Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 09/16/13

Game One Hundred Fifty: Cubs (63-86) vs. Brewers (65-83)

  • Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
  • Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Edwin Jackson (8-15, 4.76/1.43/3.62) vs. Wily Peralta (9-15, 4.49/1.41/4.28)

The Cubs 11-game road trip continues tonight with the first of four against the Brewers. The Cubs are 3-4 over the first seven games of the three-city trip and will try to figure out the Brewers over the next four days.

The Brewers are not a good team, except for when they play the Cubs. Ten of Milwaukee’s 65 wins this season have come at the Cubs’ expense. The Cubs are 5-10 in the first 15 games versus the Brewers this year and until they start figuring out how to beat the Brewers, the sub-.500 records will continue. The Cubs are a combined 9-23 versus Milwaukee over the last two years and wrap up the season series with their division rivals on Thursday afternoon.

Following tonight’s match-up of Edwin Jackson and Wily Peralta, Jeff Samardzija will try to bounce back against Marco Estrada on Tuesday night. Chris Rusin and Tyler Thornburg are scheduled to square off on Wednesday with Jake Arrieta taking on Kyle Lohse in the series and season series finale on Thursday afternoon.

Dale Sveum should use a balanced lineup tonight. Left handers (.261/.338/.365) hit with more power against Wily Peralta while right handers (.270/.333/.319) have hit rather well against him this season.

Tonight all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson is coming off one of his better outings of the season. Jackson limited the Reds to one run on nine hits over seven innings. The key for Jackson was that he did not walk a single batter while striking out four. Jackson is 1-1 in his last two starts with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP and is looking to finish a bad season on a positive note.

After posting a 6-10 record in 18 starts before the break with a 5.11 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP, Jackson is 2-5 in his last 10 starts with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.

Edwin Jackson makes his fifth start of the year against the Brewers tonight. One of Jackson’s better games of the season came against the Brewers on the final day of July. Jackson came back after a long rain delay and allowed only one run on eight hits in eight innings. For the season, Jackson is 1-3 versus Milwaukee with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Brewers Numbers against Edwin Jackson in 2013

  • Norichika Aoki – 4-for-12 with a double and two walks
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 4-for-12 with two doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Martin Maldonado – 3-for-8 with a double and a walk
  • Carlos Gomez – 1-for-7 with a double
  • Logan Schafer – 0-for-4
  • Jean Segura – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Caleb Gindl – 2-for-5
  • Jeff Bianchi – 2-for-3
  • Juan Francisco – 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk
  • Wily Peralta – 0-for-2
  • Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-2

Wily Peralta is coming off decent start against the Cardinals but his command issues hurt him again and he walked more batters (4) than the number of hits (2) he allowed. Peralta has a lot of talent and the Cubs have to make sure to make him work because he will beat himself.

Peralta is 2-6 in his last 10 games with a 4.27 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Peralta has given up 53 hits with 21 walks in his last 59 innings. Peralta has really struggled at Miller Park this season and is 5-8 in 15 starts with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

The Cubs face Wily Peralta for the fifth time this year. Peralta had his way with the Cubs in his first two starts (April 9, April 21) before the Cubs started figuring him out the next two times they faced him (June 27, July 31). If the Cubs use the same game plan as the last two games, they will have a chance at a rare victory over the Brewers. Peralta is 1-2 in four starts against the Cubs this season with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.

Cubs Numbers against Wily Peralta in 2013

  • Starlin Castro (.286) – 5-for-13 with a home run
  • Anthony Rizzo (.252) – 4-for-10 with a double, two home runs and two walks
  • Nate Schierholtz (.273) – 0-for-11
  • Luis Valbuena (.241) – 2-for-11 with a walk
  • Welington Castillo (.350) – 2-for-8
  • Darwin Barney (.228) – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Brian Bogusevic (.317) – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Dioner Navarro (.306) – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Ryan Sweeney (.294) – 1-for-3
  • Edwin Jackson (.088) – 0-for-2

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