Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 07/30/13

Game One Hundred Five: Cubs (48-56) vs. Brewers (44-61)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Carlos Villanueva (2-7, 4.23/1.29) vs. Yovani Gallardo (8-9, 4.88/1.46)

Weather permitting … There is a long day of baseball ahead for the Chicago Cubs, and somewhere Ernie Banks is smiling as the Cubs and Brewers will play two today.

The Cubs will try to get back on track today behind Carlos Villanueva in game one and Jake Arrieta in the night cap. The Cubs have really struggled against their NL Central rivals and especially against the Brewers this season. The Cubs have played good ball of late and are 30-26 since May 26, the problem is, the Cubs play poorly against a team that the rest of baseball handles pretty easily.

The Cubs were 1-for-8 with RISP on Monday night and left nine runners on base in a game that was nothing-nothing going into the ninth inning. The Cubs have really struggled with runners on base and in scoring position since the All-Star break. In the last 11 games, the Cubs are 9-for-84 with RISP.

Jake Arrieta will make his Cubs’ debut in the nightcap against Tyler Thornburg.

This afternoon it all starts with Carlos Villanueva

Carlos Villanueva is coming off his third straight loss in his third consecutive poor outing. Villanueva lasted just five innings in Phoenix last Thursday and gave up three runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Villanueva struggled with his command, threw behind in the count and ran up his pitch count which led to his short outing. The Cubs needed a long outing from Villanueva that night and he could not pitch well enough to make it past five innings.

With Jake Arrieta with the Cubs to start the second game tonight, Villanueva needs to put together a good outing. Villanueva is 0-3 in his last four games, three starts, with a 6.23 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. Villanueva has not looked good since his first start since returning to the rotation on July 7 against the Pirates.

Carlos Villanueva makes his first start of the season against one of his former teams this afternoon. Villanueva pitched an inning of relief at Miller Park on June 26 and kept the Brewers off the board for an inning.

Carlos Villanueva has never started a game against the Brewers and has not allowed any runs with just one hit, one walk and five strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings in his career versus Milwaukee.

Brewers Career Numbers against Carlos Villanueva

  • Norichika Aoki – 0-for-1
  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 0-for-3
  • Juan Francisco – 1-for-5
  • Carlos Gomez – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 0-for-1
  • Martin Maldonado – 0-for-1
  • Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-6
  • Jean Segura – 0-for-1
  • Rickie Weeks – 1-for-1

Yovani Gallardo has really struggled this season and is coming off a miserable outing against the Padres. Gallardo allowed six runs on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Gallardo shutout the Marlins in his start before facing the Padres … and that time out was his best start in over a month.

Yovani Gallardo is 2-2 in his last five starts with a 7.56 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP. Gallardo has pitched better on the road than at Miller Park this year. In 10 road starts, Gallardo is 4-4 with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.

The Cubs face Gallardo for the second time this season. The Cubs had a good game plan against Gallardo the first time back on June 26. The Cubs made him work, ran up his pitch count and put up five runs, three earned, on eight hits with four walks and five strikeouts in four innings. Gallardo is 7-3 in 15 career starts against the Cubs with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, Gallardo is 3-1 in seven starts with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Yovani Gallardo

  • Darwin Barney – 3-for-22 with a double and a walk
  • Julio Borbon – 0-for-3
  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-6
  • Starlin Castro – 13-for-31 with three doubles and two walks
  • David DeJesus – 3-for-11 with two doubles, a home run and three walks
  • Dioner Navarro – 0-for-1
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-8 with a double and a walk
  • Nate Schierholtz – 3-for-16 with a double and a walk
  • Luis Valbuena – 3-for-10 with a double and two walks

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