Game One Hundred Twenty-Six: Cubs (51-74) vs. Nationals (53-71)
Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Nationals Park, Washington D.C.
Casey Coleman (0-1, 7.82/1.89) vs. Livan Hernandez (8-8, 3.06/1.26)
Two of the worst teams in the National League will take the field in the Nation’s Capital tonight. With Lou Piniella stepping down Sunday, the Cubs will have a new skipper in the dugout.
The Mike Quade Era begins today, as the lifelong Cubs’ fan becomes the 51st manager in the history of the Chicago National League Ballclub. Quade inherits a bad group of players assembled by Jim Hendry that managed just a 6-21 record over the final 27 games of Lou Piniella’s managerial career.
Ivan DeJesus is expected to serve as Mike Quade’s third base coach … and Bruce Levine reported Bobby Dernier would likely be added to the big league staff as the Cubs’ first base and outfield coach.
Tyler Colvin will reportedly make his big league debut at first base at some point over the next three games. Colvin took grounders at first again Sunday … the third time since Friday Colvin worked out at first base in pre-game warm-ups.
Geovany Soto was expected to be activated from the DL yesterday, reports during the game indicated Soto would be activated from the disabled list prior to tonight’s game. Welington Castillo should be sent down in order to Triple-A in order to make room on the active roster for Soto.
Tonight it all begins with Casey Coleman … Casey Coleman will make his second big league start tonight. Coleman is coming off a decent first start against the Padres. He struggled in the first inning and settled down but still picked up the loss in the 5-1 defeat at the hands of San Diego.
Coleman could not throw strikes early on and walked three batters in 4 1/3 innings. The Padres scored three runs on six hits and Coleman struck out only one.
Casey Coleman must throw strikes, and the same could be said for all of the rookies on the staff. It would be better to see the “kids”, as Piniella called them, get hit hard instead of walking every player, including the bat boy, on the roster.
Coleman will reportedly compete for a spot in the Cubs’ rotation in the spring. A strong finish to the season would go a long way in helping his cause.
Tonight will be Casey Coleman’s sixth big league game and first against the Washington Nationals.
The Cubs have never fared well against Livan Hernandez … and they figure to struggle again tonight. The players that are left on the roster simply do not have the plate discipline to beat a pitcher like Livan Hernandez.
One of the many improvements this organization must make in the coming years is finding players that can hit the ball where it’s pitched instead of trying to hit everything thrown over the wall.
Livan Hernandez is coming off a no decision to the Atlanta Braves. Hernandez allowed only two runs on nine hits in seven innings. The Nationals lost the game, 3-2, but Hernandez continued his surprising season.
The Cubs are once again catching Livan Hernandez at the wrong time. He is 1-1 in his last four starts with a 2.28 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP … at home this year, 4-4 in 13 starts with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
Hernandez is 11-6 in 21 regular season starts against the Chicago Cubs with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP … and he beat Lou’s crew back on April 27 at Wrigley. The Cubs managed only one run on six hits in seven innings as Hernandez lulled the Cubs to sleep once again.
Cubs Career Numbers against Livan Hernandez
- Jeff Baker – 3-for-7 with 2 doubles
- Marlon Byrd – 9-for-26 with a double and 2 walks
- Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-4 with a double and 2 walks
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-1 with a walk
- Xavier Nady – 5-for-13 with a double and a home run
- Aramis Ramirez – 12-for-32 with 3 doubles and 4 home runs
- Ryne Sandberg – 1-for-3
- Alfonso Soriano – 5-for-18
- Geovany Soto – 1-for-3
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