Game Eighty-Two: Cubs (35-46) vs. Athletics (49-35)
- Game Time – 9:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
- Location – O.com Coliseum, Oakland
Matt Garza (3-1, 3.83/1.16) vs. Bartolo Colon (11-2, 2.79/1.08)
The Cubs will try to put another bad loss behind them tonight and guarantee themselves a winning road trip with a victory behind Matt Garza.
Matt Garza could be making his last start in a Cubs’ uniform tonight. Many thought that Garza would be the first player the Cubs traded this month, but Scott Feldman received the honor and will pitch on the South Side tonight.
Matt Garza has been very, very good in his last two outings and could have a different looking bullpen behind him tonight. Carlos Villanueva will not be available as the Cubs started the process of stretching him back out to use as a starter on Tuesday. Pedro Strop and Matt Guerrier are expected to be in Oakland and available out of the pen tonight. If that is the case, Shawn Camp is one of the relievers that could be on the way out.
The Cubs have hit the ball rather well over the three games in Seattle and the first game in Oakland but they will face a big task in Bartolo Colon.
Tonight it all starts with Matt Garza …
Matt Garza is coming off his third straight excellent outing. Many have questioned how good Garza has actually been considering the three teams he has faced. While his start against the Mets was very likely a product of the offense he was facing, his last two outings have simply been dominant. Garza hit his spots with good life and velocity on his fastball while commanding his breaking stuff.
After limiting the Astros to one run on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over eight innings, Garza struck out 10 in Milwaukee while allowing one run on eight hits and a pair of walks in seven innings. Record aside, Garza has allowed two runs on 12 hits with three walks and 18 strikeouts in his last 15 innings (1.20 ERA, 1.00 WHIP) … for those scoring at home, that is a 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
Matt Garza makes sixth road start of the season tonight. Garza is 1-0 in the first five with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.
Tonight marks the fifth time that Garza has started a game against the Athletics. Matt Garza is 1-3 in five games, four starts, against Oakland with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP … and at the Coliseum, 1-1 in two starts with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
Athletics Career Numbers against Matt Garza
- Coco Crisp – 1-for-13 with a walk
- Jed Lowrie – 2-for-11
- Brandon Moss – 2-for-3
- Josh Reddick – 3-for-8
- Seth Smith – 1-for-3
- Chris Young – 1-for-6 with a walk
Bartolo Colon found where he could buy the fountain of youth and has resurrected his career in Oakland. Colon has won his last eight starts and it seems like he has gotten better each time out. The 40-year old posted a 5-0 record in five starts last month with a 1.75 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Colon has surrendered only 32 hits with nine walks and 19 strikeouts in his last 36 innings of work.
Bartolo Colon has made four starts over his career against the Cubs and is 0-1 with a 5.33 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. Colon has not faced the Cubs since 2004.
Cubs Career Numbers against Bartolo Colon
- Julio Borbon – 1-for-2 with a triple
- Dioner Navarro – 1-for-6 with a double
- Nate Schierholtz – 0-for-1
- Alfonso Soriano – 7-for-36 with two doubles, two home runs and two walks
- Luis Valbuena – 1-for-1 with a home run
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