Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Braves – 04/08/10

Game Three: Cubs (0-2) vs. Braves (2-0)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 175
Location – Turner Field, Atlanta

Randy Wells (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Tommy Hanson (0-0, -.–/-.–)

0-2 is not where the Chicago Cubs expected to be after the first two games of the season. After being blown out on Opening Day and blowing it in the eighth inning on Wednesday, Lou Piniella’s crew will try to post their first win of Twenty-Ten behind Randy Wells tonight … weather permitting.

Several of the question marks surrounding the Cubs going into the season have been on full display in the first two games against the Braves. The Cubs need to put together a well-played game but most importantly leave Atlanta with a win under their belt.

During his pre-game show on Wednesday, Lou Piniella said he needed to get Xavier Nady and Tyler Colvin in tonight’s game. Will Lou begin tinkering with his lineup in the third game of the year?

Randy Wells is coming off a sensational rookie season. Wells was one of the pleasant surprises of 2009 and if it were not for Carlos Zambrano injuring himself trying to leg out a bunt against the Marlins, Wells might have been lost in Iowa or stuck in the pen.

Wells finished his first extended stint in the big leagues with a 12-10 record in 27 starts with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.

Now it is up to the 27-year old right-hander to prove last season was not a fluke.

Tonight will be Wells’ third career start against the Braves. Wells is 1-0 in the first two with a 2.08 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP. In 13 innings against Atlanta last year, Wells allowed four runs, three earned, with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Braves’ Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Yunel Escobar – 2-for-5
  • Chipper Jones – 2-for-6
  • Brian McCann – 1-for-6
  • Nate McLouth – 2-for-3 with a home run
  • Martin Prado – 0-for-6

The Cubs will get their first look at Tommy Hanson tonight. The 23-year old right-hander made his big league debut in 2009 and dominated for 21 starts.

Hanson finished his first season in the bigs with an 11-4 record with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. In 127 2/3 innings, Hanson struck out 116 while walking only 46 batters.

This will be Hanson’s first full Major League season.

Chad Tracy (1-for-3 with a double) is the only Cub that has faced Tommy Hanson.

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