Game Ninety-Six: Cubs (38-57) vs. Marlins (45-49)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Randy Wells (1-3, 6.80/1.73) vs. Chris Volstad (5-8, 5.40/1.46)
The Chicago Cubs will face the Florida Marlins for the last time this afternoon … beginning in 2012, with the opening of the new ballpark, the Florida Marlins will be known as the Miami Marlins.
The Cubs have won three of five in the season series against the Fish and a win today would not only give Q’s squad a victory in the season series but it would improve their 2-12 record on Sundays.
With Randy Wells and Chris Volstad on the mound, there could be a lot of runs scored. The Cubs’ offense has continued to struggle but has been good for a big game once in a while this season.
Latest from the Rumor Mill … The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is two weeks from today. According to Bruce Levine, the Tigers are hot on the trail of Aramis Ramirez … and the Phillies are one of the teams that have shown interest in Marlon Byrd.
Today it all starts with Randy Wells … Randy Wells has not pitched in 11 days and he struggled, again, the last time he took the mound. Wells is one of the many questions the Cubs must find an answer to over the last 60-plus games of the season. Wells has continued to be ineffective and he must find a way to finish the year on a positive note.
The Nationals knocked Wells out of his last start after four innings. Wells gave up four runs on 10 hits with a walk and five strikeouts. The Nationals pounded two home runs and Wells was all over the strike zone.
For as bad as Randy Wells has been this season, he’s been slightly better at Wrigley. Wells is 1-2 in five home starts with a 5.72 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP.
Randy Wells was 0-1 in his last two starts before the break with a 8.71 ERA and a 2.03 WHIP … teams hit nearly .400 against him over his last 10 1/3 innings of work (.391).
Today will be Wells’ second career start against the Marlins … 0-1 in one game with a 3.38 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP.
Mike Cameron (1-for-7), Wes Helms (0-for-1), Omar Infante (4-for-5 with 2 home runs), Hanley Ramirez (0-for-4) and Gaby Sanchez (1-for-4 with a home run) are the only active position players on the Marlins’ roster that has faced Randy Wells.
The 6-foot-8 right-hander has been up and down for the roller coaster that is the 2011 Florida Marlins. Chris Volstad has seemingly put together an excellent start, then a so-so outing, just to follow up with a horrible game. Volstad last pitched on July 10 and he held the Astros to three runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts in six innings … but the start before, the Phillies knocked him out after four innings and seven runs on nine hits.
Chris Volstad posted a 1-1 record in his two starts before the break with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.
The Cubs beat Chris Volstad back on May 19 in Miami 5-1 and Q’s offense scored three of the five runs off Volstad on four hits in five innings of work. Volstad is 0-2 in six career starts against the Cubs with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP … at Wrigley, 0-1 in three starts with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Chris Volstad
- Jeff Baker – 0-for-3 with a walk
- Darwin Barney – 0-for-3
- Marlon Byrd – 3-for-5 with a double and a home run
- Starlin Castro – 2-for-5
- Blake DeWitt – 2-for-6 with 2 walks
- Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-14 with 3 walks
- Koyie Hill – 2-for-7
- Reed Johnson – 3-for-8 with 2 doubles
- Carlos Pena – 3-for-11 with a double and a home run
- Aramis Ramirez – 5-for-10 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-11 with a double and a walk
- Geovany Soto – 1-for-7 with a double and 2 walks
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