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 58 min 51 sec ago (view)

    Remember, the Cubs have until 5 PM (Eastern) on - SUNDAY - to decide whether to add any of the 25 minor leaguers who are eligible to be Rule 55 minor league second contract free-agents or 6YFA to the MLB 40-man roster, sign the player to a 2021 minor league successor contract, or allow the player to walk. (Some -- perhaps even most -- of the 25 have no doubt already signed successor contracts - TBD).  

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 9 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have claimed 2B-3B-LF Max Schrock off waivers from the St. Loius Cardinals, and LHRP Rex Brothers has been sent outright to AAA Iowa. 

    If Brothers doesn't elect free-agency immediately, he will be automatically declared an MLB Rule 55 minor league 6YFA on Sunday at 5 PM Eastern, unless he agrees to sign a 2021 minor league successor contract).  

    Brothers is out of minor league options and he is arbitation-eligible post-2020, so he was likely to be non-tendered on 12/2 anyway. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 51 min ago (view)

    K-DUB: It's pronounced "MAH - day" 

     

  • crunch 4 hours 20 min ago (view)

    "Jon Lester said in an interview on SiriusXM Friday that he's had conversations with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein "about getting something done, coming back and being a part of the organization." "

    ummm...how about no?  i mean, thanks for those 3 good seasons in your first 4 years as a cub...but after those last 2...yeah...no.

    also, the cubs claimed 2nd/3rd max schrock off waivers from STL (no power, bit of speed, slow to react in the IF even though the glove isn't bad).  meh.

     

  • K Dub 4 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Cubs had a prospect named Jose Made (also Dominican) between 2007-2009. I believe his name was pronounced like the verb "made". 

     

  • tim815 5 hours 42 min ago (view)

    I lean two syllables.

    He was Dominican-born, so Mah-day would have made sense, but that's a good Q.

     

  • K Dub 13 hours 57 min ago (view)

    PHIL: How is Kevin Made's last name pronounced? Is it mah-day? Or like it's spelled - made? Thanks!

     

  • Cubster 14 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Brewers decline Ryan Braun's option. Any predictions as to where he goes?

     

  • crunch 14 hours 50 min ago (view)

    KBO (korea) ends their season tomorrow.

    a.russell started off hot, but severely cooled off to a .253/.317/.336 slash (not counting today's game).  if he comes back to the US (and finds a team that wants to sign him), it should be rather cheap.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Around the corner or in the ditch?

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    my dream of seeing s.castro end his career with 3000+ hits and a WAR in the mid-30s, making HOF voters sweat, came to an end this year with the shortened season followed by the early injury.  he came into the year as a just-turned 30 year old (march 24) with 1617 hits.

     

  • George Altman 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Jerry Reinsdorf is reasons 1 thru 100 why I could never root for the White Sox and have hated the Bulls since 1999.

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Feels like Ricky and Starlin Castro should form a support group.  Everytime your rebuilding team is about to turn the corner and you're gone. 

     

  • Cubster 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    76 yr old Tony LaRussa to manage the W/Sox. Reinsdorf decision over objections. 

    Poor Rick Renteria. History repeats itself, NOPE. This won't end well (except for bring your dog day).

     

  • Cubster 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    but, but, but we're rounding the corner. The vaccine is warming up in the bullpen. Tucker's missing email package from Rudy is just lost in the mail. There are no pee-pee tapes. Corona, corona, corona. I like beer.   ...and the DeutchBank will just forgive billions of MLB owner's debt if they ask nicely. How are the Russian minor leagues looking this year Phil?

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    There are going to be a lot of high-profile arbitration-eligible non-tenders on December 2nd as well, and there will not be much of a trade market for high-priced players during the off-season, either.