Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 06/05/12

Game Fifty-Five: Cubs (18-36) vs. Brewers (24-30)
Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/914
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Ryan Dempster (0-3, 2.90/1.15) vs. Yovani Gallardo (4-4, 4.22/1.45)

The Cubs open a three-game series tonight in Milwaukee fresh off a four-game sweep at the hands of the Giants. The Cubs will turn to Ryan Dempster to end their losing streak against a Brewers team he’s had success against in the past. The Cubs are just 2-5 against Milwaukee this season.

Ryan Dempster reportedly did not make the trip to San Francisco and stayed behind in Chicago to handle personal issues. There was a lot of speculation that suggested Dempster stayed behind because the Cubs could be trading him soon. As it stands, it was nothing but speculation and Dempster will shoot to put an end to his winless streak. Dempster has not posted a win in his last 18 starts dating back to August 11 of last season. The Cubs are 4-14 in his last 18 starts.

Will Starlin Castro get the night off? After another metal lapse from the Cubs very talented shortstop, Dale Sveum issued what could only be described as an ultimatum. Castro is the only Cub that has played in all 54 games. Maybe it’s time to give Castro a break.

Tonight it all starts with Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster is coming off his worst start of the season. On a pitcher’s day at Wrigley, Dempster served up three, three-run homers and allowed six runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Dempster could not find a rhythm and had a bad day.

For as good statistically as Dempster was early in the season, he has struggled of late. Dempster has allowed at least four earned runs in three of his last four outings and is 0-2 in his last six starts with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

Tonight will be Dempster’s second start of the season against the Brewers. Dempster took the loss against Milwaukee at Wrigley in his second start of the year. Dempster allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings … the Cubs lost 2-1.

Ryan Dempster owns a 15-6 career mark against in the Brewers in 48 games, 26 starts, with a 2.75 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP … at Miller Park, 6-4 in 25 games, 13 starts, with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Norichika Aoki – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Ryan Braun – 11-for-46 with four doubles, two home runs and three walks
  • Yovani Gallardo – 0-for-6
  • Carlos Gomez – 2-for-7 with 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 – 2-for-6 with a walk
  • Nyjer Morgan – 0-for-17 with two walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 6-for-25 with two walks
  • Rickie Weeks – 9-for-39 with a double and seven walks

With the exception of one start against the Cardinals, Yovani Gallardo has been excellent this season. The Cardinals knocked Gallardo out of the game on April 27 in the second inning. Gallardo allowed eight runs on eight hits in a 13-1 loss.

Yovani Gallardo is 3-2 in his last six starts with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

Gallardo beat the Cubs back on April 11 in his only start against Dale Sveum’s team this season. The Cubs managed only one run on five hits in seven innings (two walks and six strikeouts). For his career, Gallardo is 5-1 in 11 starts against the Cubs with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Yovani Gallardo

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-4
  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-11 with a walk
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-1
  • Starlin Castro – 7-for-20 with three doubles and a walk
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-4 with two doubles and two walks
  • Ryan Dempster – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-3
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Bryan LaHair – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-20 with a double
  • Ian Stewart – 7-for-13 with two doubles, two home runs and a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Campana – CF
    Castro – SS
    DeJesus – RF
    Soriano – LF
    LaHair – 1B
    Clevenger – C
    Barney – 2B
    Stewart – 3B
    Dempster – P

    • BosephHeyden

       The constant reshuffling of lineups didn’t work out so well for the last manager, I don’t think it’ll work out so well for this one.

      • Tedtop16

        Totally disagree with you. When no one is hitting with men on base, then you may as well pull the names out of a hat for a batting order. The last guy was totally clueless.

        • BosephHeyden

           Clueless for sure, but he did the exact same thing.  It doesn’t help pulling names out of a hat when those names just aren’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing.  It always works out best if you have the guys that are better at doing their jobs higher than guys that aren’t.

