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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  • crunch 1 hour 20 min ago (view)

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


  • crunch 2 hours 41 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 4 hours 2 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 22 hours 17 min ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 23 hours 11 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 4 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 4 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.