Game One Hundred Nineteen: Cubs (50-68) vs. Padres (69-47)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Tom Gorzelanny (6-6, 3.65/1.43) vs. Kevin Correia (9-7, 4.86/1.41)
Can the 2010 Chicago Cubs win three in a row? The Cubs return home and begin a seven-game homestand with the first of four against the San Diego Padres. The Cubs will face the two best pitching staffs in the Senior Circuit over the next week and hopefully the offense will keep hitting the ball in front of the Faithful.
Lou’s crew posted back-to-back victories in St. Louis and finished a difficult road trip with a 3-4 record. The Cubs showed a lot of improvement at the plate, maybe the pitching staff and defense can take a step forward in the coming weeks.
Derrek Lee left Sunday’s game in the fifth with lower back stiffness and is listed as day-to-day. Lee’s status for tonight’s game is unknown but Alfonso Soriano should be back in Lou’s starting nine. Soriano missed the final two in St. Louis.
In Other News
Darwin Barney will get the start at short tonight for Starlin Castro. Following Sunday’s game, Piniella indicated Castro needed a break and Barney would get his first start at Wrigley Field. Barney went 0-for-4 in his first big league start Friday night in St. Louis.
The Cubs announced Sunday that Casey Coleman will replace Thomas Diamond in the rotation. Coleman will make his first big league start on Wednesday and Diamond will be available out of the pen.
During the Cubs pre-game show Sunday, Oneri Fleita said Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson and Chris Archer would represent the Cubs’ organization in the upcoming AFL (Arizona Fall League) season. Vitters will split time at both corners, first and third, according to Fleita.
Ron Santo missed the seven-game road trip and will rejoin Pat Hughes in the booth tonight for the seven-game homestand that concludes Sunday against the Atlanta Braves.
It all starts with Tom Gorzelanny … After a putting together four wins in a row, Tom Gorzelanny has not posted a victory since July 24 and is 0-1 in his last two starts with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Gorzelanny has struggled with his command of late. He has walked only five batters in his last 13 innings but he has been making a bad habit of throwing behind in counts.
Gorzelanny figures to have a spot in the Cubs’ rotation in 2011 but a strong finish would go a long way toward cementing his spot in the backend.
Tonight will be Gorzelanny’s sixth start since the break. He is 2-1 with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.
Gorzelanny is 1-2 in three career starts against the Friars with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP.
Padres Career Numbers against Tom Gorzelanny
- David Eckstein – 4-for-13 with a double and a walk
- Adrian Gonzalez – 4-for-9 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Tony Gwynn, Jr. – 0-for-1
- Scott Hairston – 1-for-4 with a walk
- Jerry Hairston, Jr. – 2-for-4 with a home run
- Ryan Ludwick – 1-for-11 with 2 walks
- Miguel Tejada – 0-for-1 with a walk
- Yorvit Torrealba – 3-for-3 with 3 doubles
The former San Francisco Giant is having a good season for the Padres following a 12-11 campaign in 2009 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in 33 starts for San Diego.
Kevin Correia is coming off back-to-back victories against the Pirates and Dodgers and has not lost a game since July 31 … 2-0 in two starts with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.
Correia is 4-1 in five starts since the break with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
Tonight will be Correia’s fourth career start against the Cubs. He has never beaten Chicago …. 0-2 in seven games, three starts, with a 7.50 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP. At Wrigley, Correia is 0-2 in one start, five games, with a 17.47 ERA and a 3.18 WHIP. The Cubs have hit a robust .429 against Correia at Wrigley Field.
Cubs Career Numbers against Kevin Correia
- Jeff Baker – 2-for-5 with a home run
- Marlon Byrd – 0-for-7
- Blake DeWitt – 1-for-6 with a double and 2 walks
- Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-10
- Derrek Lee – 4-for-10
- Xavier Nady – 1-for-2
- Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-6 with a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-4
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