Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 04/11/12

Game Six: Cubs (1-4) vs. Brewers (3-2)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185/906
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (0-0, 1.17/0.65) vs. Yovani Gallardo (0-1, 14.73/3.27)

Dale Sveum will turn to Ryan Dempster to end the Cubs two game losing streak this afternoon. The Cubs need a good outing from Ryan Dempster against a team he’s had success against in the past. With Shawn Camp, Rafael Dolis, Lendy Castillo and Rodrigo Lopez pitching multiple innings over the last two games, Sveum’s relief options figure to be limited to James Russell, Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol today.

Alfonso Soriano has quietly begun the season by hitting safely in each of the Cubs’ five games. And Bryan LaHair is expected back in the lineup this afternoon which could give the Cubs’ lineup some much-needed pop against Yovani Gallardo.

The first five games of the season have been decided by three runs or less and the Cubs have been outscored 26-18 … they have had the lead in three of their four losses.

Today it all starts with Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster will try to pick-up where he left off on Opening Day against the Nationals. While Dempster admitted the wind helped keep the ball in the park last Thursday, Dempster still pitched a good game.

Dempster was charged with one run on two hits in 7 2/3 innings with three walks and 10 strikeouts … the all-important 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

Ryan Dempster had a lot of success against the Brewers before last season. In fact several of the Brewers’ players admitted after they beat Dempster the first time last year (July 26), they knew they had a good team. Dempster is 15-5 in 47 career games, 25 starts, against the Brewers with a 2.75 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP … last season, 0-2 in three starts with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Ryan Braun – 11-for-46 with four doubles, two home runs and three walks
  • Yovani Gallardo – 0-for-3
  • Carlos Gomez – 2-for-5
  • Alex Gonzalez – 3-for-8 with a double and a walk
  • Corey Hart – 8-for-41 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and five walks
  • Travis Ishikawa – 1-for-7 with two walks
  • Cesar Izturis – 4-for-18
  • George Kottaras – 0-for-3
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 2-for-9
  • Nyjer Morgan – 0-for-15 with two walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 6-for-22 with two walks
  • Rickie Weeks – 9-for-37 with a double and six walks

Yovani Gallardo is coming off a horrible first start of the season. The Cardinals pounded Gallardo on Opening Day in Milwaukee and knocked one of the Brewers’ aces out in the fourth inning. Gallardo allowed six runs on seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts. The Cardinals hit four home runs (Carlos Beltran, David Freese, Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina) in 3 2/3 innings.

Gallardo is coming off a very good season (17-10 in 33 starts with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP) and has handled the Cubs rather well over his career.

Yovani Gallardo is 4-1 in 10 career starts against the Cubs with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 1-1 in five starts with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Yovani Gallardo

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-4
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-8 with a walk
  • Marlon Byrd – 3-for-9 with three walks
  • Starlin Castro – 7-for-18 with three doubles and a walk
  • David DeJesus – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk
  • Blake DeWitt – 0-for-9 with a walk
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-17 with a double
  • Ian Stewart – 5-for-10 with two doubles, two home runs and a walk

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