Cubs @ Nationals: Montgomery vs Fedde (Game 143) 

CHC (83-59): LHP Mike Montgomery (4-5, 3.85) 
WAS (71-72): RHP Erick Fedde (1-3, 6.00) 
First pitch: 12:35pmCST

Montgomery gave up 2 ER in 4 innings and took the loss in Milwaukee on Tuesday. He had a scoreless inning of relief against the Nats on August 11. Overall, they are 3-10 against him. Harper, Hendrick, and Wieters have the hits.

Fedde, who had a late-season cup of coffee last year, has pitched seven games this season, mostly as a starter. He had a no-decision against the Cards his last time out (5 IP, 4 ER). He gave up 4 ER in 5.1 innings at Wrigley in August of last year. The Cubs are 8-17 (.471) against him. Contreras is 2-3 with a HR.

Lester against Miley and the Brewers at the Friendly (and hopefully dry) Confines tomorrow at 7:00pmCST on ESPN.

Go Cubs! 


What if...the game is rained out: 

not likely to be rescheduled for the two remaining open Thursdays. First would be a continuation of the 23 straight game stretch which the players can nix and lead to 30 straight games plus a one day flight round trip to DC From Chicago. The 2nd would require a flight from AZ to DC to Chi. Plus the Nats are scheduled to play the Mets on the 20th. So that isn’t even an option. Leaves Oct 1st, after the season but before the NL Wild card game on Oct 2nd.

Especially bad if outcome could put the Cubs in the NL wild card game. 

Chicago Cubs @Cubs 20 seconds ago

We do not have an expected start time.

They are either playing through rain today, or they are not playing today. It's not going to stop. Personally, I think the Nats should forfeit. Only seems fair.

"cubs twitter" (fans, twitter users, not official team stuff) has been toxic as hell the past 2 days.

it's full of pissed off conspiracy theorists lashing out at WAS, MLB, fans of other teams,'s getting hard to find useful news in between the toxic posts.

Giants led Brewers 2-1...unitl MadBum served up a 2-out GS to Schoop.  Two outs, nobody on, and they wind up with a grand slam.  Crap.

Postponed on the mlb app

Game rescheduled for Thursday in Washington -- one-day trip to face Scherzer again.  Awesome.

So, here's the plan: sweep the Brewers and send the B team to Washington to face Scherzer.  Everybody got it?  Let's go.

maddon is pissed...not happy with MLB (the younger maddon isn't being so "diplomatic" about it while the elder maddon is)

30 straight game days without a scheduled day off, excluding rainouts. MLBPA should be fighting this.

"Nats will stay on rotation vs PHI: Fedde will pitch Monday, Roark Tuesday and Strasburg on Wednesday."

so...looks like the cubs will get surezure again.  neat.

Cubs should seriously send the B team to DC to watch it rain.  Rest up the regulars for the Reds series. NBA teams do this all the time.  Popovich once left his entire starting 5 at home rather than take a one-game road trip. 

b.morrow threw a "light" 25-pitch bullpen session, though he's not close to returning.

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  • Charlie 4 hours 20 min ago (view)

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


  • crunch 6 hours 18 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 10 hours 14 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 11 hours 3 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 58 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 1 hour 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 23 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 7 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 8 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 16 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 8 hours ago (view)

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