Brewers @ Cubs: Miley vs Lester (Game 143) 

MIL (82-62): LHP Wade Miley (3-2, 2.12) 
CHC (83-59): LHP Jon Lester (15-5, 3.53) 
First pitch: 7:00pmCST 

After pitching only one inning in Friday’s postponed game, Lester gets a quick turnaround. He beat Milwaukee at Wrigley on April 5 (6 IP, 0 ER). Overall, they are 44-157 (.280) against him. Braun is 8-18.

Miley gave up 1 ER in 6 innings to beat the Cubs his last time out. For their careers, they are 23-108 (.213) against him. Almora is 3-5 with a HR.

The Brewers are currently 2 games back in the division. 

Quintana and Chacin tomorrow at 7:05pmCST.

Go Cubs! 


d.smyly has been shut down for the season.

he's allegedly healthy...they just don't think he'll be stretched out enough to contribute before the season ends or something whatever.

Every time I think the Cubs have the division locked up, they start losing and Brews/Cards start winning.  Every time I think the Cubs are falling apart and may lose the division, they start winning.  With that in mind, here is my prediction for this series with the Brewers:

Today: Win (3 games up)

Tomorrow: Lose (2 games up)

Wednesday: 24 inning tie game, finished at a later date.

My mood after this series:

Cubs Sweep: Can relax and enjoy the last two weeks of the season

Cubs win 2-1: Feeling confident but uneasy

Brewers win 2-1: Crap, this will be a long 2 weeks

Brewers sweep:  WTF, screw this.

Murphy 2B, Bryant LF, Rizzo 1B, Baez 3B, Zobrist RF, Almora CF, Contreras C, Lester P, Russell SS

bad brewers D is awesome.

Is Maddon high?  Not the situation to insert Carl Jr with his current struggles 

he might be.  ordinarily in that situation with men already on base he puts in kintzler to let the runs score.

He's going back to that stratagem in the 9th. It's not that important of a game or series so why not. 

Joe left Lester in after he was clearly hurt.  Two outs, nobody on.  A single and a double later, he brings in CJ to uncork a first-pitch WP which brings in the go-ahead (edit: Winning) run.  Try to limit yourself to one stupid decision per inning, please.  Cubs, Bears, Kopech, NU loses to Duke -- too much bad sports karma around Chicago right now. Oh, and Matt Adams just hit a 3-run bomb in the 8th to give STL the lead.  Literally every bit of sports news over the last 3 days has been bad. Woof. 

Edit: This loss is completely on Maddon.  Inexcusable decisions on Lester and CJ.  Beyond dumb.




lester left with "lower back tightness"

Oof. Lester vs Miley and the Cubs appear out-classed in all phases of the game. I did like Zobrist's army crawl retrieving the ball in the RF corner earlier but not a lot of juice otherwise.

And for God's sake, can a Cub pitcher retire Lorenzo Cain one time this game?


MIL is only 1 game behind...

..and the Brewers are 6-3 vs. the Cubs since June 1.  Cain, Yellich, Hader -- all too good.

If they want it, they will have to earn it. 

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  • Charlie 3 hours 59 min ago (view)

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


  • crunch 5 hours 57 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 53 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 42 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 37 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 59 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 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 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 8 hours ago (view)

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