Cubs @ Giants: Chatwood vs. Beede (Game 102)

CHC (54-47): RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 4.30 ERA)
SF (52-50): RHP Tyler Beede (3-3, 4.70 ERA)

First pitch 2:45pmCDT

Chatwood is a late substitution for an ill Jon Lester. He last pitched on July 14 and last started on June 27. In three starts he's pitched 15 innings and allowed 12 runs, nine earned against the Mets, Atlanta, and Arizona. Currents Giants have a .869 OPS against him in 153 at bats.

Tyler Beede last made an eight inning start and allowed no earned runs. He's made 10 starts this year and two relief appearances. He's also made 7 AAA starts. This will be his first time facing the Cubs.


Whoops! Thought we had another night game in store. Life is a bit hectic with a cross-country move starting on Friday and an academic conference right after that. I am feeling especially open to sharing gameday thread duties for a while! If not, it's possible I just miss some.

CHARLIE: CT Steve allows no excuses. Get your priorities in order. 

I am preparing my notes for an apology during the post-game.

bottom 3rd and the pen is up.  woo, chatwood.

almora HR!

single and a HR through 2ab.  that should raise his average since to break to like .150 or something.

rizzo ejected for running his mouth and caratini's in to play 1st...and bryant is out of the game for some reason.

caratini 1st, bote 3rd...ryan in replacing chatwood.

this all went downhill fast.

Losing a red hot KB to an as yet undisclosed injury is not so hot

Per Len, KB left with a sore right knee.

KB says not a big deal, will be in the lineup Friday. Jesse Rogers says no MRI scheduled

Very good outing by Chatwood today, particularly with the trade deadline looming. 

Lot of ducks being left on the pond. Cubs have had a lot of chances to blow this one open. Good thing blowing lost opportunities never seem to come back and bite them, particularly on the road.  Looking forward to Stropy-time in the 8th!

Almost a drama free ninth inning for Kimbrel - but it worked out in the end (Schwarber with some heart attack moments in LF all game) - Cubs win!

*and hopefully KB gets back healthy soon

lester to start saturday (vs MIL).

CHC won, MIL won, and STL is most likely going to win (leading by 9 in the 6th).

StL is starting to get that unstoppable look about them. I hate that we didn’t bury them  or MIL. 

Rowan Wick was a position-player (C-OF) the first four years of his pro career (with STL) and hit 246/326/469 with 34 HR in 186 minor league games (758 PA) prior to becoming a pitcher, but Brad Brach (who had eight PA over the course of 14 pro seasons coming into yesterday's game) PH for Wick?

Obviously there is a reason why Wick was moved to pitcher (he struck out a LOT and was unable to advance out of single-A as a RF), but even given that, wouldn't Wick have been a better choice than Brach to bat in that spot?    

Kept Wick from getting injured while batting.  Not seeing it as a horrible outcome if Brach got injured while batting.  Cubs already up 4-1, didn't necessarily need a hit in that AB.

JACKSTRAW: I doubt that the possibility that Wick could be injured while batting (or while running the bases) was the reason Brach PH for him, since Kyle Hendricks PH with two outs and nobody on base in the 12th inning Tuesday night and I suspect the Cubs would be much more concerned with the possibility that Hendricks might get hurt while batting (or while running the bases) than would be the case with a Chicago - Des Moines shuttle-rider like Wick. 
Also, giving away an AB with only one out in the 6th with just a three-run lead (it was 4-1 not 14-1) doesn't make a whole lot of sense either, especially since Wick has considerable professional experience as a hitter (and clealy has HR power) while Brach clearly does not.  

So the move remains a mystery (at least it does for me). 

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