Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 08/04/10

Game One Hundred Eight: Cubs (46-61) vs. Brewers (50-58)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (8-8, 3.92/1.33) vs. Manny Parra (3-8, 5.42/1.68)

The Chicago Cubs have lost seven in a row and have been outscored 67-20 … Can Lou’s crew put together their first win in nine days this afternoon?

Weather permitting … It will be up to Ryan Dempster to salvage the final game of the series. Dempster is now the undeniable leader of a staff that is in desperate need of an ace.

Carlos Zambrano could return to the starting rotation next week in San Francisco. While Z is paid like a number one, his days of being the Cubs top pitcher are long gone. Zambrano is young enough to be the pitcher he was pre-August 2008, but does he have the desire and enough left in his arm to do so?

Following Tuesday’s game, Lou Piniella announced Thomas Diamond earned another start. Diamond will face the Reds in the series finale Sunday afternoon.

Today it all begins with Ryan Dempster …

All of the innings in the last two and a half seasons could be catching up to Ryan Dempster. Dempster has struggled with his command over his last six starts and is not only giving up a lot of hits (and homers) but his walk rate is alarming high.

Despite the fact Ryan Dempster is paid like a number one or a number two pitcher, the bottom line is he is a number three at best on a contending team. Dempster is pitching like many felt he would when he rejoined the starting staff in 2008. Throw the record out and he has still walked 22 batters and surrendered 40 hits in his last 34 innings. That is a 1.82 WHIPhis highest mark since returning to the starting staff.

Ryan Dempster is coming off his shortest outing of the season and a loss to the Rockies. Dempster barely made it through four innings and gave up five runs on seven hits in four innings. Dempster tied a season-high (or low) with five walks and struck out five as well.

Dempster posted a 2-2 record in six starts last month with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP … teams hit .290 against him.

Today will be Dempster’s fourth start of the season versus the Brewers … 2-0 in three starts with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Ryan Braun – 6-for-33 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 2 walks
  • Craig Counsell – 7-for-26 with a double, a home run and 5 walks
  • Jim Edmonds – 8-for-30 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 6 walks
  • Alcides Escobar – 1-for-8 with a walk
  • Prince Fielder – 9-for-30 with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 walks
  • Jody Gerut – 3-for-11 with a double and a walk
  • Carlos Gomez – 2-for-5
  • Corey Hart – 4-for-27 with 2 home runs and 4 walks
  • Joe Inglett – 2-for-2 with a triple
  • Casey McGehee – 5-for-15 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Rickie Weeks – 9-for-25 with a double and 6 walks

The Cubs will face the second southpaw in as many days … today, the once highly touted Manny Parra. Parra, along with Yovani Gallardo were supposed to anchor the Brewers staff for year. While Gallardo has flourished, Parra has struggled.

Parra is coming off a loss to the Astros. Houston scored four runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Parra struck out six and walked three.

July was a rough month for Parra. He posted a win back on July 3 but finished the fourth month of the season with a 1-3 record in five starts with an 8.23 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP. Teams have hit .336 against Parra … but he hasn’t faced the overly aggressive Cubs offense.

Today will be Parra’s third career start against the Cubs … 0-1 in two starts, four games, with a 5.84 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Manny Parra

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-2
  • Marlon Byrd – 0-for-1
  • Tyler Colvin – 0-for-1
  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk
  • Mike Fontenot – 0-for-2
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-4
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-1
  • Derrek Lee – 0-for-4 with 2 walks
  • Xavier Nady – 2-for-2
  • Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-3 with 2 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-5 with a walk

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