Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 08/02/11

Game One Hundred Ten: Cubs (44-65) vs. Pirates (54-53)
Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Randy Wells (2-4, 6.16/1.68) vs. Kevin Correia (12-8, 4.24/1.32)

It took the Cubs 102 games to put together their first three game winning streak of the season, could Q’s squad repeat the feat tonight in Pittsburgh? The Cubs have played two of their better games of the season in back-to-back days and will give the ball to Randy Wells tonight.

The Cubs could be without Aramis Ramirez for the second game in a row. Ramirez is 1-for-21 on the trip and is dealing with quad issues again. Ramirez is listed as day-to-day and Blake DeWitt could get the start at third tonight. If DeWitt is not at the hot corner, look for him to give Darwin Barney a much-needed night off.

Will Tyler Colvin find his way back in Mike Quade’s starting lineup? Colvin sat Sunday against a right-handed pitcher in order to get Reed Johnson at bats before he faced the lefty Paul Maholm on Monday night. Jim Hendry said the biggest reason they traded Kosuke Fukudome was to create playing time for Tyler Colvin. If the Cubs truly want to see what he could bring to the table, they must give him regular playing time. Colvin will reportedly be in the starting lineup for the final three games of the road trip.

In other news Andrew Cashner threw off a mound again Monday and felt no pain. Cashner is hoping to be back in three weeks, the Cubs are shooting for a September return.

Tonight it all starts with Randy Wells

Randy Wells is pitching for his future, either with the Cubs or somewhere else. Wells has struggled mightily this season and is coming off another poor performance. Wins and losses and ERA are not the best way to judge a pitcher’s performance, but WHIP is a good way to see how effective a pitcher may or may not be. Wells enters play tonight with a 1.68 WHIP … that is 79 hits and 29 walks in 64 1/3 innings, 108 baserunners in 64 1/3 innings is beyond horrible.

Wells is coming off another bad outing against the Brewers in which he allowed four runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts in six innings. Wells gave up more first inning runs and continues to put his team in a hole early in each of his starts … 15 runs, 21 hits and seven walks in 12 first innings this season.

After a 0-1 record in five June starts with a 6.58 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP (teams hit .282), Randy Wells regressed in July to the tune of a 1-2 record in five starts with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP (teams hit .336).

The Pirates hit Wells pretty good in his only start against them this season. Wells lasted only four innings and gave up five runs on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. Wells is 2-2 in six career starts versus Pittsburgh with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP … at PNC Park, 1-1 in three starts with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Pirates Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Pedro Alvarez – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Ronny Cedeno – 1-for-10 with a home run
  • Matt Diaz – 0-for-3
  • Garrett Jones – 4-for-14 with a double and a walk
  • Derrek Lee – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Ryan Ludwick – 4-for-9 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and a walk
  • Andrew McCutchen – 7-for-13 with a double, a triple and a walk
  • Lyle Overbay – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Xavier Paul – 0-for-3
  • Neil Walker – 4-for-5 with a double

Kevin Correia is one of the reasons the Pirates enter play tonight in the middle of the race in the NL Central. After a rough stretch against the Cubs and Cardinals, Correia rebounded with a very good start against the Braves. Correia allowed two runs, one earned, on nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. In order for the Pirates to continue to compete, they will need the Kevin Correia from the first three months of the season.

Correia is 2-2 in his last five starts with a 6.08 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP.

The Pirates’ Opening Day starter has been unbelievable on the road this season (10-2 in 13 starts with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP) and less than serviceable at PNC this year (2-6 in 10 games, nine starts, with a 6.62 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP).

Correia owned the Cubs in his two starts at Wrigley (2-0 with a 1.35 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP) but lasted only 3 2/3 innings against Q’s squad at PNC (five runs on nine hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings).