          • Tedtop16

            I agree with you. But there aren’t many guys doing their job playing even good basic baseball like advancing runners. We are definitely in for a long and painful season. It’s actually been fun watching the college teams play their way to Omaha. Seeing guys who can actually lay down sacrifice bunts. 

          • cubtex

            I agree Tedtop. I have been watching college games as well! Great time of the year for that!

    • Dnuge

      It was my hope that Castro would get some time off, like sit him for the series . team not winning with him in the lineup anyway !

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to Carrie Muskat, Soto is making progress and could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Daytona – Austin Kirk (2-1, 2.84)
    Tennessee – Eric Jokisch (1-0, 2,38)
    Iowa – Frankie De La Cruz (1-1, 2.78)

    Peoria has the evening off.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Complete list of Cubs picks Rounds 2-15

    Round 2 (Pick 67) Duane Underwood, RHP, Pope HS, GA
    Round 3 (Pick 101) Ryan McNeil, RHP, Nipmoo HS, CA
    Round 4 (Pick 134) Josh Conway, RHP, Coastal Carolina, SC
    Round 5 (Pick 164) Anthony Prieto, LHP, Americas HS, TX
    Round 6 (Pick 194) Trey Lang, RHP, Gateway Community College, AZ
    Round 7 (Pick 224) Stephen Bruno, 3B, Virginia
    Round 8 (Pick 254) Michael Heesch,LHP, University of South Carolina Beaufort, SC
    Round 9 (Pick 284) Chadd Krist, C, California
    Round 10 (Pick 314) Chad Martin, RHP, Indiana
    Round 11 (Pick 344) Rashad Crawford, CF, Mundy’s Mill HS, GA
    Round 12 (Pick 374) Justin Amlung, RHP, Louisville
    Round 13 (Pick 404) Bijan Rademacher, OF, Orange Coast College, CA
    Round 14 (Pick 434) Corbin Hoffner, RHP, St Petersburg College, FL
    Round 15 (Pick 464) Carlos Escobar, C, University of Nevada-Reno

    • cubtex

      Neil…What are you hearing about the Cubs draft? They drafted  a lot of youth and players who are 4 or 5 years away.

      • Tom U

        One thing looks clear, don’t look for any immediate impact out of anyone. 

        Last season 7 position players and 4 pitchers saw time in Boise. With most of the players taken of high school age, I wouldn’t expect that to happen.

        • cubtex

          I agree Tom

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I’m not sure I understand your question.

        • cubtex

          Have you seen a grade on the Cubs draft?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Not yet. I haven’t heard/read anything negative. Those grades should start coming out tomorrow.

  • Tom U

    Josh Vitters has been moved up to third in the batting order for Iowa.

    • Calicub

      here here! sounds like he’s been hitting a stride lately and gaining the confidence of the ORg.

      TOm im sorry if this is overkill for you as i haven’t been able to read your reports as often as i’d like, but how has his defense faired this year?

      • Tom U

        Calicub, I never get tired of talking about the minor leaguers.

        Vitters defense has improved even more since I last talked about him, as he is now fielding at .943. For frame of reference, that’s about where Aramis Ramirez was in his prime.

        • Calicub

          great stuff tom I appreciate it.

          Same defense better attitude im sure. ArAM is one i definately do not miss

  • cubtex

    Soriano! He has now homered in 8 straight series!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with a three-run dinger

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    LaHair with a homer

  • Cubs Talk

    Poll Question of the night….

    If you were not a Cubs fan, which team would you root for?

    A – Cardinals Fan
    B – Brewers Fan
    C – Yankees Fan
    D – Any Fan of the Team Playing against the White Sox
    E – If there were no Chicago Cubs, I would hate baseball.
     

  • matthew8510

    poll question of the night….
      
    if you can ban someone from this site who would it be?
     
    A.BosephHeyden 
    B.cubtex
    C.Aaron
    D.cubs talk

    • Christian2334

      Answer is…….D!

