Cubs @ Brewers (Game 46)

With last night's unlikely comeback win against the Reds, the Cubs continued to hold their nearest division competitors at a reasonable distance. The Cards split their doubleheader and remain 3-games back in 2nd place. Milwaukee enters this series at 5.0 games back and needing a series win to keep themselves in the race. They will send their opening day starter to get the series going, but the Cubs will be fortunate the Brewers' surprise best starter, Corbin Burnes.

CHC (26-19): LHP Jon Lester (2-2, 5.90 ERA)
MIL (19-22): RHP Brandon Woodruff (2-3, 3.91 ERA)
First pitch 7:10 pm central

Jon Lester has not won a game since his third start, on August 11. He has been absolutely knocked around in every start since then, even in the starts in which he limited run-scoring; he's allowed 40 hits in 23.1 innings pitched in the 5 starts since then. Jedd Gyorko has slashed .321/.424/.679 against Lester in 28 at-bats.

Brandon Woodruff has had a pretty successful 2020, most significantly by remaining healthy so far. He has also struck out over 10 batters per 9 innings and elicited a reasonable portion of opponent contact on the ground, 44.9%. In two starts against the Cubs this year, both at Wrigley, he is 0-1, allowing 5 earned runs in 9.1 innings. Few Cubs have a significant track record against him. Caratini is 3-5 with two doubles. Javy is 1-10 with 4 strikeouts and Bryant is 2-10 with 4 strikeouts.


The Cubs option RHSP Adbert Alzolay to the ATS in South Bend and recall LHRP Rex Brothers, probably because a 5th starter won't be needed again until Tuesday 9/22. 

Would love for Alzolay to find his command and get a real look in another start or two. The stuff seems to be there on the fastball and curve at least.

happ / bryant / rizzo / contreras / schwarber / bote(2nd) / heyward / caratini(DH) / hoerner(SS)

SF/SD game canceled because of a Covid positive (SF player)

kimbrel in a tie (0-0) game covering the 7th...buckle up

2 Ks and a popout to CF.  nice.

d.ross deploying the 5-man infield with 0 outs and men on the corners...jeffress being called on to be superman.

sac fly, cubs lose.  can't pin anything bad on jeffress here.

lester bounceback was nice, though.

b.anderson (MIL) scratched from tonight's start (hip)

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 44 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 13 hours 45 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 6 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 16 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 14 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 21 hours 42 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 10 sec 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 23 hours 36 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 23 hours 46 min ago (view)

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


  • Charlie 23 hours 53 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 23 hours 56 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 23 hours 56 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 7 sec 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 2 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 3 min ago (view)

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