Pirates @ Cubs: Nova vs Quintana (Game 158)

PIT (80-76): RHP Ivan Nova (9-9, 4.01)
CHC (91-66): LHP José Quintana (13-11, 4.11)
First pitch: 7:05pmCST

Quintana gave up 5 ER in as many innings and lost to the White Sox on Friday. He had a no-decision in Pittsburgh (5 IP, 1 ER) on August 19. Overall, the Pirates are 11-52 (.212) against him. Dickerson is 4-9

Nova, who had a no-decision against the Brewers his last time out (4.1 IP, 1 ER), is 2-1 with a 2.33 in three starts against the Cubs this season. For their careers, these Cubs are 41-176 (.233) against him. Happ is 4-17 with 3 HR, and Contreras is 5-11.

Lester and Williams tomorrow at the same time.

Go Cubs!

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The Brian Duensing Watch: If he pitches in two more regular season games, Duensing's 2019 salary will escalate $250K to $3.75M. (Otherwise will be $3.5M). 

Tyler Chatwood Walk Watch: Despite not having pitched for 17 days, Tyler Chatwood still leads MLB in walks (by nine over Lucas Giolito, who has thrown 168 more innings than Chatwood). 

Murphy 2B, Baez SS, Rizzo 1B, Heyward CF, Happ RF, Schwarber LF, Caratini C, Quintana P, Bote 3B

Initially surprised at Happ over Zobrist in this important of a game but here are stats again Nova.

Zobrist 38abs .431 ops

Happ 17abs 1.042 ops

with murph at 2nd and happ in RF, i just hope the ball stays away from that side of the field

Hitting 366/400/521, Cubs minor league catcher Ali Solis has helped lead los Sultanes de Monterrey to the Mexican League de la Zona Norte championship and a berth in Serie del Rey (the Mexican League Championship Series) versus the eventual winner of the Mexican League de la Zona Sur series between Mexico City and Oaxaca (which is still in process).

In addition to Solis, los Sultanes feature ex-Cub minor league pitchers Darin Downs and Nick Struck. But the problem for Solis is that he is still under contract to the Cubs and was only loaned to Monterrey, and a player under contract to an MLB organization who is loaned to a Mexican League club must be returned to the MLB organization no later than September 30th (which is when Serie de Rey begins). So it will be interesting to see if the Cubs release Solis so that he can sign with Monterrey (which is his hometown team) and remain eligible to play in Serie de Rey, or if he is returned to the Cubs organization on Sunday. Again, Solis is playing for his hometown team, and it may mean a lot to him to try and help lead los Sultanes to the Mexican League championship (which would be Monterrey's tenth Mexican League championship and their first since 2007).

Los Sultanes have the largest stadium in the Mexican League, and if MLB ever does expand to Mexico, Monterrey would probably be the most-likely location (1.35 million population, the second wealthiest city in Mexico, capital of the state of Nuevo Leon -- which borders Texas, and only 400 miles from Houston). 

The Cubs have sold the contract of catcher Ali Solis to los Sultanes de Monterrey so he will be able to play for his hometown team in Serie del Rey (the Mexican League Championship series) starting this week. The Cubs had loaned Solis to Monterrey in August, but minor league players who are loaned to Mexican League clubs must be returned to their MLB organization no later than September 30th.  

Also, RHRP Mario Meza has been returned to AA Tennessee from Yucatan. 

Past time to remove the Russell photo from the main page, I think.

jason heyward hits hit 1st homer in like...i dunno...4 years or something.

This may be the only game (ever?) I’m really pulling for a Cardinals win. 

Yelich has reached on four walks and of course scored both of the Brewers runs. Now a bullpen game - good luck with that, Cards

Baez swinging at a 3-0 pitch with runners on 1st and 2nd and no out is absurd.  He got damn lucky it was an error and not a double play. 

What was the review on Heyward's foul ball about?  I'm following the game on Gameday and and there was no other explanation other than the Pirates called for the review of a boundary call and the call was upheld.

Whether it hit the netting or not.  Home plate ump initially ruled catch.  Thirdbase ump came in and said hit netting.  So call on field was out of play.

it hit off the net and the PIT catcher caught it behind the plate with the home ump calling it an out...but the 3rd base ump saw it and was like "home ump dude, wasn't a catch, it hit off the net" and the home ump was like "a'ite" and after a short delay it was ruled a foul ball.

