Cubs vs. Reds (Game 45)

The Cubs lost a tough one. Darvish struggled with his command in the first inning and then was his dominant self after that, while the Cubs offense floundered against a locked-in Trevor Bauer. The series stands at 1-1 with the Reds' secondary ace, Sonny Gray, taking on an intriguing Cubs fill-in, Adbert Alzolay.

CHC (25-19): RHP Adbert Alzolay (0-1, 2.08 ERA)
CIN (19-24): RHP Sonny Gray (5-2, 3.19 ERA)
First pitch 7:15 pm central

Alzolay is making his third spot start of 2020. After an initial 5-inning start with only 1 unearned run allowed, Alzolay struggled to find the strike zone and exited after 2.2 in his second start. In those two starts and 1 relief inning, Alzolay has struck out 12 opponents in only 8.2 innings pitched. In a very small sample size, lefties have had a significant advantage against the righty; his changeup is still developing and he has struggled at times to keep it low in (or below) the strikezone.

Gray's renaissance in Cincinnati has continued in the shortened 2020 season. He continues to strike out well over a batter per inning will coaxing a reasonable number of groundballs from opponents. Gray defeated the Cubs way back in late July. He held them to two unearned runs and struck out 11 in 6.2 innings in Cincinnati. In his last start, the Cards chased him in the first inning; they scored six earned runs on three walk and five hits. Basically no current Cub has had any success against him. Javy is 1-12 with 8 strikeouts.


Pedro Martinez one of the two PTBNL for Jose Martinez. I don't remember who called that, but good call!

 Bummer we lost an interesting prospect. I'm sure he will excel in the able hands of Tampa

s.souza released...oops, i missed that note on the player pool thread 

happ / bryant / rizzo / baez / contreras / heyward / maybin(LF) / bote(DH) / hoerner(2nd) / person / woman / man / camera / tv

Really expecting a big night from person.

Tv has been a consistent performer for years

i would take either over maybin.

Maybin hasn't been that bad... been a rather substantial upgrade over Almora. Granted that may say more about Almora.

cubs game delayed...STL blowing game 2 in the 7th, giving DET the lead...KC (singer) has a no-hitter going through 7ip vs CLE (102 pitches) over after 7.2 on pitch 116.  manager is probably very happy right now.

game on...

also, chatwood played catch today could be throwing off a mound soon.

cubs working on a comeback in the 4th...which means we're probably due for a 1 hour rain delay or something.

cubs win, contreras remains hot and javy remains a mystery.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 17 min ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.


  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 18 min ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 


  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 40 min ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  


  • bradsbeard 17 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 


  • Craig A. 18 hours 47 min ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 


  • bradsbeard 22 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 


  • crunch 23 hours 33 min ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).


  • crunch 1 day 9 min ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.


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  • crunch 1 day 19 min ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.


  • Charlie 1 day 26 min ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).


  • crunch 1 day 29 min ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.


  • crunch 1 day 29 min ago (view)

    alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.

    i wonder what role j.lester will be given.  if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all.  someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.


  • crunch 1 day 33 min ago (view)

    dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.

    unfortunately, neither were near the plate.


  • Charlie 1 day 35 min ago (view)

    So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.


  • crunch 1 day 36 min ago (view)

    Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...