Game Fifty-Six: Cubs (19-36) vs. Brewers (24-31)
Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/914
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Paul Maholm (4-4, 4.82/1.32) vs. Zack Greinke (6-2, 3.46/1.32)
Updated 4:13pm CDT – Cubs Selected Contract of Manny Corpas from Iowa Cubs, added to 40-man Roster and called up from Triple-A – Blake Parker Placed on 60-day DL with Right Elbow Stress Reaction
After going nearly a month between road victories, can Dale Sveum’s Cubs make it two in a row tonight behind Paul Maholm? The offense had one of their better nights Tuesday but runs figure to be at a premium tonight against Zack Greinke. While Greinke is beatable on the road, he has not lost a game at Miller Park during the regular season. Greinke is 14-0 with six no decisions in 20 starts at Miller Park.
In other news … Geovany Soto is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Friday. Soto has been out since May 17 with a torn meniscus in his left knee. The Cubs have not announced which minor league team he will rehab with but the Iowa Cubs open a 13-game homestand with the first of six against the Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee Brewers) on Thursday night. According to multiple reports, once Geovany Soto is able to rejoin the big league club he would take Koyie Hill’s spot on the active roster. Dale Sveum has hinted that Soto will have to earn his playing time and will not be given his starting job back. Steve Clevenger is expected to remain with the big league team.
Tonight it all begins with Paul Maholm … Paul Maholm struggled with his command again in his last outing and the veteran southpaw could really use a good outing tonight. Maholm has not been anywhere near as good as he was during a four start stretch from April 21 through May 9. Maholm is 0-2 in his last four starts (Cubs 0-4) with a 5.96 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. Maholm has walked 10 with only 16 strikeouts in his last 22 2/3 innings.
Paul Maholm is 1-2 in five starts outside of Wrigley with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP and will face the Brewers for the second time this season.
The Brewers lit up Maholm back on April 10 to the tune of six runs on six hits in four innings. Maholm walked two and struck out two in his Cubs’ debut.
Maholm has had a little success against the Brewers in his career (3-9 in 20 starts with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP) and is 2-4 in 11 starts at Miller Park with a 4.17 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.
Brewers Career Numbers against Paul Maholm
- Ryan Braun – 12-for-35 with two double, a home run and six walks
- Carlos Gomez – 7-for-15 with two doubles and a home run
- Zack Greinke – 0-for-2
- Corey Hart – 15-for-46 with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and five walks
- George Kottaras – 1-for-4 with a double and a walk
- Edwin Maysonet – 3-for-7
- Nyjer Morgan – 1-for-5
- Aramis Ramirez – 10-for-41 with two doubles, two home runs and two walks
- Cody Ransom – 3-for-4 with a home run
- Rickie Weeks – 8-for-42 with a double and eight walks
Zack Greinke is one of the best pitchers in the National League but at Miller Park, he is arguably the best in the league in his home park. Greinke is 14-0 in his 20 starts at Miller Park since he was acquired from the Royals. Greinke is a perfect 3-0 this year in five starts with a 1.30 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.
Greinke is coming off an excellent start in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Greinke allowed just one on nine hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in six innings.
After starting the year 3-1 in five starts with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP, Greinke is 3-1 in his last six starts with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
The Cubs and Matt Garza beat Greinke at Wrigley back on April 12, 8-0. The Cubs scored eight runs off Greinke on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings … but that was at Wrigley Field.
Zack Greinke is 2-2 in four career starts against the Cubs with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Both of his wins against the Cubs have come at Miller Park (one run on seven hits with five walks and 16 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings in two starts against the Cubs at Miller Park, 0.61 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP).
Cubs Career Numbers against Zack Greinke
- Jeff Baker – 0-for-3
- Darwin Barney – 2-for-7 with a double and a walk
- Tony Campana – 1-for-3
- Starlin Castro – 3-for-9 with a double and three walks
- Steve Clevenger – 2-for-2 with two doubles
- David DeJesus – 2-for-3
- Koyie Hill – 0-for-3
- Reed Johnson – 1-for-4
- Bryan LaHair – 0-for-4
- Paul Maholm – 0-for-1
- Alfonso Soriano – 8-for-15 with a double and a walk
- Ian Stewart – 4-for-7 with a double and a triple
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