Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 04/24/12

Game Eighteen: Cubs (5-12) vs. Cardinals (11-6)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/908
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 5.71/1.62) vs. Adam Wainwright (0-3, 9.88/1.61)

The Cubs stole game one of the series with an impressive ninth inning, can Dale Sveum’s team make it two in a row tonight behind Jeff Samardzija?

This is a rematch of the first game of the year between the Cubs and Cardinals. Sveum’s team got the best of Adam Wainwright following a long rain delay and the first of two on field celebrations. After a decent start Jeff Samardzija also had a bad game that Friday afternoon and both of tonight’s starters are in need of a good outing.

Bryan LaHair will be back in the lineup tonight, but what about Steve Clevenger? Samardzija gave Clevenger a lot of credit for his first outing and Samardzija has been really bad over his last 4 2/3 innings.

The last time the Cubs hit a home run was April 13 off Adam Wainwright … the nine game drought is the longest since the Cubs went homerless for 10 games in 2007 (June 30 – July 13).

Tonight all starts with Jeff Samardzija

Tonight could be considered a huge game for Jeff Samardzija as a starting pitcher. Samardzija is coming off two poor outings and has looked more like the old Samardzija than the one that reported to Mesa.

Samardzija posted his second win in has many outings against the Cardinals on April 13 despite giving up five runs on 10 hits with a walk and five strikeouts. But it was his last outing that was concerning. Samardzija gave up five runs again but this time in 3 2/3 innings and he walked five batters. In his last 4 2/3 innings he has allowed 10 runs on 13 hits.

When Samardzija struggled early in his career he issued too many walks and got himself into trouble. If his last two outings become the norm and not the exception, Samardzija’s days in the rotation are likely numbered.

Tonight is Samardzija’s second start of the year against the Cardinals (1-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP) and in 14 career games, three starts, Samardzija owns a 3-2 record with a 6.59 ERA and a 2.16 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Carlos Beltran – 3-for-3 with a walk
  • Matt Carpenter – 2-for-3 with a triple
  • Daniel Descalso – 0-for-6 with two walks
  • David Freese – 1-for-5
  • Rafael Furcal – 0-for-3
  • Matt Holliday – 3-for-8 with three walks
  • Jon Jay – 5-for-10
  • Yadier Molina – 1-for-1
  • Skip Schumaker – 2-for-8 with two walks
  • Adam Wainwright – 0-for-1

Adam Wainwright has not been Adam Wainwright, yet. Wainwright has struggled mightily in his first three starts but showed improvement in his last outing against the Reds. After allowed eight runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts to the Cubs in three innings, the Reds scored four runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in five innings.

Wainwright has been very successful throughout his career against the Cubs (6-5 in 24 games, 15 starts, with a 4.68 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP) and has never lost a game at Wrigley Field (5-0 in 11 games, six starts, with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP).

Cubs Career Numbers against Adam Wainwright

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-6 with a walk
  • Darwin Barney – 4-for-7 with a double
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-7 with a walk
  • David DeJesus – 5-for-13 with a double and a home run
  • Blake DeWitt – 5-for-15 with two doubles
  • Reed Johnson – 2-for-3
  • Bryan LaHair – 1-for-2 with a home run
  • Alfonso Soriano – 6-for-30 with two doubles, a triple and five walks
  • Geovany Soto – 5-for-22 with two doubles, a home run and two walks
  • Ian Stewart – 2-for-7 with a double, a home run and two walks

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