Cubs vs. Rockies: Quintana vs. Lambert (Game 61)

CHC (34-26): LHP José Quintana (4-4, 3.78 ERA)
COL (31-29): RHP Peter Lambert (0-0, -.-- ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

The Cubs are back in first and rely on Quintana to push them toward the sweep this afternoon. José pitched only 4 innings his last start due to rain. He was getting somewhat mixed results up to that point, allowing 2 earned runs but also striking out six. A few current Rockies have enjoyed their few opportunities against him. Arenado has a pair of homeruns in 9 at bats. Mark Reynolds has four extra base hits but also six strikeouts in 17 at bats. Story is 3-5 with a double and a triple.

The Cubs miss Jon Gray, day-to-day with a finger injury, and instead get Rockies' top pitching prospect Peter Lambert. Lambert made steady progress through the minors by filling up the strikezone and getting groundballs at a good rate. His ERA's haven't been impressive, but that's a game that may play better with defenders like Arenado and Story behind him. In just over 100 innings at AAA this year and last he's failed to get his ERA below 5. Based on prospect write-ups, it sounds like his stuff is middling. His fastball sits in the low 90s. Command of his changeup makes it his next best pitch. There's enough that we might see some hitters struggle in the first approach.

Following today's finale, the Cubs will welcome the redbirds into Wrigely with a little payback in mind.

Comments

Former Cub Eddie Butler doing a hacky-sack number on his glove out of frustration while on the mound and during a game (I believe in Korea?). Not the best look. 

https://twitter.com/sung_minkim/status/1136656557171548161?s=21

schwarber / bryant(RF) / rizzo / baez / contreras / bote(3rd) / almora / descalso(2nd) / Q

a mostly not-drunk jeff garlin in the booth.

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay less annoying than last time.

"alex rodriguez...he's terrible." - jeff garlin on arod at ESPN

okay, waaaaaaaaaaay waaaaaaaaaaay waaaaaaaaaaay better than last time.

Yippee for the Cubs offense against minor league pitchers they've never seen before...

braves sign d.keuchel (1/13m)

the last holdout finds a home.

No Hometown Team Discount from 9th rd Tyler Schlaffer, at least as slot value is involved.  Signs for $250K.  $100K overslot.

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  • First.Pitch.120 1 hour 48 min ago (view)

    I did 3/4 of a PhD in Ames, IA... no need to apologize. That's time that can jade anybody. The best parts of my years there were 1) Cubs on local AM radio (pre cell network streaming) so I could listen to them on a run, and 2) being able to go see the I-cubs whenever I wanted. Was at a game there on July 4, 2007 & I saw a guy sitting 1 section over, a couple rows up and I thought "that looks like Barack Obama". Turns out it was the whole Obama family... Gotta love IA in a pre-caucus year. 

     

  • Mike Wellman 4 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Magic # = 7 after Colin Rea labors to 13th win vs. baby Brewers (at expense of Jimmy Nelson) & Memphis loses. No sign of Zobrist. Almora runs hitting streak to 2 games. Jim Adduci = a pro’s pro; guy’s a ball player by trade...

     

  • crunch 13 hours 26 min ago (view)

    paul dejong (STL) took out the M in  the "BIG MAC LAND" sign @STL with a big HR...lights went out on the letter and everything.  epic-ish.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ECYHA12XoAAyp45?format...

     

  • crunch 13 hours 32 min ago (view)

    i know bote will be back in a couple weeks, but dude has been hitting damn well since mid-july after having a big june/july slump.

     

  • Eric S 13 hours 38 min ago (view)

    David Bote sent down to Iowa today prior to Cishek’s activation off the IL tomorrow — nice of the Cubs do their part to help the I-Cubs down the stretch

     

  • Cubster 14 hours 30 min ago (view)

    And the Brewers are being no hit by Hudson thru 6.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 42 min ago (view)

    never really considered how that might be cool for people used to seeing those midwest fields as an everyday occurance.  in the south-east US you rarely see the vastly massive acerage of farm-against-farm-against-farm-etc...

    also, i spent a good amount of time out in corn fields in ames, iowa in my last job.  everyone wanted to go work the research fields in hawaii, but we always ended up in iowa.

     

  • Sonicwind75 17 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Hey, I'm pretty excited about the Field of Dreams game.  I grew up on a farm in middle of nowhere Iowa and my brother and I spent a lot of time trying to hit baseballs into a corn field.  I'm seriously considering coming back next summer from Texas to go to that game if prices aren't super stupid expensive.  Added bonus, I won't have to listen to A-Rod and Mendoza ignorantly discussing corn and no, you don't eat field corn like you would sweet corn. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    That is truly staggering. Shame on the rest of the Central that we are only one loss behind the pissboys, we should have been buried by now with that kind of stat.

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    ...and strop gives up a hit then walks the bases loaded.

    ...and he closes it out with a K.  neat.

    this is the 1st cubs road series win since May 17-19 @WAS.

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    strop comes in to get the last out, but it has to be some kinda slow-walk back in a game that wasn't a save situation.

    homer, hbp, k, k...looks healthy.

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    welcome back kimbrel.

    1st pitch goes about 10 miles outside the park by marte.

     

  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    one takeaway from this game...a slew of cubs players were fans of Hey Arnold! when they were kids.

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    woo, a good cubs away game.

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • crunch 1 day 18 hours 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.