Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 08/27/11

Game One Hundred Thirty-Three: Cubs (57-75) vs. Brewers (79-54)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Ryan Dempster (10-9, 4.60/1.38) vs. Yovani Gallardo (14-8, 3.51/1.25)

The Cubs have shown over the past five games how they stack up against the top teams in the National League. After a decent start to the month, the Cubs have lost four of the last five games due in large part to bad defense and the inability to hit with runners in scoring position.

The Cubs defense has been charged with six errors in the last two games … and over the last five games, the Cubs are 5-for-49 with runners in scoring position (two run scoring hits) and have stranded 44 baserunners.

With the less than favorable pitching match-up in Sunday’s finale, a win tonight is a must in order to avoid the second three-game sweep of the season in Milwaukee. The Cubs have lost six straight at Miller Park and are 4-7 on the season against the Brewers.

Tyler Colvin is expected back in the starting lineup tonight and look for Koyie Hill to be behind the plate. Hill has caught Ryan Dempster’s last five starts and it appears Hill has become Dempster’s personal catcher. With the difference in career numbers between Koyie Hill and Geovany Soto against Yovani Gallardo, if Hill is in the starting lineup he has become Dempster’s personal caddy.

Tonight it all begins with Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster is coming off a loss to the Braves in which he allowed three runs on six hits (two home runs) with three walks and eight strikeouts in six innings. Dempster pitched well enough to keep his team in the game but the difference was the Cubs inability to hit with runners on base. The Braves scored two of their three runs on solo shots by Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla.

Dempster is 2-1 in his last four starts with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

Tonight will be Dempster’s third start of the year against the Brewers. Dempster is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. The last time Dempster faced the Brewers (July 26) he picked up a rare loss against Milwaukee. Dempster struggled in the first inning and the offense could not pick him up. Dempster owns a career mark of 15-4 in 46 games, 24 starts, against the Brewers with a 2.56 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

The Cubs are 16-11 in Dempster’s 27 starts this season.

Brewers Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Ryan Braun – 10-for-44 with 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 3 walks
  • Craig Counsell – 7-for-28 with a double, a home run and 5 walks
  • Prince Fielder – 10-for-41 with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 8 walks
  • Yovani Gallardo – 0-for-2
  • Jerry Hairston, Jr. – 1-for-6
  • Corey Hart – 6-for-39 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 4 walks
  • Mark Kotsay – 3-for-13 with a home run and 2 walks
  • George Kottaras – 0-for-3
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 2-for-7
  • Casey McGehee – 8-for-25 with 2 doubles, a home run and 3 walks
  • Nyjer Morgan – 0-for-12 with 2 walks

Yovani Gallardo is one of the best young pitchers in the league and with the success of Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum he’s flown under the national radar for a majority of the season.

Gallardo is coming off a dominating start against the Mets. Gallardo allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings of work with a walk and six strikeouts. Gallardo has not walked more than one batter in a start since July 1 (nine starts).

Yovani Gallardo is 8-1 in nine starts at Miller Park this season with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Since the break, Gallardo is 4-3 in eight starts with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP … in his last four starts, 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP (four walks and 24 strikeouts in 28 innings).

Tonight will be Gallardo’s third start of the season against the Cubs (0-0 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP) and has lost just once in nine career starts against the Cubs (3-1 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP).

Cubs Career Numbers against Yovani Gallardo

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-4
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-6 with 3 walks
  • Starlin Castro – 6-for-15 with 3 doubles
  • Tyler Colvin – 2-for-12 with a double
  • Ryan Dempster – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Blake DeWitt – 0-for-9
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-3
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Carlos Pena – 0-for-4 with 2 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 6-for-15 with 4 doubles and 2 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-14 with a double
  • Geovany Soto – 5-for-18 with a double, 2 home runs and 2 walks

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Castro – SS
    Barney – 2B
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    Colvin – RF
    Byrd – CF
    Soriano – LF
    Soto – C
    Dempster – P

  • Ripsnorter1

    Brewers are 25-5 over the last 30 games…..

  • Neil

    Brett Jackson “not likely” to be called up when the roster expands

    • GrantJones7

      It actually makes sense though so im OK with it

      • Neil

        I agree, no reason to add him to the 40-man roster just to sit. I would rather see him help the Smokies win a few games in the post-season.

        Let me know what you see from the Chiefs, and I am working on the prospects list.

        Good to hear from you Grant.

        • Patrick_Schaefer

          Yeah, that was about all I was looking forward to the rest of the season, was seeing Brett Jackson come up.

