Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 09/19/11

Game One Hundred Fifty-Four: Cubs (67-86) vs. Brewers (90-63)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Casey Coleman (2-8, 7.06/1.87) vs. Chris Narveson (10-7, 4.40/1.37)

Updated 3:18pm CDT – Cubs selected contract of catcher Steve Clevenger. Clevenger was added to the 40-man roster and called up from Double-A Tennessee. Cubs Recalled RHP Rafael Dolis from Double-A Tennessee. With the addition of Steve Clevenger, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 40 players.

Updated 4:31pm CDT Kerry Wood is out for the remainder of the season after feeling his knee pop on Saturday. Wood has a torn meniscus and will have surgery next week. Wood is hoping to return to the Cubs in 2012. Wood said if he does not pitch for the Cubs next season he will likely retire.

After taking two of three from the Astros over the weekend, the Cubs have only three home games remaining on the 2011 schedule … and they are against the division leading Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers have a chance to clinch their first division title since 1982 over the next three days … their magic number is down to four.

With Sunday’s loss to the Astros, the Cubs are 37-41 at Wrigley Field this season and will finish the year with a losing record in their home park … and several players, the manager and coaching staff could be playing their final games at Wrigley in a Cubs’ uniform.

John Grabow’s days as a Cub are likely over next week and the same could be said about Ramon Ortiz and Rodrigo Lopez. Tom Ricketts has a big decision to make about Aramis Ramirez and the new GM will have to decide on the futures of Alfonso Soriano, Kerry Wood, Jeff Samardzija, Reed Johnson, Marlon Byrd, Koyie Hill, Blake DeWitt and Carlos Pena. Ryan Dempster is expected to exercise his player’s option and return to the Cubs for 2012.

Starlin Castro collected hit no. 195 on Sunday and is just five short of the 200-hit plateau. Prior to the homestand, Castro said he wanted to record his 200th hit in front of the home crowd. With Chris Narveson, Shaun Marcum and Randy Wolf scheduled to start the series, it will not be easy for Castro over the next three games. Castro reached base safely for the 31st game in a row on Sunday and is three games shy of tying Woody English’s mark (34-game hitting streak in 1929) of 34 straight.

Mike Quade adjusted his rotation for the final nine games … and Ryan Dempster will get his wish. Dempster will make two more starts that should take him past 200 innings for the season. Dempster will start Friday in St. Louis and the last game of the year in San Diego on Wednesday, September 28.

The Brewers have already won the season series against the Cubs (9-4) and tonight it all begins with Casey Coleman

Casey Coleman is coming off another bad start and needs to really step up over his final two starts of the season. While the Cubs do not have many options for the rotation right now, Coleman is pitching his way out of the team’s future plans.

The Reds rocked Coleman in his last start and for the second time in six starts, Casey could not complete four innings of work. After a good first inning, Coleman lost his command and ability to throw ahead in the count. Coleman allowed six runs, all earned, on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts to the Reds in 3 2/3 innings.

Casey Coleman is 0-4 in his last six starts with a 6.82 ERA and a 1.78 WHP. The Cubs have lost Coleman’s last eight starts and have not won a game he’s pitched in since May 19.

Coleman has struggled throughout his short big league career at Wrigley (1-5 in 12 games, nine starts, with a 8.01 ERA and a 2.01 WHIP) and needs to pick up his second career victory in his home ballpark.

Tonight will be Casey’s third start of the year against the Brewers. Coleman is 0-1 in the first two with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Casey Coleman

  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 1-for-6
  • Ryan Braun – 7-for-10 with 2 doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Craig Counsell – 1-for-4
  • Prince Fielder – 3-for-8 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Jerry Hairston, Jr. – 2-for-5
  • Corey Hart – 5-for-7 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Mark Kotsay – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk
  • George Kottaras – 2-for-2
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 0-for-8
  • Casey McGehee – 0-for-6 with a walk
  • Nyjer Morgan – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Rickie Weeks – 1-for-8

Like so many pitchers this season, some of Chris Narveson’s best games have come against Q’s Cubs. Narveson has been a major upgrade for the Brewers this season but nearly a third of his 10 wins have come at the Cubs’ expense.

Chris Narveson is 3-0 in three starts against the Cubs with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP … at Wrigley this season, 1-0 in one start with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP (four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings).

