Game Sixty: Cubs (23-36) vs. Reds (32-29)
Game Time – 11:35am CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Ryan Dempster (4-5, 6.32/1.54) vs. Bronson Arroyo (4-5, 5.37/1.49)
The Cubs are tying to win a game every day … and maybe that’s their problem, they are trying. The Cubs are finding ways to lose day in and day out but maybe they should stop trying and just play baseball. After all it is a simple game, right?
Several streaks will either continue today or be broken. The Cubs have lost eight in a row and 10 of 13 and are 7-21 against teams in the central division. Q’s squad has dropped five straight at Great American and are 5-18 (1-6 this season) against the Reds the last two years … and the last time a Cubs team beat Bronson Arroyo was back in 2007.
With all of those numbers out of the way, if Ryan Dempster can notch the first win of his career at Great American, the flight to Philly will be much more enjoyable.
In other news … Angel Guzman has left extended spring training and has been added to the Peoria Chiefs roster. Back in March, Guzman was shooting to be on a full rehab assignment by the end of May … so he’s not too far behind his self imposed timeframe.
According to a report Tuesday night, Alfonso Soriano, Jeff Baker and Reed Johnson will soon be joining the Iowa Cubs. The trio will begin their rehab stints soon and Reed Johnson is hoping to be back by the weekend. The Cubs face Cliff Lee on Saturday afternoon.
Today it all starts with Ryan Dempster … After spending the month of May trying to turn around his season, Ryan Dempster slipped back to his April ways in his last start.
The Cubs were coming off a sweep at home to the Astros and a positive start to the long road trip was a must … and Dempster delivered a dud. The Cardinals knocked Dempster out of the game after just five innings. Dempster put his team in an early hole by serving up a three-run homer to Lance Berkman and for good measure Dempster put the first of Pujols’ four homers on a tee.
Dempster allowed six runs on eight hits (two home runs) with three walks and five strikeouts in five short innings.
Ryan Dempster has been beyond horrible on the road this season. The Cubs’ Opening Day starter is 1-2 in six starts with an 8.79 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP.
Dempster lost to the Reds at Wrigley back on May 8 … Johnny Cueto picked up the win in 2-0 shut out victory. Dempster did his part and held the Reds to two runs on five hits in seven innings of work. The Cubs will need that type of performance today to avoid losing their ninth in a row.
Today will be the 15th start of Dempster’s career against one his former teams. Dempster is 5-7 in 38 career games, 14 starts, with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP … but he’s never posted a win at Great American Ball Park.
Dempster is 0-7 in 25 career games, 12 starts, at the Reds’ home park with a 6.06 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.
Reds Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster
- Bronson Arroyo – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Jay Bruce – 3-for-11 with a double and 3 walks
- Miguel Cairo – 1-for-11
- Jonny Gomes – 1-for-7 with a double and 2 walks
- Ryan Hanigan – 1-for-4
- Ramon Hernandez – 7-for-15 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
- Fred Lewis – 1-for-8 with a triple and 2 walks
- Brandon Phillips – 3-for-24 with a home run and 2 walks
- Edgar Renteria – 8-for-26 with 2 home runs and 4 walks
- Scott Rolen – 6-for-34 with 2 doubles, a home run and 4 walks
- Drew Stubbs – 3-for-9 with a double and a home run
- Joey Votto – 3-for-18 with 2 home runs and 2 walks
Bronson Arroyo has owned the Cubs ever since he came over from the Red Sox for Wily Mo Pena prior to the 2006 season. The Cubs simply do not beat him.
Arroyo is coming off a win against the Dodgers. Arroyo allowed one run on five hits in six innings. Arroyo walked one and struck out two.
Arroyo has really struggled this season and was horrible in May to the tune of a 0-3 record in six starts with a 7.64 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. Arroyo figures to feel a lot better about himself by the end of the day … just like Mike Leake and Edinson Volquez did Monday and Tuesday.
The Cubs have already lost to Arroyo once this season (Cubs scored one run on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings) and they have not beaten the veteran right-hander since 2007. Arroyo is 9-7 in 23 career games, 21 starts, with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Bronson Arroyo
- Darwin Barney – 1-for-4
- Starlin Castro – 0-for-8
- Tyler Colvin – 1-for-12
- Ryan Dempster – 0-for-2
- Blake DeWitt – 6-for-19 with a double and a home run
- Kosuke Fukudome – 5-for-22 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
- Koyie Hill – 2-for-7 with a double and a walk
- Carlos Pena – 3-for-12 with a double
- Aramis Ramirez – 9-for-48 with a double, a home run and 4 walks
- Geovany Soto – 2-for-11 with 4 walks
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