Cubs vs. Angels: Hamels vs. Skaggs (Game 13)
CHC (4-8): LHP Cole Hamels (1-0)
LAA (7-6): LHP Tyler Skaggs (1-1)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT
The Cubs take on the Angels in a weekday matinee attended, presumably, by truants and the unemployed. There’s no rain in the forecast for these rapscallions.
The Angels come into town in third pace, shocked by Seattle’s hot start (13-2). What remains of future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols gets the start at 1B. Mike Trout is out with a groin injury, unfortunately for fans and fortunately for Cubs’ pitchers.
Cole Hamels takes the mound for his third start of 2019. Three walks issued in the latter start have been the difference between good and bad. He’s defied his age so far with the Cubs, looking like an ace at times and maintaining his velocity surprisingly well for someone beginning his 14th major-league season. The Cubs have returned to normalcy lately, and Hamels needs to keep that going. Jonathan Lucroy is 8-21 against him with 2 HR (1.242 OPS). Simmons is 5-35 against the lefty.
Tyler Skaggs made a career high 24 starts in 2018 and is in search of his first MLB season not limited by injury. Every Cub but Rizzo (0-3) will be facing him for the first time. Lineups are already posted, and Heyward takes the day off while Schwarber gets a start in the 8-spot against the lefty. Zagunis gets a rare start.
Caratini, one of last night’s offensive heroes, is going to hit the IL with an injury to his left hand.
crunch 21 hours 14 min ago (view)
Alexander Dimm 21 hours 40 min ago (view)
I'm in. What more do we need, really. A beer. A game or two. The 162 game season can wait until next year (I hope). Have fun with a micro-mini season. Let the powers fight over the labor agreements. They can finish by next spring, right?
crunch 21 hours 52 min ago (view)
2020 quickly shaping up to be the best season ever.
Cubster 23 hours 12 min ago (view)
And a few kegs of beer. Hamberders too.
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
they should just play a quick weekend tourney where no one actually wins and everyone gets a small participation trophy.
declare the fans the MVPs and dedicate the series to everyone who has died in the history of humanity.
...then a free live-streamed Nickleback concert hosted by 2Pac's hologram
Charlie 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
Lol at worrying about a second wave disrupting revenue.
Cubster 2 days 9 hours 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.
Cubster 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
Pete Ricketts causing some backspin on their serve...Chi Tribune, Thursday AM:
Arizona Phil 2 days 18 hours 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 2 days 19 hours 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 2 days 20 hours 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
Jackstraw 2 days 22 hours 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 2 days 23 hours ago (view)
i still want proof that tom ricketts and ted cruz aren't the same person
Cubster 3 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
I am a Laura Ricketts fan. To hell with the rest of them.