Nationals @ Cubs: Fedde vs Lester (Game 110)

WAS (64-44): RHP Erick Fedde (0-1, 15.75)
CHC (58-51): LHP Jon Lester (8-6, 3.96) 
First pitch: 1:20pmCST

Lester gave up 3 ER in 4 innings (and hit a HR-wtf?!) for a no-decision in the 16-4 blowout of the D’backs on Tuesday. The Nats are 41-184 (.223) against him. Wieters is 16-49.

Fedde got knocked around by the Rockies in Washington for his MLB-debut last week (4 IP, 7 ER, 3 K, 2 BB). He was 4-4 with a 3.72 in the minors before his call up. No word on how Dusty plans to blow out his arm.

Arrieta (10-8) opens the series in San Francisco against Moore (3-11) and the Giants on the wrong coast tomorrow at 9:00pmCST.

Go Cubs!


Woo Hoo - Rays manage to score a run against the Brewers on a bases loaded, no out gidp. It's a start at least.

Rays win on a walk-off bomb!

Rays scored a grand total of two runs the entire series - Cubs lucky they at least managed to win one of em

cubs making it happen with 2 outs...2Ks to start the 2nd...single, single, single scoring a run.

contrerYES...big ass HR to to last row of the bleachers. no-doubter. 12th HR out of the 4-slot (20th overall).

make that 13th and 21st overall.

schwarb back to back! sweet. ...and heyward gets his 9th double on the season (8hr, 4 triples) with his 2nd hit of the day. ...and heyward out in "no man's land" between 2nd and 3rd after lester misses a bunt.

cj, you are f'n killing me, bruh. bases loaded, 1 out, 1 run lead. c'mon.

HBP. game tied. wtf...

grand slam. screw this.

This game is on Joe - clearly Carl Jr is not in a good place right now and hasn't been for awhile. Hell, Rondon hasn't pitched since Tuesday

8th inning implosions at home are fun. Edwards needs a week off. He has nothing in the tank.

Joe dimmer than sleepy Dusty - lulz

Clearly two home run games by Contreras are the kiss of death - damn you Willson!

But at least they'll have the cool Harley gear to wear on the trip out to the west coast - that will be fun

heyward with double #10...2nd on the day. this is his 2nd 3-hit game on the season. it's also his 1000th career hit. someone give that guy another 20m bucks.

And still no Rondon. I wonder if he's hurt again?

well, he's not giving up 1st pitch HRs. so there's that. rondon's been good except for 1 outing the past month+. no idea why he's not getting more work lately.

Can Willson hit 4 more home runs?

I'll give the Cubs bullpen credit: when they implode, they go big - no shttin' around with this crew.

Did the fans boo CJ's ass? Not watching.

the cubs in-park fan base can't tell the difference between a towering HR shot out of the park and a 300ft pop-out. they were mostly indifferent, though there were some boo's.

I didn't hear any on the TV broadcast - just crickets and stunned silence. Credit the Nats young starting pitcher for keeping his team in the game even while giving up 3 home runs (all solo of course)

Not his fault he was put in when he should not have been. That is all on Maddon if you want to boo anyone. Booing should be reserved for obvious lack of hustle or the David Price's of the world who blame inperformance on anything other than themselves.

Inexplicably stupid move by Maddon. No way Edwards should have been put into that spot. Just terrible. Cubs continue to wet their pants against good teams -- can't even win a series vs. Nats without any of their top 3 starters. Justin Wilson -- we need you to be really good. Koji is toast, and CJ needs therapy.

cj's august so far...3 games... 1.2ip 4h 4bb 1k, 7er era from 2.51 to 3.83

I understand what Joe was thinking with putting CJ in that situation yesterday. He's right about it increasing his confidence if it goes well. On the bright side, I don't think he makes that decision if it were the postseason. If it were a postseason game, Joe likely keeps Montgomery in, puts Hector or Koji in, or puts Davis in for a 5 out save. Joe's reasoning for the decision did not seem like something you do in the postseason for sure. Unfortunate that it didn't work out, but I'm not worried.

CHITOWNMVP01: I think the best move with Edwards would be to pitch him in low-leverage situations for a week and then decide at the end of the road trip whether to option him to Iowa or not. 

The main problem with sending Edwards to the minors right now is that he has only one minor league option left, so the Cubs really can't afford to send him to the minors for more than 19 days, otherwise they burn his last minor league option year, and the Cubs will probably want to preseve that for next season. 

So I expect Edwards will remain in the Cubs pen through the road trip to SF and AZ, and then the Cubs will decide next Monday whether to send him down to Iowa until September 1st or keep him in the MLB pen.

If I had to guess, I would say the Cubs will send Edwards to AAA for 19 days starting next Monday (after the road trip), have him pitch in high-leverage situations at Iowa, and then recall him when rosters expand on September 1st. Right now his walk rate is just totally unacceptable. He is costing the Cubs games in a season where even one game could mean the difference between making the playoffs or staying home in October.  

As for who would replace Edwards in the Cubs bullpen, it could be RHRP Matt Carasiti (acquired from COL for Zac Rosscup last month). Carasiti is a AAA closer, but he would probably be used in middle-relief for the Cubs. He is a ground ball pitcher who rarely gives up a HR, so that would give Carasiti an edge over Justin Grimm. NOTE: Grimm cannot be recalled until Friday unless he replaces a player on the 25-man roster who is placed on the DL or other MLB inactive list.

