Game Ninety-Four: Cubs (42-51) vs. Rockies (46-50)
- Game Time – 7:40pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
- Location – Coors Field, Denver
Jeff Samardzija (5-9, 4.06/1.30) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (9-5, 3.21/1.28)
After a much-needed four day All-Star break, the Cubs begin a very challenging 10-game trip against three NL West teams tonight. The Cubs play 18 games in 17 days to wrap up July with their next day off coming on August 5 after facing the Dodgers for four games at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs will take on the very explosive Colorado Rockies for the next three days before opening a four-game series in Arizona. The Cubs’ ten-game, three city trip wraps next weekend with three in San Francisco against the defending World Series Champs.
The Cubs will make at least two roster moves before tonight’s game. Brian Bogusevic will be placed on the 15-day DL after re-aggravating his left hamstring injury on Sunday night. Junior Lake will be added to the Cubs’ active roster and is expected in the starting lineup with the lefty Jorge De La Rosa on the hill. Lake has a cannon for an arm and excellent speed. Lake can play third base and right field. Lake is expected to see a majority of his playing time against left handed pitching. The Cubs view Lake’s call-up as a way to get his feet wet in the majors and they feel he needs more development at the Triple-A level prior to staying at the big league level.
Nate Schierholtz is expected to be in the starting lineup on Saturday after missing the last two games of the Cardinals’ series while nursing various injuries.
Following tonight’s match-up of Jeff Samardzija and Jorge De La Rosa, Carlos Villanueva is scheduled to face Juan Nicasio on Saturday night. Edwin Jackson is expected to square off against Drew Pomeranz in the finale in Denver on Sunday afternoon.
The Cubs have won six of 10 and own a 7-6 record this month. But the team that takes the field tonight in Denver figures to look quite a bit different in 12 days.
The Cubs took two of the three games against the Rockies at Wrigley in May … and the Cubs first game following the break all starts with Jeff Samardzija.
Jeff Samardzija is coming off back-to-back outings that were not so good but hopefully he learned from both starts as he said he did. Samardzija promised to come back strong after the break and finish the season pitching the way he did when it started.
Samardzija posted a 3-6 record in his first 11 starts with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP (42 hits allowed in 72 2/3 innings with 24 walks and 80 strikeouts). Since June 1, Samardzija is 2-3 in eight starts with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP (65 hits allowed in 51 1/3 innings with 20 walks and 48 strikeouts) … and over his last two starts, 0-2 with a 11.81 ERA and a 2.34 WHIP (seven walks, eight strikeouts and 18 hits allowed in 10 2/3 innings).
Jeff Samardzija has flashed signs of being a top of the rotation pitcher but he must work on his consistency in order to take his game to the next level.
One of Samardzija’s best outings of the season came against the Rockies back on May 15 at Wrigley Field. Samardzija held Colorado to two runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in eight innings. Samardzija and the Cubs won the game 6-3.
For his career, Samardzija is 1-0 in six games, two starts, against the Rockies with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Samardzija makes his first start at Coors Field tonight (no record in three relief appearances with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP).
Rockies Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija
- Nolan Arenado – 1-for-3
- Charlie Blackmon – 1-for-5
- Dexter Fowler – 2-for-9 with a triple
- Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-9 with a home run
- Todd Helton – 0-for-6 with a walk
- Jonathan Herrera – 0-for-6 with a walk
- D.J. LeMahieu – 3-for-3
- Jordan Pacheco – 1-for-3
- Josh Rutledge – 2-for-3
- Troy Tulowitzki – 1-for-6 with a walk
Jorge De La Rosa is coming off a win against the Padres. De La Rosa held San Diego to two runs on two hits in five innings with four walks and four strikes. De La Rosa has looked like the pitcher he used to be during stretches this season but the most important stat is that the Rockies are 7-3 in his last ten starts.
After a decent start to the season, De La Rosa posted a 4-0 record in five starts in May with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. De La Rosa was 2-1 in six starts in June with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP before finishing up with a 1-1 record in two starts prior to the break with a 4.35 WHIP.
Jorge De La Rosa is 5-1 in eight starts at Coors Field this season with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
The Cubs have not beaten De La Rosa in eight chances. De La Rosa is 4-0 in eight career appearances, four starts, with a 2.05 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. The Cubs missed De La Rosa during the three-game series in May at Wrigley Field.
Cubs Career Numbers against Jorge De La Rosa
- Darwin Barney – 2-for-6
- Welington Castillo – 2-for-2 with a double
- Starlin Castro – 3-for-10 with a home run
- Cole Gillespie – 1-for-4 with a double
- Dioner Navarro – 1-for-1 with a walk
- Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-2
- Dave Sappelt – 2-for-2 with a double and a home run
- Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-10 with a home run and a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-14 with a home run and a walk
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