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 Amazon.com 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 Kickstarter.com, 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.

Official Release from MLB.com

The CCO has been asked to pass this info onto our readers and we will run reminders throughout the week. For those that are interested in helping this great cause, please visit www.BootCampaign.com and purchase the “Give Back” combat boots.

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