Cubs vs. Reds (Game 44)
The Cubs continue their campaign toward the playoffs with another match-up of aces. Yu Darvish and Trevor Bauer face off again. Darvish won the last round on Aug. 29 and has since defeated Jack Flaherty as well. Meanwhile, the Reds will struggle to stay in the Wildcard race and they send their top starter to get the job done.
CHC (25-18): RHP Yu Darvish (7-1, 1.44 ERA)
CIN (18-24): RHP Trevor Bauer (3-3, 2.05 ERA)
First pitch 7:15 pm central
Is there a pitcher you'd rather have starting for you this season? Darvish has been not only an ace but Cy Young probable based on his performance so far. He's gone head to head with other team's aces and won a few times already this season. If he continues to pound command his ridiculous mix of pitches and blow the fastball by opponents late, he can defeat any lineup.
Bauer has also been stellar this year, even if his performance has lagged behind Darvish's just a bit of late. Where Darvish has had one middling start this season, Bauer Had two in a row, including his loss to the Cubs at the end of August. He lost in his last start as well, despite allowing only one earned run; his defense lead to 3 more unearned runs benefiting the Pirates. Anthony Rizzo is 6-13 with two homeruns off of Bauer in his career.
The forecast is for another blustery evening with the wind coming in off the lake; it should be a great day to watch these aces contend from the comfort of your own homes.
Cubster 2 hours 27 min ago (view)
Bluejays locked up a playoff spot. Looks like it's the Astros that are out. They are unlikely to get a "Buffalo" home game if they are the last seed.
Tribune Cub Notes (Friday AM):
Revenue drop leads to layoffs
By Mark Gonzales
The Cubs on Thursday laid off about 60 members of their business department because of declining revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a source told the Tribune.
crunch 17 hours 33 min ago (view)
the scary part of this team-wide slump, and especially this series, is PIT is basically a AAA level talent team that had 15 wins all season coming into the cubs series.
cubs are limping into the post-season. heyward is pretty much the only consistent hitter. well, technically jose martinez has been consistent, too.
blockhead25 17 hours 50 min ago (view)
Hey, anything could happen. They could win 4 2-1 games in a series.
Or lose 8-0, 6-0 in the first round and be done.
Charlie 18 hours 10 min ago (view)
3 days left to get psyched for the post season?
blockhead25 19 hours 5 min ago (view)
This is an impressive level of offensive offense. This week feels like the final week of 2018 when we also had a lousy 4 game series with the Pirates, just without one of the other teams winning the final 8 games to catch us.
QuietMan 21 hours 40 min ago (view)
So whatever happened to the don't pitch Mills the day after Hendricks plan?
crunch 21 hours 54 min ago (view)
rizzo / contreras(DH) / heyward / schwarber / maybin(CF) / kipnis / baez / caratini / bote
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
I agree with all of this. I think KB is traded for a SP. I guess here is my guess at the pitchers:
Bullpen: Mills/ Alzolay, Underwood, Adam, Tepera, Wick, Kimbrel, Ryan, Wieck (Alzolay if he loses the 5th spot battle with Mills is still starter number 6, and likely being groomed to join the rotation either later in the year or 2022)
Charlie 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Frazier beat him on an inside corner two-seamer (albeit belt high), but the Hayes homer came on an 0-2 meatball. Not very professorial.
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
hendricks starts the game giving up back to back homers. wtf...
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
happ / rizzo / contreras / schwarber(DH) / maybin(LF) / heyward / baez / kipnis / bote
George Altman 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
Let's hope so. It would be great next year to NOT have to 'piece together a bullpen'.
Arizona Phil 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
DJL: I think that if Lester, Chatwood, Quintana, Jeffress, and Chafin leave via free-agency and do not return or are not replaced by at least one veteran MLB FA SP, the default Cubs 2021 Opening Day pitching staff will be Darvish, Hendricks, Mills (out of options), Alzolay (could be out of options - TBD), and either Rea, T. Miller, Steele, Abbott, Marquez, or D.
Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
I understand that any team can win a three-game series, but if I'm a division winner I'd want to be the #3 seed rather than the #2 seed in both the A. L. and the N. L., because I would rather face the worst second place team (Houston in the A. L. and probably Miami or Philadelphia in N. L.) than the best wild card team (Cleveland in the A. L. and probably Cincinnati or Milwaukee in the N.L.).
Hagsag 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
Maybe, if he makes the roster!
Charlie 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
Jose Martinez is going to hit some big post season homerun, isn't he?