Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 08/18/12

Game One Hundred Eighteen: Cubs (46-71) vs. Reds (72-46)
Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184/914
Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Jeff Samardzija (8-10, 4.06/1.28) vs. Johnny Cueto (15-6, 2.45/1.16)

After taking the first of four last weekend at Wrigley Field, the Cubs have lost four in a row to the Reds and doesn’t figure to get any easier with today’s day-night doubleheader. The Reds have teed off on Cubs pitching over the last five games and have outscored the Cubs 27-18.

The Cubs will play their first doubleheader of the season and under the new rules they are able to add a pitcher for the day. Brooks Raley will be called up to start game two and will face rookie right-hander Todd Redmond, who will be making his big league debut. Redmond will become just the sixth starting pitcher used by the Reds this season.

The first game of the day is the makeup from May 1 when Jeff Samardzija was scheduled to face Bronson Arroyo. The Cubs owned an 8-15 record 23 games into the season and were in the middle of difficult seven-game trip through Philadelphia and Cincinnati. Four months later, Jeff Samardzija will look to keep the Cubs from hitting a new season-low.

In other newsAccording to a report from the Sun-Times, Brandon Hyde is believed to be one of the in-house candidates to replace Oneri Fleita. Hyde is in his first year as the Cubs minor league field coordinator.

A full day of Cubs’ baseball begins with game one of a day-night doubleheader that features the best starting pitcher on each team … and for the Cubs it all starts with Jeff Samardzija.

Jeff Samardzija is coming off another excellent outing. Samardzija shut down the Astros for seven innings and allowed just one run on four hits. Samardzija issued three free passes and tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts.

Without much to show for his efforts, Jeff Samardzija is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Samardzija has recorded six quality starts in his last ten outings and is 2-2 in his last six starts with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

This afternoon will be Samardzija’s second start of the year against the Reds. Samardzija pitched one of his best games in Cincinnati back on May 2. Samardzija surrendered only one run on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings … and received rave reviews from Dusty Baker. For his career, Samardzija is 1-0 in 15 appearances, one start, with a 4.09 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP … at Great American Ball Park, 1-0 in seven games, one start, with a 4.97 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Jay Bruce – 2-for-5 with two doubles and a walk
  • Miguel Cairo – 0-for-1
  • Zack Cozart – 0-for-3
  • Todd Frazier – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Ryan Hanigan – 1-for-5
  • Chris Heisey – 2-for-5
  • Ryan Ludwick – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Xavier Paul – 0-for-1
  • Brandon Phillips – 2-for-10
  • Scott Rolen – 0-for-4
  • Drew Stubbs – 0-for-5
  • Wilson Valdez – 0-for-1

Johnny Cueto shut out the Cubs six days ago and it figures to be more of the same this afternoon. Cueto allowed three hits over eight strong innings with three strikeouts and two walks. Cueto kept the Cubs off balance all afternoon and improved to 7-3 in his last ten starts.

After posting a 10-5 record in his first 18 starts of the season (2.38 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP), Cueto is 5-1 in his last six starts with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

Johnny Cueto has been just about as good as it gets at Great American this season. In 10 starts, Cueto is 8-1 with a 2.26 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP … and he’s already beaten the Cubs twice this season.

Johnny Cueto is 2-0 in two starts against the Cubs this season with a .063 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP, for his career Cueto is 6-6 in 16 starts with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Johnny Cueto

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-7
  • Adrian Cardenas – 1-for-1
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-21 with three walks
  • Steve Clevenger – 0-for-2
  • David DeJesus – 3-for-14 with a double and a walk
  • Brett Jackson – 1-for-3
  • Bryan LaHair – 2-for-6 with a walk
  • Joe Mather – 0-for-1
  • Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 10-for-37 with a double, three home runs and three walks
  • Luis Valbuena – 2-for-6 with two doubles

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