Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 08/26/11

Game One Hundred Thirty-Two: Cubs (57-74) vs. Brewers (78-54)
Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Rodrigo Lopez (4-4, 4.97/1.47) vs. Randy Wolf (10-8, 3.45/1.32)

The Cubs begin a challenging six-game road trip tonight in Milwaukee with the first of three against the Brewers. The Cubs swing out to the left coast for a three-game set in San Francisco starting on Monday night.

The Cubs will have their hands full at Miller Park this weekend. Not only will they have to deal with Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Casey McGehee but the pitching match-ups for the series is less than desirable.

After tonight’s marquee match-up of Rodrigo Lopez and Randy Wolf, Ryan Dempster will face Yovani Gallardo on Saturday and Casey Coleman will oppose Zack Greinke in the finale.

The first place Milwaukee Brewers enter play tonight with a Major League best 47-16 home record and a 10-game lead over the Cardinals in the central.

Alfonso Soriano is expected to be back in Mike Quade’s starting lineup tonight. Soriano was unable to play in Thursday’s finale against the Braves after getting hit in the right forearm on Wednesday night.

With the veteran southpaw on the mound, look for Reed Johnson in right field and Jeff Baker at first base tonight.

In other newsAndrew Cashner is expected to make his second rehab appearance tonight for the Tennessee Smokies. The plan for Cashner is to throw one day, take two off and throw again on the fourth. The Cubs are targeting the first week of September for Cashner to return to the big leagues.

One week ago, the Cubs made the firing of Jim Hendry official … and tonight it all begins with Rodrigo Lopez.

Rodrigo Lopez gets another start and the Cubs’ main goal for Lopez should be to get as many innings out of him as they can down the stretch. Lopez has not completed six innings of work in his last three starts … the last time Lopez completed six innings was his gem against the Phillies on July 18 (6 2/3 innings).

Lopez is coming off a bad outing in which he allowed five runs on 10 hits (four home runs) with a walk and four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. The Cubs are 3-1 in his last three outings and Lopez is 2-1 over than span with a 6.20 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.

Tonight will be Lopez’s first start of the season against the Brewers. Lopez has faced the Brewers twice, both in relief, this year and has allowed two runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in two innings.

Rodrigo Lopez is 1-1 in six career appearances, four starts, against the Brewers with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP … at Miller Park, 0-1 in two games with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Rodrigo Lopez

  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 2-for-13 with a triple
  • Ryan Braun – 0-for-4 with 2 walks
  • Craig Counsell – 2-for-5
  • Prince Fielder – 1-for-5 with 3 walks
  • Corey Hart – 4-for-8 with a home run
  • Casey McGehee – 4-for-4 with a double and a home run
  • Nyjer Morgan – 1-for-4
  • Randy Wolf – 0-for-2

The veteran southpaw is having a very good season in Milwaukee. Randy Wolf has fit right into the ‘new look‘ Brewers rotation and has not posted a loss in over a month (July 23). The Brewers have won Wolf’s last five starts and he is 3-0 in his last four with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

Randy Wolf is coming off a rough outing in New York. Wolf surrendered five runs, all earned, on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings to the Mets. Prior to his start in New York, Wolf had allowed one earned run in 16 innings (two eight-inning starts).

Wolf is 6-2 in 12 starts at Miller Park this season with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.

Tonight will be Wolf’s third start of the season against the Cubs … 0-1 in two starts with a 1.38 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. The Cubs one win came courtesy of four unearned runs. Wolf owns a 5-10 career mark in 21 career starts against the Cubs with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Randy Wolf

  • Jeff Baker – 8-for-19 with a double and a home run
  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-3
  • Marlon Byrd – 4-for-10 with a double, 2 home runs and a walk
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-3
  • Tyler Colvin – 0-for-4
  • Blake DeWitt – 0-for-7
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-9
  • Rodrigo Lopez – 0-for-2
  • Carlos Pena – 0-for-6
  • Aramis Ramirez – 5-for-30 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 7-for-29 with 2 home runs and 4 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 8-for-25 with a double, 3 home runs and a walk

