Royals @ Cubs: Ventura vs. Wada (Game 48 Thread)

KC (29-18): RHP Yordano Ventura (3-4, 4.64)

CHC (25-22): LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 2.70)


Escobar ss

Infante 2b

Cain cf

Morales 1b

*Gordon lf

Perez c

Rios rf

Colon 3b

Ventura p

#Fowler cf

Bryant 3b

*Rizzo 1b

Castro ss

*Montero c

Soler rf

*Coghlan lf

*Wada p

Russell 2b

Wada switches spots with Hammel, who’s getting an extra day because of his ongoing nail issue and an extra extra day because of the rainout. Yesterday’s game will be made up on Monday Sept. 28, when KC is in town to face the Southsiders.

Wada has decent if abbreviated numbers since coming off the DL for his two winless starts. He might have been on an informal or unstated pitch count as he works himself back (69 against SD and 83 against WAS). When asked about Wada going longer, Maddon responded: “It just depends. It’s not a 100-pitch exercise.” Only Butera (with 1 official AB and a BB) has ever faced Wada in the regular season.

STL beat Ventura his last time out, when he went 7 and gave up 4 ER. He has pretty electric stuff--his fastball was ranked second among starters for all of MLB last year--but his control is inconsistent. If the Cubs start chasing, it could get ugly fast. Only 4 Cubs have a handful of bats against him (Fowler, Lake, Montero, and Ross). Ross has 2 ABs, with a HR.

Alex Rios returns for KC after a fractured left hand put him on the DL in the second week of the season. He went 3-17 with a HR in his rehab assignment.

Let’s hope for an early lead. The Cubbies like their late-inning heroics, but that's not how you beat KC. And if the Royals continue to hit HRs, we should have someone check the pine tar on their bats.

Go Cubs!



Beef is catching for Seattle today vs Indians

Travis Wood is playing his way out of town

At that point I was ready to leave him in there, sacrifice the game, and see how many consecutive batters were going to reach against him. I believe the only thing saving his job at this time is lack of information.

The 6th inning was just really, really terrible managing by Joe. Tie game in the 6th, two outs, man on first -- with a rain-out rested bullpen -- and you bring in your mop-up/extra inning guy? Who has been one of the worst pitchers in the majors for the past 2 years? Who is still learning how to pitch out of the bullpen? What possible explanation can there be for that? Just horrible.

The bullpen has been Maddon's achilles heel. But in his defense, nobody has come in and gotten the job done during that stage of the game whose last name isn't Grimm and he probably felt it was too early to bring him in. You can argue I guess that Wood isn't used to coming in with a guy on base, but I think Maddon would argue it shouldn't make any difference, and he'd be right. Hopefully he'll now turn to Theo and say, "time to cut this guy loose. I can't even bring him in to hold 'em in the sixth. What good is he?"

Can someone just get Schlitter and Wood an apartment together. In Siberia. Maybe Jackson can join them ...

Finally, someone who can sing! Thank you, Fat Tony.

They seem to be few and far between these days.

parachat link on TCR...cubs with a winning record... what year is it?

i am so fucking over david ross... why is he even in the game in a tie game anyway? did montero get injured?

i know he's the hero today and everything, but me too.

no Montero injury... they pinch ran with Herrera when Montero walked. Herrera did score from 2nd on the Coughlan single to tie the game.

pinch runner...gotcha. my internet is being sketchy as all hell today. i'm stuck with an audio feed (and a constantly crashing innerwebs) right now. thanks.

JD, after noting that only Edwin Jackson is left in the bullpen.."If the phone rings, at least they will know who it's for."

cubs win!!!! ha. a bloop out turns into a bloop hit because of defensive positioning fearing another bunt attempt by d.ross. awesome.

Cubs seem to have the "Angels in the Outfield" going against their opponents this year. I think it was Ernie that tripped the guy this time. Whales Win!!

We are definitely ahead in the outfield breaks dept. but when Fowler fowled up on that ball Friday I thought I felt the pendulum swing. But today goes in our column of the ledger!

go whales go...go whales go...hey chicago what do you say...wait, a negro played today?

also speaking of Fowler, he basically reached back and made himself out on that Rizzo single. The anti-scoring slide.

That really was remarkable - a run turned into an out by your leadoff hitter, who should know how to run the bases. How's that contract year coming, Dexter?

it's a shame almora isn't joining the rest of the cubs youth movement...CF could be interesting next year since i doubt dex is looking a 1-2 year deal.

Congrats to CTSteve with his first Cubs' victory!

Woot! I just pied myself... mmmm shaving cream.




Hahahaha! Yes!!! Got some all over the lady trying to interview you too! :(

(hoping she got the shaving cream and not the yellow stuff) ruh, roh...thought it was Pee'd not Pie'd.

We have a winner!!

CTSteve record Game 1: Loss Game 2: Tie Game 3: Win Just remember CT, win or tie, we're with you.

Brewers-Dbacks game is crazy. Longest game by time in Miller Park. Garza just pitched his 5th inning as their 9th pitcher in the game. 6-6 in the bottom of the 17th in Milwaukee. edit: And Garza gets the win (3-7) on a Maldonado HR in bottom of 17th. Also, Welington is 0-4 with another tie game (3-3) in the 10th, Seattle vs Indians.

SD up by 6 in the 3rd...jeah. oh yeah, vs PIT...derp.

PIT loses...cubs have a 1 game lead over them for 2nd place in the NL central (6 games back of STL and 0.5 back of the wild card).

What is this scoreboard watching thing of which you speak? In all seriousness, nice to be relevant enough that other games matter outside of hoping other bad teams win in order to improve draft pick.

Went to the ballpark yesterday with some of my wife's inlaws from KC. Very cold, wind from North and off the lake. Lots of KC people in the stands. Heard stories of other KC people in town that had tickets to Saturday, and left without seeing a game due the rainout. Maddon manages a lot of games using the bench very aggressively. It seems like he does not want to save anybody.

Further to the above, Hammel was in the on-deck circle when Ross hit his jamshot to win the game. I don't recall Hammel being announced, but the pitcher's spot was due next, and Rosscup was in that spot. He was out of position players.

Today's lineup with Hammel batting 8th is like Joe Maddon using him as a pinch hitter in the 11th inning. Certainly as capable of productive at bats as Baxter/Herrera.

why in the hell are they wasting a "pitch around to get to the pitcher" slot on cog rather than castro at this point just to keep a L/R matchup that deep in the lineup intact? d.ross has benefited greatly from it...hell, it's almost his only saving grace at the plate.

good point

Because opponents will throw shit to Castro trying to work around him and he'll still swing at it and get himself out?

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  • crunch 47 min 17 sec ago (view)

    heyward / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarb / caratini / kemp(2nd) / Q


  • crunch 2 hours 8 min ago (view)

    so stoked for the williamsport game.

    the increasing amount of off-site games is a bit concerning (middle of nowhere Field of Dreams field, really?), but I love this one.  it's played out great so far and giving the kids playing in the LL series some primo seats (hope this continues) is a great touch.


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Craig Kimbrel reinstated from IL, Duane Underwood Jr optioned to Iowa, Mark Zagunis recalled as the "26th man" for tonight's game (special travel required to get to Williamsport so MLB Comissioner permits 26th man for both clubs). 


  • crunch 21 hours 44 min ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 22 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are


  • Eric S 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?


  • Jackstraw 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.


  • Jackstraw 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.


  • Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    cubs win!  about time.


  • Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out


    PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    ...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...

    2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.

    bullpen time.  oh. boy.  neat.

    chatwood in.


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.