Cubs vs. Atlanta: Series Thread (Games 64-66)

The Cubs look to end a 10-game landslide or possibly showcase Frank Schwindel as a bullpen trade commodity. See below for matchups (to be updated).


Game 64, Friday, June 17, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Keegan Thompson (6-2, 3.67 ERA)

ATL: RHP Charlie Morton (4-3, 5.67 ERA)


Game 65, Saturday, June 18, 1:20 pm central

CHC: LHP Justin Steele (1-5, 4.33 ERA)

ATL: RHP Kyle Wright (7-3, 2.57 ERA)


Game 66, Sunday, June 19, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-5, 4.95 ERA)

ATL: RHP Ian Anderson (5-3. 4.81 ERA)

Comments

schwindel injured running out a grounder (back tightness)...big blow to the bullpen.

on the bright side, we got "good" thompson today.

Ya jinxed him, Charlie!

One does not need a back to throw Frank's eephus.

Has anyone been watching the Tigers? Why is Javy having such an awful offensive season? 

he's no longer elevating the ball for some reason...and while he's never been one for extremely good contact, he's swinging/missing a lot of stuff this year.

Believe he had a hand/finger injury early in the season that might still be nagging him. I recall that type of issue derailing his season a few years back. 

Seriously, now they win two in a row against the Braves? A headline on the Cubs' website said something about "Cubs go for the series win against the Braves" and I was thinking "slow your roll, buddy-- they just ended a 10 game losing streak. Let's not get irrationally exuberant here."

that's why getting to the playoffs matter, not being the best.  being competitive in baseball can mean being slightly above average with the extended playoff structure.

the best is favored to win, of course, but baseball history is littered with a "non-deserving" team winning the pennant or world series.

They were playing way under their heads for the last week or so. Shouldn't be a big surprise that they can still take a couple games in a series. 

The bullpen implosions over the last week and a half rattled me, for sure.  It seemed that they all collectively ran out of gas at the same time.

The best part of the last 2 days were the starts by Steele and Thompson. Young pitchers that can stick as starters need experience. Even the best have volatile starts and I recall Mark Prior was 6-6 in his first season. The implications that they can use Stroman plus a good young rotation like Thompson, Steele and Killian gives me hope that they can compete once the young outfielders grow up. Hopefully, they get useful chips if they move Hendricks and Contreras although I still think Contreras should be signed.

Exactly. The only above Replacement value position players I see are Happ, Contreras, Suzuki, Morel, and Hoerner (probably). I don't see how trading Contreras & Happ makes this team any more competitive in 2023 than this year. Unless there's a MLB-ready player in return, at which point, why would the other team do that? They should be adding a DH masher, big FA SS, etc. And that's assuming Prospects like Caissie, Armstrong, et al, are ready in 2024.

Cubster -- You and Crunch make good points.  During a ten game losing streak it's easy to get down but there is plenty to be excited about.  Watching a young player and not knowing if they're a flash (hero for a day) or if they are tent poles for the future is what still makes baseball fun.  Seriously, ten years from now we may say, "Remember Frank the Tank?  He was fun."  Or we may be celebrating his career as our first baseman/designated hitter/relief pitcher.  We don't know today but I'm going to stay and watch whichever steak the team is having.

i will never forget schwindy...just like i won't forget augie ojeda (the "augie game")...or tony campana (his baserunning)...or that couple years of joe borowski coming out of nowhere...or how brightly rick wilkins shined for a short while...

schwindel is at least more memorable than bryan lahair...

bonus campana "the leap/superman" : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IAqnjPyfQk

Jonathan Herrera and the hands helmet in 2015

wow, i forgot about that one.  stellar.

shout out to julio zuleta rubbing fruit on bats, too.

My favorite moment during a Cubs losing streak will always be Lee Elia's tirade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2pai2QQA54

 

Obviously, Kyle Hendricks is our stopper.

when his pitching career is over the cubs should hire him to work in the community relations and promotional giveaway division considering how many free souvenirs he likes to pass out while pitching.

we haven't seen "good kyle" on the regular for years, but we'll always remember "wish.com greg maddux" from his good years.