Write your own caption: Reed Johnson of the Chicago Cubs is congratulated by teammate Marlon Byrd after scoring on a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during a game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Believe it or not, it's only been a little over a week since the Cubs posted their first three-game winning streak of 2011. I know, it seems like a month. But tonight, the Cubs once again have a chance to post their third consecutive win.
You might expect tonight to be a high-scoring game. Why? In addition to the usual pitcher preview, after the jump, I found this tidbit about tonight's starting pitchers:
Couple that with Randy Wells' ERA in the first inning this year -- 11.25 in 12 starts -- and you might have the makings of a 16-15 game today.
Castro SS, Barney 2B, Ramirez 3B, Peña 1B, Byrd CF, Soto C, Soriano LF, Colvin RF, Wells P
McCutchen cf, Jones rf, Walker 2b, Lee 1b, Ludwick lf, Alvarez 3b, Cedeno ss, McKenry c, Correia p
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2011 - Randy Wells||2-4||12||12||0||0||0||0||64.1||79||45||44||11||29||42||6.16||1.68|
|2011 - Kevin Correia||12-8||23||22||1||0||0||0||133.2||145||71||64||16||31||68||4.31||1.32|
Randy Wells faced the Pirates at PNC on May 28. If I were you, I wouldn't click on that link. Anyway, current Pirates are hitting .343 (23-for-67) against Randy, and that includes 4-for-9 (.444) and two home runs from newly-acquired Ryan Ludwick. This does not bode well.
The Cubs defeated Kevin Correia on July 9 at PNC and hit him pretty hard. But in his previous two starts vs. the Cubs this year, Correia had posted a 1.35 ERA in 13.1 innings, winning both of them. Current Cubs are hitting .252 (28-for-111) against Correia with just one home run (Jeff Baker). Naturally, Baker isn't playing tonight. (And no, I wouldn't be playing him ahead of Tyler Colvin -- he could play LF, or any one of several positions.)
Today's game is on CSN Chicago and ROOT Sports Pittsburgh. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Today's first pitch thread will be up at 6:05 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 7 pm, 8 pm and 8:45 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.
Discuss amongst yourselves.