Reds @ Cubs: Bailey vs Lackey (Game 119)

CIN (50-70): RHP Homer Bailey (4-6, 8.31)
CHC (62-56): RHP John Lackey (10-9, 4.82)
First pitch: 7:05pmCST

Lackey won his fifth straight start on Friday in Arizona. He’s 1-1 with a 6.35 in his two starts against the Reds this season. Overall, they are 56-188 (.298) against him. Cozart is 7-18 with 2 HR, and Gennett is 9-24 with a HR.

Bailey was having a better season before his return from elbow surgery. He beat the Brewers in Milwaukee his last time out (5 IP, 2 ER, 5 K, 5 BB). Only three Cubs have faced him: Rizzo (6-18, HR), Jay (9-30, HR), and Heyward (4-4, HR).

Lester (8-7) and Feldman (7-7) close out the series tomorrow at 1:20pmCST.

Go Cubs!


Cubs pick up a 6'5" lefty from the Indy leagues who reportedly can hit 97-98 mph -- assigned to the Smokies/AA ball.

he signed with the brewers pre-season, but never pitched for them. wonder what happened there.

I just read an article today saying the Indi League guys make from $1300-2200 a month for 5-6 months. There from 7-8 am until late. What a life keeping the dream alive for the longshot.

AZ PHIL: Nunn pitched a couple innings in the AZL in 2012. Did you happen to remember him or hear about him?

Pirates lead 4-0, 4-3 in 6th, 5-4 in 7th, 6-5 in 8th. Brewers Won 7-6

The plan continues to come together. Brewers beat PIT, then PIT beats STL this weekend while the Brewers flail on their pending 9-game trip to COL, SF and LAD, and simply quit and go home. Cubs win this series vs. CIN, then vs. TOR and @CIN and @ PHI. Theo had this all mapped out months ago.

Of course he did.

damn. it's taken lackey about 8 minutes to throw 7 pitches...for a double and a walk with 0 out.

Bases loaded, no outs and only one run scored -- and came within about five feet of giving up a grand slam -- whew.

Bam Bam two strong, accurate throws in one week nailing guys at the plate. Definitely out there for the leather.


Brutal ball four charged to Bailey - and now the Rizzo slam. Cruel game sometimes

nice to go from being 10 ft from being down 4-0, to up 4-1 in a manner of minutes.

OK, not enjoying Lackey today.

Guy can't throw a strike...11 strikes (including balls in play) 17 balls...why the heck are you swinging 3-0???

That inning was something else. 2 called strikes 17 balls 12 swings (strikes or in plays) Lackey owes the Reds and his defense a steak dinner.

crazy as hell the reds only have 1 run after 2ip of what lackey has been doing. turrible. 45 pitches of garbage. someone give that guy a wrigley field $9.75 budweiser and a bench to sit on. grimm can go 5 innings, right?

Ump's strike zone hot garbage

that, too.

If Montgomery isn't already up and throwing in the pen, he should be. And Joe should make sure Lackey knows it.

That should lead off Sportscenter - for the remainder of the year.

Wow. Just wow. And a bit of Ow.

Pennant race aside, there is a sort of curiosity factor of keeping Lackey out there ... a carnival freak show of near catastrophe

dat lackey SB...lulz 1st career...

not lulz being too lazy to slide and getting picked off...after a weird break for 3rd on ball 4 to the batter with an open 1st base. i dunno wtf he was thinking. maybe he's not used to being on 2nd base.

Haven't checked to verify, but it seems that the Cubs have scored early and often in Lackey's starts since the all star break and he's pitched pretty well with those leads. I'd like to see that trend continue

Considering he is 5-0 in last 5 starts, guessing you are correct, because I don't think he's been lights out. But pretty incredible he might make it through 6 after the first 2 innings he had.

Yes, should have said "pretty well" when compared to the first half Lackey. That said, he's been more consistent than Q ... speaking of which, Eloy hit a homer in his first AA at bat tonight :-(

You may note, Schwarbs has not K'd yet tonight. EDIT: *Until the 7th innng...

wtf? tie game. ugg.

It's my fault. They were ahead 6-1 when I tuned in. Sorry, guys...

this guy... *throws hands in air*

Seems an appropriate turn of events given the wackiness of this game. At least the Reds burned their closer last night - you would think.

it was a miracle lackey only allowed 1 run in his disaster-filled first 2 innings...and after putting up 4 more he ends up the best pitcher out of the 4 in the game so far for the cubs. wtf...

The 2017 Cubs version of screw the closer.

maddon is mad. also, the umps are bums. ...and maddon ejected.

What was ejection over? Strikes?

