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.
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