Cubs @ Pirates: Lester vs Taillon (Game 140)
CHC (76-63): LHP Jon Lester (9-7, 4.46)
PIT (67-73): RHP Jameson Taillon (7-5, 4.50)
First pitch: 6:05pmCST
Lester gave up 4 ER in 5 innings but beat the Braves on Saturday. In three starts against the Pirates, he’s 0-2 with a 6.08 this season. Overall, they are 61-222 (.275) against him. Mercer is 6-19, with a HR.
Taillon had a no-decision against the Reds his last time out (6 IP, 0 ER, 4 K, 1 BB). In two starts against the Cubs this season, he’s 1-1 with a 3.00. For their careers, the Cubs are 22-75 (.301). Rizzo is 6-11 with 2 HR, Jay is 2-2, and Baez is 5-7 with a HR.
If you’re in the area, tickets start at $4.
Lackey (11-10) and Nelson (11-6) start the NL Central showdown with the Brewers at Wrigley tomorrow at 7:05pmCST.
crunch 38 min 2 sec ago (view)
11 umpires opt out of 2020...
Cubster 19 hours 39 sec ago (view)
IMPOTUS 45: "ANYBODY WHO WANTS A TEST CAN GET A TEST"
then said quietly by his elves: although it can take up to 1-2 days (or two tanks of gas) to get through test lines and then 7-14 days to get results.
crunch 19 hours 24 min ago (view)
5 cubs players + d.ross didn't work out with the team today because their tests were dealyed. 4 players + d.ross later came back negative and 1 test will have to be done again because it was compromised during transport and invalidated.
...turns out the compromised test was not a player, but a non-player/non-ross Tier 1 employee. neat.
crunch 21 hours 45 min ago (view)
v.caratini will continue to be darvish's preferred catcher this season.
crunch 21 hours 46 min ago (view)
j.hicks (STL) opts out. he's a T1 diabetic currently rehabbing from TJ. he was expected to return in august.
JustSayin' 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
I think what your saying applies to all franchises in all big-time team sports. The virus is asymptomatic in many carriers. The national positive test % rate is mid/high single digits. If your pro sports franchise does 3-4 x better than that, it still means some players and coaches will test positive and things will grind to a partial or complete halt. At least baseball didn't try to "bubble" in AZ and FL, which are looking like two of the worst (and worst-led) states in which to be located at the currrent stage of the pandemic.
crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
rizzo took BP and did some field work today. also, almora is good to go...he ran into a wall on friday and got a little banged up.
Cubster 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
Aroldis Chapman is now Covid positive with mild symptoms
crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
the COVID-Division should be fun.
teams from TX, AZ, CA, WA, and CO exclusively playing each other... CO is all "wtf, really?"
Cubster 2 days 17 hours ago (view)
...and so it goes (per Roto): Astros general manager James Click wrote in a statement that a member of the staff "was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization.” The team is working with MLB and team doctors on testing protocol and cleaning before resuming workouts.
Does the visiting team bring a Covid positive bio-weapon to the player's parking lot?
Charlie 3 days 15 min ago (view)
I've been wondering how this would proceed. Since teams will have to figure out how existing contracts will be paid, I thought there was a *chance* they would proceed with free agency as usual and plan for payment under potential shortened seasons would just be figured out in negotiations with the MLBPA. But that was probably an overly optimistic thought.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 3 hours ago (view)
Meanwhile Theo shoots down any potential of extension talks. I get that it's a crazy time financially in baseball, but it's really gonna suck when all these players leave after 21 and 22.
Cubster 3 days 13 hours ago (view)
WSox Michael Kopech has opted out of 2020. I didn't see a disclosed reason yet but he is recovering from TJ S
crunch 4 days 28 min ago (view)
buster posey (SF) opting out of 2020...recently adopted twin daughters who were born premature.
Cubster 5 days 4 hours ago (view)
per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).
Arizona Phil 5 days 16 hours 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).