Game One Hundred: Cubs (45-54) vs. Diamondbacks (52-49)
- Game Time – 8:40pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
- Location – Chase Field, Phoenix
Carlos Villanueva (2-6, 4.16/1.26) vs. Wade Miley (6-8, 4.03/1.38)
The Cubs wrap up the four-game series and season series against the Diamondbacks tonight behind Carlos Villanueva. The Cubs have won two of the first three and not only have a chance to win a series with a victory tonight but take the season series from Kirk Gibson’s team. The Cubs and D-Backs have split the first six games of their season series (3-3) with one left to play.
The Cubs need a long, effective outing from Carlos Villanueva tonight. Kevin Gregg figures to not be available after pitching two innings on Wednesday and Hector Rondon will not be available after completing two frames on Wednesday and picking up the win. Carlos Villanueva could be pitching for a spot in the rotation with starters Jake Arrieta and Justin Grimm now in the system. Dale Sveum was not happy with Villanueva’s pitching sequence against the Rockies that changed the course of a close ballgame. If Villanueva struggles, he might end up wearing one for the team due to the overuse of the pen since the All-Star break. The Cubs do not have a day off until August 5 and that includes a doubleheader on Tuesday against the Brewers.
With the lefty on the hill for Kirk Gibson, look for Cody Ransom, Cole Gillespie and Dioner Navarro in the starting lineup tonight with Junior Lake back in the leadoff spot. Will Dale Sveum give Alfonso Soriano another breather or will he be in the lineup for what could be one of his final games in a Cubs’ uniform?
The 100th game of the Cubs season all begins with Carlos Villanueva …
Carlos Villanueva is coming off a bad outing in Colorado in just his third start since returning to the rotation. Villanueva allowed seven runs on nine hits in four-plus innings to the Rockies with four walks and no strikeouts. Villanueva has to be glad he’s done facing the Rockies this year. In two starts against Colorado, Villanueva allowed 14 runs on 21 hits with four walks and one strikeout (14.00 ERA and a 2.78 WHIP).
Carlos Villanueva is 0-2 in his last four games, three starts, with a 6.48 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. As mentioned, Villanueva is in need of a good outing tonight.
Carlos Villanueva makes his third appearance of the year against the D-Backs tonight and his first start. Villanueva allowed one hit and no runs or walks with a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings. For his career, Villanueva is 1-1 in 11 appearances, no starts, with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. Villanueva makes the first start of his career against Arizona tonight.
Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Carlos Villanueva
- Eric Chavez – 0-for-3
- Paul Goldschmidt – 0-for-1
- Jason Kubel – 3-for-8 with a double
- Miguel Montero – 0-for-4
- Wil Nieves – 1-for-3
- Gerardo Parra – 0-for-1
- A.J. Pollock – 0-for-1
- Martin Prado – 3-for-7
- Cody Ross – 5-for-8 with two doubles, a home run and three walks
Wade Miley is coming off a loss to the Giants in what turned out to be his second shortest outing of the season. Miley allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in four innings. Miley had been very good before his last start and is 2-1 in his last four outings with a 2.10 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.
Wade Miley is 3-2 in seven starts in his home park this year with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. The Cubs must make him work, just like they did back on May 31 at Wrigley Field. Miley allowed seven runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Alfonso Soriano, Scott Hairston and Cody Ransom took him deep in the 7-2 Cubs win.
Wade Miley makes his third career start against the Cubs tonight. Miley is 1-1 in the first two with a 4.80 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Wade Miley
- Darwin Barney – 3-for-5 with a double and a walk
- Welington Castillo – 0-for-3
- David DeJesus – 1-for-7
- Edwin Jackson – 0-for-1
- Cody Ransom – 3-for-8 with a double and two home runs
- Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4 with a double
- Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-5 with two home runs and a walk
- Luis Valbuena – 0-for-1
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