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!

Comments

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyIaFuFlVJ0

"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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  • Cubster 7 hours 13 min ago (view)

    "in normal times..."

    It was the burst of times, it was the worst of times.

     

  • Cubster 7 hours 22 min ago (view)

    "Setting aside how stupid it is for fans to blame players when owners are all so much more..."

    I blame Pete Ricketts

     

  • crunch 17 hours 55 min ago (view)

    i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.

     

  • crunch 22 hours 14 min ago (view)

    contract rights are retained by the team.

    in normal times this keeps labor relations between employer and player not too volitile with only a handful of player/owner issues.  in times like this you see a system that was not designed for an event like this.

    some owners are being responsible over the players who's contracts they control while other owners make us realize why the guillotine was occsasionally popular during revoltutions/revolts.

     

  • Jackstraw 22 hours 41 min ago (view)

    So they are all free agents?  Or still under contract and not getting paid?  I'm sure AZ Phil or someone else has covered this but I haven't been keeping up with all the fine points of baseball's problems recently.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Manfred is such a dreadful commissioner. It's his job to walk a fine line and maintain peace in labor relations. Instead he lets the owners do whatever they want.

    Cannot wait for a long, bitter strike after 2021. And for the owners to ultimately turn plenty of fan sentiment against players.

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    "The A's told their minor leaguers Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them their current salary of $400 per week beyond May 31."

    classy.  absolute class act stuff right there.

     

  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
    The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    A's are furloughing nearly all of their staff through the entire organization...including scouts, which make a shockingly low amount of money.

    the A's are owned by a multi-billionaire who inherited his loot from dad (founder of The Gap)...and him + family spent $10m trying to keep Obama from getting a 2nd term, which i assume is their idea of a good investment in their community...whereas paying loyal employees for years/decades for a few months is...well...*shrug*

     

  • Ryno 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Depends on who you are.

     

  • Ryno 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Sorry--Just needed to experience a little normalcy.

     

  • Ryno 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    That was the dumbest lineup I've ever seen.

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    True!

     

  • Cubster 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    https://twitter.com/just1deeva/status/1245654487026397184?s=21

    speaking of Trump's trained rats...

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Cubster, your comments about President Bone Spurs could not be more accurate. Thanks for posting!

     

  • BobbyD 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Cubster: I agree with your comments, save one. That the president is "leading" America. He couldn't lead a pack of rats to a NYC dumpster on an August afternoon. The "man" is a f'ing disgrace.