Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 09/23/10

Game One Hundred Fifty-Two: Cubs (69-82) vs. Giants (85-67)
Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
Coverage – Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (14-10, 3.50/1.29) vs. Madison Bumgarner (5-6, 3.27/1.30)

11 games remain in Twenty-Ten … as countdown has begun to the end of another baseball season, the Cubs will try to win another series under Mike Quade. The Cubs are 2-4 versus the Giants this season and while San Francisco has already clinched the season series, if Q’s crew can pick up the win today, they would put more strain on another team trying to make the post-season

The Cubs offense has struggled the past two games and it figures to be more of the same tonight against Madison Bumgarner. But it is the pitching staff that has been the difference of late.

With Wednesday’s stellar outing, the Cubs have held opponents to three or fewer runs in 11 straight games … the longest stretch since 14 in a row back in 1984.

In Other News
Tyler Colvin was released from the hospital in Miami on Wednesday. Colvin was driven home to South Carolina by his grandfather. Colvin has not been cleared to fly and is not expected to make his way back to Wrigley before the final home game of the year on Sunday.

Geovany Soto returned to the team Wednesday and vowed to be ready to go by Spring Training. Soto said he would not pace himself and would be ready to play before pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park.

Mitch Atkins, who was DFA’d earlier in the week, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday.

Quade is expected to play more of the young Cubs over the weekend against the Cardinals.

The Cubs are 18-8 under Mike Quade … and tonight it all starts with Ryan Dempster.

Ryan Dempster has not allowed a run since the fifth inning back on September 5. Dempster is coming off back-to-back shut out wins against the Brewers and Marlins. While Dempster has thrown up zeros, the Cubs offense has managed just three runs in his last two starts.

Dempster has been very good in the second half, even with the bad starts against the Pirates and Mets. He is 7-3 in 13 starts since the break with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP … he is 2-1 in his last three starts with a 1.45 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.

Dempster beat the Giants back on August 10 and allowed four runs, one earned, on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings with two walks and three strikeouts.

Tonight will be Dempster’s 13th career start against the Giants … 4-7 in 22 games, 12 starts, with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

Giants Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Pat Burrell – 8-for-28 with 5 doubles and 7 walks
  • Jose Guillen – 0-for-9
  • Aubrey Huff – 3-for-19 with a double and a walk
  • Travis Ishikawa – 1-for-7 with 2 walks
  • Buster Posey – 1-for-3
  • Edgar Renteria – 8-for-24 with 2 home runs and 4 walks
  • Cody Ross – 2-for-8 with a double, a triple and a walk
  • Aaron Rowand – 1-for-13 with 2 walks
  • Freddy Sanchez – 6-for-17 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
  • Pablo Sandoval – 4-for-9 with a double
  • Juan Uribe – 3-for-11 with a double

The Cubs will get their second look at Madison Bumgarner. Lou’s offense did okay against the 21-year old southpaw back on August 9 (three runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings) but the Cubs lost the game 4-3.

Bumgarner, like the rest of the Giants staff, has been just about unhittable of late. Bumgarner took the loss against the Brewers after allowing two runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. The Giants were shut out 3-0.

Madison is 0-2 in his last three starts with a 1.35 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP … and has been a lot better on the road (5-3 in nine starts with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP) than at home this season (0-3 in seven starts with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP).

Cubs Career Numbers against Madison Bumgarner

  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-3
  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-4
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-3
  • Xavier Nady – 2-for-3
  • Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk

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