Cubs @ Cardinals: Lackey vs Wacha (Game 158)

CHC (88-69): RHPJohn Lackey (11-11, 4.67)
STL (82-75): RHP Michael Wacha (12-8, 4.00)  
First pitch: 6:00pmCST

Oh, good—another game on ESPN.* 

Lackey gave up 3 ER in 4 innings in Milwaukee on Friday and managed to avoid looking like a lunatic. In three starts against the Cards this season, he’s 1-0 with a 3.57. Overall, they are 27-122 (.221). Diaz is 6-15, and Pham is 1-1 (a HR). 

Wacha had a no-decision his last time out (5 IP, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB). He’s 0-2 with a 7.88 in three 2017 starts against the Cubs. Nice. Rizzo is 17-36 with 3 HR (.472)—and should bat as often as he likes.

Hendricks (7-5) and Lynn (11-8) close out the season series tomorrow at 6:00pmCST.

Go Cubs! 

*What no one has said, ever.


This may very well be the last start of Lackey's career -- make it a good one, Big John!

speaking of, matt cain is retiring after his last start this weekend. 32 and retired...must be nice.

His career really fell off a cliff after 2012. Looks like he spent a lot of time on the DL after 2013.

it happens. im still weirded out how quickly j.santana went from 1st ballot sure-thing HOF career to done at 33. hell, santana still might make the HOF, but it's not as clear cut as it once was shaping up to be.

Job done, Big John. Helluva game!

No panicking if they lose tonight please.

Too late -- I am pre-panicking.

There's medication you can take for that. Usually doses of 1 1/2 oz or 12 oz, depending on strength. Available over the counter.

Starting the first dosage now.

Hahahaha hahahaha. I love you guys! (In a manly way, of course) Hahahahaha. LMAO

I won't panic, I will stay completely logical. Thursday I will go to local sports bars where I was at when Cubs clinched a World Series birth and where I watched most of Game 7 (left during rain delay, celebrated at home, not sure they wanted me at the bar any longer). I will drink the same adult beverage(s) and sit in the same seat. I will order the same slice of pizza from the same place next door. I don't panic, I turn to rational facts and truths. Pure effin' science.

"It's only crazy if it doesn't work."

Yup. Time to get some Old Style and a supply of Ron Santo Pizza.

j.wilson has a "sore neck" and w.contreras is sitting because of his banged up knee. almora is supposedly okay.

rizzo HBP in the 1st. so...lackey getting ejected in the 1st inning or the 2nd?

Yeah, this game just got even more interesting....  I think Lackey waits until he knows he's on his last inning, anyway.  Please, be smart enough for that, Lackey...


That good ol' three-run home run!

Justin Wilson not available tonight.

Man the Cubs have owned Wacha Wacha

Sandbagging through 6. Had me fooled.

The champagne is on ice in the Parachat....   consider joining.....

Dexter you can have the money. We got the Division.

Oh Yeah!!!!!!!!!! WWWWWWWWWWWW!!! Really great job to make it through Cubs!


all these cubs fans celebrating in this park. heh.

Go Cubs Go!!!!

Dexter you can have the money. We got the Division.

Now, about those 3 rockets Davis gave up in the 9th.....naahhhh, time to celebrate!

Great to be going into the playoffs with Dusty as the manager . . . of the other team!

This.  I watched a decent number of Nats games this year.  Dusty is everything you remember, except another 14 years more set in his ways...

Is it nice to have Addison Russell back? Yes. Yes it is. He opened the floodgates Monday and won today's game. He may never hit for a high average, but there's thunder in that bat.

Addison’s swing has looked very short to the ball lately. He’s hitting the ball where it’s pitched. Game one in STL with the bases clearing triple to RF, and then pulling the HR down the LF field line tonight. Hope his approach just stays like that the rest of the way.

Meaning, until free agency.

MIL lost and e.thames had to leave in the 8th after fouling one off his foot. 3 games back on the wildcard. looks like their hell of a season is coming up short.

A lot of young talent, but they have gone 33-34 since the AS break. It will be interesting to see how they handle expectations next year-- and if Thames, who caught the league by surprise but has cooled off considerably (OPS: .936 pre-break, .786 post break, HR:23 pre-break, 8 post-break) can adjust.

The nail is now the hammer.

So happy the Cubs are back in the playoffs after that first-half (relative) suckitude! We are pretty lucky to be able to watch this team.

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  • Cubster 5 hours 36 min ago (view)

    per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).


  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 55 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  


  • crunch 21 hours 22 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.


  • Ryno 21 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?


  • Ryno 22 hours 7 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.


  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 


  • Eric S 22 hours 29 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 


  • Cubster 22 hours 35 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.


  • Eric S 1 day 2 min ago (view)


    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...


  • Eric S 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season


  • BobbyD 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 


  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.


  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "



  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.


  • BobbyD 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like.