Archive - Jun 2017

June 30th

Cubs @ Reds: Montgomery vs Feldman (Game 80)

CHC (40-39): LHP Mike Montgomery (1-4, 2.50) 
CIN (33-45): RHP Scott Feldman (6-5, 4.07) 
First pitch: 6:10pmCST

Just when you’re ready to give up on the season and see what you have queued up in Netflix, the Cubs give a glimpse of what they’re capable of. If splitting the series in Washington was an acceptable outcome--given the pitching matchups, it might have even been the best case scenario--leaving on a high note (despite Montero’s mouth and Bryant’s ankle) is more than acceptable—maybe even more optimal. 

June 29th

Cubs @ Nationals: Lester vs. Ross (Game 79)

CHC (39-39): LHP Jon Lester (5-4, 3.83)
WAS (47-31): RHP Joe Ross (4-3, 5.40) 
First pitch: 3:05pmCST

Lester won in Miami on Saturday (7 IP, 3 ER, 4 K, 1 BB). Overall, the Nationals are 32-136 (.235) against him. Wieters is 16-47.

Ross beat the Reds his last time out (7 IP, 1 ER, 5 K, 1 BB). The Cubs are 9-29 (.310) against him. Jay and LaStella are 2-3.

June 28th

Cubs @ Nationals: Lackey vs. Strasburg (Game 78)

CHC (39-38): RHP John Lackey (5-8, 4.74) 
WAS (46-31): RHP Stephen Strasburg (8-2, 3.57)
First pitch: 6:05pmCST

Lackey had his second strong outing in a row on Friday in Miami (6 IP, 1 ER, 4 K, 2 BB) but ended up with the loss, thanks to the Cubs “offense,” which decided it was too hot and took the game off. Overall, the Nationals are 49-165 (.297) against him. Lind is 18-43.

Strasburg gave up 5 runs in as many innings but ended up with a no-decision against the Reds in his last outing. The Cubs are 27-94 (.287) against him. LaStella is 3-9 with a HR.

June 27th

Cubs @ Nationals: Arrieta vs Scherzer (Game 77)

CHC (39-37): RHP Jake Arrieta (7-5, 4.36) 
WAS (45-31): RHP Max Scherzer (8-5, 2.09)
First pitch: 6:05pmCST

Arrieta beat the Marlins on Thursday (7 IP, 1 ER, 3 K, 0 BB). Overall, the Nationals are 26-115 (.226) against him. Harper is 4-12.

Scherzer gave up 2 runs over 8 innings and managed to lose to the Marlins his last time out. He would have more wins, if the Nats bats weren’t so stingy when he’s on the mound. The team is averaging almost 5.6 runs per game, but are only scoring an average of 3.8 for him. Sorry, Max.

June 26th

Cubs @ Nationals: Butler vs Gonzalez (Game 76)

CHC (38-37): RHP Eddie Butler (3-2, 4.19)
WAS (45-30): LHP Gio Gonzalez (7-1, 2.96)
First pitch: 6:05pmCST

Butler gave up 1 ER but lasted only four innings (and 92 pitches) against the Padres in his last start. Overall, the Nats are 5-16 against him. Lind is 2-2 with a HR.

Gonzalez has won 4 of his last 5 starts, all of which have come on the road. Before you get excited, you should know that he’s 1-0 with a 1.66 in his 7 starts at home. His last outing was a win in Miami (7 IP, 3 ER, 8 K, 2 BB).

June 25th

Cubs @ Marlins: Montgomery vs Volquez (Game 75)

CHC (38-36): LHP Mike Montgomery (1-3, 2.26) 
MIA (34-39): RHP Edinson Volquez (3-8, 4.19) 
First pitch: 12:10pmCST

Montgomery kept the Padres off the board for 6 innings for the win on Tuesday. He pitched 3.1 scoreless innings out of the pen backing up Butler on June 5 against the Marlins, for his second save of the season. Overall, they are 3-12 (.250) against him. Ozuna, Riddle, and Ichiro have the hits.

June 24th

Cubs @ Marlins: Lester vs Nicolino (Game 74)

CHC (37-36): LHP Jon Lester (4-4, 3.83) 
MIA (34-38): LHP Justin Nicolino (0-1, 5.06) 
First pitch: 3:10pmCST

Lester went 6 innings of two-run ball but had a no-decision against the Padres on Monday. He’s 1-3 with a 5.86 on the road this season. The Marlins are 40-116 (.345) against him. Prado is 6-13, and Stanton is 2-6. Both of his Hs are HRs, which may or may not have landed yet.