Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Nationals – 08/24/10

Game One Hundred Twenty-Seven: Cubs (52-74) vs. Nationals (53-72)
Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Nationals Park, Washington D.C.

Carlos Zambrano (4-6, 4.97/1.76) vs. John Lannan (1-0, 3.75/1.70)

Updated 3:43pm CDT – Cubs Purchase Contract of LHP Scott Maine from Triple – A Iowa – Maine Added to 40-man roster and called up from Iowa Justin Berg Optioned to Triple-A Iowa

Can the Chicago Cubs win back-to-back games under Mike Quade? Q started his big league managerial career with a decisive win over the Washington Nationals. Granted it was the Nationals, but this is the Cubs.

The Tyler Colvin Experiment at first base is “not imminent” according to a report from the Tribune. Quade said Colvin will continue to take grounders at first “and may play there in the future” but it will be sparingly according to the Cubs’ interim manager. Quade also hinted Colvin’s time at first might have to wait until a blowout before he gets a start.

Marlon Byrd was hit in the hand on a pitch by Livan Hernandez Monday night. X-Rays were negative and Byrd is listed as day-to-day.

Tonight it all starts with Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano is coming off another rough start. After arguably one of his best in nearly two seasons against the Cardinals, Zambrano struggled with his command against the Padres and walked six batters … with only one strikeout. Zambrano was inline for the win when he left the game, but it was not a good start.

Z is 1-0 in his last three starts, five games, with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP. Zambrano has walked 18 with just 10 strikeouts in his last 19 2/3 innings.

The Cubs need Zambrano to finish the season strong in order to give them options moving forward.

Zambrano faced the Nationals back on April 26. Zambrano pitched 1 2/3 innings out of the pen in a 4-3 Cubs win.

Carlos Zambrano is 7-3 in 14 career games, 11 starts, against the Nationals/Expos franchise with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP … at Nationals Park, 2-0 in two starts with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP (one unearned run on nine hits with eight walks and 11 strikeouts in 12 innings).

Nationals Career Numbers against Carlos Zambrano

  • Adam Dunn – 13-for-60 with a double, 7 home runs and 17 walks
  • Alberto Gonzalez – 1-for-2
  • Willie Harris – 4-for-23 with 2 doubles
  • Adam Kennedy – 5-for-13 with a home run
  • Nyjer Morgan – 6-for-16 with a walk
  • Wil Nieves – 2-for-4
  • Ivan Rodriguez – 3-for-10
  • Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-17 with 3 walks

John Lannan has had a rough season. Lannan was the Nationals’ starter on Opening Day then spent six weeks in the minors from late June until August 1. Lannan was horrible and posted a 2-5 record in 14 starts with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP … but since his return, it has been the John Lannan of old.

The 25-year old southpaw is 3-0 in his last four starts with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Lannan is coming off a win against the Braves (two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings with a walk and five strikeouts) and has not lost a game since he returned from riding the buses (June 20).

Tonight will be Lannan’s fifth career against the Cubs. He is 2-1 in the first four with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Lannan took a no decision against the Cubs back on April 26 at Wrigley. Lannan allowed just three runs on five hits in six innings … with five walks and a strikeout.

Cubs Career Numbers against John Lannan

  • Jeff Baker – 3-fpr-9 with a triple
  • Marlon Byrd – 2-for-5 with a double
  • Tyler Colvin – 1-for-1 with a triple and a walk
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-4 with a double
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-2
  • Xavier Nady – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-11 with a double and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-6 with 3 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-4 with 2 walks

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