Cubs @ Nationals: Lackey vs Gonzalez (Game 63)
After the first five innings last night, just losing almost feels like a win.
Scherzer didn’t pitch a perfect game, a no-hitter, or set the record for strikeouts, and no one got hurt. We'll take it.
This is the best matchup we have for the series, so let’s make it count.
CHC (43-19): RHP John Lackey (7-2, 2.63)
WAS (40-24): LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-5, 3.93)
First pitch: 6:05pmCST
Lackey scattered 3 hits over 7 scoreless innings on Wednesday to beat the Phillies, striking out 8 and walking none. He beat the Nats at Wrigley in May (7 IP, 2 ER, 11 K, 1 BB). They are 21-88 (.239) against him. Werth is 7-17 with a HR, and Murphy and Zimmerman (the human LOB machine) are both 4-9.
Gonzalez lost on the Southside his last time out (7 IP, 3 ER, 10 K, 2 BB). He had a no-decision at Wrigley (5.2 IP, 5 ER, 2 K, 1 BB). The Cubs are 29-110 (.264) against him. Fowler is 8-17 with a HR.
Hammel (7-2, 2.36) versus at Strasberg (10-0, 3.03) at 3:05pmCST tomorrow to close it out.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 hours 31 min ago (view)
I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.
But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.
Arizona Phil 6 hours 32 min ago (view)
DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training.
Arizona Phil 6 hours 53 min ago (view)
CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season.
Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.
bradsbeard 10 hours 3 min ago (view)
Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series.
Craig A. 11 hours 1 min ago (view)
I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls.
bradsbeard 14 hours 29 min ago (view)
Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly.
crunch 15 hours 46 min ago (view)
cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.
good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).
crunch 16 hours 23 min ago (view)
...or he won't make it out of the 8th
0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches
there's some great stuff in that arm. mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless. 21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.
crunch 16 hours 28 min ago (view)
crunch 16 hours 32 min ago (view)
rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.
Charlie 16 hours 40 min ago (view)
Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).
crunch 16 hours 42 min ago (view)
back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.
he's not in the zone. he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.
crunch 16 hours 43 min ago (view)
alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.
i wonder what role j.lester will be given. if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all. someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.
crunch 16 hours 46 min ago (view)
dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.
unfortunately, neither were near the plate.
Charlie 16 hours 49 min ago (view)
So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.
crunch 16 hours 49 min ago (view)
Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...