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.
erich081 26 min 45 sec ago (view)
Justin Grimm must have forwarded his Maddon blackmail material to Tony Kemp.
crunch 7 hours 46 min ago (view)
baseball is fun.
Jackstraw 9 hours 42 min ago (view)
Cubs were 1 for 9 with RISP.
Neither of the Cards who scored had to take the bat off of their shoulder.
With the game on the line, Joe sends up Tony Kemp.
2019 season in microcosm.
crunch 9 hours 46 min ago (view)
p.alonso (NYM) gets #50...not bad for a rookie.
also, MIL wins because of course why not.
cubs are 2 games behind in the WC standings for the 2nd slot...5 games behind STL in the central.
crunch 11 hours 19 min ago (view)
i'll be over here watching Corner Gas DVDs waiting for 2020.
Charlie 14 hours 35 min ago (view)
Welp. I guess I will continue to pay attention to the Wild Card race? Dropping the Michael Wacha game is bad.
crunch 15 hours 15 min ago (view)
Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 38 min ago (view)
Another game, another set of golden opportunities to add on to a lead wasted.
Eric S 15 hours 42 min ago (view)
And nine hits ... with one run to show for it
crunch 16 hours 47 min ago (view)
6 innings, 5 pitchers used...and the cubs are down by 1 to show for it.
Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 25 min ago (view)
I hate Tommy Edman, and those of his ilk. The pissbirds are masters of getting a few good years out of middling prospect types like him. DeJong, Jon Jay, Matt Adams, Tommy Pham, Allen Craig, Matt Carpenter... the list goes on and on.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 48 min ago (view)
Trades involving players on minor league reserve lists are prohibited beginning at 12 PM (Eastern) on the 7th day prior to the originally-scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season through the last day of the MLB regular season (including a day in which a Game #163 and Game #164 tie-breaker game is played or a day in which a re-scheduled game is played after the originally-scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season).
Arizona Phil 19 hours 3 min ago (view)
If he makes four more appearances prior to the conclusion of the MLB regular season, David Phelps' 2020 club option salary escalates from $3M to $5M (plus up to $3.25M in performance bonuses).
Arizona Phil 19 hours 8 min ago (view)
Conversely, Padres closer Kirby Yates has allowed only two HR with a .184 OppBA and 13/100 BB/K in 59.2 IP and Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez (now on Restricted List) has allowed just five HR with a .197 OppBA and 13/90 BB/K in 60.0 IP.
crunch 20 hours 55 min ago (view)
rizzo / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / bote (2nd) / heyward / hoe / mills
crunch 20 hours 56 min ago (view)
kintzler available out of the pen again...welcome back