Game Forty-Four – Cubs (16-27) vs. Yankees (23-21)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 1.62/1.11/2.86) vs. Chase Whitley (0-0, 0.00/0.86/2.65)
The Cubs wrap-up the five-game homestand and two-game series with the Yankees this afternoon behind Jeff Samardzija. With Tuesday victory over Masahiro Tanaka, the Cubs have already posted a winning homestand (3-1) and a win today would give the Cubs a season-long four game winning streak.
With Samardzija on the hill, a well-rested Welington Castillo should be behind the plate. And it should be difficult for Rick Renteria to take Mike Olt out of the lineup and move the red-hot Luis Valbuena off second base.
Since 2003, the Cubs are 4-3 against the Yankees at Wrigley Field and 4-8 in the 12 game in Interleague play with New York over the last 11 years.
Today all starts with Jeff Samardzija …
Jeff Samardzija is coming off his worst start of the season last Friday afternoon against the Brewers. Samardzija had trouble putting batters away and three charged errors ran up his pitch count. Samardzija lasted only five innings after throwing 99 pitches. Samardzija admitted after the game he should have done a better job of getting quick outs after his pitch count ballooned in the first couple of innings. Samardzija was charged with four runs, two earned on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings. And he was hung with a loss after the offense quit scoring runs.
Samardzija has pitched rather well at Wrigley this season. Samardzija is 0-3 in five starts with a 1.78 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. In 35 1/3 innings, Samardzija has allowed 12 runs, seven earned, on 28 hits with 12 walks and 33 strikeouts.
This afternoon will be the first time Jeff Samardzija has started a game against the Yankees. Samardzija pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief against the Yanks on June 18, 2011. Samardzija allowed one run on two hits with three walks while striking out one batter.
Yankees Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija
Chase Whitley is making just his second big league start this afternoon. Whitley held the Mets scoreless for 4 2/3 innings in his Major League on May 15. Whitley gave up two hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts. Whitley was pitching rather well and reportedly rolling along against the Mets until the fifth inning when he issued back-to-back walks to start the inning.
The 24-year old right hander was 3-2 in seven games, six starts, for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre with a 2.39 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP (32 strikeouts, seven walks and 20 hits allowed in 26 1/3 innings)
No one on the Cubs active roster has faced Chase Whitley in a big league, regular season ballgame.
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