Game One Hundred Fifty-Eight: Cubs (72-85) vs. Padres (87-70)
Game Time – 9:05pm CDT
Coverage – Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185
Location – PETCO Park, San Diego
Randy Wells (8-13, 4.28/1.40) vs. Chris Young (1-0, 1.20/1.07)
Five games remain in Twenty-Ten for the Chicago Cubs … Can the Cubs win their third in a row in San Diego? The Cubs are 21-11 under Mike Quade (14-3 on the road) and have won eight straight away from Wrigley Field.
Quade announced Tuesday that Carlos Marmol would not be available for tonight’s game. Marmol has throw a lot of pitches in the first two games and Quade said he’s more likely to have hair than Marmol is to take the hill tonight.
Randy Wells will make his last start of the year. Wells has been consistently inconsistent all season but is coming off two very good outings. Wells would like to finish his sophomore season on a positive note and put himself in position for a rotation spot for 2011.
In Other News … Casey Coleman will start the opener Friday night in Houston. Jeff Samardzija lobbied for the start but will be available out of the pen beginning on Thursday. Coleman has out pitched Samardzija and has earned one more start.
Tonight it all begins with Randy Wells … Randy Wells is trying to finish his disappointing, inconsistent season on a positive note. Wells has put together his best two starts of the season … an eight-inning gem in St. Louis and a spectacular 7 2/3 inning outing against the Giants. Wells has allowed only one earned run in his last two games (15 2/3 innings) … the key to his success, one walk and 11 strikeouts.
Wells is 2-1 in his last four starts with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.
Wells has not beaten the Padres in two attempts … and was a hard-luck loser against San Diego on August 17 at Wrigley. Wells did his part. He allowed only one run on three hits in seven innings as the Cubs lost the game 1-0. Wells is 0-2 in two starts versus the Friars with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP … at PETCO, 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.
Padres Career Numbers against Randy Wells
- Chris Denorfia – 0-for-3
- Adrian Gonzalez – 1-for-6
- Tony Gwynn, Jr. – 0-for-3
- Scott Hairston – 1-for-3
- Chase Headley – 0-for-3 with a walk
- Nick Hundley – 1-for-3
- Ryan Ludwick – 3-for-6 with a double, 2 home runs and a walk
- Miguel Tejada – 2-for-12 with a walk
- Yorvit Torrealba – 1-for-5 with a walk
- Will Venable – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk
Chris Young has spent a majority of the season on the DL and will make just his fourth start of the season tonight. Young is coming off a five-inning outing against the Reds in which he allowed a run on three hits with three walks and a strikeout. His only win came back on April 6 in Arizona and Young has not picked up a decision since his return.
Young has no record in his last two starts with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP … two runs on six hits in nine innings with six walks and four strikeouts.
Chris Young has dominated the Cubs in his career, despite the 2-1 record. In six starts, the Cubs have managed only 15 runs, 14 earned, on 27 hits with 12 walks and 26 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings (3.63 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP).
Cubs Career Numbers against Chris Young
- Jeff Baker – 0-for-3
- Blake DeWitt – 1-for-7 with a double
- Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-3
- Koyie Hill – 0-for-1
- Micah Hoffpauir – 0-for-3
- Xavier Nady – 1-for-8 with a home run
- Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-8 with 2 doubles and a walk
- Bobby Scales – 1-for-2
- Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-16 with a double, a triple and 2 home runs
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