Cubs @ Marlins: Hammel vs Fernandez (Game 74)

Um, Cubs?

CHC (48-25): RHP Jason Hammel (7-3, 2.55)
MIA (40-35): RHP Jose Fernandez (9-3, 2.36)
First pitch: 12:10pmCST

Hammel lost to the Cards on Tuesday (5.2 IP, 4 ER, 3 K, 1 BB). The Marlins are 35-123 (.285) against him. Prado is 7-19 with a HR.

Fernandez, who is still only 23, pitched well but had a no-decision against Atlanta (7 IP, 0 ER, 7 K, 2 BB) his last time out. He went 6-0 with a 1.38 in his 6 May starts, and is pitching almost as well so far in June. The Cubs are 3-18 (.167) against him. Heyward is 2-7.

If it weren't for the roof, I'd say we should pray for rain. Pray for something.

Arrieta (11-2, 1.74) versus Straily (4-4, 3.83) in Cinci tomorrow at 6:10pmCST.

Go Cubs!


per Muscat... Zobrist (2B), Hayward (CF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo, Contreras (LF), Montero, Russell, Coghlan (RF), Hammel

OK, boys -- find a way to win today.

I predict: "They will play hard and if they give the same effort every day, they'll win a lot of games."

What is it with Hammel always starting well and sucking after a couple months?

6IP, 2ER. The last one scored because of another botched Zobrist DP turn. And now, a bad throw by KB. Sloppy.

You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!


I love winning! It's, like, better than losing?

I thought trips to Miami were supposed to be fun. This one sucked. The bottom half of the bullpen now turns close games into blowout losses. Not good. Once Fowler went to the DL, the team went into the tank. Wonder if he'll get any love this offseason? Probably not.

Its too bad Warren didnt get to pitch. He would have saved us.

Well there is no "You go, we go" without Fowler. The last week has showed how important he is to the Cubs. I imagine the Cubs getting back on track once we get some DL players back, but hopefully sooner rather than later.

Whoa -- that Contreras play in the 8th looked too much like a "Schwarber" -- nearly crashed into the wall going full speed, with Heyward doing the same. New rule: if you are a catcher playing LF, and find yourself sprinting after a fly ball in the gap -- stop, let the CF go after it and get ready to play it off the wall.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 37 min 18 sec ago (view)

    Lots of games where they failed to add on.

    Lots of games Strop has single handedly blown, too.


  • Charlie 1 hour 7 min ago (view)

    There are so many candidates. The early season losing streak comes painfully to mind.


  • Charlie 1 hour 8 min ago (view)

    JHey's swing looks like it slipped into groundout mode. That Nico lineout was heartbreaking. :(


  • Charlie 1 hour 8 min ago (view)

    Threw Vanmeter a curve and changeup that both looked great on TV, though Vanmeter didn't offer.


  • Mike Wellman 2 hours 53 min ago (view)

    First thing I'll point to, depending on the final order of finish, is the fact that, for the second year in a row we took the lead off of Hader in the 8th inning of a key late-season game @ Milwaukee & couldn't keep it. The second thing will be the game we led 5-0 after 7 & managed to lose. Nats next face Marlins. Cards come to town licking their chops/beaks to finish us off...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 59 min ago (view)

    They’re toast. Can’t finish games, can’t finish series, and it looks very much like they won’t finish this season.


  • Hagsag 7 hours 16 min ago (view)

    The Cubbies are in a tough situation. If they make the playoffs, they will have earned it!. Enjoy the ride folks.


  • Eric S 13 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Reds win season series 11-8 - possibly the first thing you point to should the Cubs miss the post season


  • Eric S 13 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Long looking swing for JHey ... and Nico - oof


  • Eric S 13 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Heard Len say Descalso’s name and about had a heart attack. Then heard him say “pinch runner” and settled down a bit


  • Charlie 13 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Contreras's receiving didn't do Norwood any favors in that Vanmeter at-bat. And Norwood needed some favors.


  • Eric S 14 hours 18 sec ago (view)

    Gotta do better than three hits in nine innings in a start by Mahle - this one is on the bats


  • crunch 14 hours 5 min ago (view)

    4th pitcher of the inning coming in...neat


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  • crunch 14 hours 17 min ago (view)

    i'm all about kemp protecting a lead in the last few innings or getting to play after some pinch running, but that dude's bat is getting way too much work.  now that getting him starts isn't a priority he's still getting a lot of early shots off the bench at the plate.

    i hope to not see him next season.


  • Eric S 14 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Until Russell gets off the concussion protocol and/or Baez returns, Kemp may be the best option at second for defense, but Bote certainly better there defensively than Happ or Zobrist