Braves @ Cubs: Teheran vs Lackey (Game 23)

The train keeps a rollin’… except for all the rain.

ATL (5-18): RHP Julio Teheran (0-3, 4.60)
CHC (17-5): RHP John Lackey (3-1, 4.97)
First pitch: 1:20pmCST

Lackey lost in Cincinnati on Saturday, giving up 6 ER in 5.2 innings, in a complete meltdown of the pitching and a 13-5 loss. Atlanta is 50-178 (.281) against him. Markakis is 23-68 (.338).

Teheran lost a tough one against the Red Sox his last time out (1 ER, 7 IP, 8 Ks, 3 BBs). Atlanta has lost all five games that he’s started this year. He went 3-6 with a 5.40 on the road last year. The Cubs are 11-40 (.275) against him. Fowler is 2-6 with 3 BBs against him.

The MRI on Bryant was good news. He’s available to PH but probably won’t start till Monday.

Hammel (3-0, 0.75) vs Cole (2-2, 2.78) tomorrow at 6:05pmCST to open the roadtrip in Pittsburgh.

Go, Cubs!

Comments

Postponed. :(

Not a bad thing -- Bryant and Miggy are hurt, and Ross could use a day off.

CTSteve -- have they decided to skip tomorrow's game...? (I keed)

hopefully he has enough time to pound 6-10 beers before the drive back home. /cardinalway

Maybe he can even fall asleep/passout at a red light. #cardinalway

That Braves TOOTBLAN trying to stretch a double into a triple is looming very large.

Now looming VERY large. Game tied.

rollercoaster loss...ugg. at least it wasn't a "nobody showed up" stomping. anytime you wanna jumpstart your season would be nice, heyward.

I was hearing some talk that John Mallee is trying to change Heyward's swing. Wonder if that is lending itself to the slow start.

He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off. He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.

I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on. This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/making-too-muc... It also said his normal swing is flatter and that is why he hits a lot more doubles than HRs. Dunno but with our lineup I'd be perfectly happy if he hit like he has in the past without tons of HRs.

That strike call on LaSterlla was terrible

Weird home stand -- 3-1, with 2 rainouts, vs. two teams that will lose 100 games. Feels oddly disappointing. Miserable baseball weather all week -- hopefully better weather will get the bats going. Not just walking, but actually hitting.

Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer. Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.

Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.

It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made. I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.

Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home. Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.

There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?

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    It is hard to blieve that Corey Black is still around. Why?

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 43 min ago (view)

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  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 53 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have claimed 2B-3B-LF Max Schrock off waivers from the St. Loius Cardinals, and LHRP Rex Brothers has been sent outright to AAA Iowa. 

    If Brothers doesn't elect free-agency immediately, he will be automatically declared an MLB Rule 55 minor league 6YFA on Sunday at 5 PM Eastern, unless he agrees to sign a 2021 minor league successor contract).  

    Brothers is out of minor league options and he is arbitation-eligible post-2020, so he was likely to be non-tendered on 12/2 anyway. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 36 min ago (view)

    K-DUB: It's pronounced "MAH - day" 

     

  • crunch 14 hours 5 min ago (view)

    "Jon Lester said in an interview on SiriusXM Friday that he's had conversations with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein "about getting something done, coming back and being a part of the organization." "

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    also, the cubs claimed 2nd/3rd max schrock off waivers from STL (no power, bit of speed, slow to react in the IF even though the glove isn't bad).  meh.

     

  • K Dub 14 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Cubs had a prospect named Jose Made (also Dominican) between 2007-2009. I believe his name was pronounced like the verb "made". 

     

  • tim815 15 hours 27 min ago (view)

    I lean two syllables.

    He was Dominican-born, so Mah-day would have made sense, but that's a good Q.

     

  • K Dub 23 hours 41 min ago (view)

    PHIL: How is Kevin Made's last name pronounced? Is it mah-day? Or like it's spelled - made? Thanks!

     

  • Cubster 1 day 7 min ago (view)

    Brewers decline Ryan Braun's option. Any predictions as to where he goes?

     

  • crunch 1 day 34 min ago (view)

    KBO (korea) ends their season tomorrow.

    a.russell started off hot, but severely cooled off to a .253/.317/.336 slash (not counting today's game).  if he comes back to the US (and finds a team that wants to sign him), it should be rather cheap.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Around the corner or in the ditch?

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

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  • George Altman 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

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  • Sonicwind75 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Feels like Ricky and Starlin Castro should form a support group.  Everytime your rebuilding team is about to turn the corner and you're gone. 

     

  • Cubster 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    76 yr old Tony LaRussa to manage the W/Sox. Reinsdorf decision over objections. 

    Poor Rick Renteria. History repeats itself, NOPE. This won't end well (except for bring your dog day).

     

  • Cubster 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    but, but, but we're rounding the corner. The vaccine is warming up in the bullpen. Tucker's missing email package from Rudy is just lost in the mail. There are no pee-pee tapes. Corona, corona, corona. I like beer.   ...and the DeutchBank will just forgive billions of MLB owner's debt if they ask nicely. How are the Russian minor leagues looking this year Phil?