Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 04/23/12

Game Seventeen: Cubs (4-12) vs. Cardinals (11-5)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/905
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Matt Garza (1-1, 3.66/1.07) vs. Jaime Garcia (2-0, 3.06/1.64)

Updated 4:04pm CDTRodrigo Lopez DFA’d – Michael Bowden added to 25-man Roster

The Cubs designated Rodrigo Lopez for assignment Monday to make room on the active roster for RHP Michael Bowden. Bowden is at Wrigley Field and was assigned No. 43.

The Cubs will try to put one in the win column tonight behind Matt Garza. The Cubs are expected to have a new arm in the pen tonight with the addition of the recently acquired Michael Bowden. The addition of Bowden will require the Cubs to make another move to clear a spot on the active roster and it could be Scott Maine or Lendy Castillo that lose their spot on the roster. Bowden took Marlon Byrd’s spot on the 40-man roster.

With Jaime Garcia on the mound tonight, Dale Sveum will go with the likes of Reed Johnson, Jeff Baker and Joe Mather. It will be interesting to see if Bryan LaHair is in the starting nine. The Cubs have not exposed him to lefties this season but have allowed Ian Stewart (.250/.250/.333/.583) to hit against southpaws.

The Cubs will once again miss Lance Berkman. The Cardinals placed Berkman on the disabled list on April 19 with a strained left calf. But during the series in St. Louis it was Berkman’s replacement, Matt Carpenter, who did a majority of the damage throughout the series. Hopefully the Cubs will pitch Carpenter differently now that they have a book on him.

The Cubs are 1-2 in the first three against the NL Central leading Cardinals this season … and it’s time for Dale Sveum’s team to put together a stretch of showing improvement on the field, instead of the recent run of regression.

Tonight all starts with Matt Garza

After coming within his own throwing error of a complete game shutout, Matt Garza had a bad outing against the Marlins. Garza struggled with his command throughout his short five-inning start and gave up six runs on seven hits (two home runs) with three walks and seven strikeouts. Garza has pitched well in his short time at Wrigley and will look for the proverbial bounce-back outing tonight.

Garza has had success at Wrigley during his year-plus on the North Side. Garza posted a 6-5 record in 17 starts at home last season with a 2.46 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. In two starts this year Garza is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.

Tonight will be the fifth time Garza has taken the ball against the Cardinals … 2-1 in four starts with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP, last season 2-1 in three starts with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Carlos Beltran – 0-for-3
  • Daniel Descalso – 0-for-3 with two walks
  • David Freese – 1-for-6 with a home run
  • Matt Holliday – 4-for-14 with a double and a walk
  • Jon Jay – 4-for-6 with a double
  • Yadier Molina – 2-for-9
  • Skip Schumaker – 5-for-8 with a double and a walk

Jaime Garcia is coming off an excellent start against the Reds in which he held Dusty’s Bunch to one run on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in seven innings of work. Prior to his last outing, Garcia was effective but mediocre. In 17 2/3 innings this season, Garcia has allowed 23 hits walked six and struck out only 10. If the Cubs can show any patience tonight, along with a good outing from Matt Garza, they could start the series off on a positive note.

The soon-to-be 26-year old lefty has dominated the Cubs in his five career appearances versus the Cubs. Garcia is 2-1 in five games, four starts, with a 2.22 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Garcia posted a 2-0 record in three starts against the Cubs a year ago and he is 1-0 in three games, two starts, at Wrigley with a 2.51 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.

  • Jeff Baker – 4-for-10
  • Darwin Barney – 3-for-14 with a triple and a home run
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-1
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-10 with a double
  • David DeJesus – 1-for-2
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-2 with a triple
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-4 with a double
  • Joe Mather – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-9
  • Geovany Soto – 3-for-7 with two walks
  • Ian Stewart – 2-for-2

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