Cubs @ Phillies: Quintana vs Eickhoff (Game 127)

CHC (68-58): LHP José Quintana (8-10, 4.27) 
PHI (46-80): RHP Jerad Eickhoff (3-7, 4.46)
First pitch: 6:05pmCST

Quintana beat the Blue Jays at Wrigley on Saturday (6 IP, 2 ER, 8 K, 2 BB). Only Nava (1-2), Kelly (1-3), and Florimon (0-3) have faced him.

Eickhoff gave up 4 ER in 4.2 innings but ended up with a no-decision in San Francisco his last time out. He’s 2-2 wth a 3.83 at home so far this season. Overall, the Cubs are 15-68 (.221) against him. Schwarber is 1-5 and Avila is 1-2, both with HRs.

It’s Hendricks and Newcomb tomorrow at 6:05pmCST.

Go Cubs!



I bought the ultimate Uecker Seat for tonight's game.  Near right field foul pole, upper deck, coffin corner seat. 

you win at baseball and life tonight. congrats.

You're missing me by a day, Trans. I'll be there tomorrow--with slightly better seats.

If i am good to start the semester, I may go back tomorrow.  You still have my email?  

We'll see.

I'm hoping to attend tomorrow as well! Have fun tonight, Trans!

I'll be the one with the sealion.

"Jon Lester (shoulder, lat) will throw a simulated game Monday. Lester tossed a successful 42-pitch bullpen session Friday, clearing the way for him to face hitters Monday." also, a.russell says he's feeling good.

Can either one pitch the 8th?

technically, yes. as well as legit cubs pitchers in the 8th? probably, yes. so...yes. go cubs.

Lotta Cubs jerseys as I walk in! Beautiful night.

dammit Q... the phillies...this is the phillies.

Can I get a refund?

God damn it, Trans.

I know, I know.....   But these kids who just moved up to my back-row.of the stadium..... they are putting all these hexes on Q....  need to counter-hex....

53 pitches through 2 for Q...6 runs given up. the phillies.

Phillies have scored 7+ runs in 5 of their last 7 games. We may not be catching them at the best time -- and it feels like they always give the Cubs problems -- I recall getting swept at Wrigley (maybe 2015?).

I am very high up.  (A zoom in of pitch Schwarber hit out)

Very high up....

Woah Trans, that's as far as a rooftop seat on Sheffield.

So cool... i was watching Galvis deke around off of third since Q has his back to third when pitching. Was idly thinking how cool it would be to see some sort of play on, from this vantage point.  Next pitch he comes down the line too far and is hung out to dry.

Heyo, everybody. (That's in lieu of anyone being in Parachat. Which I can't complain about since I haven't been there since October.)

Hey Andy!

AZ PHIL- I know this is thinking towards next spring but do you think that Dillon Maples could actually be the Cubs closer next year? If you look at it, it might not be impossible: -Justin Wilson- Was expected to be handed it, has been brutal since coming to Cubs -Wade Davis- Leaves for greener pastures -Hector Rondon- Traded/non-tendered. They not going to want to pay $6mil for a RHP who gives up more HR than BP machines -Carl Edwards Jr.- Ace RP first half, second half headed towards Rick Ankiel territory -Dillon Maples- His stock hasn't been higher since the day he got drafted and with a good spring, finally earn the $2.5mil sign bonus

CUBBIES-4-EVER::I think it's very possible that Dillon Maples could be in the 2018 Cubs Opening Day bullpen, but I doubt very much that he would begin the season as the closer. He could become the closer during the course of the season, however, but he would have to work his way into that role. 

Any chance we can get a do-over on that Quintana trade? Damn.

In Boston for a meeting and to help my son get his stuff out of storage for his junior year of college. We went to Fenway tonight -- the Red Sox were brutally bad -- 5 errors, and phenom Benintendi made two of the worst throws I have ever seen from short LF. We left when it got to 13-3. If the Cubs face the Sox in the WS -- run on anything hit to LF. For those who worry about the commercialization of could be worse -- I counted 30 signs/banners between the foul poles on almost every inch of the outfield walls and the Monstah. It looks like a NASCAR race. However, it is still great place to see a game, it was a beautiful night and Fenway Franks are really tasty. With Sale getting clobbered yesterday, and tonight's terrible showing by Porcello and the whole team, Sox fans are a bit on edge.

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  • crunch 1 hour 37 min ago (view)

    ...and strop gives up a hit then walks the bases loaded.

    ...and he closes it out with a K.  neat.

    this is the 1st cubs road series win since May 17-19 @WAS.


  • crunch 1 hour 44 min ago (view)

    strop comes in to get the last out, but it has to be some kinda slow-walk back in a game that wasn't a save situation.

    homer, hbp, k, k...looks healthy.


  • crunch 1 hour 52 min ago (view)

    welcome back kimbrel.

    1st pitch goes about 10 miles outside the park by marte.


  • crunch 2 hours 23 min ago (view)

    one takeaway from this game...a slew of cubs players were fans of Hey Arnold! when they were kids.


  • crunch 3 hours 18 min ago (view)

    woo, a good cubs away game.


  • crunch 5 hours 29 min ago (view)

    heyward / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarb / caratini / kemp(2nd) / Q


  • crunch 6 hours 51 min ago (view)

    so stoked for the williamsport game.

    the increasing amount of off-site games is a bit concerning (middle of nowhere Field of Dreams field, really?), but I love this one.  it's played out great so far and giving the kids playing in the LL series some primo seats (hope this continues) is a great touch.


  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Craig Kimbrel reinstated from IL, Duane Underwood Jr optioned to Iowa, Mark Zagunis recalled as the "26th man" for tonight's game (special travel required to get to Williamsport so MLB Comissioner permits 26th man for both clubs). 


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are


  • Eric S 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?


  • Jackstraw 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.


  • Jackstraw 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.


  • Eric S 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day