Cubs @ Brewers: Quintana vs. Woodruff (Game 7)
CHC (1-5): LHP Jose Qunitana (0-0)
MIL (6-1): RHP Brandon Woodruff (1-0)
First pitch 7:10pmCDT
Last night, the Cubs lost their fifth game in a row, matching their longest losing streak of the previous year on only the 6th game of the season. This series against the division-leading Brewers would be a great time to turn things around.
Quintana made his first appearance in relief of Darvish on March 30. He looked good, allowing 2 unearned runs in 4 innings while striking out 8. Maybe he can pitch a little more to contact today. The team desperately needs to avoid exposing the struggling pen. Lorenzo Cain has 87 at bats against him and has slashed .280/.314/.415. As per the new normal, watch out for NL Player of the Week, Christian Yelich.
Brandon Woodruff, a redhead with a remarkable beard, faced the Cubs 4 times 2017-2018, apparently (2 starts, 2 relief appearances). Nobody has collected more than 5 ABs against him. He has the typical reliever’s repertoire: a fastball he uses 60% of the time, with a slider and a changeup to go with it. The changeup was good last year, but Maddon will probably get Schwarber and Descalso in there anyway.
QuietMan 1 hour 13 min ago (view)
Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,
George Altman 1 hour 28 min ago (view)
Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.
Mike Wellman 3 hours 36 min ago (view)
I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 58 min ago (view)
Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!
i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.
Charlie 4 hours 30 min ago (view)
Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.
He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.
That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.
Arizona Phil 12 hours 7 min ago (view)
Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022.
crunch 17 hours 50 min ago (view)
cubs lose, cards win, brews win.
Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 36 min ago (view)
I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.
Charlie 19 hours 45 min ago (view)
Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?
Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 44 min ago (view)
I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.
Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.
crunch 20 hours 52 min ago (view)
there's always nick castellanos for a chance to rid of edwards...at which point a couple month rental will probably turn edwards into their ace closer or something just as awesome.
Eric S 20 hours 53 min ago (view)
The bitter side of me thinks it should have been a two for one trade for Maldonado
Anyways, has not been a clean series for the Cubs against the Padres - fortunate to have won the series and a 7-2 home stand is a pretty big dill. Or deal. Or something
crunch 20 hours 58 min ago (view)
edwards gonna edwards...blah
bradsbeard 22 hours 26 min ago (view)
Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later.
crunch 23 hours 30 min ago (view)
delay over, game on.
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
And if Zobrist were to consent to an Optional Assignment to the minors for the purpose of getting into playing shape, it could very well be to AA Tennessee (close to his home in Nashville) rather than to AAA Iowa. He might even just play home games for the Smokies and then work out on his own while they are on the road.