Nationals @ Cubs: Scherzer vs Quintana (NLDS Game 3)

WAS (1-1): RHP Max Scherzer (0-0, —)
CHC (1-1): LHP José Quintana (0-0, —) 
First pitch: 3:08pmCST (TBS)

The Cubs have won Quintana’s last six starts. His last appearance was a no-decision against the Reds, in which he gave up 4 ER in 4.2 innings. He went 2-0 with a 2.51 in the final month of the season. This is his first post-season start.

At Wrigley, Quintana is 5-0 with a 4.76 and went 11-11 with a 4.15 for the season. Overall, the Nationals are 13-49 (.265) against him. Kendrick is 5-10.

Scherzer (16-6, 2.51 for the season;10-2, 1.82 on the road) has been recovering from a hamstring strain that he suffered on September 30. He’s says he’s fully healed and looking to throw 100 pitches, which is fine by me, as long as that happens in the 4th inning.

Scherzer beat the Cubs in DC in June, giving up ER in 6 innings. For their careers, they are 19-88 (.296) against him. LaStella is 3-6 with a HR and might get a start. Some other Cubs have hit him well, including Rizzo (3-10, HR), Heyward (4-11), and Russell (2-5, HR). 

Tomorrow it’s Roark and Arrieta at 4:38pmCST—when we hope to wrap this up.

Go Cubs! 


Kinda bumming about Zobrist in the starting lineup today. I looked at some stats and facing RH pitching he at least is pulling an OBP of .336. But I have mentioned this with JIM HICKMAN'S BAT, his power numbers are terrible. And from the games in the series so far, he is being uncharacteristically Ben and swinging at shit. His fielding percentage at 2B is purely league average - but I would rather have him there than the outfield given the choice. C'Mon Ben - have a huge fucking game, 'bro!

Jay CF Bryant 3B Rizzo 1B Contreras C Zobrist 2B Schwarber LF Heyward RF Russell SS Quintana P

Zobrist at 2B, but not LaStella or Happ? And hitting fifth! Zobi has become Maddon's Neifi Perez. Yes, I'm angry.

iPad fail!

Cubs two free-est swingers (Baez and Happ) on the bench against a guy with about a hundred ways to get each of them out. Two guys with the ability to extend at-bats (Jay and Zobrist) in against a pitcher on an alleged around 100 pitch limit. Cubs best pinch hitter (LaStella) available to do the thing he does better than anybody else, pinch hit. I'd have preferred to see Zobrist and Schwarber swapped in the order. And if Zobrist goes 2 pitches for 2 outs again tonight, then I'll be pissed.

I agree w/ Jackstraw. I'm torn... I like the idea of the top of the line-up being ready to pounce on a mistake by a potentially rusty/timid Scherzer.... but I also like the idea of making said pitcher run up the pitch count.

Does Jay start things off with a bunt to test Scherzer's hammy?

That’s not a bad idea.

Not able to recap today, but Parachat is Open.  (For the last Cubs game to be played in the first four decades of my life...)

Happy birthday! How about a series clincher at home? That's a nice gift. I'm heading out of the office in a few. I'll hit the chat after I clear the traffic.

Thanks!  Pat Hughes reminds us that the ONLY game won by a road team so far this post-season is the Cubs in game 1.

Should have intentionally walked Scherzer!

Bam Bam not helping off-season trade value :-(

If the Cubs hadn't won last year, Schwarber's drop might have been the stuff of legend. Wow.

All I could think of was Ron Santo's "ohhh noooo" on the Brandt Brown drop.

Ha. Well done.

There have been some terrible LFers on the Cubs but he's gotta be one of the worst that has played post-season. Can only hide that glove for so long. I'll take the bitter after the great ride - but only for this year

Schwarber seems to save his worse defense for the post-season. He was a klutz against the Mets in 2015 and now misses a routine fly ball that an 8th grader would catch. Basic OF skills -- run to the spot and wait for the ball. Don't drift. Do. Not. Fucking. Drift. I played (bad) OF in high school, and that was drilled into me every practice. He violates every basic tenet of how to play the position. Just terrible.


All of our bitching about Zo. Guess we should shut the fuck up?

Hmm. Dunno 'bout that. Bad error, weak contact on the first pitch when Scherzer's pitch count was getting elevated and he had walked the previous batter. His one hit was big -- but, I'd still rather have Baez or Happ in the lineup.

4 errors, heyward baserunning error, still win. Wow!

Thanks Dusty.

I said before the series started that Dimwit Dusty would cost his team a game and sure enough.....he uses his worst reliever against our best hitter, with first base open. Thanks indeed!

I'm thrilled they won and all, but can Dusty really be blamed when that Rizzo hit was a sky-high jam-shot that fell in against all odds?

