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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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Campana – CF
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Pena – 1B
    LaHair – LF
    Clevenger – C
    LeMahieu – 3B
    Colvin – RF
    Coleman – P

    • Tedtop16

      Per ESPN, Soriano feels mistreated by the CUBS because he had to bat 7th most of the season. And he had” trouble concentrating on the job hitting” when he batted in the 5th, 6th,and 7th spots. Are you serious? No wonder Quade walks around looking shell shock. He has to associate with idiots like this for almost eight months. Ricketts should bring the bus up and send all these guys to the funny farm. $18 million for a guy with an IQ of 3.

      • Brett

        Wow… I bet LaHair could’ve concentrated just fine hitting 5th 6th or 7th making 1/10th of that $18 million.

        • JimBo_C

          for 1/36th of the $$$, we would have gotten
          – better BA
          – better OPS
          – better hustle
          – better game awareness
          – less whiffs
          – same RBIs
          – same SBs
          – same defense
          – and probably a few less dingers

  • paulcatanese

    For the last month, this is the only lineup that makes any sense at all. Win or lose it should be fun to watch these kids at work, it’s about time.

    • Calicub

      Too bad we’ll only see it once though…

      • John G

        Too bad the game starts at 10:00 EDT and I won’t see it at all.

        • Calicub

          Ah the glories of DVR and the west coast

      • paulcatanese

        Right, I’m actually going to keep this tape though, kind of like the super bowl party, waiting to have the steak and potato till te game starts.

    • Jay from sandwich

      You are write again Paul and we will need to enjoy this because it will not happen again with que in control

  • Kingdomusa

    Only Quade could try an appease the fan base with “kids day” of all places on the west coast. His is in his own world & thats why the 3,800 fans voiced their opinion in the tribune poll with 90% wanting Q-less gone. The other 10% will be found in either drugs or alcohol clinics in October. Colvin & Clevenger literally got screwd by the Qster. Oh, excuse me let me get it right, Colvy & Clevy. What a joke Quade has made this season, He thinks he did a good job at 24 games out of 1st place. He really think the cubs nation is filled with idiots.
    Rumors now have disgruntled players who don’t want to return if quade is coach. Stand up & be heard !!!!! Maybe Ricketts is reading & listening. Too bad Dernier couldn’t have replaced quade as Manager & sell a believe in the Youth movement to the fans, minor leaguers, & new draft picks. 3 games to go Mike.

    • paulcatanese

      Yes . being out here its even late for me, but remember the games when I lived in Chicago, fell asleep, but had to go to work in the morning.

  • cubtex

    Word is spreading that Ozzie Guillen is done with the Sox and will manage Marlins next year.

    • paulcatanese

      Yeah it was on MlB live and he really wants florida. I thought all along that the Sox wanted Ozzie out so that they could pull Qua to the south side, so as to pull the loyal Qua fans down there with him.

    • Jay from sandwich

      MLB trade rumors say Ozzie of the white sox is closed to being traded to the marlens

  • cubtex

    What’s with Coleman’s windup? Looks like Luis Tiant on Red Bull

    • Neil

      Coleman has said he used to mimic Kevin Brown’s windup in the backyard and it just stuck.

      • cubtex

        He’s got an additional quirk in there since the last time I saw him. Did he do that his last start?

        • Neil

          He made it a little more pronounced. His father, Joe, worked with him to give him something he could repeat better to keep his arm slot more consistent.

          • cubtex

            Ok thanks. Seems to help him be a little more deceptive.

        • Neil

          Yes, he had it against the Brewers. Not before.

  • Neil

    Good job by Casey picking off Maybin

  • cubtex

    With the Cubs minor league lineup and with Latos on tonight…..we might see history.

    • jfish1219

      Come on cubtex didn’t you know that for some around here this should be the line up for next year……..please excuse me while i go puke. 

      • cubtex

        Can you imagine if this was the everyday lineup next year? They would lose 120 games.

  • jfish1219

    Hey look the line up everyone wanted to see is going to get no-hit by the padres….

    • Demitri

      At least not a perfect game. The veteran pena with the walk

    • Calicub

      Yeah and I’d watch this lineup 14 days a wekk over the crappy vets Qball plays daily.

      But I suppose you like big time FA like Marlon “first Pitdh double play” Byrd and John “Can’t Hold a Lead” Grabow better?

      • jfish1219

        Slow your role there buddy… I don’t want to see either of those crap fests. I want to see a mix of young guys and vets

        • Calicub

          Your criticizing Qball for playing the youngsters. What else is there to say?

    • paulcatanese

      So what if they do? It still is better than watching millionares loafing all year and just padding the stats in the second half. As I said earlier this is fun, and at least they run. I didnt expect much but they are giving me what I wanted ,, hustle.

      • jfish1219

        Ok this is for both you and cali. My problem is with people wanting to see this line up next year…I think qball screwed up by not playing the kids more in september. But if you want to watch this line up next year, enjoy watching a team. Lose 100 games

        • brent carmona

          True but give them some time and it will weed out the strong/weak players. Once we realize who’s not getting it done replace them with others, flaherty, m.gonzalez, jay/brett jackson, m smith, w castillo etc..who cares if we lose, time to ‘change the culture.’ we would have to spend a crapton of $ next year to contend seriously so might as well see a youthful/new lineup

        • paulcatanese

          You are totaly wrong there. You cannot see what these kids can do at this level unless you play them and I believe thats what Cali is also trying to say. I know what I dont want to see next year and thats guys who dont give 100% and wait until the second half to perform, and what some people call a manager mess up again next year with the pitching staff. Unless signifigant moves are made next year it wont make any difference  anyway. I dont know it some of these kids are the answer but I know what we had this year is not.

  • Neil

    Casey with a triple … breaks up the no hitter

  • cubtex

    Coleman is probably the second fastest player on team after Campana.

    • Calicub


  • Neil

    Rafael Dolis to make his big league debut

  • Neil

    Starlin Castro with hit #204 to lead off the seventh, has reached base safely in 38 straight games

  • studio179

    Wow. Clevenger and Dolis getting to play tonight. 

  • Neil

    Solid debut for Dolis … good way for him to end his season.

  • Neil

    Cubs shut out 2-0 by Padres Monday night.

    Casey Coleman: 2R, 5H
    (HR),2BB,7K in 5.2IP, 1-for-2,3B; Starlin Castro: 1-for-4; #Cubs 2 hits, a walk and struck out 11 times.

    Back to 20 games under with 90th loss of the season.