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 3 hours 34 min ago (view)

    bryce harper ruined that bat dragging thing for everyone after his ejection years ago at the junior college world series.

    also, hurrah for baseball making it's return.


  • JustSayin' 3 hours 38 min ago (view)

    College ball started Saturday.  Umpire egos in D1 baseball are not that much smaller than in the pros, so of course there was a controversy.  In the late innings of a game in the weekend's biggest series (Michigan vs.


  • crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    the news is mostly based on a Baseball America article from the 11th (behind a paywall) the gist of it is rather legit rumor-wise, though it's still too far in the future to call it a 100% done deal.

    btw, the cubs have been strongly linked to pursuing christian hernandez for quite a while.  the BA writer that wrote the article about the cubs links has been following c.hernandez since he was a 14yo talent and is quite familiar with him.  that signing probably is in the bag.


  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    I don't know much about this website, but they are speculating that the Cubs may sign two of the top International Free Agents available during this signing period: Does anyone know if this sounds legit?


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Minnie Minoso was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 47 and Julio Franco was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 49, so Mexican League teams clearly do not have a problem with signing older players. 

    And of course the ageless Satchel Paige was still working as a SP in AAA (with the Miami Marlins) into his early 50's (and prior to that he pitched in MLB as late as age 46).  


  • crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    b.colon has signed to a mexican league team.  woo old dudes.  he turns 47 in may...believed by some to be older.


  • Cubster 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    Replacing someone like David DeJesus?


  • crunch 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    mark grace returns to chicago as an analyst/on-air-talent for Marquee.

    he won't be part of the main game calling crew, but will be doing support content during games.


  • Eric S 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Increasing levels of smoke concerning a possible Arenado/KB trade

    Get Arenado to agree to push back his opt out a few years or so down the road and this could work out nicely for the Cubs


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis (like Brandon Morrow) was a post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a 2020 minor league contract, so he gets a $100K retention bonus and an automatic June 1st player opt-out if he is not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB 40-man roster or MLB 60-day IL by 12 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day. 


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed post-2019 second-contract minor league FA catcher Jordan Procyshen to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.  


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Q could be subbed in for any of those too


  • crunch 5 days 7 hours ago (view)

    darvish, lester, and mills could combine to give up 100 homers between the 3 of them.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    I would have liked to give him a shot. I don't see much more out of a Chatwood and Alec Mills competition for the 5th spot.


  • crunch 5 days 10 hours ago (view)

    M's sign him 1/2m


  • crunch 5 days 11 hours ago (view)

    walker throwing for the M's today...hopefully they see something they like and can outbid the cubs.  it should be easy since the cubs seem to be hiring guys with camel cash and canadian tire money.