Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Nationals – 07/04/11

Game Eighty-Six: Cubs (35-50) vs. Nationals (42-43)
Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Nationals Park, Washington D.C.

Casey Coleman (1-1, 7.78/2.05) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (5-7, 2.63/1.07)

Happy 4th of July from everyone at the CCO!

The Cubs begin their final road trip before the break this afternoon with the first of four against the Washington Nationals. The Cubs trip ends next Sunday with the finale of a three-game series with the Pirates.

Ryan Dempster was scheduled to start today’s opener but was scratched following Sunday’s game after spending Saturday night in the hospital. Dempster is dealing with a sore back, an injury to his ribs and the flu. Dempster was not expected to be placed on the DL. Dempster is the latest (and last) member of Quade’s Opening Day rotation to miss at least one start this season … the other four (Zambrano, Garza, Wells and Cashner) have spent time on the disabled list.

Chris Carpenter was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday afternoon to make room on the active roster for Casey Coleman. Coleman will make his first big league start since May 25. The Cubs will have to make another roster move prior to Tuesday’s game to make room on the active roster for Ramon Ortiz.

The Cubs will face a much-improved Nationals team that recently received a new manager. Former Cubs’ manager Jim Riggleman resigned and Davey Johnson was named the team’s new manager while the Nats were in Chicago facing the Sox. Johnson officially took over one week ago … the Nationals are 2-5 under Johnson. The Cubs will see a familiar face on Wednesday night. Tom Gorzelanny is scheduled to face Randy Wells in game three.

Mike Quade’s first game as a big league manager came last August 23 at Nationals Park. Casey Coleman beat Livan Hernandez 9-1 on that Monday night in the Nation’s Capital.

Today it all starts with Casey Coleman

Casey Coleman has had an up and down season … both figuratively and literally.

Casey Coleman will make his first big league start today since May 25 against the Mets. After a horrible 1 1/3 inning start (six runs on seven hits with a walk), Coleman was optioned to Iowa on May 28 and recalled again on June 11. Coleman pitched one inning against the Phillies before being sent back down to Triple-A on June 14 to make room for Chris Carpenter on the active roster.

Coleman has shown a little bit of improvement during his time with the I-Cubs and is 1-1 in his last four starts with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP (13 runs, 11 earned, on 23 hits with 11 walks and 17 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings).

Casey Coleman has pitched much better on the road (2-1 in five games, four starts, with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP) than at Wrigley this season (0-3 in five games, four starts, with a 12.27 ERA and a 2.59 WHIP).

Today will be Casey Coleman’s second career start against the Nationals … 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP. The key for Casey this afternoon is throwing strikes, something he’s struggled with both at the big league and minor league levels this season.

Roger Bernadina (1-for-2 with a double and a walk), Ivan Rodriguez (0-for-3), Matt Stairs (1-for-2 with a double) and Ryan Zimmerman (1-for-3) are the only active position players on the Nats roster that has faced Casey Coleman.

The Cubs will get their second look at Jordan Zimmermann this afternoon. Zimmermann is one of the many good young arms in the Nationals system and he has pitched better than his 5-7 record.

Zimmermann has been extremely good over his last 10 starts and is coming off an impressive outing against the Angels. Zimmermann lost a game to Los Angeles in which he allowed one unearned run on four hits in eight innings of work. Zimmermann walked only one batter and struck out four. In his last 10 outings, Zimmermann has allowed more than two earned runs only once but has only three wins to show for it.

Jordan Zimmermann posted a 3-1 record in six June starts with a 0.85 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.

Today will be Zimmermann’s second career start against the Cubs … 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Lou’s crew beat Zimmermann on July 18 at Nationals Park 6-5 in his last start of the 2009 season.

Kosuke Fukudome (1-for-2 with a walk), Koyie Hill (1-for-2 with a double), Carlos Pena (1-for-2 with a home run), Aramis Ramirez (1-for-3) and Alfonso Soriano (1-for-3 with a home run) are the only active position players with limited at bats against Jordan Zimmermann.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

    • paulcatanese

      Same boring lineup that has scored three runs in eighteen innings. Should have good results with the pitching though if the last two hold true. No hitting, good pitching. Interesting ball club, hope both show up today,pitching and hitting.

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Every starting pitcher has miss a start that is not good. Neil is there any chance that Cubs will trade Garza , because our farm system is not that good and we have not exactly picked good players in the draft lately.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      The easy answer is just ‘no’. I do not see Hendry trading him away this year or over the winter. They are happy with the way Garza has pitched and I think they view Garza has an arm they can build around, not trade away.

      • Kojak Osborne Jr.

        Thanks Neil

      • KevininSandiego

        The thing is with the Trade market as it is can you imagine what the can Get for Garza?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Kevin, I agree with what Mike told you last week. I do not see a way they get back what they gave for Garza and with all of the injuries (McNutt, Whitenack, Jackson) down on the farm, the prospects for the rotation for next season does not look so hot.

          • KevininSandiego

            I agree with Jim Bowden and Grant Paulsen, the haul that they could get out weighs the impact he would give us for the next 2 years. The only way for it to be worth it is if we can sign him long term, but then again that scares me because he reminds me of Zambano. His starts are inconsistant so, you never know what you will get from start to start. I don’t want tp see the Cubs make the same mistake they did with Zambrano. But let’s go back to the Haul Bowden believes we can easily get Betances or Banuelos or both along with other Prospect (which Could include Montero considering the drop in trade value).

