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 1 hour 21 min 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 32 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 3 hours 14 min ago (view)

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

     

  • crunch 4 hours 43 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 51 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 6 hours 5 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 14 hours 20 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 45 min ago (view)

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

     

  • crunch 15 hours 13 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 7 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.