Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 04/27/11

Game Twenty-Four: Cubs (10-13) vs. Rockies (16-7)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Casey Coleman (1-1, 7.43/2.02) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (3-1, 2.67/1.26)

Updated 12:53pm CDTAccording to multiple reports, the start of Wednesday’s game will be delayed. Cubs and Rockies are going to try to get the game in. Tarp is on the field. No expected start time announced.

Weather permitting … the Cubs will try to salvage the final game of the three-game series against the Rockies. Colorado has already clinched the season series with the Cubs (4-1) and will go for the three-game sweep this afternoon … after today, the Cubs are done with the Rockies in 2011.

After a very promising start to the homestand (won first two games against the Padres), Q’s squad has lost five of the last six and are just 3-5 in the first eight games. A win today would make the long trip to Arizona a little more enjoyable … the Cubs begin a seven-game West Coast trip Thursday night with the first of four against the D’Backs.

With Geovany Soto struggling at the plate and a day game following a night game, Koyie Hill should get the start behind the plate. Also, Tyler Colvin has been buried on the bench but is expected to start in left this afternoon with Alfonso Soriano receiving a scheduled day off. Mike Quade also said Starlin Castro would return to the three-hole in the lineup.

Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner are scheduled to meet with team doctors before the Cubs leave for Phoenix. Wells and Cashner threw without incident prior to Tuesday’s game … but both are still weeks away from returning to the rotation. Estimated timeframe on Wells is mid-May and Cashner is expected to be a couple of weeks behind Wells.

Today it all starts with Casey Coleman

Casey Coleman is coming off his worst outing at the big league level … and another bad start at Wrigley Field. Coleman lasted just 2 2/3 innings and threw over 90 pitches to the Dodgers last Friday. Matt Kemp and company scored six runs off Coleman on six hits … the Cubs’ young right-hander walked four and struck out five. Casey pitched from behind in the count for the second outing in a row. Coleman does not have the stuff to pitch from behind and must throw strike one this afternoon … the best pitch in baseball.

Coleman must start pitching better at home. In the first six games, four starts, of his career at Wrigley, Coleman owns a 1-2 record with a 8.17 ERA and a 2.09 WHIP. Teams are hitting a robust .343 against him (4-1 in nine road games, seven starts, with a 2.80 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP, opponents are hitting .237).

Casey picked up his first win of the season the last time he faced Colorado in Denver. Coleman allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings with three walks and three strikeouts.

Today will be Casey’s second career start against the Rockies (1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP).

Rockies Career Numbers against Casey Coleman

  • Dexter Fowler – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk
  • Jason Giambi – 0-for-2
  • Jonathan Herrera – 0-for-3
  • Chris Iannetta – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Seth Smith – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Troy Tulowitzki – 1-for-3 with a triple
  • Ty Wigginton – 0-for-1 with a walk

The last time the Cubs faced Jhoulys Chacin they did a lot of swinging and missing. Chacin recorded the first complete game shutout of his career against the Cubs on April 15. Chacin allowed only six hits and two walks.

Chacin followed his gem against the Cubs with a dud in Florida. The Marlins scored four runs on seven hits in five innings and handed Chacin his first loss of the season.

For as good as Chacin has been at Coors Field (2-0 in two starts with a 0.00 EA and a 0.94 WHIP), he’s been equally as bad on the road (1-1 in two starts with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP).

Chacin is 1-1 in three games, two starts, versus the Cubs with a 2.16 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP … at Wrigley, 0-1 in one start with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP.

Q’s offense must make Chacin work this afternoon.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jhoulys Chacin

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-6 with a walks
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-7
  • Tyler Colvin – 2-for-6
  • Blake DeWitt – 0-for-7
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk
  • Reed Johnson – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Carlos Pena – 1-for-3 with a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-5
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-5 with 2 walks

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Castro – SS
    Baker – 2B
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    Byrd – CF
    Colvin – LF
    Hill – C
    Coleman – P

    Baker’s third different position in three-game series

    • Ripsnorter1

      I don’t get it. Baker at the #3 hole with no power? It’s like batting Blake DeWitt there in 2010.

