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.
Jackstraw 53 min 42 sec ago (view)
Last 30 games ERA: 5.47
Last 15 games ERA: 6.08
Last 7 games ERA: 9.45
To quote Herb Brooks, "You're playing worse every day and right now you're playing like it's next month."
crunch 58 min 33 sec ago (view)
contreras expected to be activated Wednesday.
also, this is one hell of a slow trade market with the deadline 8 days away.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 39 min ago (view)
Further losses and probably some of the recent ones Strop has coughed up too. It’s very frustrating there’s no talk of moving him down the relief depth chart too. Just “he’ll figure it out and get himself right.” I don’t think so, Joe!
Jackstraw 7 hours 9 min ago (view)
Yes, yes, and yes. Except for the very best in the game, relievers have the most variability in performance from year to year. Kintzler was horrible last year, and is very very good in 2019. Strop was good last year, this year his 5.47 ERA has been well earned.
This problem has a simple solution of Cishek-Kintzler-Kimbrell for the 7th-8th-9th. Any further losses due to Strop in the 8th are on Joe.
Eric S 7 hours 20 min ago (view)
We’re nearing August and Strop’s ERA is a tick under 5.50 - #notafluke
Charlie 8 hours 2 min ago (view)
I had to ditch this one after the 7th to get some sleep, and, boy--right choice.
Eric S 8 hours 6 min ago (view)
To everyone in Cub nation except the folks that matter. Exasperating.
Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 23 min ago (view)
I think its past time where Strop shouldn’t be the 8th inning guy anymore....
erich081 16 hours 10 min ago (view)
Brach in during a one run game where the ball seems to be flying out of the park? I too like to live dangerously.
Eric S 16 hours 26 min ago (view)
Robel’s 454 foot splashdown - 6th longest homer by a Cub this season
Arizona Phil 17 hours 51 min ago (view)
RHP Aneuris Rosario (2014 IFA - Dominican Republic) has been reinstated from the Disqualified List. Now 24, Rosario spent four seasons in the DSL (2014-17) and was the one-time closer for DSL Cubs #1. He hasn't pitched since 2017.
Charlie 18 hours 11 min ago (view)
Last hurrah as a starter before the Cubs trade for an outfielder who gets on base?
crunch 19 hours 10 min ago (view)
i wonder why almora's started almost every game the past week+, especially since he's sucked at it...and he even got to hit leadoff for a game or 2.
Charlie 19 hours 38 min ago (view)
Oof. Almora and Maldonado as starters is going to be rough on the offense. Better hope for at least a Garcia triple.
crunch 20 hours 24 min ago (view)
schwarber / baez / bryant / rizzo / garcia(2nd) / heyward / almora / maldo / a.mills
ham gets a AAA rehab start tomorrow. also, i could do with less almora.
QuietMan 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,