Pirates @ Cubs: Williams vs Montgomery (Game 130)

PIT (63-68): RHP Trevor Williams (5-6, 4.40) 
CHC (69-60): LHP Mike Montgomery (4-6, 3.43)
First pitch: 7:05pmCST

Montgomery kept the Reds off the board for 6 innings on Wednesday for the win. Don't look now, but he's kicking a 1.89 ERA in August. Overall, the Pirates are 3-18 (.167) against him. Herrera is 2-2.

Williams pitched 8 scoreless against the Dodgers his last time out but ended up with a no-decision. He's 1-1 with a 5.27 in four games against the Cubs this season. For their careers, these Cubs are 13-4 (.271). Bryant is 2-4.

Tomorrow is Kuhl (6-9) against Arrieta (13-8) at the same time.

Go Cubs!


16 ERRORS Bryant Man, sadly, Kris Bryant is next to last in Defensive Metrics (16/17 E-5) according to ESPN stats. A .944 FP. Sorry, but he has just got to be better than that. I don't know what the fuck happened? You can't have a ball go under your glove when your side just hits into a TP, and while he makes some good plays due to his length - he sure is having some problems. Maybe he is just constantly in pain? Or, maybe he has lapses of concentration?

Since it's national crap on KB day, may as well add this to the discussion http://www.bleachernation.com/2017/08/28/is-t... It's kinda nice to know Cubs still managed to win the WS even with their best player having this issue.

those KB "not clutch" articles are flowing out of the woodwork lately. they're the new "heyward has tweaked his swing" of cubs-based journalism.

Certainly seems that any time he makes an error recently, it leads to 5+ run innings (Yesterday, both Lester 9/10 run in an inning disasters, etc)

Cubs could always move KB to LF, we kind of thought that might be the plan all along back when he was still in the minors. For next year, Schwarber gets traded for a pitcher, KB in the outfield, Baez at 3B and Happ at 2B? Could work.

That would be a defensive upgrade at 3B and LF, but you lose defense at 2B, depth and flexibility, and offensive upside. Assuming Schwarber can't bring back much in a trade, I think those moves would probably work out to be a net loss.

Does Happ have the skill set to make a shift to third?

This business about Bryant having problems at the plate and at third: crazy talk.

Possibly a dumb question, but which defensive metrics are you looking at?

He has 0 DRS which is 11th among 3rd basemen, a -2.4 UZR/150 which is 12th among 3rd basemen and -4 dWAR which is 14th among 3rd basemen. None of those are great and they're worse than last year but still a lot better than 2nd from last.

"Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday that whether Jon Lester (shoulder, lat) makes a rehab start depends largely on how he feels Tuesday following Monday's simulated game." who the hell is this jed hoyer dude? does theo know about this guy pretending he's part of the front office?

gary pressy (cubs organist) got to sing the 7th again. he's been with the cubs since 87 and they let him sing last year. it's nice to see him back doing the 7th again this year. he's been a part of the park for such a long time and though some may not know the name, they've been entertained by him. also, lots of great shots on the outro of the organ installed at wrigley. very neat. also also, this is grumpy ass skip ellison's last night directing cubs baseball. he did a good job.

they're having a low-volume audio feed of skip directing in the top of 8th. len and jd are letting people hear how he does his job and how it effects what we see without doing much commentary. along with a cubs lead, it's been a nice game.

cubs win! MIL + STL didn't play tonight. 2.5 game lead over MIL.

Nice, drama-free win. Looks like Monty doesn't have much of an interest in returning to the bullpen this year, at least in the regular season -- pitching a hell of a lot better than Q and his band of three-run, first inning homers.

i wouldn't be surprised to see a 6-man rotation working through september to see an extended look at monty and keep the rotation a touch more rested going into the playoffs (assuming playoffs). montgomery's last 3 long outings (2 starts, 1 long relief replacing lester) are worth exploring for an end-rotation option going forward and he's pitching with enough quality to be a legit rotation member right now.

Nice of the Pirates to give the Cubs 3 runs in the 7th. Also-- another strong start from Monty -- making a case to be a starter next year. Or, perhaps this year if they go 6-man after rosters expand

Thereis no swingman this year - no more Trevor Cahill, or "Woody" in the pen. So my guess is he stays in this current roll.

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  • crunch 1 hour 2 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 9 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 17 min ago (view)

    welcome back kimbrel.

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


  • crunch 1 hour 48 min ago (view)

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


  • crunch 2 hours 44 min ago (view)

    woo, a good cubs away game.


  • crunch 4 hours 54 min ago (view)

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


  • crunch 6 hours 16 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 7 hours 37 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 1 hour ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

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


  • 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