Cubs vs. Brewers: Series Thread (Games 16-19)
The Cubs start a 4-game home series with the second most wins and the best winning percentage in baseball. These 4 games give them a chance to add to their substantial early season lead in the division and to continue to beat up on their division rival, the Brewers.
Game 16, Thursday, Aug. 13
CHC: RHP Yu Darvish (2-1, 2.12 ERA)
MIL: LHP Brett Anderson (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
Yu Darvish was awesome in game one of the series and helped the Cubs to a 13-3 record. He earned his third win.
Game 17, Friday, Aug. 14
CHC: RHP Tyler Chatwood (2-1, 5.40 ERA)
MIL: RHP Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 2.53 ERA)
After two very strong starts to open the season, Chatwood did not have his good stuff in the third. He allowed 8 earned runs in only 2.1 innings to Kansas City. The good news was that he did not walk anybody. The bad news was that he allowed 11 hits including 2 homeruns.
Woodruff has allowed no more than 2 earned runs in each of his 4 starts so far, including a loss to the Cubs on July 24.
Game 18, Saturday, Aug. 15
CHC: RHP Alec Mills (2-0, 1.38 ERA)
MIL: RHP Adrian Houser (1-1, 2.65 ERA)
Mills missed his last opportunity to pitch due to the Cardinals layoff. He'll be pitching for the first time in 11 days. He has kept run scoring to a minimum in his first two stats by mixing speeds and inducing weak contact. His performance filling in for Quintana is a big part of the tremendous start to 2020.
After two sterling performances to start the season, Houser lost his last start to Minnesota. He allowed 4 earned runs in 5 innings on 6 hits including a homerun.
Game 19, Sunday, Aug. 16
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (2-0, 1.06 ERA)
MIL: RHP Josh Linblom (1-0, 5.68 ERA)
Lester continued a streak of solid performances to start the season by holding Cleveland to one run in six innings. All three of his starts have approached masterful, lacking only duration to break into that next level. His strikeout rate has been low so far this year, but he has held opponents to only 7 hits in 17 innings.
Remember Josh Lindblom? He's back after two seasons in the KBO, now preparing for his 118th MLB appearance and 10th MLB start. So far this season he has struck out 20 batters but managed only 12.2 innings in three starts. He's also sported a 1.58 WHIP in that time and allowed 4 homeruns.
Following the series, the Cubs plan to continue the home stand with games against the Cardinals.
Charlie 6 hours 32 min ago (view)
Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.
crunch 8 hours 31 min ago (view)
RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists
bradsbeard 12 hours 26 min ago (view)
Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure.
Arizona Phil 13 hours 15 min ago (view)
There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games.
Arizona Phil 14 hours 10 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.
He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls.
bradsbeard 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me.
KingKongvsGodzilla 3 days 1 hour ago (view)
AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!
crunch 3 days 11 hours ago (view)
jim hickey new nats pitching coach.
bradsbeard 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there.
tim815 4 days 6 hours ago (view)
Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.
crunch 4 days 9 hours ago (view)
not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.
big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.
too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).
bradsbeard 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 16 hours ago (view)
I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability
Hagsag 4 days 18 hours ago (view)
Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?
tim815 5 days 7 hours ago (view)
Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.
crunch 5 days 10 hours ago (view)
yup, they're gonna try. starts in about a month.