2017 Season Game Thread

Reds @ Cubs: Stephens vs Lester (Game 161)

CIN (82-77): RHP Jackson Stephens (2-0, 3.86) 
CHC (91-69): LHP Jon Lester (12-8, 4.46) 
First pitch: 3:05pmCST

Lester rebounded from whatever that was in Tampa Bay to beat the Cards on Monday, giving up 1 ER in 6 innings. In three 2017 starts, he’s 1-0 with a 10.13 against the Reds. Overall, they are 46-166 (.277) against him. Hamilton is 7-17 with 2 HR, and Suarez is 8-25 with 2 HR.

Reds @ Cubs: Stephenson vs Quintana (Game 160)

CIN (82-76): RHP Robert Stephenson (5-6, 4.86) 
CHC (90-69): LHP José Quintana (11-11, 4.06)    
First pitch: 1:20pmCST

Eliminating your historic rival from the post-season with your B-team the day after clinching the division: priceless.

After that dreadful weekend against the Brewers, the Cubs have gone 13-3, including last night’s knock-out of the rather-lifeless Cardinals. (Matheny looked concussed and/or constipated.) The Cubs are getting hot (read: shaking off their Series hangover) at exactly the right time.

Cubs @ Cardinals: Hendricks vs Lynn (Game 159)

CHC (89-69): RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.14)
STL (82-76): RHP Lance Lynn (11-8, 3.47)
First pitch: 6:15pmCST

Congratulations to the Cubs on their second straight division title and third consecutive trip to the post-season. If it hadn’t been for the previous 100+ years, we could get very used to this.