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.


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. 

Recent comments

Subscribe to Recent comments
The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • crunch 52 min 17 sec ago (view)

    cubs release brock stewart (AAA Rule 5 pick) and carlos asuaje (middle IF'r)...both older AAA/MLB-replacement-part types.


  • crunch 5 hours 7 min ago (view)

    after dragging their feet, the cubs commit to paying their minor leaguers through june.

    i'm a bit dissapointed they're not going to pay the last 2 months.  yeah, they're not the worst owners (in fact, the "through june" thing is common), but they can do better for their baseball household.


  • Cubster 16 hours 48 min ago (view)

    "in normal times..."

    It was the burst of times, it was the worst of times.


  • Cubster 16 hours 58 min ago (view)

    "Setting aside how stupid it is for fans to blame players when owners are all so much more..."

    I blame Pete Ricketts


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    contract rights are retained by the team.

    in normal times this keeps labor relations between employer and player not too volitile with only a handful of player/owner issues.  in times like this you see a system that was not designed for an event like this.

    some owners are being responsible over the players who's contracts they control while other owners make us realize why the guillotine was occsasionally popular during revoltutions/revolts.


  • Jackstraw 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    So they are all free agents?  Or still under contract and not getting paid?  I'm sure AZ Phil or someone else has covered this but I haven't been keeping up with all the fine points of baseball's problems recently.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Manfred is such a dreadful commissioner. It's his job to walk a fine line and maintain peace in labor relations. Instead he lets the owners do whatever they want.

    Cannot wait for a long, bitter strike after 2021. And for the owners to ultimately turn plenty of fan sentiment against players.


  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    "The A's told their minor leaguers Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them their current salary of $400 per week beyond May 31."

    classy.  absolute class act stuff right there.


  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
    The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.


  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    A's are furloughing nearly all of their staff through the entire organization...including scouts, which make a shockingly low amount of money.

    the A's are owned by a multi-billionaire who inherited his loot from dad (founder of The Gap)...and him + family spent $10m trying to keep Obama from getting a 2nd term, which i assume is their idea of a good investment in their community...whereas paying loyal employees for years/decades for a few months is...well...*shrug*


  • Ryno 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Depends on who you are.


  • Ryno 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Sorry--Just needed to experience a little normalcy.


  • Ryno 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    That was the dumbest lineup I've ever seen.


  • Hagsag 2 days 17 hours ago (view)



  • Cubster 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    speaking of Trump's trained rats...