Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 08/31/11

Game One Hundred Thirty-Seven: Cubs (59-77) vs. Giants (71-65)
Game Time – 2:45pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – AT&T Park, San Francisco

Rodrigo Lopez (4-5, 4.80/1.47) vs. Madison Bumgarner (8-12, 3.59/1.28)

The Cubs long, six-game road trip comes to an end this afternoon with the last game of the season against the Giants. Tuesday’s win not only guaranteed the Cubs a series victory on the road but a winning record in the season series against the Giants (5-3). If Q’s squad can complete the sweep against Madison Bumgarner this afternoon, they would finish a difficult road trip with a .500 record.

The Cubs have played their best ball of the season over the last month. With one game left of the schedule, the Cubs are 16-12 in August.

Jeff Baker and Reed Johnson should be back in the starting lineup this afternoon with Bruce Bochy sending his talented southpaw to the hill. Baker should give Carlos Pena a breather with Reed Johnson in right for Tyler Colvin. Alfonso Soriano has gone deep in back-to-back games and his hit four longballs (with 10 RBI) in his last seven games.

The Cubs have posted back-to-back victories despite not hitting with runners in scoring position. Over the last nine games, the Cubs are 13-for-81 with runners in scoring position and have left 77 runners on base.

Today it all starts with Rodrigo Lopez

Rodrigo Lopez will make his 12th start of the season this afternoon. Lopez is coming off back-to-back losses to the Cardinals and Brewers. In his last start, Lopez gave up four runs, two earned, on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Lopez completed six innings of work for the first time since July 18 (Phillies). The Cubs defense did not help Lopez and while it was technically a quality start (three earned runs or less in six innings), Lopez’s last outing was far from one.

Lopez will finish out the season in the Cubs rotation … hopefully that is as far as it goes.

Lopez is 2-2 in his last five starts with a 5.47 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.

Today will be Lopez’s second start of the season against the Giants. Lopez lasted just 4 2/3 innings against San Francisco back on June 28. The Giants scored four runs, one earned, on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout.

Rodrigo Lopez has never beaten the Giants and owns an 0-4 mark in seven career starts with a 6.31 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP … at AT&T, 0-2 in three starts with a 7.24 ERA and a 2.12 WHIP.

Giants Career Numbers against Rodrigo Lopez

  • Carlos Beltran – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Orlando Cabrera – 3-for-19 with a walk
  • Mark DeRosa – 5-for-9 with a double and 3 walks
  • Mike Fontenot – 3-for-11 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Aubrey Huff – 14-for-51 with 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 5 walks
  • Jeff Keppinger – 3-for-6 with a double
  • Cody Ross – 3-for-7 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Aaron Rowand – 5-for-17 with 3 doubles
  • Pablo Sandoval – 6-for-15 with 4 doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Miguel Tejada – 11-for-23 with 3 doubles, a home run and 3 walks
  • Andres Torres – 8-for-19 with a double, a triple and a home run
  • Eli Whiteside – 2-for-3 with a double and a walk

After a rough start to the season (0-4 in five starts in April with a 6.17 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP), Madison Bumgarner has pitched very well since the break and is 2-2 in his last five starts with a 2.83 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

The 22-year old lefty is coming off a win against the Astros in which he allowed one run on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

Madison Bumgarner is 5-6 in 14 starts at home this season with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

The Cubs beat Bumgarner at Wrigley back on May 13 at Wrigley, 11-4 final. Bumgarner allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings. The extremely talented southpaw is 1-1 in three career starts against the Cubs with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Madison Bumgarner

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-3
  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-6 with a walk
  • Marlon Byrd – 2-for-9
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-9 with a double
  • Tyler Colvin – 1-for-4
  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-4
  • Koyie Hill – 2-for-7
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-3
  • Carlos Pena – 0-for-3
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-7 with 3 doubles and 2 walks

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