Game Seventy-Four: Cubs (30-43) vs. White Sox (36-39)
Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 180
Location – U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
Doug Davis (1-5, 4.95/1.65) vs. Jake Peavy (2-1, 4.66/0.97)
Weather permitting … The Cubs and White Sox will complete the first round of the City Series tonight. A couple of streaks are on the line tonight on the South Side. The Cubs have lost their last five series in Interleague play while the Sox have won 16 straight series in Interleague play.
Aramis Ramirez is expected to be the Cubs designated hitter tonight. Where will Blake DeWitt play?
Jake Peavy will return from his second trip to the DL tonight to face the Chicago Cubs. Peavy has been on the DL since June 6 with a strained adductor in his right groin. Peavy will make only his fifth start of the season tonight. The overly aggressive Cubs offense must make him work tonight. Swinging early and often will play right into Peavy’s hands.
Q’s squad is looking to win their first road series in over a month. The last time the Cubs won a series on the road was May 18 – May 19 in Florida … and tonight it all starts with Doug Davis. Without a doubt Doug Davis is coming off his best start of the season … and arguably is best start in well over two years. Davis held the Bronx Bombers to one run on three hits in 7 1/3 innings with three walks and four strikeouts. Davis slowed the game down and lulled the Yankees into submission … hopefully he has the same game plan tonight against the Sox.
Doug Davis has really struggled outside of Wrigley Field this season. Davis is 0-2 in three road starts with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.38 WHIP. If Davis has trouble locating his fastball tonight those numbers could get worse in a hurry.
Tonight will be Davis’ sixth career start versus the Pale Hose. Davis is 1-3 in six career games, five starts, against the Sox with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. The last time Davis faced the Southsiders was back in 2002 as a member of the Texas Rangers’ rotation (0-2 in two starts with a 5.91 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP).
White Sox Career Numbers against Doug Davis
- Ramon Castro – 1-for-2 with a walk
- Adam Dunn – 7-for-37 with 3 home runs and 9 walks
- Paul Konerko – 4-for-14 with a double
- Juan Pierre – 11-for-28 with 3 doubles, a triple and 3 walks
- Alex Rios – 0-for-1 with a walk
- Mark Teahen – 3-for-6 with a double
- Omar Vizquel – 9-for-43 with a double, a home run and 8 walks
To no surprise Jake Peavy will return from the DL tonight just in time to face the Cubs. Peavy has owned the Cubs throughout his career and has had a little extra motivation over the past three seasons when he faces a Cubs team.
Peavy has not pitched in a Major League game since June 5 … and that was a dud against the Tigers. Peavy lasted just four innings and gave up six runs on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Peavy has not made it past the fourth inning in two of his five starts this season.
When Jake Peavy is on, he is still one of the best.
Tonight will be Peavy’s 11th career start against the Chicago Cubs … 5-2 in 10 starts with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Jake Peavy
- Starlin Castro – 0-for-3
- Blake DeWitt – 0-for-7
- Kosuke Fukudome – 4-for-13 with 3 doubles and 2 walks
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-6
- Reed Johnson – 0-for-1 with a walk
- Carlos Pena – 2-for-7 with 2 walks
- Aramis Ramirez – 5-for-19 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 7-for-22 with 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 2 walks
- Geovany Soto – 2-for-6 with 2 doubles
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