          Now they will probably trade him for pitching along with any other halfway decent prospect, LeMahieu, Flaherty, Rusin, Carpenter, McNutt and so on.

    • Bryan

      Not directed to the messenger, but how does this make sense?  Nothing to play for, and we won’t bring up a top prospect to see what he can do over the next 30 games because we have a manager who won’t play him. 

      “Can” the manager, play every kid we can, and let’s see already what we might have heading into next year.  This kind of stuff is the most stupid organizational mentality possible, and an insult to the fan base.

      • paulcatanese

        I can agree with you Bryan, but I see it as saving Jackson from the embarassment of being up with the Cubs, and this may also save him from being tainted by the surroundings of the ” vets” as they are called. I wouldnt want him to learn that its okay to loaf, and to play under a manager that dosent know how to look at youngsters.

      • Neil

        Bryan, the reason I think it makes sense is based on roster management and playing time.

        First, I do not see them playing Jackson every day. He would be better served to go down to Double-A and help the Smokies in the playoffs. He helped put them there and that would help him make up the playing time he lost due to the pinkie injury.

        If Jackson is called up in September he will be added to the 40-man roster … Jackson does not have to be added to the 40-man roster this off-season.

        For the sake of argument, let’s say the roster is not changed that much over the off-season or worse case Jackson struggles in the spring, if they option him down to get regular playing time next spring he would burn an option year. I would rather see him finish the year in the minors and be added next spring if he continues playing the way he has.

  • GrantJones7

    Will be batboy-ing the nest 4 Peoria Cheifs games, obviously i already have a job to do. But i will try and make mental notes of anyone i can, give a feel for players, and what only i can probably do, tell what the coaches are like and if their constantly working with players, ect.

    Il do what i can, hopefully helps with the top prospects list for this fall!

    • Neil

      Here’s the lineup:

      Saturday lineup: Easterling 8, Silva 4,
      Giansanti 9, Jones 3, Valdes 5, Gibbs 2, Klafczynski 7, Morelli DH, Socorro 6,
      Peralta 1

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      Hi, Grant how ya been?

  • Demitri

    Dempster is a good guy. He’s played well here, he donates money to charities.. But its time to go. I’d only resign him if he takes a small contract

  • Neil

    Five batters in, 3-0 Brewers. Another tough first inning for Dempster

  • Neil

    Soriano with a hit with runners in scoring position

  • Brp921

    Byrd strikes out on four pitches, three of them including the out pitch, out of the strike zone.

    • paulcatanese

      Even when he hits the ball its as though he takes it out of the catchers mitt.

  • paulcatanese

    Well Dempster has them popping up in the first inning.

  • paulcatanese

    I’m sitting here watching this game and getting more frustrated by the minute. What in the world is Ricketts thinking of? This team is going no where, I cannot figure out what the Cubs management have for brains. What they are doing right now and until the rest of the season is wasting everyones time until next year. Does Ricketts actualy think what is out there on the field equates in the remotest comparison to a major league team, and how can he (Ricketts) keep the money from the people that show up to watch this carnival of boobs. To hear Len and Bob try and pretend that this is anything but a farce is beyond me. Bring and American Legion team up and play them, at least it would be honest in its presentation to the public. These overpaid underachieving veterans need to be on the bench for the rest of the year.
    Playing them means absolutly nothing,0, Nada. Get these guys and their “buddy” (Qua) out. I dont care if they win every time now on out, its a farce.

  • paulcatanese

    Listened to Randy Bush, maybe Im biased right now, but I dont think he said anything at all, just pushed air.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Second and Third with Byrd up. IF it wasn’t LaTroy “Blown Save” Hawkins pitching, I’d say that Byrd will swing at the first pitch and miss, and ultimately strike out in four pitches. But with Hawkins in there, even a blind pig could find something to eat.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Soriano doubled with the based loaded? Only against Mr. Blown Save Himself, LaTroy. 

      I wonder if the Brewers manager is brother to QQuade? Doesn’t look like he’s a good thinker…..

    • paulcatanese

      Rip,he didnt strike out but hit a mamoth drive that dribbled down the third base line, his favorite area with runners on when he dosent K, and they gave him a hit on it?

      • Ripsnorter1

        I didn’t see it–no TV. 

        At least now I know it went as far as that…..

        • cubtex

          just saw the highlight on wgn. I don’t know about calling that hit a dribble down the line. Looked like a line drive down the left field line that went to the wall to me.

          • paulcatanese

            I answered Rip on that one. It was on the ball Byrd hit halfway between home and third. I think we were both reffering to Byrd, yes Soriono had hit a double down the line.

