Cubs @ Dodgers: Lester vs Stripling (Game 77)

CHC (42-34): LHP Jon Lester (9-2, 2.10)
LAD (42-35): RHP Ross Stripling (6-2, 1.99)
First pitch: 9:00pmCST

Lester, who’s very quietly putting together a nice little season, has won his last six starts, including seven shutout innings against these Dodgers at Wrigley on Wednesday. Overall, they are 23-118 (.195) against him. Hernandez is 5-16 with 2 HR.

Stripling lost the matchup against Lester (6 IP, 3 ER). The Cubs are 8-42 (.190) against him. Baez is 2-2; Schwarber has a HR in 4 ABs.

Hendricks (5-7) and Wood (3-5) throw tomorrow at the same time.

Go Cubs!


AZ PHIL: Have you seen Drew Smyly out your way? Has he been pitching to live batters yet? Have you heard from any personnel on his progress? Thanks PHIL.

E-MAN: Drew Smyly was left behind at Extended Spring Training in Mesa when the Cubs finished MLB Spring Training, but he did not pitch in any EXST games or even "live" BP. At some point in time in May he went to Chicago and joined the MLB club to continue his rehab there, and I believe he threw either a "sim" game or "live" BP sometime earlier this month at Wrigley Field, either pre-game or on an off-day.

The thing to remember about players who are on an MLB Disabled List (and this is NOT true for players on a minor league DL) is that the player doesn't have to go anywhere. All he is required to do is remain with the MLB club, and that includes travelling with the club on the road. So (for example), Yu Darvish did not have to go to South Bend. He could have refused. And likewise, Drew Smyly (and Eddie Butler, too) don't have to go to Mesa. They can just stay in Chicago with the MLB club. Which is apparently what Smyly has been doing lately.

However, most players who are rehabbing from an injury eventually do agree to go somewhere that is more conducive to the rehab process, like when Darvish pitched at South Bend yesterday. But the player is totally in control as far as whether he goes to another place, where he goes, and if he does, how long he stays there. It's up to the player to decide, and while the club can make a suggestion, ultimately the player must consent to the assignment.

Another thing to keep in mind is that a DL rehab assignment is normally limited to 30 days for pitchers and 21 days for position players, but beginning in 2017 (as the result of changes in MLB rules that were part of the new CBA), a pitcher or a position player who is rehabbing from an elbow UCL transplant (Tommy John Surgery) - and that's ONLY TJS - can have his rehab assignment renewed once, so that a pitcher rehabbing from TJS can spend up to 60 days on a minor league rehab assignment, and a position player rehabbing from TJS can spend up to 42 days (six weeks) on a minor league rehab assignment. So (for example) if Drew Smyly began an official Article XIX-C Minor League Rehab Assignment on July 3rd and spent the entire 60 days on the assignment, his rehab assignment would expire on September 1st, at which point he could be reinstated to the Cubs MLB Active List (active rosters expand on 9/1).

So I would not be too surprised if Smyly begins his Article XIX-C Rehab Assignment next week and stays on it for two months (60 days), probably beginning in AZL rookie ball in Mesa and then gradually working his way up to AAA Iowa in August. And if there are no medical setbacks, he could actually be 100% totally stretched-out as a starter and be able to throw 100+ pitches and start every 5th day by September 1st (if all goes well).

yosh kawano has died, 97 years old.

Thanks for the alert, Crunch. I would have been sad to have missed it. Worth reflecting for a moment on a remarkable life...

bryant to the 10-day DL...rut roh.

underwood to AAA...hancock also to the DL.

maples, bote, and farrell up.

Zobrist 2B, Heyward RF, Baez 3B, Rizzo 1B, Contreras C, Schwarber LF, Happ CF, Russell SS, Lester P

How did Hancock get hurt? Hopefully KB returns at the earliest possible date. Looking forward to seeing Maples, although he may not be here long with Chatwood only allowed to be on the paternity list until after tomorrow's game and Morrow could come off the DL.

hancock "right shoulder inflammation"

Oh, I meant when did Hancock get hurt? He pitched last night and this injury seemed to come out of nowhere. I would assume that something flared up after his outing last night.

no idea, just read it on a tweet.

baez owns stripling

This win was for Yosh.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 17 min ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.


  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 18 min ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 


  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 39 min ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  


  • bradsbeard 11 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 


  • Craig A. 12 hours 47 min ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 


  • bradsbeard 16 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 


  • crunch 17 hours 33 min ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).


  • crunch 18 hours 9 min ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.


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  • crunch 18 hours 19 min ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.


  • Charlie 18 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).


  • crunch 18 hours 29 min ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.


  • crunch 18 hours 29 min ago (view)

    alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.

    i wonder what role j.lester will be given.  if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all.  someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.


  • crunch 18 hours 33 min ago (view)

    dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.

    unfortunately, neither were near the plate.


  • Charlie 18 hours 35 min ago (view)

    So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.


  • crunch 18 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...