Game One Hundred Five: Cubs (46-58) vs. Rockies (54-50)
Game Time – 2:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 189
Location – Coors Field, Denver
Carlos Silva (10-4, 3.76/1.22) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (3-3, 5.15/1.44)
The Cubs play the finale in Denver this afternoon to complete another disappointing road trip. The Cubs have lost four in a row and are 1-4 on the six-game trip to Houston and Denver … they have been outscored 37-14 in the process. The road, like the rest of the 2010 season, has been very hard on Chicago. Lou’s crew enters play today 20-31 outside of Wrigley Field.
The Cubs finished July with a 12-14 record.
The last time the Cubs won a game, Carlos Silva was on the hill and to avoid being swept for the second time this season, the Cubs will have to beat Jorge De La Rosa for the first time. De La Rosa has owned the Cubs to the tune of one run on 10 hits in 14 innings (five games, one start, 2-0 record).
Blake DeWitt will join his new team today and will likely not be in the starting lineup with the southpaw De La Rosa on the mound.
In the wake of the Ted Lilly trade, Randy Wells was moved up to Monday and will face the Brewers on normal rest. Thomas Diamond will make his big league debut Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. The Cubs will purchase Diamond’s contract from Triple-A Iowa and add him to their 40-man roster. Ryan Dempster will start the finale Wednesday versus Milwaukee.
Lou Piniella will miss the next two days (Sunday and Monday) after leaving the team Saturday 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.
Today it all begins with Carlos Silva … Carlos Silva started the Cubs six-game trip to Houston and Colorado on a positive note. Silva earned his first win since July 6 with a five-inning outing against the Astros. Silva was not sharp early but did just enough to qualify for the win. Silva allowed one run on five hits and five innings with a walk and four strikeouts. While Silva struggled early, he made major improvements from his previous two outings.
Despite a 2-2 record in five starts last month, Silva allowed 16 runs on 33 hits in 21 innings (6.86 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP).
Silva is 6-1 in nine road starts this season with a 3.97 Era and a 1.13 WHIP … and he beat the Rockies back on May 18 at Wrigley. Silva held Colorado to two runs on six hits in six innings with a walk and four strikeouts.
This afternoon will be Silva’s first career start at Coors Field. Silva does not have a record in two relief appearances but has allowed one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Rockies Career Numbers against Carlos Silva
- Clint Barmes – 0-for-2
- Jason Giambi – 4-for-11 with a double and 2 walks
- Carlos Gonzalez – 1-for-6
- Brad Hawpe – 1-for-3
- Melvin Mora – 9-for-30 with a triple and a home run
- Seth Smith – 0-for-3
- Ian Stewart – 1-for-2
- Troy Tulowitzki – 1-for-2 with a walk
Jorge De La Rosa missed all of May and June after being placed on the DL with a torn tendon in his left middle finger. De La Rosa was off to a solid start and posted a 3-1 record in his first four starts with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.
De La Rosa returned to the rotation on July 9 and struggled against the Padres. He allowed seven runs, five earned, on six hits in 4 1/3 innings … then was shelled in a loss to the Reds in his next outing (seven runs, six earned, on four hits in 3 1/3 innings with five walks).
De La Rosa is coming off a loss to the Pirates (three runs, two earned, on six hits in seven innings with two walks and eight strikeouts) and has not posted a win since April 25.
The Cubs have never beaten De La Rosa … 2-0 in five games, one start, and has allowed just one run in 14 innings (0.64 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP). The Cubs have recorded 10 hits and 10 walks but plated just one run.
Cubs Career Numbers against Jorge De La Rosa
- Jeff Baker – 2-for-6 with a triple
- Blake DeWitt – 0-for-1 with 2 walks
- Mike Fontenot – 0-for-1
- Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-1
- Derrek Lee – 0-for-4 with 3 walks
- Xavier Nady – 0-for-1 with a walk
- Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-7 with a home run
- Geovany Soto – 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and a walk
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