Cubs @ Nationals: Hamels vs Rodriguez (Game 142)

CHC (83-58): LHP Cole Hamels (9-9, 3.67)
WAS (70-72): RHP Jefry Rodriguez (2-2, 5.58)
First pitch: 6:05pmCSTish

Hamels gave up 2 ER in 6 innings for a no-decision in Milwaukee his last time out. He gave up 1 ER against the Nats in the Bote game. Overall, they are 43-203 (.212) against him. 

Rodriguez might not be long for the game, as the Nats are keeping an eye on the rookie’s innings. Also, he is pretty inconsistent and the Cubs might buy into Joe’s plan to split the games. On the other hand, none of the Cubs have faced him.

Montgomery and Fedde tomorrow at 12:35pmCST.

Go Cubs!


caratini grand slam!

Another gut-punch loss for the Cards.  2-out 2-run Ozuna HR in the top of the 9th ties the game, then they lose on a walk-off wild pitch by Bud.  Awesome. 

s.ohtani out there hitting triples with a torn elbow.

"hey, you should go have tommy john surgery so you can maybe pitch late next season." - a lot of people

"or...i could stick around a few more weeks and rack up some hits." - ohtani

dude has 8 hits (4 HR and a triple) in 4 games since he got his "you need tommy john" diagnosis.

rumor has it that it still hasn't come down yet.


This game not so fun now. 

i dont care if a boat loaded with 2 of each animal floats around in the OF, i don't wanna see a rain delay...

It's a freaking monsoon out there

...and rain delay.

tarp off the field...they're trying to get it in playing shape...

1000 bags of diamond dry should do it.

Ugly loss, but they are 5-5 so far on a long, 4-city road trip against good teams that included some of the best pitchers in the league.  Not bad.  Just need the Brewers to lose a few.  Let's go MadBum.

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  • Charlie 3 hours 53 min ago (view)

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


  • crunch 5 hours 52 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 47 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 36 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 31 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 53 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 3 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 4 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.