Game One Hundred Sixty-One: Cubs (82-77) vs. Diamondbacks (69-91)
Game Time – 12:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Randy Wells (11-10, 3.18/1.31) vs. Daniel Cabrera (0-5, 6.07/2.04)
Only two games remaining on the 2009 schedule … Weather permitting the big question is, will the Cubs show up to play this afternoon? The Cubs have not shown up to the park since Ryan Dempster pitched a complete game shutout on Tuesday night against the Pirates. The Cubs have been outplayed in all aspects of the game by two 90-loss teams. This is not the way to finish a disappointing season.
Derrek Lee is expected back in the lineup this afternoon … Lee has missed the last two games due to personal reasons.
According to a report from the Daily Herald, most of Lou Piniella’s coaching staff is expected back next season, including Larry Rothschild. The official announcement could come as early as Monday.
Today it all begins with Randy Wells and just playing baseball … Randy Wells is stumbling toward the season’s final game like the rest of his teammates. Wells’ over all record in September was okay (2-3 in six starts with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP), but teams are hitting .311 (highest single month, second was in July, .272) and his WHIP is rather concerning. Wells has given up five earned runs in two of his last three starts and has completed six innings only two times in his last five outings.
Wells is running (or has ran) out of gas. Today’s start is meaningless for Wells and the Cubs. While it is important for all players to finish the season on a positive note, Wells has succeeded any and all expectations and should have been shutdown two starts ago.
Randy Wells is 6-5 in 13 starts at Wrigley this season with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.
Today will be his first career appearance against the Diamondbacks.
The former Baltimore Oriole (and Washington National) will face the Cubs’ for the first time in his career this afternoon. Daniel Cabrera will make his first start of the year for the D’Backs and just his sixth appearance.
Cabrera was 0-5 in nine games, eight starts, for the Nationals with a 5.85 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP … the Nationals released Cabrera on June 5. Arizona called-up Cabrera on September 3 from Triple-A and in six innings (five games) Cabrera has allowed five runs on seven hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
The Cubs must be patient with Daniel Cabrera this afternoon if they want to end their three game losing streak.
- Reed Johnson – 3-for-16 with a double and 3 walks
- Aaron Miles – 2-for-2 with a walk
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