Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 07/28/11

Game One Hundred Five: Cubs (42-62) vs. Brewers (56-49)
Game Time – 1:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Randy Wells (2-3, 6.17/1.68) vs. Shaun Marcum (9-3, 3.35/1.11)

Updated 11:19am CDTIt’s Official … the Cubs traded Kosuke Fukudome to the Cleveland Indians. The details below are accurate. Tyler Colvin expected in Milwaukee for today’s game.

Updated: 11:15am CDTAccording to multiple reports, the Cubs have agreed to trade Kosuke Fukudome to the Cleveland Indians for two minor league prospects, OF Abner Abreu and P Carlton Smith.

The Cubs will reportedly pay $3.9 million of the $4.6 million remaining on the final year of Fukudome’s contract. The deal has not been made official and Fukudome is in Thursday’s starting lineup. Tyler Colvin is expected to take Fukudome’s spot on the Cubs active roster.

Will the Cubs leave Milwaukee with at least one victory? The Cubs have received quality starts in both games of this series and have lost them both. The pitching has not been the problem in the series … it has been the offense.

The Brewers have scored a grand total of five runs, with all five runs coming in two innings … a three-run first on Tuesday and a two-run second on Wednesday. While the pitching staff has done its job for the most part, Q’s offense has not and is just one swing away from not scoring a run in the first two games. After Aramis Ramirez’s one-out homer in the first inning of game one, the Cubs have not managed a single run … and the scoreless innings streak has reached 17.

The Cubs were happy with the way Randy Wells pitched against the Astros but Wells will face a much bigger test in the Milwaukee Brewers. Reportedly Wells is still on the hot seat and is pitching to stay in Quade’s rotation.

With Geovany Soto catching back-to-back night games, look for Koyie Hill behind the plate this afternoon.

In other newsReed Johnson’s back has stiffened up on him again and the Cubs are hoping to keep him off the DL. Johnson has been unavailable for the last two games.

From the rumor mill According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Pirates continue to scout Carlos Pena. Pena said recently he would like to stay in Chicago and the Cubs could approach Pena after the season ends about extending his stay in Chicago according to Levine.

The Brewers took over the season-series lead with Wednesday’s shutout, the Cubs have lost five of the first nine games of the season to Milwaukee.

Today it all starts with Randy Wells as the Cubs try to salvage the finale of the three-game series against the Brewers …

Randy Wells is coming off his best start since returning from the DL. Wells did not allow a run in the first inning and ended up allowing just one run on five hits in six innings to the Astros. Wells struck out four and walked two … but that was then. Wells will face a much better offense this afternoon and for as good as his line was against Houston, if Wells pitches the same way today he will not be around very long.

In his last four starts, Wells is 1-1 with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP … and on the road this season, 0-1 in four starts with an 8.50 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP.

One of Wells’ better outings of the season came against the Brewers back on June 14. Milwaukee managed three runs, two earned, on eight hits against Wells in six innings. Wells walked three, struck out two and received a no decision.

Randy Wells is 2-2 in nine career appearances, seven starts, against the Brewers with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP … at Miller Park, 2-0 in three starts with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 2-for-3
  • Ryan Braun – 7-for-21 with a double and a walk
  • Craig Counsell – 2-for-9 with 2 doubles
  • Prince Fielder – 6-for-16 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
  • Corey Hart – 4-for-17 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 2-for-5
  • Casey McGehee – 3-for-9 with a home run
  • Nyjer Morgan – 4-for-7 with a double and a walk
  • Rickie Weeks – 6-for-17 with 2 doubles

The Cubs will get their first look at Shaun Marcum this afternoon. The former Toronto Blue Jay has put together a very good first season in Milwaukee and has been the Brewers most consistent pitcher.

Marcum is coming off a win against the Giants in which he allowed only two runs on four hits in seven innings. Marcum did not issue a free pass and struck out five.

The 29-year old right-hander is 2-0 in his last four starts with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP … 4-1 in 10 starts at Miller Park with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Marlon Byrd (0-for-4 with a walk) and Carlos Pena (1-for-12 with 2 walks) are the only Cubs that have faced Shaun Marcum.

