|CHICAGO CUBS ( ARRIETA )|
MILWAUKEE ( LOHSE )
|955||CHICAGO CUBS||+140||Ov 8,-110||+130||Ov 8.5,-105|
|956||MILWAUKEE||-150||Un 8,-110||-140||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-68||-19.6||50-55||3.9||0.235||0.292||4.4||0.244||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.4||1-6||1.9||0.168||0.241||4.1||0.218||0.283|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-56||+4||51-56||4.0||0.252||0.307||4.2||0.254||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+6.2||2-4||5.1||0.236||0.331||2.9||0.202||0.272|
|9/9/2013||WOOD(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||2-0||W||165||7.5 ov||U||7||6||0||7||9||0|
|9/10/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||9-1||W||225||8 ov||O||13||8||0||10||9||1|
|9/11/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||0-6||L||160||8.5 un||U||6||7||0||8||6||0|
|9/12/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||1-3||L||160||7.5 un||U||4||5||0||6||5||0|
|9/13/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||5-4||W||160||7 un||O||9||8||1||9||7||1|
|9/14/2013||BAKER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||1-2||L||175||7 un||U||5||6||0||5||4||0|
|9/15/2013||WOOD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||2-3||L||165||6.5 un||U||3||5||0||7||6||0|
|9/16/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||1-6||L||115||8 ev||U||5||6||3||8||8||2|
|9/17/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||3-4||L||125||7.5 un||U||7||4||2||6||5||0|
|9/18/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||THORNBURG(R)||0-7||L||130||8 un||U||4||8||0||5||3||0|
|9/19/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|9/6/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||5-8||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||10||8||1||13||6||0|
|9/7/2013||HELLWEG(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||5-3||W||130||10.5 ov||U||5||9||1||6||4||1|
|9/8/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||BAKER(R)||3-1||W||-125||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||3||3||0|
|9/10/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-4||L||175||8.5 un||U||7||8||2||6||8||0|
|9/11/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-5||L||135||8 un||U||6||6||1||6||4||1|
|9/12/2013||THORNBURG(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||5-3||W||160||8 un||P||11||6||0||6||4||2|
|9/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||6-1||W||-125||8 ev||U||8||8||2||5||6||3|
|9/17/2013||ESTRADA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||4-3||W||-135||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||7||4||2|
|9/18/2013||THORNBURG(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||7-0||W||-140||8 un||U||5||3||0||4||8||0|
|9/19/2013||LOHSE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||HELLWEG(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||GALLARDO(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|9/22/2013||PERALTA(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|9/23/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|9/24/2013||THORNBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)|| |
|9/25/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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 ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Chicago (63-88) at Milwaukee (67-83), 2:10 p.m. EDT
While they've dominated the Chicago Cubs in recent matchups, the Milwaukee Brewers have never recorded a four-game sweep in 17 years as NL rivals.
Kyle Lohse will try to help his club accomplish that unprecedented feat with a better performance against Chicago on Thursday at Miller Park.
Milwaukee (68-83) eased to its 33rd win in the last 44 matchups with the Cubs on Wednesday and 22nd in 26 home meetings. Sean Halton's first career grand slam in the first inning was more than enough for the Brewers in a 7-0 rout.
"In a couple months I will sit back and look (and say) that was a crazy week," said Halton, who also hit a three-run walkoff homer Sunday to give the Brewers a 6-5 victory over Cincinnati. "It is unbelievable to get an opportunity to be in those situations let alone come through in them."
Lohse (10-9, 3.46 ERA) will try to lead Milwaukee to another win over its NL Central rivals and its fifth in a row overall. The Brewers haven't won five straight since a season-high, nine-game win streak April 14-23.
The right-hander pitched a four-hitter Friday in a 5-1 victory over Cincinnati after a miserable outing against the Cubs on Sept. 6. Lohse was tagged for a season-high seven runs and 11 hits over five innings in an 8-5 defeat.
Junior Lake struck the big blow in the first inning with his first career grand slam.
"You're gonna have starts like that," said Lohse, who was 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in his previous four matchups. "Guys have those starts ... but I look at the season as a whole."
Jake Arrieta (2-2, 4.42) will try to help the scuffling Cubs (63-89) avoid the sweep and a season high-tying sixth consecutive loss while avoiding his second defeat to Milwaukee in less than two weeks.
The right-hander gave up four runs over five innings in a 5-3 defeat Sept. 7. He had a better performance in his Cubs debut July 30 against the Brewers, giving up one run and two hits over six innings.
Chicago closer Kevin Gregg, however, blew the save in that 3-2 defeat.
Arrieta has allowed four runs in each of his last two games and lasted five-plus innings Friday before the Cubs rallied a 5-4 comeback win in Pittsburgh on Friday.
Manager Dale Sveum could use a strong performance from Arrieta and the rest of the Cubs to increase his chances of keeping his job after this season. Team president Theo Epstein wouldn't say whether Sveum would return next year on Tuesday.
"Some things haven't gone too well, and some things have gone really well," Sveum told the team's website Wednesday. "That's up to (the front office), and they're the bosses. They make those decisions and they have all kinds of things to evaluate."
The Brewers, meanwhile, are hoping to get shortstop Jean Segura back after he had to leave Wednesday's game with a strained right hamstring.
"It's not bad, but saying that, we'll see how many days it's going to be," manager Ron Roenicke told the team's website. "If he walks in here (Thursday) and he hardly feels anything, then we have a chance to get him back out there."
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 8:02:56 AM EST|