Cubs vs. Dodgers: Lester vs. Stripling

CHC (12-10): LHP Jon Lester (1-0, 2.57 ERA)
LAD (15-11): RHP Ross Stripling (1-1, 3.07 ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

The Cubs took the second game in a 7-6 victory. Jon Lester comes off the IL to go for the sweep. It's been 17 days Lester tweaked his hamstring, so he's accrued only 14 innings pitched on the season. He'll definitely be raring to go. There are 142 ABs against him spread across various current Dodgers, with AJ Pollock and Enrique Hernandez going 11-27 collectively.

Ross Stripling has been solid in five starts. He went 4.2 IP in his last start with 8 strikeouts and 2 earned runs. He gets plenty of ground balls with a classic 4-pitch mix. He's got reverse splits, but Schwarber and Descalso are 4-11 against him. Javy is 5-5 with a HR.

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tiny tim collins sent down, lester activated.

lester looks like he never left...throwing 91-93mph fastballs along with change, curve, etc.

As an Article XIX-A player (has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), Tim Collins had to give his consent before he could be sent to the minors (by Outright or Optional Assignment).

Collins gave his consent to be optioned to the minors when he signed with the Cubs toward the end of Spring Training and now he's done it again, so he apparently feels that remaining in the Cubs organization (even if it's at AAA) is better than being a free-agent. 

tim collins was a smart sign for so many reasons.

knowing that he would go up/down from the minors to the majors on multiple occasions, they made a slick signing for a lefty who can avoid having to buy a plane ticket because he's within the size limits of a piece of carry on luggage.  that's thousands in savings.

that's why theo and jed get the big bucks.

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  • jdrnym 4 hours 16 min ago (view)

    AZPHIL, has there been official word as to whether the 26-man roster has been extended down to the minor league levels that previously had 25-man rosters? Can't really think of a reason why that shouldn't be the case...

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Another possibility for a "26th man" in 2020 would be a young pitcher selected in the Rule 5 Draft who has big league upside but who is clearly not yet "big league ready," or a pitcher who is out of minor league options who might not be quite MLB ready.

     

  • Cubster 11 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Just sign Rick Reuschel and lets move on

     

  • crunch 11 hours 59 min ago (view)

    "Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Scott Kazmir will throw for MLB teams this week.

    The 36-year-old Kazmir hasn't thrown in the majors since the 2016 season, but he recently told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he that he hit 90.9 mph with his fastball during a bullpen session."

    someone put another bottle of left-in-the-car warm water under the cubs hot stove and let's get this one done!  woo!

    sigh.

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    bryce harper ruined that bat dragging thing for everyone after his ejection years ago at the junior college world series.

    also, hurrah for baseball making it's return.

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    College ball started Saturday.  Umpire egos in D1 baseball are not that much smaller than in the pros, so of course there was a controversy.  In the late innings of a game in the weekend's biggest series (Michigan vs.

     

  • crunch 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    the news is mostly based on a Baseball America article from the 11th (behind a paywall)...so the gist of it is rather legit rumor-wise, though it's still too far in the future to call it a 100% done deal.

    btw, the cubs have been strongly linked to pursuing christian hernandez for quite a while.  the BA writer that wrote the article about the cubs links has been following c.hernandez since he was a 14yo talent and is quite familiar with him.  that signing probably is in the bag.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    I don't know much about this website, but they are speculating that the Cubs may sign two of the top International Free Agents available during this signing period: https://www.cubshq.com/print/news.do?id=16441&isNe... Does anyone know if this sounds legit?

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Minnie Minoso was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 47 and Julio Franco was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 49, so Mexican League teams clearly do not have a problem with signing older players. 

    And of course the ageless Satchel Paige was still working as a SP in AAA (with the Miami Marlins) into his early 50's (and prior to that he pitched in MLB as late as age 46).  

     

  • crunch 4 days 8 hours ago (view)

    b.colon has signed to a mexican league team.  woo old dudes.  he turns 47 in may...believed by some to be older.

     

  • Cubster 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Replacing someone like David DeJesus?

     

  • crunch 5 days 9 hours ago (view)

    mark grace returns to chicago as an analyst/on-air-talent for Marquee.

    he won't be part of the main game calling crew, but will be doing support content during games.

     

  • Eric S 5 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Increasing levels of smoke concerning a possible Arenado/KB trade

    https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/02/13/cubs-reportedly-are-absolutely-motivated-to-try-to-acquire-nolan-arenado/

    Get Arenado to agree to push back his opt out a few years or so down the road and this could work out nicely for the Cubs

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis (like Brandon Morrow) was a post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a 2020 minor league contract, so he gets a $100K retention bonus and an automatic June 1st player opt-out if he is not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB 40-man roster or MLB 60-day IL by 12 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 days 4 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed post-2019 second-contract minor league FA catcher Jordan Procyshen to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.  

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Q could be subbed in for any of those too