Boys of Spring – The Movie
Friend of the CCO, Tim Sheridan, is putting the finishing touches on a Cubs documentary about his time with the Chicago Cubs. Tim is the long-time P.A. announcer at HoHoKam Park in Mesa and the film is full of behind the scenes, never-before-see footage shot by Tim as he worked next to Cubs legends like Harry Caray and Ron Santo.

From the official press release: To be a part of Boys of Spring – The Movie, fans can donate as little as $10 using an account. As a thank you, fans will receive a copy of the Boys of Spring documentary before its official release next spring. There are a range of donation levels and rewards available on, including Cubs memorabilia and your name in the movie’s credits.

Boys of Spring isn’t about a team winning or losing. It’s about something deeper. An examination of life on its winding path and how, in spite of perceived failures, there is happiness and success. Cub fans will find joy this season and for years to come with the Boys of Spring film by donating and claiming their place in Cubs history. An epic World Series drought can’t stop the faithful Cubs followers, who know better than anyone – “There’s always next spring!”

The CCO will be running reminders during game previews for the next few weeks and I encourage the Faithful to check out ‘Boys of Spring – The Movie

Boot Campaign
Randy Wells and the Chicago Cubs are raising awareness of needs of military personnel. Wells will trade in his cleats for combat boots this week as part of the Boot Campaign, an initiative aimed at showing appreciation of the active military and raising awareness of the needs of military personnel.

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  • Neil

    Today’s original lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Castro – SS
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    Byrd – CF
    Soto – C
    Soriano – LF
    Barney – 2B
    Wells – P

    Will post updated lineup when released.

    As stated above, the Fukudome trade is official and and Colvin is expected in Milwaukee prior to today’s game.

  • Neil

    From Bruce Miles: OF Abreu key for Cubs in Fukudome deal

  • Neil

    Updated lineup:

    Campana – RF
    Castro – SS
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    Byrd – CF
    Soto – C
    Soriano – LF
    Barney – 2B
    Wells – P

    • Calicub

      Wow campana lead-off????

      How revolutionary!

      • gocubs

        Campana wont get on base enough to be a leadoff hitter.  He not a ML starter.  Hes got probably the worst OF arm on the team.   

  • MikeT_2008

    Well at least we got something in return for Fukudome, I mean it will be a few years before we really find out what we got in Abreu and it may be he doesn’t turn out to be much but at least we got something in return for Fukudome

  • Neil

    From the Trib: Quade says Castro, Barney, Campy are leadoff options.

    • Richard Hood

      I think that this is an indication how much of a non stats guy that Quade actually is. Barney and Campana I can understand but not Castro. You do not put a hyper aggressive hitter lead off. It takes away from everything that Castro is good at.  Does he not remember Soriano at lead off?  If you need a lead off hitter then promote Jackson and be done with it.

    • John_CC

      I think you mean Cassie, Barney and Campy.

      • Neil

        I copied that tweet, I really cannot stand all of Quade’s nicknames.

        • paulcatanese

          Actually watching “Vegas” right now and Ed Deline (James Caan) telling his daughter ” Honey, with new management, comes new procedures” thats funny, no one told Ricketts.

        • John_CC

          Really Neil?  You don’t find it kind of endearing?  Or showing of Quad’s “old school” way with baseball? 

          Leave it to him to move Castro back to the leadoff spot even though Barney is better at it. “Campy” is not going to be the starting RF now, is he?  It would make sense though, bring Colvin back up and then start someone – ANYONE else in RF!  Just watch. Baker and Campy will be out there a lot more.

        • Roland

          Dusty did the smae, drove me nuts.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I can’t stand QUADE. Period.

  • Neil

    From Carrie Muskat: Cubs motivation to move Fukudome: He wasn’t expected back in 2012 and want to give Colvin playing time. Colvin did make it to Milwaukee in time for today’s game.

    • Ripsnorter1

      And now he won’t play at all, except to pinch hit, for the rest of the season. 

  • RynoTiger

    now that Hendry has made a trade I think he thinks he’s all done with the trades this summer because everyone else is vital to the 2012 world series campaign.

