Cubs @ Colorado: Quintana vs. Lambert (Game 66)

CHC (37-28): LHP José Quintana (4-5, 3.77 ERA)
COL (34-31): RHP Peter Lambert (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
First pitch 7:40pmCDT

The Cubs couldn't defend a four-run lead, nor were they able to assemble a comeback late in the series opener. Now José Quintana takes the hill and the Cubs work to even the series. Q lost to the Rockies at Wrigley last time. He surrendered six hits and no walks in 7.1 innings. Most of the damage resulted from a pair of doubles in the 4th. Q allowed three earned runs in that outing. He's pitched three games at Coors, and his opponents have gone 18-69 with four homeruns and five doubles, accumulating an OPS of .847. Charlie Blackmon is 4-6 against him, Trevor Story is 4-8, and Arenado is 2-12, but both hits were homeruns.

The Cubs handed Peter Lambert a win in his first big league start. Today, they get a second look at him in the titillating atmosphere of Coors. The Cubs launched three homeruns early in game one before dozing for most of the rest of the match. Rizzo went 3-5 with a homer to boost his Coors Field a bit. The broadcast team spent some time discussing Rizzo's poor Coors stats, but it's worth point out that his early career struggles there didn't help. He went 3-22 with 8 strikeouts in 2011. Take those 24 plate appearances out and he 20-76 with 17 strikeouts, still a little low for Coors but closer to his career averages. Javy went 2-3 against Lambert in his first start.

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schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / contreras / heyward / russell / q / almora

this game is dumber than hell.

also, it's looking a whole lot like brad brach might take that player option for 1.35m next season and consider it as doubling his 2020 free agent value.

Coors. Always fun. :\

It seems to me that each year Joe picks out one RP that he just knows can't be as bad as actual results make clear.  Two years ago it was Grimm.  Last year Duenseng.  This year Brach.

Edwards too. Every time he brings CJ into an even mild pressure situation i always go all Regina George and  think “stop trying to make Edwards happen! its never gonna happen!”

Daniel Descalso's & Brad Brach's automatic Article XX-B "no trade" rights expire on Sunday (6/16). 

Brad Brach has a couple of significant roster bonuses related to time spent on an MLB Active List roster in 2019, $500K if 120 days (which would vest on 7/25) and another $500K if 150 days (would vest on 8/24). Also, if Brach were to be released in the near-future the Cubs would be on the hook for his 2019 base salary ($2M) plus the 2020 player option ($1.35M), offset by the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary ($555K) in 2019 and 2020 if he were to sign a major league contract with another MLB club after being released. 

So it would probably be a good idea for the Cubs to release Brad Brach ASAP and hope that he signs with another MLB club. 

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  • First.Pitch.120 1 hour 51 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 56 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 29 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 36 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 42 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 33 min ago (view)

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

     

  • crunch 15 hours 46 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 22 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.