Game One Hundred-Four – Cubs (42-61) vs. Rockies (43-61)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1, 5.00/1.67/3.25) vs. Yohan Flande (0-2, 7.20/1.60/3.99)
The Cubs open a four-game series tonight against the Colorado Rockies. It’s the last days of July and the Cubs are facing the Rockies for the first time this season, but Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and company will play Colorado seven times in the next 10 games over an 11-day stretch. The Cubs split the six games (3-3) with the Rockies last season.
The Cubs are 2-4 on the current 10-game homestand and the next four games will have an impact on position in next June’s draft. The Cubs enter play tonight with the fewest wins in the National League.
For the first time in recent memory, the Cubs will face left-handed starters for the next four games. The Cubs are 10-10 in games started by lefties this season. And with all of the southpaws on tap, Rick Renteria could use Emilio Bonifacio at third base instead of Luis Valbuena.
After tonight’s matchup of lefties Tsuyoshi Wada and Yohan Flande, Edwin Jackson is scheduled to take on Jorge De La Rosa under the lights Tuesday. Wednesday is another all southpaw matchup of Travis Wood and Brett Anderson. Jake Arrieta is scheduled to face Tyler Matzek in the finale of the series and homestand on Thursday afternoon.
Tonight all starts with Tsuyoshi Wada …
Tsuyoshi Wada makes his third big league start tonight, the first time he’s pitched in the Cubs rotation on regular rest without making a trip from Iowa. Wada admitted he was very nervous in his last start against the Padres. And it showed. Wada struggled with his command and could not complete five innings.
Tsuyoshi Wada allowed five runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts in four-plus innings. Wada was just as predictable with his pitch selection in his last start as he was in his big league debut. Wada has to mix it up tonight or the results will mirror his last outing against the Padres.
Yohan Flande makes his fifth start in the majors tonight. Flande is coming off a similar start to the one Tsuyoshi Wada made his last time out. Flande allowed four runs on five hits with two walks and no strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings to the Nationals. Flande has struggled with his command in the big leagues and has not struck out a batter in his last two starts.
The 28-year old lefty makes his second big league start outside of Coors Field tonight. Flande gave up three runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts to the Nationals on June 30.
Yohan Flande was 2-10 in 16 appearances, 14 starts, with Triple-A Colorado Springs this season with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.
Yohan Flande makes his first appearance against the Cubs and no one on the Cubs active roster has faced him in a regular season big league ballgame.
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