Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 07/31/10

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 07/31/10 – (2010cubslive104)

Game One Hundred Four: Cubs (46-57) vs. Rockies (53-50)
Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Coors Field, Denver

Tom Gorzelanny (6-5, 3.22/1.43) vs. Jason Hammel (7-6, 4.34/1.35)

Updated – 5:47pm CDTThomas Diamond to be recalled from Triple-A Iowa and added to Cubs 40-man roster on Tuesday. Diamond will make his big league debut at Wrigley in the start against the Brewers.

How will the Cubs respond to their latest embarrassing loss? Tom Gorzelanny needs to give his team a long, successful outing tonight. After Ryan Dempster could not complete five innings, the bullpen was shelled and had to pitch four innings Friday night. Carlos Marmol will get work tonight according to Lou … and look for Carlos Zambrano to take the hill as well for the first time since June 25.

The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone … and Jim Hendry made a deal on Saturday.

Ted Lilly, Ryan Theriot and cash ($2.5 million) were sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Blake DeWitt and two minor league pitching prospects … Brett Wallach and Kyle Smit. DeWitt is expected to join the team on Sunday in Denver.

According to a report from Bruce Levine, DeWitt will be the Cubs starting second baseman.

Levine also reported the Cubs were close to dealing both Xavier Nady and Mike Fontenot on Saturday.

Reports have suggested Thomas Diamond will pitch in Ted Lilly’s spot Monday night in the opener against the Brewers at Wrigley.

Lou Piniella will miss the next three days (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) to attend the funeral of his uncle, Joseph Magadan. Magadan is the father of former Cub and current Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan.

Alan Trammell will serve as the Cubs’ manager.

Tonight it all begins with Tom Gorzelanny …

Tom Gorzelanny has not lost a game since returning to the rotation back on June 30 … and has won his last four starts against better than average teams. Gorzelanny beat the Dodgers on July 10, Philly on July 18 and the Redbirds on July 24. He is 4-0 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.

Gorzelanny’s biggest problem of late is the amount of free passes. In his last four starts (23 2/3 innings), he’s walked 15 and struck out 19.

For as good as Gorzelanny has been this season, he’s been even better on the road. He is 3-2 in 10 games, six starts, outside of Wrigley with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP (3-3 in 10 games, eight starts, at home with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP).

Tonight will be Gorzelanny’s fourth career start against the Rockies … 1-2 with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.40 WHIP. Gorzelanny had his worst start of the season last year in Colorado … six runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings on August 10.

Rockies Career Numbers against Tom Gorzelanny

  • Clint Barmes – 2-for-3 with a home run
  • Dexter Fowler – 1-for-2
  • Jason Giambi – 0-for-2
  • Brad Hawpe – 0-for-4
  • Ryan Spilborghs – 1-for-4
  • Ian Stewart – 0-for-1
  • Troy Tulowitzki – 2-for-4 with a double and a home run

Jason Hammel has struggled of late and has not posted a win since July 10 … and the Cubs should help him get the monkey off his back tonight. The Cubs have the knack of turning a slump into a streak …

Hammel is coming off a loss to the Phillies in which he allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

The 27-year old right-hander is 1-3 in his last five starts with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

Tonight will be Hammel’s second career start against the Cubs. Hammel is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP. The Cubs scored three runs on 11 hits in five innings on August 9, 2009. The Cubs lost the game 11-5.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jason Hammel

  • Jeff Baker – 2-for-3 with a double and a triple
  • Marlon Byrd – 3-for-4 with a double and a walk
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-3
  • Koyie Hill – 3-for-3
  • Derrek Lee – 0-for-3
  • Xavier Nady – 0-for-1
  • Alfonso Soriano – 0-for-3
  • Ryan Theriot – 1-for-3

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