Cubs vs. Angels: Lester vs. Bedrosian/Cahill (Game 58)

CHC (31-26): LHP Jon Lester (3-4, 3.59 ERA)
LAA (29-30): RHP Cam Bedrosian (2-3, 3.08 ERA) / RHP Trevor Cahill (2-5, 6.92 ERA)
First pitch 3:05pmCDT

The Cubs just finished a series which I seem to have blacked out. Weird. Instead of the scheduled off-day, they play a make-up game against the Angels back at Wrigley. Jon Lester takes the mound with an ERA inflated following three rough starts. Last time out he allowed a season-high seven earned runs to the Astros. He allowed three walks and eight hits in 5.1 innings pitched. I don't think anyone expected him to go undefeated with a sub-2 ERA on the season, but the three-game implosion has been hard to explain. He's held Mike Trout to 2-14 with five strikeouts.

Having established himself out of the Angels bullpen 2016-2017, Cam Bedrosian has been used as a sort of opener four times in 2019. That is, he's "started" four games, going one inning in each of those appearances. His last of such appearances was May 28, when he gave up a solo homerun. Nick Tropeano worked 5 innings in that game. Trevor Cahill is setup to pitch the most innings in this game. You remember him. He was solid for the Angles last season, but things have not gone well in 2019. He was not good in hist last start: six earned runs, including two homers, in 4.1 IP to the Athletics. He's allowed 2.7 homeruns per nine innings this year. Heyward is 5-10 off of him with a homerun, and he's homered 3 times in his last 7 games. Most current Cubs have never faced him.

The Angels come into town with Mike Trout this time, and Ohtani available in the pinch. Upton, Cozart, and Simmons are all on the IL.

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Thanks CHARLIE!

Rumors are pointing to Car-Go joining the Big Club for today;s game.

I think of some "retreads" that have been good (Edmunds), and some bad (Fred McGriff), so ya can't tell until the Car(Go) is driven around a bit.

Heaven knows the Cubs can need help.

The 2008 Edmonds success was such a fascinating smoke and mirrors thing. So many homers chipped into the basket in left-center.

his swing is so slow this season.  it was slow last season, too, but it got a bit worse this year.

that's not everything to a batting game, but i dunno what he's got left to give on the MLB level.

the cost/risk is almost nothing, so whatever.

Cargo is up and playing RF and batting #5. Adduci is DFA.

free "game of the day" via mlb.com/mlb.tv

schwarber / bryant (totally not baez) / rizzo / baez(SS) / cargo(RF) / contreras / heyward / russell / lester

Baez goes for the ultimate "Double Golden Sombrero"!!!

ha, mistake fixed.

Free, but blacked out in Southern California.

one day blackout restrictions will go away.  i'm beyond ready.

Everything starts and ends with Javy now.  Never thought I would ever be saying that.

The team is 4-9 (or maybe 4-10) since his heel injury - a game I just hapened to be at.

They got nothin' right now.

the slow-running .313 ob% out of the leadoff spot schwarber will turn it around any game now...or they can just slot cargo in...or bat the pitcher 1st...

this game is good.

OH SHI....CARGO.

who needs heyward?

With Heyward in center and Cargo in right, they can replace Almora's righty bat with a lefty and not lose much defensively.

The Cubs always factor in defense, which I appreciate.

Need more games like this one - past couple weeks have been a slog. 

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  • QuietMan 2 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,

     

  • George Altman 2 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.

     

  • Mike Wellman 4 hours 30 min ago (view)

    I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!

    i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

    He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

    That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022. 

     

  • crunch 18 hours 44 min ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.

    boo.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 30 min ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.

     

  • Charlie 20 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 38 min ago (view)

    I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.

    Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.

     

  • crunch 21 hours 46 min ago (view)

    there's always nick castellanos for a chance to rid of edwards...at which point a couple month rental will probably turn edwards into their ace closer or something just as awesome.

     

  • Eric S 21 hours 47 min ago (view)

    The bitter side of me thinks it should have been a two for one trade for Maldonado 

    Anyways, has not been a clean series for the Cubs against the Padres - fortunate to have won the series and a 7-2 home stand is a pretty big dill. Or deal. Or something

     

  • crunch 21 hours 52 min ago (view)

    edwards gonna edwards...blah

     

  • bradsbeard 23 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 24 min ago (view)

    delay over, game on.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    And if Zobrist were to consent to an Optional Assignment to the minors for the purpose of getting into playing shape, it could very well be to AA Tennessee (close to his home in Nashville) rather than to AAA Iowa. He might even just play home games for the Smokies and then work out on his own while they are on the road.