Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 09/07/11

Game One Hundred Forty-Three: Cubs (61-81) vs. Reds (70-72)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (10-11, 4.75/1.39) vs. Johnny Cueto (9-5, 2.29/1.09)

The Cubs and Reds square off tonight for the final time at Wrigley this season. The Reds have won eight of the 13 games (5-8) with five left on the schedule.

The Cubs made three additions to their active roster on Tuesday (John Gaub, D.J. LeMahieu and Luis Montanez) and are not expected to add any more players until after the Smokies playoff run (possibly Rafael Dolis and Steve Clevenger). Now how much playing time the younger players and September call-ups will receive is yet to be seen. Andrew Cashner is expected to make his first big league appearance tonight since going on the DL in April.

Prior to Tuesday night’s game, Mike Quade said he would continue to give his vets a majority of the playing time and get the other players he when he could. The Cubs enter play tonight 20 games under .500.

Until the Cubs start hitting consistently with runners on base, the win one, lose one will continue. Over the last 15 games, the Cubs are 22-for-128 with runners in scoring position and have left 123 runners on base. The Cubs are 5-10 during that span and have been outscored 58-48.

Tonight it all begins with Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster is coming off three straight losses and the Cubs have not won a game in which he started since August 11. Dempster has not thrown the ball well over his last four outings but two of those four starts were more about the offense not doing their job than about Dempster not doing his. For as workman-like as Dempster has been, with any run support and a better effort from Carlos Marmol, his record would look a lot different.

Dempster gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Pirates in his last start. The Cubs lost the game 3-1 after the Pirates scored a pair of runs in the third inning.

Ryan Dempster has pitched a lot better at Wrigley this season than on the road. Dempster is 4-4 in 13 starts away from Wrigley with a 6.16 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP … at home, 6-7 in 16 starts with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.

Dempster is 2-3 in his last six starts with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

Tonight will be Dempster’s fourth start of the season against the Reds. Dempster is 2-1 in the first three with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Yonder Alonso – 1-for-3
  • Jay Bruce – 4-for-15 with a double and 5 walks
  • Miguel Cairo – 1-for-14
  • Ryan Hanigan – 1-for-6
  • Ramon Hernandez – 7-for-18 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
  • Paul Janish – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Brandon Phillips – 5-for-29 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Edgar Renteria – 8-for-26 with 2 home runs and 4 walks
  • Drew Stubbs – 4-for-16 with a double and a home run
  • Joey Votto – 4-for-23 with 2 home runs and 3 walks

Johnny Cueto is coming off a rough outing against the Cardinals. Cueto allowed five runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings … the second time in three starts that Cueto did not pitch past the fifth inning. While Cueto has not posted a victory since August 17, the Reds have won each of his last five starts dating back to his loss at Wrigley on August 6.

Cueto is 2-2 in his last six starts with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

Tonight will be Cueto’s third start of the year against the Cubs. He is 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP … and both of his outings have come at Wrigley Field.

Johnny Cueto is 4-6 in 12 career starts against the Cubs with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP … at Wrigley, 2-4 in eight starts with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Johnny Cueto

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-3
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-3
  • Marlon Byrd – 5-for-10 with a double and a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-11 with 2 walks
  • Tyler Colvin – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Ryan Dempster – 1-for-4
  • Blake DeWitt – 3-for-10
  • Koyie Hill – 2-for-5 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Reed Johnson – 4-for-10 with 2 doubles
  • Carlos Pena – 2-for-3 with a double and a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 6-for-22 with a double, 2 home runs and 6 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 10-for-27 with a double, 3 home runs and 2 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 7-for-26 with 3 doubles, a triple, a home run and 2 walks

Cubs Photography
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Stadium Journey – Wrigley Field
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