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 …
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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