Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 08/30/12

Game One Hundred Thirty: Cubs (49-80) vs. Brewers (62-67)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Brooks Raley (1-2, 6.64/1.57) vs. Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.19/1.17)

The Cubs and Brewers square off for the final time in 2012 this afternoon. The Brewers have dominated the Cubs this season to the tune of a 13-3 record. Milwaukee is 49-64 against the rest of baseball and has taken what the Cubs have given them this year. Not only have the Cubs lost eight straight to the Brewers but they have struck out 70 times over the last six games.

Dale Sveum’s young team will face another challenge this afternoon in Shaun Marcum. Marcum is a perfect 4-0 in his four career starts against the Cubs with two of those wins coming at Wrigley Field. The Cubs must show patience today against Marcum to avoid being swept at home by a division rival … and dropping under .500 for the season at the old ballyard.

This afternoon all starts with Brooks Raley

Brooks Raley ran out of gas against the Rockies and lasted just five innings. Raley was on a roll through four innings but hit a wall and barely made it through the inning. Raley left with the Cubs up 3-2 but Manny Corpas gave up the tying run in the sixth and the Cubs lost 4-3. Raley allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in his fourth big league start.

This afternoon will be Raley’s third start at Wrigley. Raley is 0-1 in the first two starts with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

Brooks Raley will face the Brewers for the first time … and no one on the Brewers’ active roster has faced Raley in a big league ballgame.

It has been a rough year for Shaun Marcum. The Brewers placed Marcum on the DL on June 23 with right elbow tightness. Marcum was a perfect 2-0 in three starts in June with a 2.66 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP before ending up on the shelf. Marcum posted a 5-3 record in his first 15 starts of the season with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

The Brewers activated Marcum from the 60-day DL on August 24 and he’s coming off a loss to the Pirates. Marcum lasted just five innings and gave up four unearned runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Marcum was excellent on the road prior to his DL stint (2-3 in eight starts with a 2.49 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP) and he’s had a lot of success against the Cubs in a Brewers’ uniform.

Shaun Marcum dominated the Cubs back on May 12 at Miller Park. Marcum allowed one run on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. Marcum has already beaten the Cubs twice this season (2-0 in two starts with a 2.77 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP, 12 strikeouts and two walks in 13 innings) and is a perfect 4-0 in four career starts against the Cubs with a 2.33 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 2-0 in two starts with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Shaun Marcum

  • Darwin Barney – 4-for-12 with three doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-13 with a home run
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-22 with a double and three walks
  • Bryan LaHair – 2-for-10 with a home run
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-11 with a double

Chicago Cubs DVD Giveaway
A&E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions have released a new DVD Box set of four of the greatest games in Chicago Cubs history. The DVDs are chock full of historic moments, players and milestones in the club’s history.

The DVD set includes: The Sandberg Game, Game 163 against the Giants on September 28, 1998, the 2008 NL Central Division clinching game against the Cardinals and a game between the Cubs and Phillies from July 12, 1969.

A&E Networks contacted the CCO and asked for us to let our readers know this new DVD set is available on and set aside five copies for us to give to our readers.

Beginning August 27 and running through August 31, the CCO will conduct a daily contest and the winner will receive a copy of the DVD set from A&E.

Here is how the contest works.

There will be only (1) winner per day. All entries must be posted in the comment section with a time stamp prior to first pitch. All entries made after first pitch (7:05pm CDT or 1:20pm CDT) will NOT be valid. If any rules are not followed then those entries will NOT be valid. Winners will NOT be eligible for the remainder of the contest. All entries must include answers for all questions and failure to do so will make that entry invalid. Only (1) entry per day, per person, per IP address.

There will be a daily question based on the day’s starting pitcher followed by (5) tie breaking questions. The person with the correct answer for the first question will be that day’s winner. The tie breaking procedure will follow the order in which the questions are asked, not based on the amount of correct answers. All answers must be exact, close is not good. If more than one entry has all (6) questions answered correctly, the winner will be determined by the first correct answers given.

The winner will be posted in the comment section of that day’s game preview. The winner will have to email the CCO with a correct mailing address. A&E Networks will send out the DVD set to winners within the continental US only.

Contest Four – August 30, 2012

Number of strikeouts for Brooks Raley

  • Tie Breaking 1) Amount of earned runs allowed by Brooks Raley
  • Tie Breaking 2) Amount of hits allowed by Brooks Raley
  • Tie Breaking 3) Amount of walks allowed by Brooks Raley
  • Tie Breaking 4) Amount of home runs allowed by Brooks Raley
  • Tie Breaking 5) The final score of the game between the Cubs and Brewers

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