|CHICAGO CUBS ( JACKSON )|
MILWAUKEE ( LOHSE )
|953||CHICAGO CUBS||+135||Ov 8,-105||+120||Ov 8,-110|
|954||MILWAUKEE||-145||Un 8,-115||-130||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||20-30||-7.9||25-24||4.3||0.245||0.297||4.4||0.242||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||1-6||4.0||0.237||0.298||4.0||0.261||0.299|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-22||+1.6||24-21||4.3||0.262||0.313||4.2||0.253||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||3-4||2.4||0.237||0.275||4.3||0.237||0.300|
|6/14/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)||6-3||W||110||7.5 un||O||9||4||0||9||8||0|
|6/15/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||5-2||W||110||7 ov||P||11||16||1||6||6||2|
|6/16/2013||GARZA(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||3-4||L||100||7.5 ev||U||7||6||1||6||6||2|
|6/17/2013||WOOD(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-5||L||190||7.5 un||U||5||7||2||8||4||0|
|6/18/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||4-2||W||190||7 un||U||8||5||0||8||4||0|
|6/19/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||1-4||L||155||8.5 un||U||2||4||0||9||6||2|
|6/20/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-6||L||165||7.5 ev||U||5||6||0||10||6||0|
|6/25/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||GARZA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||WOOD(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)|| |
|7/2/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|6/11/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||4-5||L||-115||7.5 un||O||5||3||0||8||2||1|
|6/12/2013||FIGARO(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||10-1||W||-120||7.5 un||O||12||3||0||5||3||2|
|6/14/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||3-4||L||135||8 un||U||12||11||2||7||8||3|
|6/15/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||6-0||W||160||8 ov||U||8||3||0||7||7||0|
|6/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||1-5||L||190||8.5 un||U||7||6||1||9||7||0|
|6/18/2013||FIGARO(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||1-10||L||-115||8 un||O||8||8||3||8||7||0|
|6/19/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||3-1||W||-125||8.5 un||U||6||5||0||10||8||1|
|6/20/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||4-7||L||-135||7.5 ov||O||8||8||1||9||7||3|
|6/25/2013||LOHSE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||GALLARDO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||HAND(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||FIGARO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|6/30/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)|| |
|7/1/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|7/2/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-Brewers Preview* ======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Chicago (31-43) at Milwaukee (31-43), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Chicago Cubs have long known Starlin Castro could be a defensive liability, but his offensive struggles have been a bit more perplexing.
He'll look to get back on track in both facets while extending his hitting streak against the Milwaukee Brewers to 11 games Tuesday night as Chicago tries to end an eight-game skid at Miller Park.
The 23-year-old Castro didn't become the first player born in the 1990s to make it to the majors three years ago because of his defense, but more for a solid bat that helped him rank among the league leaders in hits the past two seasons.
Castro hasn't been very good in the field or at the plate lately, committing two errors in Sunday's 14-6 win over Houston to bring his major league worst-tying total to 14 while also going hitless.
He's 2 for 25 over his last six games and is hitting just .228 on the year.
"The whole thing is not going real well right now so hopefully (Monday's off day) can recharge him and get things going in Milwaukee," manager Dale Sveum said.
Castro is a .294 career hitter and has a 10-game hitting streak versus Milwaukee, though the Cubs (31-43) have lost 12 of the last 14 meetings overall versus their NL Central rivals.
After setting season bests in runs and hits (16) in Sunday's victory, Chicago is hoping its bats stay hot against the Brewers.
Ryan Sweeney, starting for injured center fielder David DeJesus, hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high six runs. Anthony Rizzo scored four times and hit a two-run homer.
"Anytime you're scoring 14 runs with 16 hits, it's contagious," Sweeney said
The Cubs will send Edwin Jackson (3-9, 5.49 ERA) to the mound as they return to the park where they were swept April 19-21.
Jackson, who went 1-8 with a 6.29 ERA over his first 11 outings, seemed to be getting back on track after two solid starts, holding Pittsburgh and the Mets to a combined two runs over 13 innings in wins earlier this month.
He was much less effective Wednesday, though, giving up four runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 4-1 loss to St. Louis.
"Earlier (in the season), I felt like I was kind of mechanical," Jackson said. "You have to go back to having fun."
Despite Jackson's latest defeat, Sveum believes he has started to find his groove.
"He's pitching with more conviction," Sveum said. "Everything is going a heck of a lot better than the first half of his starts."
The right-hander lost to Milwaukee on April 8 and April 20, giving up five runs over six innings in each, though only one was earned in the second outing.
Milwaukee (31-43), which is coming off a 7-4 loss to Atlanta on Sunday, will counter with Kyle Lohse, who hasn't had much help from his offense.
Lohse (2-6, 3.68) has allowed one earned run in each of his last three starts, but only one victory to show for it. His 2.94 run-support average is among the worst in baseball after he got no help for the sixth time Wednesday, pitching six innings before Milwaukee's offense got going in a 3-1 win at Houston.
He refuses to let the lack of run support bother him, though.
"I'm not going to be selfish about it," Lohse said. "I want this team to get going in the right direction."
The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his last five starts versus the Cubs, though he's yet to face them in his first season with the Brewers.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 12:49:12 AM EST|