Game One Hundred Fifty-Four: Cubs (69-84) vs. Cardinals (79-74)
Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
Coverage – WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Casey Coleman (2-2, 5.02/1.56) vs. Chris Carpenter (15-8, 3.28/1.17)
Updated 11:10am CDT – Bob Brenly Withdraws from Cubs Manager Search
Nine games remain in Twenty-Ten … Q’s crew will suit up at Wrigley for one of the last times this season. The Cubs offense has been non-existent during the homestand while the starting pitchers have been throwing batting practice … and it does not figure to get an easier for the offense this afternoon.
The Cubs have scored only three runs, two earned, in last four games … both runs on solo homers by Kosuke Fukudome (Wednesday) and Aramis Ramirez (Friday).
The Cubs are 18-10 under Mike Quade and will look to improve to 9-5 against the Cardinals on the year. Q’s crew has already won the season series (8-5) but it is the Cardinals and losing to St. Louis is never acceptable.
Marlon Byrd’s status for today’s game is uncertain. Byrd left in the fourth inning Friday after fouling a ball of his face in the bottom of the third. Byrd is listed as day to day after suffering a small cut and bruise under his right eye.
In Other News
Chris Archer and Brandon Guyer, the Cubs Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year, will be honored at Wrigley before today’s game. Archer threw a bullpen session at Wrigley on Friday. Archer leaves for the Pan Am Games next week and could be at Wrigley quicker than some may think.
Today it all starts with Casey Coleman … Casey Coleman is coming off his second big league win and will face the Cardinals for the first time as a starter. Coleman was solid last Saturday in Miami, despite issuing four walks. He held the Marlins to three runs on five hits in six-plus innings … the fifth start in a row Coleman completed at least six innings of work.
Coleman, like the rest of the Cubs’ young pitchers, has struggled with his command at the Major League level. Coleman has issued 12 walks in his last three starts while striking out only 10. Coleman has been fortunate, for the most part, to be 1-1 over that span. Coleman’s 1.67 WHIP is more than concerning and he must show improvement today in what could be his last start of the season.
Coleman figures to be in the mix for a starting job next spring.
Coleman pitched two impressive innings against the Cardinals back on August 13. Coleman walked a batter, struck out three and did not allow a hit in his last appearance out of the pen.
Today will be Coleman’s third start at Wrigley … he is 0-1 in four games, two starts, with an 8.62 ERA and a 2.30 WHIP.
Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Colby Rasmus, Brendan Ryan and Skip Schumaker each had an at bat against Coleman back on August 13 … Rasmus was the only one of the bunch to reach base.
The Cubs will get another shot at Chris Carpenter this afternoon. They beat Carpenter on September 15, 7-3, and have handed Carpenter two of his eight losses on the year. Carpenter has dominated the Cubs in his career (10-5 in 21 starts with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP) and unless something changes in less than 24 hours, it figures to be more of the same this afternoon.
Carpenter is coming off another sub-par outing. The Marlins beat him in a make-up game in Florida last Monday. Carpenter allowed four runs on five hits in six innings and has not posted a win since September 5 against the Reds.
The Cardinals’ ace is 1-3 in his last four starts with a 6.20 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP after posting a 3-2 record in six starts last month with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.
The Cubs are 2-1 in four starts versus Carpenter this season and have scored 12 runs on 29 hits in 26 innings with three walks and 18 strikeouts (4.15 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP).
Cubs Numbers against Chris Carpenter in 2010
- Darwin Barney – 0-for-3
- Marlon Byrd – 4-for-11 with a double
- Starlin Castro – 2-for-9
- Blake DeWitt – 2-for-10 with 2 doubles
- Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-6
- Micah Hoffpauir – 1-for-1 with a double
- Xavier Nady – 1-for-3
- Aramis Ramirez – 5-for-11 with 2 doubles, a home run and a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-8 with a walk
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