Cubs vs. Cleveland: Series Thread (Games 73 & 74)

The Cubs took the final game of the series against the Marlins to avoid the sweep. Next they have two games against Cleveland. The Cubs enter the series tied for first in the NL Central with the Brewers. Cleveland enters 2.5 games behind the White Sox in the AL Central. See below for the pitching matchups.

Game 73, Monday, June 21, 7:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Adbert Alzolay (4-5, 4.06 ERA)

CLE: RHP Aaron Civale (10-2, 3.48 ERA)

Alzolay returns from the IL for the blister issue. It's been two weeks from his last start, a three-inning outing in which his command was noticeably off. Prior to that, he'd enjoyed a string of 7 starts in which he'd gone at least five innings. He took a loss in Cleveland on May 11, when he allowed three earned runs in five innings of work. Cesar Hernandez and Jose Ramirez each took him deep.

26-year-old Civale has enjoyed a great first half, due largely to a very low BABIP so far. He won his last start despite allowing five earned runs in five innings to the Orioles. In the start before that, he pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out eleven Mariners. The Cubs last saw him on September 16 of 2020, when he allowed two earned runs on seven hits in six innings. This will be his second career appearance against the Cubs.

Game 74, Tuesday, June 22, 7:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-4, 4.13 ERA)

CLE: RHP Eli Morgan (0-1, 12.79 ERA)

Hendricks earned his seventh win in as many starts by pitching six shutout innings in New York. Over that stretch he's had an ERA of 2.54. This will be his first 2021 appearance against Cleveland.

Morgan has made a pair of spot starts for Cleveland, and neither of his first two outings have gone very well. In his debut, he allowed six earned runs in 2.2 innings to Toronto, surrendering eight hits and two walks. Three weeks later, he struck out five Orioles in 3.2 innings while allowing three earned runs including two homers. The 25-year-old righty's best pitch is a changeup, his fastball sits in the high 80s, and his batted balls have skewed very much toward the air since he's reached AA and above.


alzolay activated, k.ryan down.  ryan was brought up less than 24 hours ago and not used yesterday.  he was already earlier optioned to AAA and the cubs DFA'd r.stock to add ryan to the 40-man yesterday.  odd use of the roster, kinda...

CRUNCH: The only way this makes sense is if the Cubs promised Ryan when they outrighted him in May that he would be added back to the MLB 40-man roster within a certain number of days or by a certain date (June 20th). Otherwise, it makes no sense.

Ryan did have the right to elect free-agency when he was outrighted, but he accepted the assignment. 

11 pitches, 2 Ks and a hard ground out to start things for alzolay.

i wonder how many pitches he'll be allowed to throw if he can keep the game under control.  velocity and movement looks great.

haha.  ump checked alzolay's hat and glove between innings and declared it all clear.

stuff so nasty they wanna make sure you're not on that "sticky fingers" bandwagon.

69 (nice) pitches...goes 4.2ip and leaves with a man on 1st

4.2ip 3h 1bb 5k, 3r/er (2hr)

alzolay continues to have the HR screw him over.  12 given up in 62.1ip

nico expected back in early july...duffy had a "setback" and is in limbo...bote has started baseball activities, but nowhere near a return time.

d.ross pulls baez for alcantara for what was either a mental mistake forgetting the outs or totally not hustling by baez in the bottom 4th running the bases.

cubs are down by 1.

hell of manager power play.  hope this plays out well...expect it will.

“It did not feel good to take Javy out of the game,” Ross said. “I never feel comfortable doing that at all. That's a pit in my stomach and it was in my stomach the entire game.”


“I blame it on myself. I lost the count of the outs,” Báez said. “We talked about it. We're on the same page. I'll be there tomorrow to help the team.”

whole zobrist thing got fleshed out (no pun) in public now...

I am with my hero Zo.

The thing that gets me is that she cheated with the guy providing religous-based pre-marital counseling. Hmmm... this guy is abusing his (quasi-)professional couseling position to pursue an intimate relationship; forgot the parts of the Bible about lying, cheating, & doing dirty by the 2016 WS MVP; and clearly has very conflicted feelings on the marriage construct... yep, I'm blowing up multiple people's lives to ride-or-die with THAT guy. 

p.wisdom seems to have injured his right leg/knee swinging a bat...

he's back out in the field in the top 3rd...must be okay, but he sure doesn't look confidently healthy.  *shrug*  off-day tomorrow...

HR in the 8th.  dope.

I can not believe what a good 3b he has been playing.

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  • crunch 1 hour 30 min ago (view)

    m.rodriguez to 10d IL, a.morgan returns.


  • Jackstraw 11 hours 36 min ago (view)

    I like that the team was absolutely committed to not losing back-to-back games on a walk-off passed ball.


  • Eric S 21 hours 57 min ago (view)

    And the funny thing is Rucker was the only Cubs pitcher tonight to post 0 runs allowed in the box score. You know things are really out of hand when Ross gives the okay for a Maples appearance.


  • George Altman 23 hours 10 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    Is there a reason Preciado hasn't been in an ACL game in about a month?


  • crunch 1 day 26 min ago (view)

    i'd like the 2021 version of whatever d.ross is smoking bringing m.rucker into a bases loaded, 2 run lead in the 4th situation.

    dude saw the situation and said "gimmie that guy with the 8.44era 1.59whip" as the first pen option to protect a lead.

    rucker has been in 13 games and given up runs in 8 of them.


  • crunch 1 day 36 min ago (view)

    hendricks last 7 starts...

    9er, 1er, 4er, 8er, 6er, 1er, 7er

    3.68era - 1.29whip 4.81era - 1.35whip


  • Cubster 1 day 44 min ago (view)

    Hendricks becomes hammered?

    Do we miss the 2021 version of Jake Arrieta?


  • Eric S 1 day 55 min ago (view)

    Rivas in the outfield is a no go


  • Eric S 1 day 57 min ago (view)

    Thanks for posting the video. He seems a little hesitant on the base paths. Crazy thing is he's clearly out-pitched the Cubs staff ace since joining the Cards - WTH has happened to the Professor?


  • crunch 1 day 58 min ago (view)

    cubs get a 7 run lead in the 3rd...tie game in the 4th.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    "Please Hammer Don't Hurt Em" - some dude in 1990

    "Okay." - JD Hammer 2021


  • Cubster 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Hammer hammered?


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    bit of an odd pause/delay in the middle of the video for some reason.  there was a better cut video of his baserunning out there, but it seems to have been removed from Twitter.

    long story short, he's as timid about baserunning as he is about throwing a baseball anywhere but to a catcher off of a mound.  we saw a little of that with the cubs, but not piling up a bunch in a single inning.


  • Eric S 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    I searched the internets and struck out finding video of Big Jon's baserunning exploits 


  • crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    i highly suggest seeking out a highlight reel of his baserunning tonight.


  • Eric S 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Looks like after tonight, Jon Lester will need just one more win to reach 200 career wins - notwithstanding it helps the Redbirds, hope he gets it this year.