Game One Hundred Thirty-Eight: Cubs (55-82) vs. Pirates (55-83)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T. WCIU, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 189
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Juan Mateo (1-2, 4.15) vs. Victor Santos (5-9, 5.54)
Updated 5:25pm C.T. with Roster Moves - Cubs Recall Jae Kuk Ryu and Jose Reyes from Triple-A Iowa – Cubs Complete Deal with Twins and Acquire RHP Adam Harben – Jerome Williams Claimed Off of Waivers by Oakland Athletics
The Cubs need this win tonight, not for any other reason but pride. If Juan Mateo cannot put an end to the Cubs 4-game losing streak to the Pirates, the Cubs will reach the basement of the National League. All bad jokes aside, no one, not even the most skeptical, wants to see their team finish a season in last place. Juan Mateo has pitched well for the Cubs; he left his last start in the 3rd inning after taking a line drive off of his forearm. The Cubs need Mateo to continue to impress and record his 2nd Major League victory tonight against a team that is playing to stay out of the cellar. Mateo has very good stuff and has pitched better than his record indicates, like the rest of the pitching staff, Mateo has been a victim of bad defense and little to no run support. Mateo did end up surrendering 3 runs in his last outing against the Pirates, but only 1 while he was on the mound. The Cubs eventually lost that game in the 11th inning. Mateo has to throw strikes and give the Cubs a similar outing to the one he gave them against the Astros, ironically enough Mateo has started two games that ended up going into extra innings this season, the Cubs must put this one away in 9.
Victor Santos was better at the plate than he was on the mound last Wednesday against the Cubs. Santos was 2-3 with a RBI but the Cubs scored 5 runs, 3 earned, in 5 2/3 innings on him after a very strong start. Santos did not walk a batter and struck out 4. He is 0-1 in 3 games this season against the Cubs with a 5.29 ERA (10 runs in 17 innings, 24 hits) for his career he is 3-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 14 games against the Cubs.
Let’s Talk Cubbies Baseball….
Roster Moves – According to a report on Cubs.com, the Cubs recalled pitcher Jae Kuk Ryu and catcher Jose Reyes. The Cubs also completed the trade with the Minnesota Twins for Phil Nevin. The Cubs acquired RHP Adam Harben. Harben is 23 years old and is 32-28 in 108 career games in the Minor Leagues, 91 starts and was 4-9 with a 3.96 ERA in 22 starts for Double-A New Britain…here are his stats from the Baseball Cube. Also, Jerome Williams was claimed off of waivers by the Oakland Athletics.