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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