Cubs vs. Giants: Hamels vs. Beede (Game 125)
CHC (66-58): LHP Cole Hamels (6-4, 3.69 ERA)
SF (63-62): RHP Tyler Beede (3-7, 5.77 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT
The Cubs swapped Bote for Cishek before the game, bolstering a bullpen that recently got back Craig Kimbrel as well. That plus the two wins the team put together at the end of the road trip should help them put their Pennsylvania struggles behind them. Meanwhile, Cole Hamels prepares to take on the Giants at Wrigley.
Hamels has had two rough starts in a row, with his last being his worst of the season so far. He allowed eight earned runs in two innings of work on nine hits and two walks. This will be his first start against the Giants this season. Brandon Belt is 2-6 with a homerun off of him. Buster Posey is 13-24 with two homeruns, but that was before his power disappeared. Hamels has a 2.35 ERA at Wrigley this year vs. 5.16 on the road and has held batters to .635 OPS in the confines.
Tyler Beede lost to Oakland last time out, allowing four earned runs in four innings of work. He last won on July 14 and has gone 0-4 in the six starts since then with 22 earned runs allowed in 31.1 innings pitched. He lost to the Cubs on July 24 when Javy and Bryant both took him deep.
The Cubs trail the Cardinals by 0.5 games following the off-day and a Cardinals win over the Brewers, putting the Brewers 3 back in the division and 2.5 behind the Cubs. Those rivals face off again today and Wednesday.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 31 min ago (view)
No argument there. Plays an excellent violin though.
crunch 12 hours 50 min ago (view)
tim815 13 hours 18 min ago (view)
He's better than Taylor Davis.
Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 51 sec ago (view)
He's at a career juncture where I think he is a toss up of he is who he is or there's a little more left for him to achieve. Playing this as his age 27 season he is either in or damn close to his peak. I personally think he doesn't need the everyday playing time, just based on the fact that he's not a top prospect, is older, and doesn't project to be a starter at any spot for a first division team.
Charlie 14 hours 58 min ago (view)
This is the take if you see him as a legit prospect. Which, maybe? I know little about him, and his numbers in limited AAA exposure last season were really nice. Maybe a lively ball helps his career.
bradsbeard 15 hours 16 min ago (view)
Sounds like a long shot to get a trade done then. Thanks for clarifying!
Arizona Phil 15 hours 36 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Before making a trade with the Rule 5 Draft pick's former club, the drafting club must first place the player on Outright Assignment Waivers and any of the other MLB clubs can claim the player for the $50,000 waiver price and assume the Rule 5 Draft obligations (actually it's Rule 6 Selected Player obligations, but you know what I mean).
bradsbeard 16 hours 51 min ago (view)
AZ Phil, the "work out a trade" part of Rule 5 is still a mystery to me. Do the Cubs have to put Megill through waivers and (if he clears) offer him back to SD before they can trade for him?
Arizona Phil 16 hours 51 min ago (view)
For those of you who didn't see the game, here are the pitch-velo readings from Wednsdays Cubs - Royals game:
NOTES: An amazing pitcher... he's probably in mid-season form right now... just needs to gradually increase innings...
NOTES: A legit candidate to be the 5th starter
Craig A. 17 hours 50 min ago (view)
Craig A. 17 hours 51 min ago (view)
He'll be 27 in May and he's played in 36 games at AAA. Seems like he should be playing regularly.
Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 35 min ago (view)
I really like this idea. They've talked of a 3rd catcher as 26th meaning Phegley, who seems a waste of roster space, good spring notwithstanding. Higgins is far more interesting
tim815 21 hours 41 min ago (view)
Is Brailyn Marquez getting any time in big league camp? Having him around the veterans would seem a solid use of resources.
Thanks, as always.
Charlie 22 hours 2 min ago (view)
Hot take: The Cubs should be considering PJ Higgins as the potential 26th man. 3rd catcher / infield sub who can put the bat on the ball.
I think I'm just stealing an AZ Phil projection from a while ago, actually. But it makes sense!
Charlie 23 hours 4 min ago (view)
Zagunis's stock has dropped a lot since his first exposure to MLB pitching. His 2019 at AAA is particularly alarming given the power spike in that league.
Hagsag 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
I see that Dillon Maples hasn't pitched yet. Is he injured or spending time in the lab?