Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 09/10/11

Game One Hundred Forty-Five: Cubs (62-82) vs. Mets (71-73)
Game Time – 12:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 89
Location – Citi Field, Flushing

Randy Wells (7-4, 4.86/1.39) vs. Chris Capuano (10-12, 4.63/1.35)

The Cubs will look to bounce back from Friday night’s loss behind Randy Wells this afternoon. It is a quick turnaround for both teams with Saturday’s early start. If it were not for Wells and Chris Capuano being on the hill, the first couple of innings could be very ugly today.

Both Randy Wells and Chris Capuano have struggled in first innings this season. Wells has allowed 18 runs on 27 hits in 19 first innings this year (three doubles, six home runs and eight walks) while Capuano has allowed 11 runs on 23 hits in 27 first innings this season.

Look for Mike Quade to load his lineup with right-handers this afternoon. Righties are hitting .286 with a .341 OBP and an .829 OPS against Capuano while lefties are managing only a .219 average with a .274 OBP and a .610 OPS. Maybe Quade could also find a spot for D.J. LeMahieu in a lineup that figures to include Reed Johnson in right and Jeff Baker at first.

In other newsMike Mason, the I-Cubs pitching coach, joined the big league team on Friday and so did Marty Pevey, the organization’s roving catching instructor. Both Mason and Pevey are expected to remain with the team for the rest of the season.

It appears Steve Clevenger will get his call to the show after the Smokies finish their playoff run. Welington Castillo will not suit up for the remainder of the season due to the nagging hamstring issue. The Cubs would like to bring up a third catcher and it appears Steve Clevenger will be added to the club’s 40-man roster very soon. The Cubs have not announced a roster move but Mike Quade mentioned the possibility on Friday.

Today it all starts with Randy Wells

Something, or someone, has gotten to Randy Wells and the right-hander has been pitching like the rookie that took over for an injured Carlos Zambrano back in 2009 and remained in the Cubs rotation.

After struggling when he returned from the DL, Wells has posted four straight victories and the Cubs have won his last four starts. Wells is coming off a solid outing against the Pirates after he was able to work through early struggles. Wells ran up his pitch count early and that limited him to only six innings of work. Wells allowed one run on seven hits with a pair of walks and two strikeouts.

Randy Wells is 3-0 in his last three starts with a 0.83 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP … just two earned runs on 11 hits with five walks and 15 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings.

Randy Wells was on the DL when the Cubs faced the Mets back in May. For his career, Wells is 0-1 in three starts versus the Metropolitans with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP … at Citi Field, 0-1 in two starts with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.

Mets Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Jason Bay – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Lucas Duda – 1-for-3 with a double and a walk
  • Willie Harris – 1-for-3 with 2 walks
  • Angel Pagan – 4-for-9 with a walk
  • Ruben Tejada – 1-for-3
  • Josh Thole – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • David Wright – 3-for-9 with a double

The Cubs will face an old foe this afternoon in Chris Capuano. The veteran southpaw owned the Cubs during his time in a Brewers uniform … especially in 2005 (2-0 in three starts with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP) and 2006 (3-0 in three starts with two complete game shutouts, 0.00 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP … no runs on 18 hits with two walks and 16 strikeouts in 26 innings). The Cubs have not faced Capuano since August 30, 2007 … and the Cubs finally beat him at Wrigley.

Chris Capuano is 8-3 in 13 career games, 11 starts, versus the Cubs with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

After dealing with injuries for the majority of three seasons, Capuano has put together a solid year for the Mets. Capuano is coming off a bad outing against the Marlins (six runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts in four innings) and posted a 1-1 record in six starts last month with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

Chris Capuano is 4-5 in 14 home starts this season with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Chris Capuano

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-1
  • Marlon Byrd – 3-for-9 with a double
  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-1 with a home run
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-3
  • Aramis Ramirez – 11-for-34 with 2 doubles, a home run and 3 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-5 with a double and a home run

Cubs Photography
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Stadium Journey – Wrigley Field
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