Game One Hundred Twenty-Four: Cubs (50-73) vs. Braves (72-50)
Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Tom Gorzelanny (6-7, 3.85/1.46) vs. Tommy Hanson (8-8, 3.41/1.23)
The Cubs are 0-5 on their current homestand after another difficult loss Friday. The last time the Cubs won a game at Wrigley was August 4 and before that July 27. The Cubs are 4-15 in August and just 8-21 since Piniella announced his retirement … it is pastime for Lou’s crew to wakeup and play better ball.
Will Welington Castillo get another start before returning to Iowa? Geovany Soto is eligible to return from the DL tomorrow and Castillo has spent the better part of two weeks rotting on the bench. It is time for Castillo to get another look …
In Other News
Tyler Colvin will make his big league debut at first base during next week’s series against the Nationals. Colvin took grounders at first for the second day in a row Friday … and his former teammate, Derrek Lee, thinks he could play the position if he puts in the work. The Cubs have had two very good first basemen for the better part of the last two decades, could Tyler Colvin be the third?
Micah Hoffpauir is eligible to return to the big leagues Monday after Thursday’s embarrassing debacle by Cubs’ management. But Hoffpauir might remain in Triple-A and not return until September. According to a report from the Tribune, with Tyler Colvin getting time at first base beginning next week, Hoffpauir could remain in Iowa to help fight for a playoff spot in the PCL.
According to a report from Bruce Miles, Esmailin Caridad has begun throwing again. Caridad is rehabbing with the Mesa Cubs (rookie ball) and recently threw 2/3 of an inning. No timetable was mentioned for Caridad’s return to the Cubs.
Ken Burns spent time talking to Pat Hughes and Ron Santo during Friday’s game. Burns’ discussed the latest installment of ‘Baseball’, the 10th inning. Burns dropped a little tidbit during his time on WGN Radio … he’s hoping to do an 11th inning when the Cubs win the World Series.
Today it all starts with Tom Gorzelanny … Tom Gorzelanny is coming off six good innings against the Padres … and a not so good 1/3 of an inning against the Padres. Gorzelanny took the loss in his last start Monday night after allowing five runs on nine hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. It was very apparent Gorzelanny was out of gas in the sixth inning. He walked two of the last three batters he faced and had thrown 103 pitches.
Lou Piniella sent Gorzelanny out to start the seventh and in 17 pitches his start went from good to bad.
Gorzelanny said he feels that he’s earned a spot in next year’s rotation. And he’s right, as a fifth starter the numbers back up his claim. But the Cubs starting five for 2011 looks less than desirable in August of 2010.
After posting four straight wins in his return to the rotation, Gorzelanny has lost two of his last four and has not posted a win since July 24. The Cubs’ remaining lefty in the rotation is 0-2 in his last four starts with a 5.59 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.
This afternoon will be Gorzelanny’s first start of the year against the Braves. He is 1-1 in three career starts, five games, with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.
Braves Career Numbers against Tom Gorzelanny
- Rick Ankiel – 3-for-3 with a home run
- Melky Cabrera – 0-for-4 with 3 walks
- Matt Diaz – 1-for-8 with a home run and a walk
- Alex Gonzalez – 1-for-7
- Omar Infante – 3-for-4 with a double
- Derrek Lee – 7-for-15 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 2 walks
- Brian McCann – 0-for-10 with a walk
- Martin Prado – 1-for-2 with a triple and a walk
Tommy Hanson has put together a very inconsistent first full season in the big leagues. One game he’s untouchable, the next very beatable. Unfortunately for the Cubs, the soon-to-be 24-year old right-hander is in the middle of an excellent stretch of ball.
Hanson is coming off a no decision against the Dodgers but allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings. In his last four starts, Hanson is 0-1 with a spectacular 0.95 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP … Atlanta is 2-2 in those games.
After posting an 8-5 record in 18 first half starts (4.13 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP), Hanson is 0-3 in his last seven outings with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.
The Cubs beat Tommy Hanson in the third game of the year … the only start of his young career against Chicago. Lou’s crew managed two runs on four hits against Hanson in 5 1/3 innings.
Cubs Career Numbers against Tommy Hanson
- Jeff Baker – 0-for-2
- Marlon Byrd – 1-for-3 with a home run
- Tyler Colvin – 1-for-2 with a home run
- Blake DeWitt – 1-for-3
- Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-3
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-2
- Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-2
Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …