Cubs @ Mets: Lester vs. deGrom (Game 133)
CHC (71-61): LHP Jon Lester (10-9, 4.49 ERA)
NYM (67-66): RHP Jacob deGrom (8-7, 2.56 ERA)
First pitch 6:10pmCDT
That 10-7 win was one of the tensest games I can remember that included an early 10-1 lead. With that win in hand, the Cubs clinched the series and go today for a sweep of the Wild Card hopefuls in Flushing. It'll also be another shot for the Cubs to creep beyond 10 games over .500. Jon Lester sets himself to the task. Lester has gone through a rough August, squishing two decent starts between a trio of flops. Even the good starts were shaky, as his command left him to the tune of eight walks in those eleven innings. Rajai Davis has a .907 OPS against him in 52 at bats and should be part of the usual strategy to take advantage of Lester on the basepaths. Amed Rosario is 5-9 off the lefty.
Jacob deGrom has followed a spectacular 2018 by continuing to be spectacular in 2019. Brilliant strategy on his part. He's also been spectacular lately. He held Atlanta to one run in seven innings and collected 13 strikeouts in a no-decision last time out. Bryant is 5-14 with two homeruns off of him. Rizzo's stiff back will almost certainly keep him out of the lineup despite his 10-23 off deGrom--he'll be missed for this one. Javy is a rough 2-11 with seven strikeouts off of deGrom.
With the Cards losing yesterday, the Cubs are now 2 games back in the division and two games up on the Phillies for the second Wild Card spot (three games behind the Nats for home field advantage in the Wild Card game).
crunch 2 min 32 sec ago (view)
cubs lose, cards lose, brews win
cubs/brews tied (82-69)
crunch 26 min 34 sec ago (view)
hoerner is a steady glove, but so far he is not much of a "playmaker" with how quickly he can turn a play.
the mechanics are solid, but they're not quickly fluid. watching javy will spoil a fan, though.
crunch 57 min 9 sec ago (view)
7ip 6h 1bb 13k, 4r/er
8Ks in a row a cubs team record
crunch 1 hour 53 min ago (view)
...and darvish strikes out f'n everyone as a followup.
11Ks through 4ip...63 pitches
crunch 3 hours 1 min ago (view)
darvish hates the cubs, and america, and puppies, but mostly the cubs.
16 pitches, man on 1st, 3 runs in, and a visit from the pitching coach. that's good stuff.
George Altman 5 hours 3 min ago (view)
I like that last paragraph a lot, Phil. Then use whatever cash left over in arbitration to fix the bullpen.
crunch 5 hours 10 min ago (view)
c.kimbrel threw a 16-pitch simulated game, he could return by week's end if he doesn't have a setback
crunch 5 hours 46 min ago (view)
4 additional charges (as of now, unnamed) have been filed.
crunch 5 hours 54 min ago (view)
zobrist / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / caratini(1st) / heyward / hoerner / darvish
Arizona Phil 5 hours 56 min ago (view)
Betcha the Dodgers are really glad that they didn't trade Gavin Lux for Vazquez at the trade deadline.
crunch 6 hours 1 min ago (view)
28 year old PIT closer felipe vazquez (one of the best in the game for the last 3 years) nabbed for hooking up with a child for the past couple years (age 13-15).
anything less than a full exoneration pretty much sinks his career unless he wants to run for office in Georgia.
he's being charged with "one count of computer pornography - solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minor" (this was all uncovered when the mother of the child discovered text messages)
Arizona Phil 7 hours 23 min ago (view)
I strongly believe that there will be some major changes on the Cubs after this season, even if the Cubs somehow win the World Series. There won't be a tear-down/rebuild lke 2012-14, but I can see the Cubs going younger.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 58 min ago (view)
I think Jon Lester wil be treated as a much-respected "franchise legend" next season, getting the honor of starting on Opening Day, but then being considered the #3 or #4 starter after that before getting his well-earned $10M "golden parachute" after the season. He won't be disrepected by the club, but his time as the go-to guy at the top of the rotation will be over. (Actually it's already over).
Arizona Phil 8 hours 20 min ago (view)
Keep in mind that Yu Darvish does have an opt-out after this season, so if he and/or his agent think he can get at least 4/$81M (which is what he presently is owed 2020-23) as a post-2019 FA he could opt-out.
Arizona Phil 8 hours 46 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Colin Rea hasn't pitched in almost two weeks so I doubt that the Cubs will call him up (they probably should have assigned him to the AFL to get him back into SP shape, but they didn't). That said, If the Cubs were to call-up Rea right now (and they would really need to do it ASAP for him to be useful as a SP) they could recall Justin Steele and place him on the 60-day IL to open up a spot on the 40 for Rea, so that part really isn't a problem.
Charlie 9 hours 12 sec ago (view)
Regarding last night's 9th: Kyle Ryan unwilling or unable to throw his curveball is a little ugly.