Game One Hundred Forty-Two: Cubs (60-81) vs. Brewers (61-80)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Scott Baker (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–) vs. Yovani Gallardo (10-9, 4.31/1.41/3.96)
The Cubs wrap up the nine-game homestand with the rubber game of the three-game set against the Brewers this afternoon. The Cubs are 4-4 over the first eight games and Dale Sveum will hand the ball to Scott Baker for the first time this season.
Scott Baker is making his Cubs’ debut today and will be making his first start in the big leagues in over two years. Baker last appeared on a Major League mound in September of 2011.
Dale Sveum said on Saturday that Baker will not have a pitch limit but would likely not throw more than 90 pitches. Baker is making his second ever appearance at Wrigley Field today. Baker received a no decision back on June 14, 2009 when he took on Ted Lilly. Baker allowed two runs on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts over seven innings. Lou’s Crew pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Twins on that Sunday afternoon. Carlos Marmol picked up the win over Jesse Crain after Ryan Theriot singled in Derrek Lee with the game winner in the bottom of the ninth.
This afternoon all starts with Scott Baker …
Scott Baker makes his Cubs’ debut this afternoon and returns to a big league mound for the first time in nearly two years. Baker last started a game in the majors on August 8, 2011. Baker lost to Theo Epstein’s Boston Red Sox after allowing five runs on nine hits with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings. A lot has changed for Baker and the Cubs since the last time he took the hill at the start of a Major League Baseball game.
Scott Baker tossed two innings of shutout ball against the Indians out of the pen on September 24, 2011. Baker underwent Tommy John surgery in April of 2012 and has put in the work to get to this point today after suffering a setback in his first, and only appearance, in Spring Training.
Scott Baker has been very good on a big league mound throughout his career. The Cubs took the gamble that he would recover from his surgery and be effective on the mound this year so they could flip him for long term pieces. But the $5.5 million gamble for this year did not work out. Neither the Cubs nor Baker have ruled out him re-signing with the team in the off-season
This afternoon marks the ninth time that Baker has started a game against the Brewers. Baker is 4-4 in the first eight starts with a 5.29 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.
Only two players on the Brewers’ active roster have faced Scott Baker in a big league ballgame … Yuniesky Betancourt (9-for-31 with two doubles and a home run) and Jonathan Lucroy (0-for-3).
Yovani Gallardo has pitched much better after the break than he did before the Mid-Summer Classic. Gallardo is coming off a no decision against the Pirates after holding the Bucs to two runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts. This afternoon will be the first time Gallardo has faced a team other than the Pirates since August 23. Over his last two starts, both against Pittsburgh, Gallardo has allowed two runs on 11 hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts in 14 innings.
Since the break, Gallardo is 3-1 in seven starts with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP and is 5-4 in 13 road starts this year with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
The Cubs will see Gallardo for the third time this season. Gallardo is 0-1 in the first two with a 6.23 ERA and a 2.42 WHIP. The Cubs made Gallardo work the first two times … let’s see if they can follow the same game plan once again this afternoon.
Cubs Career Numbers against Yovani Gallardo
- Starlin Castro (.289) – 14-for-34 with three doubles and two walks
- Darwin Barney (.229) – 3-for-24 with a double and a walk
- Nate Schierholtz (.279) – 4-for-19 with a double and a walk
- Luis Valbuena (.245) – 4-for-12 with a double and three walks
- Anthony Rizzo (.254) – 4-for-9 with a double and three walks
- Welington Castillo (.359) – 2-for-8
- Brian Bogusevic (.319) – 0-for-3 with a walk
- Cody Ransom (.250) – 0-for-3 with a walk
- Junior Lake (.382) – 0-for-3
- Ryan Sweeney (.333) – 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk
- Dioner Navarro (.304) – 0-for-1
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