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Kevin, I understand what you are saying and hear your frustrations. The question you need to ask is, if you believe Bowden and Paulsen (I’m not saying I do not), do you trust Jim Hendry to facilitate that trade?

    • Rbmercer

      He is viewed as the ONE starter that is untouchable with his stuff and age.

      • Kojak Osborne Jr.

        Yes, but unless things change drastically I do not think the Cubs will be ready to win next year and something has to be done about our farm system  and with starters because they have been flat out horrible except for Garza.

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

          Our farm systems arms are actually better than you seem to suggest. We just have a injury bug that is stripping everyone of there stats at this point. If our pitching gets healthy we will have at least 2 pitchers competing for starting jobs next spring.

          Mc Nutt, and hopefully Struck depending on how some of the guys from Daytona are moving through our system. We got some really good young arms coming up. Then there is a couple pitchers a little farther down that are going to be in the mix soon with Kirk and Rhee. We are not in nearly as bad of shape as you seem to think.

      • Tony_Hall

        By the time this team is competitive, he will be a Free Agent, and will cost way, way more than he will be worth.  

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    I think I need to check into rehab, the Cubs are like a bad drug, I’m addicted and I know it’s not good for me but I still watch almost every game. Even though it hurts lol. 

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

    And let the beating begin. Nat’s have been ice cold since Riggleman did his take my ball and go home routine. Nothing like a steady dose of Coleman to cure what ails them.
    Zimmerman is steadily becoming their go to pitcher. Good young arm finally learning to pitch.

    • Blue

      how about waiting untill the game is over, before burring the Cubs & rowning the Nats.

      • Blue

        bad typing,,,, should say “burying & crowing”

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

        On paper we should not have even been within 5 to 4 victory.

        Coleman gutted out a good game and needed to. I like Coleman and I think eventually he will be a good 3/4 starter in the big leagues. I just think that they have destroyed his confidence with the way he has been handled and may take a couple years now before he puts it all together. He should have been sent to Triple A and left alone for the first half of this year but instead he was told he wasn’t good enough to start at the big league level then carted back and forth with every injury. That is not the way you build confidence in a young kid.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nick Struck has been promoted to Triple-A Iowa

    • Tom U

      To quote Aaron, just call me Nostradamus :-D

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Casey gets a bad break to start the game now he’s leaving everything up again.

  • Stu_studdly

    If I log onto WGN.com, can I manage a game “instead” of Mike Quade rather than “with” him?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Darwin Barney

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Two gift runs

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Casey walks the leadoff batter

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent throw by Soto

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano pops out to shallow center with the bases loaded and one out

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Pena thrown out at the plate … bad slide by Pena.

  • JimBo_C

    Q taking out Coleman now in the 6th …. Doesn’t want to make the same mistake he did a few days ago with Wells.

  • Schelling00

    Great…Piece of Sh**t hippie Samardija is coming in. I’m turning off the game because it will be 7-4 when I turn it back on. Can’t we get rid of this a hole

    • Robby 2010

      The only A hole I see here is you Schelling00 you piece of crap.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        No more of this, I will delete any further comments like these.

        • Robby 2010

          Go ahead and delete them, comments like Schelling00 should never show up on this site anyhow.  Last thing as a cub fan that I want to read about on line is a poster talking crap about our players.  Not  mention the fact that he did not spell Samardzija correctly. 

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I agree and thank you for understanding

  • JimBo_C

    Apparently, Wood and Bernadina exchanged gifts to each others teams today.

    Tie score is about where it should have been.

    • JimBo_C

      Woody has absolutely zero command today. Not sure why he is still in .

      • Cheryl

        Saw an article that said Wood might agree to a trade if it was a great offer and benefitted both him and the cubs. Any chance of that happening?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          That was before the launch of the Wood Family Foundation. The comments Wood made Friday makes me (and others) feel he would not waive his no trade clause and accept a trade.

  • Brp921

    The Cubs play absolutely terrible fundamental baseball. Pena’s slide earlier and now Byrd not preventing the double play. Inexcusable.

    • Brp921

      If Byrd prevents the double play there is a long shot that the Cubs might have scored in the ninth.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Quade has said he’s a numbers guy … he’s got to be able to see Castro just does not hit in the three-hole. Top of the Cubs order is 0-for-15 today.

    • JimBo_C

      At this point, it seems that they want him to be the third hitter and are waiting for him to figure it out.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That did not look good … appeared to be looking at Mateo’s elbow.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 5-4 to Nationals in 10 innings. Game winning run scored on WP by Marmol in the 10th.

    Casey Coleman:
    3R, 2ER, 5H, BB, 5K in 5.1IP; Carlos Pena: 3-for-4,R,3B; Aramis Ramirez: 2-for-4, 2B, 2R;
    Alfonso Soriano: 2 RBI

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Elbow injury for Mateo, MRI in the next day or so according to the Sun-Times

    • JimBo_C

      Wonder when was the last time he threw 5 innings and/or 67 pitches in a game?

      We will found out soon if the price for being a “Hero for a Day” is an elbow problem.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    i’mlooking forward to August and September baseball hopefully we have alot more young guys to watch. I’m tired of watching fading veterans.