Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 05/17/10

Game Thirty-Nine: Cubs (16-22) vs. Rockies (19-18)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Randy Wells (3-2, 4.57/1.33) vs. Aaron Cook (1-3, 5.80/1.59)

Can the Cubs win two games in a row? The last time the Cubs put together a winning streak was April 30 – May 2 when they posted three straight victories against the D’Backs. As Yogi Berra once said, “It is getting late early” and wins figure to be harder to come by for the Cubs starting tonight.

Ryan Theriot missed Sunday’s game with a bruised elbow after being hit by Paul Maholm Saturday. Theriot was listed as day-to-day but is expected back in Lou Piniella’s starting lineup tonight.

The Colorado Rockies are by far the best team the Cubs have faced to this point of the season. The Cubs were 2-4 versus Colorado last year.

Four is the magic number for the Cubs … Lou Piniella’s crew is 15-5 when they score four or more runs, just 1-17 when they score three runs or less.

Tonight it all starts with Randy Wells … and just winning a ballgame.

Randy Wells rebounded nicely in his last outing against the Marlins. Wells took the loss, his second in a row, but put his nightmare start versus the Pirates in the rearview mirror. Wells allowed three run on four hits in a season-high eight innings of work. Wells tied a season-high with eight strikeouts and walked just one.

Like a majority of his teammates, Randy Wells has been inconsistent this season.

Tonight will be Wells’ fourth start at Wrigley. He is 1-1 in the first three with a 5.31 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.

Randy Wells is 0-1 in his only career appearance against the Rockies. Wells gave up seven runs, five earned, on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings (8.44 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP).

Rockies’ Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Clint Barmes – 0-for-3
  • Dexter Fowler – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Carlos Gonzalez – 1-for-3
  • Brad Hawpe – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Todd Helton – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Ian Stewart – 1-for-3
  • Troy Tulowitzki – 1-for-3

Aaron Cook has not posted a win since April 24, a complete game effort against the Florida Marlins. Cook has been hit pretty hard since and has allowed at least three runs in his last three starts.

The Phillies managed three runs on eight hits against Cook in his last outing. Cook lasted six innings and picked up a no-decision in a 4-3 win over Philadelphia.

Cook has not posted a win on the road this year. He is 0-3 in four starts with a 8.84 ERA and a 2.02 WHIP.

Lou Piniella must load the lineup with lefties tonight. Southpaws are hitting .297 against Cook with 12 walks and five strikeouts. Righties have managed a .259 average with eight walks and 16 strikeouts.

Aaron Cook is 3-1 in six career games, five starts, against the Cubs with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, Cook received a no-decision in his only career start. Cook surrendered seven runs on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings on a very memorable day in Cubs’ history.

After trailing 9-1 in the fifth on May 30, 2008, the Cubs battled back and beat the Rockies 10-9 … Mark DeRosa’s two run shot in the seventh completed the historic comeback for the Chicago Cubs.

Cubs’ Career Numbers against Aaron Cook

  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-5
  • Mike Fontenot – 3-for-10
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-4 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Derrek Lee – 5-for-13 with a double and 4 walks
  • Xavier Nady – 4-for-15 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-10
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-8
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-5
  • Ryan Theriot – 0-for-8
  • Chad Tracy – 20-for-40 with 8 doubles and 4 walks

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