Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 09/10/10

Game One Hundred Forty-One: Cubs (60-80) vs. Brewers (65-74)
Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
Coverage – WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Carlos Zambrano (7-6, 4.23/1.61) vs. Dave Bush (7-11, 4.71/1.52)

The Cubs begin a nine-game, ten-day road trip tonight with the first of three in Milwaukee. The Cubs have played better ball under Mike Quade (9-6) but lost their last two at home to finish a good stretch a Wrigley on a negative note. The Cubs have really struggled against the Central this season (26-41), one of the countless improvements that must be made in 2011.

The Cubs are 7-5 against the Brewers this season, just one of two teams in their division in which they have a winning record against (Cardinals, 5-4). The Brewers have shown steady improvement throughout the year … while the Cubs have gone the other way.

Kosuke Fukudome should be in the starting lineup tonight and Sunday afternoon. Fukudome has hit the ball of late like it was April and has performed quite well against the Brewers at Miller Park. Fukudome is 11-for-25 in his career against Dave Bush (with five doubles, two home runs and five walks) and owns a .378/.446/.757/1.203 line at Miller Park (28-for-74 in 20 games with nine doubles, two triples, five home runs and nine walks).

In Other NewsTom Gorzelanny will throw a bullpen session this weekend. The Cubs would like to get Gorzelanny back on the mound before the end of the season. Mike Quade has mentioned the possibility of a six to seven-man rotation to close out the year. Along with Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells and Carlos Zambrano, the Cubs would like to get a few starts out of Carlos Silva, Casey Coleman and Jeff Samardzija.

Tonight it all starts with Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano returns to the site of his greatest accomplishment on a Major League mound. Zambrano is coming off three straight wins and an impressive victory against the New York Mets. Z has been pitching of late … and the results are promising.

Z held the Mets to two runs on four hits in seven innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. Zambrano also kept his pitch count down and showed very good command of all of his pitches.

Which Carlos Zambrano will show up tonight?

After a horrible first half of the season, Zambrano is 4-0 in his last nine games, six starts, with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Since returning to the rotation, Z is 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA … and is close to earning back his nickname.

Tonight will be Z’s fifth game of the year against the Brewers. He is 1-0 in four games, two starts, with a 5.11 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP … at Miller Park, 1-0 in two games, one start, with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Carlos Zambrano

  • Ryan Braun – 8-for-31 with a double, a home run and 3 walks
  • Dave Bush – 0-for-5
  • Craig Counsell – 8-for-33 with 2 doubles and 7 walks
  • Chris Dickerson – 4-for-11 with a double, a triple and 3 walks
  • Alcides Escobar – 1-for-6 with a triple
  • Prince Fielder – 13-for-38 with 5 doubles, 2 home runs and 13 walks
  • Carlos Gomez – 1-for-1
  • Corey Hart – 8-for-26 with a double, a triple and 5 walks
  • Joe Inglett – one walk
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-1
  • Casey McGehee – 3-for-12 with a home run and a walk
  • Rickie Weeks – 8-for-38 with 2 doubles, a home run and a walk

The Cubs will face Dave Bush for the fourth and final time this season. Bush is coming off a no decision against the Phillies. Bush allowed three runs on six hits in six innings with a walk and five strikeouts. The Brewers lost 5-4 after Bush left the game.

Bush struggled in August to the tune of a 2-2 record in five starts with a 5.34 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. After posting a 4-6 record in 18 games, 17 starts, with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP in the first half, Bush is 3-5 in his 10 starts since the break with a 5.65 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Teams are hitting a robust .310 against him in his last 57 1/3 innings … so he should dominate the Cubs’ offense tonight.

Dave Bush is 0-1 in three starts versus the Cubs this season with a 7.47 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP. The Cubs know how to beat Bush … but can they put a win on the board at Wrigley Field North tonight?

Cubs Career Numbers against Dave Bush

  • Jeff Baker – 2-for-4
  • Marlon Byrd – 2-for-8 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-3
  • Tyler Colvin – 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-2
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 11-for-25 with 5 doubles, 2 home runs and 5 walks
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-10 with a walk
  • Micah Hoffpauir – 1-for-7 with a double
  • Xavier Nady – 4-for-15 with 2 home runs
  • Aramis Ramirez – 10-for-36 with 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 2 walks
  • Bobby Scales – 1-for-1 with a triple
  • Alfonso Soriano – 10-for-34 with 4 doubles, a home run and 2 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 3-for-12 with 2 home runs and 3 walks
  • Carlos Zambrano – 0-for-3

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