Cubs @ Cleveland: Series Thread (Games 14 &15)

Following a long layoff, the Cubs take on their 2016 World Series opponents in Cleveland. The Cubs will take the opportunity to realign their rotation and, hopefully, to pad their lead in the NL Central.

Game 14, Tuesday, August 11, 6:10pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (1-0, 0.82 ERA)
CLE: RHP Adam Plutko (1-0, 2.57 ERA)

Lester did not earn a decision in his last start despite pitching six innings and allowing only one earned run.

Adam Plutko will be making his second start and third appearance of 2020. He has a career 4.99 ERA in 196.2 innings at the MLB level.


Game 15, Wednesday, August 12, 5:10pmCDT
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-1, 3.54 ERA)
CLE: RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-1, 2.50 ERA)

Hendricks bounced back nicely in his last start, going seven innings and picking up his second win of the season.

Carlos Carrasco defeated Cincinnati on August 6, striking out 8 over 6 innings. He allowed 1 hit and 4 walks. He's struck out 23 batters in 18 innings this season.


Next up, the Cubs take on the Brewers over 4 games in Chicago.

Comments

I find it odd that they were basically able to totally re order the rotation and didn't move Hendricks to a home start this weekend against he team he tossed a shutout against.

KB, Rizzo, Javy, Schwarber, Willson, Happ, JHey, Caratini (DH), Kipnis, Lester

happ moving up...nice.

also, ross seems to really love caratini getting ABs.

As well he should, Victor is a really good hitter. I am glad to see him getting these opportunities.

Agreed. Still a lot of swing and miss in the lineup and Caratini's make solid contact/line drive approach helps balance that out, particularly against righties 

I like Bote's bat in the lineup as well with spelling KB at third and getting into the 2B rotation (Nico hasn't lept out ahead of the competition)

anyone that doesn't enjoy watching oliver perez pitching isn't my friend and can't borrow any of my stuff.

He's the anti-Kimbrel 

Oliver Perez alone is worth the price of admission - more kinds of "deliveries" than Baskin-Robbins has flavors. 

Happ's bat being on fire is pleasing to the eye

Rea bringing the heat 94-96 - and retires the heart of the Indians lineup in order.  He's looked impressive in his two appearances. 

Rea has been a very nice surprise so far. Hopefully he can keep it up this year and going forward. We have a few more years of team control.

Cleveland Game 2: KB (LF), Rizzo, Javy, Willson, Happ, JHey, Bote (3B), Caratini (DH), Kipnis

Schwarber was in initial lineup but removed due to a knee contusion - I imagine a result of the hard breaking ball which popped him in the knee last night. 

That one looked like it got all bone. Here's hoping it didn't go full Todd Hollandsworth.

early returns on that bomb to LF are looking good.

this game is now "bryant watch"...also will 4 runs be enough for kimbrel?  gotta imagine he's due to get work even if it's not a save situation.

So we keep Phegley ostensibly to get Caratini into lineup as DH and have a different backup C so we don't get caught in the exact situation we knowingly and avoidably put ourselves in tonight?

Fly the W. 

no kimbrel...but another decent jeffress outing

Reds just lost in tough fashion to the Royals. Down 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, one out and rap into a 5-4-3 dp to end it. 

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  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 32 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 52 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 9 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 8 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 21 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 6 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 6 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 7 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 9 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 10 hours ago (view)

    Thanks!