Narveson’s last appearance came as a reliever on September 14 against the Rockies. Narveson pitched two innings of perfect ball with two strikeouts. Narveson last started a game back on September 8. The Phillies scored six runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Chris Narveson is 4-2 in his last 10 games, eight starts, with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP … 1-1 in his last three outings, two starts, with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Chris Narveson

  • Jeff Baker – 5-for-13 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-3 with a triple
  • Marlon Byrd – 5-for-12 with 5 doubles
  • Tyler Colvin – 0-for-7 with a walk
  • Blake DeWitt – 3-for-7 with a double
  • Reed Johnson – 2-for-11 with a double and a home run
  • D.J. LeMahieu – 2-for-3
  • Luis Montanez – 1-for-3
  • Carlos Pena – 1-for-5
  • Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-17 with 2 home runs and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-11 with a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 5-for-16 with a double and 3 walks

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • paulcatanese

      Neil, with that lineup its out to dinner again with my wife and catching  youre report. Iv’e been taking her out to dinner so often lately she’s starting to get suspicious.  

    • gocubs

      Your joking right?  

      • gocubs

        How much more can LaHair do to get in this lineup? LeMahieu needs to be playing at 2B every day.  

        What would be the harm in letting Dernier or really anyone finish this thing out and play the kids?  Quade’s pride is dragging down an entire organization.  Whats Rickets thinking on this one?  Why not an interim guy over Quade?   

  • matthew8510

    more on wood

    • paulcatanese

      Sorry to hear about Wood, as one where my family has been involved with three of those surgerys I do not see him only re-habbing in just three weeks. He will or is 34 years old and my son and grandson were 21 yrs
      and it took them a full year to be able to compete again (football). the added age while he is not an old man does make a difference. I wish him well with it and its a lousey way to end a career if he does.

      • paulcatanese

        Sorry, six weeks, and even then its a chore that I dont recommend.

      • Henry

        Paul, at 45 I had my meniscus/torn cartilage repaired.  I also tore my ACL. I did not have the ACL repaired.  I was playing basketball with a brace in 3 months!  In fact I walked out of the hospital without crutches or a cane after the surgery. That was 7 years ago!  I am still playing basketball 2 times a week.  Every situation is different!  I hope you took your wife to a nice restaurant!

        • paulcatanese

          Havent gone to dinner yet only 4:10 on the west coast. But the Cubs better get the young guys in, i’m going broke wih dinners. Good news on youre surgery hope it goes the same for Wood.

      • cc002600

        Wow, I can’t believe that Wood has torn meniscus.  I have same problem and going in for surgery tomorrow.  I know many people that have had the surgery and are up and walking around in a couple days…..obviously, I understand its not the same as being a MLB pitcher pitching at high level, but I don’t see why he couldn’t come back next year,.,…

        well, I sure hope he does come back.

        • SuzyS

          cc002600 Good luck with the surgery…Woody is a warrior….if he doesn’t pitch again…I don’t think it will be due to this surgery….Either way…I think Ricketts guaranteed him a job for life with the Cubs….IF he wants it.

          • cc002600

             Thanks, Suzy. 
            It really sucks to get old.  LOL

          • Dorasaga

            Good luck. I have an inflammation on my neck muscle (the one connects to the arm), but I doubt I want to conduct surgery, though it’s highly possible that I need some serious rehab. It’s not easy to work in pain; I respect the highest athletes being capable of enduring it and conduct their business to win.

        • paulcatanese

          Yes good luck with that. It is different at a high level as there is little room for anything to put an athlete the slightest bit behind. The competition is very high and have worked out to the highest degree that their bodys will perform at. I would mention that the surgerys I was talking about were to compete in football at skill positions where every tenth of a second counts
          A pitcher pretty much the same, their whole body must be in synch or another part will break down.

  • jfish1219

    What are the chances that we lose out the rest of the season. I am going with 75%

    • Calicub

      Well a while back I was saying they would need to go 2-9 to drive for some draft picks. They just won their two so… here’s to hopin

      • Calicub

        just one draft pick but a higher one*

  • Calicub

    Q runs out the “A TEAM” today so when they lose it will be Colemans fault

  • Calicub

    20 bucks Clevenger doesn’t start once

    • paulcatanese

      I wouldnt take that bet at 100 to 1, I dont think he will either. And Qua’s A team, well they havent done as well as the rookies the last few games. I love Baker batting fourth. wow.

    • Aaron

      or even play for that matter other than a token pinch hit appearance here and there. LaHair’s excellent play thus far is making Q-Ball look bad, so it’s doubtful he puts Clevenger in a position to succeed, as he’d likely here hecklers call for the rookies more often

  • gocubs

    Clevenger will not get a start.  

