Cubs @ Mets: Lackey vs Matz (Game 78)

Don’t say revenge.

CHC (51-26): RHP John Lackey (7-4, 3.29)
NYM (40-37): LHP Steven Matz (7-3, 3.29)
First pitch: 6:10pmCST

Lackey got lit up in Miami on Saturday (4.1 IP, 7 ER, 5 K, 3 BB). He was 1-0 with a 1.29 in two starts last year against the Mets. Overall, they are 39-166 (.235) against him. Granderson is 10-41 with a HR.

Matz, who is dealing with a bone spur, was given an extra day—as if that will help. He had a no-decision in Atlanta his last time out (4.1 IP, 6 ER, 0 K, 0 BB). He’s 0-2 with a 5.91 so far this year. None of the Cubs have faced him.

Hammel (7-4, 2.58) versus deGrom (3-4, 2.67) tomorrow at 6:10pmCST.

Go Cubs!

Comments

6 pitches, 2 run lead. neat.

"Tommy La Stella (hamstring) will remain on his minor league rehab assignment through at least Friday." should be an interesting roster shuffle once these guys trickle back in. i imagine patton or peralta are on the hot seat for la stella's return.

make that just peralta...

Why is Almora jumping up on catches?

a.soriano new OF fielding coach?

I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best. Hind sight is easy but Peralta had nothing.

The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best. fixed that for ya.

Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.

Pls DFA Peralta when Richard comes back. Richard 1 IP, O R, O ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks in first rehab appearance. We really need to trade for a LHRP.

Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce

Did you expect anything different?

UH OH! RALLY TIME!

men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing. cubs lose :(

Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ? That's a basic play that he completely fucked up and probably cost them the game. Then, after the Zobrist double -- Familia threw the exact same pitch about 12 times in a row -- low & inside sinker, NEVER in the strike zone -- and the Cubs just swing and swing and lose the game. Although, I knew we were in trouble when Travis didn't score on Zobrist's double that bounced back past the outfielder. Hey, how about this for a scouting report on Familia -- if you're a RH batter, make him throw you strike 1 before you swing. Man, I hate losing to the Mets. This trend of losing to good teams has really gained momentum. Not good. Fuck.

I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do. The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging. Almora needs to go to a "Baseball 101 class" to learn situations. Against STL, with Rosenthal struggling, the Cubs down a run,and the top of the order up, he gets thrown out at 3rd by the best catcher in baseball. Dumb. Last night's throw to 3rd, allowing the go-aead run to go to 2nd and eliminating the possibility of a game-saving DP, was dumber and most high-school CFs woudl be yanked from the game for such a bonehead throw. Talented kid, but he needs to learn to think about the situation before every pitch.

He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one. Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out. And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment. I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

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    I lean two syllables.

    He was Dominican-born, so Mah-day would have made sense, but that's a good Q.

     

  • K Dub 9 hours 10 min ago (view)

    PHIL: How is Kevin Made's last name pronounced? Is it mah-day? Or like it's spelled - made? Thanks!

     

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    KBO (korea) ends their season tomorrow.

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  • Hagsag 23 hours 13 min ago (view)

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  • George Altman 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

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  • Cubster 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    76 yr old Tony LaRussa to manage the W/Sox. Reinsdorf decision over objections. 

    Poor Rick Renteria. History repeats itself, NOPE. This won't end well (except for bring your dog day).

     

  • Cubster 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    but, but, but we're rounding the corner. The vaccine is warming up in the bullpen. Tucker's missing email package from Rudy is just lost in the mail. There are no pee-pee tapes. Corona, corona, corona. I like beer.   ...and the DeutchBank will just forgive billions of MLB owner's debt if they ask nicely. How are the Russian minor leagues looking this year Phil?

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

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    Phil, we all are so glad you are getting to somehow "view" these games. Stay safe my friend.

     

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    Someone to keep an eye on in 2021 is RHRP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter. 

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