Cubs @ Nationals: Garcia vs Scherzer (Game 141)

CHC (83-57): LHP Jaime Garcia (3-6, 5.93)
WAS (69-72): RHP Max Scherzer (16-6, 2.28)
First pitch: 3:05pmCST

Garcia, who started in the rotation for the Blue Jays, has been pitching out of the pen since July. A 6.00+ ERA will do that to you. In August he pitched 5.2 scoreless innings and picked up a win along the way, so let’s go with that. Overall, the Nationals are 16-74 (.216) against him. Kendrick is 3-4 with a HR.

By matching him up with Scherzer, Joe seems to be aiming for a split of the double bill. We should get a funky line-up for this one.

Scherzer had a no-decision against the Cardinals his last time out (7 IP, 3 ER). He went seven scoreless for a no-decision at Wrigley on August 12—in the Bote game.

Hamels and TBD in the nightcap at 6:05pmCST.

Let's win two! 


sure is rain...yup...

WAS is letting fans who bought tickets to last night's rain delay game...who nearing hour 2 of today's rain delay makeup...turn in their tickets for a game on another date.

what a mess...

tarp is still on the field for the makeup game and the scheduled night game is supposed to start in 2hr 20m-ish.

This must be hell on the players.

tarp off!

game time at 5:15 eastern (4:15 central)

walk, K, walk, walk...3 ball put in play and bases loaded.

chatwood on the bench going "dude, i could do this."

2 run single and garcia is pulled.

yeesh.  welcome to the cubs.

So the Nationals' bad decision to start the game last night made the Cubs sub Garcia for Lester.  I realize they're still mad about Game 5 last year, and the Bote GS walk-off, but that seems like something that should be looked into. 

why in the hell does maddon keep putting kintzler in games with men on?

oh look, a run scored on a hit.  unexpected.

Watching LaStella play 3rd is entertaining.

If we're going to start Garcia and hit LaStella 2nd playing 3rd, why not just fully admit we're punting the first game and playing for the second.  I want a game one lineup of Gore leading off in Left, LaStella 3B, Bote 2B, Caratini 1B, Almora CF, Russell SS, Davis C, Mike Montgomery RF, Garcia SP

Fully agree.  If you're going to forfeit, then go all in. 

this game is silly.

let gore pitch the rest of the game.

chatwood gives up a rbi single to scherzer...that is so damn chatwood.

he also has a HBP a WP and a walk in his 18 pitches.


1ip 1h 1bb 0k, 2r/er...1 WP 1 HBP...29 pitches.

2ip 1h 2bb 0k...not a bad 2nd inning...and it only took 8 pitches.

Honestly, just shut him down now and get an early start on the mechanical changes.

first MLB hit for gore!

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  • crunch 26 min 35 sec ago (view)

    Yeah, I've made myself familiar with a lot of the changes, but AZP's posts have both added more information and cleared up stuff I didn't fully grasp.  I appreciate the hell out of it.  Thanks Phil, thanks TCR.


  • bradsbeard 2 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Looks like Savant has his breaking pitch classified as a curve while Fangraphs calls it a slider. Suppose by ST he could have made everything over in the pitching lab, so who knows!


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Again, none of these rules (including the one that requires a pitcher to face a minimum of three batters or else record the final out of the inning) have been officially approved.  

    I think one possible caveat that might be added to the three-batter minimum rule would be that the pitcher can be replaced prior to facing three batters or recording the final out of the inning if the other team puts up a pinch-hitter. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Ptchers would also be treated differently under the new rules as far as the Injured list and Optional Assignment to the minors is concerned, with pitchers having to spend at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on the Injured List before being eligible to be reinstated and at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on Optional Assignment before being eligible to be recalled (inless the pitcher is being recalled to replace a pitcher on the 26-man roster who has been placed on an MLB inactive list).  


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 29 min ago (view)

    SONICWIND: As the rule is proposed, prior to the start of each MLB regular season a club must designate all players on its Opening Day 26-man roster as either a "pitcher" or a "position player." A maximum of 13 can be designated as pitchers (14 pitchers max when rosters expand from 26 to 28 beginning on 9/1). 

    For players who come up during the season, the club must designate the player as either a pitcher or a position player when the player is placed on the MLB active list roster. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 42 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Fangraphs shows the CT as his primary pitch in 2018 with the SL & FB (and an occasional CH) as his secondary pitches, with no CV at all. I guess I'll find out for sure in Spring Training. 


  • Sonicwind75 3 hours 58 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, thank you as always for the detailed information.  How is the "cannot be a pitcher" part of the rule to be enforced?  With a few two way players and the increasing amount of mop up innings being handled by position players it seems like there could be a gray area there.  What is preventing a team from stashing an athletic relief pitcher as a "5th outfielder" that could be a pinch runner and play a passable OF when needed but could also provide them with extra relief pitcher.  Anytime I hear of a new rule I always think of how Bill Billichek would circumvent it t


  • bradsbeard 3 hours 59 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, looking around Baseball Savant, it looks like Winkler now primarily throws a low 90s cutter, a 4-seamer that he throws a little harder (but is less effective), a curve and a sinker. The slider and change haven't been a major part of his repertoir the last two years. The cutter has been really effective the last two years but it looks like he lost command/effectiveness of his 4-seemer and curve last year For whatever reason  


  • bradsbeard 7 hours 19 min ago (view)

    They just signed this guy:


  • Hagsag 8 hours 35 min ago (view)

    There seems to be a lot of player movement so far. Too bad the Cubs aren't involved.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 33 min ago (view)

    Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

    Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    And then the active list roster limit will expand from 26 to 28 on September 1st (max 14 pitchers in September). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    The "26th man" who was added for doubleheaders will now be the "27th man" and he can be a pitcher. 


  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    ATL signs cole hamels 1/18m...a'ite then.

    also, z.wheeler 5/100+ to the phillies.