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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  • Cubster 3 hours 32 min ago (view)

    "this idea isn't a proposal at all and may actually be a measure that is forced into action by the league if the two sides can't sort out the financial details for a longer season."

    MLBPA: Over our dead bodies. Followed by Trump sending in the military to force ballplayers and fans to perform like puppets on strings with fans to yell (and cough and sneezing) at the umpires. Ah, baseball before Jackie Robinson. The Trump Republican Party: Bring back the Cheating/Pandemic  1919 White only - White Sox. Say it ain't so, Joe.


  • Hagsag 3 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Trump waiving a bible in front of the church is a total disgrace.


  • crunch 13 hours 32 min ago (view)

    ...but now there's this...

    "According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, Major League Baseball views a season of around 50 games as a "last resort" option should there be no agreement with the MLBPA.


  • crunch 16 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Major League Baseball intends to propose a shorter season in which they would pay players a full prorated share of their salaries, sources told ESPN. The league believes the late March agreement allows it to set the schedule, and that this would fulfill players’ pro rata desire.


  • JustSayin' 16 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Minor League Baseball makes the cover of SI!  Two years ago, I would have been elated.  Today, it's depressing (like the article.)


  • BobbyD 19 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Crunch, thanks. I can be a jerk at times, but you bailed me out. Btw I'm the whitest white boy (who grew up next to Wrigley and also worked at my dad's warehouse next to Cabrini Green). I'm truly ashamed of this president. I don't believe anyone sane wants more of him. Go Cubs!! I miss Bobby Dernier's first home run against the Padres. 


  • Cubster 1 day 40 min ago (view)

    MLBTR has an update on the latest owner's revision proposal. 


  • Cubster 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    'we have a donald trump problem, but he may be a highly advanced and dangerous symptom rather than the actual disease.'

    Surely true, dear Crunch. Trump has emboldened the ugly fact that America's cruel underbelly is still racism and police brutality that forwards that original sin. 

    America NEEDS its HEROES.


  • Cubster 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    if he does die by "suicide", I would blame Bill Barr and look into a real conspiracy.


  • Cubster 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    welcome to an unwelcome June 1st.


  • Hagsag 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    November 3, vote!


  • George Altman 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Yes, many players are millionaires too. However, a good percentage of MLB Owners are billionaires. If there's no MLB in 2020 that's on 30 owners, not the players no matter how the Press spins things. 


  • George Altman 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Well said, Crunch. #Resistance 


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    i'm not a fan of this administration.  i'm not a fan of someone holding office who's rise to political prominence involved insisiting, with proof he clamed, that the current elected president at the time was not a citizen of the United States.

    we watched as state after state was slowly "won over" by promises of keeping out muslims and hispanics as the most important issue that could help elevate the state of our country.


  • BobbyD 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Crunch, I'm looking at you. You dominate this site, you never don't comment. Say something meaningful now this country is effed if our current pussy is reelected. Personally I would love tomorrow's headline to be he died an agonizing death. It's time we bring this motherfucket down. 


  • BobbyD 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    So the Minneapolis cop who murdered George Floyd is on suicide watch. Gosh, I sure hope that pathetic piece of shit doesn't take his own life. How can MAGA be true if pigs like this fuck die? Think of the white people!!!