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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  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 49 min ago (view)

    In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).   


  • JustSayin' 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.

    That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.


  • Hagsag 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 


  • JustSayin' 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.


  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.


  • crunch 6 days 16 min ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.


  • crunch 6 days 6 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in may happen in late might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...


  • JustSayin' 6 days 8 hours ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca


  • crunch 1 week 6 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...


  • bradsbeard 1 week 13 hours ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 


  • Hagsag 1 week 15 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.


  • Arizona Phil 1 week 19 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   


  • jdrnym 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.


  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."