Cubs @ Mariners: Lester vs. Gonzales (Game 28)

CHC (15-12): LHP Jon Lester (1-1, 2.37 ERA)
SEA (18-14): LHP Marco Gonzales (5-0, 2.80 ERA)
First pitch 5:40pmCDT

After taking the back-and-forth game one, the Cubs go for a sweep of the short series today. Jon Lester will make his second start coming off of the IL. He showed no signs of rust on 4/25 when he went five innings allowing only one earned run. The veterans Encarnacion and Bruce have faced him in 73 total ABs. Bruce should get the day off, having gone 3-26 against the lefty. Encarnacion is 10-47 but has 3 HRs.

Marco Gonzales takes the ball for the Mariners. He bounced back and forth between the majors and minors with the redbirds before breaking out with the Mariners last year, when he added a cutter to his mix. He doesn't overpower hitters, but that cutter has been a difference maker and seems to have set hitters up for the changeup as well. He's also very stingy with walks. Only Javier Baez (0-3) has faced him. Kris Bryant is 4-20 over his last 4 games, but he's also been hitting the ball hard (2 2B and 2 HR) and has only struck out 3 times.

After going 1 for their first 7 games, the Cubs went 14-6 to finish out April. During that stretch they scored 5.15 runs per game and allowed 3.15 runs per game. I would say they looked more like the team we expected them to be, but I honestly didn't expect the pitching to be this good.

Comments

almora/bryant(DH)/rizzo/baez/contreras/schwarber/bote/heyward/zobrist (vs lefty pitcher)

zag's had a total of 10 PA in the past 2.5 weeks.

this game is neat-o.

the top of the 2nd is rad.

I work in Illinois with a Mariners fan.  This has not been much fun for him.

7ip 1h 1bb 8k, 0r/er...97 pitches

that's some quality lester...

3 hit night for heyward.  he's playing like he wants to go to another all-star game in his career.

maples Ks the side without putting a man on...cubs 4 games over .500

off day tomorrow, STL series starts early friday afternoon.

That Contreras homerun was ridiculous. Off the bat, I thought it was a line shot into the corner, but it ended up decapitating someone in the upper deck.

It is sure fun to watch Maple when he is on.

He certainly can buckle a lot of knees, but I’m surprised anyone ever swings. 

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  • tim815 36 sec ago (view)

    Anything on what happened in the DSL facility?

    I have an odd tweet that makes today's postponements today not weather related.

     

  • Eric S 42 min 1 sec ago (view)

    Alzolay started yesterday for the Iowa Cubs and would track to take what was supposed to be Hendricks next turn in the rotation - perhaps Adbert gets his first MLB start this upcoming week. That would get my vote. 

     

  • Andy 50 min 9 sec ago (view)

    I shall do my best to turn things around. My first game at Dodger Stadium.

     

  • JustSayin' 57 min 7 sec ago (view)

    Jim Brower, a former MLB pitcher who had a pretty solid career, was the Cubs' Minor League Pitching Coordinator through 2017.  He was replaced by Brendan Sagara, for whom WHO? would be a fair comment.  Sagara's highest level of pitching experience was a cup of coffee with the independent Evansville Otters in the Frontier League.  I think it's fair to say development of the pitching-heavy 2016-18 draft classes has been disappointing, perhaps VERY disappointing.  I can't say this is Sagara's fault but it is definitely occuring on his watch.

     

  • crunch 1 hour 45 min ago (view)

    last thing i wanna hear about a dude who throws 85-88mph is "shoulder issues"

     

  • crunch 1 hour 53 min ago (view)

    schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(CF) / caratini / cargo(RF) / darvish / russell

     

  • Eric S 1 hour 53 min ago (view)

    Was that before or after Hendricks going on the 10 day IL with right shoulder inflammation?

     

  • crunch 1 hour 55 min ago (view)

    k.hendricks to the 10-day IL with "right shoulder inflamation"

    maaaaaaaaaaaaaaan...

    rowan wick up because whatever.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Because they never play more than four days in a row, AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Cubs #2 will only need four SP each. 

    The pitchers at AZL mini-camp who are (right now) stretched-out to start are Brendon Little (rehab), Carlos Ocampo, Jose Miguel Gonzalez, Chi-Feng Lee, Misael Garcia, Richard Gallardo, and Luis Ramos, and Keegan Thompson may be ready for an AZL SP rehab assignment soon. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 12 min ago (view)

    The Cubs are down to five catchers at AZL mini-camp (draft picks Ethan Hearn, Wyatt Hendrie, and Jake Washer have not yet officially signed), so Mesa Rehab Coach (and ex-minor league catcher) Tyler Pearson has been taking on some extra duties, catching bullpen side-sessions and warming up pitchers in the pen. (He caught Craig Kimbrel the other day). 

    So I would not be surprised if the Cubs sign a NDFA college senior catcher or acquire an experienced catcher from indy ball to help out. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Not counting 2019 draft picks and rehabbers, the Cubs top prospect in the AZL this season is SS Luis Verdugo (he's one of the Cubs Top 10 position player prospects).  

    Verdugo was supposed to go to Eugene with 2B Reivaj Garcia this past week, but was left behind at Mesa when SS Dixon Machado was reinstated from the Iowa IL last Tuesday and SS Luis Vazquez (who had been playing SS at Iowa) needed to go somewhere where he could play SS every day. (Vazquez was assigned to Eugene).

     

  • Craig A. 3 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Bring him up!

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 56 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: As far as I know he's still with the Cubs. 

     

  • Hagsag 4 hours 4 sec ago (view)

    Phil, has Jim Benedict left the Cubs Organization? Thanks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Several of the younger pitchers and position-players who were at Extended Spring Training but who were not in contention for Eugene Opening Day roster slots went home for about ten days between the end of the EXST Cactus League season (6/1) and the start of AZL mini-camp this past Tuesday (6/11). 

     

  • crunch 4 hours 12 min ago (view)

    incredible waste of money, honestly.

    you can get almost 2 weeks of chatwood for that kinda loot.  CHATWOOD!!!