Cardinals @ Cubs: Martinez vs Lackey (Game 147)

STL (77-69): RHP Carlos Martinez (11-10, 3.33)
CHC (80-66): RHP John Lackey (11-11, 4.65)
First pitch: 1:20pmCST

Lackey gave up 2 ER in 7 innings and was tagged with the loss by the anemic Cubs offense against the Brewers on Friday. He’s 1-0 with a 3.46 in two starts against the Cardinals this season.

Overall, they are 25-108 (.231) against him. Fowler, who is day-to-day with a knee injury, is 4-13 with a HR.

Martinez had a no-decision against the Pirates his last time out (6 IP, 2 ER, 8 K, 2 BB). He’s 1-0 with a 2.25 in three starts against the Cubs in 2017. For their careers, the Cubs are 52-198 (.263) against him. Zobrist is 7-19, and Rizzo is 9-33 with 3 HR.

Wacha and Hendricks get the start tomorrow at 3:05pmCST.

Go Cubs!


While winning today would be great, not counting on it as Martinez owns the Cubs. Tomorrow's Wacha/Professor matchup is key given Cubs prior success against Wacha. Lose today, then tomorrow - hand me the Rolaids.

WTF Lackey?

Strike 3 to Martinez, literally in the middle of the zone. Martinez starts to walk back to the dugout. Ump calls it a ball. Martinez singles on next pitch -- Lackey tossed and Contreras tossed. That is one big bad call.

Can we get robo umps already.

Maybe a robo Lackey, too.

I don't care how bad a call it is--you can't get tossed in a game this big.

Players are allowed to be human, I don't see why the sames should be said for umps when there exists an acceptable alternative.

Emotional blow ups like that in critical games rarely leads to a good outcome.

Now bullpen will be completely burnt for the rest of the weekend.

Baez...we need 2 runs at the moment, not 4.

cheap single run will do.

the mask contreras threw bounced and hit the ump. hopefully the suspension won't be a long one.


Avila has had some huge hits as a Cub - really ignited this thing with his rbi single to start the scoring - and Javy making contact with the bases loaded!

The "incident" may have really benefited the Cubs -- Wilson K's Carpenter to end the threat (Lackey was in no state of mind to pitch at that point), then Avila gets the big hit to tie the game one inning later.

I LOVE this team showed fucking heart after all that bullshit. YES!

Just to reprise, JIM HICKMAN'S BAT HATRED METER: Hatred Meter: 1. St. Louis 2. St. Louis 3. St. Louis 4. Mets 5. Padres 6. St. Louis

I don't condone violence, but I would've been 100% behind Lackey had he just punched that ump right in the face and gave him a nice bludgeoning! In fact, had he done that, the ump probably wouldn't have had time to eject Contreras from the game too. ROBO UMP 2018!!!!

Also a big game for KB - first extra base hit against Martinez with his then game tying homer -- very good time for his bat to get red hot.

Oh no, Grimm. In the 8th. Toothpicks under the fingernails time.

One thing I will say about that pitch in the umps defense...Contreras did a horrid job of framing that pitch. But yes, that was a strike in any sense of the word.

Why is a pitcher with a 6.02 ERA, who is not a rookie, pitching in the Major Leagues in September in a playoff race?

Completely understand using Wade Davis for more than an inning in these critical games. However, a 4-2 game seems appropriate, not 8-2 (even with a few on)

Davis hadn't pitched since Sunday, so I think he was going to pitch in any case. 25 pitches isn't the end of the world. Also, not many options left in the 'pen for Joe -- Monty, Duensing and Pena pitched 2 innings yesterday, he had already used Wilson, CJ, Strop and Grimm, and Rondon is apparently hurt. Not the place to bring in Maples. By the way -- Wilson's K of Carpenter with 2 on after Lackey got tossed was huge. The game could have gotten out of hand there. Who knows -- maybe that's the outing that gets him back on track.

yeah, not a big deal either way re Davis. This was a nice, big, fat, win. Downside is bullpen usage. Upside is if we win 1 of next 2 we can continue to breathe a bit.

It's also funny/sad that Maples name and his 23.12 ERA is brought up before Uehara's - and rightfully so, Uehara appears to be toast at this point.

He's hurt. Some sort of an infection. But, yeah, he's done.

It's still possible that the Cubs will acquire another bullpen arm prior to the 9/25 noon (Eastern) deadline for making waiver trades. (Beginning this year, trades are prohibited over the final seven days of the MLB regular season).

Obviously any pitcher acquired wouldn't be eligible to participate in the post-season, but he could at least help the Cubs get to the post-season. 

More clubs have (seemingly) fallen out of Wild Card contention over the past two or three days, and it's very possible that the Orioles, Rays, Royals, and/or Rangers will be more-willing to trade a bullpen arm now than they were a week ago. The Cubs might also now be at the point where they are willing to up the ante on an earlier "final offer" for a RP they targeted but gave up on acquiring in July or August.  

The Cubs might target a reliever who is under control beyond 2017, or even a RP who will be a FA post-2017. Anybody who could give the Cubs an edge in the late innings of a close game would be a plus, and the Cubs would probably be willing to over-pay to get one.  

