Game Thirty-Four: Cubs (14-19) vs. Marlins (15-17)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Randy Wells (3-1, 4.86/1.50) vs. Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 4.08/1.13)
Can the Chicago Cubs end their three-game losing streak? The Cubs are in a tailspin. After reaching the .500 mark nine days ago, the Cubs have lost six of seven and have looked bad in the process.
The Cubs are not hitting with any consistency and that is the biggest problem … but it seems like over the last week when they might win a close one, the opposition hits one out of the park. The Cubs need a solid, well-played game that involves a low score and either Derrek Lee or Aramis Ramirez to come through with the game winning RBI.
Randy Wells’ comments after his last start spoke volumes. Tonight is a big outing for him … win or lose.
There are several questions, if the Cubs are able to play tonight. Will Lee and Ramirez hit the baseball with authority? Will Lou Piniella pencil in Starlin Castro in the starting lineup? Could Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto be moved up in the lineup?
While the focus will remain on the offense, tonight it all begins with Randy Wells … No two ways about it, Randy Wells is coming off the worst start in his big league career … and he admitted as much. Wells lasted just two innings when his team needed a win. The Pirates pounded him to the tune of seven runs, six earned, on five hits with three walks and one strikeout.
Wells has struggled in his first two home starts of the year. Wells is 1-0 at Wrigley this year but he owns a 6.57 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP in 12 1/3 innings. Teams (Brewers and D’Backs) are hitting a robust .340 against him at Wrigley Field.
Tonight is a big start for Randy Wells in his first career appearance against Florida.
Ricky Nolasco has put together some of his best outings against the organization that drafted him back in 2001 (fourth round). After a good start to the season and two tremendous outings against the Phillies and Rockies, Nolasco is coming off back-to-back losses.
The Nationals pounded Nolasco back on April 30 and knocked him out after five runs on eight hits in four innings. Nolasco struck out seven in the loss. Nolasco was better in his last start against the Giants but took the loss (three runs on five hits in six innings without a walk and three strikeouts).
Nolasco is 2-1 in four career games, three starts, against the Cubs with a 2.86 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 1-1 in two games, one start, with a 5.63 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Ricky Nolasco
- Jeff Baker – 0-for-3
- Mike Fontenot – 2-for-6 with a double and a home run
- Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-3
- Koyie Hill – 0-for-3
- Derrek Lee – 2-for-6 with a home run
- Xavier Nady – 1-for-4
- Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-4 with a home run
- Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-13 with 2 home runs
- Geovany Soto – 1-for-3 with a double
- Ryan Theriot – 4-for-6 with a triple
- Carlos Zambrano – 1-for-2
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