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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