Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 05/07/11

Game Thirty-Two: Cubs (14-17) vs. Reds (17-15)
Game Time – 12:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 89
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Casey Coleman (1-2, 7.36/1.96) vs. Bronson Arroyo (3-3, 4.17/1.31)

Weather permitting … Today figures to be a tough test for the Chicago Cubs. With Bronson Arroyo on the hill for the Reds and Casey Coleman taking the ball for Mike Quade, the offense generated this afternoon at Wrigley Field could all come from one dugout. Arroyo has dominated the Cubs over the years and Coleman has only one victory in his short career at home.

The Cubs will have to take advantage of every opportunity Arroyo gives them … and for Coleman he must throw strikes and keep the ball in the park. Coleman has been dealing with a plantar’s wart on his right middle finger and has had to learn how to re-grip the baseball, which is effecting his command

Starlin Castro is in the middle of a big slump and looks like a 21-year old who could use a day off to watch a baseball game. Castro is 0-for-8 against Arroyo and Blake DeWitt has solid numbers against the Reds’ right-hander. It could pay dividends down the road to give Castro his first break of the season this afternoon.

Castro made his big league debut one year ago today against the Reds in Cincinnati … and what a debut it was.

In other news According to a report from the Sun-Times, Doug Davis will make his next start Wednesday for Triple-A Iowa … which will rule him out for making the start Saturday, May 14 versus the Giants, the next time the Cubs would need a fifth starter. Mike Quade and Jim Hendry have not discussed options for that game yet.

Today it all starts with Casey Coleman

After picking up his first and only win of the season back on April 16 in Colorado, Casey Coleman has struggled mightily in his last two outings. Casey lasted just 2 2/3 innings against the Dodgers at Wrigley and gave up six runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Coleman was skipped after the rainout on April 27 then on May 1 he issued a season-high five walks in five innings to the Diamondbacks. Coleman surrendered four runs on four hits with only three strikeouts.

Casey Coleman figures to be pitching for a big league job. With Doug Davis possibly a start away from his Cubs debut, Jay Jackson pitching to mixed results for the I-Cubs and both Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner rehabbing in Arizona, Casey needs a good outing this afternoon.

Casey Coleman is 0-2 in his last two starts with an 11.75 ERA and a 2.48 WHIP … 10 runs, all earned, on 10 hits, nine walks and seven strikeouts in last 7 2/3 innings.

Coleman has not pitched well at Wrigley in his short Major League career. He is 0-1 this season with a 20.25 ERA and a 3.75 WHIP in one start … 1-2 in six career games, four starts, with a 8.17 ERA and a 2.09 WHIP.

This afternoon will be the young right-hander’s third career appearance, second start, versus the Reds. He does not have a decision but has allowed six runs, all earned, on 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts in nine innings (6.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP).

Reds Career Numbers against Casey Coleman

  • Jay Bruce – 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk
  • Miguel Cairo – 0-for-2
  • Jonny Gomes – a walk in only plate appearance
  • Chris Heisey – 2-for-5 with a double
  • Ramon Hernandez – 2-for-3
  • Paul Janish – 0-for-4
  • Drew Stubbs – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Joey Votto – 2-for-4 with a double

Bronson Arroyo has owned the Cubs since his arrival in Cincinnati … both on the mound and at the plate, just ask Glendon Rusch. Arroyo has been his typically inconsistent self this season (one good outing, one bad outing, one great outing) but he will be on the top of his game this afternoon … and it figures to be a very frustrating game for Mike Quade’s offense.

Arroyo is coming off a loss to the Marlins in which he gave up five runs, all earned, on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in seven innings. The Marlins hit three longball off Arroyo and he’s served up seven home runs in 36 2/3 innings this season.

Today will be Arroyo’s third road start of the season … 2-0 in two road starts with a 0.73 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

Arroyo is 9-7 in 22 career games, 20 starts, against the Cubs with a 2.80 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP … at Wrigley, 6-3 in 11 games, 10 starts, with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Arroyo was 2-1 in three starts versus the Cubs last season with a 1.35 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP … he did not allow an earned run at Wrigley in two starts last season (2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP, no runs, seven hits allowed with three walks and 10 strikeouts in 13 innings).

Cubs Career Numbers against Bronson Arroyo

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-1
  • Marlon Byrd – 5-for-16 with a double and a home run
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-8
  • Tyler Colvin – 1-for-9
  • Blake DeWitt – 5-for-16 with a double
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 3-for-19 with a home run and a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 2-for-7 with a double and a walk
  • Reed Johnson – 3-for-15
  • Carlos Pena – 1-for-9 with a double
  • Aramis Ramirez – 9-for-45 with a double, a home run and 4 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 8-for-45 with 5 doubles, a home run and 2 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 2-for-9 with 3 walks

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Barney – SS
    Byrd – CF
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    Soto – C
    DeWitt – 2B
    Colvin – LF
    Coleman – P

  • Cheryl

    Interesting. Castro isn’t in the lineup. Needs a break?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I thought so and mentioned above, plus 0-for-8 against Arroyo.

