Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 09/12/10

Game One Hundred Forty-Three: Cubs (62-80) vs. Brewers (65-76)
Game Time – 1:10pm CDT
Coverage – WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Casey Coleman (1-1, 5.81/1.61) vs. Yovani Gallardo (11-7, 3.80/1.36)

Can Q’s crew finish the season in Milwaukee the same way they started it? The Cubs are 6-2 this year at Miller Park this year after sweeping the first three of the season in Milwaukee back in April (April 23-25).

Today is the final match-up of the year between the Cubs and Brewers. The Cubs are 9-5 versus the Brew Crew this year and winning the finale will be very difficult with Yovani Gallardo on the hill.

Tyler Colvin is expected back in the starting lineup this afternoon. Alfonso Soriano has struggled in his career against Gallardo (1-for-11 with a double), so look for Colvin in left, Kosuke Fukudome in right and Marlon Byrd in center.

In Other News
Aramis Ramirez is expected to return to the starting lineup on Monday in St. Louis. Ramirez is still noncommittal on his player option for 2011 and he told the media Saturday that he will not announce his decision until after the season. Ramirez has not talked to his agent yet.

Ramirez pointed out he is still under contract and the Cubs have “a lot of other things they have to address.”

Carlos Marmol has needed only 10 pitches to record his last two saves.

Mike Quade said Saturday that Brad Snyder and Sam Fuld would likely get a few starts following the series in St. Louis.

The Cubs are 11-6 under Mike Quade … and today it all begins with Casey Coleman.

Casey Coleman will make his fifth big league start this afternoon. Coleman has completed six innings of work in his last three games with mixed results. Coleman struggled with throwing strikes against the Astros and walked a season-high (both minors and majors) five batters. Coleman admitted he was thinking a little too much against Houston on Labor Day. Q’s crew battled back, won the game and took Coleman off the hook. While the Cubs are 2-1 in his last three starts, Coleman needs a better outing today against the Brewers.

Jim Hendry recently mentioned that Coleman would be in the mix for a starting spot on the big league team in 2011 … and a good finish to his second full year of pro ball would go a long way.

Coleman made his big league debut against the Brewers at Wrigley back on August 2 … the night the Brewers embarrassed the Cubs 18-1. Coleman gave up six runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings with a pair of walks and a strikeout.

Ryan Braun (2-for-2) and Corey Hart (2-for-2) were the only Brewers to record two hits against Coleman five weeks ago. Craig Counsell, Alcides Escobar and Prince Fielder each knocked singles in their only at bat … while Rickie Weeks (0-for-2) and Jonathan Lucroy (0-for-2) went hitless. The Brewers did not manage an extra base hit in their eight hits.

The Cubs will face the ace of the Brewers staff in their final meeting of the season. Lou’s crew struggled against Yovani Gallardo since he broke into the league. Gallardo is 2-1 in six starts against the Cubs in his career (3.82 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP) and is 1-0 in two games this season with a 0.69 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP. The Cubs have managed only one run on six hits in 13 innings while Gallardo has struck out 19 and walked only three.

Gallardo is coming off a no decision against the Cardinals (two runs on four hits in seven innings) and has not posted a win since August 8 against the Astros. Gallardo had the worst month of his big league career in August (2-2 in six starts with a 7.75 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP) but appears to be getting back on track.

Yovani Gallardo has been better on the road (6-2 in 13 starts with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP, teams hitting .230) than at home (5-5 in 14 starts with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP, teams hitting .263).

Cubs Career Numbers against Yovani Gallardo

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-1
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-6 with 3 doubles
  • Casey Coleman – 0-for-1
  • Tyler Colvin – 1-for-6
  • Blake DeWitt – 0-for-2
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 4-for-11 with a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-3
  • Micah Hoffpauir – 2-for-3 with a double and a home run
  • Xavier Nady – 2-for-5 with a double
  • Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-10 with a double and a walk
  • Bobby Scales – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-11 with a double
  • Geovany Soto – 3-for-10 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Carlos Zambrano – 1-for-3 with a home run

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