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The Tyler Colvin Era Begins: Cubs vs. Brewers Preview, Monday 9/21, 7:05 CT

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Tyler Colvin, the Cubs' #1 pick in the 2006 draft out of Clemson, will join the team in Milwaukee tonight and make his major league debut. Lou says we'll see a lot of him:

"We'll get another outfielder and we'll get a look at our future," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We'll put him in the outfield and let him play."

Good. Sometimes, solutions to problems are found elsewhere than expensive free agency. The Cubs might do well in 2010 with a platoon of Colvin and Reed Johnson (who may also be activated tonight; Johnson is quoted here as saying, "I'm healthy enough to play.") in center field and moving Kosuke Fukudome back to a position he plays better, right field. Doing that might allow money to be spent to upgrade other positions (perhaps shortstop?) and build a better bench than we've had in 2009.

In addition to Colvin, I'd like to see Jake Fox and Andres Blanco play every day for the rest of the season. Even if Fox isn't part of the 2010 Cubs, if he can put up decent numbers the rest of the year, maybe some AL team would take a chance on him as a part-time DH. Blanco should at the very least be the Cubs' principal backup infielder in 2010, and I think he could push Ryan Theriot to be the starting SS. Blanco hasn't hit much, but he will be 26 next April, doesn't strike out much, and his defense is outstanding.

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Today's Starting Pitchers
Tom Gorzelanny
Tom Gorzelanny
Cubs
vs. Braden Looper
Braden Looper
Brewers
5-2 W-L 3-1
5.29 ERA 4.05
30 SO 18
12 BB 15
3 HR 2
vs. Mil -- vs. Cubs
Note: Gorzelanny's numbers below are with the Cubs only. See the pitcher box above for his full-season numbers.

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Tom Gorzelanny 2-1 10 4 0 0 0 0 25.1 21 15 15 3 8 23 5.33 1.14


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Braden Looper 13-6 31 31 0 0 0 0 178.2 199 105 97 35 61 93 4.89 1.46

Braden Looper's last start was against the Cubs against the Cubs at Wrigley Field last Wednesday. They hit him pretty well -- nine hits and three walks in five innings, scoring five runs; but Cubs pitching wasn't very good that night. At 5.7 runs per start, Looper has the 2nd-highest run support in the NL (behind only Jorge de la Rosa), 5.7 runs per start, resulting in his 13-6 record.

Tom Gorzelanny is replacing Rich Harden in the rotation; we don't yet know if it will be just tonight, or for the rest of the year. Gorzelanny has made four starts for the Cubs, none since August 20 at Los Angeles. Three of those were decent-to-good; one was horrendous. Overall as a starter, he has a 4.82 ERA in 18.2 innings; throw out the one bad start and in the other three his ERA is 2.08. He is 3-3, 4.92 in nine career starts vs. Milwaukee. Ryan Braun is a particular nemesis -- 8-for-17 with 3 HR.

After national exposure last night, the Cubs now get exposure in only a handful of zip codes on WCIU. If you have EI, you'll get the FSN Wisconsin feed. For other games today, see the MLB.com Mediacenter.

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