Yelich the runaway MVP, no?

yelich...baez (playing 2nd/SS helps)...or the very deserving darkhorse, m.scherzer

l.cain is popular with people who don't buy into the "outfield WAR values are out wack" thing and pretty much only look at WAR to evaluate a player.

Cardinals player trips and falls on his face between 3rd and home.  Would have scored easily on an error to tie the game in the 8th.

Apparently the Cardinals think screwing the Cubs is more important than making the playoffs.

Cubs weren't using all the Cubbery at the moment so the Cardinals borrowed some.

No no - screw the Cubs while also making the post season is their goal. 

Carl Jr - you have one job. Walking consecutive batters is not it. 

He seems to need a diaper in high pressure situations 

3 walks...bases loaded.  yeesh.

Time to pour a whiskey. 

sigh...

That's some 2017 playoff quality relief pitching right there.

 

Whose closing it out tonight, Morrow or Strop?

Freeman and Wilson, just the way we planned it.

wow...this game was inches from being tied...well, not inches...but damn close off the top of the wall under the nets.

This calls for another shot of Rye.  Drink with me in Parachat?

 

Templeton was just poured here.

Cheers....

Clink

This is all very well deserved.  Can’t put the game away at the plate, can’t throw a damn strike with a 4 run lead, fans can’t let players catch the ball, no closer.   Good stuff all around

Wish I could disagree. 

Javy goes old school javy

Not a very MVP AB there.

Nice to see Steve Bartman at the game tonight. Let Rizzo make the play! My goodness.

Feels like this game will be a microcosm of the season. Should be all good, gets sideways and yet to be determined. 

Nice job Albert!  Whew

I was personally rooting for Gore to try a straight steal of home to end the game.  Almora Jr. ruined my fun.

Want to say big win but more of escaping a killer loss. Hey, hey, a wins a wins a win.

Very realistic chance Cubs and Dodgers meet in the wildcard game.  That would seem like fitting misery for both teams.  I’m sure we’d handle Kershaw well.

alternatively, we’d face the Brewers or Dodgers in the first round of the division series.  Heh.

Rockies get to beat up on the Phils one more game -- Phillies were 14 over on Aug. 17.  They are now 2 under.  Woof. 

Really hope the Rockeis and Dodgers end up tied, so they have to play the extra game.

BLOCKHEAD: The Dodgers have Hill-Ryu-Kershaw lined up to pitch FRI-SAT-SUN at SF, with Buehler to start a tie-breaker game on Monday (if necessary) or else the Wild Card game on Tuesday (if the Dodgers don't win the division and don't have to play a tie-breaker game but are Wild Card team #2). So it would be good (for the Cubs, if they are Wild Card team #1) for the Dodgers to have to start Buehler in a tie-breaker game on Monday and then have to pitch Ross Stripling (or Rich Hill on three days rest) in the Wild Card game on Tuesday. 

Also, the Giants pushed-back Madison Bumgarner's final start of the season to Friday vs Dodgers (Bumgarner will be starting on six days rest).

Something else to remember about a possible Brewers at Cubs N. L. Central Championship tie-breaker game on Monday is that it would - NOT - be an elimination game (for either club), but the Wild Card game on Tuesday is a one-and-done elimination game. Therefore, it would not be wise to get too crazy about trying to win a tie-braker game on Monday (if there is one) if it means adversely affecting the club's chance to win the Wild Card game on Tuesday (for the club that loses the tie-breaker game). So while winning the tie-breaker game would be desirable (because then you avoid having to play in the Wild Card game), winning the Wild Card game is absolutely imperative. 

When Gore pinch-ran, I thought the play was to have him steal then have Freeman bunt him to third.  Odd sequence.

AZ Phil, so if we tie the Brewers, the head to head record of 11-8 against them means nothing for the Division? 

Childrrsb3: It means the Cubs get the home-field in a Game #163 tie-breaker game with the Brewers to determine the N. L. Central Champion. Otherwise it has no significance.

