Cubs @ Mariners: Hamels vs. Hernández (Game 27)

CHC (14-12): LHP Cole Hamels (3-0, 3.16 ERA)
SEA (18-13): RHP Félix Hernández (1-2, 3.91 ERA)
First pitch 9:10pmCDT

The Cubs will face the Mariners for the first time since 2016, and Cole Hamels will lead the way. Hamels' continued success with the Cubs has been fun and looks shockingly sustainable. His last start was a bit below the standard he's set for himself in Chicago. He walked too many to go deep into the game and allowed 3 ER in 5.1 IP against the Dodgers. Jay Bruce, Edwin Encarnacion, and Kyle Seager have seen their fair share of Hamels in the past. But only Seager has produced in that time (.846 OPS against), and he's on the DL recovering from a hand injury. Mitch Haniger is 4-8 with 2 HRs against the lefty. Former Cubs' prospect Dan Vogelbach is off to a red-hot start with the bat and boasts a walk rate just north of 20%.

King Félix labored through five innings in his start against the Cubs in that 2016 series before the Mariner's bullpen ultimately took the loss. He's not the pitcher he once was, but Félix is off to a decent start this year. Last time out he got through the 7th allowing a solo HR as the only scoring and struck out 8. Both his ground ball rate and his curveball usage are up in the early going. The Cubs' current offense has little meaningful history against him, except that Zobrist is a horrid 6-39.

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descalso/bryant(LF)/rizzo/baez/bote(3rd)/heyward(RF)/contreras/schwarber(DH)/amora

a.russell will be optioned to AAA (aka, stay where he is) when he's eligable to be re-instated later this week.

awkward situations are way cool, dudes.

STL and MIL have won before this game starts...also, this is ham's 400th start.

cubs get their 1st leadoff homer on the year...go descalso

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  • crunch 3 hours 24 min ago (view)

    A's have decided to not be horrible and to pay their minor leaguers through the end of the season (august)

    "“I changed my mind after spending a lot of time talking to our team,” A's owner John Fisher told the Chronicle. “I concluded I’d made a mistake. I’ve listened to our fans and others, and there is no question that this is the right thing to do. We clearly got this decision wrong. These players represent our future and we will immediately begin paying our minor-league players. I take responsibility and I’m making it right.""

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Chicago Cubs Thumbs Up GIF by NBC Sports Chicago

     

  • Alexander Dimm 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    I'm in.  What more do we need, really.  A beer.  A game or two.  The 162 game season can wait until next year (I hope).  Have fun with a micro-mini season.  Let the powers fight over the labor agreements.  They can finish by next spring, right?

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    2020 quickly shaping up to be the best season ever.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    And a few kegs of beer. Hamberders too.

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    they should just play a quick weekend tourney where no one actually wins and everyone gets a small participation trophy.

    declare the fans the MVPs and dedicate the series to everyone who has died in the history of humanity.

    ...then a free live-streamed Nickleback concert hosted by 2Pac's hologram

     

  • Charlie 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Lol at worrying about a second wave disrupting revenue.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    IN BRIEF (Tribune, from their mini-sports section):    In a letter, MLB rejects players’ plan for 114 gamesNews services Major League Baseball rejected the players’ proposal for a 114-game schedule in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts, telling the union that teams have no reason to think 82 games is possible and now will discuss even fewer.Players made their proposal Sunday, five days after management’s initial economic plan.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Pete Ricketts causing some backspin on their serve...Chi Tribune, Thursday AM:

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Here are the last two Cubs minor league releases from this week (for a final total of 30): 

    Conor Lillis-White, LHP (acquired frrom LAA for Tommy LaStella post-2018 - missed 2019 season with hip flexor injury)

    Alberto Mineo, C-1B (has been quarantined in Italy since he re-signed with Cubs in February) 

    Lillis-White was eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, and Mineo was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 

     

  • Charlie 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Great read from players I came of age watching. Really shows how badly MLB needs to empower their players to speak in real time and not just after retiring.

     

  • crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    "A conversation: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America"

    https://theathletic.com/1849574/2020/06/02/a-conve...

    d.glanville, j.rollins, r.howard, d.willis, t.hunter, l.hawkins

    unlocked/free article.

     

  • Jackstraw 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    I'm trying to come up with scenarios where saying "The problem I have with you people....." really helps the conversation move forward constructively.  None really jump to mind.

     

  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    i still want proof that tom ricketts and ted cruz aren't the same person

     

  • Cubster 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Tom's older brother is an ass, even with an embarrassing apology.

    Here is the twitter video from Pastor Jarrod Parker: 

    https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/12678894685...

     

  • Cubster 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    I agree.  Laura is the real deal. I think she was the major influence that showed Tom R. and Crane Kenney how to show a "human side" and deal realistically and in a non-threatening way, with the local Chicago politicians. Kenney was clearly clueless in his initial attempts regarding the neighborhood, the Rooftop owners, and the Wrigley Field rebuild.