Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 08/07/12

Game One Hundred Eight: Cubs (43-64) vs. Padres (47-64)
Game Time – 9:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183/914
Location – PETCO Park, San Diego

Brooks Raley (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Ross Ohlendorf (3-2, 6.27/1.74)

Updated 9:07pm CDTCubs Placed Matt Garza on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 28 with Right Elbow Stress Reaction – Cubs Selected Contract of Brooks Raley from Iowa Cubs, added to 40-man roster and called up from Triple-A Iowa

The Cubs will turn to rookie southpaw Brooks Raley to end their six-game losing streak. Raley will take Matt Garza’s spot, at least for now, in the rotation. Matt Garza will officially be placed on the 15-day DL with a right elbow stress reaction prior to tonight’s game in order to add Brooks Raley to the active roster. Raley will take the last open spot on the Cubs’ 40-man roster once the moves are made official.

Jed Hoyer indicated Monday that Brooks Raley was on the radar for a possible call-up before the injury to Garza opened a spot for him. Raley put together a good season in two minor league stops (6-10 in 22 combined starts with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP) and was named the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the month for July.

In other newsMatt Garza is out indefinitely and will not pick-up a baseball for two weeks. Garza’s season is likely over after tests in Chicago revealed a right elbow stress reaction.

Jed Hoyer said that the Cubs will continue to look both internally and externally for starting pitching options for the remainder of the season.

Bryan LaHair is the odd-man out once again. With Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo on the team, LaHair’s playing time will be hard to come by for the remainder of the season. Dale Sveum told the media, “It’s going to be tough getting playing time. Unfortunately, there things happened to him twice with our two biggest prospects coming up in the same season and him getting bumped from a position.”

Tonight it all starts with Brooks Raley

The Cubs selected Brooks Raley in the sixth round of the 2009 draft out of Texas A&M. The 6-foot-3, 185 pound lefty was 8-6 in his first full year of pro ball in 2010. Raley pitched the entire season at High-A Daytona and made 27 starts with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP (97 strikeouts and 43 walks with 151 hits allowed in 136 1/3 innings). Last year, Raley was 8-10 in 26 games, 25 starts, for the Smokies with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP (80 strikeouts and 45 walks with 170 hits allowed in 136 1/3 innings).

Brooks Raley began this season at the Double-A level. Raley posted a 2-2 record in eight starts with the Smokies. In 48 2/3 innings, Raley gave up 19 runs on 47 hits with 12 walks, 29 strikeouts and two home runs (3.51 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP). Raley was 4-8 in 14 starts for the I-Cubs with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP (69 strikeouts, 28 walks and 87 hits in 82 innings). For the season, Raley is 6-10 in 22 combined starts with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP (98 strikeouts, 40 walks and 134 hits allowed in 130 2/3 innings).

While it does not reflect in his record, Raley made improvements as the season progressed. Raley was 0-4 in five starts in July with a 2.12 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

Brooks Raley throws a fastball in the high-80s to low-90s, a slider that is more of a slurve with a lollipop curveball and a low-80s change-up.

No one on the Padres’ active roster has faced Brooks Raley at the big league level.

Ross Ohlendorf has struggled in his first season in a Padres uniform. Ohlendorf has made 10 appearances, six starts, this season with mixed results and is coming off his worst start of the season. The Reds pounded Ohlendorf five days ago. Ohlendorf allowed six runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.

The former Pirate is 1-0 in four games, two starts, at PETCO Park this season with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

Ross Ohlendorf pretty much owned the Cubs during his time in Pittsburgh. Ohlendorf is 1-0 in five career starts against the Cubs with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Ross Ohlendorf

  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-6
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-12 with two triples and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-12 with a double, a triple, a home run and a walk
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-for-3

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