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Castro – SS
    Barney – 2B
    Ramirez – 3B
    Baker – 1B
    Soto – C
    Byrd – CF
    Soriano – LF
    Johnson – RF
    Lopez – P

  • Neil

    From ESPN Chicago: Cubs blog:  Sources: Wrigley likely to host 2016 All Star Game

  • Neil

    Javier Baez making pro debut for AZL #Cubs. Beat out infield hit and stole 3rd in his 2nd AB, plus started two DPs early

  • Anonymous47701

    2012 lineup idea

    B. Jackson-LF
    S. Castro-SS
    D. Wright-3B
    B. LaHair-1B
    G. Soto-C
    T. Colvin-RF
    D. Barney-2B
    R. Ankiel-CF


    C. Davis-INF
    R. Flaherty-INF/OF
    W. Castillo-C
    T. Campana-OF
    N. Swisher-OF

    • J Daniel

      Most or all of that will not be happening.  They wouldn’t even let Yankees absorb the rest of Pena in order to give LaHair a shot now so he is not going to get a shot here.

  • paulcatanese

    Well Neil the stats you posted for the rightys tonight look pretty good, I hope for the best.

  • paulcatanese

    Have to leave for a while, taping it. Got to go to my track meet. I run the 40 yd dash. Hope to beat my time of last week 9.45, not bad huh?

    • Richard Hood

      There is no way I could run a 10 second 40 now. Then again I would have to stop for a smoke about 20 yards down the line.

      • paulcatanese

        Richard,I mis typed that was supposed to read nine minutes and forty five seconds for the 40.

    • cubtex

      that’s great Paul! I have got a high school senior boy and a freshman girl who are both cross country and track runners. My boy was more of a runner than baseball player. I can’t come close to hanging with them. My son runs a sub 4:20 mile and daughter who is only 13 runs a 5:15 mile. I’ve got no chance!!!

      • paulcatanese

        I would like to take credit for that time but it was supposed to be a joke and I meant nine minutes and forty five seconds for the forty. But the grandson did run a 4.3 forty at Oregon St. and 4.4 into the wind, ran kickoffs back for them.

  • Neil

    Andrew Cashner a perfect innning in his 2nd rehab start. 1IP, 0H, 0R, 1K

  • Neil

    Castro with a long homer to left center … #8 on the year

    • Brett

      Just got in & saw the replay of that bomb. He’s crushed some long home runs since the break. I really think by the time he’s 24/25 he will be a 25 homer guy. He already has good power…its just a matter of time for him to become more selective. Once he does his power numbers will really impress. If he cleans up his defense that kid will be a top 5 player in MLB.

  • Neil

    First lead-off homer of Castro’s career

  • Ripsnorter1


    Yeah, ANYONE with any common sense would have dealt Mr. .196 to the Yanks just to dump a salary, but not the Cubs. Most folks on this forum and across the Milky Way Galaxy were completely bum-foozled by the refusal of the Cubs to deal him. But here’s the Cubs’ reasoning….

    1. The Cubs placed him on waivers to judge how the rest of MLB judged Mr. Pena’s talents. They never had any intention of dealing him away. Since only the Yanks made a waiver claim, it seems that the rest of MLB figures that Mr. .196 isn’t worth the coin he’s pulling down in salary these days. I guess strike outs are as valuable as perhaps the Cubs seem to think. 

    2. The Cubs pulled this maneuver to guessimate just how much it is going to cost them to resign the walking strikeout. They definitely want him back–whether or not a new GM arrives. It seems Carlos is most valued for what he brings to the clubhouse and not to the playing field. Yup, “he’s a good clubhouse guy.” After Sammy Sosa walking out; after Little Milton walking out, and now after “Crybaby” Zambrano walking out, the Cubs figure that they must change the culture within the clubhouse walls, and Mr. .196 is just the man to do it. No matter that Mr. .196 has been here all year, and no matter that Mr. .196 was incapable of getting Crybaby Zambrano to pitch instead of pout. No, the Cubs believe that the NEW CUBS can and will be built on the personality of Mr. .196.

