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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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game one lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Lake – LF
    Rizzo – 1B
    Schierholtz – RF
    Castro – SS
    Valbuena – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Castillo – C
    Villanueva – P

    • 07GreyDigger

      I’m curious of the lineup for the second game. Those are always hilarious.

      • cubtex

        this one is not funny enough for you :)

        • daverj

          Cubtex – I can’t stop laughing out loud at my desk.

        • 07GreyDigger

          I think if Julio Borbon were in CF and Ransom were playing 1B that would be way funnier.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Neither game available on WGN…criminal

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Capitalism……don’t you love it.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    “Let’s play two….but you need to pay for two.”
    Tom Ricketts

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Isn’t that typical? It may not be but I would expect that.

    • paulcatanese

      I have never been a fan of that concept. Pure
      greed.
      Prefer the fifties, 2 every Sunday, Monday’s off.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Sam Kinison is singing the National Anthem

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rain is falling at Wrigley

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Villanueva, Russell, Gregg, DeJesus, Schierholtz, Valbuena, Ransom, Navarro…….

    Anyone think which one will NOT be moved by the deadline.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Just to annoy me. Luis Valbuena. Sveum loves him. Don’t know why.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Unless they are ready to bring up Olt, Valbuena is our best 3rd baseman. He’s no world-beater but I don’t understand why everyone dislikes him so much. He’s a solid citizen and gives good effort. He’s not even close to the biggest hole on this team.

        I prefer him to Ransom. Until the future arrives he fills a void.

        • 07GreyDigger

          I’m glad he works the count and gives good effort, but it doesn’t cover for the fact, he can’t hit at all.

          • Ripsnorter1

            I can’t stand Valbuena, but….he’s outhitting Castro for
            slugging and on base percentage as well. He has more home runs,
            RBIs, and his OPS is much better.

            Rizzo has been lounging in Castro-land for awhile as well (ie, .230s BA).

          • cubtex

            Rizzo is on the 2 HR a month pace for the last 3 months.

    • daverj

      Ransom has no chance of being traded … because no team would trade for him.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake has made two very loud outs today

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs 0-for-6 with RISP after 4 at bats, 7 men left on base

    • 07GreyDigger

      What was the injury delay? Saw that on the game center.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Gallardo threw a pitch, and came up limping. Just came across that his left hamstring tightened up

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hey, it’s a hit that scores runs …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And another run scoring hit …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And other, this one from Villanueva …

    • Ripsnorter1

      John Axford isn’t a top notch reliever anymore. He and Carlos Marmol…….

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And another …

  • Sonate

    The ump missed TWO calls on RIzzo in the 6th. THe second miss was at least 5 in. off the plate according to pitch FX. Is the ump incompetent, or is he sending Anthony a message? Rizzo isn’t vocal, but his facial expression conveys a lot. (Sveum should have protected/backed-up Anthony in my opinion. If the umps expand the strike zone by 5 in, no Cub has a chance.)

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another blown lead for Russell

  • Tony_Hall

    From MLB trade rumors….not this this should surprise.

    “The Cubs could move Kevin Gregg and Nate Schierholtz, but are extremely unlikely to trade lefty reliever James Russell and there’s just about zero chance of a Jeff Samardzija trade.”

    • 07GreyDigger

      Too bad because Russell just gave up a three run homer.

      • Tony_Hall

        Somebody would of had to overpay to make sense of trading him. And his recent performance has not made anyone do that.

        • 07GreyDigger

          What are you talking about? His 5.71 ERA since June is awesome!

  • Vivid_Reality

    Haven’t heard this anywhere but picking up Ian Kennedy on the cheap might be something to look into for the Cubs. It looks like he could part of a three team deal involving Peavy. The third team would be involved to help facilitate the financial burden for Arizona.

    I don’t know about anyone else but I would give Kennedy a shot if it only costs money or someone like Kevin Gregg. Maybe he rebounds next year and we can flip him at the deadline. At the very worst we add some SP depth at the major league level.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Starting pitching depth is always nice.

      Kevin Gregg isn’t always nice.

    • cubtex

      And the fans will be entertained with all the bean ball wars with other teams

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs dropped Game one 6-5
    to the Brewers – Carlos Villanueva: 4R, 6H (2HR), 2BB, 6K, 6.1 IP (102 pitches,
    63 strikes); 1-3, RBI

    Barney: 1-4, 2RBI; Castillo: 3-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB;
    DeJesus: 2-5, RBI; Rizzo: 2-3, 2BB, R; Russell: 2R, 3H, BB, 0.2 IP