Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 09/14/11

Game One Hundred Forty-Nine: Cubs (65-83) vs. Reds (72-76)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Casey Coleman (2-7, 6.65/1.84) vs. Johnny Cueto (9-5, 2.36/1.09)

Weather permitting … The Cubs are 3-2 on their current seven-game road trip with two remaining in the Queen City. Q’s Cubs will try to get back on track behind Casey Coleman tonight. Coleman needs to put together a strong finish to what has been a disappointing year for the young right-hander.

After scoring 12 runs on 16 hits in the opener on Monday night, the Cubs were shut down by Mike Leake in game two … and it will not get any easier for offense tonight with Johnny Cueto on the mound.

Starlin Castro’s hit streak came to an end Tuesday night and he enters play tonight just 10 hits shy of 200 in his first full season at the big league level (190). Castro is hoping to inch closer to the mark over the next two games so he can record #200 at Wrigley during the final homestand of the season.

Will Mike Quade run out a lineup full of veterans tonight or mix in enough of the kids to give the team a boost? Tyler Colvin sat against a righty on Tuesday, one he had four career home runs against. With Alfonso Soriano’s career numbers against Johnny Cueto it is unlikely that Soriano will not start in left field.

In other newsThe Tennessee Smokies open the Southern League Championship Series tonight in Mobile against the BayBears. Marco Carrillo will take the ball for Brian Harper in game one. The second game of the series is set for Thursday in Mobile with game three taking place at Smokies Park on Saturday night. The best of five series gets underway at 7:05pm CDT.

The Cubs play their final game of the season two weeks from today in San Diego … and tonight it all starts with Casey Coleman.

Casey Coleman is coming off a rough start against the Mets last Friday night. Coleman lasted only five innings and allowed four runs on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts. The Cubs gave Casey an early lead and he could not hold it. The biggest positive from his start against the Mets was he did not issue a free pass … only the second start of his big league career that Coleman did not walk a batter.

Coleman has two no decisions in his last two starts (4.09 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP) and is 0-3 in his last five starts with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP.

Tonight will be Coleman’s second start of the year against the Reds. One of Casey’s better starts of the season came against Cincinnati back on May 7 at Wrigley. Coleman received a no decision in a 3-2 Cubs win and he allowed two runs on four hits in six innings with three walks and six strikeouts.

Coleman does not have a record in three career games, two starts, against the Reds with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP … at Great American, no record in one start with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP (four runs on eight hits with no walks and two strikeouts in six innings).

Reds Career Numbers against Casey Coleman

  • Jay Bruce – 1-for-6 with a home run and a walk
  • Miguel Cairo – 0-for-2
  • Juan Francisco – 0-for-1
  • Ryan Hanigan – 2-for-3
  • Chris Heisey – 2-for-7 with a double and a walk
  • Ramon Hernandez – 2-for-3
  • Paul Janish – 0-for-4
  • Brandon Phillips – 0-for-2
  • Edgar Renteria – 1-for-3
  • Drew Stubbs – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Joey Votto – 2-for-7 with a double and a walk

Johnny Cueto’s last start came against the Cubs a week ago at Wrigley. The Cubs scored three runs on seven hits against Cueto in seven innings and showed rare patience against one of the best young pitcher’s in the league. The Cubs did not work a free pass against Cueto but they put together good at bats and made solid contact against Cueto. The Cubs won the game on a three-run bomb off the bat of Carlos Pena in the eighth inning.

Cueto has been the Reds best pitcher this season but as struggled of late. After posting a 2-1 record in five starts last month with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP, Cueto has two no decisions in his last two outings with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP (eight runs on 15 hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 12 innings). Despite his recent issues, Cueto is 4-2 in 11 starts since the break with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

Johnny Cueto has been spectacular at Great American Ball Park this year … 4-2 in nine starts with a 1.46 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. The last time he lost a home game was July 26 (New York Mets).

Tonight will be Cueto’s fourth and final start of the season against the Cubs. Cueto is 1-1 in the first three with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP … for his career, Cueto is 4-6 in 13 starts against the Cubs with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Johnny Cueto

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-3
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-3
  • Marlon Byrd – 5-for-10 with a double and a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-14 with 2 walks
  • Tyler Colvin – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Blake DeWitt – 3-for-11
  • Koyie Hill – 2-for-8 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Reed Johnson – 5-for-13 with 2 doubles
  • Bryan LaHair – 1-for-3
  • D.J. LeMahieu – 2-for-2
  • Carlos Pena – 3-for-6 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 7-for-25 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 6 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 10-for-30 with a double, 3 home runs and 2 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 7-for-26 with 3 doubles, a triple, a home run and 2 walks

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Stadium Journey – Wrigley Field
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