Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 06/02/12

Game Fifty-Two: Cubs (18-33) vs. Giants (28-24)
Game Time – 6:15pm CDT
Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188/914
Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco

Matt Garza (2-3, 4.22/1.16) vs. Matt Cain (5-2, 2.79/0.93)

The 10-game road trip got off to a bad start Friday night and Dale Sveum’s Cubs will try to bounce back tonight behind Matt Garza. The Cubs’ offense really struggled against Madison Bumgarner less than 24 hours ago and it will not get any easier tonight with Matt Cain on the bump. Cain has owned the Cubs for the most part during his career and it has been nearly five years since a team from the North Side of Chicago has beaten Matt Cain.

After being claimed off waivers on Friday, Jairo Asencio is expected to be in the Cubs’ pen tonight. Sveum played with 24-man roster in the opener after Michael Bowden was designated for assignment.

Following Friday’s loss, Dale Sveum addressed his team’s struggles and his patience. Sveum said, “Guys are playing hard and preparing hard, and you go out every night and it’s a different night to win a baseball game. My patience hasn’t thinned because we’re losing. Guys are doing what they can and playing as hard as they can.”

Tonight’s game is being labeled as ‘Turn Back the Century‘. Both teams will wear uniforms from the 1912 season when the New York Giants could have played the Chicago Cubs at the Polo Grounds. The Giants will not use their jumbotron or P.A. system. The announcements in the stadium will be made on a megaphone.

In a Battle of the Matts … tonight all starts with Matt Garza.

Tonight will be the fifth start for Matt Garza after he returned from missing 12 days with the flu. Garza has not been the same since he tossed seven innings of one-hit ball against the Phillies on April 29. Garza is coming off two horrible outings in which he allowed 13 runs, 12 earned, on 12 hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in eight innings (13.50 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP). Over that span, Garza has served up five home runs, including three, three-run homers over three innings.

After posting a 2-1 record in his first five starts with a 2.67 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP, Garza is 0-2 in his last four with a 6.86 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.

Tonight starts a new month for Matt Garza.

Matt Garza is 1-0 in one career start against the Giants with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Garza beat the Giants last August 30 at AT & T Park (two runs on nine hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings).

Giants Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Brandon Belt – 0-for-3
  • Gregor Blanco – 1-for-4
  • Melky Cabrera – 3-for-12 with two walks
  • Aubrey Huff – 4-for-18 with a double, a triple, a home run and two walks
  • Angel Pagan – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Ryan Theriot – 1-for-5

Matt Cain has been very, very good this season. Cain has won his last four outings and the Giants are 7-3 in his 10 starts this season. Cain was a sterling 1-1 in four starts in April with a 2.37 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP and is 4-1 in his last six games with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.

For as good as Cain has been this season, he’s even been better at home. In five starts at AT & T, Cain is 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP.

Matt Cain is 5-2 in 11 career starts against the Cubs with a 2.16 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. Cain tossed seven innings of shutout ball the only start he made against the Cubs a year ago and the last time the Cubs beat Matt Cain was July 18, 2007.

Cubs Career Numbers against Matt Cain

  • Jeff Baker – 2-for-11
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-3
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-7 with a walk
  • David DeJesus – 1-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 4-for-12 with a double and a walk
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-5
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-8 with a home run and three walks
  • Ian Stewart – 5-for-25 with a triple, a home run and two walks

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Quote of the Day

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