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 48 min 43 sec ago (view)

    heyward / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarb / caratini / kemp(2nd) / Q


  • crunch 2 hours 9 min ago (view)

    so stoked for the williamsport game.

    the increasing amount of off-site games is a bit concerning (middle of nowhere Field of Dreams field, really?), but I love this one.  it's played out great so far and giving the kids playing in the LL series some primo seats (hope this continues) is a great touch.


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Craig Kimbrel reinstated from IL, Duane Underwood Jr optioned to Iowa, Mark Zagunis recalled as the "26th man" for tonight's game (special travel required to get to Williamsport so MLB Comissioner permits 26th man for both clubs). 


  • crunch 21 hours 45 min ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 22 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are


  • Eric S 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?


  • Jackstraw 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.


  • Jackstraw 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.


  • Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    cubs win!  about time.


  • Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out


    PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    ...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...

    2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.

    bullpen time.  oh. boy.  neat.

    chatwood in.


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.