Cubs @ Brewers: Series Thread (Games 103-105)
The Cubs head to Milwaukee to take on the third-place Brewers, who have been leap-frogged by the streaking Cardinals. As tight as the division, it feels like we are already very much in the stretch. They start with the season series tied 3-3. See game-by-game matchups below.
Game 103, Friday, July 26, 7:10pmCDT
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-8, 3.41 ERA)
MIL: LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 3.60 ERA)
Hendricks pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs in a loss to the Padres. He deserved better. He took a loss to Milwaukee in April, allowing 4 earned runs in 4 innings. The Brewers have a group OPS of .620 against him in 162 at bats.
Gio Gonzalez missed all of June and the first half of July. He has made one start since returning, allowing three earned runs in four innings against Arizona. He earned a win against the Cubs in May on 5.2 innings pitched and two earned runs. Heyward and Rizzo have combined to go 10-64 against him with one double and 12 strikeouts.
Game 104, Saturday, July 27, 6:10pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (9-6, 3.87 ERA)
MIL: RHP Chase Anderson (5-2, 3.90 ERA)
Lester allowed four earned runs in six innings against the Padres and escaped with no-decision. Ryan Bruan is 8-21 off of him and Lorenzo Cain is 9-25.
Anderson allowed two earned runs in 5.2 innings to the Reds last time out. He pitched three innings in relief against the Cubs in April and allowed a solo homerun. Kris Bryant is 7-23 off of him. Contreras is 7-13.
Game 105, Sunday, July 28, 1:10pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jose Quintana (8-7, 4.42 ERA)
MIL: RHP Zach Davies (8-3, 3.17 ERA)
Quintana last got a victory against the Padres despite allowing five earned runs in five innings pitched, allowing three homeruns in the process. Braun has a .901 OPS against him in 36 at bats.
Davies last allowed seven runs, six earned, in 4 innings against Cincinnati. It was his worst start of a strong 2019 so far. He's 1-0 against the Cubs this year, allowing three runs, one earned, in 12 innings. He should have to face the Cubs twice between this weekend and the series late this coming week. Maybe the exposure will help the lineup figure him out. Bryant has a 1.005 OPS against him in 41 at bats.
Arizona Phil 1 hour 50 min ago (view)
CUBSTER: Manuel Rodriguez was one of about two dozen players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico 2015-17 and he was one of the most-advanced (he spent three seasons in the Mexican League before signing with the Cubs).
Arizona Phil 2 hours 29 min ago (view)
KKvG: The Cubs are doing their Strength & Conditioning Camp October-Thanksgiving and will have Winter Instructs in January.
KingKongvsGodzilla 2 hours 49 min ago (view)
Cool post, thanks. To go completely off topic - are Fall instructs happening this year? Did they already happen?
Cubster 3 hours 24 sec ago (view)
Grandal leaves Brewers for WSox, 4/73 for a 31 yr old switch hitting catcher that hit .246 with decent on base and power.
crunch 3 hours 53 min ago (view)
mekkes plays out like d.maples, but mekkes doesn't throw as hard, mostly just throws his fastball, and it has great deception. both of them have no predictable command and control.
given that mekkes is only expected to be a pen arm at best anyway, someone might very well snag him even if they end up sending him back before the season.
if we still were in an era where you could have "specialist" relievers rather than this new era of innings-guys, he would probably be on the cubs roster given that righties are generally lost against him.
cubbies.4ever 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Why no Dakota Meekes? Somebody is gonna take him.
Cubster 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Per S Sharma: "Cubs have added C Miguel Amaya, RHP Tyson Miller, RHP Manuel Rodriguez and INF Zack Short to the 40-man roster, which now stands at 36."
...Manny Rodriguez must be a bit of a surprise.
erich081 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Interesting, thanks AZ Phil.
Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
First.Pitch.120: Without citing the source, I can say that other than Miguel Amaya, no Cub eligible for selection in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft is more-likely to be selected (if left unprotected) than P. J. Higgins, and if Higgins is selected, the Cubs will almost certainly not get him back.
First.Pitch.120 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
AZ PHIL: can you tell us a bit more about the "likely" ranking for PJ Higgins? I haven't had a chance to see him IRL. His stat sheet looks ok but not necessarily above some others. Is it a case of the "useful AAA catcher who can also do other things while not destroying you with the bat"?
JustSayin' 5 days 9 hours ago (view)
I hear you but welcome to the world of Theo. The team is always a step or two away from the World Series in his mind, whether that is true or not. Therefore, the thing to do on the margin is to trade top prospects or younger guys on the roster for that missing puzzle piece, not build for the future. I had a front-row seat for this as a Red Sox fan. If Pedro Martinez doesn't insist the Red Sox sign David Ortiz for table scraps and Chris Bryant isn't the no-brainer second pick in the draft, we'd all be wondering what happened to that Theo guy who was in the Red S
Cubster 5 days 10 hours ago (view)
Shogo Akiyama is a lefty bat, career BA at.301 w/ Seibu Lions. Recent OBPs: .419, .385, .398, .403 and .392. HR 20-15 in last 3 seasons Stolen bases, 12 in 2019, 18 in best season (2016). Defense supposedly plus-plus, 7-10 assists (10 in 2016). Clearly a leadoff hitter.
crunch 6 days 3 hours ago (view)
christian yelich committed internet homicide on yu darvish...
Charlie 6 days 7 hours ago (view)
Little in the offseason could make me happier than the Cubs finding ways to retain the good MLB players who came up with them while remaining competitive. This Javy extension talk makes me much happier as a fan than the Bryant and Contreras trade talk.
crunch 6 days 8 hours ago (view)
"Javy Baez. The two-time All-Star shortstop and 2018 MVP runner-up already has begun negotiations on a potential long-term extension with the Cubs, according to sources."
also, some talk of being linked to shogo akiyama (CF, Japan, 32yo in April)
crunch 1 week 4 hours ago (view)
j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.
w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend). braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.