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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