Game One Hundred Thirteen: Cubs (47-65) vs. Giants (64-49)
Game Time – 9:15pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco
Ryan Dempster (9-8, 3.76/1.31) vs. Tim Lincecum (11-5, 3.15/1.28)
The Cubs enter play tonight a season-low 18 games under .500 and will have two new faces in the locker room. Micah Hoffpauir and Welington Castillo were recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take the spots of Geovany Soto and Derrek Lee on the active roster.
Alan Trammell will need a long outing from Ryan Dempster tonight. The Cubs’ young pen is spent and they are running out of options down in Iowa. The Cubs have been shuffling pitchers back and forth for weeks. Other than an injured John Gaub and an ineffective Blake Parker, the Cubs have brought just about every pitcher up on their 40-man roster. The last remaining pitcher to not see time at the big league level of late is Jeff Samardzija.
Trammell will call the shots once again tonight in Piniella’s absence. Lou flew home to Tampa following Sunday’s game to attend to his mother, who was hospitalized. Piniella is expected to meet up with the team in St. Louis.
Tonight it all begins with Ryan Dempster … Ryan Dempster is coming off his ninth win of the season despite the fact he struggled against the Brewers. Dempster was the beneficiary of a rare good day for the Cubs offense. Dempster gave up three runs, all unearned, on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts in six innings. Dempster is not throwing strikes right now … and has not been on a consistent basis since the end of June.
Dempster has issued 62 free passes this season in 150 2/3 innings … and nearly half, 25, have come since July 1. Dempster is consistently fighting himself and has not found a rhythm in quite some time.
The Cubs number one is 3-2 in his last seven starts with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.
Dempster has struggled on the road this season. Tonight will be his 12th start outside of Wrigley. He is 4-4 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. His last win on the road came more than a month ago … an 8-3 win over the D’Backs in Arizona.
Ryan Dempster is 3-7 in 21 career games, 11 starts, against the Giants with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP … at AT & T, 0-3 in 12 games, five starts, with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.
Giants Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster
- Pat Burrell – 8-for-25 with 5 doubles and 7 walks
- Aubrey Huff – 3-for-16 with a double
- Travis Ishikawa – 0-for-4 with 2 walks
- Tim Lincecum – 1-for-3 with a triple
- Edgar Renteria – 7-for-22 with 2 home runs and 4 walks
- Aaron Rowand – 1-for-13 with a walk
- Freddy Sanchez – 6-for-17 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
- Pablo Sandoval – 3-for-6 with a double
- Andres Torres – 0-for-3
- Juan Uribe – 1-for-8
The back-to-back NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum will take the hill tonight.
When the Cubs faced Tim Lincecum last year at Wrigley, Piniella ran out his B-Team lineup and treated the game like it was Spring Training. Lincecum won of course but that May 5th afternoon sent a signal to his players at the time.
‘The Freak‘ is coming off a loss to the Braves and has not been as dominating this year. Lincecum is by far one of the best in the Majors and should have no problems with the Cubs offense.
Lincecum is 7-3 in 11 home starts this season with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.
Tonight will be Lincecum’s seventh career start versus the Cubs. He is 3-2 with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Tim Lincecum
- Jeff Baker – 0-for-1 with 2 walks
- Ryan Dempster – 0-for-2
- Blake DeWitt – 6-for-13 with a double and a walk
- Mike Fontenot – 1-for-13
- Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-10 with a walk and a double
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-7 with a home run and a walk
- Derrek Lee – 6-for-16 with 2 doubles and a walk
- Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-13
- Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-3
- Geovany Soto – 0-for-3
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