Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 09/27/11

Game One Hundred Sixty-One: Cubs (70-90) vs. Padres (70-90)
Game Time – 9:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – PETCO Park, San Diego

Matt Garza (9-10, 3.35/1.27) vs. Anthony Bass (2-0, 1.66/1.27)

Two games remain on the Cubs 2011 schedule

The Cubs will shoot to end their three-game losing streak tonight behind Matt Garza. The Cubs have stopped scoring runs and have plated just three in the last three games. The Cubs are not showing any patience at the plate and are stepping into the batter’s box swinging the bat … basically Q’s Cubs are just playing out the schedule.

Aramis Ramirez is expected back in the starting lineup tonight in what could be the last game of his Cubs’ career. If Ramirez can keep from aggravating his strained right quad he will play in the season finale on Wednesday night. Quade is expected to run out his vets for the last two games

While Ryan Dempster’s quest to reach 200 innings has made all of the headlines, Matt Garza enters his last start nine innings shy of the 200-inning plateau and unlike Dempster, Garza has publicly stated he would like to finish with a .500 record and 200 innings … Garza has completed nine innings in each of his last two starts. Matt Garza has been the Cubs best pitcher this season, one look at his peripheral numbers proves that statement.

Starlin Castro reached base for the 38th game in a row Monday night (47 of last 52) and is just five games short of tying Jerome Walton’s mark of 43 in a row set back in 1989. Castro recorded his 204th hit of the year on Monday night and is looking to become the youngest player in the history of the game to lead the National League in hits … and the first 21-year old to accomplish the feat.

Former Cub, Charlie Hollocher (1918-1924) currently holds the record as the youngest player to lead the National League in hits in a single season. Hollocher (22 years old) recorded 161 hits in 1918.

For the sixth time in the last 15 seasons, the Cubs have lost at least 90 games. As the battle for draft position continues … it all starts with Matt Garza.

Matt Garza is coming off back-to-back nine inning starts and has allowed four runs, three earned, over his last 18 innings. Garza picked up his first complete game win as a Cub when he shut down the Brewers on just six hits. Garza struck out 10 with only one walk.

After posting a 3-2 record in six starts in August with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP, Garza is 2-0 in his last four starts with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.

Matt Garza is 5-3 in 14 starts since the break with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Matt Garza pitched six innings of shutout ball against the Padres back in April and is 1-0 in two career starts against the Friars with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

Padres Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Jason Bartlett – 2-for-3
  • Aaron Cunningham – 0-for-3
  • Alberto Gonzalez – 2-for-2
  • Chase Headley – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Jeremy Hermida – 2-for-11 with a double and a walk
  • Orlando Hudson – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Nick Hundley – 2-for-6
  • Will Venable – 2-for-6

The Cubs will get their first look at Anthony Bass tonight. Bass is making just his third big league start and is coming off a five-inning shutout performance against the Rockies. Bass allowed just two hits and walked one his second big league start.

Tonight will be Bass’ 11th appearance at PETCO and his first start.

Baseball America ranked Anthony Bass the 22nd best prospect in the Padres system prior to the season. Bass was the fifth round pick of the Padres in 2008. The soft tossing right-hander features a fastball that sits in the low 90s, with not much movement, and a slider/cutter in the low 80s. Bass also throws a sinking changeup that has been rated as above average.

Anthony Bass is the type of pitcher that traditionally gives the Cubs a lot of problems. The Cubs seldom if ever make a pitcher like Bass work to see what he throws. If Quade’s offense uses their familiar approach, Anthony Bass will have a career night.

No one on the Cubs active roster has faced Anthony Bass at the big league level.

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