Cubs Career Numbers against Kevin Correia

  • Jeff Baker – 2-for-6 with a home run
  • Darwin Barney – 5-for-11 with a double
  • Marlon Byrd – 2-for-15
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-9 with a double
  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-8 with a double and 2 walks
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-7
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-1
  • Carlos Pena – 4-for-9 with 2 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 4-for-16 with 2 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-14
  • Geovany Soto – 2-for-9 with a double and 2 walks

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      I have to admit I am surprised too that Ramirez is playing, and DeWitt is not.

      • Calicub

        Dewitt only gets playing time over youngsters not injured vets silly

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    (@georgeofman) Several #Cubs already on waivers but no surprise. Most teams put plenty of guys on waivers in August. 39 minutes ago

    • studio179

      As you point out, teams do this all the time. The surprise will be not if they clear, but if claimed. Trouble is, Hendry would likely pull them back because he was only kidding. We all know he needs them in 2012. 

  • John_CC

    What’s the deal with flip-flopping Barn and Cassy?  Is this supposed to help Barn work out of his slump, hitting in front of Rammy?

    If the Cubs had a starting pitcher in the system that was ready for some MLB experience Wellsy would have been gone a while ago.  I don’t see how they bring him back.  1.70 WHIP is just terrible.

    Over/Under on number of runs Pirates score in the 1st:  3 runs

    • paulcatanese

      Aram playing tonight, but having trouble with his Quad or is that Quadie?

    • Ripsnorter1

      Wells will be back for ST next year. No question in my mind. 

      Why? Because the Cubs have NOTHING–NOTHING even close to being ready to take his place.
      That forearm injury comes from throwing the curveball/slider, and comes because a pitcher has not exercised enough. 

      Wells, like Z, has talent but no work ethic. And I guess that isn’t going to change. Too bad for Wells; too bad for the Cubs.

      • Kojak Osborne Jr.

        The sad part is the best two starting pitches we ever develop was Prior and Wood and we pitched their arms off. Now Cashner who I thought had promise is injury prone.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Let’s see…who was that manager that was in charge of developing Wood and Prior? He was hired DESPITE having a reputation of destroying pitching staffs…he still manages today, a very talented team, but he has destroyed both their pitching staff AND their chances of challenging for the NL Central divisional title….what WAS his name?….Oh, yeah, now I remember–

          DUSTY EUGENE BAKER, DESTROYER OF PITCHING STAFFS.

          He gets the big credit for taking SF to the playoffs when he had Barry Bonds on his team. Who really deserved the credit? NOT DUSTY.

    • roseyc

      That Quade is showing expertise in his lineup configuration. His matching is unprecedented …more like just uttter stupidity …no more like a fool because he actually believes what he says

  • Ripsnorter1

    1st, let me say that the Cubs will win this game. 

    2nd, let me add that the PIRATES ARE DONE FOR 2011.
    They will finish below .500 for the year.

  • roseyc

    What does it take for a starting pitcher to be pulled from the rotation. Wells just hasn’t performed and still he is in the rotation. Why not bring in the Coleman and Carpenter and run them out there to see what they have over a period of time instead of say well …quoting Kaspar…had a tough start last time out. One win in 3 months and his only win is against a bad team…What does that tell you

    • Kojak Osborne Jr.

      because the Cubs never change a losing formula because our management stinks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/austinbpeterson Austin Peterson

    anyone up for signing cj wilson this winter?

    • Kojak Osborne Jr.

      Yes , but he would fix all the problems only Garza has pitched well this year in the rotation the rest of guys is awful.

    • diehardcubfan

      Yeap, I suggest about a month ago but the Rangers will make every effort to lock him in long term and it would then cost us a pretty penny.

  • AP

    anyone up for signing cj wilson this winter?

    • John_CC

      ahhh….YES! 

  • paulcatanese

    I see where ASU are going to use the Cub facility in Mesa. The Cubs should think about that one. People will attend those games and realize thats what a baseball team is supposed to look like.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good to see Castro running. Aramis broke a 0-for-20 (1-for-21) slump

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    There’s the Cubs team we’ve become accustom to this season … one run after three straight hits.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Geovany Soto just threw a ball into center … with no one stealing.

