Diamondbacks @ Cubs: Ray vs Lester (Game 101)

AZ (56-46): LHP Robbie Ray (6-4, 3.24)
CHC (58-42): LHP Jon Lester (12-3, 3.14)
First pitch: 1:20pmCST
Lester didn’t have it on Friday—to say the least, going 3 innings and giving up 8 ER. Now he can pitch without all of that nasty Cy Young pressure on him. Overall, the D’backs are 26-80 (.325) against him. Goldschmidt is 5-9 with a HR.
Ray gave up 5 ER in 5.1 innings but ended up with a no-decision against the Rockies his last time out. The Cubs are 3-23 (.130) against him. Heyward is 2-4.
Chatwood and Godley tomorrow at 1:20pmCST to close out the series.
Go Cubs!


Amazing the Cubs are in first place:

- They got nothing from FA Darvish

- FA Chatwood is an epic walk machine

- FA Morrow breaks down every few weeks

- Bryant is a one-armed singles hitter

- And, for fun, every decent prospect is injured

I think they need most (if not all) of the first 4 things to reverse themselves, and hopefully soon. 


Thanks Joe


I was just thinking what they would have to do for me to feel OK about their chances in playoffs. Basically, they need a fully healthy and effective Darvish, Lester doing what he's doing, and either Hendricks or Quintana on a hot stretch. If they don't have three of those better starters going strong, I have a hard time seeing them making it past three good playoff teams.

A healthy KB would also help those playoff chances. Let him rest that shoulder for 3-4 weeks - coming back before the all star break wasn't worth it. 

For sure. I didn't realize the shoulder was still bothering him until I saw the DL announcement today.

Looks like the Cubs and Rangers have agreed on a Cole Hamels trade. 2.93 road ERA vs. 6.41 in home run friendly Texas. Has playoff experience. Cubs can now stack 4 lefties if they want in a playoff series vs. Dodgers. 

I still think the Cubs need a left handed reliever. Wilson has been good, but struggles with walks at times, Rosario has a 2.03 ERA, but 5.10 FIP, and Duensing has struggled. Maybe someone like Zach Duke, Jake Diekman, or Luis Avilan.

doing the "pitcher hitting 8th thing"again...

Rizzo 1B, Almora CF, Zobrist 2B, Contreras C, Russell SS, Schwarber LF, Happ RF, Lester P, La Stella 3B

baez has a knee brace on, but isn't hobbling...bryant might need a DL stint (left shoulder).

David DeJesus and Daughter in the TV booth for the 7th.  The kid, maybe a tweener, is dabbing?  doing the dab? whatever, get off my lawn, each time she's on TV.  David had to tell her not to dab on TV.  Classic.


Actually it was his son, who had long hair.

Honest mistake on my part - suspect y'all know me well enough to know I wouldn't deliberately mis-gender anyone, especially a kid.  Didn't hear the introduction of the kid.  My bad.

i thought it was a girl, too.  when they're that young and in "neutral" clothing (a cubs jersey) it's an easy mistake...especially with hair as fabulous as his.

i miss having long hair...i don't miss waiting for it to dry after a shower.

...in case anyone else is wondering wtf all of this is about... https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Di-jPcbXgAAiIeU.jpg

David DeJesus Jr (aka Kingston) per Wiki.

DeJesus is married to former model and Amazing Race 23 contestant Kim DeJesus.[16] Together, they have a son named David Kingston DeJesus Jr. He goes by the name Kingston.


is ja happ a cub yet or what?

this team could be 8% happ.

This feels like one of the early season games -- Ray comes in with a 5+ ERA, and the Cubs can't touch him. I realize he was really good last year, but he's been really bad this year.

C'mon boys, let's get a W! Brewers, Pirates (!) and Cards have all lost.

baez pinch hits in the 8th.

Win or lose, big take away is that Lester looked good, particularly after his last (disastrous) start.

Also, hope Javy is a quick healer.

No data to support this, but it seemed to me that every time Lester had a really bad start last year (and there were a few), he followed it with a pretty good one.  Nice to see him rack up a few Ks today.  Unlucky not to get a W, but that run in the 8th was a much-needed gift.

Let's get the split tomorrow! -- if, for no other reason, because I'm going.  This will be my 3rd game of the year -- and my 3rd Chatwood start.  Always fun to see the catcher look like a soccer goal keeper -- leaping and diving all over the place to keep the ball in front of him.

"This will be my 3rd game of the year"


"and my 3rd Chatwood start"

special torture!

