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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  • Hagsag 1 hour 41 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 27 sec 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 51 min ago (view)

    DJL: Nothing from Sunday or Monday. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 52 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 22 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 17 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 27 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 52 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 59 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 14 hours 6 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 16 hours 4 min ago (view)

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

    yesterday's game was 3h 45m.

     

  • crunch 17 hours 23 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 !!!