Game Forty: Cubs (17-22) vs. Rockies (19-19)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Carlos Silva (4-0, 3.40/1.20) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (2-1, 2.66/0.93)
Can the Chicago Cubs win three games in a row? Tonight is the quarter-mark of the 2010 campaign and the Cubs enter play five games under .500 and 5 1/2 games behind the division leading Cincinnati Reds … third place in the NL Central.
Tonight is the finale of the eight-game homestand. The Cubs have a chance to finish the homestand with a 4-4 mark after starting 1-4 against the Marlins and Pirates.
Ryan Theriot is expected back in the starting lineup and Carlos Zambrano will be in the bullpen. Zambrano is scheduled to follow Carlos Silva to the hill. Zambrano indicated Monday night that the plan for him is to throw 40-45 pitches and two to three innings tonight … depending on how deep Silva goes in the game.
With Zambrano’s new role, Sean Marshall will serve as the primary set-up man to Carlos Marmol … with John Grabow still in the mix for late-inning duty.
Tonight it all starts with Carlos Silva … and just winning a ballgame. No one predicted or projected Carlos Silva would begin the season 4-0, much less the Cubs being 6-1 in his seven starts. Many feel Silva’s “luck” is about to run out … and that could start tonight.
Silva ended his five-inning outing streak in his last game against the Marlins. He threw the ball rather well and held Florida to two runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Silva struck out a pair and walked two.
Carlos Silva has done his job at Wrigley as well. He is 2-0 in four starts with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
Tonight will be Silva’s first career start against the Rockies. He has faced Colorado five times, all in relief, and has allowed two runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Silva last faced the Rockies on April 23, 2003.
Rockies’ Career Numbers against Carlos Silva
- Jason Giambi – 4-for-11 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
- Carlos Gonzalez – 0-for-3
- Miguel Olivo – 2-for-7 with a triple
Jhoulys Chacin will make his fourth start of the year tonight. Chacin has thrown the ball extremely well for Jim Tracy, especially outside of Colorado. Chacin is coming off a loss to the Nationals in his last start. Chacin allowed six runs on six hits in five innings with a walk and three strikeouts in Coors Field.
Chacin was lights out in his two starts before facing the Nationals. He threw seven innings of shutout ball against the Giants and allowed just one hit on May 2. Chacin then followed up his gem against San Francisco with an even better outing against the Dodgers.
Jhoulys Chacin threw 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball against Los Angeles. He allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked two. On the road this year, Chacin is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. He has not allowed a run in 14 1/3 innings outside of Denver.
Tonight will be Jhoulys Chacin’s second career outing against the Cubs … and first career start. Chacin allowed a run on one hit (a home run by Kosuke Fukudome) on August 8, 2009. Chacin struck out four and did not walk a batter in two innings.
Cubs’ Career Numbers against Jhoulys Chacin
- Mike Fontenot – 0-for-1
- Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-1 with a home run
- Derrek Lee – 0-for-1
- Geovany Soto – 0-for-1
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