Mets @ Cubs: Harvey vs Lester (Game 145)

NYM (63-81): RHP Matt Harvey (5-4, 5.82) 
CHC (78-66): LHP Jon Lester (10-7, 4.35) 
First pitch: 7:05pmCST

Thank you, sirs—may we have 30 others?

Lester won in Pittsburgh on Thursday, giving up 1 ER in 6 innings. He beat the Mets in Queens in June, going 7 innings of one-run ball, in a game the Cubs won 14-3.

Overall, the Mets are 34-129 (.264) against him. Flores, who may or may not be on the DL with the rest of the team, is 5-12 with 3 HR.

Harvey had a win against the Reds his last time out (5 IP, 2 ER, 1 K, 1 BB). He gave up 4 ER in as many innings but ended up with a no-decision against the Cubs earlier in the season. He’s 2-3 with a 5.58 in his 8 road starts in 2017, so there's that.

For their careers, the Cubs are 11-41 (.268) against him. Jay is 3-10. Happ and Schwarber are both 1-2 with a HR.

Lugo and Montgomery end the series tomorrow at the same time.

Go Cubs!



2018 opening day will feature every team. sweet.

new youth... j-ho tseng (cubs minor league pitcher of the year) will get the start on saturday vs STL

What am I missing? Don't Cubs have a 5 man rotation without Arrieta?

My guess is they feel they need Monty in the pen. Wilson must have really scared them last night.

So Monty isn't starting tomorrow? suppose I could easily look all of this up.


evidently playing STL in a close race means you throw some experimental youth into the mix. maybe they'll sit schwarber for the series, too. maddon could win manager of the year if he could find a way to bat zobrist leadoff and cleanup in the same lineup. seriously though, i dunno what's up with it, but hopefully he's up to it.

well, it turns out that montgomery is going back to the pen. *shrug*

Limiting Innings? Monte already surpassed last year's total. Maybe they are trying to conserve some innings by sending him back to bullpen and/or his arm is fatigued. Still, odd to bring up a rookie. Maybe it is backwards world, seems like whenever the Cubs face a rookie nobody pitcher that they get shutout on 3 hits for 7 innings. Maddon's new secret reserve psychology strategy.

No pressure, kid. Just go out and throw strikes.

SONIC WIND: I think it was probably more a matter of the Cubs running out of reliable bullpen options than it was an innings limit, and so Montgomery got drafted. Hopefully Arrieta will be back by a week from Saturday (the next time a 5th starter will be needed after today).  

Meanwhile, I hope the Cubs realize that Tseng hasn't pitched in a game in almost two weeks. Hopefully he is still in SP game shape. 

I have seen quite a bit of Tseng over the years. When he's at his best he throws strikes and gets weak contact, and he is a real cool customer. He doesn't show emotion on the mound and doesn't get rattled. He was the ace of the Taiwanese Junior National Team as a teenager, and he was so mature and advanced for his age that he pitched for Team Chinese Taipei in the WBC in 2013 at the age of 18.  

One other thing about him is that he is a very good hitting pitcher. He is a left-handed hitter and he was a DH in HS when he wasn't pitching. He was probably the best-hitting pitcher at Minor League Camp this past March. 

21 wins in a row for Cleveland. Amazing feat. Just thinking of the mathematical odds of a baseball team winning that many in a row is mind numbing.

Carrie Muskat‏ @CarrieMuskat #Cubs Maddon on Tseng: "I said, 'I guess you're in town to accept an award. How about you start tomorrow night's game instead?'" ...looks like either the early reports were wrong on the day or maddon changed his mind. either way, j-ho tomorrow. i doubt j-ho is his nickname. i'm gonna do it anyway.


p.johnson DFA'd

Pierce Johnson will get claimed off waivers if the Cubs don't trade him first. He has the potential to be another Carl Edwards Jr, and I know for a fact that other organizations (more than one) believe that. The Philadelphia Phillies have the #1 waiver claim priority right now and the San Francisco Giants are #2, so I expect the Phils or Giants to claim him (again, if he isn't traded first). There hasn't been a pitcher with Johnson's potential available off waivers all year. 

So the Cubs have five days (until 2 PM Eastern on Monday) to try and trade Johnson (presuming Trade Waivers have already been secured or are secured in the next couple of days), because the DFA period is now seven days (used to be ten days), and it takes two days to run a player through waivers. Therefore, if a Designated Player isn't traded by the fifth day of the DFA, he has to be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers (which are irrevocable). Also, as I have mentioned here previously, the new waiver price is $50,000 (used to be $20,000). 

Also keep in mind that starting this year (and for the first time), trades are not permitted beginning at 12 noon (Eastern) on the seventh day prior to the conclusion of the MLB regular season up through the last day of the MLB regular season. So any player Designated for Assignment next week would have to be traded no later than noon (Eastern) on Monday 9/25. 

w.contreras with the pickoff (at 2nd!). welcome back! unfortunately lester gave up a non-throw stolen base and he later didn't field a bunt hit at him letting a run score to tie the game before this, though.

I don't think any pitcher could have got to that bunted ball to make the play.

the lack of attempt was nearly pre-determined. many pitchers would instinctively try to make that play even if it would be close. lester didn't budge. many pitchers would also have kept the runner at 3rd from getting a 20+ft lead, too. the pitcher is up, his chances of bunting was pretty much a sure thing with a man on 1st and 1 out.

Cubs SP 2017 fWAR / IP x 200 Quintana 3.69 Arrieta 3.24 Lester 2.99 Hendricks 2.98 Montgomery 2.98 (SP only) Lackey 0.64 Lester may drop behind Hendricks with tonight’s game.

nearly 90 minutes to play 3 innings of 2-2 ball. yeesh. also, contreras not scoring in the bottom 3rd was pain. welcome back and all, but we're trying to get some wins over here, dude.

Just horrible baserunning by both Contreras and Happ on that play. Wow -- giving away a run and a possible big inning. Not a good idea any time, and particularly in September.

Contreras was on command to dial it back, though. Mostly on Happ.

Respecting 90 is pretty 2016.

baez agrees...a bit too much. that said, most respect the 90. it may be because of all the infield hits he has to attempt to feast on, but heyward busts ass the second bat meets ball and goes fair.


Reds get a force-out call overturned with 2 outs, then go Single, Grand Slam to lead the Cards 6-0 in the 5th.

Good battle by Lester. Hasn't been sharp since coming back, but he fights like mad.

lester goes 6ip 6h 4bb 5k, 2r/er not bad considering how many pitches he threw through the first few innings and the end result of 2 runs.

Marlins-Brewers weekend series moved from Miami to Milwaukee, giving the Brewers 84 home games this year. I understand they can't play in Miami, but shouldn't the games be moved to a neutral site?

justin grimm gonna justin grimm...

Just simply don't understand why or how he is in the Majors.

He's trying to make Justin Wilson feel better. "You think you suck? Watch me!"

Ah! Like the plump girl who has obese girlfriends to make her feel skinny?

There are undoubtedly worse pitchers in baseball. I can't imagine there being worse pitchers on pennant contenders with the number of appearances Grimm has this year.

He was such a bad-ass in the 2015 post-season. so sad he flamed out.

the mets pen has a few contenders tonight

The last days of J Grimm, amirite? No way this dude is on the post-season roster, much less a return contract for next year.

Schwarbs with a nice 0-4 night to be consistent with his inconsistency, Almora with 3rbi's! Did he hit a righty?

Update -- Almora with 6RBI. HR and triple off RHP.

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  • crunch 1 hour 21 min ago (view)

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


  • crunch 2 hours 42 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 3 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 18 min ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 23 hours 12 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.