Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 09/24/11

Game One Hundred Fifty-Eight: Cubs (70-87) vs. Cardinals (86-71)
Game Time – 12:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 89
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Rodrigo Lopez (6-6, 4.71/1.52) vs. Kyle Lohse (14-8, 3.47/1.18)

Five games remain on the Cubs 2011 schedule

The Cubs will shoot for their third straight win today behind Rodrigo Lopez. Q’s Cubs will face a desperate team this afternoon. The Cardinals are hanging on by a thin thread in the NL Wild Card race and enter play today three back of the Braves with five left to play … Atlanta’s magic number is just three games. If Q’s Cubs can take care of business this afternoon they would all but end the Cardinals’ quest for the post-season.

Rodrigo Lopez is making his final start of the season this afternoon … and should be making his final appearance in a Cubs’ uniform. Rodrigo Lopez has appeared in 25 games for the Cubs this season and has started 15 games. The Cubs must add pitching in the off-season and say good bye to the likes of Rodrigo Lopez, Ramon Ortiz and John Grabow.

The Cardinals have had Lopez’s number this season to the tune of a 0-3 record with a 10.13 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP. This afternoon could end up as another ‘Bullpen Day‘ and if it does maybe Rafael Dolis will make his big league debut.

Geovany Soto is expected back in the starting lineup this afternoon … and is penciled-in to start four of the final five games. Steve Clevenger is scheduled to make his first big league start on Monday in San Diego.

The Cubs rotation over the last five games is to be Lopez, Randy Wells (Sunday), Casey Coleman (Monday), Matt Garza (Tuesday) and Ryan Dempster (Wednesday).

For the last time, today it all begins with Rodrigo Lopez

Rodrigo Lopez is coming off back-to-back wins against the Reds and Astros. Lopez was the beneficiary of a ton of run support against the Reds and took advantage of the young Astros’ lineup in his last outing. Lopez held Houston to one unearned run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in six innings … the first time Lopez had completed six innings in a start since July 18 (Phillies).

Lopez is 2-0 in his last three starts with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP … and since the break, 5-4 in 12 games, 11 starts, with a 5.07 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.

This afternoon will be Lopez’s fifth game, third start, of the season against the Cardinals. Lopez is 0-3 in four games, two starts, with a 10.13 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Rodrigo Lopez

  • Lance Berkman – 2-for-12 with a double and 2 walks
  • Daniel Descalso – 0-for-4
  • David Freese – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Rafael Furcal – 10-for-26 with 2 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs
  • Matt Holliday – 7-for-15 with 4 doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Jon Jay – 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Yadier Molina – 5-for-16 with 2 home runs
  • Corey Patterson – 0-for-3
  • Albert Pujols – 6-for-18 with 3 home runs and 2 walks
  • Nick Punto – 3-for-7
  • Skip Schumaker – 6-for-15 with 2 doubles
  • Ryan Theriot – 4-for-9 with 2 walks

Kyle Lohse has been extremely inconsistent for Tony La Russa this year. Lohse has seemingly has one excellent start, then one bad start just to rebound and put together a mediocre outing. Lohse is coming off an impressive outing against the Phillies in which he held the NL East Champs to one unearned run on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings … and in the start before, the Pirates scored three runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts in six innings.

Lohse is 2-0 in his last three starts with a 1.40 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

This afternoon will be Lohse’s third start against the team that selected him back in the 29th round of the 1996 draft. Lohse is 1-0 in the first two starts with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP … Lohse is 2-4 in 12 career starts against the Cubs with a 5.97 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Kyle Lohse

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-5
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-5
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-4
  • Tony Campana – 2-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-8
  • Tyler Colvin – 0-for-5
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-5 with 2 walks
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Reed Johnson – 3-for-9 with a walk
  • Rodrigo Lopez – 0-for-4
  • Carlos Pena – 9-for-35 with a double, a triple, 2 home runs and 3 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 7-for-17 with 3 doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 16-for-41 with 3 doubles, 3 home run and 2 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 5-for-15 with 3 doubles and a walk

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