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).
Mike Wellman 2 hours 31 min ago (view)
One 2 women umps in MiLB worked the SB series. Pal of our son’s from LL days was SB clubhouse mgr. this year. He spoke highly of Emma’s work but said visiting teams often did not. Also spoke highly of B-Zo on his brief rehab stay when he bought the team McD’s, a la Prez Dollar Menu. So, 2 Cub branches made playoffs so far. Can the big Cubs make it 3?
JustSayin' 10 hours 46 min ago (view)
South Bend won seven post-season games. No team they played won any against them. So the Midwest League Cubs run the table and win the Championship! A couple recurring offensive stars, solid defense and lots of strong pitching did the trick.
crunch 13 hours 37 min ago (view)
home or away for WAS...they can throw scherzer, strasburg, or corbin at anyone down the stretch and still have an ace for the 1-game wildcard.
that should play well into their advantage in the last couple weeks as well as the WC playoff. if the cubs can't luck their way back into 1st it's going to be a hell of a Wild Card if WAS is in no matter who's on top of the WC standings.
Charlie 14 hours 11 min ago (view)
Might as well catch the Cards while they're at it ;)
Last time I can remember the division and the Wild Card race this tight was 2015. Funny how similar and yet how different that situation was!
crunch 15 hours 10 min ago (view)
the funny thing is, like early-career randy johnson, batters are extremely uneasy in the box when facing him. part of that helps lead to weak contact and Ks...it also leads to walks and HBPs, though...
Craig A. 15 hours 54 min ago (view)
Cubs better aim for the first wild card. There’ a very slim chance we beat Washington at home.
Craig A. 15 hours 56 min ago (view)
So we keep Maples for intimidation?
crunch 16 hours 31 min ago (view)
maples showcasing how he can fall apart from batter to batter...from a sick 3-pitch K to a 2-2 HBP to a 3-1 HBP.
it's all wild, not retalitory...umps in a bad place since warnings were given based on early HBP's by PIT and maples is tossed. even PIT doesn't think it was intentional and their dugout is calm.
crunch 17 hours 20 min ago (view)
236 homers...franchise record previously set in 2004.
hoerner puts the team over the top.
crunch 18 hours 18 min ago (view)
maddon (whether he's here next season or not) seems to be in no hurry to get him work. it's actually a bit impressive how we've not heard even a shred of shade about his lack of use from descalso.
...but he did see what the organization did to pretty much end tony barnette's career...so there's that. i think lastella ruined throwing roster movement and player use tantrums for everyone.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
I can’t imagine they go into next season like that. He’s been insanely bad.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
Eric S 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
He gets infrequent pinch hitting appearances - and seemingly K’s in each one.
I guess Descalso is the back up plan to start at second next season should Hoerner get injured while cliff diving or hit by falling space debris in the off season
Hagsag 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
Roller coaster crunch.lol
crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
i keep forgetting descalso is back with the cubs. he's practically been shelved on the pine.
crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
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