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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