|CHICAGO CUBS ( FELDMAN )|
MILWAUKEE ( GALLARDO )
|903||CHICAGO CUBS||+130||Ov 8,+100||+120||Ov 8,-120|
|904||MILWAUKEE||-140||Un 8,-120||-130||Un 8,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||20-31||-8.9||26-24||4.2||0.245||0.296||4.5||0.244||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||2-5||4.1||0.248||0.297||4.6||0.271||0.314|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-22||+2.6||25-21||4.4||0.264||0.314||4.2||0.252||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||4-3||3.6||0.257||0.299||4.0||0.232||0.289|
|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)||3-9||L||130||8 ov||O||8||5||1||11||3||0|
|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||FELDMAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|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)||9-3||W||-140||8 ov||O||11||3||0||8||5||1|
|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||HAND(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|6/30/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)|| |
|7/1/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|7/2/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||@ 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 MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Chicago (31-43) at Milwaukee (31-43), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Facing the Chicago Cubs might offer Yovani Gallardo a good opportunity to carry his recent road success back to Milwaukee.
The right-hander looks to avoid a career-high fourth consecutive home loss and help the Brewers hand the Cubs a 10th straight defeat at Miller Park on Wednesday night.
Gallardo (6-6, 4.09 ERA) has not allowed an earned run in 21 innings while giving up 12 hits to go 2-0 in his last three starts - all on the road. He was charged with three unearned runs and five hits in seven innings of a 7-4, 10-inning loss at Houston on Thursday.
"I know for a fact the guys behind me don't want to make errors," he said. "They want to get every out they can. That is just how it is. As a pitcher, you have to move past it, whether it's an error or a misplayed ball. You have to focus on the next guy."
Gallardo's focus has generally been very good when facing the Cubs (31-44), going 7-2 with a 2.95 ERA in 14 starts against them. Chicago has won only once in seven matchups with Gallardo at Miller Park as he's gone 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA.
However, the Brewers have lost his past four starts there and he's lost the last three while posting a 6.75 ERA. It's his longest home losing streak since dropping three in a row in 2009.
Gallardo, though, hasn't pitched at Miller Park in three weeks, and the Brewers (32-43) have won six of seven at home after a 9-3 victory over Chicago on Tuesday. Rickie Weeks hit two homers and had four RBIs as Milwaukee used a five-run fifth inning to erase a two-run deficit.
Weeks is batting .439 with five homers and nine RBIs in his last 14 games to raise his average from .182 to .230.
"It feels good," he said. "It's just one of those things where you keep working on things, and just go out there and play ball. There's no satisfaction. There's no big answer. Just go out there and play ball like I've been doing."
Teammate Jean Segura, batting .334, collected his NL-leading 100th hit Tuesday with an RBI double. He's hitting .368 in five games against the Cubs in 2013.
Fellow shortstop Starlin Castro should be back in Chicago's lineup after his NL-leading streak of 269 consecutive games played ended Tuesday. He's batting .129 with no homers and three RBIs in his last 23 games.
Castro has hit .156 and Darwin Barney .107 during the Cubs' nine-game losing streak at Milwaukee. They've been outscored 52-22 in that span and have dropped 19 of 21 there.
"We lost nine straight?" said Anthony Rizzo, batting .308 in seven career games at Miller Park. "(I had) no idea. I don't know if anyone in this clubhouse knows that."
Scheduled starter Scott Feldman (6-6, 3.39) dropped to 0-4 with a 6.65 ERA this season against NL Central opponents after he allowed five runs and four walks in 5 1-3 innings of a 6-1 loss at St. Louis on Thursday.
The right-hander yielded three unearned runs and three hits in five innings of a 4-2 loss at Milwaukee on April 21.
Nate Schierholtz is 6 for 12 with two homers and six RBIs in the last three games for the Cubs, who have dropped six of nine.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:59:46 PM EST|