Cubs @ Rays: Lester vs Snell (Game 151)

CHC (84-66): LHP Jon Lester (11-7, 4.30) 
TB (73-78): LHP Blake Snell (3-6, 4.25)       
First pitch: 6:10pmCST

Lester won his third start in a row on Thursday against the Mets (6 IP, 2 ER, 5 K, 4 BB). He’s 5-4 with a 4.04 on the road this season. Overall, these Rays are  35-136 (.257) against him. Bourjos is 7-17 with a HR.

The struggling Snell spent some time in the minors this season. He’s 3-1 with a 3.75 in 11 post-All-star Game starts. The Cubs are 4-16 against him. Almora, Baez, and Contreras are 1-2, and Bryant is 1-3.

Arrieta (14-9) returns to face Davies (17-9) in Milwaukee tomorrow at 7:10pmCST. This four-game set should put an end this inane September Brewers scoreboard watching.

Go Cubs! 




Fuck lester

Should the Cubs play well enough to qualify for the postseason, not really pumped at the thought of Lester leading off a series. Hell, even Lackey has been pitching better than him for awhile now. Righties are mashing him - he just looks fatigued.

If Arrieta can come back and post one strong start before the postseason, they should treat him as the hot hand.

Its Jake and Kyle with Lackey in reserve

I'd still go with Hendricks over Arietta

If Arietta has a couple good starts, I would take him over Hendricks because of his mental capacity in big moments. Meanwhile. Cubs in another offensive rut heading into a Milwaukee series.

I'm not really sure how you're defining that. Hendricks has a better xFIP than Arietta with RISP and in high leverage situations and from a visual stand point when something starts going wrong with Arietta it seems to keep going wrong longer than with Hendricks. Also Arietta has a .234 BABIP in the 2nd Half despite having a lower soft contact % and a lot more fly balls given up. There will probably be some correction there. Overall for the season Hendricks has both a better ERA and xFIP.

defining it from 2015 & 2016 playoffs. Stats are overrated.

"The things that players have actually done are overrated"

Should the Cubs be able to set their rotation, I would think Hendricks or Arrieta would be game 1 starters, with Lester dropping to third. No way should he be #1 if the Cubs can avoid it.

Q is so in front of Lester. Q, Arrieta, Hendricks, Lester

Q game #1 Starter???

You know pirates will lay down

"Padres signed LHP Clayton Richard to a two-year contract extension." 33 years old... 4.82 era... 1.51 whip... leading the league in losses with 14... good job SD. good job.

maddon...go get your boy. seriously, it's not his night.

This has been a complete turd of a game from Lester. About time for him to start shouting at Bosio.

This game is going well.

Pirates blew a chance to blow game open. bases loaded, 1 out, no runs.

4.1ip 8h 3bb 0k, 7 r/er gawd. he looked "normal" aside from a bit of wildness not hitting his spots. his velocity looked fine.

Pirates doing what the Pirates do. Walked 4 people in the 7th, including the go ahead run.

maples was sporting a really sharp "side breaking" slider tonight. good amount of horizontal movement. where's that been?

He's a kid. Release point isn't a given for younger players.

yeah, but this side breaking slider thing was filthy and he's mostly been throwing regular fastballs and cutters. my view of maples has been limited as it is, but i've not seen this one showcased...or if he's attempted it, it's not been much. it didn't act like a traditional slider...had a hard horizontal break without much vertical drop. lot of movement.

So cubs go 7-1 since the Milwaukee sweep...and likely only game 1/2 a game on the Brewers. Going to be one hell of an intense series.

And the sphincter tightens...Wrigley North is gonna decide the Division.

Swarzak pitched two yesterday. On for the eighth today. Interesting pen usage by Counsell. Not good or bad, necessarily. Just fascinating.

and then he brings in Knebel for a 3rd straight day with 2 out in the 8th -- who promptly allows the tying run!

On a throw halfway to Philly.

Better to lose big than lose a close one tonight. CJ, Strop, Duensing and Davis get the night off, and the regulars get a little rest. And, the winning streak was probably going to end soon anyway -- hopefully, Cubs start another one tomorrow. Not feeling good about Lester, though -- he hasn't been sharp since coming back from the "tight lat".

Lester with a 5.11 ERA since the all star break.

Regaring the point about better to lose big early and not burn out your best relievers before heading into a huge series: Brewers 4, Pirates 6 -- thank you, Pirates!

PIT ties! neat.

PIT bails out CHC by beating MIL...STL won, though.

Frazier HR off Knebel, 6-4 Buccos win in walk off style!

It's probably a result of the recent series, but I'm not particularly worried about Saint Lou.

Pirates tied it 4-4 on throwing error by Knebel, ending his consecutive save streak at 21.

brett anderson threw 1.1ip of 8 run baseball (7 of them in the 2nd) for TOR. sure do miss him.