    And that, folks, is the reasoning behind the inscrutable move of pulling Mr. .196 back from going to the Yanks. 

    • J Daniel

      They didn’t even have to trade him, just let him go.  YES!  More salary relief, LaHair gets an everyday shot, oops, I mean Baker, and it is money to offset some of the beer not sold due to the many empty seats.

      This move brings me back to the idea that there is no hope.  Who called this shot, JH?

      • Ripsnorter1

        Stupefying, isn’t it? 

  • Neil

    Brett Jackson led off the game tonight with a homer, his 9th with the I-Cubs

    • cubtex

      That is why it is too bad they couldn’t work out a deal with the Yanks after they claimed Pena. We could have brought up BJax immediately and moved Colvin to 1st.

  • Neil

    Hey, the Cubs drove a runner in with a hit …

  • Tony_Hall

    Who would have ever predicted runs in the 5th inning off of Lopez?

    Even being the 3rd time through the order, I am shocked that runs were scored.  

  • Neil

    Ugly does not describe the fifth. Two errors by Barney led to three runs.

    • Brp921

      He’s an intelligent kid and will learn from his mistakes. It seems to be the Brewers year. I’ve got to say it beats watching the Cardinals win it.

      • Neil

        I like Barney, very smart player. The throwing mistake was him trying to do too much.

        • paulcatanese

          Well if one is going to throw it away, I always say “show off the arm and give it some distance” He will come back.

      • Ripsnorter1

        With two errors tonight, only Dan Uggla has more at 2B. But Uggla has played more innings (1163 vs. 892), and therefore has a better fielding percentage. Barney, among qualified 2B fielders, has the lowest fielding percentage in MLB. 

        And Dan Uggla has 30 taters, too.

        • cubtex

          He doesn’t turn the double play very well either Rip. It is his first year at 2nd so we should cut him a little slack.

          • Ripsnorter1

            You are correct. For the number of innings played, Barney’s the worst 2B at the double play in MLB (fewest double plays). 

  • Neil

    Brett Jackson sets Iowa Cubs franchise record with his fourth leadoff homer
    tonight in Oklahoma City.

  • cubtex

    AJ Burnett got lit up again tonight! The more he struggles the more I can see a Zambrano for Burnett deal this offseason.

    • John_CC

      What’s left on his contract?  Why would you want Burnett?

      • cubtex

        I don’t want him…..but what is the market for Z? It is like a Milton Bradley situation. Got to trade Z for a bad cobtract.

        • Tony_Hall

          Burnett has 2 more years at $16.5M per year, with a limited no-trade clause (can block a trade to 10 clubs each year)

          Plus Zambrano has pitched better over recent years.  This year, Z has been what Burnett has been for a few years.

          No thanks!  

          • cubtex

            I am not saying that I am for that deal…I am just saying the more Burnett gets lit up the more I see the Z for Burnett rumors materializing. With everyone in baseball knowing the Cubs need to get rid of him….what is his market? Zito? Burnett? It will not be an equal value trade.

          • Tony_Hall

            I didn’t think you would like that deal.  

            I would prefer that if they trade Zambrano, they just pay as much as needed (I would say 50-60%) and get back prospects or a serviceable starter to get them through 2012. 

            I also just fine, with paying him to just go away.  Hopefully we can do a trade and get a little payroll relief and a player(s) that could be helpful.  I know I would give up much for him, so I don’t expect any GM to either.

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 5-2 to Brewers on Friday night

    Rodrigo Lopez: 4R (2ER), 5H, 4BB, 5K,
    6IP; Starlin Castro: 1-for-4, HR; Jeff Baker: 1-for-2, 2B, RBI, BB;

    Cubs: 2 errors; 1-for-7 RISP, 7 LOB