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!

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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!

LOLLYGAGGERS!

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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  • Hagsag 1 hour 30 min ago (view)

    I see that Dillon Maples hasn't pitched yet. Is he injured or spending time in the lab?

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 49 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of 26-year old RHRP Jonathan de Marte from Quebec (Frontier League) and he has been assigned to AZL Cubs Blue.

    He is the closer for Team Israel and has no previous experience in affiliated ball.

    He was a NDFA out of the U. of Richmond in 2017 and has been playing independent ball for the past three seasons in the Atlantic League and Can-Am League as well as winter ball in Australia this past winter. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 40 min ago (view)

    DJL: Nothing from Sunday or Monday. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 41 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: Mark Zagunis was sent outright to the minors last September, and because he did not have the right to elect free-agency after being outrighted he remains under club control through the 2020 season, and so he is signed to a minor league contract that expires at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the conclusion of the 2020 World Series. 

     

  • Wrigley Rat 11 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Thank you AZ Phil! Does that mean he's been signed to a minor league contract, then? Because he's out of options.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 6 min ago (view)

    I love these scouting reports. Thanks Phil!

    You wouldn't happen to have this info for the road games Sun and Mon?

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 16 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: Mark Zagunis is assigned to AAA Iowa but he did not get an NRI to MLB Spring Training. He is eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 World Series if he is not added back to an MLB reserve list (40-man roster) in the meantime. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Most of the pitchers who threw today pitched Saturday night, so not a lot of new pitch/velo info. 

    Jon Lester:  
    FB: 86-89
    SL: 85 
    CH: 84
    CV: 70-74 
    NOTES: First Cactus League game outing of 2020 for Lester... looked uncomfortable on the mound and even when he was warming up in the bullpen before the game... stuff and command were not sharp... hopefully Lester has at least one good year left in him...  

     

  • Wrigley Rat 12 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Whatever happened to Mark Zagunis? I thought we still held his rights, but he was just out of options? Haven't heard anything about him in awhile & I think he would make a good platoon partner with Schwarber.

     

  • crunch 13 hours 55 min ago (view)

    3h 43m game today.

    at least i've seen a lot of "i need to hop on baseball reference" cubs minor leaguers and new hires in the past 2 days.

    rex brothers looked good again.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 53 min ago (view)

    1h 50min into the game and they're through 4 innings.

    yesterday's game was 3h 45m.

     

  • crunch 17 hours 12 min ago (view)

    lester seems to be leaving off where he was for the last couple months of the season in 2019.

    no one should take anything from a february spring training start...NONETHELESS...this outing looked a lot like the ones he spent in the last couple months of the season with batters sitting around waiting to swing at lester fastballs and laying off everything else.

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    he paced for 20+HR last year and might have done it if he wasn't on unpaid leave for a while.  i'd handicap him as a 15-20HR guy at worst rather than saying 20HR solid.  it's probably a safer range.

    his D isn't up there with the all-time greats of the game, but it's well above average for a young guy (turned 26 last month) who can also provide some pop.  i think more than a few teams could slot him in as a middle IF starter without having much internal competition.

     

  • Rob Richardson 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    He hit 20+ HR only once and that was four years ago. He has a career OBP of 312, a career SLG of 392, and is his SS defense really that special anymore?

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    kinda crazy a.russell is still a free agent.

    he's not the first and probably not the last domestic abuser to "serve his time" and find contracts to sign.  there's a 20HR guy who plays great D at SS sitting out there while spring training is going down without him.

    i wonder how much he's demanding (if that's an issue at all) vs teams that want no part of him...

     

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Don't forget the awesome taste of RizzO's !!!