Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 06/26/13

Game Seventy-Six: Cubs (31-44) vs. Brewers (32-43)

  • Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Scott Feldman (6-6, 3.39/1.15) vs. Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 4.09/1.32)

The Cubs will try to even the series against the Brewers tonight behind Scott Feldman. The Cubs struggles against the NL Central continued on Tuesday night and not only did they lose again (9-25 vs. the central division) to a division rival but Dale Sveum’s team played another sloppy game.

Starlin Castro is expected back in the starting lineup tonight after missing his first game of the season. The Cubs are hoping the day off will get Castro back on track. Dale Sveum mentioned prior to Tuesday’s game that Brian Bogusevic could get a start tonight. Bogusevic will see time in the DH role in Seattle and in Oakland.

The Cubs have lost nine in a row and 19 of their last 21 games at Miller Park … and tonight it all starts with Scott Feldman.

Scott Feldman struggled in his last start against the Cardinals. Another deep lineup put up five runs in less than six innings against Feldman. Feldman struggled with his command and tied a season-high with four walks. Feldman had walked four total batters in his previous six starts combined. Feldman gave up five runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings to the Cardinals and will look to get back on track tonight.

After going 4-1 in six starts in May with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP, Feldman is 1-2 in his last four starts with a 4.81 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP … 13 strikeouts, six walks and 21 hits allowed in 24 1/3 innings.

The Cubs really need for Feldman to get back on track … and soon.

Scott Feldman makes his second start against the Brewers tonight. Feldman took the loss back on April 21 in Milwaukee after allowing four runs, one earned, on three walks and six strikeouts in five innings … Ryan Braun took Feldman deep for a three-run shot in the fifth inning that was the difference in the game.

For his career, Feldman is 1-1 in two starts against the Brewers with a 0.82 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Scott Feldman

  • Norichika Aoki – 0-for-3
  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 6-for-18 with three doubles
  • Ryan Braun – 2-for-6 with a double and a home run
  • Juan Francisco – 1-for-3
  • Carlos Gomez – 2-for-9
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-2
  • Martin Maldonado – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Jean Segura – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Rickie Weeks – 1-for-4 with a double and a walk

Yovani Gallardo had a rough start to his season, like many of his teammates, but unfortunately for the Cubs he has been very good and just about unhittable of late. Yovani Gallardo has not allowed an earned run over his last three starts and not since his last start at Miller Park back on June 5.

Gallardo dropped his last start against the Astros thanks to his defense. Gallardo allowed three runs, no earned runs, on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. Over his last four starts, Gallardo is 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.

Tonight will be Gallardo’s first start of the season against the Cubs. For his career, Gallardo is 7-2 in 14 starts with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP … and last year, Gallardo was 3-1 in four starts with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Yovani Gallardo

  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-20 with a walk
  • Brian Bogusevic – 0-for-1
  • Julio Borbon – 0-for-3
  • Welington Castillo – 0-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 11-for-28 with three doubles and two walks
  • Scott Hairston – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Dioner Navarro – 0-for-1
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-6
  • Nate Schierholtz – 3-for-13 with a double and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-25 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Luis Valbuena – 2-for-8 with a double and a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Some info that was sent out earlier today on Rizzo’s one-year anniversary

    Rizzo after one calendar year as Cub: 161
    g, .270, 27 HR, 92 RBI, .341 OBP, .813 OPS.

    • John_CC

      Purty nice line for 22-23 year old’s first 161 games.

      Yep, pretty freakin nice.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        A lot to be pleased about amd build on.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Valbuena – 3B
    Castro – SS
    Schierholtz – RF
    Sweeney – CF
    Rizzo – 1B
    Bogusevic – LF
    Castillo – C
    Barney – 2B
    Feldman – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Something changed in 24 hours … from Carrie Muskat: Expect Soriano to be DH for Cubs games in Seattle, Oakland, and Bogusevic to play LF

    • calicub

      Must have read our conversation last night andshowed Phonzie his numbers ;)

  • John_CC

    Come Feldmania! Show your good stuff tonight buddy and you can be freed from this train wreck.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice single for Castro

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      The coaches should embrace his free-swinging ways. That’s where he has success. Not every guy in the lineup has to take pitches.

      • Ray Ray

        Exactly!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Contrary to popular belief, they are not and have not asked him to take pitches.

      • gary3411

        Unfortunately, he will never develop into a superstar if he doesn’t. He will be an average player for the rest of his career if he keeps free swinging as he is now.