    • T_Leise

      I think Hendry is probably scared to trade his vets. Look what happened the last couple times. Theriot is with the Cardinals and they are in 1st place and Fotenot won the world series with the Giants. Just think we could have won the world series and be in 1st place right now with those two. Now we’re stuck with the youngsters up the middle. I mean they are the ones that set the tone, so it must be why we’re losing.

      • cubtex

        good one!

    • studio179

      Oh, I agree. Hendry might dump Grabow in August for a warm body, but he is not going to be dealing much. Hendry cornered himself in real good with 10/5 and NTC guys, who are not very desirable to teams anyway. Besides, why should he deal? Hendry assured us 2012 is going to be a banner year. Many of the same guys coming back to perform about the same…little better, little worse. Yep, this team looks locked and loaded. 


  • Albert

    Conflicting report on the money involved in the Fukudome trade per Baseball America:

    “Cleveland included nearly $4 million in the deal, covering all but about
    $500,000 of Fukudome’s 2011 salary, so the cost in the prospects was

    If that’s the case, we saved some nice cash. That’s top draft pick coin and then some right there.

    • Bredstik

      They made a correction – the Cubs included the $4M, not Cleveland:

      Cleveland received nearly $4 million in the deal, covering all but about $500,000 of Fukudome’s 2011 salary. (We erroneously had the cash transaction reversed earlier.)

      • Neil

        Thanks Rob.

        The numbers I have are $3.9 million to the Indians along with Fukudome. Is that correct?

        • Bredstik

          Yes, I believe that is correct Neil.

          Baseball America’s website referenced the figure as $4M, but they also originally reported that as the amount that Cleveland paid rather than the Cubs. We now know that the actual amount the Cubs paid to be $3.9M.

  • Brp921

    Wow, the Cubs manufactured a run. Is Quade not there today?

  • Neil

    Excellent throw by Castro … another bad first inning for Randy Wells

    • studio179

      I understand they need Wells, as they do not have anyone else right now. In 2012, I hope the team is done with the Randy Wells experiment. 

  • John_CC

    O the First Inning Woes!

    Wellsie needs to go. He’s just not very good.

    • Neil

      Braun takes Wellsie deep

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    I am so sick of Welsl he does not deserved to be in the major leagues , he getting crushed again today , it is time to bring up someone else and send him to the minor leagues.

  • GaryLeeT

    LaToilet should be about due to choke one away.

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 4-2 to Brewers Thursday afternoon. Wells: 4R, 8H, 2BB, 2K, 6IP; Ramirez: 0-for-3, RBI; Pena: 2-for-3, 2B, R, BB; Soriano: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

    Brewers sweep, Cubs back to 21 games under .500

  • John_CC

    Pathetic.  That should quiet all the supidity and ridiculous talk about this lame team making a run for anything more that 5th place.

    • studio179

      The Cub manager would disagree. I guess the Brewers are not the Astros.

  • Neil

    Cubs scored a grand total of 4 runs in three games and were 1-for-15 with RISP

    • BosephHeyden

      Still in it.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The News from 670theScore and 720 WGN…..

    1. The Score said that the Cubs saved only $700k on dealing Funko. And Baseball America also had an analyst on 670 that said both players the Cubs received are not real ML prospects. Abner, (OF), has power but that’s it.

    2. WGN said Richie Weeks of the Brewers is likely out for the year. They need INF help and an OF, too. 

    • BosephHeyden

      I was expecting Hendry to get salary relief.  And if not salary relief, at least one decent prospect.  He got neither.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Jim Clueless ROBBED AGAIN. He can’t trade for beans. He can’t sign a FA for beans, either. 

        Cubs traded DeRosa to Cleveland for junk. Cleveland traded DeRosa to the Cards for an All-Star closer. How come Jim Clueless can’t do that? Answer: HE’S CLUELESS.

        • J Daniel

          Usually agree, Rip, but not with this one.  Fuko is just not good and that is what you get when you trade not good.  Agree with the DeRosa deal but as was pointed out, and we had this discussion, we got Archer which in turn got Garza – lol.  That trade was bad!

          • BosephHeyden

            Fukudome had the highest on base percentage of all NL leadoff guys.  There’s nothing bad about him.  He’ll excel with another team, and win a series ring long before the Cubs do.

