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

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • paulcatanese

    Another stacked platoon lineup. Didnt LaHair show that he is capable of hitting leftys? What does he gain by having Byrd out there again? LeMahieu has proved he deserves another shot. And Baker batting fourth again, wow a prescription for failure once again behind te brilliant mind of the mindless Qua.
    Oh yeah, sit Barney when he plays with barely enough time last night to get his shoes on, arriving 15 minutes before gametime, flying all day to get there. Moot point with Qua, maybe he will be gone and maybe he wont, and thats the worst part of it, we all hope he will be gone, but until he actually is we will have these types of lineups to the end of the year, and maybe the next. Hope not.

    • BosephHeyden

      It’s best just to do what I’m doing and ignore the rest of this season until they fire Quade when it ends  (which they will…they have to).  LeMahieu thankfully won’t be completely ruined (bringing him up to sit on the bench for the month of September obviously won’t help him, though), LaHair hopefully won’t let this shake his confidence, and Coleman probably will get better next year so long as Ricketts interferes whenever it looks like Quade makes that inevitably dumb move of putting him in the pen.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baker put the ball in play … Reed with a nice double, 1-0 Cubs

  • Dorasaga

    I had ENOUGH of ARam. I saw his similar mistake last night, and now that. Unacceptable. If you want to stroll to a groundball, then go play with your 3-years old. That was not a Major League 3rd baseman.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Castro to nail Reyes at first

    • Dorasaga

      which covered ARam’s lack of hustle.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Can’t disagree but still a tremendous play by Castro

  • Cheryl

    Mr. Ricketts I hope the new GM has a good manager in mind to take over when the season ends. Today’s lineup is a prime example of who not to manage and who should not be here as players in 2012, with very few exceptions.

  • Rbmercer

    Pigs are are flying and He’ll has frozen over……Marlon Byrd just got a hit with a risp!!!!!!!!!!

    Or? Did that Met pitcher just hit his bat?

    • Rbmercer

      Whoops, meant *hell has frozen over!…dang IPAD correct a spell

    • paulcatanese

      And he still has not reached 30RBI’s

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    They let Wright steal second … and it costs them the go ahead run.

  • Rbmercer

    UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (scratching my head as I’m shaking it)

  • WaitTillNextYear

    I think I just heard a C’MON from heaven.

  • Rbmercer

    Can’t get enough of Lahair!!!!! Play the kid (old man) everyday…..pppllleeeaassseeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

    • paulcatanese

      So do I, too bad he is over the hill as a prospect. Even on a limited basis he may pass Byrd for RBI’s. I hate seeing him crawl out of his wheelchair and come up and hit doubles and triples, not good for him at his age. I would imagine thats why he is hitting home runs this year, dosent have to run hard. Maybe they should have a courtesy runner waiting at first base to take over for him when he hits it. Just like they did for Ruth when he got old.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ramirez delivers two-out, two run single … why did they pitch to him?

  • Rbmercer

    Is Quade managing the Merts????? Why would you pitch to Rammy with two outs and Tony C on deck???? Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Rbmercer

      *mets

    • paulcatanese

      They sensed the power waiting in Campanas bat and knew they had to pitch to Aram.

  • WaitTillNextYear

    Moreland called it.  Should have walked ARAM.  Good for us!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Mets 5-4 Saturday afternoon

    Randy Wells: 2R, 7H, BB, 3K, 7+IP; Aramis Ramirez: 1-for-5, 2RBI; Starlin Castro: 2-for-5; Marlon Byrd: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

    • Dorasaga

      A lot of bad plays in this game (from both sides). I didn’t like how Marmol pitched an inside slider to Evans when he’s leading in counts. Again, he pitched too fine, wasted two pitches (full count) to strike out the young first baseman.

      Q wasted a pinch runner in Colvin with no outs and man on third and second. It wasn’t necessary. The result is good, just like a blind squirrel finds good nuts from time to time. I want to see Lahair and DJ play, not Baker and ARam.

      • Rbmercer

        Colvin was the go ahead run and had to score on a base hit. Lahair may not score on Rammys hit. It’s the bottom of 9th and u are losing, u can’t leave bullets in the holster. I don’t defend Quade very often but in my opinion, it was right move.

        I definitely agree on playing Lahair and DJ everyday!! Plleeaasse!

      • paulcatanese

        Agree, throw Byrd in that mix and we got a deal.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

        ARam is going to play. If we do not want to totally burn any bridge of bringing him back we have to keep him happy. Do I agree with it? No but there are something that are just the way they are. At least Pena is enough of a “team guy” to not become a distraction as Lahair starts taking AB’s from him, Soriano, and Colvin.

        • Dorasaga

          Again, what’s the point of bringing back ARam? Insurance? Ever since his shoulder displacement, ARam became what he was before his big years earlier with the Cubs. He can’t field. He doesn’t hustle. He only plays when he wants to. He is a distraction to the Cubs and to us fans who are asking for Change. There are plenty of young third basemen aspiring to replace him down with the I-Cubs and Smokies.

  • paulcatanese

    Strange combination and thinking by Qua. Byrd has played his way out of the lineup,still in there everyday. LaHair has played his way into the lineup, still not in the starting lineup. What does either have to do to achomplish what they are doing, Byrd should be out and LaHair should be in.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      Paul Lahair has played 5 out of 7 games. That to me is pretty much every day.

      • Rbmercer

        It’s not everyday…it needs to be everyday and they need to start him against all pitchers (lefties, righties, power pitchers, sinkerballers, good, bad, etc.) let’s throw him out there EVERYDAY and see how he handles every type out there.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

          Every year this time of year every club goes through this. You have 8 position players that is it 8. You now have up to 40 total players on your bench. You have to keep everyone focused and going the right direction if for no other reason than team harmony. You want to get a look at player a and b for the future. You want to see if your utility guys can take that next step to be a consistent asset. You want your vet’s to not pout and become a distraction. And finally you want to be able to win ( Like it or not in the major leagues that is always in the equation).

          It is a balance and it is for every team. If you think we have some tough questions to ask look at some of the other blog pages for other teams. They are all shouting the same thing unless they are still fighting for something. So we are not alone in this boat.

          Think if we have a situation like the Nats where we do go out of the way to let one of our young ones pitch atleast 3 more starts how much the “Cubs Community” would be ready to kill Quade and Ricketts.

          • Cheryl

            Richard, You have a good point. But so does Rbmercer. LaHair needs to start against all pitchers to see how he handles them.  Byrd could use some time off. Quade is trying to get LaHair in but he doesn’t want to rock the boat with the veterans. He’s going to have to rest Aram, Byrd, Soriano and Barney. Soto needs a breather from a minor leaguer, Even Castro could use a breather. But Q doesn’t seem to realize that at this point in the season he could easily replace three of the veterans with rookies one day and another day replace other veterans.