Cubs @ Phillies: Lackey vs Nola (Game 129)

CHC (69-59): RHP John Lackey (10-9, 4.90) 
PHI (47-81): RHP Aaron Nola (9-9, 3.58) 
First pitch: 12:35pmCST

Lackey gave up 6 ER in 5 innings and ended up with an ugly no-decision against the Reds on Tuesday, in a game the Cubs went on to win 13-9. He had a no-decision against the Phillies at Wrigley in May (5 IP, 3 ER, 6 K, 0 BB). Overall, they are 21-74 (.284) against him. Herrera is 5-13.

Nola lost to the Marlins his last time out (6.1 IP, 7 ER, 7 K, 2 BB). He’s 6-4 with a 3.38 at home this season. The Cubs are 5-17 (.294) against him. Rivera is 2-4.

Montgomery (4-6) takes the mound at Wrigley against Williams (5-6) and the Pirates tomorrow at 7:05pmCST.

Go Cubs!



Nick Pevetta (4-9, 6.73 ERA) starting instead of Nola. Cubs need to capitalize on these kind of breaks.

That was a nice inning by Lackey! Way to pitch in a Pennant Chase 'bruh!

has anyone checked to see if maddon is still alive because i think he dropped dead in the 5th while the hit and wild pitch parade was going on for 5 runs.

The whole team is catatonic today. Even Lackey seemed to have a "I don't give a shit" attitude while the fifth inning was coming unglued.

I really wonder if they mentally relaxed after the top of the first. Or, maybe it's just baseball.

they stayed up late last night having pizza, watching scary movies, and coloring their shoes.

Lackey is truly a quality 4-inning pitcher. Just had a feeling about him in the 5th. Also had a bad feeling after not scoring a lot more runs in the first.

Do home runs against Koji count as official?

worst record in 2 out of 3 from the cubs. my gawd. baseball.

First time in a while they have not fulfilled their billybucks assignment: a 3-3 week (done) and a 5-2 week (done). This was supposed to be a 4-2 week (I resisted the temptation to make it 5-1). So, I guess they'll have to find a way to make up that game over the next 5 weeks. I already had them down for 5-2 at home vs. PIT and ATL this coming week.

stanton hit #50 neat.

Got to give the Brewers credit -- 9-game trip to COL, SF and LAD, and they go 5-4. I really thought if the Cubs went 6-3 (which they did), they would pick up several games on the Brewers. Instead, the lead is only 2 games. Beating the Phillies would have been a really good idea.

Cubs are 9 over with 33 to play. I'm thinking 88 wins (14 over) should do it, so they need to go 19-14 the rest of the way to get there. It would be nice to have a 5-2 week to get to 12 over. Let's do that. Man, that triple play was a game-turner. If that ball lands a foot shorter, the Cubs get a run and have 2 on with no outs and a possible big, game-breaking inning. But, not to be.

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  • jdrnym 24 min 51 sec ago (view)

    Brad Brach signs with the Mets for $850K but the Cubs are paying $500K, per Ken Rosenthal.


  • crunch 52 min 5 sec ago (view)

    Yeah, I've made myself familiar with a lot of the changes, but AZP's posts have both added more information and cleared up stuff I didn't fully grasp.  I appreciate the hell out of it.  Thanks Phil, thanks TCR.


  • bradsbeard 2 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Looks like Savant has his breaking pitch classified as a curve while Fangraphs calls it a slider. Suppose by ST he could have made everything over in the pitching lab, so who knows!


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Again, none of these rules (including the one that requires a pitcher to face a minimum of three batters or else record the final out of the inning) have been officially approved.  

    I think one possible caveat that might be added to the three-batter minimum rule would be that the pitcher can be replaced prior to facing three batters or recording the final out of the inning if the other team puts up a pinch-hitter. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Ptchers would also be treated differently under the new rules as far as the Injured list and Optional Assignment to the minors is concerned, with pitchers having to spend at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on the Injured List before being eligible to be reinstated and at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on Optional Assignment before being eligible to be recalled (inless the pitcher is being recalled to replace a pitcher on the 26-man roster who has been placed on an MLB inactive list).  


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 55 min ago (view)

    SONICWIND: As the rule is proposed, prior to the start of each MLB regular season a club must designate all players on its Opening Day 26-man roster as either a "pitcher" or a "position player." A maximum of 13 can be designated as pitchers (14 pitchers max when rosters expand from 26 to 28 beginning on 9/1). 

    For players who come up during the season, the club must designate the player as either a pitcher or a position player when the player is placed on the MLB active list roster. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 7 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Fangraphs shows the CT as his primary pitch in 2018 with the SL & FB (and an occasional CH) as his secondary pitches, with no CV at all. I guess I'll find out for sure in Spring Training. 


  • Sonicwind75 4 hours 24 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, thank you as always for the detailed information.  How is the "cannot be a pitcher" part of the rule to be enforced?  With a few two way players and the increasing amount of mop up innings being handled by position players it seems like there could be a gray area there.  What is preventing a team from stashing an athletic relief pitcher as a "5th outfielder" that could be a pinch runner and play a passable OF when needed but could also provide them with extra relief pitcher.  Anytime I hear of a new rule I always think of how Bill Billichek would circumvent it t


  • bradsbeard 4 hours 24 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, looking around Baseball Savant, it looks like Winkler now primarily throws a low 90s cutter, a 4-seamer that he throws a little harder (but is less effective), a curve and a sinker. The slider and change haven't been a major part of his repertoir the last two years. The cutter has been really effective the last two years but it looks like he lost command/effectiveness of his 4-seemer and curve last year For whatever reason  


  • bradsbeard 7 hours 44 min ago (view)

    They just signed this guy:


  • Hagsag 9 hours 1 min ago (view)

    There seems to be a lot of player movement so far. Too bad the Cubs aren't involved.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 59 min ago (view)

    Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

    Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    And then the active list roster limit will expand from 26 to 28 on September 1st (max 14 pitchers in September). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    The "26th man" who was added for doubleheaders will now be the "27th man" and he can be a pitcher.