Game Thirty-Six: Cubs (16-19) vs. Cardinals (21-16)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Casey Coleman (1-2, 6.29/1.77) vs. Jaime Garcia (4-0, 1.99/0.97)
Updated 12:17pm CDT – Info on Brett Jackson: Cubs say OF prospect Brett Jackson’s injury is to ligament of left pinkie. He’ll see hand specialist today. Apparently, no broken bone.
Weather permitting … Q’s squad enters play this afternoon with a chance to win another series. The Cubs have struggled in series finales this season, especially on Sunday. A victory this afternoon would not only mean a series win against the Cardinals but would even their record at 3-3 over the first six games of the nine-game homestand.
This afternoon figures to be difficult both on the mound and at the plate. The offense will have to deal with Jaime Garcia … while Casey Coleman and the pitching staff will have the chore of keeping Albert Pujols from beating them. Koyie Hill appeared to tick off Pujols Wednesday and in his next at bat he hit a two-run single.
The Cubs mentioned Wednesday that Welington Castillo could start today’s finale. Koyie Hill had a big night at the plate which will probably keep him in the starting lineup.
News and Notes
The Cubs announced Aramis Ramirez will leave the team following Thursday’s game to fly home to the Dominican Republic. Ramirez has family business to take care of and will miss Friday’s opener against the Giants.
The Cubs announced Wednesday that Doug Davis will start Saturday night’s game against the Giants. The Cubs will have to add Doug Davis to the 40-man roster (one empty spot, currently stands at 39 players) and send down a pitcher to make room Davis on the active 25-man roster.
Brett Jackson hurt his wrist/hand in the first inning of a game versus the Huntsville Stars Wednesday. Jackson singled, stole second and apparently injured his hand/wrist while diving back into the second base bag. Jackson left the Smokies Wednesday to fly to Chicago to be examined by team doctors.
This afternoon it all begins with Casey Coleman … Casey Coleman is coming off his best outing of the season. Coleman credited his outing with adjustments he made with Mark Riggins … and treatment on the plantar’s wart on his right middle finger. Coleman received a no decision but threw strikes and posted a quality start.
Coleman held the Reds high-powered offense to two run on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts in six innings of work. Coleman has the ability to be a successful big league pitcher and he must build off his last performance.
This afternoon will be Casey’s second career start against the Cardinals. Coleman is 1-0 in two career games, one start, versus the Redbirds with a 2.00 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.
Daniel Descalso (1-for-3), Matt Holliday (0-for-4), Jon Jay (1-for-4), Yadier Molina (0-for-1), Albert Pujols (1-for-2 with a double and a walk) and Colby Rasmus (1-for-3 with a walk) are the only active Cardinals that have faced Casey Coleman.
The Cubs offense has a tough task this afternoon … beat Jaime Garcia. The Cardinals very talented southpaw is coming off a complete game shutout against the Brewers. After taking a perfect game into the eighth inning, Garcia held a very good offense to just two hits and a walk.
Garcia has not posted a loss this season but the Cardinals are only 4-3 in his seven starts. The Cubs must be patient this afternoon, make him work and get into the bullpen. If they walk to the plate swinging it will be a very quick loss for Q’s squad.
Garcia is 0-1 in two career games, one start, versus the Cubs with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Q’s squad beat him last September in St. Louis when the southpaw was obviously out of gas. The Cardinals shut him down for the remainder of the season following his loss to the Cubs on September 13.
Jeff Baker (0-for-4), Darwin Barney (1-for-3), Marlon Byrd (0-for-3), Tyler Colvin (0-for-1), Kosuke Fukudome (0-for-1), Aramis Ramirez (1-for-4 with a double) and Alfonso Soriano (1-for-3) are the only active Cubs with limited at bats against Jaime Garcia.
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