Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 09/15/11

Game One Hundred Fifty: Cubs (65-84) vs. Reds (73-76)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Randy Wells (7-4, 4.73/1.37) vs. Homer Bailey (8-7, 4.34/1.25)

The Cubs seven-game road trip (3-3) comes to an end tonight with the series and season finale against the Reds. The Cubs have already lost the season series to Cincinnati (7-10, 2-6 at Great American Ball Park) and will look to end their two-game losing streak behind Randy Wells.

After scoring 12 runs on 16 hits in the opener on Monday night, Q’s offense has managed only three runs in two games. Will Mike Quade mix in some youth tonight or continue to run out the same lineup in an attempt to appease his vets in order to try and save his job?

Alfonso Soriano appeared to having trouble running in both the outfield and on the bases Wednesday night. With a day game on Friday, could Soriano get a break tonight? Soriano knocked in his 79th run of the season on Wednesday … Soriano has not driven in 80 runs in a single season during his Cubs career.

Starlin Castro recorded two more hits on Wednesday night and is just eight short of 200 for the season. Castro is looking to accomplish the goal during the upcoming homestand against the Astros and Brewers.

In other news … The Smokies dropped game one of the Southern League Championshp Series on Wednesday night. The Mobile BayBears beat Tennessee 6-3. Jae-Hoon Ha hit a solo home run and Ty Wright hit a two-run pinch-hit homer that accounted for both of the Smokies’ runs. Game two is Thursday night at 7:05pm CDT.

Tonight it all starts with Randy Wells

Randy Wells is in the middle of the second best stretch of his big league career. After just a miserable start when he returned from the DL, Wells has won his last five decisions and the Cubs are 8-2 in his last 10 starts. Wells was not sharp early in his last start against the Mets but settled down and was in position to win the game. The Cubs beat the Mets 5-4 after Kerry Wood blew the lead in the eighth … and Terry Collins decided to pitch to Aramis Ramirez in the ninth. Wells allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings with a walk and three strikeouts.

Wells is 1-0 in his last two starts with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP and is 5-0 in his last eight with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP … 43 hits and 11 walks with 32 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings.

Tonight will be Wells’ second start of the season against the Reds. Wells received a no decision back on August 7 in an 8-7 Cubs loss. Wells allowed six runs on eight hits with a walk, a strikeout and three homers in seven innings. Wells is 4-1 in eight career starts against the Reds with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP … at Great American Ball Park, 2-0 in three starts with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Jay Bruce – 3-for-12 with a double and a walk
  • Miguel Cairo – 0-for-1
  • Todd Frazier – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Ryan Hanigan – 7-for-14 with a walk
  • Chris Heisey – 1-for-3 with a walk
  • Ramon Hernandez – 3-for-9
  • Paul Janish – 0-for-12 with 2 walks
  • Brandon Phillips – 5-for-17 with 2 walks
  • Edgar Renteria – 1-for-4 with a home run
  • Dave Sappelt – 1-for-4
  • Drew Stubbs – 5-for-12 with a double and 2 home runs
  • Joey Votto – 4-for-20 with a home run and a walk

After a strong finish to the 2010 season, the Reds were looking for a big year from Homer Bailey. Bailey started the season on the DL and has been inconsistent at best this season. Bailey is coming off an excellent start in Colorado. Bailey held the Rockies to one run on six his with a walk and six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings … and in the process picked up his first win since August 13.

Bailey is 1-1 in his last two starts with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP … and is 5-3 in 11 starts since the break with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Bailey’s home/road spits are nearly identical (5-3 in nine starts at Great American Ball Park with a 4.47 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP, 3-4 in 10 road starts with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP).

Tonight will be Bailey’s second start of the season against the Cubs. Bailey beat Q’s squad back on May 16 at Great American. He held the Cubs to four runs, three earned, on six hits in six innings with three walks and four strikeouts. The Reds’ former number one draft pick (2004) is 2-2 in five career starts against the Cubs with a 6.92 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Homer Bailey

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-3
  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-2 with a walk
  • Marlon Byrd – 2-for-5 with a home run
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk
  • Tyler Colvin – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-3
  • Koyie Hill – 2-for-9
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-1
  • Carlos Pena – 2-for-3 with a home run
  • Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-10 with 2 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-10 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-3

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Castro – SS
    Barney – 2B
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    LaHair – LF
    Byrd – CF
    Colvin – RF
    Hill – C
    Wells – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Justin Berg will have Tommy John surgery on Friday.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    This was officially announced today … Brett Jackson and Jeff Beliveau will suit up for Team USA in the upcoming World Cup/Pan Am Games.

    • Dorasaga

      Love it.

  • John_CC

    Let’s go Cassie and Hairy!  You’re all we’ve got to root for!  O, and Wellsie, too, keep up the good work.

  • paulcatanese

    Thats abundantly clear, appease the vets to save his job.

    • studio179

      Save his job? Really? I don’t like to see people lose their job, but Q coming back as manager can not be allowed to happen.

    • John_CC

      I’d put the odds on the Cubs winning the Series next year higher than Quade retaining his job.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Smokies SLCS Game 2 starting lineup: Adduci RF, Ha CF, Lalli 1B, Ridling LF, Vitters 3B, Clevenger C, Lake SS, Mota 2B, Raley SP

    • BoilerRep

      Reds announcers (Brantley & Brennamen) are ripping Quade for not starting hometown boy Tony C. in any of the 4 games in Cin.  I have to agree completely .