  • Brp921

    I’m glad this season is about over. A whole year of Quade in charge has been to much. I’m looking forward to new leadership next year. I’m hoping Tom Ricketts can follow up a great draft with a homerun on a GM hire. Lastly, I hope the new GM will see the worth of hiring Ryne Sandberg, a successful manager at every level he’s been at, with a keen knowledge of the Cubs minor league system. Here’s to next year Cubfans…once again!

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  • Neil

    Casey serves up a dinger to Hairston, Jr. and walks Lucroy …

  • Neil

    Soto with #16 onto Waveland Ave.

  • gocubs

    I am positive that Koyie Hill will start every game Soto doesn’t till the season ends.  That is a sick, sick thing.  HIll, who seems like a great guy, has no business even being on this roster, let alone taking starts away from the guy who could be our backup or even starter next year (if the GM thinks trading Geo is the right move).  I am so disgusted with Quade.  Worst Cubs manager of all time.  One of the few things a manager actually makes a difference with – personnel decisions…could be really learning a lot right NOW about next year and getting these guys valuable experience.  There is no excuse for this.  None.  

    • Rbmercer

      Even though it infuriates me too, it’s not Quades fault. It’s Ricketts fault. Quade knows he won’t be back, so he is staying loyal to the vets. Rickets should have fired him and put an interim mgr in place with the mandate of building towards next year. There would have been a lot less question marks on personnel decisions. I blame Ricketts for this.

      • paulcatanese

        I agree with you, Ricketts is the boss, and the buck stops with him.

  • Neil

    Nice piece of hitting by Soto, took that 1-2 pitch into right center. Have not seen him do that in a while.

  • Neil

    A new career-high for Casey Coleman … eight strikeouts in six innings

  • Neil

    Soto with his second of the night …

  • studio179

    Soto, again with a 2 run dinger.

    • Calicub

      Someones feeling the heat of a promotion of a certain catcher from a certain AA team…

      • Tony Spumoni

        Mr. Soto brings his bat with him to the ballpark tonight, only 152 games late.

      • studio179

        You bet…as he should.

        As for Quade, I absolutely can not wait until this year is over.

  • Neil

    This is interesting … Carlos Zambrano’s name has been removed from the Cubs official 40-man roster. No longer listed as an inactive player

    • cubtex

      So what does that mean?

    • John_CC

      what are the scenarios that make that possible? Let’s here ’em, because I don’t know. 

      • Neil

        I have not seen this before. Zambrano was listed on the 40-man until yesterday as being on the restricted list. My understanding is when Zambrano came off the disqualified list and they started paying him again that he counted against the 40-man roster. The Cubs did not have an empty spot to add Clevenger but they did today … and Zambrano has been totally removed.

        I’m looking into this.

        • KevininSandiego33

          Talked to Mike Ferrin and he said “it was because he was replaced while being on the DISQUALITIFIED list.”

          • Calicub

            I’m still confused

          • Neil

            Kevin, with all due respect to Mr. Ferrin, that is not correct. Zambrano came off the d-list on September 12. On the official roster, Zambrano was listed as being on the restricted list yesterday and is now gone. Zambrano still has to be listed on the official roster … same as players on the 60-day DL, even if he does not count against the 40-man.

            This could be a mistake on the Cubs website … we all make them. But as I mentioned, I’ve not seen this before.

          • paulcatanese

            Neil,what if they paid Z and released him, or traded him, would he not be on the roster then?

          • Neil

            Yes, but there would be something out by now. I’m beginning to think someone just made a mistake.

  • Calicub

    Here here Mr. Castro.

  • Neil

    Campana was safe

    • paulcatanese

      Absolutly bad call, replay showed it. Interesting that Brenly and Len stated that if Campana did not bat the whole year but pinch ran every game he would reach 100 stolen bases for the season.

    • Tony Spumoni

      Castro could have been safe, too.  The Brewer was blocking 2nd base with both feet.  Starlin should have gone through him or over him, but, being a nice guy, he tried to go around him.  And was called out.  Knees, elbows and spikes, Mr. Castro, knees, elbows and spikes.

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the Brewers 5-2 on Monday night.

    Casey Coleman: 1R, 2H (HR), 3BB, 8K
    (career-high) in 6IP; Geovany Soto: 3-for-3, 2HR, 5RBI; Starlin Castro: 1-for-4

  • paulcatanese

    Had just walked the door and turned the game on to watch Campana run for Soriono, and he gets the bad call. Anyway would someone please explain what all these individual records that Qua has the vets in there for to get has anything to do with a team sport? They are not revalent at all to the season of the Cubs, maybe under Quade the team should have 20 different names for the vets and why they are given the opportunity over the team for personal gain.