Game One Hundred Eleven: Cubs (44-66) vs. Reds (66-46)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV- Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Justin Germano (1-1, 3.38/1.11) vs. Homer Bailey (9-7, 3.98/1.36)
The Cubs ended their losing streak with a come from behind victory Thursday night, can Sveum’s team make it two wins in a row this afternoon behind Justin Germano?
The Cubs look like a different team at home than on the road but will face another challenge today in Homer Bailey. Bailey has put together a solid season and he has been very tough on the road.
Brett Jackson made his Wrigley Field debut last night. Will Josh Vitters make his first appearance at the old ballyard this afternoon? Dale Sveum said that Vitters will play against most lefties and he will pick his spots against right-handers … Homer Bailey has fared better against left handers (.267/.327/.371 with 11 doubles and five home runs) this season than righties (.279/.323/.438 with 10 doubles and 14 home runs).
This afternoon it all starts with Justin Germano … Justin Germano has done an adequate job in his short time in a Cubs’ uniform. Germano could easily have a couple of additional wins under his belt but instead he has two no decisions in four outings. Germano held the Dodgers to two runs on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts his last time out. Germano left the game with one out and one on in the sixth with the Cubs up 2-1 … but the bullpen could not hold the lead.
This afternoon will be Germano’s second start at Wrigley Field in a Cubs’ uniform. Germano was the last starter to post a victory … the 14-4 win over the Pirates on July 30.
Justin Germano is 1-0 in one career start against the Reds with a 1.69 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP (one run on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings on August 11, 2007).
Ryan Ludwick (3-for-3 with a double and a walk), Brandon Phillips (0-for-3) and Scott Rolen (1-for-3) are the only players on the Reds’ active roster with limited at bats against Justin Germano.
Homer Bailey is finally living up to at least some of his hype. At one time the hard throwing Texan was one of the top pitching prospects in the game but was unable to throw enough strikes at the big league level to sustain any success. Bailey has turned the corner this year while still struggling with consistency.
Bailey was outstanding in July (4-0 in six starts with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP) and even with a bad start against the Pirates the last time out (four runs on nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings) he is 2-1 in his last five starts with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.
Like so many Reds’ pitchers, Homer Bailey is much better on the road (6-2 in 10 starts with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP) than at Great American Ball Park (3-5 in 12 starts with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP).
This afternoon will be Bailey’s ninth career start against the Cubs. Bailey is 3-2 in the first eight with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 1-1 in two starts with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Homer Bailey
- Darwin Barney – 3-for-11 with a walk
- Starlin Castro – 4-for-13 with two home runs and a walk
- David DeJesus – 2-for-7
- Bryan LaHair – 5-for-8 with double, a home run and a walk
- Joe Mather – 0-for-1
- Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-16 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Luis Valbuena – 0-for-5
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