Cubs vs. Pirates: Quintana vs. Lyles (Game 88)

CHC (45-42): LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 4.21 ERA)
PIT (42-43): RHP Jordan Lyles (5-4, 3.71 ERA)
First pitch 3:05pmCDT

If you are able to feel excited for baseball after last night's game, then either you are a better fan than I or you did not watch that 9th inning. Either way, kudos. Quintana takes the mound, following a good start against Cincinnati in which he pitched six scoreless innings. The start before that was an atrocious 9-run bashing. It's hard to know what to expect from Quintana lately, but it sure would be nice if he missed some more bats and avoided homeruns for a while. Quintana made his best start of the season against the Pirates back on April 11, pitching seven scoreless and striking out eleven. Current Pirates have a .660 OPS against him collectively. Josh "MVP?" Bell is 2-7 with a homerun. Corey Dickerson is 5-11 with a homerun.

At 28, Jordan Lyles is off to his best start ever. The obvious transformation in his numbers is that he's continued to improve on his strikeout rate going from around 5 or 6 per nine innings 2011-2016 up to 7.11, 8.62, and now 9.09 in the last three years. He's also mostly avoided the HR bug that has plagued pitchers this year, maintaining a reasonable looking 1.02 homers per nine innings. The Cubs are 15-65 off of him. Russell is 3-4 with a homerun. Heyward is 3-7 with a homer. Rizzo is 2-14 with four strikeouts.

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Comments

schwarber / baez / bryant (RF) / rizzo / contreras / garcia(2nd) / bote(3rd) / almora / Q

well, bryant is good to go

3 pitch K for garcia... 

Making up for it with stellar play in the field. 

Missed the Garcia at bat. Any fastballs in the zone?

Nope. But he did make contact with the breaking pitches this time.

Improvement and thanks!

Nice at bat turns into a two out triple for Robel’s first MLB hit. All of Italy rejoices. 

Len making his usual excuses for why Joe didn’t put in an OF for Willson last night. I feel like Len has delved deeper and deeper into becoming a huge homer.

I understand JHey being unavailable last night in the ninth but no one (media) asked if KB was — seems well enough to play RF today.  Len didn‘t bring up KB but should have given KB has played a number of innings in the OF this year and otherwise. Joe has not hit the right buttons often enough in the command ship. Not all on him by any stretch but he’s slumping too. 

Good throw nails him. Sigh 

garcia triple!

welcome to the bigtime

Damn they’re working over Bote with fastballs just above the strike zone. Launch angle guy kryptonite 

that’s the scouting report on almost the whole team.

schwarb, baez, bote, etc

Guess Joe didn’t want to stick around and see how we blow today’s lead!

First a players only meeting, then a team meeting and now Joe’s been tossed from a game. Not much left in the bag. 

Nice job by Robel staying back on the breaking ball for his second hit. 

Surprised Bote staying in the game after taking a fastball(?) off the top of his helmet.

Odds we see benches cleared at some point today? 25% ?slumping team, manager ejected, Bote hit in the head.

Hopefully it doesn’t come down to that. Brewcrew lost 1-0 to the Reds - hold onto this one and Cubs will be tied for the division lead. 

currently the cubs are busy assaulting the ERA of PIT pitchers 

This might be the happiest I’ve ever seen Q with the Cubs - he was stoked coming home on Javy’s single. 

https://twitter.com/cubs/status/1146902340299046913?s=21

Wow - Robel goes yard to dead center!

This lead is almost big enough to put Descalso in the game. 

garcia a double away from the cycle

First Cubs player to homer and triple in his first major league start since ...

Starlin Castro on 5/7/2010

I don't think the fireworks tonight could possibly compare to what could be coming July 12th weekend when the Cubs get the Pirates at home.  Anyone want to take bets on who will be the one to clear the benches, maybe Hamels will be back by then.

clint hurdle was totally unimpressed with maddon’s temper tantrum.  he wasn’t mad...he wasn’t buying it.

I’m going to be at those games. I hope the Cubs start the second half of the season strong. A sweep would be sweet!

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  • crunch 1 hour 53 min ago (view)

    Chicago Cubs Thumbs Up GIF by NBC Sports Chicago

     

  • Alexander Dimm 2 hours 19 min ago (view)

    I'm in.  What more do we need, really.  A beer.  A game or two.  The 162 game season can wait until next year (I hope).  Have fun with a micro-mini season.  Let the powers fight over the labor agreements.  They can finish by next spring, right?

     

  • crunch 2 hours 30 min ago (view)

    2020 quickly shaping up to be the best season ever.

     

  • Cubster 3 hours 50 min ago (view)

    And a few kegs of beer. Hamberders too.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 3 min ago (view)

    they should just play a quick weekend tourney where no one actually wins and everyone gets a small participation trophy.

    declare the fans the MVPs and dedicate the series to everyone who has died in the history of humanity.

    ...then a free live-streamed Nickleback concert hosted by 2Pac's hologram

     

  • Charlie 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Lol at worrying about a second wave disrupting revenue.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    IN BRIEF (Tribune, from their mini-sports section):    In a letter, MLB rejects players’ plan for 114 gamesNews services Major League Baseball rejected the players’ proposal for a 114-game schedule in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts, telling the union that teams have no reason to think 82 games is possible and now will discuss even fewer.Players made their proposal Sunday, five days after management’s initial economic plan.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Pete Ricketts causing some backspin on their serve...Chi Tribune, Thursday AM:

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    Here are the last two Cubs minor league releases from this week (for a final total of 30): 

    Conor Lillis-White, LHP (acquired frrom LAA for Tommy LaStella post-2018 - missed 2019 season with hip flexor injury)

    Alberto Mineo, C-1B (has been quarantined in Italy since he re-signed with Cubs in February) 

    Lillis-White was eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, and Mineo was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 

     

  • Charlie 2 days 36 min ago (view)

    Great read from players I came of age watching. Really shows how badly MLB needs to empower their players to speak in real time and not just after retiring.

     

  • crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    "A conversation: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America"

    https://theathletic.com/1849574/2020/06/02/a-conve...

    d.glanville, j.rollins, r.howard, d.willis, t.hunter, l.hawkins

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  • Jackstraw 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    I'm trying to come up with scenarios where saying "The problem I have with you people....." really helps the conversation move forward constructively.  None really jump to mind.

     

  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    i still want proof that tom ricketts and ted cruz aren't the same person

     

  • Cubster 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Tom's older brother is an ass, even with an embarrassing apology.

    Here is the twitter video from Pastor Jarrod Parker: 

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  • Cubster 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    I agree.  Laura is the real deal. I think she was the major influence that showed Tom R. and Crane Kenney how to show a "human side" and deal realistically and in a non-threatening way, with the local Chicago politicians. Kenney was clearly clueless in his initial attempts regarding the neighborhood, the Rooftop owners, and the Wrigley Field rebuild. 

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    I am a Laura Ricketts fan. To hell with the rest of them.