Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 09/20/11

Game One Hundred Fifty-Five: Cubs (68-86) vs. Brewers (90-64)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Randy Wells (7-4, 4.93/1.40) vs. Shaun Marcum (12-7, 3.40/1.14)

Updated 3:32pm CDT – The Cubs named Bryan LaHair and LHP Jeff Beliveau the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year on Tuesday.

The Cubs announced Gary Hughes, long-time special assistant to Jim Hendry will not return to the organization following this season.

Weather permitting … The tied for fourth place Chicago Cubs will shoot for their second straight win over the Brewers tonight behind Randy Wells. With Monday’s win, coupled with Arizona beating Pittsburgh, the Cubs enter play tonight tied with the Bucs for fourth place in the division … yes, this is what the season has come to.

Regardless of what happens over the next two games, Q’s Cubs will not have to watch the Brewers celebrate their first division title since 1982 at Wrigley Field. The Brewers magic number remains at four after the Cardinals beat the Phillies on Monday.

Starlin Castro inched closer to 200 hits on Monday night. Castro collected hit no. 196 on Monday and reached base for the 32nd game in a row. Castro is on record saying he would like to reach the 200-hit plateau at Wrigley … he has two days to reach his goal against two difficult starting pitchers.

The Cubs added two players to the active roster on Monday. Steve Clevenger was added to the 40-man roster and called up from Double-A Tennessee. Rafael Dolis was recalled from Double-A and added to the pen. The question now is, will Mike Quade use either player over the next eight games?

Kerry Wood’s season is over after he felt a pop in his left knee on Saturday. Wood will have his knee scoped next week and is hoping to be re-signed by the Cubs in the off-season.

With only eight games left on the 2011 schedule … tonight it all begins with Randy Wells.

After arguably the best stretch of his big league career, Randy Wells came crashing back to reality last Thursday in Cincinnati. Wells struggled from his first pitch on and could not complete five innings of work. The Reds scored five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings against Wells. Wells walked two and struck out two but could not locate his change-up and was very hittable.

Randy Wells had won his last five decisions and even with his poor outing, Wells is 6-1 in 12 starts since the break with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. The Cubs are 7-3 in Wells’ last 10 starts … and Wells is 4-2 in 11 starts at Wrigley this season.

Tonight will be Wells’ third start of the year against the Brewers. Wells is 0-1 in two starts with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP … for his career, Wells is 2-3 in 10 games, eight starts, with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP versus Ryan Braun and company.

Brewers Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 4-for-6 with a double
  • Ryan Braun – 10-for-24 with 2 doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Craig Counsell – 2-for-12 with 2 doubles
  • Prince Fielder – 6-for-17 with a double, a home run and 4 walks
  • Jerry Hairston, Jr. – 1-for-7
  • Corey Hart – 4-for-20 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 2-for-8
  • Casey McGehee – 3-for-11 with a home run
  • Nyjer Morgan – 6-for-10 with a double and a walk
  • Rickie Weeks – 6-for-17 with 2 doubles

Shaun Marcum might just be the best off-season acquisition in all of baseball. Marcum has been very good in his first season in Milwaukee. Marcum posted a 7-3 record in 19 first half starts (3.39 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP) and is 5-4 in 12 starts since the break with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Marcum is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP and is coming off back-to-back loses to the Phillies and Rockies. Marcum allowed six runs, five earned, on eight hits in five innings to Colorado in his last outing with a walk and four strikeouts.

Shaun Marcum beat the Cubs in his only start against them this season. Marcum held the Cubs to two runs on seven hits in six innings back on July 28 at Miller Park.

Cubs Career Numbers against Shaun Marcum

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-7 with a walk
  • Tony Campana – 1-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-3
  • Bryan LaHair – 0-for-2
  • Carlos Pena – 3-for-14 with a double and 3 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-2
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-3

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