Game One Hundred Twenty-Five: Cubs (48-76) vs. Rockies (50-74)
Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Brooks Raley (1-2, 7.63/1.57) vs. Alex White (2-6, 5.55/1.62)
Can the Cubs make it two in a row over the Rockies? The Cubs have not won two games in a row since they posted three straight victories at the end of July (July 28 July 30) and Sveum’s team is 4-18 since July 30.
Brooks Raley has technically been on an optional assignment for the last 11 days and will be officially recalled today to face the Rockies. The Cubs used a loophole in the new rules that allowed them to option Raley to Triple-A Iowa on August 13 and add a reliever to the mix. Under the new rules for scheduled doubleheaders, the Cubs were able to call-up Brooks Raley for last Saturday’s doubleheader without having to wait the mandatory 10 days a player must remain in the minors on an optional assignment. The Cubs used the rules to their advantage and Raley did not miss a start.
Chris Rusin is likely the odd man out and should be optioned to Triple-A Iowa in order to make room on the active roster for Brooks Raley.
Look for Dale Sveum to load his lineup with as many lefties as possible today. Alex White has not had much success against lefties (.310/.385/.448 with 13 doubles, five triples and three home runs) compared to right handers (.252/.344/.385 with eight doubles and six home runs) in 15 starts this season.
This afternoon all starts with Brooks Raley … Brooks Raley is coming off his first Major League win. Raley did his job in the second game of last Saturday’s day-night doubleheader against the Reds. The rookie southpaw held the Reds to four runs, three earned, on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. Raley was on the verge of a quality start but ran out of gas and Sveum had to go to his pen.
Raley has shown improvement in each of his three starts and should spend the remainder of the season in the Cubs’ rotation.
Brooks Raley has not faced the Rockies and no one on Colorado’s active roster has faced Raley at the Major League level.
Alex White, another player acquired in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal with the Indians last season, has had an up and down season. White began the year at the Triple-A level and was recalled in early May. White struggled in May (1-3 in five starts with a 6.28 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP) and in June (1-3 in five starts) before he was sent back down in July.
Since being recalled on August 2, Alex White has shown improvement. While he does not have a decision in five starts and has allowed only eight runs on 19 hits in 21 1/3 innings with 13 walks and 15 strikeouts (3.38 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP)
Alex White has pitched better at Coors Field (1-3 in seven starts with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP) than on the road (1-3 in eight starts with a 6.43 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP) this season and will face the Cubs for the first time this afternoon.
No one on the Cubs’ roster has faced Alex White in a big league ballgame.
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