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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  • Hagsag 9 hours 13 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on the discussion to eliminate 42 low minor league teams in 2021? What would this do to the Dominican League? Thanks.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 17 min ago (view)

    yanks/astros game 6 was a f'n classic.  wow.

    altuve continues to build his astros legend.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Thanks for this. I agree they’ll probably take their chances in the Rule 5 if he will resign, though I really wouldn’t mind adding him back to the 40 man. I feel like he has a good chance to be effective out of the bullpen. 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    I hope Sagara doesn’t end up leaving because of the shakeup. The Athletic did report that his position might be eliminated but that he should be offered another role in the organization somewhere. All I know is Sagara’s name came up frequently in connection with the pitch lab, and he was credited for improvements with Ryan, Wick, and Wieck. Maybe he’ll end up focusing more specifically in that role helping guys tweak things in the lab. 

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Does anyone have insight into the new management hires and musical chairs the Cubs announced yesterday?  Craig Breslow might be the only guy out there with extensive MLB experience AND the grey matter to challenge any quant not making sense. His role intrigues me but are they going to give him real responsibility to clear out the deadwood (including the existing minor league coordinator who was never good enough to be the pitchers he's coaching?)  Or, is this a superficial change aimed at keeping ownership off Theo's back? 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: I think the Cubs want to retain Oscar de la Cruz post-2019, just not on the MLB 40-man roster.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Who are you all rooting for in the World Series? I'm rooting for the Nats to face and defeat Houston, I think, but with very mild interest. Let them get that championship out of the way and then maybe go the way of the post-2016 Cubs.

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil, what do you think the Cubs will do with Oscar de la Cruz if they don’t add him back to the 40 man? Can they try to re-sign him but wait until after the Rule 5 to make it official? Do you think they will try to keep him in the organization in some fashion? 

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Angels also make sense as a destination for Kris Bryant. 

     

  • azbobbop 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    I wonder if Maddon will take any of the coaches with him.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    I doubt that Maddon would have taken the job if the Angels aren't fully prepared to sign one or maybe even two FA TOR SP (like Gerrit Cole and/or Stephen Strasburg if he opts out). 

    When you have the best player in MLB and now the highest-paid manager, not making the playoffs again in 2020 just can't be acceptable. 

     

  • crunch 4 days 49 min ago (view)

    HOU/NYY postponed.

     

  • crunch 4 days 4 hours ago (view)

    as expected, joe maddon to be the new manager of the angels.

    btw, it is unlikely tonight's HOU @ NYY (10/16) will happen because of rain that's going to start 3-4 hours before game time and carry well into the night.

     

  • crunch 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    world series will be played in DC for the first time since 1933.  neat.

     

  • crunch 4 days 19 hours ago (view)

    and it's only getting worse...i mean, better.

    7 runs to pad out the 1st.

     

  • Craig A. 4 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Oof. Hudson leaves the game after giving up five runs on singles and doubles and only getting one out.