It is hard to directly blame a manager for much in baseball, but I think Rizzo's on field comments directly after the game were pretty telling. Can't find a direct quote, but it was basically that he was surprised they even pitched to him with first base open. So maybe the hit was lucky (can we start calling that a Cubbie occurrence), but IMO Baker certainly didn't put his players in the best position to win.

Good ole Dusty. Game on the line, Cubs best hitter in the series at bat, 1st base open, yeah lets bring in one of my low leverage relievers and pitch to him. Lose a 2-1 ballgame and 2 of your best, rested, relievers never take the mound. Good work and thank you.

Definitely seemed like a bad call.

I found it daring. Un-unorthodox. Provocative. A certain je ne sais quoi that can only belong to a man with a toothpick.

Part Michelangelo and part Keystone Cops. Just enough of the former to overcome the latter.


So glad Joe started Zobrist like I wanted.


Tanner Roark went to U of I? Very beatable...

Terrific work by the starting pitchers so far against this Bats lineup. Really impressive stuff. Great work by Q in what I believe was his first post-season start.

On the flip side -- another terrible loss for the Bears, who will miss the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 years. In a league that prides itself on parity. My goodness, what a bunch of clueless fools. The QB they needlessly traded up to get throws a killer INT. Fox's defense continues to be the worst in the NFL in taking the ball away. Cubs and Blackhawks know what they are doing, Bulls and Bears are ridiculously clueless. Fox is an idiot -- it did not surprise anyone in Denver that they won the Super Bowl the year after he left.

BB - salty! Not much help around Trubitsky. Not much of anything around the Bulls. When you sell out are are #2 or 3 in attendance every year, why change? They have a clue, but purely for profit not talent evaluation or assembly of a team.

Trubisky looks like a QB that belongs. Deshaun Watson is the guy I wanted. But, I do not believe Watson does any better last night that Mitchell.

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  • crunch 1 hour 43 min ago (view)

    Chicago Cubs Thumbs Up GIF by NBC Sports Chicago


  • Alexander Dimm 2 hours 9 min ago (view)

    I'm in.  What more do we need, really.  A beer.  A game or two.  The 162 game season can wait until next year (I hope).  Have fun with a micro-mini season.  Let the powers fight over the labor agreements.  They can finish by next spring, right?


  • crunch 2 hours 20 min ago (view)

    2020 quickly shaping up to be the best season ever.


  • Cubster 3 hours 40 min ago (view)

    And a few kegs of beer. Hamberders too.


  • crunch 5 hours 53 min ago (view)

    they should just play a quick weekend tourney where no one actually wins and everyone gets a small participation trophy.

    declare the fans the MVPs and dedicate the series to everyone who has died in the history of humanity.

    ...then a free live-streamed Nickleback concert hosted by 2Pac's hologram


  • Charlie 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Lol at worrying about a second wave disrupting revenue.


  • Cubster 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    IN BRIEF (Tribune, from their mini-sports section):    In a letter, MLB rejects players’ plan for 114 gamesNews services Major League Baseball rejected the players’ proposal for a 114-game schedule in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts, telling the union that teams have no reason to think 82 games is possible and now will discuss even fewer.Players made their proposal Sunday, five days after management’s initial economic plan.


  • Cubster 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Pete Ricketts causing some backspin on their serve...Chi Tribune, Thursday AM:


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Here are the last two Cubs minor league releases from this week (for a final total of 30): 

    Conor Lillis-White, LHP (acquired frrom LAA for Tommy LaStella post-2018 - missed 2019 season with hip flexor injury)

    Alberto Mineo, C-1B (has been quarantined in Italy since he re-signed with Cubs in February) 

    Lillis-White was eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, and Mineo was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 


  • Charlie 2 days 26 min ago (view)

    Great read from players I came of age watching. Really shows how badly MLB needs to empower their players to speak in real time and not just after retiring.


  • crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    "A conversation: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America"

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  • Jackstraw 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    I'm trying to come up with scenarios where saying "The problem I have with you people....." really helps the conversation move forward constructively.  None really jump to mind.


  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    i still want proof that tom ricketts and ted cruz aren't the same person


  • Cubster 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Tom's older brother is an ass, even with an embarrassing apology.

    Here is the twitter video from Pastor Jarrod Parker:


  • Cubster 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    I agree.  Laura is the real deal. I think she was the major influence that showed Tom R. and Crane Kenney how to show a "human side" and deal realistically and in a non-threatening way, with the local Chicago politicians. Kenney was clearly clueless in his initial attempts regarding the neighborhood, the Rooftop owners, and the Wrigley Field rebuild. 


  • Hagsag 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    I am a Laura Ricketts fan. To hell with the rest of them.