Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 09/26/11

Game One Hundred Sixty: Cubs (70-89) vs. Padres (69-90)
Game Time – 9:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – PETCO Park, San Diego

Casey Coleman (3-8, 6.64/1.79) vs. Mat Latos (8-14, 3.60/1.21)

Three games remain on the Cubs 2011 schedule

It is “Kid’s Day” for the Chicago Cubs at PETCO Park. Prior to Sunday’s finale in St. Louis, Mike Quade said the first game in San Diego would feature a lineup full of the younger players on the Cubs’ roster.

D.J. LeMahieu should be at third tonight and probably Tony Campana in center. Will Quade start Bryan LaHair in left and give Tyler Colvin a start in right? With the Padres sending a lefty to the hill on Wednesday, Colvin figures to get only two chances to start in the last three games. Steve Clevenger is expected to make his big league debut behind the plate tonight. Clevenger has not stepped across the lines since joining the team last week.

Will Rafael Dolis also make his big league debut tonight? Dolis, like Clevenger, has been with the team for a week and has not seen any action. Quade should use Dolis and John Gaub before the likes of Ramon Ortiz and John Grabow.

Aramis Ramirez is not expected back in the starting lineup tonight. Ramirez appears to be targeting Tuesday to return to the lineup … if at all this season.

After Casey Coleman tonight, Mike Quade is expected to send Matt Garza to the hill on Tuesday with Ryan Dempster getting the ball in the last game of the season. Bud Black has penciled in Mat Latos (tonight), Anthony Bass on Tuesday and lefty Wade LeBlanc in the final game on Wednesday.

Starlin Castro has reached base safely in 37 straight games … can Castro reach base in the final three games and take a 40-game streak into 2012?

The Cubs and Padres faced off at Wrigley back in April … and Q’s Cubs won two of the three games. The Cubs took the first game 1-0 on a RBI single by Tyler Colvin in the 10th. After rain postponed game two, the Cubs split the day-night doubleheader with Reed Johnson delivering the winner in the day game.

Let the battle for draft position begin … and tonight it all starts with Casey Coleman.

Casey Coleman is coming off a win and a solid performance against the Milwaukee Brewers. Coleman posted his firs victory since May 19 and just the second of his career at Wrigley Field. Coleman held the NL Central Division Champs to one run on two hits in six innings. Coleman walked three and struck out a career high eight batters.

Coleman has had a rough season and needs a strong outing tonight in his final start of the season. Casey Coleman is 1-1 in his last four starts with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Tonight will be Coleman’s second career start against the Padres. Casey made his first big league start against San Diego last August 18 at Wrigley … and gave up three runs on six hits with three walks and a strikeout in 4 1/3 innings.

Alberto Cabrera (0-for-2), Chase Headley (0-for-1), Nick Hundley (1-for-2), Cameron Maybin (1-for-3 with a double) and Will Venable (1-for-3) are the only players on the Padres active roster with limited plate appearances against Casey Coleman.

The Cubs will get their first look of the year at Mat Latos. The 6-foot-6 right-hander had a rough start to the year but has been very good since the break. Latos is 3-4 in his last 13 starts with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP, teams are hitting just .214 against him and he’s allowed more than two runs only twice in his last 10 starts.

Latos is coming off a near complete game shutout against the Rockies. Latos allowed only one run on six hits with a walk and nine strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings. Latos 2-1 in his last four starts with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.01 WHIPonly four walks and 33 strikeouts in his last 29 2/3 innings.

Mat Latos could arguably be the best starter the Cubs have faced in quite some time.

Tonight will be Latos’ fourth career start against the Cubs … 1-2 with a 4.96 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Mat Latos

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4 with a double and 2 walks
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-6
  • Tyler Colvin – 0-for-1
  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-8
  • Carlos Pena – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 4-for-8 with 2 doubles
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-8 with a home run

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