Cubs @ Cardinals: Series Thread (Games 14-16)

An early season hot streak brings the 2020 Cubs to a division-leading 10-3 record as they travel to St. Louis for the first time. The Cards (2-3), meanwhile, will be playing only their 6th game of the season following a significant COVID outbreak and a 8-day layoff. The risk of contagion remains the only thing more concerning than the Cubs' bullpen.

Game 14
Friday, August 7, 7:15pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (1-0, 0.82 ERA)
STL: RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

Lester has been both good and fortunate so far. The .091 BABIP certainly helps.

Ponce de Leon has pitched only 4 innings in one relief appearance and one start. He had a 3.70 ERA in 48.2 innings last year.

Game 15
Saturday, August 8, 7:15pmCDT
CHC: RHP Alec Mills (2-0, 1.38 ERA)
STL: RHP Adam Wainwright (1-0, 1.50 ERA)

Alec Mills continue to mix pitches and speeds effectively in his start against the Royals and earned himself his second win. Anything he does beyond eat innings is gravy for the Cubs. So as long as he's pitching like this out of the back of the rotation, I am happy to continue riding the gravy caboose.

Adam Wainwright used sheer veteran know-how and Cardinals-ness to earn 14 wins last year.

Game 16
Sunday, August 9, 6:08pmCDT (ESPN broadcast)
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks
STL: TBD

Hendricks defeated the Royals last time. He went seven innings and allowed two earned runs.

Comments

Tonight's Cubs-Cardinals game postponed due to an additional Cards positive CoViD-19 test.

The additional STL player who tested positive had apparently been out in public with the others who tested positive earlier this week when they were infected, so while the new positive test is not a surprise, the lag/delay in the player testing positive is probably a bit concerning/disappointing. 

Based upon the way MLB handled the Marlins positive tests and the Phillies only potential exposure, I wouldn't be surprised if all three of the Cubs-Cards games this weekend will ultimately be canceled. 

le sigh...

Make the Deadbirds forfeit all three games.

So the Cubs are off until Tuesday. 

i can't even imagine what it's like playing fantasy baseball this season.

It feels like you have no time to let players you know are good figure out how to get out of slumps. It's not ideal, and feels very much like it's not baseball.

i played for decades in various formats.  i got crazy busy 3 years ago, took a year off, and never got back into it.

it's a great way to stay engaged with all the players and introduce yourself to emerging talent other people see that may not be on your radar.

Never played roto baseball but enjoy listening to roto podcasts for the very same reasons you list.

I presume they come back to Chicago for the weekend and travel to Cleveland on Tuesday.

Saved from an August weekend in Stl. Plus, it might eliminate any road games vs Stl. They might do makeups during the 3 game series at Wrigley Mon 8-17 to Wed 8-19 (Thursday 8-20 is a scheduled off day for the Cubs but StL plays the Reds in StL at night) or the 4 game series against the Cardinals at Wrigley Friday 9-4 through Mon 9-7.

"Cardinals' president of baseball operations John Mozeliak announced Friday that Ryan Helsley and Austin Dean are the two players that tested positive for COVID-19."

at least this DET/PIT game has been great.  no cubs til tuesday at the earliest...boo.

at least this HOU/OAK game has been great since the DET/PIT game has ended.  sigh.

ex-cub-for-a-minute derek holland (PIT) had a bad 1st inning today...homer, single, homer, homer, homer in his first 11 pitches.

So much for his offseason workouts with Kimbrel.

Pirates-Cardinals series also cancelled. Maybe they can play the games on Stratomatic with dice or All-Star baseball with spinners?

This was the Pirates only trip to StL but they do have a mid Sept series vs StL in PIT. 
at least the Cardinals can't whine about losing home attendance revenue (but they do lose in Park advertising revs).

They actually did a Strat-O-Matic simulation of the 1981 all star game at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland when the game was cancelled due to the strike, complete with scoreboard display.  Bob Feller did the ceremonial first dice roll.

Phillip Evans suffered a broken jaw and a concussion in his ugly collision with Gregory Polanco Per Jon Heyman.

Cubs have reset the rotation ahead of the series against the Indians: Lester, Hendricks, Darvish, Chatwood and Mills

Mills and Hendricks no longer back to back which makes sense given their similar styles

"Zach Plesac (CLE) was sent home by the Indians and will be quarantined for 72 hours going out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night."

dude, wtf...

STL is going to go 1/2 month without playing a game...more at this point are possible.

they've played 5 games.  some teams have played 16-17 games.

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  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 55 min ago (view)

    You can pretty much figure out from my AZIL game reports who the Cubs will likely target if they trade Kyle Hendricks to the Angels during the off-season (which I believe is a distinct possibility).  

     

  • crunch 9 hours 15 min ago (view)

    "On Wednesday, and again on Friday, manager Joe Maddon said the Angels needed to land two front-line starters or risk perpetual mediocrity. On Saturday, Mike Trout said the Angels had “a lot of money to spend” and the offseason was “going to be big.”"

    $180.3m payroll and the star player + manager softly demanding more talent.

    wait.  you can do that?

    hey d.ross and...umm...hold up...do you have to have a star player to make this kind of demand?  sigh.

     

  • tim815 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Exactly. Teams realized that under-playing the rest of the season, and assessing what's currently on-hand, works. At least, better than pickung three or four spots lower on the draft board with less spending space.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    It required a good amount of luck, and the other hard part is like a third of the league are tanking now too. Last time it was basically us and Houston.

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    this team is very hard to watch.  i can't take this for 1-2 more years.  i hope the 2022 plan is at least hybrid-competitive (team built to compete, but trade-ready if failing mid-season).

    rebuilding on total destruction for a slew of 1st round picks for years is/was lame even if those 1st round picks was pretty much all that worked for the cubs in the theo-era drafts.

     

  • K Dub 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Thanks for the update on Devers. Are you able to give us some more context (velocity, pitch mix, etc)? Also, was Drew Gray included in the group you compared Devers to when you said Devers was "by far" the ACL Cubs best pitching prospect? I ask because I know Gray only pitched 4 innings this season. 

    Thanks! 

     

  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    cards 15 wins a row...franchise record

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have no starting pitching right now with Carl in a funk.

     

  • Eric S 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

     Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2

     

  • Cubster 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    With a Doubleheader loss, the Cubs are back on track for a better draft choice. Right now at 67 wins they pick #7, just ahead of KC and Minnesota who have 68-69 wins. 

     

  • crunch 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    I am celebrating the day he signs with another team this offseason. I didn't know I could hate him more than I did when he was in Milwaukee but here we are!

     

  • crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    wisdom can hit some bombs when he does connect..wow.

    also davies still sucks.

     

  • tim815 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    McAvene is struggling against hitters in Instructs. He's not ready for the AZ Fall League. I'd expect to see Juan Gamez otr Aneuris Rosario first. Vazquez, I agree with, entirely.

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.

    Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Thanks!