      • PleaseStopLosing

        I agree but quite simply this team has no 3 hitter.

        Castro will develop into one in the future but isn’t there power wise yet.
        ARam clearly is going to be a 4 hitter and is not moving.
        Byrd is a 7 hitter on a good team.
        Barney, Castro, Baker and April Fukudome are great 2 hitters with no power.
        May-Sept Fukudome is a 15 hitter.
        I am questioning if Pena could hit .300 on my beer league slow pitch team.
        Colvin is Pena Jr. I have never been of fan of either of these 2.
        Although Soriano is paid like a 3 hitter no explanation is needed.
        Soto can’t hit consistently enough to hit there.
        Koyie Hill might as well wear a blindfold to the plate and just wave the bat out there. I could hit that well and I haven’t played since high school.

        We have no leadoff hitter either; which the organization has failed to address as usual, but that is a story for another day.

        I don’t even enjoy watching this team play apart from Castro, Barney and Byrd. I also still enjoy watching Wood and Marmol pitch with a lead. (Rare-I know)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R65T7II7FYX7HGQW2XLHDDWJRQ Agustin

        hehehe….who has power on this team? Baker atleast seems like a guy who wants to play

  • studio179

    Wow. I see Colvin is in today’s lineup. He needs to work through his struggles playing regularly. Play him or send the guy down to get ABs.

  • John_CC

    Jeff Baker, the new mighty 3-hole-hitter!! I love it. I guess he has at least earned it. Are they finally getting sick of Marlon’s worm-burning OH-fer ways in the heart of the order? Let’s hope so.

    Neil, et al, your honest opinion please; what are the odds that Quade is fired by June 15? Is the clock on his “tenure” running yet? It has to be.

    • Ripsnorter1

      He ain’t going NOWHERE. He’s not going to get fired. They will not pay someone to sit at home. FORGETABOUTIT.

      • Bryan

        I agree….JH will never admit (nor step up) to that additional mistake.

      • John_CC

        Thanks, Rip, you’re opinion is well noted. But they are paying Silva to sit at home (maybe even play for someone else). Hendry is not calling all the shots anymore, and I imagine will be even less so as this ship continues to take on water.

        I’d still like to hear an informed response. You are sort of the bizarro-Neil, ya know, which is good!

        • Ripsnorter1

          Yeah, well . . ..
          They didn’t fire Dusty. Of course, that was under diffo management, too.
          But Silva was released because he was a threat to the clubhouse unity. He’s Milton Bradley II. Bradley would still be here except that he couldn’t keep is mouth closed. Silva, in like manner, couldn’t keep his mouth closed either. Both of them would have been tolerated like John Grabow if they could just keep the mouth closed.

          There’s only one way to be dumped from this team: open your mouth to complain. McGaHee. Fox. DeRosa–“Lou didn’t have this team ready.” GONE!–Bradley, Silva, and anyone else who complains–they’re gone. Quade, with mouth closed, will remain as manager imo.

          • Dorasaga

            I actually think Quade will be fired. That’s the only way GM Hendry finds a scapegoat. He had run out of Milton Bradl-ies. Instead of making a move on players, now he’ll coy his brilliance on a higher level.

          • Cheryl

            In order to get rid of anyone there has to be moves made behind the scenes. So far I don’t see that happening.

          • Dorasaga

            Yeah, I’ll send the Cubs To-Do List to Santa Claus. He’ll hopefully receive the postcard by Christmas Eve.

        • studio179

          I don’t disagree with what you say should be happening. But it is safe to say Hendry is still calling the shots. The Ricketts ownership has reached that point yet. Nor do I think Quade’s clock is ticking. There will be call ups and playing time changed on the field. Off the field Hendry and Quade are safe this whole season, though our frustrations say different.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      John, I would put the odds of Quade being fired by June, or any time this season, at zero. I just don’t see Hendry doing that. As for his clock ticking, I would not think so on that either. I do see a Castro-esque roster move on the horizon if they limp back from the West Coast trip.

