Game Seventy-Seven: Cubs (32-44) vs. Brewers (33-44)
- Game Time – 1:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
- Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Matt Garza (2-1, 4.25/1.13) vs. Wily Peralta (5-8, 5.59/1.60)
The Cubs wrap up the three-game series with the Brewers this afternoon with a chance of leaving Milwaukee with a series win under their belt. After dropping their ninth in a row at Miller Park on Tuesday night, the Cubs hung on and ended their skid in Milwaukee on Wednesday. Now the trick is to leave for Seattle a game out of the cellar in the NL Central.
Brian Bogusevic is expected to be in the starting lineup again this afternoon. The Cubs gave Alfonso Soriano a breather on Wednesday and he should be back in left field today. Dale Sveum announced on Wednesday that Soriano would serve as the team’s DH in during the three games in Seattle and in Oakland with Bogusevic receiving a majority of the play in left field.
Could today be one of, if not the last start for Matt Garza in a Cubs’ uniform? The Cubs are listening to offers for Garza and some think he could be the first player the Cubs trade. A ton of scouts are expected at Miller Park today to watch Garza pitch. Dioner Navarro should be in the starting lineup this afternoon and not because he is Garza’s catcher, but because the Cubs are playing a day game after Welington Castillo caught the night before.
This afternoon it all starts with Matt Garza …
Matt Garza is coming off his longest start of the season and his longest outing since he tossed 8 2/3 innings against the Brewers on April 12, 2012 at Wrigley Field. Garza limited the Astros to one run on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in eight-plus innings. Garza took the hill in the ninth but walked the first batter he faced and Dale Sveum went to Kevin Gregg to nail down the win.
The Cubs need for the Matt Garza than has shown up for his last two starts to take the hill this afternoon. Not only could the Cubs use a win, but so could Matt Garza.
Garza has allowed only one earned run in his last two starts (15-plus innings) on seven hits with four walks and 13 strikeouts. Garza threw the ball extremely well against the Astros and will look to keep it going against a team he’s had success against in the past.
Matt Garza 1-1 in his last four starts with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP and will face the Brewers for the first time this season. Garza owns a career mark of 3-1 in six starts against Milwaukee with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. Garza was 1-0 in three starts versus Milwaukee a year ago with a 1.37 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP … and he is 0-1 in three career starts at Miller Park with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.
Brewers Career Numbers against Matt Garza
- Norichika Aoki – 1-for-4 with a home run
- Yuniesky Betancourt – 6-for-25 with a double
- Ryan Braun – 4-for-16 with a double, a home run and three walks
- Juan Francisco – 0-for-4 with a walk
- Carlos Gomez – 1-for-3
- Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-2 with a walk
- Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-3
- Rickie Weeks – 2-for-17 with two walks
The Cubs will get their third look of the season at a pitcher that has looked like Cy Young against them. Wily Peralta has struggled mightily this year against just about every other team except for the Cubs. Peralta has a chance to be a serviceable big league starter but there is no reason for the Cubs’ lineup to not have a ton of success against him right now.
Peralta tossed seven innings of shutout ball against the free-swinging Atlanta Braves his last time out. Peralta allowed just two hits, with four walks and four strikeouts. Even with the dominant outing against Atlanta, Peralta is 1-2 in his last four starts with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Dating back to the first of May, Peralta is 2-7 in his last ten starts with a 7.89 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.
Wily Peralta is 1-0 in two career starts against the Cubs with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Wily Peralta
- Darwin Barney – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Julio Borbon – 1-for-1
- Welington Castillo – 2-for-6
- Scott Hairston – 0-for-1
- Dioner Navarro – 0-for-2
- Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-4 with a home run and two walks
- Nate Schierholtz – 0-for-6
- Alfonso Soriano – 0-for-5 with a walk
- Luis Valbuena – 1-for-6
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