Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 07/03/11

Game Eighty-Five: Cubs (34-50) vs. White Sox (42-42)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet (Cubs), WGN TV (White Sox) – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Rodrigo Lopez (0-2, 5.40/1.85) vs. Gavin Floyd (6-7, 4.19/1.21)

Updated 11:36pm CDTStarlin Castro named as reserve on NL All-Star squad. Castro is the Cubs’ lone player representative. Castro is the youngest player in Cubs history to make an All-Star team (Greg Maddux, 22 in 1988) and is the first Cubs SS since Shawon Dunston (’90) named to All-Star team.

The Chicago Cubs play their final Interleague game of the season this afternoon against the White Sox. The Cubs have already lost the season series to the Southsiders (1-4) and have lost 15 of the last 20 in the Crosstown Series. For the third season in a row, the Cubs have played bad ball against the American League and have won only four of the 14 games versus the Junior Circuit (4-10).

Today also marks the final game at Wrigley before the All-Star break. The Cubs hit the road for four against the Nationals and three against the Pirates before the break begins next Sunday afternoon. Q’s squad is 19-26 at home in 2011.

Will Mike Quade give Starlin Castro a day off this afternoon? Or at least move him back up to the second-hole of his lineup? Castro was red hot before Quade moved him to third in his lineup and Castro has just three hits in his last 29 at bats (3-for-29).

Major League Baseball’s All-Star selection show begins at 11:00am CDT on TBS. Starlin Castro, Sean Marshall or Aramis Ramirez is expected to be the Cubs lone representative and join Mike Quade in Arizona for the Mid-Summer Classic on July 12.

The Cubs are 1-11 on Sundays and 8-26 in games not started by Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and Carlos Zambrano … and today it all starts with Rodrigo Lopez.

Rodrigo Lopez started the second game of the doubleheader last Tuesday against the Giants. Lopez pitched better than his final line and if Geovany Soto had held on to the ball he would have left the game in line for a win. Instead, the fifth inning of game two was pretty much a microcosm of the 2011 Chicago Cubs.

After a scorer’s change following the game, Lopez ended up allowing four runs, one earned, on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout. Lopez lasted 4 2/3 innings and threw around 20 pitches more than Mike Quade was looking to get out of him.

Rodrigo Lopez will make his third start of the season this afternoon … 0-1 in two starts with a 6.75 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP.

Lopez pitched a third of an inning against the Sox on the South Side last week and is 2-2 in nine career games, five starts, against the Sox with a 8.04 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP.

White Sox Career Numbers against Rodrigo Lopez

  • Adam Dunn – 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk
  • Paul Konerko – 6-for-16 with 3 doubles and 2 walks
  • Juan Pierre – 5-for-8
  • A.J. Pierzynski – 4-for-10 with a walk
  • Carlos Quentin – 1-for-1 with a double
  • Alex Rios – 2-for-8 with 2 home runs and a walk
  • Mark Teahen – 2-for-4 with a double and a walk
  • Omar Vizquel – 3-for-10 with a double

Gavin Floyd is coming off a no decision, but a solid outing against the Rockies in Colorado. Floyd bounced back nicely after his start against the Cubs and allowed two runs on six hits with a pair of walks and no strikeouts in seven innings.

Floyd is probably glad the calendar flipped to a new month. After a solid start to the season, Floyd was 1-2 in five starts in June with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

Gavin Floyd gave up six runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five-plus innings to the Cubs back on June 20. Floyd’s start is the only game of the Crosstown Series the Sox have lost this season. This afternoon will be Floyd’s fourth career start against the Cubs. He is 0-2 in the first three with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. The last time he started a game at Wrigley, he locked horns with Ted Lilly and was the hard-luck loser in the game Lilly took a no-hitter into the ninth inning.

Cubs Career Numbers against Gavin Floyd

  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-6 with 2 walks
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-1
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-6 with a home run
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-3
  • Carlos Pena – 2-for-10 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-12 with a double
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-4 with a walk

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