Cubs vs. Pirates: Lester vs. Taillon (Game 10)

CHC (2-7): Jon Lester (1-0)

PIT (5-3): Jameson Taillon (0-1)

First pitch 1:20pmCDT

The Cubs arrive at Wrigley with a 2-7 record, the second best team OPS in the NL, and a bunch of journeyman relievers duct taped into the shape of a MLB bullpen.

Lester has performed as expected so far this season. He’s worked 12 innings and allowed 4 earned runs in his two starts. More of the same could be OK if the offense shows up. No Pirates with significant at bats have had much success against him, unless you count Cervelli’s .263/.317/.447 in 38 at bats. 

Jameson Taillon put up a very solid 2018 and is off to a respectable start this season (13 IP, 5 ER, 9K:2BB). He faces a Cubs’ offense that has put up MVP numbers against him (.320/.381/.584) and which has been playing with palpable urgency. Rizzo and Baez have wrecked him to the tune of 1.320 and 1.684 OPS respectively in 39 total at bats. If not for the ceremony of the home opener, Bryant may have gotten the day off to regroup; he’s slashed .143/.200/.429 against the righty.

It’s unseasonably temperate in Chicago for opening day: 63 degrees F around game time. No worries about a rainout for this one (unlike Wednesday and Thursday’s games).

Go Cubs!


ump's zone is crazy wide so far in the 1st...PIT getting a bit angsty.

I'm at work and I can only sneak over to the TV from time-to-time.  What was Lester's injury?  Gameday is lousy on details.

Edit:  Gameday must have heard me complaining.  They updated with a note -- "Cubs pitcher Jon Lester left the game due to an injured leg."  Did it look like he pulled a hammie or something?

Sounds like he felt tightness in his hamstring after running the bases.

Thanks.  And really!?  Geez!  Just what the bullpen needs today.

Whoever put down Descalso for first run scored at Wrigley this season and Lester with first RBI has a pretty nice leg up on the Predictions Contest.

dat pen tho...brach/kintzler/rosario/strop

7ip 4h 2bb 8k, 0r/er this...

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I know, no politics here, but damn!

yeah..."sigh" was the best i could do while staying neutral.

lester getting an MRI...damn.

i can't even imagine who is gonna fill in for him if he misses a start (or more).

underwood is on the 40-man, but that is a very weak option.  j.steele is on the 40-man, too, but the majors might be a stretch for him right now.  it might be t.clifton time sooner than later.

Colin Rea is my guess.

Has MLB experience, and options remaining.

It almost certainly would have been Alec Mills if it wasn't that he is at EXST trying to get into game-shape, but the Cubs signed Colin Rea and Christian Bergman (who got released) just for this eventuality, which is to say, an MLB ready SP who can provide a spot start or two until the SP prospects with upside (Robinson, Swarmer, Rucker, Hatch, and Steele) are fully-ready for MLB. Then the Cubs can just DFA Rea when they don't need him anymore, and thank him for his service.  

Chatwood would fill in I am sure.

that could be a slippery slope for a team already maxing out their payroll.  if chatwood gets an all-star selection or gets enough cy young votes his 2020 contract could escalate from 13m to 17m.


seriously, though...ew gross chatwood.

Who will fill in for the pitcher they thought they were getting when they signed Chatwood?  Same with Darvish.

Inevitable April Rain-Out ...

Good news is that the Cubs/Pirates can sitck a make-up game from this week on July 11, the Thursday after the all star break. PIT is in town for that first series (Fr-Sat-Sun) of the symbolic 2nd half. 

Not a totally crappy option. 

Angels are probably screwed though... 

Actually, if an LAA game is cancelled this weekend, I'd probably look for MLB to stick the LAA/Cubs make up on July 11. LAA starts after the break on the road at StL (F-S-S). Not alot of common off-days for LAA & Cubs, especially when LAA is anywhere remotely close to the midwest. 

A rainout during the Angels series could forestall the issue of finding a Lester stand-in.

Lester to the IL. 

"As for a replacement, Maddon praised how Tyler Chatwood is throwing and added he's not sure what the front office's view is at this point regarding a call-up."

can someone hook me up with maddon's weed connection because he's obviously getting some primo stuff...

If not Chatwood, then whom?

i wanted to make a joke moreso than i had actual solutions to the issue.

unless they want to add someone to the 40-man he's probably as good of an option as anyone else considering no one else is an obvious option.  if it's only 1 start needed before lester returns it's probably the most sane option, too.

day off off next off monday following...there's some rest periods in there for heavy pen use and/or 4-man rotation options over the next couple weeks.

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  • As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!

    Charlie 6 min 48 sec ago view
  • "Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."

    It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.

    VirginiaPhil 26 min 25 sec ago view
  • Thanks, Phil.

    K Dub 4 hours 35 min ago view
  • Hey Phil, I saw where the Cubs recently traded for some additional international pool money. Have they made any recent signings of note?

    azbobbop 11 hours 7 min ago view
  • He had no trouble logging SBs last summer, per the game logs. If he can hit a little bit......... 

    tim815 14 hours 2 min ago view
  • TIM: If you've never seen him, Rochest Cruz is a wiry and - VERY - fast second-baseman who looks like he's about 12 years old.

    He takes a lot of pitches and has a sort of slashing approach at the plate when he does swing (he pulled the 5th inning triple into the RF corner and it could have been an inside-the-park HR if the third base coach hadn't stopped him at 3rd because there was only one out).

    He is a very unusual player. Kind of like Fernando Kelli on uppers. 

    Arizona Phil 14 hours 2 min ago view
  • SONICWIND: If you disregard the affect it would have on club payroll (slight) and the player's minor league option years (substantial) and how it might impact the Cubs MLB 40-man roster later in the season (TBD), the actual best temporary replacement for David Bote for the two or three days he's on Paternity Leave who might enhance their chances to win would probably be Trent Giambrone, but I would be surprised if the Cubs were to add Giambrone to the 25 (and the 40) right now.

    Arizona Phil 14 hours 55 min ago view
  • Rochest Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz.

    He was fun to follow through the DSL last season.

    tim815 15 hours 30 min ago view
  • I hope the Cubs' financial situation isn't so dire that worrying about saving $25k is going to factor on what player they can call up that would best enhance their chances to win. 

    Sonicwind75 18 hours 19 min ago view
  • Fair call, and educational, as usual.

    We shall see.

    tim815 20 hours 8 min ago view
  • Remember that when a minor league player with no previous MLB 40-man roster time is added to the 40 during the 2019 season, his minor league split salary is fixed at $45,300 for his first season on the 40, so if a player like Machin was to get a brief ride on the 25, it would require placing him on the 40 to do that, and once he is added to the 40 -- even if he is outrighted back to the minors after three days in Chicago -- his 2019 minor league salary would jump from about $18,000 (where it is now ) to $45,300, and I doubt that the Cubs would do that if they can just recall a player (Happ

    Arizona Phil 22 hours 39 min ago view
  • Did Court find a new team?

    Hagsag 1 day 14 min ago view
  • Nice call. The perfect chance for a guy like that.

    tim815 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Too bad Ryan Court isn’t around anymore. Always wanted him to get at least one day at Wrigley. 

    bradsbeard 1 day 9 hours ago view
  • Morrow to the 60.

    tim815 1 day 11 hours ago view
  • Who gets DFA to allow either of those two on 40, though?

    Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 11 hours ago view