It would have to be a RP who has already cleared Trade Waivers, because otherwise the Cardinals, Brewers, and/or Rockies would probably make a claim just to block the Cubs from winning the claim.

Because the MLB office does not release the names of players who have cleared Trade Waivers, I don't know who the Cubs might be able to acquire. But if they secured Trade Waivers on Pierce Johnson in August and are waiting out the DFA period before using him in a trade for an established MLB reliever, now is probably the time to pull the trigger.

I'm skeptical that the Cubs will be able to survive the next 16 days with the bullpen remaining as-is. They have to play 13 high-pressure games in a row without a day off starting on Tuesday, and that will put an even bigger strain on the bullpen. 

If Russell isn't ready to go and Baez is truly hurt from today's game, the Cubs might look at Alcides Escobar from KC. He cleared waivers--because he's an awful hitter--but he's a competent glove SS and would inspire more confidence than Freeman for a stretch run. Royals are done so you figure they'd take a PTBNL, much less a Pierce Johnson.

JHB: Absolutely.

If the Royals are willing to move Escobar and the Cubs and Royals can agree on the return, there is no reason to wait any longer. 

This is not much different than the Cubs claiming Rene Rivera off waivers from the Mets in August to add depth at catcher after they'd already acquired Alex Avila on 7/31.

Two other possibilities, for your bullpen query: Sergio Romo (Tampa) and our old friend Trevor Cahill, now with the Royals.

rondon bone chips in throwing elbow...shut down "at least a week"

Easy as can be 8-2 win. Hardly worth talking about. Except that the Cubs dug in and overcame some adversity and won the biggest game of the year to this point. Worst missed strike call I've ever seen. Lackey had every right to be furious, hopefully if it ever happens again he'll head back out to the mound with a couple extra mph on his fastball. He was pitching a hell of a game to that point. Contreras didn't frame the pitch better since it was inconceivable that the pitch was anything other than a strike. Only one guy in any kind of uniform missed it. Hopefully MLB acts quickly, suspends Contreras for 3, Cubs appeal it to 2 and he misses the TB games. Great job of the offense grinding until Martinez got stressed, and then keeping the pressure on AB after AB in the 6th. Joe trying to get a low leverage inning out of Grimm. Got part of it. Wilson with a huge out. Cubs now playing downhill for the next two games. Only horrible outcome to the series was a Cards sweep, can't happen now. Hendricks and the lefties tomorrow, Davis for one if a save situation comes up.

Lackey since the break: 11 starts, 61 IP, 3.69 ERA, 1.20 WHIP. One more year?

For the year though the 17th worst ERA, 5th worst FIP, 17th worst innings pitched and he's a complete jackass on top of that. I am so absolutely over Lackey.

Whoa! Snap!

Well, sure, there's all that....but, unless they sign Jake, they will need 2 starters. I'm betting they bring him back on a one-year deal.

Almost missed it -- 81st win! .500 season guaranteed!

Would have been amusing if this Brewers/Marlins series was played at a neutral ballpark. There would be 8 fans in the stand. Not very fair to the Cubs and Cards, but financially this was totally the right decision.

Yeah, not sure there was a better solution, but the Brewers effectively play 6 more home games than road games. That's not right.

Absolutely an advantage, but time and again money wins out over competitive equality. I think all 30 team owners know and appreciate it. I think I just remember how much it helped the Cubs when the games were moved out of Houston to Milwaukee in 2008, so I have trouble being bitter about this. Of course, if they sweep the Marlins, I'll be bitter.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that there are 14 other ballparks not hosting games this weekend. Why couldn't they play at another ballpark like say the Rangers, Baltimore, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, or Commisky, or whatever the hell it's called these days. I get the Cubs totally having the advantage against Houston when they played at Wrigley north, but to play in their own ballpark, when they're supposed to be on the road... Very unfair to the Cubs, Cardinals, and Rockies, for that matter.

Indians lose!

RIP indians winning streak.

I squarely place the blame of the loss on LeBron James' stupid video tweet (or whatever it was) that he put out there congratulating the Indians, though seemed to be more about him than anything else.

It's trump's fault!

I blame Trump for sure. Then Obama.

Btw - fuck MLB for 2 game suspension

I think Willy is appealing.

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  • crunch 1 hour 26 min ago (view)

    ...and strop gives up a hit then walks the bases loaded.

    ...and he closes it out with a K.  neat.

    this is the 1st cubs road series win since May 17-19 @WAS.


  • crunch 1 hour 34 min ago (view)

    strop comes in to get the last out, but it has to be some kinda slow-walk back in a game that wasn't a save situation.

    homer, hbp, k, k...looks healthy.


  • crunch 1 hour 42 min ago (view)

    welcome back kimbrel.

    1st pitch goes about 10 miles outside the park by marte.


  • crunch 2 hours 13 min ago (view)

    one takeaway from this game...a slew of cubs players were fans of Hey Arnold! when they were kids.


  • crunch 3 hours 8 min ago (view)

    woo, a good cubs away game.


  • crunch 5 hours 19 min ago (view)

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


  • crunch 6 hours 40 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 8 hours 1 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 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are


  • Eric S 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?


  • Jackstraw 1 day 7 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 7 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 7 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