Game One Hundred: Cubs (45-54) vs. Astros (40-58)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Minute Maid Park, Houston
Carlos Silva (9-4, 3.86/1.22) vs. Wesley Wright (0-0, 4.40/1.60)
Tonight is game 100 of the Cubs 2010 season. Lou’s crew begins a six game road trip with the first of three in Houston. The trip concludes Sunday in Denver with a weekend series versus the Rockies … that should feature the return of Carlos Zambrano.
The Cubs enter play nine games under .500 and when the season is over they can point to their head-to-head match ups versus the Astros and Pirates as the main reason for another disappointing season. Not only are the Cubs 13-22 in one run games, but they are 3-6 against Houston (2-4 at Wrigley) and 3-9 versus the Bucs. A combined 6-15 against two teams that are 48 games below .500. The Cubs are 39-39 against the rest of baseball.
Carlos Silva was supposed to start the finale on Sunday night but was pushed back a day to get in extra work with Larry Rothschild. Silva says he’s healthy just not making his pitches.
From the Rumor Mill
The non-waiver trading deadline is Saturday … Reports Friday night indicated Ted Lilly could be dealt by the end of the weekend … at least by his next scheduled start on Tuesday. Lilly is still a Cub as of this writing.
According to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are not in on Ted Lilly as of Monday. Rosenthal pointed out Lilly is scheduled to start Tuesday night in Houston.
Jon Paul Morosi mentioned Sunday night that Derrek Lee is among the hitters that the Angels are monitoring. Morosi also stated that Garrett Jones of the Pirates is on the list as well.
According to a tweet from Jayson Stark, a source that has known Derrek Lee for years said it is “highly doubtful” Lee would waive his full no-trade clause to okay any deal at this stage.
The Cubs are trying to move Kosuke Fukudome. According to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal, his sources have indicated the Cubs would pay part of the $4 million-plus owed this season to Fukudome … and “quite a bit” of his $13.5 million salary in 2011.
In Other News
Carlos Zambrano pitched two scoreless innings Saturday night for the I-Cubs and is expected to rejoin the big league team at the end of week. According to multiple reports, Zambrano will catch up with the Cubs in Denver.
According to a tweet from Carrie Muskat, John Grabow has not thrown off a mound yet and will not be activated from the DL this week as expected.
Ron Santo is not making the trip to Houston and Colorado. Santo will rejoin Pat Hughes next Monday night at Wrigley for the first of three against the Brewers.
Tonight it all begins with Carlos Silva … After a more than stellar 3 ½ months, Carlos Silva has hit in a wall in his last two outings. Silva gave up six runs on six hits with three walks in 1 1/3 innings to the Dodgers on Sunday before the break … then put the Cubs behind the eight ball in his last outing versus the Astros. Houston’s weak-hitting offense ended Silva’s outing after just one inning and five runs on seven hits. The Cubs need Silva to bounce back tonight. He says he’s not hurt but another pathetic performance would suggest otherwise.
Silva’s line in last two starts: 11 runs, all earned, on 13 hits with five walks and two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings … 42.49 ERA and a 7.73 WHIP.
Carlos Silva is 5-1 in eight road starts this season with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
Tonight will be Silva’s third start of the year against Houston. He is 1-1 in the first two with one dominant start and one, well not so good (5.63 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP).
Astros Career Numbers against Carlos Silva
- Lance Berkman – 2-for-4 with 2 home runs and 2 walks
- Geoff Blum – 2-for-9 with 2 walks
- Michael Bourn – 1-for-5 with a walk
- Jason Castro – 1-for-1
- Pedro Feliz – 2-for-6 with a double
- Chris Johnson – 1-for-4 with a triple
- Jeff Keppinger – 1-for-4
- Carlos Lee – 10-for-31 with 3 doubles and a walk
- Jason Michaels – 2-for-10 with a double
- Hunter Pence – 1-for-4
- Humberto Quintero – 1-for-3
- Angel Sanchez – 1-for-3
The Cubs will get their second look in less than a week at Wesley Wright. Wright was on the mound last Tuesday night at Wrigley and on the mound when Lou’s crew mounted the tremendous comeback. Wright pitched a very good game and if not for Jeff Keppinger channeling his inner Ryan Theriot, he probably would have won the game.
In his first big league start Wright allowed six runs, one earned, on six hits in 4 2/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts.
Wright is undefeated in his career against the Cubs … 2-0 in 14 games, one start, with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Wesley Wright
- Marlon Byrd – 1-for-4 with a walk
- Starlin Castro – 1-for-3
- Tyler Colvin – 0-for-3
- Mike Fontenot – 0-for-3
- Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-4 with a double and a walk
- Koyie Hill – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Derrek Lee – 0-for-4 with 3 walks
- Xavier Nady – 0-for-1
- Aramis Ramirez – 4-for-5 with 2 home runs and 2 walks
- Alfonso Soriano – 0-for-5 with a walk
- Geovany Soto – 1-for-4
- Ryan Theriot – 1-for-4 with 3 walks
Ryan Theriot and Randy Wells are hosting a benefit for the Children’s Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, August 4 at Joe’s Bar. The CCO was asked to pass along the info on the event. For those interested, click on this link to Ticketmaster.
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