Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 09/09/11

Game One Hundred Forty-Four: Cubs (62-81) vs. Mets (70-73)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Citi Field, Flushing

Casey Coleman (2-7, 6.61/1.86) vs. Mike Pelfrey (7-11, 4.68/1.45)

The Cubs return to action tonight for the first of three against the Mets in the Big Apple. Following Sunday night’s finale at Citi Field, the Cubs will make their final trip of the season to Cincinnati to wrap up the two-city, seven-game road trip.

The Mets enter play tonight three games under .500 but many are considering this season a successful one for the Metropolitans. Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins have dealt with a lot of change, and injuries, during their first season in New York.

The Cubs took two of three from the Mets at Wrigley earlier in the season (May 24 – May 26) with Casey Coleman suffering the only loss in the three-game series.

Darwin Barney was expected to rejoin the team today in New York after going back to Oregon to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. Will Barney be back in the starting lineup or will Mike Quade stick with D.J. LeMahieu? Bryan LaHair has performed in his short time with the big league team. With the lefty Chris Capuano going in game two, will LaHair and Tyler Colvin be in Quade’s starting nine?

In other newsAndrew Cashner should see his first big league action this weekend after spending most of the season on the DL. The Cubs activated Cashner from the 60-day DL earlier in the week and he will pitch out of the pen for the remainder of the season.

The Cubs decided to send Andrew Cashner to the Arizona Fall League to get work in that he lost while on the DL. The AFL season begins on October 4 and Cashner will be one of the starters for the Mesa Solar Sox. The Cubs would like for Cashner to make 4-5 starts this fall then shut it down for the rest of the year. According to a report from Bruce Levine, Cashner will compete for a spot in the rotation next spring. Cashner will report to the Cubs facility in Mesa shortly after the Cubs Convention in January to prepare for the beginning of camp.

Tonight it all begins with Casey Coleman

Casey Coleman has shown improvement over his last two outings and is coming off back-to-back quality starts … with nothing to show for it. Coleman was in line for a rare win at Wrigley in his last start but Carlos Marmol imploded in the ninth. Coleman surrendered two runs, one earned, on six hits in six innings to the Pirates. Coleman walked three and struck out six.

Coleman is 0-1 in his last two starts with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Coleman has performed better on the road throughout his brief Major League career than at Wrigley. Coleman is 2-3 in eight games, seven starts, outside of the Friendly Confines with a 4.93 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.

Casey Coleman will face the Mets for the second time in his career tonight, first time at Citi Field. One of the worst starts of Coleman’s career came against the Mets earlier this year. Casey lasted just 1 1/3 innings back on May 25 and the Metropolitans put up six runs on seven hits.

Jason Bay (1-for-1), Willie Harris (0-for-2 with a walk), Jason Pridie (1-for-1), Jose Reyes (1-for-2), Josh Thole (1-for-2) and Justin Turner (0-for-1) are the only Mets on the active roster with limited plate appearances against Casey Coleman.

Mike Pelfrey is coming off a rough, short outing against the Nationals. Pelfrey gave up three runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. Pelfrey tied a season-high with five walks (June 30 in Detroit, other five-walk performance) and struck out just three batters.

Pelfrey struggled in August to the tune of a 1-2 record in seven games, six starts, with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. Pelfrey has walked nearly as many batters (20) over his last 38 1/3 innings than he has struck out (22). If the Cubs can show any patience tonight, Pelfrey will help them out.

The Cubs did not face Mike Pelfrey back in May and the Mets’ former first round pick has not lost to the Cubs in two career outings … 2-0 in two starts with a 0.60 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP (one run on eight hits in 15 innings with four walks and 11 strikeouts in 15 innings).

Jeff Baker (2-for-9), Marlon Byrd (0-for-3), Blake DeWitt (3-for-5 with a triple), Koyie Hill (1-for-2), Carlos Pena (0-for-3), Aramis Ramirez (0-for-6), Alfonso Soriano (1-for-3 with a double) and Geovany Soto (1-for-3 with a double) are the only Cubs with limited at bats against Mike Pelfrey.

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