Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 08/22/12

Game One Hundred Twenty-Three: Cubs (47-75) vs. Brewers (56-66)
Game Time – 1:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186/914
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Travis Wood (4-9, 4.83/1.28) vs. Yovani Gallardo (12-8, 3.67/1.30)

The Cubs will try to salvage the last game of the series behind Travis Wood. The Cubs are 1-5 on the seven-game road trip with one left to play. The Cubs problems on the road have continued throughout this trip and it does not figure to get any easier today with Yovani Gallardo on the hill.

This afternoon is the final game of the season for the Cubs at Miller Park. The Cubs have really struggled in Milwaukee this year and are just 2-6 in the park that their skipper called home for many years.

Dale Sveum will likely load his lineup with southpaws this afternoon. Lefties hit a little better (.247/.337/.345 with 16 doubles, two triples and seven home runs) than right handers (.239/.289/.345 with nine doubles, a triple and 11 home runs) against Yovani Gallardo.

In other newsMatt Garza was transferred from the 15-day to 60-day DL prior to Tuesday’s game to make room on the 40-man roster for Chris Rusin. Garza could have pitched again in late September but Dale Sveum announced that Garza has been shut down and will not pitch again this season.

Carlos Marmol’s status for this afternoon’s game is unknown. Marmol was spiked by Jean Segura in the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s game and appeared to limp off the field.

Chris Rusin could be one and done, at least until the roster expands in September. Rusin was solid in his debut but could be sent down to Iowa in order to make room on the active roster for Brooks Raley. The Cubs could decide to go with a six-man rotation once the roster expands which would help limit Jeff Samardzija’s innings.

This afternoon all starts with Travis Wood

After a string of three solid starts that culminated on August 11 with an excellent outing against his former team (one run on five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in seven innings), Travis Wood barely made it through five innings the last time out against the Reds. Wood allowed seven runs, six earned, on nine hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Wood served up three more home runs (21 for the season in 17 games, 100 2/3 innings) and had little life on any of his pitches.

Travis Wood needs to finish the year strong and go into the off-season on a positive note. Wood has shown he is capable of retiring Major League hitters but he has struggled with consistency.

Wood has not posted a win since July 6 and is 0-3 in his last three starts with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP … since the break, 0-6 in seven starts with a 7.68 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

Travis Wood has not faced the Brewers this season and is 3-0 in five games, four starts, against Milwaukee with a 3.16 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP … at Miller Park, 1-0 in one start with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Ryan Braun – 3-for-11 with two doubles
  • Carlos Gomez – 1-for-7 with a home run
  • Corey Hart – 1-for-6
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-7
  • Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-9 with a double
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-3
  • Rickie Weeks – 1-for-11 with a home run

With Zack Greinke in an Angels’ uniform, Yovani Gallardo is without a doubt the Brewers’ staff ace. Gallardo has been one of the best starters in the league for a long time but he has yet to take his game to the next level.

Yovani Gallardo is coming off a win against the Phillies. Gallardo allowed one run on four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings. Gallardo is in the middle of one of his good stretches. Gallardo has not lost a game in nearly a month (July 26) and is 3-0 in his last three starts with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Since the break, Gallardo is 5-2 in seven starts with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.

The Cubs beat Gallardo the last time they faced him back on June 5. Sveum’s offense tagged Gallardo for five runs on six hits over six innings. Gallardo walked one and struck out 10 in a game the Cubs won 10-0. Gallardo is 1-1 in two starts against the Cubs this season with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP … for his career Gallardo owns a 5-2 mark in 12 games against the Cubs with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Yovani Gallardo

  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-14 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 9-for-23 with three doubles and a walk
  • Steve Clevenger – 0-for-3
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-5 with two double and three walks
  • Bryan LaHair – 3-for-5 with a home run and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-23 with a double and a home run
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-for-3 with a double

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