Cubs vs. Dodgers: Quintana vs. Maeda (Game 21)

CHC (10-10): Josè Quintana (2-1, 3.43 ERA)
LAD (15-9): Kenta Maeda (3-1, 3.80 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT

The Dodgers roll into Chicago with the best record in the National League and the second best offense in MLB. The Cubs face a tough road to their first winning record since opening day.

The Cubs ran Tyler Chatwood out for a solid start on Sunday and reserved Quintana to take on the lefty-heavy Dodger's lineup. The very limited match-up stats suggest this is less than a safe bet. The current Dodgers have slashed .354/.456/.458 against Quintana in 48 ABs. Still, Quintana's been excellent lately, throwing 14 shutout innings over his last two starts. Watch out for the extremely hot Cody Bellinger in the stacked Dodgers' offense.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers will rely on the effective righty, Maeda. He's off to a solid start and has generally out-pitched his peripherals in the early going. his trends to this point call for patience from opposing batters. Schwarber is 3-4 with three singles and a walk against him, while the rest of the lineup has done very little in limited ABs.

Comments

David Bote to the Paternity Leave List and LHP Randy Rosario is recalled from Iowa, so the Cubs will apparently go with a nine-man bullpen and a three-man bench while Bote is absent. 

crowd is heavily sparce for a LAD/CHC night game except for the bleachers...even if it is a cold april night.

rizzo did a good baseball thing.  hopefully more of that will follow.  HR #195 career.

maeda kinda sucks tonight.  he picked a great night for it.

No way in hell should they move Baez off of shortstop when Russell in back.

I was thinking the same thing.  Has Addy taken any reps at 2nd? 

he played 2nd (not that well) when he first came up when maddon wasn't busy trying to make lineup space for jonathan herrera.

it's one of those things where baez is more talented, but that talent allows him to play 2nd as well as SS while russell excells at SS compared to his play at 2nd.

that said, if they decide baez is in a groove they might shift russell to 2nd anyway... *shrug*

n.hoerner took one off the wrist and was removed from the smokies game.  boo.

also, cory abbott had another good outing.

bob costas and john smoltz sang the 7th...neet.

never forget this legendary costas moment...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqLxzOWW_M8

11-10...back over .500!

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  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 59 min ago (view)

    videographer: Alexander Guerra is 22 years old and is repeating AZL.

    He played in Serie Nacional (the Cuban major league) prior to signing with the Cubs in 2017 and it was presumed (at the time he signed) that he would almost certainly be at South Bend in 2018, but he reported to Mesa out of shape (weighing 250+) and was left behind at Extended Spring Training and then was assigned to the AZL.

    Exact same thing happened this year. 

     

  • bradsbeard 3 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Sounds like Cedeno is coming up? Didn’t sound like he impressed in his rehab at all though.

    Maybe a stretch, but I wonder if the Cubs might bring Drew Smyly back as an LHRP (he had some nice K numbers for the Brewers in AAA) and give Cedeno his release. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 51 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have optioned LHRP Randy Rosario to AAA Iowa. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 54 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released C Francisco Arcia. 

     

  • Hagsag 10 hours 9 min ago (view)

    5:24 this morning.

     

  • The E-Man 10 hours 58 min ago (view)

    You gotta be quicker than that here if you were shooting for a “breaking news” post haha

     

  • Hagsag 21 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Gore to the Yankees.

     

  • The E-Man 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Eh - double meh. How about just getting Curtis Granderson and calling it a day?

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    c.paddack (SD) with a no-hitter through 7, 82 pitches

    ...and it's gone in the 8th.  now i don't have to watch a SD/MIA game anymore.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Finally, a Yu win at Wrigley as a Cub and a series win against the Reds. Could definitely get used to that!

     

  • Eric S 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    JHey!!! Yu’s gotta be the happiest dude in the dugout 

     

  • Eric S 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Little surprised Maddon pulled Yu after six innings and only 83 pitches - hopefully just trying to keep him fresh (and no injury concern)

     

  • videographer 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    What can you tell us about Alexander Guerra and his performance as of late?  2 - 3HR games in two weeks, 1.200 Slg %.  Does he have any kind of value as a prospect?

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    post all-star break darvish is some good stuff so far, too.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Home run derby KB is a hell of a lot of fun!!

     

  • Eric S 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    I’m trying really hard to reverse jinx it but floundering in a bad way. Seems likely he’ll hit 6 + in a week when the dam finally breaks