    And Wells just gave up a bomb to Garrett Jones …

    • paulcatanese

      Neil, Soto was just getting a jump on the next baserunner.

  • studio179

    Wells got blasted on that 2 run shot.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Geovany Soto has 10 errors this year, while Cubs catchers lead the majors with 18. Next
    highest team total is 12.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Randy Wells allowed 2 more first inning runs Tues night. Wells has allowed 17 runs on 23 hits in first inning this season (13 starts)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tyler Colvin with a BLAST ended up in the river.

    • JimBo_C

      Mammoth Drive!

  • studio179

    Colvin sits tomorrow. Quade will say he should have hit it in the river, no bounce. 

    • JimBo_C

      He also has the option of dropping him to 9th in the batting order.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wells with another mental mistake … should have been at third.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Aramis with a 3-run shot to center

    • JimBo_C

      These guys must have taken a few extra Flintsone vitamins today.

  • studio179

    Ram with a dinger.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the Tribune: That’s the 29th ball hit into the Allegheny, and the
    28th on a bounce. Daryle Ward was the only guy to make it on the fly, on July 6,
    2002

  • GaryLeeT

    You can see it coming. Another strong finish to the season after the pressure to win is off. That in turn will prompt few off-season player moves, and extensions for Hendry & Quade.

    • studio179

      Scares me to the bone. 

    • diehardcubfan

      Exactly.  Just proves how pathetic this team is but JH will say hey look we played well and that will be good for next year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soto with a big blast … a two-run shot to center.

  • studio179

    Soto to deep center.

  • studio179

    Soriano’s turn…home run.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another blast … Soriano this time

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    BACK-TO-BACK JACKS!

    I miss Ronnie …

  • JimBo_C

    This guy Correia pitched like Wells usually pitches.

    • JimBo_C

      Is 8 runs enough for Wells?

      • Kojak Osborne Jr.

        If he loses this lead he need to be on the next plane out.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson led off tonight’s game with a home run, his 4th at the Triple-A level. Today is Brett Jackson’s 23rd birthday.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Byrd with the Cubs’ fifth homer of the game …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with another blast … that is six in four innings.

  • GaryLeeT

    With the Cub’s season lost, I was kind of rooting for the Pirates, but I have this feeling that water will eventually seek it’s own level.

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Where was all this offense when we needed it now they showing some life when we have no hope.

    • Brp921

      The Cubs are out of it and feeling no pressure, the Pirates are feeling pressure and desperate for a win. The Cubs will probably start doing better now like last year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Alfonso Soriano hit the 6th HR of the night, most since 9/17/2006 vs. Reds at
    Wrigley. Club record is 7 set 6/11/67 against the Mets, tied in ’70 and ’77 both games against the Padres.

    • paulcatanese

      Neil, that was fun to watch for a change.

  • Matt

    Trade soriano send him through waivers now!!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I would imagine he’s already been put on waivers and if he hasn’t cleared, should tomorrow.

  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    Question:

    Did The Cubs turn into the Pirates or did the Pirates turn into the Cubs?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Folks, 
    What is happening tonight is what happened last year and the year previous–
    the Cubs are playing the roll of “Spoiler.” Out of the race, the Cubs start a three game winning streak to ruin any realistic chance that the Pirates might have had to challenge for the divisional title. As I mentioned before, THE PIRATES ARE DONE! FORGETABOUTIT!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Pirates 11-6. Cubs hit
    6 home runs, two by Soriano; Wells: 2R, 5H, BB, 7K in 6IP

  • paulcatanese

    “Whats the big deal, it was only the Pirates”

    • diehardcubfan

      Exactly, no matter how you put a spin on it we are still 16,5 games out.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Season high 21 hits Tuesday night for Cubs.
    Starlin Castro: 3-for-5, R, BB, RBI; Aramis Ramirez: 2-for-4, R, HR,
    4 RBI; Tyler Colvin: 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 2R; Alfonso Soriano: 2-for-5,
    2HR, 2RBI; Marlon Byrd: 2-for-4, HR, 2R; Darwin Barney: 3-for-6, R