After taking two out of three in Pittsburgh to start the season, the Cubs have lost five in-a-row since then. Offense hasn’t been a major issue for the Cubs although it wouldn’t hurt for them to score a few more runs. Defense and pitching have been the achilles heel for the Cubs so far in 2013.
The loveable losers gave Atlanta an early 4-0 lead last Friday and lost 4-1. The next night, the bullpen would be the Cubs undoing as a a few bad pitches wound up costing the Cubs a 5-1 lead. They would lose that game 6-5. Then to wrap up the Atlanta series on Sunday, an out of control 7th inning by Jeff Samardzija ruined another Cubs lead and they would lose once again.
In yesterday’s home opener, the Cubs were simply out matched by the Milwaukee Brewers. Not helping matters was the fact that Edwin Jackson gave up four runs in the first inning. With Travis Wood taking the mound for the Cubs today they have a little hope heading into game two against Milwaukee tonight.
Wood is already 1-0 on the season with a perfect earned run average of 0.00. In his first outing in against Pittsburgh last Wednesday, Wood pitched a flawless six innings, only giving up one hit and one walk. He also struck out four batters. The Cubs are hoping and praying for similar performance out of him tonight.
Considering the Brewers are only 2-5 this season, the Travis Wood gives the Cubs a good chance to win this evening. But you can never underestimate the Brew Crew as they tagged the North Siders for seven runs in yesterday’s series opener. The Cubs will need another strong outing from Travis Wood combined with some solid offense if they are going to break their losing streak tonight.
Increasing the Cubs chances for victory is the fact that the Brewers are sending Wily Peralta to the pitchers mound tonight. Peralta lost his only start of the year and already has a 6.75 ERA. He struggled in his season debut by allowing 4 runs, 6 hits, and and 3 walks against Colorado last week.
Tonight is a huge opportunity for the Cubs to get back on the winning track.
Here are tonight’s starting lineups:
1. RF #7 Norichika Aoki
2. 2B #23 Rickie Weeks
3. LF #8 Ryan Braun
4. C #20 Jonathan Lucroy
5. 3B #11 Alex Gonzalez
6. CF #27 Carlos Gomez
7. SS #9 Jean Segura
8. 1B #3 Yuniesky Betancourt
9. P #60 Wily Peralta
1. CF #9 David DeJesus
2. SS #13 Starlin Castro
3. 1B #44 Anthony Rizzo
4. LF #12 Alfonso Soriano
5. RF #19 Nathan Schierholtz
6. C #53 Welington Castillo
7. 3B #24 Luis Valbuena
8. 2B #20 Brent Lillibridge
9. P #37 Travis Wood
It’s very cold here at Wrigley Field, with temperatures expected to drop in the low 40’s tonight. We are also expecting a chance of rain. There is some fog in the area but it’s not causing any problems at the moment. Fans are making their way into the Friendly Confines and they are bundled up in sweaters and coats. Some are even carrying blankets.
There’s even a draft up here in the press box. Hopefully the Cubs can get this game in before the rain arrives this evening. You can follow me on Twitter for game updates @GabeSalgado82 #Q101Sports