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.
cubbies.4ever 7 hours 56 min ago (view)
Still haven't seen/heard if Cubs signed 19th rd Daniel Avitia, the last of the unsigned or declined.
crunch 8 hours 8 min ago (view)
imagine he'll go into indie ball somewhere and hope he doesn't end up like matt harrington.
Sonicwind75 8 hours 33 min ago (view)
So is Kumar going "pro" by taking a KBO contract next season or something like that or does he just work out for a year? Not sure what the rules are for a player in his situation.
Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 25 min ago (view)
Good. Suck it Mets
crunch 12 hours 32 min ago (view)
mets fail to sign k.rocker.
at the time it was considered a hell of a pick when he fell so far (11th pick). he was considered a top-5 pick for most of the year, #1 for a chunk of it. his medicals (elbow) gave the mets pause offering him slot value. his agent, boras, says he's healthy.
he will not return to vandy and will go "pro"...he returns to the draft next year and the mets get a compensation 11th pick in round 1 next season.
crunch 13 hours 11 min ago (view)
rizzo, baez, and bryant all homered in their 1st game with their new team.
Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 44 min ago (view)
Winning very much to a backseat to profits. I would imagine it always kinda was that way, but it became very obvious after the title. I think when ownership saw Darvish struggle year one, that was that, no more free agent spending. And never adjusted after it became clear Darvish was back starting midway through year two.
Charlie 13 hours 55 min ago (view)
Ownership absolutely decided sometime after 2016 that fans owed them and not the other way atound.
Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 3 min ago (view)
To be fair they also did a good job bringing in talent to the system that they were able to use to make trades. And a few solid signings such as Lester and Zobrist.
I think part of it was the hunger mostly vanished after the title and things needed to be switched up to kick people in the ass a tad. Add a level of being hamstrung by Heyward deal, no one coming up to replace the lost farm system talent or aging players, no one but Rizzo and Hendricks signing extensions, and here we are
crunch 14 hours 5 min ago (view)
HUGE standing O for bryant. they're loving it.
Cubster 14 hours 30 min ago (view)
The Chicago Ortegas
crunch 14 hours 30 min ago (view)
who though we'd have "the ortega game" today? alright, then.
Cubster 14 hours 54 min ago (view)
Rizzo leading off for Yanks today
crunch 14 hours 55 min ago (view)
the cubs had years of 1st round picks gained by tanking do well and they got very lucky with the arrietta/strop trade. strop is especially underappreciated in that trade. theo obviously wanted rizzo badly, and made the right call there. hendricks was a complex back/forth trade because of player injuries, but at the end of the day the cubs wanted hendricks and they made the right call there, too.
aside from that, it looks a lot like it's been for decades.
Cubster 15 hours 43 min ago (view)
Every championship season is sacred (except 2021).
Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 47 min ago (view)
He's looking kinda gassed. I think we've got to be coming up on his innings limit