Game Sixty-Two: Cubs (21-40) vs. Tigers (28-33)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Matt Garza (2-4, 3.99/1.12) vs. Rick Porcello (3-4, 5.03/1.54)
With the draft out of the way and agreeing to terms on a contract with Jorge Soler, the front office appears to be focused on the big league team. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Dale Sveum made the decision to replace Rudy Jaramillo on an interim basis with James Rowson and many think this is just the first of many changes on the horizon for the Chicago Cubs.
Theo Epstein told the media Tuesday that the Cubs are ready to start moving players to improve the organization’s future. Ryan Dempster could be the first player dealt but so could Matt Garza.
The Cubs need a good outing tonight from Matt Garza for more than one reason. If the Cubs are trying to move Garza he is facing one of the teams tonight that is rumored to have interest. The Tigers were one of the many teams that reportedly showed interest in Garza during the off-season … and according to the rumor mill, Rick Porcello was in the talks for Garza over the winter. The Tigers are among the teams the Cubs could receive a good package from in return for Garza. Rumors have suggested the Blue Jays, Yankees and Red Sox are also interested in trading for Garza.
In other news … Geovany Soto could return from the DL for the weekend series against the Red Sox. Soto started behind the plate Monday and served as Iowa’s DH on Tuesday. Soto has been sidelined Since May 17 with a torn meniscus in his left knee.
With a win tonight against Rick Porcello and the Tigers, the Cubs would match their longest winning streak of the season. Tonight it all starts with Matt Garza … Matt Garza is coming off a very good outing in Milwaukee and despite the fact that the Cubs are 0-6 in Garza’s last six starts, Garza is 0-1 in his last two starts with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP with only two walks and 12 strikeouts in his last 12 innings … similar numbers that he put up in April (2-1 in five starts with a 2.67 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP).
Garza has thrown the ball much better of late and will make his first start at Wrigley in nearly a month tonight (May 16). Garza has started only four games in his home park this season (1-0 with a 1.91 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP) and of his last seven starts, six have been outside of Wrigley Field.
Matt Garza is 1-5 in eight career starts against the Tigers with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.
Tigers Career Numbers against Matt Garza
- Brennan Boesch – 1-for-4 with a walk
- Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-10 with a double, a home run and two walks
- Prince Fielder – 3-for-9 with three doubles and a walk
- Don Kelly – 0-for-3
- Austin Jackson – 1-for-7
- Gerald Laird – 2-for-12 with a double and two walks
- Jhonny Peralta – 9-for-22 with a double
- Danny Worth – 0-for-2
- Delmon Young – 1-for-2
Rick Porcello is coming off another rough outing. After holding the Yankees to one run on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in six innings, the Reds knocked Porcello out of the game after five innings. Porcello allowed four runs on nine hits with two walks and only one strikeout … the first outing this season that Porcello issued more free passes than the number of batters he struck out.
Porcello is 1-2 in five road starts this season with a 4.97 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP … teams are hitting .331 against him this year outside of his home park.
Tonight will mark the second time in his young career that Rick Porcello has started a game against the Cubs. Porcello allowed two runs on seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts in five innings back on June 24, 2009 to Lou’s Crew in Detroit.
David DeJesus (8-for-20 with a double, a triple and a walk) and Alfonso Soriano (1-for-3) are the only active Cubs that have faced Rick Porcello.
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