Did he tweet anything clever?

☜(゚ヮ゚☜) also... Brett Anderson @BAnderson3737 Sep 7 Hey Canada...I'm a slow, fat, white, leave me alone and let me into your country

It's a good thing Toronto didn't mess with his mechanics, amirite?.....#karma #whatatool

he's regretting that tweet about right now. a couple more games like this and SD will hand him a 2-year deal, though.

And with that start (his 11th MLB start of the season), Brett Anderson has qualified for his first Performance Bonus ($250K for 11 GS). There probably isn't enough time left in the season for him to qualify for his second Performanmce Bonus ($750K for 14 GS), so he'll have to make-do with the $250K. (Since his first five starts were with the Cubs, the Cubs are responsible for 45% of the Performance Bonus, which is about $112K). The Cubs are also on the hook for Brett Anderson's $3.5M base salary offset by the Blue Jays paying the MLB pro-rated minimum salary for the 34 days Anderson will be on the Jays 40-man roster (which is about $100K).    

Also, because a player cannot be optioned to the minors after the conclusion of the minor league season, Pierce Johnson must be carried on the Giants MLB Active Roster for the final 12 days of the MLB regular season, meaning he will accrue MLB Service Time and get paid at the MLB rate (about $3,000 per day or about $36,000 over the final 12 days) instead of the minor league split rate (about $500 per day or about $6,000 over the final 12 days). Couple that with being Designated for Assignment for seven day prior to being claimed off waivers (when a player on Optional Assignment is Designated for Assignment, the player is "Recalled - Not to Report" from his Minor League Optional Assignment and he accrues MLB Service Time and is paid at the Major League Rate for the days he is DFA), and so that's another seven days of MLB Service Time and $20,000 (instead of $3,500) for a total pay day of about $55,000 (instead of $10,000) and 19 days of MLB Service Time (instead of zero MLB Service Time accrued) over what he would have received in $$$ and MLB Service Time if he had remained with the Cubs on Optional Assignment until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season. 

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  • First.Pitch.120 6 hours 10 min ago (view)

    I did 3/4 of a PhD in Ames, IA... no need to apologize. That's time that can jade anybody. The best parts of my years there were 1) Cubs on local AM radio (pre cell network streaming) so I could listen to them on a run, and 2) being able to go see the I-cubs whenever I wanted. Was at a game there on July 4, 2007 & I saw a guy sitting 1 section over, a couple rows up and I thought "that looks like Barack Obama". Turns out it was the whole Obama family... Gotta love IA in a pre-caucus year. 


  • Mike Wellman 9 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Magic # = 7 after Colin Rea labors to 13th win vs. baby Brewers (at expense of Jimmy Nelson) & Memphis loses. No sign of Zobrist. Almora runs hitting streak to 2 games. Jim Adduci = a pro’s pro; guy’s a ball player by trade...


  • crunch 17 hours 47 min ago (view)

    paul dejong (STL) took out the M in  the "BIG MAC LAND" sign @STL with a big HR...lights went out on the letter and everything.  epic-ish.


  • crunch 17 hours 54 min ago (view)

    i know bote will be back in a couple weeks, but dude has been hitting damn well since mid-july after having a big june/july slump.


  • Eric S 18 hours 30 sec ago (view)

    David Bote sent down to Iowa today prior to Cishek’s activation off the IL tomorrow — nice of the Cubs do their part to help the I-Cubs down the stretch


  • Cubster 18 hours 52 min ago (view)

    And the Brewers are being no hit by Hudson thru 6.


  • crunch 20 hours 4 min ago (view)

    never really considered how that might be cool for people used to seeing those midwest fields as an everyday occurance.  in the south-east US you rarely see the vastly massive acerage of farm-against-farm-against-farm-etc...

    also, i spent a good amount of time out in corn fields in ames, iowa in my last job.  everyone wanted to go work the research fields in hawaii, but we always ended up in iowa.


  • Sonicwind75 21 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Hey, I'm pretty excited about the Field of Dreams game.  I grew up on a farm in middle of nowhere Iowa and my brother and I spent a lot of time trying to hit baseballs into a corn field.  I'm seriously considering coming back next summer from Texas to go to that game if prices aren't super stupid expensive.  Added bonus, I won't have to listen to A-Rod and Mendoza ignorantly discussing corn and no, you don't eat field corn like you would sweet corn. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    That is truly staggering. Shame on the rest of the Central that we are only one loss behind the pissboys, we should have been buried by now with that kind of stat.


  • crunch 1 day 17 hours 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 day 17 hours 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 day 18 hours ago (view)

    welcome back kimbrel.

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


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

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


  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    woo, a good cubs away game.


  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

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


  • crunch 1 day 23 hours 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.