Rockies @ Cubs: Butler vs. Lester (Game 100 Thread)

COL (43-55): RHP Eddie Butler (3-6, 4.77)

CHC (52-47): LHP Jon Lester (5-8, 3.32)

First pitch: 1:20pmCT

Blackmon* cf

Reyes# ss

Arenado 3b

Gonzalez* rf

Lemahieu 2b

Stubbs lf

Paulson* 1b

Hundley c

Butler p


Fowler# cf

Schwarber* lf

Bryant 3b

Rizzo* 1b

Coghlan* rf

Russell ss

Ross c

Lester* p

Herrera# 2b

Lester gave up 2 ER in 7 innings against the Phillies for a no-decision last Friday. He
pitched in Colorado in June 2010, giving up 1 ER and 6 hits and taking the loss in the 2-1 game. The Rockies are 11-59 against him (.186). Morneau is 7-22 (.318) with a HR.

Butler had a no decision (6 IP, 3 ER) against the Reds his last time out. He is 2-3 with a 3.89 ERA on the road and 2-1 with a 2.82 in day games. Only Montero (1-2) has faced him.

Ramirez (left ab soreness) returns to the DL and Beeler is back to AAA. To take their spots, Medina and RHP Ben Rowen are called up. For AA and AAA (BAL and CHC), Rowen was a combined 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA. The bigger news is that Castro and Soler sit and Schwarber gets his first start in LF. (I like it....discuss.)

So back to 5 over .500 we go, which means the Cubs have been playing .500 ball since April 28, when they went 12-7 after beating the Pirates.

For the series with the Brewers, we’ll see Nelson vs. Arrieta, Jungmann vs. Hammel, Garza (and his mouth) vs. Hendricks, and Lohse vs. Someone Who is not Named Beeler.

Go Cubs!



It will be interesting to see what Rowen can do. I am not sure why Medina is back up, though he did do a noble job of eating innings on Sunday with 70 pitches.

rowen is...interesting. deception via delivery mega-crapballer. ground scraping submariner. there's kids out there in middle school that throw as hard as he does.

I still hope Castro is getting traded. I know it's wishful thinking. It's a day game after a night game and he has been struggling. But two nights ago he had a good game ... so it's not out of the realm of possibility they are dealing him. And yes his value is low but he's gotta go. It's Russell time at SS. I think Soler resting is because of health precautions and pacing. Schwarber in LF is awesome - today it's because of Lester/Ross but this team will be much better with Montero and Schwarber in lineup if Montero regains full strength or anything close to it!

Yeah, no matter what happens the final two months, it has been great finally seeing some of this long term planning come to fruition. Fun to think that for five years or so we could have Schwarber, Rizzo, Baez (?), Russell, Bryant, and Soler. When you have 6-7 positions with young, club controlled guys entering their primes, good things will come. And Castro just seems like the odd man out at this point. They want paitent hitters who play good defense, etc. and Castro just doesn't fit the mold.

Soler BA: Night .283, Day .233. I imagine others have similar splits.

Haha! That probably has a LOT to do with it. Good call!!

Matt Latos traded from Marlins to Dodgers.

The hits just keep coming! Latos can be good. Sometimes.

Mike Baxter DFAed to make room for Rowen on the 40-man.

Sammy who? Rameriez ab strain due to sneeze.

everyone's running today. as of the 6th... cubs 0-2 rockies 3-1 lester would be pitching a gem of a scoreless game if he could actually hold a runner.

COL's 4th sb in the 8th gives lester 30sb given up in 21 games. he passed his career high many games ago. the sb's are cruddy, but the leads the runners are taking that never make it to the stat sheet probably hurt more. this is a guy who throws cy young ball who takes on extra ERA baggage because of his issue with controlling the base running game. man...

8 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 14 SO, 2 ER - if he needs to ignore base runners to be able to focus and pitch like that, no one cares.

in a world where we debate the pros/cons of having a "pitch framing catcher" getting an extra strike or 2 a game no one should care about the combo of lester giving up huge leads and being on a pace for 45+ steals given up a year? ...not to mention what happens when he loses a couple mph off his fastball or age takes away a few ticks of time from his speedy delivery. this isn't something huge like, "he needs to learn another pitch" or "he needs to change his arm slot or he's gonna get injured." he should have only given up 1er today.


While it's a glaring issue that really needs to be addressed I've been going under the assumption they'll probably do so in the offseason. Seems like most of these kinds of things aren't really dealt with during the season, especially as it seems Lester has also has maybe had a few more control issues than normal and is on a team. I think everyone at this point knows it's an issue but I'm not really seeig It being worked on right now. Lot of things I think this off season that will hopefully get worked on to make this a better team, like Soler with breaking balls. Have him hit breaking all after breaking ball in the cage till he can see the spin in his sleep.

i hope to see him do something different with the running game later this season or next season. he doesn't even have to become some ace pickoff artist. the mere threat of him being able to pick off someone knocks the breath out of a lot of baserunning issues...not just the SB threat or the huge-lead threat.

Wow. You really never do tire of making the same point over and over again. You must have been paid by the word at some point in your career.


Maybe someone who is used to searching for numbers like this can tell us how many of the SBs Lester has allowed have ended up scoring.

the SBs seem to be minor compared to the crazy leads...the blown double play opportunities, guys going 1st/3rd or 2nd/home on what should be a station-to-station hit, etc. there's too many advantages lost solely because there is no threat to the runner unless it's coming from the catcher. obviously, the SBs have caused runs, but the leads have cost outs and caused runs.

lester with 3 sac bunts today...8th of his career. it took until mid-june for the team's 1st pitcher sac bunt.

cubs win! rondon with a painless save.

OK boys -- how about a few easy wins?? Can't remember the last one of those. Bryant's day/night splits are more brutal than Soler -- KB is now under .200 during day games. Get to bed early boys -- you can party all winter. Scharber with another good day - love young guys who can take a walk.

Off topic -- I'm sitting here in my office at Olivet Nazarene and there's a bunch of football journalists in the next room frantically typing up their Bears' Camp stories on their tablets and laptops. It's in a room called the "Fishbowl" -- the interior walls are all glass. Most are sitting at separate tables -- maybe so nobody can look over their shoulder and see what they are writing?

It's really funny to see how UN-social they all are.

Cubs need to catch a dose of whatever got into the White Sox.

That would be the Boston pitching. And I'm not even trying to be cute. So bad.

Yep, but they also swept 4 from the Tribe before sweeping the BoSox, scoring 24 runs in the first 3 games.

There goes Hamels (to Rangers). Dammit! Six players from the Rangers, but no Gallo or Mazara. What would a similar package from the Cubs have looked like?

From reading articles it seems the Phillies had their hearts set on pitching prospects. I wonder if this is maybe where the Cubs were not a good fit?

Seems that way.

I wonder if this takes them out of future competitive balance draft lotteries? Bob Nightengale ‏@BNightengale The #STLCards will now even be more dangerous with new 15 year TV extension worth in excess of $1.5 billion and potentially worth much more

Fuck their competitive balance pick.

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  • Cubster 5 hours 53 min ago (view)

    per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).


  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 13 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  


  • crunch 21 hours 39 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.


  • Ryno 22 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?


  • Ryno 22 hours 25 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.


  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 


  • Eric S 22 hours 47 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 


  • Cubster 22 hours 53 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.


  • Eric S 1 day 19 min ago (view)


    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...


  • Eric S 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season


  • BobbyD 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 


  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.


  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "



  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.


  • BobbyD 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like.