        He has time to improve, they should not just ‘let him hit’ that is being satisfactory and mediocre he needs to work on his game especially now when we are out of it. If we were pushing for the playoffs then maybe this year I’d say just let him hit, but no he needs to get better and raise that OBP.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    The Brewers are the king’s of the slobby uniforms. Why do so many of them wear sizes too big that are so baggy? I came up that you wear your uniform tight with pants just below the knee. Not that my way is the way but MLB should have standards. The Brewers look like they picked up their uniforms off a pile on the ground.

    • calicub

      Just imagine if prince was still with the team!

  • BosephHeyden

    Hey, JD finally has some worthwhile contributions with his knowledge of Bogusevic! Gotta say, of all the disappointments this season, the pairing of Len and JD is up there.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Will they call it a mistake after one season and make a change? I hope so. With all the youngsters that will be coming up in the coming years, I’d like to see us get a pair of young, high energy broadcasters to accompany them.

      • BosephHeyden

        I would like to see them bring in Big Z for a commentating spot. That would be worth it for the trainwreck potential alone.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Great 1,2,3 first for Feldman! I wasn’t counting but it was around or under 10 pitches…

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Good call, 10 pitches, 7 for strikes

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        What can I say Neil? Some men, mathematics; some, artistry. Me, estimating pitch counts! :)

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Well done

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Great way to start to showcase Feldman. Stake him a 2 run lead and he mows them down in the first. Man I’d love to see him pitch 7 shutout innings. Then make a move this week and get something in return!

    • Ray Ray

      So much for that.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I’ll take 7 innings of 1 run ball, or 2 runs. As long as he looks good.

    • Ray Ray

      I’m with you though. I think Feldman will start pitching closer to his career norms and he needs to be moved sooner rather than later.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Aramis Ramirez with hit No. 2000 of his career, a solo homer off of Scott Feldman.

    • calicub

      Am i the only one who has a hard time being happy for anything Aramis does?

      …I really just don’t like the guy

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        This might help … the Cubs used the compensatory pick they received for Aramis signing with the Brewers to select Pierce Johnson.

        • calicub

          Which I dig don’t get me wrong but it doesn’t make up for the years of unclutch hitting when the club really needed it most.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    And Aramis does us no favors…

  • RynoTiger

    I am so glad that back in spring training I bet a loan shark that by the end of June that Luis Valbuena would be leading Starlin Castro in virtually all offensive categories. I’m gonna be rich.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sweeney with his 4th homer of the season

  • Ray Ray

    Sweeney has been really good. He needs to stay in lineup over DeJesus if they are both still here after trade deadline.

  • Ray Ray

    Soriano looks like a gold glove compared to that left fielder.

  • RynoTiger

    let me quote Seth Myers here…”Really Cubs? No outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd and you can’t come up with any runs? Really?! Really?!”

    • RynoTiger

      but seriously..Really??!!!! Should be 5-1 by now. The lack of execution in that inning could be huge.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with his second hit

  • calicub

    Thats not good news… First the all-star game and now possibly the future game. Gotta get him healed!

  • Ray Ray

    I’ll tell you what. That strike zone tonight is about the size of a matchbox.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Agreed

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a nice 2-out, 2-strike hit

  • Ray Ray

    0-2 hit for Rizzo with RISP. Good job!

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Man, Francisco is strong! That little one-handed swing, from the camera view I was afraid it may be a lazy pop-up that would just dump behind Barney. It ended up at the warning track! Dang…

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    I’d really like to see Borbon playing everyday. Do we not have the option to send him down to AAA? He was a waiver pick-up I think, does that mean if we send him down he has to clear waivers.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      He is out of options …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Castillo to throw out Schafer at first on the bunt attempt

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Villanueva getting out of the jam in the eighth

  • Ripsnorter1

    I am beginning to think that the Cubs may DFA Soriano after they finish cleaning up after Marmol…..

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    And Francisco with a 9th inning homerun. Why not let Villanueva stay in? He’s a converted starter so I presume he would probably be better in the 2nd inning he pitches. It’s not like Gregg is a dominant, fear-inspiring closer. I guess they want to showcase him. Well chalk one up for Francisco.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Brewers 5-4 on Wednesday night – Scott
    Feldman: 3R, 6H, 0BB, 3K in 6IP (81 pitches, 54 for strikes)

    Valbuena: 2-4,
    RBI, BB, R; Sweeney: 1-4, HR, BB; Rizzo: 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, BB; Barney: 1-4, 2B,
    RBI, SB, R; Castro: 2-5, R