  • Ripsnorter1

    FYI: The Cubs runs differential ( Runs Allowed vs. Runs Scored) is the most of any team in all of MLB. They have scored 26 LESS runs than they have allowed.
    Such a trajectory will result in the Cubs being 70-92 or less in 2011 if they do not improve.

  • Ripsnorter1

    FYI: the Rocks are the third highest scoring team in the league (behind the Reds and Cards, those two teams in the mediocre NL Central–LOL).

    The Cubs are third lowest in taking walks in the league.

    I have to say: the Cubs lose this game today.

    • paulcatanese

      Have to agree Rip, they are like the weather,not a ray of sunshine around. I feel they are going downward at a steady pace and your’e figure of 70-92 is well into reality for them.

  • Cheryl

    What motivates Hendry to make some trades – empty seats? A poor showing? Injuries? Anyone got a clue? They need to bring up some of the younger players from Tennessee. But I’m beginning to think it will never happen. Hendry and Quade will just sit there and move players around.

    • jw

      Like deck chairs on the Titanic

      • Cheryl

        Good analogy.

    • studio179

      Trades? Who wants them? They are hoping some of these guys play better the first half than they have been lately. If this were the deadline, I don’t see too many Cubs that the team wants to unload being that attractive to other teams.

      • Cheryl

        I suspect you’re right. They’re playing is such that they don’t appeal and those that do, like maybe Dempster, will leave the cubs even in a worst position.

        • Cheryl

          the only way may be to find those who can be sent down, like DeWitt or Colvin (He needs to play and there’s little chance of that), possibly trade Byrd or release someone like Hill and bring up another catcher who knows at least that the bat is meant to meet the ball.

          • studio179

            Funny how last year seems to be this year with Colvin, huh. They still do not play him. I agree, send him down. Let him work it out in the minors. You’re right, Quade does not play him or DeWitt. Not that I am a huge DeWitt fan, but he is just sitting there and doing nothing for the club as a roster spot. Yet, they keep using the ‘bull pen’ game every fifth day and in between when needed. Better roster management is needed.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to multiple reports, the start of Wednesday’s game will be delayed. Cubs and Rockies are going to try to get the game in. Tarp is on the field. No expected start time announced.

    • studio179

      This season has started with bad weather, a couple bad injuries and plenty of bad baseball. Not the start the Ricketts ownership of any Cub fan wanted.

  • studio179

    Interesting.

    I see Oswalt left the Phillies for personal reasons and no expected return.

  • Cloycub13

    I guess a day after a Loogy starts, my wild oats are fuming…
    Another nugget of brilliance out of our Mr. Q.
    Soooooooooooooo…..Colvin has a solid day at first base a while ago…has he been there since? Barney is on fire…good time to bench him. Hill is Hill. Chacin may make a small bit of History shutting out the same team twice in a row.

    As far as someone asking if Q gets canned…. NOPE. It was about as overwhelming the fan sentiment towards Hendry after the 2008 offseason when he ripped a very good team to shreds…Ricketts takes over… and the fans were saying it’s about time bye bye Hendry…did that happen…NOPE! Hendry stayed and the beat went on (kind of like that fool with the huge car speakers blaring down your street at midnight… annoying and obnoxious beats) Hendry goes completely the opposite way of the fans and chooses Jim EssiaQuade as the manager…spews out crap about playing kids down the stretch (Fabrication) and the fact that the vets love him… and people just hop aboard. Wrong answer folks….I am watching to see the implosion and Mike Quadian has his skinny finger on the trigger… keep doin watcha doing my man… this ain’t AAA anymore and you certainly are not in Kansas anymore.

  • T_Leise

    Whitenack’s first game today in AA
    6 inn. 0 runs 3 hits 3 stikeouts 0 walks

  • John_CC

    Any word on a start time?