Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Braves – 08/13/11

Game One Hundred Twenty: Cubs (51-68) vs. Braves (70-49)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Turner Field, Atlanta

Randy Wells (3-4, 6.05/1.59) vs. Derek Lowe (7-10, 4.78/1.48)

Updated 3:42pm CDTThe Cubs placed Carlos Zambrano on the disqualified list without pay for 30 days. Zambrano is not allowed any contact with the team for the next month. Casey Coleman is expected to take his spot in the rotation.

How will the Cubs respond to what happened on and off the field Friday night? Outside of another Carlos Zambrano drama, the Cubs did not play a good game and were pounded by the Atlanta Braves yet again. The Braves have outscored the Cubs 35-17 in their last four head-to-head match-ups and including all six games of 2010, plus Friday night, Atlanta has outscored the Cubs 54-26.

Tyler Colvin is expected to be back in the starting lineup tonight against Derek Lowe. Mike Quade should leave Reed Johnson in his starting nine and give Alfonso Soriano a breather. Prior to Friday’s game, Mike Quade mentioned that Tony Campana would get a few starts over the next five games as well … the Cubs are scheduled to face right-handers for the remainder of the road trip and into the St. Louis series next weekend at Wrigley.

Tonight it all starts with Randy Wells

Randy Wells is coming off another poor outing but was in line for the win until Marlon Byrd overran a pop up in shallow center off the bat of Joey Votto and Sean Marshall could not preserve the lead. The Reds hit Wells pretty hard and scored six runs on eight hits in seven innings. Wells walked only one batter but struck out only one and served up three home runs.

Wells has struggled for the most part since he returned from the DL at the end of May. Wells has been his own worst enemy, especially in the first inning. Wells is 2-1 in his last five starts with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP … and is 1-2 in six road starts this season with a 6.90 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.

Randy Wells is 2-1 in four career starts against the Braves with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP … at Turner Field, 1-0 in two starts with a 0.69 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP.

Braves Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Michael Bourn – 6-for-18 with 5 walks
  • Alex Gonzalez – 1-for-10 with a home run
  • Jason Heyward – 2-for-4 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Chipper Jones – 2-for-7 with a walk
  • Julio Lugo – 0-for-1
  • Martin Prado – 3-for-12 with a double
  • Dan Uggla – 1-for-2 with a walk

Derek Lowe is in the midst of a bad season and facing the Cubs tonight could end up being exactly what he needs to get back on track. Derek Lowe has always dominated the Chicago Cubs … and there is no reason to think that will change tonight.

Lowe is coming off a decent outing against the Marlins (two runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in six inning). His last start marked the first time Lowe had completed six innings of work since July 18. Lowe is 2-3 in his last five starts with a 6.84 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP … and 1-1 in his last two starts with an 8.10 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP. Lowe is 2-2 in nine starts at Turner Field this season with a 5.07 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.

The Cubs have never been patient against Derek Lowe but if they are tonight they will put runs on the board. Tonight will be Derek Lowe’s 11th career start against the Cubs … 3-1 with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Derek Lowe

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-1 with 2 walks
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-8 with a walk
  • Reed Johnson – 4-for-14 with a double
  • Carlos Pena – 6-for-17 with a double, a triple and a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 4-for-16 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 14-for-59 with 2 doubles and 3 home runs
  • Geovany Soto – 2-for-7 with a walk

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  • Neil

    For more on the Cubs placing Zambrano on the disqualified list, click on the link

  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • Rbmercer

      Unbelievable that Soriano and Byrd still in the lineup and Johnson is not.

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Iowa – Alberto Cabrera (2-3, 5.82)
    Tennessee – Trey McNutt (2-4, 4.77)
    Daytona – Dae-Eun Rhee (6-7, 4.51)
    Peoria – Frank Del Valle (2-2, 4.02)
    Boise – Ben Wells (3-3, 4.30)
    AZL Cubs – Jin-Young Kim (2-0, 0.00) projected

  • Neil

    From Bob Nightengale: Reverse the curse. Jim Hendry will stay on as Cubs GM, barring Ricketts change of thinking

    • jfish1219

      I just saw that and almost barfed. You have to be f-ing kidding me….what the heck does this fool have to do to get fired

    • jfish1219

      If this is true I really think I am done with this team

      • J Daniel

        You will be done, but you won’t be able to quit them.  You can try, but it won’t happen.

        • BosephHeyden

          Actually, its a lot easier to do it with how bad this team has been and the moves they have made.

          • J Daniel

            Yes, but we are still all here.  We probably all need a life!

          • diehardcubfan

            Yes, you are so right.

    • cubtex

      Barring Ricketts change of thinking? Sounds like someone just wanting to put out a story where they would be right either way. He will stay but Ricketts could change his mind. Huh?

    • Ripsnorter1

      No surprise to me. He had a contract, and Ricketts ain’t payin’ people not to work. BUSINESS AS USUAL.

    • Demitri

      Don’t let it be true.. 

    • gocubs

      Is this just speculation, or actual info coming from Rickets?  

      If this is true, Rickets will loose ALL of his credibility with the fans.  This is not what the fans want and its clear to EVERYONE in baseball that they need a new GM.  What is Rickets thinking?  If this is true he is going in direct opposition to his team’s fan base and direct opposition to what anyone paying attention knows is right.  Pretty amazing.  

      Rickets is a looser.  Perfect owner for the Cubs.   

      • cubtex

        I take it as he could or could not back next year. Duh! Nonstory

    • Ken Hubbs

      Say it ain’t so…

  • John_CC

    Neil, I just posted on the other thead, but thanks again for all the great coverage of the latest saga.

    I have to admit I love it. The whole thing. This season has been so pathetic, but also so boring!  This the a great end to this train wreck.  At least it’s fun to read about the Cubs again.  Also, this kind of humiliation will not go unchallenged by Ricketts. The season is enough of an embarrassment to them, but his humiliation.

    • Neil

      John, thank you

  • Ripsnorter1

    Wells is humming tonight! 

  • Demitri

    Neil, don’t know if you mentioned yet, but Cubs signed Javier Baez

    • studio179

      Good. I see the Cubs signed Gretzky, now Baez. 

    • Neil

      As mentioned below, the signing is not official yet.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Glad to see Uggla with another hit. 

    • paulcatanese

      Smart baseball,Qua figures that they pitched to Pujols and that worked,right?

  • cubtex

    Cubs signed first round pick Baez! At least a little good news.

    • CUBS!!!!

      Cubs haven’t signed Baez!!! It was a false report Paul Sullivan
      Cubs have not agreed to terms with Baez, contrary to web site’s tweet

      • Ripsnorter1

        There is no such thing as good news with Jim Hendry as GM.

        • CUBS!!!!

          I know it’s really starting to get VERY irritating. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    Uggla: the Cubs didn’t want him. 


  • RickinMSP

    Colvin with two extra base hits tonight.  That kind of behavior can’t be tolerated.  He better sit for the next week.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I was thinking the selfsame thing.

    • Bryan

      Nice game this evening!  You have to wonder if Colvin has now EARNED more playing time in Quade’s eyes.  Hmmm, probably not. 

      Note to Quade – stop giving Uggla anything close to hit.  Geez!  Did you not learn your lesson with Pujols?

    • diehardcubfan

      He will because he was 0-8 before tonight and by Quade’s standards that is a slump.  Going 2-4 will not help his cause as Johnson I almost guarantee will play tomorrow.

      • paulcatanese

        How about sitting the punch and judy hitter out in center? Johnson can play there as well.

        • diehardcubfan

          Please stop trying to make sense.  You know logic and Quade and JH don’t mix.

  • JimBo_C

    Ryno’s guys (Colvin and Campana) show great hustle.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Compare them with the dogs of Sorry-oh-no, Z, and Aram. 
      Too much money.Too much ego.
      Too little performance.

    • J Daniel

      And Q is doing his best to keep them down!!!!

    • paulcatanese

      Campana, slip,slop,slapin around, nice slap hit past Chipper. And all the kids have done well tonight,Castro,Barney and Colvin,nice what speed can do.

  • Aaron

    #1-make me puke RE: Hendry returning
    #2-I fully expect Barney and Castro to be benched the next game…either one or both of them, because their 4 hit performances make the veterans look bad

    • Ripsnorter1

      Ricketts knows:

      1. The Cubs will draw 3 million lemmings this year, despite once being 24 games under .500 .  Therefore, no changes needed.

      2. The Qlueless One is making him money. Lemmings pay big money to watch this stuff, so no changes needed.

      3. Firing Qlueless simply means more profit lost to the bottom line. Ricketts has no intention of providing a winner. He just wants 3+million lemmings in the stands paying their dollars.

    • KevininSandiego33

      My thought on the article on Hendry returning is what is Tom going to say “We are planing on cleaning out management at the end of the Season”. The biggest part of the Article is the key pharse “as long as the Ricketts don’t chang their minds”.

  • J Daniel

    I love how they say it is their obligation to play the vets as they owe it to the other teams.  I thought it was the vets that played so poorly that got them into this mess.  How about seeing if the kids can get them out of it?

    • Ripsnorter1




    • Tom U

      In professional sports, teams are only obligated to one entity: THEIR FANS. 

      Fans pay for everyone, from the owner to the towel boy, to enjoy life in professional sports. Any time someone says they are obligated to other teams, they need to look in the mirror and ask themselves in what other profession could they earn this much money and be that dumb.

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the Braves 8-4 Saturday night.

    Randy Wells: 2R, 8H, 0BB, K in 5+ IP; Starlin Castro: 4-for-5, R, 2RBI; Darwin Barney: 4-for-5, R, RBI; Tyler Colvin: 2-for-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, Carlos Pena: 2RBI 2B