          • cubtex

            Sorry…I saw Rip referring to Soriano not striking out and hitting double. My bad.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Ya’ll be happy to know FUNKO is leading off for Cleveland now. 

    He’s 1 for 3 with 1 BB. Hey, no RBIs either. How about that? If he stays in the leadoff hole, maybe he can be the new Sonny Jackson.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Dumpster is 10-10 now with tonight’s loss. 

    • paulcatanese

      Yeah Rip, it’s Hills fault, probably begged off catching tonight.

  • paulcatanese

    Cant remember when Dempster was hit this hard, many balls were squared up, even the outs. As usual Qua tried to keep his starter out there for six innings, but must have had mercy for Dempster.

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 6-4 to Brewers 6-4 Saturday night

    Ryan Dempster: 5R, 7H, 2BB, 3K, 4IP; Alfonso Soriano: 2-for-4, 2B, 4RBI, SB; Aramis Ramirez: 2-for-5, R; Tyler Colvin: 2-for-4, 2B, R

  • Aaron

    ….because things don’t matter anymore, I was thinking about what next year’s team will likely look like, versus how I’d like it to look.


    Marmol, Marshall, Wood, Samardzija, Russell, Beliveau, Dolis

    C-Soto, Clevenger
    2B-Barney, Baker
    3B-ARAM, DeWitt
    CF-Byrd, Johnson
    RF-Jackson, Colvin

    MY WISH:
    Dempster (because he’s good teammate and clubhouse presence)-14mm
    Edwin Jackson-10-12mm
    Cashner/Samardzija (if Cashner is healthy)-400k/3mm
    =likely combined $50mm

    Wood (closer), Broxton (should be available on non-closer deal given his difficult year and injury), Marshall, Beliveau, Samardzija/Cashner, Dolis, Kurcz
    =likely combined 14mm

    C-Castillo, Clevenger
    1B-Fielder (5 yr, $125 million deal; gives 18 year old Vogelbach and 20 year old Shoulders time to develop…if they do at all. The deal is large, but the MAJOR factor is it’s not too long, so you pay more.)
    SS-Castro, M. Gonzalez
    3B-ARAM (Fielder needs protection), Flaherty-16mm/400k
    LF-B. Jackson, Ridling
    CF-BJ Upton (via trade), Campana
    =likely combined $49mm 

    TOTAL=approx $113mm

    With the Cubs needing to eat approximately 75% or more of Soriano’s deal, plus a few million of Byrd’s deal, not to mention nearly all of Zambrano’s deal, that could add as much as $14mm for Soriano, $10mm for Zambrano (maybe more), and about $2mm for Byrd for a total of about $26mm, which would bring payroll to nearly $140mm…or, roughly about where it is this season.

    The Cubs would need to let the following players walk, or trade them: 
    Russell (actually, I’d just option him and give Beliveau his spot)

    You can probably see that my wish list is an extreme long-shot…and the main reason for that is the cost. I doubt Buehrle would ever sign with the Cubs, even if it were the only team trying to sign him…but I still would want it to happen. But because it is unlikely, I’d think an equally attractive signing would be Bedard on the cheap, or try to swing a trade for Andrew Miller of the Red Sox. 

    The other problems I can see with my wish list, are the Zambrano and Soriano contracts. It’s HIGHLY likely the Cubs would have to take back an equally unattractive contract to unload them…Think….

    Zambrano for Matsuzaka (savings of $8 million)
    Zambrano for Burnett (savings of $2 million in 2012, but addition of $16.5 million in 2013)

    Soriano for Zito (wash next year; addition of $1 million in 2013; buyout of $7 million in 2014=savings of $12 million in 2014 for a total savings of $11 million)

    …..that would mean the rotation would potentially be:
    ….which wouldn’t be all that bad in my opinion

    The Cubs need to plan ahead for the future though, and that’s why I want them to sign Edwin Jackson, because he’s 27 years old, throws mid-to-high 90’s, and has great stuff…but hasn’t put it all together yet. With Dempster turning 35 next year in the final year of his deal, it becomes imperative that the Cubs develop a healthy Cashner or Samardzija as a starter….or both

    Anyway, I would love comments on the ideas I threw out. After all, it’s the only thing keeping me interested in this ballclub…..looking forward to the future.

    • Richard Hood

      I don’t understand why you didn’t want Russell. He seems to found his spot. But other than that it is pretty good idea.

    • Brp921

      Why doesn’t anyone think Barney has a future with the Cubs?