Cubs @ Dodgers: Lester vs. Latos (Game 128)

The Cubs send a Ross-less Lester to the mound to right the road trip.

CHC (73-54): LHP Jon Lester (8-9, 3.44)
LAD (71-56): RHP Mat Latos (4-9, 4.81)
First pitch: 8:10pmCT

Lester came within one out of a complete game shutout (8.2 IP, 1 ER) against the Indians on Monday. Instead, he ended up with a no-decision, and Bryant got to be the hero with his 9th inning walk-off homer. Lester lost to the Dodgers at Wrigley in June (4 IP, 4 ER). The Dodgers are 25-104 (.240) against him. Crawford is 9-34 (.265).

David Ross is on family medical leave and will not return before Sunday.

Latos is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his three starts this month since being acquired by the Dodgers, including his loss to the Reds (4.2 IP, 4 ER) his last time out. The Cubs are 25-129 (.194) against him. Castro is 8-33 (.242).

The Pirates and Giants have each won three to match our losing streak. Not good. But you have to like our chances with Arrieta going tomorrow, so a .500 trip is still very possible. 

Go Cubs!


From the twit box: Phillies plan to expand protective netting I don't understand why they can't just build drones to intercept incoming balls and bats. As the kids would say, SMH

Starlin Castro has cleared waivers. That's good news for a trade, bad news for his value.

There have been some mighty good players clearing waivers this summer. I can't back that up with any actual names right now, though.

Red Sox pro scouting director Jared Porter is joining the Cubs organization. I haven't seen in what capacity he'll serve. Or if Joe Bohringer is on the way out.

See Why There are Baskets Stumbled across this 1970 Cubs Highlights of Spring Training. At about 19:10 is the final out of Holtzman's No Hitter with Brickhouse making the call. After the final out camera shows fans jumping en mass from the bleachers. Neat.

"Ross-less" I'm not a praying man normally, but tonight I'm praying for a Lester no-hitter.

Not God--sure She'll be by to comment soon--but I can say with near certainty that Lester will not get a hit tonight.

dat balk tho. thanks for the lead latos.

Wow couple very wide strikes called against Der Kaiser with two men on. Sheesh.

We need to get back home and play more bad teams, stat! Reality checks suck.

7th inning - ugh. You knew when Crawford led off the inning with the single things were not going to end well

this game turned into a gigantic bag of dicks really quickly.

It really did.

Kershaw is an Ace. Lester is a former Ace. Not saying he isn't good, just saying, dude is not an Ace.

Let's hope the Cub's ace puts an end to this slide tomorrow

Have I mentioned how much I hate modern free agency? Oh, yeah, I have. If it's any comfort, Max Scherzer has a 6.43 in August. It's not because of one really awful outing, either, but a bunch of so-so ones and one pretty bad one. Don't get me wrong, I actually wanted them to sign Lester - or somebody, so my rant is really against modern free agency itself. Does anyone, even Theo, really think Lester is gonna be any good when he's 38? They're really paying him $150 million for maybe 3 or 4 good years, and that's assuming he doesn't get injured, which most pitchers do. There's no good answer for a contending team other than working to get more home grown pitching. If this was a playoff, the Cubs would be down 0-2. That seems about right for a young team like this. But adding that one additional arm to the rotation next year is gonna be a knotty problem.

ahem, a snotty problem.

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  • crunch 1 day 1 hour 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 1 day 7 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' 1 day 9 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 2 days 7 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 2 days 14 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 2 days 16 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 2 days 20 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 3 days 9 hours 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 4 days 12 hours 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."



  • bradsbeard 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options. 


  • Arizona Phil 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal. 


  • crunch 6 days 10 hours ago (view)

    RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins

    ...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw


  • erich081 6 days 23 hours ago (view)

    I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.


  • Hagsag 1 week 3 hours ago (view)

    I am installing a padded room to sit in until this hell is over.


  • Charlie 1 week 8 hours ago (view)

    Watched it yesterday with my girlfriend and while Skyping my dad. It was fun to give her running commentary since she's only been a Cubs fan for the last five years.


  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    MLB is sidestepping this "to the surface" pushing issue by choosing to "finacially support" minor league players according to a press release from a couple days ago.  minor league pay has been a recent source of embarrassment for MLB...

    i have no idea how robust this assistant will be, but anything less than 100% for most players (no matter the source) would be a disservice to future of the game.