Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 08/11/14

Game One Hundred Seventeen – Cubs (50-66) vs. Brewers (65-53)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jake Arrieta (6-3, 2.80/1.07/2.24) vs. Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 3.54/1.25/3.89)

Weather permitting … The Cubs’ seven-game homestand continues tonight with the first of four against the first place Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs are 4-5 in nine games against the Brewers this season while struggling against the NL Central. The Cubs are just 17-30 versus their division rivals this year.

Beginning with tonight’s series, the Cubs have only four games left on the schedule against teams under .500 and not playing for a spot in the post-season. The games against contenders and teams with winning records will be good experience for the young players on the Cubs roster. Typically there are stretches of games over the final six weeks of a baseball season that look more like Spring Training games than regular season games.

Chris Bosio said after the deadline the Cubs know they will have an impact on the playoff picture and with 10 games against the Brewers the Cubs could make it difficult for Milwaukee down the stretch. The Brewers enter play tonight two games ahead of the Cardinals, two and half up on the Pirates and five ahead of the Reds in the National League Central.

After tonight’s match-up of Jake Arrieta and Yovani Gallardo, Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to face Wily Peralta on Tuesday night. Tsuyoshi Wada and Kyle Lohse are slated for game three Wednesday night with Edwin Jackson and Mike Fiers expected to square off in the finale Thursday afternoon.

Tonight all starts with Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta had a Coors Field start his last time out and should be looked at as such, unless his season goes the other direction from the way he’s pitched for a majority of the year. Arrieta gave up nine runs on 13 hits with no walks and three strikeouts in five-plus innings. Since the break, including the outing at Coors Field, Arrieta is 1-2 in four starts with a 5.47 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

PrintTonight is Arrieta’s eighth start of the year at Wrigley Field. Arrieta is 2-0 in the first seven with a 1.85 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. In 43 2/3 innings at home, Arrieta has allowed nine runs on 29 hits with 11 walks and 44 strikeouts.

Jake Arrieta faces the Brewers for the first time this year. In three career starts against the Brewers, Arrieta is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta

The Cubs get their first look of the season at Yovani Gallardo tonight. Gallardo has been inconsistent, at best, this year for the Brewers. Gallardo will put together dominating starts, like he did against the Rays on July 30, and follow it up with a clunker, like he did against the Giants in his last outing. Gallardo gave up four runs on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts in four innings to the Giants in his last start.

Since the break, Yovani Gallardo is 1-1 in four starts with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP and on the road, Gallardo is 4-2 in 10 starts with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.

Yovani Gallardo owns an 8-3 record in 17 career starts against the Cubs with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP, and is 4-1 in nine starts at Wrigley with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Yovani Gallardo

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Coghlan LF
    Baez 2B
    Rizzo 1B
    Castro SS
    Valbuena 3B
    Alcantara CF
    Ruggiano RF
    Castillo C
    Arrieta P

  • Neil


    • BillyFinT

      I googled and was like, “a 70s sitcome?”

      • Neil

        Robin Williams passed away. He was one of my favorites from the time I was a little kid. The line is from his character Mork that was a spin off from Happy Days.

        • BillyFinT

          Haha. What a joy he brought to this world. I always remember him as in Good Morning Vietnam. RIP. We will laugh this one out for you!

          • Tom U

            So many great performances it is hard to pick. I remember a small but funny role as “the King of the Moon” in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

          • BillyFinT

            Making Death looks funny in a 18th CE-style fantasy–My kind of film!


        • John_CC

          How sad! I actaully didn’t really appreciate his genius until I was an adult. So sad.

      • Tony_H


    • John G


  • Tony_H

    Sad news about Robin Williams passing away. He was one of my favorite comedians.

    • SuzyS

      Extremely sad…and shocking. RW is responsible for many many smiles and laughs in my life. I wish him peace…and those around him.

      • John G

        Not only a great comedian, but an excellent dramatic actor as well. We lost one of the great ones.

        • Tony_H

          I agree, after just looking up his movie list makes me want to check out the ones I missed. Some of his best movies he showed us both sides.

      • Tony_H

        So many great characters we will always have to remember him, yet some of his funniest times where just Robin being Robin with no script entertaining us.

    • BillyFinT
    • BillyFinT
      • Tony_H

        Great movie! Here are some highlights of Mork from Ork

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  • Neil

    Arrieta gets out of the jam without allowing any runs

  • paulcatanese

    Just turned the blog on, very sorry to hear about Robin Williams.

  • BillyFinT

    This rain will halt the rain. I want to see Baez steal third.

    • BillyFinT

      I meant halt the “game.” LOL

      At least they continued playing, instead of calling it official. Hate to see the home team not given a chance, just one run down.

  • BillyFinT

    That’s an out. Did Castro relay?

  • BillyFinT

    A hanging breaker and the Cubs will need to do this again! It’s Robbins Night, so we’re laughing it!

    • BillyFinT

      Still expect the Cubs to win this one!

  • stu_studdly

    Now that the steroid era is allegedly over, even no name pitching seems to dominate. I’d rather us get a few Jake Arrieta types instead of paying $150,000,000+ for someone when the gap might not be that much of a difference. But I guess when you have plenty of hitters ready to step up and you have money to spend, why not.

    • Theboardrider

      I’m with you Stu. I don’t think we need to overinvest too much. I’d take one guy like that and it would be a pitcher. Sign Lester or Scherzer and then don’t do any more contracts like that for FA’s. Arietta and Hendricks will be fine as 2 and 3 for a few years until Edwards, Underwood, Tseng or someone else comes along. If Arietta and Hendricks will continue to pitch like they have next year, they’ll be great 2/3 types. Both are pitching like it now.

    • Larry Schwimmer

      I totally agree. No pitcher is worth $150,000,000 for 6 years. The CUBS need offense. Starting pitching hasn’t been our problem.

      It’s said that Arrieta can pitch 7 innings, allow 2 runs and he can’t win because there’s no run support.

  • Sonate

    Baez just struck out without a single pitch in the strike zone!

  • Theboardrider

    He may not win, but it appears Jake Arietta had a pretty dang good outing.

    And man, Pete Strop has been completely unhittable of late. When was the last time he gave up a run? I don’t even remember him giving up a hit in a while?

  • BillyFinT

    Exciting 13-pitch dual b/w Rizzo and KRod. Castro on! Rally Cap!!

    • BillyFinT

      Castro’s great hustle on a roller.

      • BillyFinT

        Hoping KRod unavailable tomorrow, 3 more games to go, Cubs need to stay focused to win.

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 3-1 to the Brewers on Monday night … Jake Arrieta:
    2R, 5H, 1BB, 4K in 7.1 IP (95 pitches, 62 for strikes)

    Chris Coghlan: 1-for-4,
    2B, RBI; Javier Baez: 1-4, 2B; Starlin Castro: 2-4; Welington Castillo: 1-3

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