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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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Castro SS
    Valbuena 3B
    Rizzo 1B
    Schierholtz RF
    Sweeney CF
    Lake LF
    Castillo C
    Barney 2B
    Jackson P

  • CubbyDenCritic

    “DWTS”, MNF or this game….tough choice here.

    • Tom U

      DWTS??!! Are you kidding me??!!

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Just kidding… I rather watch “How I Met Your Mother” & “Two Broke Girls”

        • Tom U

          Will not miss an episode of “American Pickers” or “Top Gear”.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            How many old motor bikes, old gas pumps, and old road signs can those guys collect?….see one, you seen them all.
            I am just losing interest …must be my old age.
            But do watch “Hotel Impossible”…funny stuff at times….makes you never want to stay in a Hotel again.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Remember Brook Burke do that “Wild On” show for MTV”?…..was a Hot Babe one time.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    We have the second worst batting average in all of MLB. Changes has to come for a new hitting coach.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play from Castro to nail Segura at first

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Does anyone know if Jay Chapman will return in 2014 for the Cubs?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    By next July, we should have Ramirez, Hendricks, Vizcaino full time.

  • GaryLeeT

    Was poking around the scoreboard, and noticed that Cashner is perfect through 6 in Pittsburgh.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jackson walks the bottom of the order with two outs to load the bases.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      But he still has the No-Hitter going!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        That’s as funny as me having to look up what DWTS meant.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          I bet you thought DWTS meant a baseball stat meaning “Down With Two Strikes”

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Let’s just say there were several things going through my head and not one of them was what it ended up being.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Sometimes what I see what is on TV these days, I feel like Elvis and want to shoot out the screen.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Cashner no hit bid is over.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    a throwing error by Castro…..how rare that is.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Segura just saw his life pass before his eyes.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake with an excellent catch, showed off his wheels

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Speed does make a difference.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    No doubt Soriano would have made that catch!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    That A.L. Wild Card will be a nail bitter to the end.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Who would have thought Donnie Murphy would be a better hitter than Aramis Ramirez!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Bouncing the ball to Rizzo just makes the game even more exciting for Dale.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    No Hitter still in play for Jackson.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I know some like G. Stanton on our team, but he is nothing but a strike out machine…..Dave Kingman looks like a batting champion compare to Stanton.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with another hit

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Well, at least the highlights from this game have a chance to end up on a blooper reel.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    So Dale will not invite Edwin over for Thanksgiving it seems.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Based on what happened tonight, I would not think so.

      • RynoTiger

        what happened tonight? a fight in the dugout? I missed it.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Heated discussion between Sveum and Jackson after Sveum took him out of the game. Jackson was horrible again tonight and Sveum lifted him after four innings.

          • paulcatanese

            I shut the game off after the Cubs were behind 3-1. But under the circumstance’s Sveum was correct in pulling Jackson. Neither team is going anywhere, nor does the win or loss mean anything, so why not pull him and give the youngsters some experience under the gun.
            Pitch as many as he can, might as well see what they have , even if a small sample.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Jackson did not appear to be there tonight. I agree that Sveum did the right thing.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    This is ridiculous. Up by five runs in the ninth with two outs and Roenicke goes to his pen.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 6-1 to the Brewers
    on Monday night – Edwin Jackson: 2R, 2H, 3BB, 3K, WP in 4IP (76 pitches, 43 strikes)

    Starlin Castro: 2-4, 2B, RBI; Welington Castillo: 1-4, 2B, R; Anthony Rizzo: 1-4; #Cubs pen: 4R, 6H, 1BB, 2K, 4IP

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