      • paulcatanese

        So do I, I only wish the Brently and Len would do the same.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with hit #193

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wells had nothing tonight … and the offense did not help him at all when they failed to score in the third after loading the bases with no outs.

  • cubtex

    Here is my list of some potential free agent starting pitchers who the Cubs should target this offseason. I understand that th Cubs need to give up something to get something…so if they need to include Marshall to get a starting pitcher..I wouldn’t hesitate. I know many people get upset with trading prospects but prospects are a gamble and anytime you can aquire starting pitching you should do it. IMO

    Anibal Sanchez- Florida Marlins FA 2013   8-7  3.64 ERA 180 IP  184 K’s 

    John Danks – White Sox  FA 2013   26 years old  6-12 4.36 ERA…A down year for Danks. First time since 2007 where he has given up more hits than innings pitched. He is a lefthander that the Cubs desperately need.

    Jonathon Sanchez- Giants FA 2013 Currently has an ankle injury 4-7 4.26 Only 101 IP this year and has only given up 80 hits and has 102 K’s. Again another young lefty who is only 28.

    Jeremy Guthrie- Orioles 32 years old. 8-17 with a 4.22 ERA. Terrible win loss record but has decent stuff and will not cost nearly as much as others above

    Joe Saunders-AZ 11-12  3.83 ERA 30 year old lefty who is having a solid year.

    Like Aaron pointed out yesterday..the Cubs do not have really any TOP high end prospects ready for the majors. They will need to move a Soto,Marshall, Barney maybe a Reggie Golden to get some of these guys. One option is to possibly sign an Edwin Jackson and trade for one of these guys. A rotation of

    Garza Danks/Sanchez  Dempster Jackson and Cashner would be a huge upgrade

    • studio179

      I thought about some of those names a few days ago. It is hard to guess what the new GM is thinking….or when they are hired. They will basically be hired and thrown in the Cub fire right away. I like Sanchez, Sanchez and Danks. I don’t see the Sox letting him go north though. You said it right, you have to give to get. The Cubs need to upgrade pitching, period.

      • cubtex

        Giants don’t really need to worry about starting pitching…..so maybe.Barney and a couple of hitting prospects might be able to get J Sanchez. Giants can use a shortstop.

        • studio179

          I agree with that idea.

        • paulcatanese

          Oh no,not Barney to the Giants, I live out here and do not like those guys, almost as bad as the White Sox,If he’s traded so be it, but not the Giants, Please.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nelson Perez pinch hit for Brooks Raley.
    Raley went 6 IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 5K, 66TP.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brooks Raley faced the minimum in six innings of work, allowed just an infield single (erased by a DP)

    • Aaron

      Beliveau just struck out the side on 11 pitches….WOW

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jeff Beliveau just struck out the side
    in the eighth. Still scoreless going into the ninth

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent at bat by Tony Campana … that was the Cubs first hit since the third inning.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Alfonso Soriano doubled in Tony Campana in the 9th, his 80th RBI of the season
    … the most RBI for Soriano in a Cubs’ uniform.

    • cubtex

      Soriano has had a solid year in the power department. Hopefully, they can move him this offseason since they need to improve defensively.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Been drinkin’ the Kool-Aid again?  Hehehehe.

        Not a chance. Tyler Colvin will be league MVP before that happens, and Casey Coleman will win the NL Cy Young Award two seasons in a row…hehehehehe

        • cubtex

          I am not saying they will be able to move him without picking up majority of contract….but if you are an AL team and you can get Soriano and pay around 4 Mil a year while the Cubs pay the rest….you can do much worse than Soriano as your DH at 4Mil per year.

          • Brett

            Exactally. I would think there is 1 AL team who would take his power numbers if the cubs kick in say 45 of the 54 million he is owed

          • cubtex

            If the Cubs pick up enough of his salary and you need a DH. Of course Soriano would be a very good option for an AL team. How many teams have a DH with 25 plus homers and over 80 RBI’s making around 5 mil per year?

    • Ripsnorter1

      The $138 million dollar BUST comes through.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney singles up the middle … game tied at 6.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Time to get John Grabow ready in the pen…..

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Smokies lost 1-0 in 11 innings. Rafael Dolis took the loss.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 8-6 to Reds in 11 innings on Thursday night.

    Randy Wells: 5R, 7H (2 HR), 2 BB, 3K, 4.1IP; Starlin Castro: 1-for-5, BB; Alfonso Soriano PH RBI 2B,R; Carlos Pena: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB;
    Marlon Byrd: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB; Darwin Barney with a game tying RBI in the top of the ninth. James Russell served up a 2-run walk-off homer to Jay Bruce in the 11th.

  • cc002600

    I have been big backer of Colvin like many of you on here, but boy oh boy
    does he look overmatched at the plate.

    He struck out 3 times tonight on high fastballs that made him look silly. he
    just has zero confidence right now.

    On the filpside, I really like the way LaHair looks up there. Short compact
    swing, good eye. I don’t give a rats ass how old he is, he should be given a
    legitimate shot next year to start at some position. 

    I know someone mentioned the other day how about an OF of Lahair, Bjax, and
    colvin….it would be great, but that’s too many lefties. I guess you could
    maybe platoon colvin….and sign edwin jackson and CJ wilson…..cashner to the
    bullpen.

    and oh, I will be SHOCKED if pena is not re-signed. he’s coming back, folks.
    Not my first choice becuase of his age, but you could do worse. he’s done a
    pretty good job this year, overall.