It's like a punch line to the 'I've got good news and bad news" joke.

baez doesn't look so slick running to 2nd.  also, woo he got to 2nd to lead off the inning.

no pinch runner?  okay.

okay, t.chatwood comes in to pinch run after a 1-0 count.  alright...

Strop for the close - fingers crossed

This Yankees/Red Sox arms race is fun to watch.  Amazingly, one of them will be in the Wild Card game. 

WAS beats MIL...cubs back up by 2.5 games.

also, WAS is 1 game under .500 while PHI + ATL battle it out for the NL East...weird.

Wade Davis...

Sporting a 4.61 ERA this year. Almost exactly two points higher than with the Cubs.

Sort of dodged a bullet. But took another one.

And picked the wrong horse with Yu.

c.coleman only lasted 1.1ip last night in iowa...5h, 3bb, 6er

also, c.gimenez pitched an inning of 1-hit, 0 run ball...because having position players pitch is -the- hot 2018 thing.  seriously, i can't remember any time in my lifetime so many position players have pitched (not just the cubs, but all teams).

I think relievers are being used more than ever -- at least 2-3 per game, often more -- and you have to assume you will need a bunch for the next game, so using position players may become more and more common.

hell, we know joe can't get enough of them.  he'd go through a half dozen a game if he could...and sometimes does.  MLB adding a "26th man" to the active roster can't be too far away.

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  • bradsbeard 3 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Great info. Thanks! 


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 5 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: What happens on 12/2 is each club submits what's called a "Central Tender Letter" to the MLB LRD listing which unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are being tendered a contract and which unsigned players are not being tendered a contract. 

    The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.  

    For players being tendered contracts, the CTL must list the club's MLB salary offer, a minor league split salary offer (if the club so chooses), and performance bonuses (if any) the club is offering to the player.


  • crunch 11 hours 41 min ago (view)

    theo walked away from a big payday for an executive in his last season as a cub without having another job scoped out...and according to him he's not even looking one.

    something tells me this isn't going to be a fun off-season for cubs fans.

    the state of the cubs household aside, i wouldn't exactly be shocked to see theo with the mets, though he's supposedly not on their radar at the moment.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 5 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have been at the forefront of tone-deaf owners in terms of financial hardship during the pandemic. "The game isn't as profitable as most people think"


  • tim815 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    The decision on the amount comes later.


  • bradsbeard 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    At the point when the team makes the initial contract tender, do they have to offer a specific salary, and if so is that the same number the team takes into arbitration? Or does the specific number the teams files at for arbitration happen at a later date?


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: A player who is signed to a contract that does not include a minor league split salary is paid his full MLB salary while optioned or after being outrighted to a minor league club.

    So if a player goes to arbitration and is awarded (let's say) a $2.5M salary by the arb panel, the contract will not include a minor league split salary or performance bonuses, and if the player is sent to the minors he is paid the full $2.5M while in the minors.


  • Hagsag 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Maybe Trump can give them a loan.


  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    it's not exactly looking good when the cubs brass is complaining about "losing 100m in revenue" when a huge chunk of that seems to include Hotel Zachary.  it looks like the entire "entertainment complex" is the cubs as far as the Ricketts are concerned...and the team might have to suffer a bit because they couldn't fully realize profits last year.  they've publically stated that the big incoming tax credits from the city they're going to realize for stadium work won't help the cubs payroll.


  • jdrnym 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    If a player doesn't have a split salary in his contract, how much is he making when in the minors (or how is that salary determined)?


  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    we want kyle schwarber to not be mark trumbo so badly...

    either way, the NL having or not having the DH needs to be figured out pretty quickly for a lot of off-season sanity.


  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    minor league hitting coordinator chris valaika moves up assistant hitting instructor for the big league team.

    looks like a.iapoce's job is safe.


  • Cubster 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Jed Hoyer gets a new 5 yr contract that runs through 2025 season. 


  • Cubster 3 days 15 hours ago (view)


    BA's list of 19 prospects who impressed at Instructs. One Cub:

    Chase Strumpf, 2B, Cubs


  • Jackstraw 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Waiting for Ryan Pace to be available.  He should be a week from tomorrow.


  • crunch 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    i haven't even heard a rumor...which is interesting since "virtual" winter meetings start in a couple weeks.

    surprised dan kantrovitz hasn't been named "interim GM" or something...which makes me wonder how wide of a net they're casting to fill the position.  he was snagged from the A's and was an assistant GM there (and director of scouting for STL).