing out the string at this point.

Many thought when the White Sox traded for Jake Peavy at the deadline he would possibly make his Sox debut this afternoon. While the Sox kept Peavy from going to the North Side they are close to shutting him down for the season due to injury.

Throw out the records and the disappointment on both sides of town … it is the Cubs versus the Sox for the last time this year.

This afternoon it all starts with Ryan Dempster and just playing baseball …

Ryan Dempster is coming off back-to-back wins against the Dodgers and Mets. Dempster put together his best road start of the year in Los Angeles to beat the Dodgers on August 23. Dempster threw seven excellent innings and allowed one unearned run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts. In his last game against the Mets, Dempster struggled with his command, gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings … after two bad innings. Dempster must be on top of his game this afternoon.

The Cubs number two pitcher, when the season began, is 3-2 in his last six starts with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. At home this year, 5-2 in ten starts with a 5.11 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

Today will be Dempster’s third start against the Sox this season. Ozzie Guillen’s bunch is responsible for one of Dempster’s seven losses (0-1 with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP, the Six are hitting .308 against Dempster this season). The Sox scored three runs on four his against Dempster back on June 17. Dempster walked a season-high six batters and struck out only four … Dempster took the loss in the first game of the year against the Sox. On June 27 at the Cell, Dempster was pounded to the tune of five runs on eight hits in five innings with three walks and two strikeouts.

Ryan Dempster has beaten the South Side only once in his career. Dempster is 1-3 (with three saves) in four career starts, 11 games, with a 6.35 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.

  • Gordon Beckham – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Ramon Castro – 0-for-2
  • Jermaine Dye – 5-for-12 with 2 doubles and 2 walks
  • Chris Getz – 1-for-5 with a triple and a walk
  • Paul Konerko – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • A.J. Pierzynski – 6-for-15 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Scott Podsednik – 5-for-15 with a double, a triple, a home run and 2 walks
  • Carlos Quentin – 3-for-6 with a double
  • Alexei Ramirez – 2-for-8 with a home run
  • DeWayne Wise – 2-for-7 with a walk

The Cubs will get their first look at rookie right-hander Carlos Torres this afternoon. Torres will make just his third big league start … and the first outside of the Cell.

Torres gave up four runs on three hits in 3 1/3 innings in his last outing against the Indians on August 8. Torres walked six batters and struck out five.

Torres has given up nine hits with nine walks in 9 1/3 big league innings this year. The Cubs must make him work and not allow him to gain any confidence whatsoever.

Carlos Torres was the Sox 25th best prospect according to Baseball America before the season. Torres possess a low-90s fastball that can hit 94 with a plus cutter. Torres can keep the ball down rather well when he is right. Torres can struggle against left-handed batters according to Baseball America. In a small sample size, lefties are hitting just .238 against Torres this season while righties are hitting nearly 50 points higher … .286.

No one on the Cubs has faced Carlos Torres.

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