        • Richard Hood

          Yesterday he was only worth cutting and today we got robbed by moving him? Man at least be consistent.

      • RickinMSP

        I’m with you on the salary relief.  Fukudome isn’t worth a decent prospect, so I was hoping they would get some real salary relief.  775 grand almost wasn’t worth it.  The only real benefit now an open roster spot and an opportunity to see if Colvin is a possible long term fixture in the outfield or a DFA candidate in the off season.  Based on his fear of the base on balls, I predict DFA.

        • J Daniel

          This is good as we will see and can finally put to rest the idea of Colvin helping.

  • Ripsnorter1

    You know what my problem is?

    I picked the Cubs to go 70-92. That’s 22 games under .500.But with 57 games to go, they are already 21 games under .500.

    They need to play almost ..500 ball the rest of the way for me to win the new Camaro.UGGHHH!!!

  • Neil

    From Sun-Times: Rami appears to reverse position on no-trade: “They come to me with a trade, we’ll see. I understand it’s a business … If they’re looking to rebuild, I can’t fit in. So we’ll see.”

    • Brentcarmona

      intriguing indeed…maybe zambrano was definitely hinting at something. keep the rumors coming neil!

    • KevininSandiego


      Ramirez must of heard my Lego Land pass offer on Round trip Last night.

      • Neil

        I did not hear you on Roundtrip last night. Details?

        • KevininSandiego

          I told Mike Fern to some how get this message to Ramirez, if he took at trade the the Angels I would give him and his Family my families Lego land and Sea World passes for the Summer.

    • J Daniel


      This would be a trade that I expect them to get value that can help next year, not 3 years from now.  Rami, Soto, and Marmol have the real value that could speed the process up.  After that, not so much.  If JH could pull off a good trade with Z but I think he would get robbed again.

  • Neil

    Steve Clevenger promoted to Triple-A Iowa.

    Before everyone gets excited, Welington Castillo left Monday night’s game with an injury and was placed on the DL with a right hamstring strain.

  • Rbmercer

    Ouch, this article hits hard! I’d have to say it’s pretty much spot on also.

    • diehardcubfan

      Yes, I will agree spot on and the same thing I have been saying this year that the Cubs can’t develop talent.

      JH and Quade will still keep their jobs though despite the bumbling attempts at being in charge.

    • cubtex

      Never heard of Sam Fels…but I agree that Colvin has terrible plate discipline!

    • Tom U

      Sorry to say, but the article was poorly written, poorly researched, and had many flaws.

      First, the facts:

      Tyler Colvin was the initial selection of Tim Wilken as scouting director, not Jim Hendry.

      Colvin batted .306 with a .514 slugging percentage at Daytona (in a pitching heavy league) in 2007. He also hit .300 with a .524 slugging percentage at Tennessee in 2009 after coming back from a shoulder injury.

      Now the conjecture:

      Hendry never wanted Colvin to make the team in spring training last season, preferring the more experienced Micah Hoffpauir. When Hoffpauir failed to play well and Colvin did, it forced his hand.

      Hendry never wanted Colvin to play regularly last season, but Lou Piniella, who was not a fan of Fukudome, wanted to get him more at bats. Colvin’s starts decreased once Piniella retired. Its not a coincidence that his starts further decreased this year, as Mike Quade seemed to be following orders from Hendry to play his high-priced veterans.

      The article also fails to mention the shattered bat that caused a collapsed lung for Colvin, and derailed any plans for him to play winter ball or better learn first base.

  • Spoda

    I hate to use a texting term..  but I must… OMG!!! why, why, why does Quack still put Barney 8th… He is the most clutch guy we have right now, and as much as I think Quack thinks he is coaching a Legion Ball team..  I just don’t even get that!

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Carlton Smith’s whip is much better as a starter, granted that he was younger then and in lower level minors, but there is the chance the move him back to the starting role, where he might be better suited.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    I think Hendry just likes aquiring guys that strike out a ton and don’t walk much-
    Burgess, Crawford, and Abreu. DeWitt just got his 5th walk of the season yesterday lol.