Game One Hundred Forty: Cubs (72-67) vs. Reds (63-78)
Game Time – 12:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 175
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Randy Wells (10-8, 2.84/1.22) vs. Johnny Cueto (9-10, 4.39/1.33)
Can Lou Piniella’s crew tie their longest winning streak of the year? The Cubs have posted five victories in a row twice this season (May 10 – May 16 and July 22 – July 27). Not only would a win today equal their longest stretch of the season, a victory would give them double-digit wins over the Reds for the first time since 2006 (9-4 in the first 13 match-ups of 2009).
Alfonso Soriano will get a second opinion on his left knee before have surgery to repair the injury that has hampered him most of the year. Soriano’s season is reportedly over but for some reason he feels the need for a second opinion on what should be a routine knee scope. According to multiple reports over the last week, Soriano’s days as the Cubs leadoff hitter are over.
Quick note … Friday was the first day since July 30 in which the Cubs won a game and the Cardinals lost a game, on July 30 the Cubs owned a half game lead in the Central Division.
Today it all begins with Randy Wells and not mailing in the remainder of the season. Randy Wells is coming off another good outing and another hard-luck loss. Wells was once again the victim of no run support in his last start against the Mets. The Cubs managed only two runs and Wells surrendered two runs, one earned, on seven hits in six innings. Wells did not issue any free passes and struck out two in third straight quality start.
The Cubs keep talking about limiting Wells’ innings but has yet to do it. If the Cubs want him in their rotation next season, and possibly beyond, they must shorten up his outings or skip one or two of his starts over the last three weeks of the season.
Randy Wells has been one of the few positives this season … the Cubs need to make sure he is not a one-year wonder.
Wells is 6-4 in 11 home starts this year with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.
Today will be Randy Wells’ fourth start of the year against the Reds. He is 2-0 in the first three with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
- Jonny Gomes – 2-for-9
- Ryan Hanigan – 4-for-8 with a walk
- Paul Janish – 0-for-3
- Laynce Nix – 1-for-6
- Brandon Phillips – 3-for-8 with a walk
- Adam Rosales – 1-for-4
- Joey Votto – 1-for-5 with a walk
The Cubs will get their fourth look of the year at one of the best young right-handers in the league in Johnny Cueto. Cueto has a bright future but has tallied a lot of innings and thrown a lot of pitches in his first two years under Dusty Baker. Cueto has been very good of late after a rough July (1-4 in six starts with a 8.16 ERA and a 2.02 WHIP) and August (1-2 in four starts including a trip to the DL with a 8.22 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP).
Cueto is coming off an impressive win against the Braves in which he allowed just one run on three hits in six innings with two walks and nine strikeouts. In his last two starts, two runs on six hits in 11 innings with 14 strikeouts and three walks.
Today will be Cueto’s 15th road start of the year. He is 6-5 outside of Great American with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.
Johnny Cueto is 1-2 in three starts this season versus Chicago with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.
- Milton Bradley – 0-for-3
- Mike Fontenot – 1-for-9 with a double and a walk
- Jake Fox – 0-for-2
- Kosuke Fukudome – 5-for-18 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Koyie Hill – 2-for-5 with 2 doubles and a walk
- Micah Hoffpauir – 0-for-4
- Derrek Lee – 8-for-22 with 2 doubles, a triple and a walk
- Aaron Miles – 0-for-4 with 2 walks
- Aramis Ramirez – 4-for-14 with a double, 2 home runs and 3 walks
- Alfonso Soriano – 8-for-18 with 3 home runs
- Geovany Soto – 5-for-14 with 2 doubles, a triple, a home run and a walk
- Ryan Theriot – 8-for-21 with 2 doubles
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