      It would have been better to give him a day off in the finale against the Dodgers, but that’s just me.

      Today is the one-year anniversary of his debut …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bruce Levine confirmed Sun-Times report Saturday morning on Doug Davis. Davis to start Wednesday for Iowa and would not be in line to make start next Saturday (5/14) against the Giants. Davis could be shortened in his start Wednesday which could allow him to start next Saturday. Cubs could go with James Russell, Ramon Ortiz or Todd Wellemeyer instead. Cubs have not decided.

    • BosephHeyden

      Do we really need to figure out who Hendry and Quade have planned to use against the Giants on the 14th? It’s Russell. It has always been Russell. The fact he was mediocre rather than horrible last time means he’ll be getting one more start.

    • paulcatanese

      That’s great, Coleman today with his Plantars wart,cant grip the ball, what the xxxx throw him anyway,the game means nothing to JH. And Oh boy throw Davis wednesday at Iowa so he won’t be ready for the Cubs, after all we have Russell, who by the way was taken out of the rotation. Prime example of why the Cubs are where they are. In fairness Castro does need a day off to re-gather himself,but Neil is right, should have given him the day off in the Dodger finale. Well, lets see what the Cubs can come up with today.

      • paulcatanese

        The Cubs practicing bunting this morning? I would have loved to watch that one. They may get a bunt down in a game but Quade has to take into account who is on the base’s. The only one who could make it down to second ahead of the throw would be Reed Johnson,but then he would be thrown out trying to stretch the play to third base. Aram? No, he cant stay on the base. Soto,no too slow Barney, yes,but then he probably would be doing the bunting.It does present a quandry for Quade, has a certain ring to it dosent it? Guess I’m becoming bitter at the progress not being made..

      • cubtex

        Paul, I have no confidence in Coleman…. planter’s wart or not! He needs a ton of at them balls today or this could be over early today.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Coleman walks Stubbs on four pitches … he will steal second and third.

  • GaryLeeT

    On paper, this looks like a blowout for the Reds. If the Cubs have any hope of gaining some respect in the Central, they will need to win a game like today’s.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Coleman. He threw strikes and kept Stubbs from stealing third

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another solid at bat by Soto

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The 1-1 pitch to Bruce was a strike … Casey got out of it but that was a 31-pitch inning, nine to Arroyo

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    I cannot remember the last time Ramirez delivered in a spot like this … two on, two out.

    • Boots

      Coleman has looked pretty good since that 1st batter walk. Cannot say the same for our usual clutch hitting with RISP. Any idea how mane have been left on so far in the Reds series?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        After the third, the Cubs were 2-for-15 with 12 left on base (totals for Friday and first three innings from Saturday).

        Pena with his third bunt single

    • GaryLeeT

      I have been harping on Ramirez for several days now. There is no way a team can succeed on offense when your clean up hitter delivers nothing, but woeful numbers. I mean a .370 slugging percentage? That’s “my Grandmother” territory, and is horrible for any MLB player, let alone one that’s hitting 4th. He’s done this 2 years in a row! Goodbye and good riddance.

    • paulcatanese

      Neil,sometime in the second half of last year,maybe?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And he pops out to center …

  • Keith Moreland

    I’m not really sold that Coleman is anything other than a journeyman kind of guy, but he is hitting his spots today. If he could do that consistently, he could be a #5 starter.

    I thought maybe Jay Jackson, but he is continuing the trend he started last year of not missing bats at AAA. That is a concern if he is going to be a legit ML starter.

    It doesn’t matter that much to me whether Russell starts or not; Cubs aren’t going anywhere this year

    • studio179

      I think you are saying the same thing, just from an overall perspective for 2011. I agree the team is not going anywhere this year. But it does bother me that they start Russell. Taking a LOOGY and making him a starter is just the type of move that the organization needs to quit doing. Run the team like a top notch organization and make the progressive moves to build on. While the wins losses do not matter this year, team building and development do. I am not in favor of these Russell as a starter type of moves. What choices does Quade have? Well, that is another can of worms in how Hendry assembled and manages the roster.

      I agree on Coleman. I am not sold on him, but I am rooting for him to succeed. The problem is he needs to hit pin point spots. His pitches do not miss bats and he is very hittable.

      • paulcatanese

        Well Coleman did it today,longest outing of his career.And he got Votto. I eat crow today, I didn’t think he could do it,but he did.

        • studio179

          He did do it today and good to see it. They had a nice chance to take out Cordero yesterday. Let’s take another one from Dusty’s guys tomorrow.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    DeWitt with his first homer since 9/3/10 … and Coleman with a nice shutdown inning

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Aramis with a solid play to take away a double from Stubbs

  • GaryLeeT

    Maybe Dempster, and Coleman have started a new trend. Walk the game’s first batter for good luck.