Zobrist got hit in the foot during a bunt attempt and umps ruled he went around with his bat - didn't look that way and Maddon was as mad as I've ever seen him in disputing the call

Really weird - at what point does time elapse on a swing. It clearly looked like the bat didn't break the zone on the bunt - only after he got hit and when he was tossing the bat to the dugout

Terrible call -- and I agree, I have never seen Maddon that angry. Classic Javy game -- 3 Ks, then a critical leadoff double to start the winning 9th.

Moment too big for Almora - no need to throw him a strike

HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! cubs win on a f'n wild pitch.

Hey hey, Javy!

Interesting comments from Maddon -- he is basically using a"tough love" approach with Javy -- until you learn not to chase, you're going to bat 8th.

They lost to the Brewers the same way. Same pitcher I think. Huge W. that would have been a brutal loss. Very similar to the first post-AS game.

cubs up 1.5 on MIL and 2.5 on STL

Perfect way to end this game. 8th inning still problematic but at least Wade looked pretty sharp tonight - I believe only his sixth appearance this month.

I thought Edwards' pitch to Duvall was in a pretty good location -- a slider right at the knees on the outside of the plate. It looked like a good strike and Duvall really had to reach for it one-handed. Maybe it didn't break sharply enough (I couldn't tell) and/or maybe he was sitting on a slider but I thought it was a pretty good pitch until it sneaked into the first row of the bleachers.

Pretty flat...

Also need to remember - a lot of those 370' HRs in the gaps are outs in most other ballparks.

Hitters are paid to lay off breaking balls, especially on the first pitch because you look stupid having a one-pitch at-bat when you didn't even see a fastball. So a first-pitch breaking-ball strike is kind of a gimme. I don't fault Edwards at all for that pitch.

Although in this case, the slider came on an 0-1 count, following a down and in first pitch fastball.

Oh, well. Not such a good pitch then. Breaking balls are best when they're low or off the plate. This was at the knees, at least--if I remember correctly!

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  • crunch 7 hours 35 min ago (view)

    i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.


  • crunch 11 hours 53 min ago (view)

    contract rights are retained by the team.

    in normal times this keeps labor relations between employer and player not too volitile with only a handful of player/owner issues.  in times like this you see a system that was not designed for an event like this.

    some owners are being responsible over the players who's contracts they control while other owners make us realize why the guillotine was occsasionally popular during revoltutions/revolts.


  • Jackstraw 12 hours 20 min ago (view)

    So they are all free agents?  Or still under contract and not getting paid?  I'm sure AZ Phil or someone else has covered this but I haven't been keeping up with all the fine points of baseball's problems recently.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Manfred is such a dreadful commissioner. It's his job to walk a fine line and maintain peace in labor relations. Instead he lets the owners do whatever they want.

    Cannot wait for a long, bitter strike after 2021. And for the owners to ultimately turn plenty of fan sentiment against players.


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    "The A's told their minor leaguers Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them their current salary of $400 per week beyond May 31."

    classy.  absolute class act stuff right there.


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
    The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    A's are furloughing nearly all of their staff through the entire organization...including scouts, which make a shockingly low amount of money.

    the A's are owned by a multi-billionaire who inherited his loot from dad (founder of The Gap)...and him + family spent $10m trying to keep Obama from getting a 2nd term, which i assume is their idea of a good investment in their community...whereas paying loyal employees for years/decades for a few months is...well...*shrug*


  • Ryno 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Depends on who you are.


  • Ryno 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Sorry--Just needed to experience a little normalcy.


  • Ryno 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    That was the dumbest lineup I've ever seen.


  • Hagsag 1 day 21 hours ago (view)



  • Cubster 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    speaking of Trump's trained rats...


  • Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Cubster, your comments about President Bone Spurs could not be more accurate. Thanks for posting!


  • BobbyD 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Cubster: I agree with your comments, save one. That the president is "leading" America. He couldn't lead a pack of rats to a NYC dumpster on an August afternoon. The "man" is a f'ing disgrace. 


  • crunch 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    though the team cheaped out on this offseason (still an overall top-tier payroll), i was at least looking forward to seeing the beginning of the david ross era...and who was going to win the 2nd base job...

    nothing about 2020 baseball feels legit anymore.  just hearing the players talk about it, you'd think they were organizing a casual pickup game for charity at an inconvient time and place...doesn't seem like they're really stoked about it.


  • Cubster 3 days 12 hours ago (view)

    June 1st is a week from tomorrow. Given 5 weeks of spring training before starting (July 4th?), the season is on the brink of going bye-bye. It's bad enough in 2020 to be losing prime career years for Javy Baez and Kris Bryant, let alone Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Kyle Hendricks, and Willson Contreras. If one of them gets coronavirus, loses lung capacity, and alters their career arc, Cub fans will for a long time have a bitter taste in their mouths. All for, at best,  a bizarre half-season without fans watching in the ballparks.