Cubs vs. Diamondbacks: Series Thread (Games 98-100)

The Cubs begin their final homestand before the trade deadline with a 3-game series against opponents they recently faced, the Diamondbacks. See below for the weekend's pitching matchups.


Game 98, Friday, July 23, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Zach Davies (W)

ARS: RHP Zac Gallen (L)

I am posting this late, so the Cubs have already drubbed the D-Backs 8-3. Javy and Chirinos each went deep Davies struck out 8 over 5.1 innings, and Keegan Thompson pitched 3 innings to earn his first career save.


Game 99, Saturday, July 24, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Alec Mills (4-3, 4.64 ERA)

ARZ: RHP Merrill Kelly (6-7, 4.46 ERA)

Mills was the victim of bad defense in his last start, allowing five runs but only one of them earned over 4.0 innings pitched. He struck out six Cardinals and had nice movement on his two-seamer, changeup, and curveball.

Kelly appeared to be on track for a complete game in his last start, which came against the Cubs. He exited in the 9th, however, after allowing a leadoff double to Bryant and RBI single to Javy. Joakim Soria took over, allowing Ortega a 9th inning hit (his second in as many days) and then eventually catching Contreras looking on a 3-2 breaking ball in the zone.


Game 100, Sunday, July 25, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Trevor Williams (3-2, 5.68 ERA)

ARZ: LHP Caleb Smith (3-6, 4.38 ERA)

Williams earned a no-decision in his last start when he allowed four earned runs to the Cardinals over five innings. It was his first start (second appearance) since returning from over a month on the IL.

Smith defeated Pittsburgh in his last start. He went 6.2 innings and struck out 7 while allowing two earned runs. Before the All-Star break, he got clobbered by the Dodgers for nine earned runs in a single inning of work. Excluding that one terrible outing, he ould have an ERA of only 3.39. Bryant is 3-6 with a double, triple, and homer off of Smith.

Comments

a.chafin not helping his trade value today.

rain delaying this game is like extra innings in spring training...my god, just call it...mercy, please.

https://twitter.com/Dbacks/status/1419047228895727619

good job dbacks social media team.

few days old "news" but it seems the allegations against starlin castro (domestic abuse) are serious enough that WAS doesn't expect him to rejoin the team at all this season...not because of legal issues, but because they may want to wash their hands of him.

his entire MLB career might be over at this point.  31 years old and not having a bad season for a middle IF'r (especially the last couple weeks before being put on leave).

This day in Cubs history...

http://www.thisdayinchicagocubshistory.com/Starlin-Castro-debut.html

and before that,  there was Tuffy Rhodes...