Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 08/07/10

Game One Hundred Ten: Cubs (47-62) vs. Reds (62-48)
Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 175
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Randy Wells (5-9, 4.40/1.43) vs. Edinson Volquez (2-1, 6.35/1.88)

Regardless of what is being, actions speak louder than words and the Cubs appear to be giving very little effort right now. The team enters play today 15 below .500 after losing eight of nine.

Jim Hendry talked about the importance of not limping to the finish line with the media on Friday … hopefully the players got the memo as well.

Here are a few tidbits from Friday’s recap worth mentioning again. The Cubs offense continued to be the story Friday afternoon … as it has for a majority of the season. The Cubs have scored 463 runs this year. They have scored double digits in nine games, which accounts for 112 of those runs. So in the other 100 ballgames this season, the Cubs have plated 351 runs … and in 26 games, the Cubs have been held to one run or less.

While the bullpen has been an issue as well, the Cubs’ offense is the glaring problem with the 2010 squad. The Cubs’ offense has been trending down for the past two years, many have noticed, except for the ones in charge of the team.

From the Wire …
The Cubs announced Friday that John Grabow will begin his rehab next week in Mesa. Grabow is targeting to return on the next homestand.

Carlos Silva will “undergo a diagnostic procedure Monday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to determine whether or not he must have a cardiac ablation. According to a report in the Tribune, recovery time would be between 10-14 days. Silva is planning on pitching again this season.

Quote of the Day
Jim Hendry – From the Daily Herald:

“I’m here to tell you it’s not some kind of a major rebuilding job. When you start seeing the improvement in the young people that we have and the type of young arms that we have and the arms that we have coming, you make three or four solid moves in the off-season and your young guys keep developing, then you’re right back to being a contending team, and that’s the way we’re going to go about it.”

Today it all begins with Randy Wells

Which Randy Wells will take the hill this afternoon? The one that posted a 2-2 record in five starts last month with a 1.83 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP, or the one that could not make it out of the fourth inning against the Brewers.

Wells has struggled in his past two outings and now is having trouble the second time through the lineup. Wells seems to have put his first inning issues behind him, now it is the fourth inning that Wells struggles to get out of.

Randy Wells has a chance to cement his spot in the backend of the Cubs’ rotation for next season. But he must stop having one bad inning seemingly every time he takes the mound.

This afternoon will be Wells’ 13th start of the year at Wrigley. He is 3-4 in the first 12 with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.

Wells put together a solid start and posted a win in his only game against the Reds this season. Wells held a very good Reds offense to one run on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Wells won the only game of the weekend series 3-1 back on July 3.

Randy is 3-0 in five career starts versus Cincinnati with a 2.30 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Bronson Arroyo – 1-for-2
  • Jay Bruce – 1-for-4 with a double
  • Miguel Cairo – 0-for-1
  • Jonny Gomes – 2-for-11 with a walk
  • Ryan Hanigan – 4-for-8 with a walk
  • Chris Heisey – 1-for-3
  • Ramon Hernandez – 1-for-6
  • Paul Janish – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Laynce Nix – 2-for-9 with a double
  • Brandon Phillips – 5-for-14 with 2 walks
  • Scott Rolen – 1-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Drew Stubbs – 1-for-3
  • Joey Votto – 2-for-11 with a walk

Edinson Volquez was one of the best pitchers in the NL back in 2008. After spending a majority of last year on the DL recovering from Tommy John surgery, Volquez returned to the mound on July 17.

During his time away from the Reds, Volquez tested positive for PEDs and was allowed to serve his 50-game suspension while he was recovering from surgery. If players are allowed to serve a suspension while on the DL for PEDs, what is the point?

Volquez is coming off a win against the Braves. He held Atlanta to one run on three hits with five walks and six strikeouts in five innings.

The Cubs overly aggressive offense must make Volquez work this afternoon. He has completed only six innings once since his return (first start on July 17) and has walked 15 in just 17 innings (four starts). If the Cubs can make him work, they could start their spoiler role out on the right foot.

Volquez is 2-0 in two career starts versus the Cubs with a 0.75 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Edinson Volquez

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-4 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Mike Fontenot – 0-for-4 with 2 walks
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-5
  • Derrek Lee – 1-for-7
  • Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-5 with a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-1 with 2 walks

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Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver