Game Fifty-Five: Cubs (18-36) vs. Brewers (24-30)
Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/914
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Ryan Dempster (0-3, 2.90/1.15) vs. Yovani Gallardo (4-4, 4.22/1.45)
The Cubs open a three-game series tonight in Milwaukee fresh off a four-game sweep at the hands of the Giants. The Cubs will turn to Ryan Dempster to end their losing streak against a Brewers team he’s had success against in the past. The Cubs are just 2-5 against Milwaukee this season.
Ryan Dempster reportedly did not make the trip to San Francisco and stayed behind in Chicago to handle personal issues. There was a lot of speculation that suggested Dempster stayed behind because the Cubs could be trading him soon. As it stands, it was nothing but speculation and Dempster will shoot to put an end to his winless streak. Dempster has not posted a win in his last 18 starts dating back to August 11 of last season. The Cubs are 4-14 in his last 18 starts.
Will Starlin Castro get the night off? After another metal lapse from the Cubs very talented shortstop, Dale Sveum issued what could only be described as an ultimatum. Castro is the only Cub that has played in all 54 games. Maybe it’s time to give Castro a break.
Tonight it all starts with Ryan Dempster … Ryan Dempster is coming off his worst start of the season. On a pitcher’s day at Wrigley, Dempster served up three, three-run homers and allowed six runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Dempster could not find a rhythm and had a bad day.
For as good statistically as Dempster was early in the season, he has struggled of late. Dempster has allowed at least four earned runs in three of his last four outings and is 0-2 in his last six starts with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
Tonight will be Dempster’s second start of the season against the Brewers. Dempster took the loss against Milwaukee at Wrigley in his second start of the year. Dempster allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings … the Cubs lost 2-1.
Ryan Dempster owns a 15-6 career mark against in the Brewers in 48 games, 26 starts, with a 2.75 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP … at Miller Park, 6-4 in 25 games, 13 starts, with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.
Brewers Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster
- Norichika Aoki – 1-for-2 with a walk
- Ryan Braun – 11-for-46 with four doubles, two home runs and three walks
- Yovani Gallardo – 0-for-6
- Carlos Gomez – 2-for-7 with a walk
- Corey Hart – 8-for-41 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and five walks
- Travis Ishikawa – 1-for-7 with two walks
- Cesar Izturis – 4-for-18
- George Kottaras – 2-for-6 with a walk
- Nyjer Morgan – 0-for-17 with two walks
- Aramis Ramirez – 6-for-25 with two walks
- Rickie Weeks – 9-for-39 with a double and seven walks
With the exception of one start against the Cardinals, Yovani Gallardo has been excellent this season. The Cardinals knocked Gallardo out of the game on April 27 in the second inning. Gallardo allowed eight runs on eight hits in a 13-1 loss.
Yovani Gallardo is 3-2 in his last six starts with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.
Gallardo beat the Cubs back on April 11 in his only start against Dale Sveum’s team this season. The Cubs managed only one run on five hits in seven innings (two walks and six strikeouts). For his career, Gallardo is 5-1 in 11 starts against the Cubs with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Yovani Gallardo
- Jeff Baker – 0-for-4
- Darwin Barney – 2-for-11 with a walk
- Tony Campana – 0-for-1
- Starlin Castro – 7-for-20 with three doubles and a walk
- David DeJesus – 2-for-4 with two doubles and two walks
- Ryan Dempster – 0-for-4 with a walk
- Koyie Hill – 0-for-3
- Reed Johnson – 1-for-5 with a double
- Bryan LaHair – 1-for-2 with a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-20 with a double
- Ian Stewart – 7-for-13 with two doubles, two home runs and a walk
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