Brewers @ Cubs: Nelson vs Lackey (Game 141)

MIL (72-68): RHP Jimmy Nelson (11-6, 3.59) 
CHC (77-63): RHP John Lackey (11-10, 4.74) 
First pitch: 7:05pmCST

Friday night's alright for fighting. 

Lackey beat the Braves (7 IP, 0 ER, 5 K, 0 BB) on Friday. He’s 1-1 with a 4.50 in two starts against the Brewers this season. Overall, they are 35-133 (.263) against him. Santana is 5-12 with a HR.

Nelson won against the Nationals his last time out, keeping them off the board for 7 innings and striking out 11. He’s 0-0 with a 6.35 in two games against the Cubs this season. For their careers, the Cubs are 38-161 (.236) against him. Heyward is 7-25 against him.

The Cubs enter the weekend with a five-game lead over the Brewers and Cardinals. 

Anderson (8-3) and Montgomery (5-7) throw tomorrow at 3:05pmCST.    

Go Cubs!



I hope the Happ leadoff thing last night was an audition for next year: - Happ CF - Schwarber LF (Almora CF, Happ to LF vs. LHP) - Bryant 3B - Rizzo 1B - Contreras C - Heyward RF - Baez 2B - Russell SS Caratini, Zobrist, Almora and one more on the bench. I know Joe doesn't like or use a "set lineup", but I hope this is the group that is out there most days. Zo would become a utility backup player (I assume Russell will get even more days off next year, given his annual breakdowns). It will be interesting to see if Joe is willing to make that move.

Dillon Maples? Will Joe give Dillon Maples a shot tonight since Wilson pitched last night?

lackey, lester, and uehara should be willing to give maples a shot if joe doesn't...some chicken, too.

Willson Contreras goes 1-2 in four PA as DH at Myrtle Beach -- ground single to left, two walks (one intentional), and a pop-out to 2nd (P-4) to end the game and the Pelicans season. 

ryan* braun* HR* #300* also, lackey has had 4 balls in the 1st hit warning track deep. braun's went over the wall. boo.

Lackey is a servicible #5 pitcher. Just like J Hammel, however, I would NEVER put him on the Playoff roster should they make it cause you're behind the 8-ball after the 2nd inning.

taylor davis's hair featuring taylor davis is making him MLB debut in the 7th. i miss his pre-haircut look. whatever. good for him for finally getting a taste of the bigs. ...and he K's. still, another victory for a modern domestic undrafted FA player making it to the bigs. he's no kevin millar, but it's still a nice 'check it out' to all the teams that passed on him.

Cubs efforts to manipulate the schedule have backfired so far. The No-Rain rainout vs. MIL was made up and the Brewers crushed the Cubs -- moving today's game from afternoon to night hasn't gone well, either. Bizarre offense this year -- they either score a ton of runs or none at all.

Zobrist at cleanup again. That is simply idiotic. No possible logical reason for it. What the hell is Maddon trying to prove?

actual footage of maddon and his color coded ipad...

The only explanation I can come up with that I could defend even a little bit is that Joe feels for some reason that Bryant and Rizzo HAVE to bat 2 and 3 and that of the rest of the guys on the current roster, Zobrist is least likely to get over-amped or flustered by batting clean-up. My real belief is that Zobrist has pictures of Joe buying crappy wine and putting it in good bottles.

Your wine explanation is the only one that makes sense. Let's go with that. And, of course, Zobrist hitting cleanup again.

I would think once Willson Contreras is reinstated from the DL he will hit clean-up most every day, and play LF on days he's not catching. 

I'm not optimistic that the Cubs will win one game this series. But maybe Monty can throw a gem.

With these pitching match-ups, one win feels like all I can hope for.

Well, Lackey certainly pitched well enough to win. If the Cubs can hold MIL to 2 runs per game, they should pick up a W or two.

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  • Cubster 4 hours 59 min ago (view)

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


  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 19 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 20 hours 46 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 21 hours 23 min ago (view)

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


  • Ryno 21 hours 31 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.


  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 48 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 21 hours 53 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 21 hours 59 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 23 hours 26 min ago (view)


    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

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


  • Eric S 1 day 13 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 13 hours ago (view)

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


  • crunch 1 day 16 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 16 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. "



  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.


  • BobbyD 1 day 17 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.