Cubs @ Dodgers: Lester vs. Latos (Game 128)

The Cubs send a Ross-less Lester to the mound to right the road trip.

CHC (73-54): LHP Jon Lester (8-9, 3.44)
LAD (71-56): RHP Mat Latos (4-9, 4.81)
First pitch: 8:10pmCT

Lester came within one out of a complete game shutout (8.2 IP, 1 ER) against the Indians on Monday. Instead, he ended up with a no-decision, and Bryant got to be the hero with his 9th inning walk-off homer. Lester lost to the Dodgers at Wrigley in June (4 IP, 4 ER). The Dodgers are 25-104 (.240) against him. Crawford is 9-34 (.265).

David Ross is on family medical leave and will not return before Sunday.

Latos is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his three starts this month since being acquired by the Dodgers, including his loss to the Reds (4.2 IP, 4 ER) his last time out. The Cubs are 25-129 (.194) against him. Castro is 8-33 (.242).

The Pirates and Giants have each won three to match our losing streak. Not good. But you have to like our chances with Arrieta going tomorrow, so a .500 trip is still very possible. 

Go Cubs!


From the twit box: Phillies plan to expand protective netting I don't understand why they can't just build drones to intercept incoming balls and bats. As the kids would say, SMH

Starlin Castro has cleared waivers. That's good news for a trade, bad news for his value.

There have been some mighty good players clearing waivers this summer. I can't back that up with any actual names right now, though.

Red Sox pro scouting director Jared Porter is joining the Cubs organization. I haven't seen in what capacity he'll serve. Or if Joe Bohringer is on the way out.

See Why There are Baskets Stumbled across this 1970 Cubs Highlights of Spring Training. At about 19:10 is the final out of Holtzman's No Hitter with Brickhouse making the call. After the final out camera shows fans jumping en mass from the bleachers. Neat.

"Ross-less" I'm not a praying man normally, but tonight I'm praying for a Lester no-hitter.

Not God--sure She'll be by to comment soon--but I can say with near certainty that Lester will not get a hit tonight.

dat balk tho. thanks for the lead latos.

Wow couple very wide strikes called against Der Kaiser with two men on. Sheesh.

We need to get back home and play more bad teams, stat! Reality checks suck.

7th inning - ugh. You knew when Crawford led off the inning with the single things were not going to end well

this game turned into a gigantic bag of dicks really quickly.

It really did.

Kershaw is an Ace. Lester is a former Ace. Not saying he isn't good, just saying, dude is not an Ace.

Let's hope the Cub's ace puts an end to this slide tomorrow

Have I mentioned how much I hate modern free agency? Oh, yeah, I have. If it's any comfort, Max Scherzer has a 6.43 in August. It's not because of one really awful outing, either, but a bunch of so-so ones and one pretty bad one. Don't get me wrong, I actually wanted them to sign Lester - or somebody, so my rant is really against modern free agency itself. Does anyone, even Theo, really think Lester is gonna be any good when he's 38? They're really paying him $150 million for maybe 3 or 4 good years, and that's assuming he doesn't get injured, which most pitchers do. There's no good answer for a contending team other than working to get more home grown pitching. If this was a playoff, the Cubs would be down 0-2. That seems about right for a young team like this. But adding that one additional arm to the rotation next year is gonna be a knotty problem.

ahem, a snotty problem.

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    Lol at worrying about a second wave disrupting revenue.


  • Cubster 9 hours 39 min 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.


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


  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 44 min 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 20 hours 13 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 21 hours 6 min ago (view)

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

    d.glanville, j.rollins, r.howard, d.willis, t.hunter, l.hawkins

    unlocked/free article.


  • Jackstraw 23 hours 9 min 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 23 hours 27 min ago (view)

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


  • Cubster 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

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

    Here is the twitter video from Pastor Jarrod Parker:


  • Cubster 1 day 9 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 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

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


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    some higher-end high school kids not expected to go very early in the draft are taking themselves out of the draft...including some top-100 ranked talent.


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Dale Murphy @DaleMurphy3

    Last night, my son was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet while peacefully protesting for justice for George Floyd. His story is not unique. Countless others have also experienced this use of excessive police force while trying to have their voices heard.

    Dale Murphy @DaleMurphy3


  • BobbyD 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    But he has vicious dogs ready to kill the nig***. Oh wait, thugs. He's a real man. 


  • Cubster 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    "this idea isn't a proposal at all and may actually be a measure that is forced into action by the league if the two sides can't sort out the financial details for a longer season."

    MLBPA: Over our dead bodies. Followed by Trump sending in the military to force ballplayers and fans to perform like puppets on strings with fans to yell (and cough and sneezing) at the umpires. Ah, baseball before Jackie Robinson. The Trump Republican Party: Bring back the Cheating/Pandemic  1919 White only - White Sox. Say it ain't so, Joe.


  • Hagsag 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Trump waiving a bible in front of the church is a total disgrace.