Pirates @ Cubs: Niese vs Lester (Game 66)

Tell me when the boys get here. I want to get a belly full of beer.

PIT (33-34): LHP Jonathon Niese (6-3, 4.60)
CHC (45-20): LHP Jon Lester (8-3, 1.89)
First pitch: 7:15pmCST

Lester had his fourth straight win on Sunday (7 IP, 0 ER, 7 K, 0 BB). He's 3-0 with an 0.38 ERA so far this month. He beat the Pirates in May at Wrigley, keeping them off the board for 5.2 innings. Overall, they are 40-170 (.235) against him. Joyce is 4-11 with 2 HR.

Niese shit the bed against the Cards his last time out (5.1 IP, 8 ER, 5 K, 1 BB). He had a similar line at Wrigley in May, giving up 6 ER in 5 innings matched up against Arrieta—not smart. The Cubs are 37-149 (.248) against him. Heyward is 9-29 with 2 HR.

The kid Taillon (1-0, 1.93) versus Hendricks (4-6, 3.05) for ESPN tomorrow night at 7:08pmCST.

Go Cubs!


My old man is drunker than a barrel full of monkeys. My old lady -- she don't care!

Cubs first draft pick Tom Hatch pitching right now on ESPN2 - first game of the CWS. Got some good downward movement on his fb.

complete game shutout 9ip 5h 1bb 7k - 112 pitches (37 in the first 2ip) his slider had a ton of drop/sink on it. fastball popping around 92-94mph. threw a few changeups in the mix, too. his change and slider came in similar mph, but the drop on his slider led to some really silly looking swings.

Bring him up! I'm trying to figure out why some people are projecting him as a reliever considering his multiple plus pitches and he seems to be able to throw the innings.


James Shields so far today: 1.0 IP, 5 ER.

I'm starting to feel sorry for him. Not the White Sox mind you, fuck them, but Shields seemed like a good enough dude. Needs to move to the pen for a bit at least....

There's gotta be an injury or something. His velocity has been done for a while but he was still decent through much of May. I also agree that while I despise the White Sox and pretty much thought signing him was going to go badly for them I feel bad for him.

Final line: 1.2 IP, 8ER

Cards lead 3-0 after 7. Give up 2 in the 8th, bring in Rosenthal, who loads the bases with no outs, yank Rosenthal for Siegrist, who walks in the tying run and gives up a sac fly to lose the game 4-3. Rosenthal's ERA now 4.91. Haw.

Yeah I saw the 3 on base no out score and started watching the game and it was quite awesome in its crushing nature for the Cardinals. They obviously would still have a good shot at the wild card game no matter what but this upcoming Cards/Cubs series could be huge in crushing their spirits.

delicious. the best fan's tears in baseball.

..and, the 2 runs in the 8th scored on a wild pitch and an error. Awesome.

fowler out, almora in...wtf

Any clue as to why? Did he get KB's stomach virus?

"discomfort in his right hamstring" also, rizzo HR.

It's a hamstring epidemic. WTF.

maddon saying he thinks it's a cramp and might be fine for tomorrow. hurrah for that if it works out that way.

bryant ties it up in the 5th! rizzo + bryant HR's tonight.

ross HR! seriously...when is his extension? next week? next month?

Of course with the season he's been having a bunch of people have talked about him delaying his retirement which sounds great to me with how much I've read about his huge clubhouse presence on top of his stellar defense and resurgence with the bat. I recently read an article maybe on ESPN though about him where he talked about how much of his kids' childhood he's missed and how important it is to be a bigger part of their lives. As a dad to a kid who is growing way too quickly in front of my eyes I respect that entirely and have tried to be more understanding of it as much as I want to see him back. Still though my god are we going to miss him when he's gone.

im not a huge fan, but the lester issue means they have to have a defensive wizz that can also control the running game. that was evident again tonight. there's not a whole lot of them out there, especially ones with legit respected clubhouse leadership skills. btw, just tonight he raised his "cubs career" ob% over .300 and his average over .200

Ross HR, squeeze and CS of McCutcheon trying to steal 3rd! Enjoy the final ride, David -- I think coming back next year would be a huge mistake. No upside, all downside. Go out on top.

Contreras will be your starting catcher next year. Montero will be back up. They probably have 6 or 7 MLB caliber catchers in the minors that I'm not thinking of or aware of.

I bet that's their best-case scenario - Contreras wins the job, Montero catches Lester, and Schwarber catches Hammel if he's up to it.

I actually think you'll see Contreras catch Lester - he's been throwing out runners at a good clip in the minors. Of course, this all hinges on him being successful at the most difficult position in the game. But I'm always an uber optimist with Cubs prospects. Long Live Olt!!

Soler update... http://m.cubs.mlb.com/news/article/184882684/... Outfielder Jorge Soler worked out on the field pregame Saturday for the second straight day, but there's still no definitive word on his status. Soler did running drills in the outfield, but he is not expected to be ready to come off the disabled list by Wednesday, the first day he's eligible for reinstatement. Soler is recovering from a left hamstring strain. "He's smiling a lot, I know that," Maddon said. "So that really is always a good sign. The trainers haven't come to me with any goal line in mind, but I know he's progressing well."

h.rondon getting his 1st ever AB...never even had one in the minors. he kinda sucks at bunting. strikes out attempting it.

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  • crunch 47 min 57 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 2 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 44 min ago (view)

    "in normal times..."

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


  • Cubster 16 hours 54 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 13 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 10 hours ago (view)


    speaking of Trump's trained rats...