Game One Hundred Seven: Cubs (46-60) vs. Brewers (49-58)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Thomas Diamond (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Chris Narveson (8-7, 5.90/1.50)
Weather permitting … How will the fifth place Chicago Cubs respond to Monday night’s blowout? The Cubs are in a freefall and do not appear to have hit rock bottom yet. Lou Piniella will be back in the dugout tonight to lead his lame duck crew. With a few exceptions, the players have quit. They may say otherwise but actions speak louder than words.
Thomas Diamond, the once highly-touted and former first round pick of the Texas Rangers, will make his big league debut. Diamond has had a decent season for Ryne Sandberg and even started the PCL All-Star game. Diamond was once a part of the DVD trio of John Danks and Edinson Volquez. For more on Diamond, click here for a recent CCO prospect profile.
The Cubs have lost six in a row for the first time this season and have been outscored 63-17 during the streak. The bullpen is spent and it has been a longtime since the Cubs had a lead in a ballgame.
While Ted Lilly makes his Dodgers’ debut 14 years after they drafted him, tonight it all begins with Thomas Diamond … Thomas Diamond will make his big league debut tonight after a solid season in Ryne Sandberg’s rotation. Many figured Diamond would be with the Cubs this season if he was able to stay healthy. Diamond has battled injuries his entire career, including Tommy John surgery.
Diamond posted a 5-4 record in 21 starts for the Iowa Cubs with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. The 27-year old right-hander struck out 104 batters, surrendered 86 hits and walked 46 in 108 1/3 innings.
In his last five starts, Diamond is 0-2 with a 5.48 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.
Other than possibly Jonathan Lucroy, no one on the Brewers’ roster has faced Thomas Diamond.
Chris Narveson will make his second career start against the Cubs tonight. Narveson is coming off a loss to the Reds in which he gave up three runs on six hits in five innings with a walk and two strikeouts.
The 28-year old southpaw has had mixed results of late and is 1-3 in his last five starts with a 8.17 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.
Narveson has never lost to the Cubs. He is 2-0 in eight games, one start, with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP (eight runs, seven earned, on 15 hits with five walks and 16 strikeouts in 14 innings).
Cubs Career Number against Chris Narveson
Jeff Baker – 1-for-4 with a walk
Marlon Byrd – 2-for-3 with 2 doubles
Tyler Colvin – 0-for-5
Blake DeWitt – 1-for-2 with a double
Mike Fontenot – 2-for-3
Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-3
Derrek Lee – 0-for-5
Xavier Nady – 0-for-1
Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-5 with a home run and a walk
Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-3 with a walk
Geovany Soto – 2-for-6 with 2 walks
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