Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 07/30/11

Game One Hundred Seven: Cubs (42-64) vs. Cardinals (56-50)
Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Rodrigo Lopez (2-2, 3.49/1.29) vs. Kyle Lohse (8-7, 3.46/1.10)

Weather permitting
… Can the Cubs get back in the win column behind Rodrigo Lopez this afternoon? The Cubs are reeling after dropping four in a row (six total runs in four games) and enter play today a season-low 22 games under .500. A loss this afternoon would equal the Cubs low water mark from a year ago set on Lou Piniella’s final day as skipper.

In other newsAndrew Cashner will throw off a mound in Mesa on Saturday (first time since May 16) and is expected to rejoin the team in Pittsburgh. Cashner will be re-evaluated at that time and is hoping to pitch with the Cubs again this season. The Cubs have not set a timeframe for a possible return.

With just over 24 hours remaining on the non-waiver trade deadline, it all starts with Rodrigo Lopez

Rodrigo Lopez will make his first start this afternoon since his gem against the Phillies back on July 18. Lopez beat and out-pitched Roy Halladay in the series opener. In a very unlikely win over Philadelphia, Lopez allowed only one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings without a walk and three strikeouts.

Lopez will make his sixth start of the season this afternoon and Lopez owns a 2-1 mark as a starter with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

Today will be Lopez’s first start of the season against the Redbirds. He faced them twice in the series in St. Louis back in the first week of June … and took the loss on the Sunday afternoon when he served up the game winner to Albert Pujols to start the bottom of the 10th.

Rodrigo Lopez is 2-3 in seven career games, five starts, versus the Cardinals with a 5.63 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Rodrigo Lopez

  • Lance Berkman – 2-for-9 with a double and 2 walks
  • Matt Holliday – 4-for-10 with 3 doubles and a home run
  • Kyle Lohse – 0-for-1
  • Yadier Molina – 3-for-11
  • Corey Patterson – 0-for-3
  • Albert Pujols – 1-for-13 with a home run and a walk
  • Skip Schumaker – 4-for-10 with 2 doubles
  • Ryan Theriot – 2-for-6 with 2 walks

The former Cubs’ farmhand has struggled over the last month and is coming off a no decision to the Pirates. Kyle Lohse allowed two runs on four hits in five innings without a walk and four strikeouts. After a shaky June (1-2 in five starts with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP), Lohse is 0-3 in his last four starts with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

Lohse has been struggling with his command and giving up a ton of hits … the Cubs must be patient this afternoon.

The Cubs hit Lohse pretty good back on June 4 (four runs on 11 hits without a walk and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings) but Albert Pujols hit the first of his two walk offs of the weekend.

Kyle Lohse is 1-4 in 11 career starts versus the Cubs with a 6.51 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Kyle Lohse

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-5
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-3
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-2
  • Tony Campana – 2-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-5
  • Tyler Colvin – 0-for-3
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-5 with 2 walks
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Reed Johnson – 3-for-9 with a walk
  • Rodrigo Lopez – 0-for-2
  • Aramis Ramirez – 7-for-15 with 3 doubles and a home run
  • Alfonso Soriano – 15-for-39 with 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 2 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 4-for-13 with 2 doubles and a walk

Boot Campaign
Randy Wells and the Chicago Cubs are raising awareness of needs of military personnel. Wells will trade in his cleats for combat boots this week as part of the Boot Campaign, an initiative aimed at showing appreciation of the active military and raising awareness of the needs of military personnel.

Official Release from MLB.com

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