Game One Hundred Four: Cubs (48-55) vs. Brewers (43-61)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.94/1.31) vs. Kyle Lohse (7-7, 3.37/1.12)
The Cubs open an eight-game homestand tonight with the first of four in three days against the Brewers. It will be interesting to see if the Cubs can build off an excellent West Coast trip (6-4) as the trade rumors continue to swirl around the team with the trade deadline less than 48 hours away. The homestand wraps up with a four-game series against Yasiel Puig and the red-hot Dodgers next Sunday.
Due to the schedule makers and the All-Star break, the Cubs will play a home game tonight for the first time in 15 days. And a much-different team will take the field tonight than the one that faced the Cardinals on July 14.
The Cubs and Brewers will play four games in three days, weather permitting. After tonight’s single game, the two division rivals are scheduled to play a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday to make up the game that was postponed back on April 10. The series concludes on Wednesday night.
The Cubs enter play tonight four games under .500 at Wrigley this season (22-26) and a good series against the Brewers could inch them closer to .500 for the season. The Cubs have struggled against the NL Central this season to the tune of a 15-28 record and are just 3-5 in the first eight against the Brewers this season.
After tonight’s matchup of Jeff Samardzija and Kyle Lohse, Carlos Villanueva is scheduled to face Yovani Gallardo in game one on Tuesday. The Cubs are expected to call-up Jake Arrieta to start the night game. Teams can add a 26th man to the active roster for scheduled doubleheaders. The Brewers have not announced their starter for game two. Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face Wily Peralta in the finale on Wednesday night.
Tonight all starts with Jeff Samardzija …
Jeff Samardzija has pitched better since the break than in his two starts leading up to the Mid-Summer Classic. But Samardzija really struggled with his command after the offense gave him a six-run lead in Arizona. Samardzija tied a season-high by walking five batters, the second time in four starts that Samardzija issued five free passes in the same game. Samardzija has really been struggling with his mechanics but has shown signs over his last two starts of becoming more consistent with his delivery and release point. Until he irons out his problems, his command issues will continue.
After holding the Rockies to one run on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings, Samardzija lasted only 5 2/3 innings in Phoenix and was charged with four runs, three earned, on six hits with five walks and five strikeouts.
Jeff Samardzija is 1-2 in his last four starts with a 6.85 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP. Over his last 23 2/3 innings, Samardzija has walked 15 batters with only 19 strikeouts and has given up 28 hits. Teams are hitting just under .300 against him (.298) so it would not be out of line to say tonight is an important start for Samardzija.
Jeff Samardzija makes his second start against the Brewers this season. Samardzija lost the game back on April 19 after allowing four runs in the first inning. The big hit that night was by Ryan Braun, a three-run homer. Braun will not be a factor tonight. Samardzija is 2-4 in 18 career appearances, four starts, against the Brewers with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.
Brewers Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija
- Norichika Aoki – 5-for-10 with a double, a triple and a walk
- Yuniesky Betancourt – 0-for-5
- Juan Francisco – 1-for-3
- Carlos Gomez – 1-for-3 with a home run
- Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-10 with a triple and two walks
- Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-5
- Jean Segura – 2-for-6
- Rickie Weeks – 2-for-8 with a double and two walks
The Cubs will get their second look of the season at Kyle Lohse tonight. Lohse has put together a solid season for a not-so-good Brewers team. Lohse has won his last two starts and the Brewers are 7-3 in his last 10 outings.
After tossing six innings of shutout ball against the Marlins on July 19, Lohse held the Padres to one run on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. Lohse has not issued a free pass in his last two games (11 innings) and has walked only eight batters in his last 10 starts. Lohse is 4-1 in his last five starts with a 2.65 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP (10 runs on 27 hits with three walks and 23 strikeouts in 34 innings) and is 2-5 in 11 road starts with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.
Kyle Lohse owns a 5-4 record in 17 starts against the team that selected him in the 29th round of the 1996 draft with a 5.07 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP … in five career starts at Wrigley, Lohse is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Kyle Lohse
- Darwin Barney – 5-for-19 with a double
- Julio Borbon – 0-for-1
- Welington Castillo – 2-for-9 with two doubles
- Starlin Castro – 5-for-20
- David DeJesus – 12-for-26 with a double, a triple, a home run and a walk
- Dioner Navarro – 1-for-2 with a double
- Cody Ransom – 0-for-4 with a walk
- Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-9 with a double and a home run
- Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-9 with a double and a home run
- Luis Valbuena – 1-for-7
MLB Bloopers: Deluxe Doubleheader DVD Giveaway
A&E Networks and Major League Baseball have teamed up to announce Major League Baseball Productions Films are now available on iTunes.
Baseball fans are now able to experience their favorite films in an entirely new way, as titles from the Major League Baseball Productions Film & Video Archive are now available on iTunes. Over 100 titles are now live on iTunes, which already includes hundreds of classic games as well as podcasts and award-winning mobile apps from MLB Advanced Media, including MLB.com At Bat, the top grossing sports app of all-time.
The available programming includes The Best of the Home Run Derby and “Prime-9: All-Star Moments”, Official World Series Films dating back to 1947, including the 1969 and 1986 films; the first season of “This Week In Baseball,” which originally aired in 1977; a documentary offering a fresh perspective on Jackie Robinson’s life and career; recent productions including a comprehensive film chronicling every era of World Series play and documentaries created to celebrate notable anniversaries for the Mets, Astros and Red Sox; bloopers titles highlighting the funniest MLB moments; and many other titles.
Any of these films can now be downloaded from the iTunes store (www.iTunes.com/MLB). Prices range from $1.99 for individual episodes of “Prime 9” and “This Week In Baseball” to $19.99 for the Official 2012 World Series Film in HD.
A&E Networks contacted the CCO and asked for us to let our readers know the films are now available for download on iTunes and have set aside two copies of the “MLB Bloopers: Deluxe Doubleheader DVD” for us to give to our readers.
Beginning on Monday night, July 29 and concluding with the second game of the day-night doubleheader against the Brewers on Tuesday night July 30, the CCO will conduct a 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) will NOT be valid. If any rules are not followed then those entries will NOT be valid. The first day winner will NOT be eligible for the second 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 two questions posted in the game previews on Monday, July 29 and the second game of the doubleheader on Tuesday, July 30. 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 bases on the amount of correct answers. All answers must be exact, close is not good enough. If more than one entry has all (6) questions answered correctly, the winner will be determined by the time stamp as answering the questions first and correctly.
The winner will be posted in the comment sections of that day’s game preview. The will have to email the CCO with a correct mailing address. A&E Networks will send out the DVD set to the winners within the continental US only.
Contest One – July 29, 2013
Number of strikeouts for Jeff Samardzija
- Tie Breaking 1) Amount of earned runs allowed by Jeff Samardzija
- Tie Breaking 2) Amount of hits allowed by Jeff Samardzija
- Tie Breaking 3) Amount of walks allowed by Jeff Samardzija
- Tie Breaking 4) Amount of home runs allowed by Jeff Samardzija
- Tie Breaking 5) The final score between the Cubs and the Brewers
Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …