Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 09/03/11

Game One Hundred Thirty-Nine: Cubs (59-79) vs. Pirates (63-75)
Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Casey Coleman (2-7, 7.14/1.90) vs. Ross Ohlendorf (0-1, 6.27/1.87)

The Cubs will try to end their two-game losing streak this afternoon behind Casey Coleman. Q’s offense has been held to a Carlos Pena home run over the last 18 innings and have simply quit hitting with runners on base … much less in scoring position.

Over the last 11 games, the Cubs are 13-for-87 with runners in scoring position and have left 85 runners on base. The Cubs are 3-8 during that span and have been outscored 41-31. Hopefully under new leadership, all of the struggles with RISP over the last three seasons will improve.

In other newsAndrew Cashner is expected to complete his rehab stint with the I-Cubs tonight. Cashner threw a perfect inning on Thursday and is slated to throw another inning in Triple-A before being activated from the 60-day DL on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

Bryan LaHair received his call to the show and will be with the team for the remainder of the season. As for playing time, Mike Quade said LaHair would fill in some for Carlos Pena at first and in left for Alfonso Soriano. LaHair is not expected to see a lot of playing time over the final month of the season.

As for other possible September call-ups, the Cubs could recall such players as D.J. LeMahieu, Rafael Dolis, John Gaub, Chris Carpenter and Alberto Cabrera. Those players are on the club’s 40-man roster, which will soon be at 39 players when Andrew Cashner is activated, but as for a possible call-up for Brett Jackson, that does not appear likely for this season.

Today it all begins with Casey Coleman

Casey Coleman is coming off his best outing of the season … unfortunately it was a loss to the Brewers. Coleman completed seven innings of work in the finale of the three-game series in Milwaukee. Coleman was shaky at best early on but made adjustments against an extremely good offense. Casey really made only one mistake … he threw a ball near the plate to Corey Hart. The Cubs lost the game 3-2 but it was more about the ineffective offense against Zack Greinke than Casey Coleman’s performance.

Coleman has not posted a win since May 19 and while wins and losses are not the best way to judge a pitcher … the overall performance is and the young right-hander has struggled. Coleman is 0-3 in his last three starts with a 6.89 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.

Casey Coleman has more than struggled in his short time at Wrigley Field. Coleman has posted just one win in 11 games, eight starts, at home with an 8.93 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP. Casey has pitched much better on the road (5-4 in 15 games, 12 starts, with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP) and must start turning his performance at Wrigley around.

Today will be Coleman’s first career start against the Pirates. Casey faced Pittsburgh back on May 27 in a relief role … and retired the only batter he saw in a third of an inning of work.

Jose Tabata (0-1) in the only player on the Pirates roster that has faced Casey Coleman.

It has been a rough injury plagued season for Ross Ohlendorf. After spending a majority of the year on the shelf with a right shoulder strain, Ohlendorf is coming off back-to-back five inning starts against the Brewers and Astros.

Ohlendorf limited Houston to two runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts in his last outing and received a no decision in a 7-4 Pirates loss. Ohlendorf showed improvement and his looking to post his first win of the year this afternoon … and his first victory on the road since August 11, 2009 (Colorado)

Ross Ohlendorf is 0-1 in his two starts since returning from the DL with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP.

Ohlendorf has faced the Cubs once this season … back in the third game of the season (April 3). Ohlendorf received a no decision in Matt Garza’s Cubs debut. The Cubs scored four runs on eight hits with four walks and three strikeouts in six innings against Ohlendorf that Sunday afternoon.

Today will make the fifth start of Ohlendorf’s career against the Cubs … 1-0 in four starts with a 2.42 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP

Cubs Career Numbers against Ross Ohlendorf

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-3
  • Marlon Byrd – 3-for-8 with a double
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-9 with 2 triples and a walk
  • Tyler Colvin – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Blake DeWitt – 0-for-1 with 3 walks
  • Carlos Pena – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-7 with 2 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-10 with a double, a triple, a home run and a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 3-for-11 with a double

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