Cubs @ Dodgers: Quintana vs Kershaw (Game 79)

CHC (43-35): LHP José Quintana (6-6, 4.26)
LAD (43-36): LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-4, 2.94)
First pitch: 2:10pmCST (!)
Quintana gave up 4 ER in 5 innings and lost in Cincinnati on Friday. Overall, the Dodgers are 9-26 (.346) against him. Taylor is 3-3, and Forsythe is 5-11 with a HR.
Kershaw went three innings against the Mets and gave up 2 ER his last time out, after returning from the DL (back). The Cubs are 16-59 (.271) against him. Rizzo is 5-14 with 2 HR.
Odorizzi and the Twins are in town tomorrow to face Chatwood at 4:05pmCST--for some reason.
Go Cubs!


It's June 28th and JHey has a higher OPS than Rizzo (337/414/752 vs 334/407/741) -- simultaneously encouraging and discouraging. 

Even though he's not scheduled to pitch today, Tyler Chatwood must be reinstated from the Paternity Leave List prior to this afternoon's game. (A player can spend a maximum of three days on the Paternity List).

The only way Chatwood can remain off the 25-man roster is if he is transferred to the Restricted List (which is an approved but unpaid Leave of Absence) or to the Bereavement/Family Medical Emergency List (but only if there was a medical complication stemming from the childbirth). 

maples to iowa, chatwood reinstated.

Shit. Maybe little Baby Walker Chatwood will need Daddy to stay home a little longer?

Almora CF, Baez 2B, Contreras C, Rizzo 1B, Russell SS, Bote 3B, Happ RF, Schwarber LF, Quintana P

Cubs sure are adept at walking opposing pitchers. On four pitches no less - at least the bases weren't loaded this time. 

this game got good.

this game got real good.

Bats finally showed up for the road trip. On the last day of course but I'll take it!

The Cubs scored 26 runs in the Dodgers series (and 13 against the Reds. Not great but enough to win one or two). The bats weren’t really the problem on the road trip.

Good point. 2016-17 Professor shows up last night and they win the series.

“I’m not going to sit here and say that I deserve to be a general manager of a baseball team, because I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, mistakes that could have disrupted my career path and put me in a whole different area, and a whole different experience in my life.”

dayton moore (KC) needs to quit saying things that make it sound like he wants to sign luke heimlich...cuz it keeps sounding like he really wants to sign luke heimlich.

this is a dude who considers his faith to be the most important thing in his life...and also the dude who brought an anti-porn presentation speaker to lecture the royals last season.

taking farrell out with 1 out left in the game, no one on, and a 6 run lead.

when maddon over-manages, he does it in style.

Pat and Ron suggested it was just to give Morrow a low stress first outing after the long layoff. Not great if there's save situations the next three days but I can see a rational to it.

Yeah, the guy hasn’t pitched in 12 days. Just a way to shake off some rust in a low leverage situation.

Brandon Morrow threw six pitches in the game:

Max Muncy:
1. FB-98 (foul)
2. CT-94 (line drive single to RF)

Cody Bellinger:
1. FB-98 (called strike - outside corner)
2. FB-98 (ball - high)
3. FB-98 (foul)
4. SL-91 (fly out to warning track in CF)

FB command was good but his CT and SL (one of each) had too much velo and not enough break. 

That was one hell of an impressive W!  Down 3-1 in LA in the last game of a discouraging road trip -- then what a rally!  Should be a fun plane ride home.  It's almost like Javy senses the team needs him to be better and more focused with KB out -- he has been vey impressive.  7-11 w/RISP.  That'll do.

All that against Kershaw? Did you mention it was against Clayton Kershaw?

Well, no, because they only scored one run off of Kershaw. The Cubs mauled the LA pen today.

fake news. krazy kershaw got totally destroyed. low energy. sad.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 50 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 7 hours 51 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 12 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 22 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 20 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 15 hours 48 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 5 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 17 hours 42 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 17 hours 52 min ago (view)

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


  • Charlie 17 hours 59 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 1 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 2 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 5 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 8 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 9 min ago (view)

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