Cubs @ Atlanta: Lester vs. Teheran (Game 5)

CHC (1-3): LHP Jon Lester
ATL (1-3): RHP Julio Teheran 
First pitch: 6:20pmCST 

We are only four games into the season. Yet, three painful losses in a row have emphasized some questions about the team: Who will step up in the bullpen? How much of the starting rotation is on the decline? Why do I even watch baseball?

Jon Lester owns the only Cubs' win so far. He pitched six innings allowing 2 runs when the Cubs celebrated the return of baseball with a 12-4 rout of the Rangers. In 9 career starts against ATL, Lester has gone 6-2 with a 2.48 ERA. Freddie Freeman, Brian McCann, and Matt Joyce all have their OPS over 1.000 against Lester in their careers.

Julio Teheran took a loss on opening day against the Phillies (5 IP, 3 ER). He's 3-1 in 8 career starts against the Cubs with a 3.44 ERA. Few current Cubs have done much against him: Schwarber is 3-7 and Almora is 1-2 with a HR.

A solid win would do a lot to wash away the memory of the embarrassing series opener. I assume everyone spent the off day breaking in new gloves.

Enjoy the game, and hang out on if you are looking for some company! I'm going to try it out on mobile tonight.

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zobrist(RF)/bryant/rizzo/baez/schwarb/contreras/descalso(2nd)/lester/heyward(CF)

it seems we're on a streak of doing that "pitcher 8th" thing again.

j.heyward has GIDP 5 times in 5 games.  neat.

But he mixed it up this time. A 3-6-3 instead of a 4-6-3.

that's why he gets the big bucks

My hottest take is that Jason Heyward needs to strike out more.

It's like running Cody Parkey out there for eight years.

I have lawyers looking for an escape clause in my fan contract.

this pen is a big bag of mashed up assholes.

That is rather insulting to mashed up assholes.  hmmm, is it too early for a hot dog. 

ha.

quite honestly, though the pen could have been upgraded better this offseason i don't have that much of an issue with it.  that said, at this point i have no idea who i would trust to bring into a close/tied game with men on to put out that fire.

part of me realizes the cubs have a very high payroll (#2 i think), so i don't feel cheated as a fan...but it would have been nice to pick up some pen parts that are more than low-priced free agent gambles.

The front office has denied that the early bullpen struggles will affect their strategy. But I wonder if behind the scenes there are arguments about whether they should be pursuing Kimbrel.

Fun start to the season. Good baseball.

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  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 28 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  

     

  • crunch 8 hours 55 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.

     

  • Ryno 9 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?

     

  • Ryno 9 hours 40 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 57 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 

     

  • Eric S 10 hours 2 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 

     

  • Cubster 10 hours 8 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.

     

  • Eric S 11 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Yep

    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:  https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/07/08/craig-kimbrels-intrasquad-performance-is-a-reminder-of-the-concerns-that-already-existed/

     

  • crunch 16 hours 10 min ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...

     

  • Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "

    ow.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    cubs taking full advantage of that "night games deal" with the wrigleyville neighborhood...almost all the home games will be night games.

    8 home day games, 6 on the weekend.