Game Thirty-Two: Cubs (13-18) vs. Brewers (13-18)
Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185/914
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Matt Garza (2-1, 2.67/0.89) vs. Randy Wolf (2-3, 6.68/1.82)
The Cubs begin a five-game road trip tonight in Milwaukee with the first of three against the Brewers. The quick trip ends Tuesday afternoon in St. Louis. Dale Sveum’s Cubs lost three of four to Milwaukee during the first homestand of the year and will face a much different Brewers’ team this weekend.
Mat Gamel is out for the season with a torn ACL and rumors have suggested that the Brewers are interested in signing Derrek Lee to replace Gamel. Carlos Gomez (left hamstring strain) and Alex Gonzalez (right knee injury) are on the DL and Cesar Izturis is filling in at short. Chris Narveson will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn left rotator cuff.
Dale Sveum will make his return to Milwaukee and for the first time he will call the shots from the visitor’s dugout. After tonight, Sveum will send Chris Volstad to the hill Saturday against Shaun Marcum and Jeff Samardzija will face Marco Estrada in Sunday’s finale.
What will the Cubs’ lineup look like for tonight’s game? Bryan LaHair has a double in three at bats against Randy Wolf while Jeff Baker has raked against Wolf in his career (10-for-24 with two doubles, a home run and a walk). Ian Stewart (2-for-5 with a double, a home run and a walk) also has good numbers against Wolf while three of Alfonso Soriano’s nine career hits against Wolf have gone for extra bases (9-for-35 with a double, two home runs and four walks).
The two rivals will battle for fifth place in the central over the weekend with the much-improved Astros just a game ahead of both the Cubs and Brewers.
Tonight all starts with Matt Garza … The Cubs tried not to skip Matt Garza the last time through the rotation but he could not go due to the flu bug that made its way around the Cubs’ clubhouse. Garza pushed back to tonight’s opener against the Brewers.
Matt Garza was just about as good as it gets in his last start back on April 29. Garza allowed just one hit in seven shutout innings to the Phillies. Garza walked one and struck out 10. One of the best road starts of his Cubs career.
For as good as Matt Garza has been this season, he had struggled in his only road start prior to his outing in Philadelphia. Garza is 1-1 in two starts outside of Wrigley with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP … compared to a 1-0 record in three home starts with a 1.66 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.
Garza will make his second start of the year against the Brewers. Garza came within his own throwing error of a complete game gem when he faced Milwaukee at Wrigley on April 12. Garza tossed 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball, allowed three hits, struck out nine and walked two.
Matt Garza is 3-1 in four career starts against the Brewers with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP … at Miller Park, 0-1 in one start with a 7.94 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP (five runs on eight hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings).
Brewers Career Numbers against Matt Garza
- Norichika Aoki – 0-for-1
- Ryan Braun – 3-for-12 with a double, a home run and two walks
- Corey Hart – 1-for-7 with three walks
- Travis Ishikawa – 0-for-1
- Cesar Izturis – 3-for-13 with a double and two walks
- George Kottaras – 2-for-8 with a home run
- Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-2
- Nyjer Morgan – 6-for-13 with a triple
- Rickie Weeks – 2-for-13 with a walk
- Randy Wolf – 0-for-1
The usually steady and reliable Randy Wolf has had a rough start to the season. Wolf has given up less than three runs in only one of his six starts and is coming off a bad outing in San Francisco in which he allowed four runs on nine hits without a walk and three strikeouts in six innings. Wolf has allowed seven runs on 18 hits in his last 11 innings … but he has yet to face the Cubs this season.
For as much as Randy Wolf has struggled, he has still been decent at home (1-2 in three starts with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP) and he has given the Cubs his best effort throughout his career.
Randy Wolf is 6-11 in 23 career starts against the Cubs with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP … last season, 1-2 in four starts with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Randy Wolf
- Jeff Baker – 10-for-24 with two doubles, a home run and a walk
- Darwin Barney – 0-for-6
- Tony Campana – 0-for-3
- Starlin Castro – 7-for-18 with two doubles, a home run and a walk
- Matt Garza – 0-for-2
- Reed Johnson – 2-for-15
- Bryan LaHair – 1-for-3 with a double
- Joe Mather – 0-for-4 with a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 9-for-35 with a double, two home runs and four walks
- Geovany Soto – 10-for-30 with a double, three home runs and two walks
- Ian Stewart – 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and a walk
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