Game Sixty-One: Cubs (27-33) vs. White Sox (26-33)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet (Cubs), WGN TV (White Sox) – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Randy Wells (3-4, 4.86/1.41) vs. Jake Peavy (4-5, 5.90/1.36)
Can the Chicago Cubs win a series? Lou Piniella’s crew had a horrible trip. The Cubs finished 3-6 in the nine-game trip against the Pirates, Astros and Brewers and are in need of wins.
The Cubs are 2-1 in Interleague play this season and play the next 15 games against American League teams. After the Sox this weekend, Jake Fox and the A’s come to Wrigley Tuesday … then the Angels make their first trip to Wrigley (June 18 – June 20). After facing two teams from the AL West at home, the Cubs hit the road to Seattle (June 22 – June 24) and finish up on the South Side (June 25 – June 27).
Both the Cubs and White Sox are downplaying the partnership for obvious reasons, but the winner of the Crosstown Series this year will receive more than bragging rights. The winner of the six-game series will be awarded the “Crosstown Cup“.
Jake Peavy and the White Sox have struggled, just like the Cubs, this season. Kenny Williams is rumored to be open for business. While Peavy is untradeable at this point, Williams could be moving players like A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko soon … before their 5 and 10 rights kick in. A move Jim Hendry must consider.
Some feel this weekend could have an impact on how the Cubs move forward. Lou Piniella’s crew enters play today six games under .500 and 7 ½ back in the division. But more importantly, they have shown little signs of a team that is capable of putting together a winning streak.
Monday is an off day for the Cubs and a sweep at the hands of the White Sox could start the ball rolling toward changes at 1060 West Addison …
In other news … A day after receiving approval from the City Council, the Cubs installed the controversial Toyota sign above the bleachers in left center.
Today it begins with Randy Wells … and beating the White Sox. Randy Wells is coming off another bad outing … and another horrible first inning. The Astros scored three runs in the first inning off Wells in his last outing. Wells gave up five straight hits to start the game. If not for a good throw by Kosuke Fukudome and a gift from the third base umpire it could have been worse.
Wells has started making a habit of giving up a lot of runs in the first inning. In three of his last seven starts he’s been knocked around pretty good and has put his team in a bad spot.
Lou Piniella and Larry Rothschild discussed how they were going to change Wells’ routine prior to the first inning.
A 1-2-3 first inning this afternoon would go a long way toward a successful series against the Sox.
Wells is suffering his version of a sophomore slump. He has not posted a win since April 30 and is 0-4 in his last seven starts with a 6.11 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Wells has walked 11 batters with only 23 strikeouts in his last 35 1/3 innings. Wells struck out 27 with five walks in his first five starts (3.45 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP in 31 1/3 innings).
Randy Wells has struggled mightily at Wrigley this season. He is 1-2 in five starts with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP … 2-2 in seven road starts with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
This afternoon will be Wells’ second career start against the Sox. He is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP … two runs on five hits in seven innings with two walks and six strikeouts.
White Sox Career Numbers against Randy Wells
- Gordon Beckham – 1-for-2
- Paul Konerko – 1-for-3 with a home run
- Juan Pierre – 3-for-5
- Alexei Ramirez – 0-for-3
Jake Peavy was very close to pitching on the North Side in December of 2008. The Cubs were on the verge of making the deal with the Padres … and according to several reports, the deal was all but done. Rumor had it that Peavy was in Las Vegas during the Winter Meetings singing “Go Cubs Go” in a local bar. Again, according to rumors.
Peavy invoked his no-trade clause the first time the White Sox tried to deal for him then agreed to the trade at the deadline last summer. After finishing his rehab, Peavy was dominating in three starts for the Sox. He posted a 3-0 record with a 1.35 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. With the way Peavy finished last season, many felt the Sox could have the best rotation in the AL when the season started.
Peavy is coming off one of his best starts of the season. He took the loss against the Indians but gave up only two runs on six hits in seven innings. Peavy struck out three and walked one.
The former Cy Young award winner has been inconsistent at best this year … but always dominates the Chicago Cubs. Peavy should have extra motivation this afternoon and it should be another frustrating day for Piniella’s offense.
Jake Peavy is 2-2 in six starts outside of The Cell with a 6.92 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.
This afternoon will be Peavy’s ninth career start versus the Cubs. He is 3-2 in the first eight with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Jake Peavy
- Marlon Byrd – 1-for-3 with a double
- Mike Fontenot – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Kosuke Fukudome – 4-for-6 with 3 doubles and 2 walks
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-3
- Derrek Lee – 3-for-18 with 2 doubles and 2 walks
- Xavier Nady – 1-for-5
- Alfonso Soriano – 6-for-16 with 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 2 walks
- Geovany Soto – 2-for-4 with a walk
- Ryan Theriot – 1-for-11 with a walk
- Chad Tracy – 8-for-47 with 3 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs and 3 walks
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