Know Your Foe #8: The Rockies in Wrigley

Chicago Cubs (10-11, 4th in the NL Central)

Last Series v Colorado: April 13-14, L 1-2 @ Colorado

Game 1 was Jhoulys Chacin's first career complete game shutout. Chacin struck out 7 batters, induced 13 grounders, walked a mere 2, and gave up 6 hits, 3 of which came off of the bat of Aramis Ramirez. The Rockies tagged Matt Garza for 5 runs, mostly off of the 3-run triple which also scored on a throwing error from SS Starlin Castro

Game 2 was uglier for the Rockies. Jason Hammel turned in a quality start, going 6IP and allowing 3ER on 7 hits, 1BB, and 5 punchouts. Felipe Paulino came in to try and keep the 3-1 game close, but then proceeded to give up: Infield hit to Koyie Hill, weak groundball single through the 1B-2B hole to Blake Dewitt, a shoetop homer to Starlin Castro, a double down the LF line that landed fair by about 3 inches to Darwin Barney, an Marlon Byrd groundout (3u), and then a seeing eye single to Aramis Ramirez to finish his evening. Franklin Morales allowed Ramirez to score on an eventual Kosuke Fukudome single, but the game was kind of out of hand at that point.

Game 3 went down to the bullpens. Ryan Dempster went 5 and allowed 5, Alan Johnson went 4 and allowed 4 (earned, 5R total). Luckily, Marcos Mateo brought his "give up lots of runs" shorts and the Rockies tagged him for 4 more runs in a big clutch rally. You know, I think that was the last time Carlos Gonzalez got a hit.

Last 2 Series Results: Win 2-1 v SDP, L 1-2 v LAD

Well, I guess we can't expect other divisions to do ALL of our dirty work.

Over the past week, Kosuke Fukudome and Reed Johson turned on the heat a little, posting respective OPS of 1.236 and 1.736. The two batters played in 10 games between the two of them (5 apiece) yet started only 5 of them (Johnson 2, Fukudome 3). The Cubbies have a few guys who batted over .300 in that timeframe, including Darwin Barney, Aramis Ramirez, and Marlon Byrd. Downside is that none of them posted over .800 OPS.

Over that same 7 day period, Ryan Dempster, James Russell, Casey Coleman, and Carlos Zambrano made a combined 4 starts, went a combined 17.1 IP, and allowed 23 runs. All earned. That's an 11.94 ERA. Upside: Matt Garza threw like 6 shutout innings.

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Raw Numbers 'n' stuff past the jump

Monday through Wednesday: 3-game series at Wrigley Field

Expected Pitching Matchups:

Monday, April 25, 6:05PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Esmil Rogers 2-1 6 3 0 0 0 0 16.0 17 12 12 3 7 11 6.75 1.50


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Matt Garza 0-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 24.2 33 13 13 0 8 34 4.74 1.66

 

Tuesday, April 26, 6:05 PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jorge De La Rosa 3-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 24.0 14 8 8 1 10 20 3.00 1.00

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Cubs undecided about Tuesday starter | cubs.com: News
The Cubs have yet to name a starter for Tuesday's game against the Rockies, and manager Mike Quade said he wasn't sure if left-hander James Russell would get another start.

 

 

Wednesday, April 27, 12:20PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jhoulys Chacin 3-1 4 4 1 1 0 0 27.0 25 9 8 2 9 18 2.67 1.26


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Casey Coleman 1-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 13.1 19 11 11 2 8 9 7.42 2.03


Expected Lineup

Name

Position

AVG

OBP

SLG

wOBA

wRC+

HR

RBI

SB

Kosuke Fukudome

OF

.415

.529

.439

.443

170

0

2

0

Darwin Barney

2B

.329

.360

.414

.339

102

0

11

1

Starlin Castro

SS

.376

.402

.505

.407

147

1

11

3

Aramis Ramirez

3B

.329

.393

.443

.368

121

1

9

0

Marlon Byrd

OF

.284

.300

.375

.295

74

0

5

1

Carlos Pena

1B

.182

.313

.200

.254

48

0

5

0

Alfonso Soriano

OF

.244

.272

.513

.334

100

6

14

0

Geovany Soto

C

.250

.338

.353

.315

87

1

4

0

 

The Bench

Name

Position

AVG

OBP

SLG

wOBA

wRC+

HR

RBI

SB

Jeff Baker

IF

.361

.361

.528

.389

135

1

8

0

Reed Johnson

OF

.381

.409

.667

.441

169

1

3

0

Blake DeWitt

IF

.250

.294

.313

.274

61

0

2

0

Koyie Hill

C

.111

.273

.111

.208

18

0

0

0

Tyler Colvin

UTIL

.128

.196

.319

.220

26

2

7

0

 

Closer


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Carlos Marmol 1-1 10 0 0 0 5 2 10.2 7 3 3 0 7 15 2.53 1.31

 

 

Chicago Cubs Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Randy Wells forearm 04/05/2011
Andrew Cashner trapezius 04/06/2011

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