Cubs vs. Dodgers: Hamels vs. Buehler (Game 22)

CHC (11-10): LHP Cole Hamels (3.0, 2.77 ERA)
LAD (15-10): RHP Walker Buehler (2-0, 5.40 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT

The Cubs earned an exciting victory in the opener last night. The dominant Quintana showed up again and Javy Baez that he can still do . Tonight the crew gets to work putting .500 further in the rear-view mirror.

Cole Hamels, the Cubs best starting pitcher so far, makes his fifth start. He's really been hitting his spots, and the results show it. He's getting a ton of ground balls and has walked only 1.05 per 9 innings. Lefties are 1-21 against him on the year with 6 strikeouts. His career splits are not nearly so drastic. Justin Turner is 6-15 against him with a HR, and Cody Bellinger is 1-1 with a HR and 2 BBs.

Walker Buehler has rode the Dodgers' offense to two wins despite a high ERA. He's alternated between terrible starts and solid starts. It looks like a bad one is up in that rotation. In 2018, he made 23 starts and posted a great 2.62 ERA to go 8-5. Current Cubs have only 9 ABs against him, but they have a collective 1.545 OPS, so, there's that.

The Cubs have won 8 of their last ten and have gained ground in the tight NL central. Baseball feels a whole lot different when your team wins more than they lose, huh?

Comments

David Bote reinstated from the Paternity Leave List, and RHP Alec Mills has been optioned to Iowa. 

descalso/bryant/rizzo/baez/schwarb/contreras/heyward/almora/ham

a.russell plays tonight in iowa...and it's getting a rather cold reception on social media.

in the park he got a big cheering welcome because he's a hero or something.  welcome back.  hope you didn't hurt your throwing hand on your wife's face, bro.  you need that to do baseball for the pleasure of the fans.

wtf ham...

wow, stone roses during a cubs game.  gotta think this one's on len.

baez!!!!

hell of a game so far.

heyWORD!

That one was mostly fun!

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  • Charlie 4 hours 47 min ago (view)

    I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.

     

  • Charlie 4 hours 51 min ago (view)

    If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 8 min ago (view)

    i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.

    Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 18 min ago (view)

    jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs. 

     

  • crunch 22 hours 29 min ago (view)

    d.ross meets the media at winter meetings...video/audio

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1ypKdBvlvzyJW

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    jeremy jeffress agrees.

     

  • Rob Richardson 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    It's high time if you ask me.

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    as awesome as bryant is, it would probably be good for the cubs to find him a new home before his play at 3rd turns him into a corner OF'r...which seems inevitable sooner than later.

    i'm still impressed how much his D improved since he was drafted, but he's already losing a step at the position early in his career.

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    minor league ballplayers will no longer have to worry about getting suspended for testing positive for weed...it's off the prohibited substances list.

    about time.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    3B Alec Bohm and RHSP Spencer Howard would likely be the Cubs asking price and the Phils probably say no, but if they don't say no, that could be a deal. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine
    Cubs have had talks with Phils on Bryant. Nothing there at the moment. Service time grievance still an issue.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Humerous 30 minutes this morning when both Mark Gonzalez and Gordon Wittenmyer tweeted out that the Cubs would be receiving Conor Lillis-White as the PTBNL in the Tommy La Stella trade as if it were just now happening. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    marvin miller and ted simmons are part of the next HOF class.

    long time coming for miller.

     

  • crunch 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    things that are important to good on-field play like buying up all the property around wrigley field, from rooftops to acerage, isn't going to monetize itself.

    i know some people would love to have a top tier pitcher, but i'm looking forward to more control of rooftop advertising and an open air beer garden near the team owned hotel and resturant complexes.

    i know some people want a solid leadoff man, but i'm looking forward to seeing 10-20 concerts on off-days destroying the playing field so that extra revenue can help a polician in Nebraska or Iowa get some ad buys.