Mets @ Cubs: Syndergaard vs Lester (Game 130)

NYM (58-72): LHP Noah Syndergaard (9-3, 3.38)
CHC (76-53): LHP Jon Lester (14-5, 3.64)
First pitch: 7:05pmCST
Lester gave up 1 ER in 5.2 innings and won in Detroit on Wednesday. He went 7 scoreless to beat the Mets on June 3. Overall, they are 49-217 (.226) against him. Flores is 5-13 with 3 HR.
Syndergaard beat the Giants his last time out (6 IP, 2 ER). The Cubs are 20-63 (.317) against him. Heyward is 4-9.
Hamels and deGrom go tomorrow at the same time.
Go Cubs!


Phenom update:  Since the A/S break:

Gleybar Torres: .215 BA, .303 OBP, .649 OPS

Baseball continues to be hard.

So of course Gleyber hits HR #20 tonight

no STL or MIL today...

When reporting the story of Murphy's "gay lifestyle" comments, the media should distinguish between Billy Bean (who nobody had heard of before this) and Billy Beane (who was played by Brad Pitt in a major movie and everybody knows).  In addition to the name similarity, they both were highly-touted OF prospects from California who never had much success at the MLB level.  I consider myself pretty up on baseball stuff, and I wasn't sure if there were two Billys or one.

i am far from a fan of murphy's comments and point of view, but at various points the past few years he's made it clear he hopes everyone who comes to the park or plays the game feels welcome and included.  that's probably the best you can get out of a guy with his views.

In case nobody noticed, Javy has been a beast since mid-June.  .337/.372/.623/.995 since June 11 with 14 HR and 51 RBI.  Woo.

We noticed.

And still raking despite the home run derby - I slipped his brother a $20 to ensure he didn't make it out of the first round - paying dividends!

Murphy 2B, Baez SS, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist RF, Heyward CF, Contreras C, Schwarber LF, Lester P, Bote 3B

also, j.bautista is going to PHI in trade from NYM so there's that.

He' been claimed. It's Matt Harvey redux.


What makes it unlikely today is Jeff McNeil (2B) has a sore quad, and Reyes has to play. They also have a catcher (Plawecki) a few rapid contractions from paternity leave.

Plan for tonight is to hold 'em close and get into the Mets' pen.  Unfortunately, it's not good Lester weather -- hot with the wind blowing out pretty good.

Slow-mo of KB's new follow thru:

Doesn't look turrible - he may be able to pass the audition

KB with a deep fly out to right field on an 0-2 pitch in his first AB


"i'd like one large order of stupid cubs baserunning, please." - me

"i got you, fam." - baez

The "nice" thing is you just knew Rizzo would get a hit right after the foolish out

Four consecutive hits off Thor - what could possibly go wrong?

wtf lester...

I'm going with the wilts in hot weather theory

top 2nd, bases loaded, and the pen is warming.

da fuq...

Lester may not pitch well in the heat, but he can at least hit in it. Big two out, bases loaded single there. 

lester pickoff throw to 1st! that was in the air...and got to the 1st baseman's glove...and got an out.  neat.

a few more of those and maybe people will quit taking 20+ foot leads off him.

Quality outing by Lester after the hiccup second inning - shuts them down the next four inning (including the nifty pickoff) and hits a two run single. 

...and that gets screwed on the 1st pitch of the 7th inning...awesome job cishek.

tie game.

Given that this is Cishek's 261st appearance this year I'll cut him some slack - this time!

safe to say rizzo's warmed back up.

I heard several "media" on-air people stating Riz is now in decline, getting older, getting worse...

They don't get it.

mess of a 9th, but no runs scored and the cubs win.

cubs gain a 1/2 game on MIL + STL (not playing tonight).

Two extra scoops of ice cream for whoever scouted Chavez.  That was a total "whaaaa?" trade, and he's been awesome.

He's no Kintzler, but he'll do nevertheless 

Pretty nice getting that additional half win up on Brewcrew and Cards with deGrom up next

Gameball to Lester and Murphy setting the offensive tone early yet again

Chavez as a Cub: 26K, 2BB.  My goodness.


bryant goes 0-3 with a walk

chatwood 4.1ip 3h 5bb 3k, 2r/er...77 pitches

also, corn.

They rework his mechanics over the winter or he becomes Theo's Carl Crawford of Chicago.  Get the knife and fork to eat some contract. 

Not sure I would go that far. There is a 4 year and $100+mil gap between the Chatwalk and Carl Crawford deals and that doesn't even account for salary inflation. J-Hey would be the closer comp in terms of size/length of contract. Just trade the human charity walkathon to the A's. Sure he will develop into a decent pitcher along with former Cubs, E-Jax, Cahill and Brett Anderson.

Sorry, that didn't post and I can't edit. Weird. Never had that happen before.

Chatwood - I marvel at his consistency.

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  • Jackstraw 3 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Thanks, AZ Phil


  • Craig A. 8 hours 30 min ago (view)

    If the cardinals loose and the giants win, the cardinals will have to play and win on Monday to make the playoffs. 


  • crunch 10 hours 57 min ago (view)

    ...and dodger stadium loses power.


  • Charlie 12 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Game 2 somewhat less fun than game 1.


  • crunch 13 hours 16 min ago (view)

    lester goes out with a whimper...7 runs given up in his last start

    5.16era/1.33whip on the year.


  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 17 min ago (view)

    JACKSTRAW: The Cardinals & Tigers will only play the first game of Monday's doubleheader (and it will be a seven-inning game) if what needs to be determined is determined by the result of the first game (the second game will be canceled), but they won't play the games at all (and the Cardinals won't go to Detroit) if everything that is affected by the two missing STL games is settled and resolved by end of MLB play on Sunday. 


  • crunch 14 hours 38 min ago (view)






  • crunch 16 hours 32 min ago (view)

    happ / rizzo / contreras / heyward / bryant / schwarber / baez / kipnis / caratini(DH)

    game 2

    bryant's back, and at 3rd.  neat.


  • Jackstraw 18 hours 17 min ago (view)

    I don't know if the math works out but (at least to me) it raises the possibility that they would play one game on Monday and if that decided what was left that they'd skip game 2.


  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 45 min ago (view)

    The Cardinals have to play the doubleheader on Monday at Detroit if either the games impact who or who does not get into the playoffs, or if the games will determine whether the Cards or Cubs finish 1st in the division and get home field advantage in the Wild Card series.


  • Charlie 23 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Maybe he should stick with it for a while.


  • Hagsag 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Cardinals have two games left with Detroit, not the Cubs.


  • blockhead25 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Ahh, 2 games against the Tigers, but seems to imply they'd only play those games if it will impact which teams make the playoffs.  If the Cardinals win their last 2, I don't believe the other games could impact which Team makes it.  Why would Detroit have any incentive to win those games?  Well, hope the Cubs won one of the next 2 so it doesn't matter.


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    yeah, it may be another team.  i just know they have a possible monday double header...unless i got that wrong, too.


  • blockhead25 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Cubs?  We played the cards the full 10 slate?

    if Cards make playoffs, I would think they'd want nothing to do with having to play a double header Monday to improve playoff seeding.


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    the cubs may or may not have to play a doubleheader vs STL on monday depending on the next game or 2...i think