  • GaryLeeT

    A successful bunt to put a runner in scoring position followed by a two out hit to score him. The Cub players are looking at each other in awe and wonder.

    • Boots

      How does Russell coming in in relief factor into him making that next start?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        It wouldn’t. If Russell starts that would be a week away

  • GaryLeeT

    Ramirez just can’t fail every time. The blind squirrel rule has apply once in a while. Now would be a good time for him to find his nuts.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Man, there are so many ways I could respond to that comment … but I can’t. I more than agree but again I cannot remember the last time Aramis stepped up in a spot like this … and he just struck out.

      • Brentcarmona

        Our three and four hitters strike out that’s just great. Who is going to step up with the clutch hitting? Sucks that marlon byrd hit his first hr on first pitch swinging the other day. Probably wont change his approach.

    • paulcatanese

      I think he left them on that diving catch.Then again since the end of last year.No wonder he can’t swing the bat,thats got to hurt.According to Quade today,he told the broadcast team that Aram would not be moved out of the 4 spot,he’s the best the Cubs have.

  • GaryLeeT

    For those of us with Directv, and are out of the Chicago area, I just don’t understand the Fox blackout rules. Why not make all Fox games available to us sat viewers, and we pick the one we want to watch? I could be seeing the sponsors’ ads on the Cub’s game, but instead, I am not watching any game on Fox.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    PENA!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      I knew he was a streaky hitter but man he gets them in bunches.

  • paulcatanese

    Pena, tie game. 3rd hr.

  • paulcatanese

    Pena, as bad as he has started this year is only three RBI’s behind Aram( Quade had told Mgraw that he will not move Aram out of the 4 spot as he is their top RBI man). Where does Quade get his info?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    There are no other ways to say it, that sucked

  • paulcatanese

    Typical Cub luck,How does the ball bounce over the wall for the ground rule double? Takes the win temporaily away. Baker did his job. In center? the wall is 15 ft high. Moot point, Fukudome singles in the winning run.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Reds 3-2 Saturday afternoon. Kosuke Fukudome with GW
    single; Cubs scored 2 in 9th; Pena and DeWitt w/ HRs; DeWitt scored GW run.

    Casey Coleman’s
    line: 2 R,4 H,3 BB,6Ks in 6+IP

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marcos Mateo picked up his first big league win in Saturday’s 3-2 comeback
    victory. Cubs 11-0 when leading after six
    innings.

    • Supercapo

      Neil,

      With as much as Colvin has struggled so far this season and the fact that Quade is struggling to give him regular playing time, is there any talk about sending him down to work on his swing and get some regular time in order to build his confidence and consistency?

    • Aaron

      Good win….surprised the hell out of me. They still have no chance on the season, given how hot the Cards have been, but that should come as no surprise to anyone on this site.

      Neil, you’re comment “Cubs 11-0 when leading after six” speaks volumes to how inept this club is at coming behind in late innings with clutch hits.

      Yes, Pena, DeWitt, Baker, and Fukudome all had HUGE clutch hits at the end of the game, but there is no defense of this offense anymore….it’s got to be last or next to last in the entire league with quality hitters and quality AB’s.

      On a side note, I wanted to post something I harped on this offseason that I found very interesting from mlbtraderumors.com

      “The Royals could be quite busy if they remain in contention. The Zack Greinke trade and Gil Meche’s retirement freed up significant cash, and the team could be both buyers and sellers. Wilson Betemit is expendable because of top prospect Mike Moustakas, possibly to the Marlins, and they could look to deal either Jeff Francoeuror Melky Cabrera.”

      I was saying this ad nauseam during the offseason that the reason you sign young players like that is to either build around for the future, hoping they’ll turn it around with a change of scenery, OR, if you’re out of contention by July, you can make the decision to re-tool and ship them off, presuming they’re having good seasons, and build for the future, getting several prospects in return.

      Why Hendry has never understood this, I’ll never know. Thankfully, Hendry’s reign on the North Side might come to a merciful end this offseason. The same article referenced whispers that Hendry might not be able to survive a disappointing season yet again, and guys like Rick Hahn (AGM of White Sox), Ned Coletti (GM of Dodgers, and former Cubs management), and Josh Byrnes (former D’Backs GM) could be considered for the job. Personally, I’d go with Byrnes out of those 3, but as most of you know, I’d like them to hire Pat Gillick, as he’s turned around the Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners, and now the Phillies franchises during his stints with those teams. The idea behind hiring him would be for Gillick to groom his successor, preferably a younger guy that actually understands the value of statistics when evaluating talent.

      See for yourself here:
      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/05/rosenthals-full-count-video-colletti-hendry-royals.html

  • cubtex

    Great win! Thank you Dusty for putting in Cordeiro. I hope the Cubs do what needs to be done now and send down Colvin. Pena is starting to hit and Fuko is still hitting so let Colvin play everyday in AAA. Colvin with another 0 fer today.