Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Lester vs Corbin (Game 115)

CHC (60-54): LHP Jon Lester (8-6, 3.97) 
AZ (64-51): LHP Patrick Corbin (8-11, 4.76) 
First pitch: 8:10pmCST

Lester gave up 3 ER in 4 innings for a no-decision against the D’backs on Wrigley earlier this month. His last outing was a no-decision against the Nationals on Sunday (6 IP, 3 ER, 7 K, 1 BB). Overall, the D’backs are 20-75 (.267) against him. Goldschmidt is 5-8 with a HR. He’s good.

Corbin went three innings and gave up 7 ER at Wrigley to take the loss in the matchup against Lester. In between, he’s also lost to the Giants (6 IP, 3 ER, 10 K, 2 BB). The Cubs are 11-37 (.297) against him. Happ is 2-2 and Bryant is 2-4, both with a HR.

Arrieta (11-8) and Godley (5-4) wrap up the West Coast tomorrow at 4:10pmCST.

Go Cubs!


Almora CF Bryant 3B Riz 1B Zobrist RF Happ 2B Schwarber LF Baez SS Avila C Lester P heyward is sitting a bit more vs lefties. hopefully he's not turning into a platoon player. hell, he kinda near equally sucks vs lefties and righties. it's more that other righty hitters excel vs the lefties than heyward is lost vs lefties.

Ya know, $53MM does not buy what it used to. Stop complaining! Blame Trump.

"I hear the Heyward family, who play for the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!" - Donald Trump

OPS vs. LHP: Heyward .691; Zobrist .576. Neither is a great option. but given Heyward's defense & base running vs. Zobrist's, plus an additional 115 points of OPS -- why the hell is Zobrist playing RF tonight? Banging on my own broken drum, I know, but Joe's Zobrist-love is out of hand. Joe says he listens to his stats nerds. I guess just not when Zobrist is the subject. BTW -- Best OPS vs. LHP? Rizzo .998. C'mon Anthony, get that power bat going!

well, heyward is a role player and zobrist is the cleanup hitter. the cubs need that deadly bat in the 4 slot. sigh.

Zobrist (.677 OPS) has got to be the most impotent clean-up hitter in the history of baseball. Seriously. He was a hell of an offensive player 5 years ago. He should be a backup player now.

cubs got him for 2 more years at 29m. at least they have the $$ free'd up to piss away should they decide to shift him while taking a $$ hit or just keep him on the bench for expensive part time use.

Classic Lester getting out of trouble in the first - nice dp started by Bryant and a big K of Goldschmidt.

bryant loves ARZ...

granted, only 2 of the guys that are in the lineup for ARZ are runners (neither is strong, and one is goldschmidt), but ARZ isn't even taking big leads off base most of the time they've been on base. they're playing rather conservatively with the running game. only big lead i've seen is marte on 1st in the bottom 4th. even with goldschmidt on 2nd, goldie was taking a very traditional lead as opposed to the "guy isn't even on the tv screen" 20ft lead often seen.

Schwarber and Happ having progressively worse at bats against Corbin ... somebody pat Zobrist on the head for almost getting a ball out of the infield.


no seriously, ugg.


Really thought Lester would outduel Corbin - Javy's throwing error broke him.

Braves ninth inning rally falls a run short - Cards win (8th consecutive) and on the verge of sharing the NL Central lead with the Cubs.

Didn't realize that Rondon hasn't pitched since 8/1. I know he had back stiffness, but that's pretty much a DL stint without actually going on the DL. He must be a bit rusty given how his outing has went so far.

peralta inside the park HR. this game is officially hot garbage. awesome. grimmtastic.

This pattern of winning the first game of a series then losing the next 2 is really getting old. Hope they can break the pattern tomorrow.

Rizzo's last 10 games: 0 XBH, 1 RBI. That's not going to get it done, RIzz. Maybe Szczur left some old bats around? Also -- KB with 2HR in his last 28 games. Pretty remarkable this team is over .500 with the 2 big guns not producing. Willson, we will really, really miss you.

zobrist goes down in the 9th during a 2-out rally with a harsh K. called strike...wasn't close to being in the zone and he didn't check too harshly on the swing to call it on that, either. 0-5 for zobrist. also, la stella went 0-1 ending his 3PA, 3 on base streak over his last 3 games. btw, dating back to his last mini call-up he's 3/5 with 4 walks in 9 PA...over 6 games (1 start).

looks like b.harper might be done for the year. pretty bad knee injury judging by how he reacted. slipped on the bag. game was delayed to start after a lot of rain.

"The good news is an MRI revealed no ligament or tendon damage, but the bad news is the 24-year-old MVP candidate will likely be sidelined until mid-to-late September"

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  • Jackstraw 2 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Thanks, AZ Phil


  • Craig A. 6 hours 56 min ago (view)

    If the cardinals loose and the giants win, the cardinals will have to play and win on Monday to make the playoffs. 


  • crunch 9 hours 24 min ago (view)

    ...and dodger stadium loses power.


  • Charlie 10 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Game 2 somewhat less fun than game 1.


  • crunch 11 hours 43 min ago (view)

    lester goes out with a whimper...7 runs given up in his last start

    5.16era/1.33whip on the year.


  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 43 min ago (view)

    JACKSTRAW: The Cardinals & Tigers will only play the first game of Monday's doubleheader (and it will be a seven-inning game) if what needs to be determined is determined by the result of the first game (the second game will be canceled), but they won't play the games at all (and the Cardinals won't go to Detroit) if everything that is affected by the two missing STL games is settled and resolved by end of MLB play on Sunday. 


  • crunch 13 hours 5 min ago (view)






  • crunch 14 hours 59 min ago (view)

    happ / rizzo / contreras / heyward / bryant / schwarber / baez / kipnis / caratini(DH)

    game 2

    bryant's back, and at 3rd.  neat.


  • Jackstraw 16 hours 44 min ago (view)

    I don't know if the math works out but (at least to me) it raises the possibility that they would play one game on Monday and if that decided what was left that they'd skip game 2.


  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 12 min ago (view)

    The Cardinals have to play the doubleheader on Monday at Detroit if either the games impact who or who does not get into the playoffs, or if the games will determine whether the Cards or Cubs finish 1st in the division and get home field advantage in the Wild Card series.


  • Charlie 22 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Maybe he should stick with it for a while.


  • Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Cardinals have two games left with Detroit, not the Cubs.


  • blockhead25 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Ahh, 2 games against the Tigers, but seems to imply they'd only play those games if it will impact which teams make the playoffs.  If the Cardinals win their last 2, I don't believe the other games could impact which Team makes it.  Why would Detroit have any incentive to win those games?  Well, hope the Cubs won one of the next 2 so it doesn't matter.


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    yeah, it may be another team.  i just know they have a possible monday double header...unless i got that wrong, too.


  • blockhead25 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Cubs?  We played the cards the full 10 slate?

    if Cards make playoffs, I would think they'd want nothing to do with having to play a double header Monday to improve playoff seeding.


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    the cubs may or may not have to play a doubleheader vs STL on monday depending on the next game or 2...i think