Also, Carasiti will be a minor league FA post-2017 if he not added to the MLB 40-man roster by the 5th day after the final game of the World Series, so it would not be out of line to add him to the 40 sooner than that. 

As for who the Cubs would drop from the 40 to make room for Carasiti (if Carasiti is called-up to replace CJE), Iowa RHSP Aaron Brooks is the most-likely candidate. The thing to remember about Brooks is that - IF - the Cubs can get him through waivers, he cannot elect free-agency if outrighted, AND, he would not be eligible to be a minor league 6YFA after the World Series, either, so the Cubs would be able to keep him under club control through the 2018 season in case he turns the corner next year at AAA. 

I am behind what you are explaining AZ Phil. CJE definitely needs to find his confidence. Low leverage situations and then AAA for 19 days should help him. And it would be nice to see what Carasiti can do. It would be great to be able to hold on to Brooks, but if losing him is the cost, that's acceptable. I know it would be better if he can clear waivers and we have him locked in for 2018, but I gotta believe there will be guys getting promoted from AA and taking some of the SP positions available.

Was hoping the Cubs would go at least 3-3 on the home stand but not to be ...

cubs go west to play SF...3 vs SF, day off thursday, 3 vs ARZ...then back home for CIN(4) and TOR(3)

After ARZ, Cindy series begins a stretch of 24 straight games against teams under .500

d.daulton has died after a long brain cancer battle. 55 years old. :(

The Cubs signed LH-hitting 3B-2B Mike Freeman to replace Tommy LaStella and Jeimer Candelario at AAA Iowa. Freeman elected free-agency after being outrighted to the minors by the Dodgers last week. 

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  • crunch 1 hour 26 min ago (view)

    happ / rizzo / contreras / schwarber(DH) / maybin(LF) / heyward / baez / kipnis / bote


  • George Altman 2 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Let's hope so. It would be great next year to NOT have to 'piece together a bullpen'.


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 3 min ago (view)

    DJL: I think that if Lester, Chatwood, Quintana, Jeffress, and Chafin leave via free-agency and do not return or are not replaced by at least one veteran MLB FA SP, the default Cubs 2021 Opening Day pitching staff will be Darvish, Hendricks, Mills (out of options), Alzolay (could be out of options - TBD), and either Rea, T. Miller, Steele, Abbott, Marquez, or D.


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 57 min ago (view)

    I understand that any team can win a three-game series, but if I'm a division winner I'd want to be the #3 seed rather than the #2 seed in both the A. L. and the N. L., because I would rather face the worst second place team (Houston in the A. L. and probably Miami or Philadelphia in N. L.) than the best wild card team (Cleveland in the A. L. and probably Cincinnati or Milwaukee in the N.L.).  


  • Hagsag 12 hours 21 sec ago (view)

    Maybe, if he makes the roster!


  • Charlie 17 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Jose Martinez is going to hit some big post season homerun, isn't he?


  • Cubster 20 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Is the Chafin experiment over yet?


  • crunch 20 hours 28 min ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    even with the loss the cubs officially clinched a playoff slot tonight, though.


  • crunch 20 hours 36 min ago (view)

    oh, it's totally the hitters unless the coach is forcing guys into trying ill advised changes...which is doubtful to the point of obsurdity for this many slumping hitters.

    it's just that a near team-wide hitting outage with no one getting "fixed" isn't a good look for a hitting coach.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 47 min ago (view)

    How many hitting coaches would that be over the past five years?

    At a certain point maybe it's just the hitters? I love the current group but we've been burning through hitting coaches recently


  • crunch 21 hours 15 min ago (view)

    anthony iapoce might want to start updating his resume...

    i'm not saying it's his fault, but it doesn't seem like much is going right with the bats and it's getting worse over time.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 22 hours 35 min ago (view)

    I look at the 8 man pen for next year and would assume 6 RHP 2 LHP. The LHP would currently be two of Ryan, Wieck, and Steele (and I guess Osich but I suspect he's non-tendered).

    The 6 RHP would be from Kimbrel, Wick, Tepera, Adam, Underwood, Alzolay, Winkler, Rea (and potentially others). I feel like they're only keeping one of Tepera/ Winkler for final arb year. Tough to say which is better value at this point.


  • crunch 22 hours 54 min ago (view)

    im impressed tepera has "only" given up 2hr in 19.2ip, but i wouldn't hold out on that holding up.  also, his control is sketchy as ever...

    he's got promising stuff, but at age 33 (few weeks from now) what more does he have to learn/show?

    it would probably cost the cubs 1.5m or so to keep him around (900K this year).  they liked something about him to pick him up, but who knows where that's at now...


  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Two Cubs reached significant milestones today: 

    1. OF Jason Heyward now has "10/5 no trade" rights and so he cannot be traded without his consent (he had a partial "no trade" the past couple of seasons); 


  • crunch 1 day 20 min ago (view)

    happ / contreras / rizzo / baez / schwarber / bote(3rd) / maybin(RF) / martinez(DH) / hoerner(2nd)


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    r.brothers, down...Q, up