    • BosephHeyden

       I like that I was A.  And since I like to be popular, I will go ahead and vote A.

      • BosephHeyden

         True story:  I went to the draft thread, saw the Jim Varney post, and attempted to respond to it, but it wouldn’t go through, so I thought I actually voted myself into a real ban.  Then I realized I logged out for some reason.

    • Calicub

      d. especially after yesterday…

    • Tony_Hall

      D.

    • cubtex

      I say B :)

    • Noname

      Hey, we were suppose to be nice here…..according to Neil…….I did not pick on anyone…………my meds are keeping me calm…..Cubs are winning……those who have attitudes are showing their true colors.

      • Wavin’_Wendell

        When you say you “choose not to associate with gay people” you crossed the line, and probably offended a majority of people on this site who are gay or have gay family or friends. The minuscule amount of respect you had on this site before last night is now completely gone. Please just leave.

        • Calicub

          b. e. a. utiful

  • cubtex

    LaHair is pathetic against lefties. I am happy he hit a HR today. Hopefully someone will need a platoon DH or 1st baseman at the trade deadline.

    • BosephHeyden

       As sad as I am to say it, most teams have figured out LaHair.  At this point in time, they need to consider bringing Rizzo up purely so they can showcase the fact that LaHair can also play corner outfield spots, so they can up his value with “versatility” (kind of like how they unintentionally did that with Jeff Baker last year, but Hendry declared him untouchable).

    • JimBo_C

      He looked good against the righty. Squared up two balls real well.

      • cubtex

        He can hit a right handed fastball. He has trouble with breaking stuff and he is pathetic against lefties.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very nice at bat by Steve Clevenger. Refreshing to see a player change his approach at the plate with two strikes.

    • Zonk

      I’m convinced he is a major-league catcher.  Is he a starting catcher?  No power, but he has a professional approach

      • BosephHeyden

         I’d say yeah.  So long as he can make solid contacts and “hits them where they aren’t” (judging from the amount of doubles he has in his career, I’d say he can do that), he can be a productive bottom-of-the-lineup hitter.  But I feel I have to re-emphasize my belief that, when we decide whether to start Clevenger or Castillo, the other one has to be traded, because both of these guys are catchers that need to start every day.

  • JimBo_C

    Outstanding outing by Dempster!

    • jw

      Good chance he will finally get a win LOL

      • cubtex

        Yep. Trade him now :)

  • BosephHeyden

    Hah, this game makes me laugh for the sole reason that the Brewers look like the Cubs right now (ie needing a rally, getting runners on second and third with no outs, and stranding them; the bullpen/starter implosion; general lack of fundamentals) and the Cubs actually look decent.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree, they have so many players on the DL it’s almost impossible to field a team.
      They looked really bad tonight, but I can’t feel too sorry for them being a Cub fan.
      The one person I expected on the DL was Aram, not a question of how but when.

  • BosephHeyden

    Lefties should probably never throw breaking ball strikes to Jeff Baker.  Or, actually, they can keep doing that, just so long as they do it while he’s a Cub.  After that though, they can stop.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Last time Dempster won a game (8/11/11 or 18 starts ago) was day before Zambrano cleaned out his locker, one week before Hendry firing announced.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat Brewers 10-0 Tuesday – Ryan Dempster: 0R, 3H, 0BB, 3K in 7IP;
    Alfonso Soriano: 1-for-3, HR, 3RBI, BB; Bryan LaHair: 2-for-5, HR; Starlin Castro: 3-for-5,2B,R; Jeff Baker:
    1-for-1,HR,2RBI
     

  • paulcatanese

    Simple game, all you have to do is score any kind of run and shut the other team out.

  • paulcatanese

    Castro hit the ball well tonight 3 hits. He fielded well. He smiled in the last of the ninth when someone asked him how many outs their were.

    But, he still made a fundemental error trying for third base when the ball didn’t go thru and ended up out in a rundown(actualy more safe than Clevenger was), but still a fundemental error on Castro.