|MILWAUKEE ( LOHSE )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( RUSIN )
|901||MILWAUKEE||-115||Ov 8.5,-105||-120||Ov 9,+105|
|902||CHICAGO CUBS||+105||Un 8.5,-115||+110||Un 9,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-26||-13.2||20-17||3.7||0.256||0.300||4.7||0.265||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||2-4||3.7||0.255||0.306||4.0||0.281||0.331|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-61||-16.5||48-47||4.0||0.238||0.295||4.4||0.246||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||2-2||4.3||0.251||0.329||4.4||0.238||0.303|
|8/23/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||6-4||W||180||8 un||O||9||8||1||10||8||2|
|8/24/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||3-6||L||182||8.5 un||O||8||5||1||14||9||0|
|8/25/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||REYNOLDS(R)||3-1||W||140||8.5 ov||U||7||7||1||5||5||0|
|8/27/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||7-6||W||125||7 ov||O||14||8||0||15||9||0|
|8/28/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||1-7||L||135||7.5 un||O||7||10||1||13||6||2|
|8/29/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||4-0||W||150||7.5 un||U||10||3||0||6||5||2|
|8/30/2013||PERALTA(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||0-5||L||+115||8 ov||U||6||13||0||8||4||1|
|8/31/2013||ESTRADA(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||5-6||L||-125||8.5 ev||O||12||7||0||12||5||1|
|9/1/2013||LOHSE(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||3-5||L||-110||8 ov||P||4||4||0||11||6||1|
|9/6/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)|| |
|9/7/2013||HELLWEG(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|9/10/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|9/11/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|9/12/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|8/23/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||6-8||L||115||7 ev||O||10||9||1||13||3||1|
|8/24/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-2||W||115||7 un||U||10||8||0||7||7||1|
|8/25/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||2-3||L||130||7 ov||U||8||13||1||13||16||1|
|8/26/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-6||L||230||7 ev||O||5||4||0||9||9||0|
|8/27/2013||WOOD(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-2||W||250||6 ov||U||9||13||1||7||9||2|
|8/28/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||0-4||L||190||7.5 un||U||3||6||1||6||4||1|
|9/9/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|9/10/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)|| |
|9/11/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|9/12/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MILWAUKEE-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Brewers-Cubs Preview* ======================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Milwaukee (60-79) at Chicago (59-80), 2:20 p.m. EDT
Thanks in part to their big advantage in head-to-head matchups, the Milwaukee Brewers hold a slight edge over the Chicago Cubs in the fight to stay out of the NL Central cellar.
The Brewers should have a good chance to add to that success with Kyle Lohse on the mound.
Lohse looks to lead Milwaukee to its ninth victory in 13 games in the season series Friday at Wrigley Field.
After snapping a five-game losing streak with a 9-3 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday, the Brewers (60-79) hope to avoid falling back to the bottom of the division as they open this three-game set with the Cubs (59-80).
The Brewers are playing better on the road as of late, winning nine of 14. That's also been the case at Wrigley, where they've won four of six.
They'll try to continue that trend behind Lohse (9-8, 3.32 ERA), who held the Angels to one run over six innings - despite giving up seven hits with just one strikeout - before the Milwaukee bullpen blew a two-run lead in Sunday's 5-3 loss at Miller Park.
"He did not have his good command," manager Ron Roenicke said. "I thought it was great, getting us to the sixth with just giving up one run. He really battled well."
The right-hander, however, has been on top of his game on most occasions recently. He's 8-2 with a 2.66 ERA over his last 17 starts, ranking in the NL top 10 in wins, ERA and innings pitched (105) since June 9.
Lohse has also gone 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in his last four outings versus the Cubs, most recently holding Chicago to five hits over six innings at Wrigley on July 29 before the Brewers scored five in the ninth for a 5-0 victory.
Anthony Rizzo has gone 3 for 5 with a double when facing Lohse this season and is hitting .367 in his last eight versus Milwaukee.
Teammate Dioner Navarro seeks his fifth straight multi-hit game overall, going 8 for 18 over his last four.
The Cubs managed to avoid getting swept at home by the lowly Marlins on Wednesday when Donnie Murphy capped a four-run seventh inning with a two-run homer in a 9-7 victory.
"I've come through in those situations before and for some reason I'm comfortable in `em," said Murphy, who is 7 for 18 with four home runs in the seventh or later with his team ahead by one run, tied or with the tying run on base, at bat or on deck.
Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.74) hasn't given up more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts, though he's 1-2 with a 1.86 ERA while receiving just seven runs of support over that span.
"I think the biggest thing for him maturity-wise is making the pitches when he has to make them," manager Dale Sveum told the league's official website. "That's been the difference."
The left-hander seeks his first win at home, where he's 0-3 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts.
Rusin yielded one run and one hit over five innings in his only career start against the Brewers, but received no run support in a 5-2 loss at Miller Park on Aug. 21, 2012.
Jean Segura is 5 for 12 with four extra-base hits at Wrigley this season. He missed Wednesday's win due to illness, but is expected to play Friday.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 7:04:16 AM EST|