Also, because of head-to-head records, the Cardinals would get home-field in a Game #163 tie-breaker game with either the Rockies or the Dodgers to determine Wild Card team #2 because the Cardinals won the season-series against both the Dodgers and the Rockies, and the Dodgers would get the home-field in a Game #163 tie-breaker game with the Rockies to determine the N. L. West Champion because Dodgers won their season-series with the Rockies. However, if the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Rockies finish with the same regular-season record and so it's a three-way tie and the Rockies play at Dodgers on Monday in a Game #163 tie-breaker to determine the N. L. West Champ and then the loser of that game plays the Cardinals on Tuesday in a Game #164 to determine the N. L. Wild Card team #2, the Cardinals automatically get home field for that game. (The Cardinals actually have home-field over both the Dodgers and Rockies anyway, but if they didn't, they would get home-field in a Game #164 by virtue of the team they play having lost the tie-breaker game for N. L. Division Champ the day before).

Also, if the Cubs were to tie the Braves for the same regular-season record, the Braves would play the Wild Card winner in the NLDS because although the head-to-head record between the Cubs and Braves is 3-3, the Braves have a better intra-division record in the N. L. East than the Cubs do in the N. L. Central. (The Brewers own the tie-breaker over the Braves if they finish with the same record because the Brewers won the season-series with the Braves). This tie-breaker between the Braves and Cubs also would apply if the Cubs were to play the Braves in the NLCS. (But again, the Braves would get home-field only if the Braves and Cubs finish with the same regular-season record, and presently the Braves are three games behind the Cubs with four games to play -- the "magic number" for the Cubs to clinch a better regular-season record than the Braves is 2 going into Thursday's games). But if the Braves and/or Dodgers and Rockies have the same regular-season record and the Dodgers or Rockies are N. L. West Champions and one of them plays the Braves in the NLDS or NLCS, the Dodgers and Rockies (just like the Brewers) get home-field over the Braves because (like the Brewers) both the Dodgers and the Rockies won their season-series with the Braves.

BTW, I don't know why intra-division records would trump intra-league records when determining home field in the NLDS, NLCS, and World Series (if both clubs have the same regular-season record and are either tied head-to-head or in the case of a World Series match-up may not have played each other that season), but it does. In my opinion intra-division records should be a tie-breaker for home field only if it's a tie-breaker game between two teams from the same division to determine the division champion (like if the Cubs play the Brewers to determine N. L. Central Champ) where both clubs are tied head-to-head (which is not the case this year with the Cubs and Brewers, and would never be the case if clubs within a division play an odd number of games against each other). Otherwise intra-league games should be the tie-breaker, in my opinion.

And in the case of a World Series tie-breaker for home-field, I think that inter-league records should be the #1 tie-breaker instead of intra-division (or even the club's intra-league record). But inter-league records mean nothing in a tie-breaker for World Series home-field. Apparently MLB owners want the games played within a club's own division to mean the most and then games played within a club's own league to matter next-most and games played against clubs from the other league (inter-league games) don't matter at all (except as they might apply to a club's overall regular-season record).

If the Cubs do play the Brewers in a Game #163 tie-breaker game on Monday to determine N. L. Central Division champion, Jose Quintana would be in-line to start the game for the Cubs, and Quintana has pitched very well in five of his six starts versus Milwaukee in 2018. (Quintana has been the most-effective Cub starter versus the Brewers this season).

Also keep in mind that although the game does not count in the standings, individual player stats from a tie-breaker game do count toward a player's regular-season stats.

And again, it would - NOT - be an elimination game, so the loser lives to fight another day (in the N. L. Wild Card game, which - IS - an elimination game).

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  • Charlie 3 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 56 min ago (view)

    RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists

     

  • bradsbeard 9 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 41 min ago (view)

    There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 36 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.

    He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 58 min ago (view)

    Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me. 

     

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 2 days 22 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!

     

  • crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    jim hickey new nats pitching coach.

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there. 

     

  • tim815 4 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.

     

  • crunch 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.

    big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.

    too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability

     

  • Hagsag 4 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?

     

  • tim815 5 days 5 hours ago (view)

    http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?cid=609&sid=milb

    Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.

    http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?cid=2270&sid=...

     

  • crunch 5 days 7 hours ago (view)

    yup, they're gonna try.  starts in about a month.