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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  • Charlie 3 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.


  • crunch 5 hours 44 min ago (view)

    RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists


  • bradsbeard 9 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure. 


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 29 min ago (view)

    There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games. 


  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 23 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.

    He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls. 


  • bradsbeard 1 day 45 min ago (view)

    Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me. 


  • KingKongvsGodzilla 2 days 22 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!


  • crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    jim hickey new nats pitching coach.


  • bradsbeard 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there. 


  • tim815 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.


  • crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.

    big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.

    too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).


  • bradsbeard 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability


  • Hagsag 4 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?


  • tim815 5 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.


  • crunch 5 days 7 hours ago (view)

    yup, they're gonna try.  starts in about a month.