Game One Hundred Fifty-Seven: Cubs (63-93) vs. Reds (76-79)
Game Time – 11:35am C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati
Wade Miller (0-2, 4.97) vs. Bronson Arroyo (14-10, 3.38)
The last road game of the season and only 5 left after today’s game. Wade Miller is scheduled to take the mound for the Cubs today still in search of his first victory of the season. Miller will start his 4th game of the year and has seemed to perform better each time he has gone to the mound. Miller looked very good at times against the Phillies last Tuesday but could not get through the 5th inning. The Cubs must make a decision on Miller soon and his last two performances of the year will determine whether or not the Cubs pursue the once very talented right-hander. Miller has shown flashes of the pitcher he was in Houston except for his velocity. Miller is not throwing near as hard as he once did but he does still posses a very good breaking ball. He had very good command of his curve ball against the Phillies and struck out 8 in just 4 2/3 innings. Miller looks like, at times, he is throwing darts and trying to aim the ball but at others he his pitching the way he is capable. Miller could figure into next season if he can stay healthy and finish the year on a positive note.
Bronson Arroyo has been a thorn in the Cubs’ side all season and has become the right-handed version of Chris Capuano. Arroyo is 4-0 this season against the Cubs with a 1.26 ERA and has shutout the Cubs twice this season. In his last 22 innings against the Cubs he has given up just 1 run. Arroyo has been a huge surprise for the Reds this year and has been tremendous down the stretch for his club when they needed it the most. In his last 5 starts he is 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA.
It would be nice for the Cubs to figure out the Arroyo puzzle before the season ends.
Let’s Talk Cubbies Baseball….