Cubs vs. Mariners: Lester vs. Hernandez (Game 138)

CHC (74-63): LHP Jon Lester (11-9, 4.36 ERA)
SEA (48-81): RHP Félix Hernández (1-4, 6.02 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT

Lester gave his team six innings of one-run baseball against the Mets in his final August start. Today, he and his supporting cast will go for a two-game sweep against the visiting Mariners. Kyle Seager with two homeruns off of the lefty, and Dee Gordon is 2-8. Most other Mariners have only a few at bats against the veteran.

Félix Hernández battled shoulder issues for much of the season, missing most of May and all of June and July and returning to the majors in late August. In two starts since that return, he's pitched 11.2 innings and allowed five earned runs on eight hits (three homeruns) and four walks, collecting seven strikeouts along the way. Heyward is 3-12 and Lucroy 3-16 off of the man who once was King. Castellanos and Rizzo are each 2-5 with a homerun.

The Cubs made use of several players from the expanded roster yesterday's win, starting Robel Garcia and using Underwood and Wieck out of the bullpen. Zobrist has yet to make his highly anticipated(?) return, Javy will probably continue to rest his injured thumb, and Contreras is still making his way back to the active roster.

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zobrist(2nd) / cast / rizzo / bryant / schwarb / contreras / heyward / russell(SS) / lester

also, d.holland is back...

For all Joe’s talk of giving guys soft landings, Joe really doesn’t seem to be a big fan of a soft landing.

brewers have released jeremy "smoke 2 joints" jeffress.  all-star last year...fodder this year.

he was put on waivers without being claimed.

sigh...

bryant scratched with right knee soreness...an ongoing issue.

zobrist(2nd) / schwarb / cast / rizzo / contreras / happ(3rd) / heyward / russell(SS) / lester

STL's recent surge is nothing short of black magic

https://www.mlb.com/video/dejong-s-strange-single

naw.  no.  i'm calling the cops.

j.soler is the new single-season HR king for KC...hit his 39th tonight.

Calling up Contreras with minimal rehab time is paying off early.

zobrist and contreras with a hell of a return.

rizzo gave the ball ryan court (SEA) hit to the 1st base coach and into the SEA dugout.  it was ryan court's first hit at wrigley field.

aside from a single season with the cubs in AAA (he never got his callup) he's got strong connections to the cubs beyond his minor league season as a fan growing up and even though his professional career.  he's from elgin, IL.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/bas...

lester with an ugly as hell 0 run 6 inning outting.  he never got hit hard, but SEA took advantage of a bit of wildness and contreras not being "split second" fast behind the plate (contreras still looks sharp back there).  SEA didn't do anything with that advantage, though.

he left em loaded 3 times.  phew.

cubs win!  cards win.

Somehow the Nats won too. What a disaster for the Mets. 

Brewers and Phillies win too. 

Cubs continue the season of no traction. 

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  • Cubster 7 hours 5 min ago (view)

    per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 24 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  

     

  • crunch 22 hours 51 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.

     

  • Ryno 23 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?

     

  • Ryno 23 hours 36 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 

     

  • Eric S 23 hours 58 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 

     

  • Cubster 1 day 4 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Yep

    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:  https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/07/08/craig-kimbrels-intrasquad-performance-is-a-reminder-of-the-concerns-that-already-existed/

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...

     

  • Eric S 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 

     

  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.

     

  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "

    ow.

     

  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like.