Cubs vs. Dodgers: Lester vs. Stripling

CHC (12-10): LHP Jon Lester (1-0, 2.57 ERA)
LAD (15-11): RHP Ross Stripling (1-1, 3.07 ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

The Cubs took the second game in a 7-6 victory. Jon Lester comes off the IL to go for the sweep. It's been 17 days Lester tweaked his hamstring, so he's accrued only 14 innings pitched on the season. He'll definitely be raring to go. There are 142 ABs against him spread across various current Dodgers, with AJ Pollock and Enrique Hernandez going 11-27 collectively.

Ross Stripling has been solid in five starts. He went 4.2 IP in his last start with 8 strikeouts and 2 earned runs. He gets plenty of ground balls with a classic 4-pitch mix. He's got reverse splits, but Schwarber and Descalso are 4-11 against him. Javy is 5-5 with a HR.

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tiny tim collins sent down, lester activated.

lester looks like he never left...throwing 91-93mph fastballs along with change, curve, etc.

As an Article XIX-A player (has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), Tim Collins had to give his consent before he could be sent to the minors (by Outright or Optional Assignment).

Collins gave his consent to be optioned to the minors when he signed with the Cubs toward the end of Spring Training and now he's done it again, so he apparently feels that remaining in the Cubs organization (even if it's at AAA) is better than being a free-agent. 

tim collins was a smart sign for so many reasons.

knowing that he would go up/down from the minors to the majors on multiple occasions, they made a slick signing for a lefty who can avoid having to buy a plane ticket because he's within the size limits of a piece of carry on luggage.  that's thousands in savings.

that's why theo and jed get the big bucks.

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  • crunch 1 hour 34 min ago (view)

    cubs taking full advantage of that "night games deal" with the wrigleyville neighborhood...almost all the home games will be night games.

    8 home day games, 6 on the weekend.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 35 min ago (view)

    deleted that link.  it was a republished-to-feed article, not a new one, so it's not very useful.

     

  • cubbies.4ever 17 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Is Cubs 3rd draft pick Jordan Nwogu not going to sign?  Most teams are done signing.  Since the Cubs have the other 4 signed there's not a question of negotiations.  I thought Little (using his viral video of 105 mph as leverage) or Moreno being a promising HS SP would be the tough ones.

     

  • Jackstraw 17 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Apparently being run by the same guy who put Quintana in charge of washing dishes.

     

  • Cubster 17 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Joey Gallo tests Positive. 

     

  • Cubster 17 hours 59 min ago (view)

    MLBPA sent a memo to player agents Monday saying that it and the league are “actively pursuing an additional medical lab site to increase the speed and efficiency of test processing and reporting,” Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets.

     

  • Cubster 18 hours 18 min ago (view)

    4-29-20: White House senior adviser Jared Kushner told "FOX & Friends" Wednesday morning that he expects to see life go "back to normal" in the U.S. by June and "the hope is that by July the country’s really rocking again."

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/04/29...

    Well, that prediction has held up especially well in FL, TX, AZ and CA

     

  • George Altman 18 hours 51 min ago (view)

    I'm beginning to think maybe this guy doesn't have a good grasp on being President. 

     

  • crunch 20 hours 20 min ago (view)

    "Angels summer camp workouts are optional on Monday due to COVID-19 testing delays.

    The testers simply failed to show up to Angels camp on Sunday, and there were also apparently some shipping issues with samples during the July 4 holiday weekend. The Astros, Nationals, and Cardinals have outright canceled their Monday workouts because of delays within MLB's testing protocol."

    neat.  this is going just great.

    but hey, i'm sure a month from now we'll be done with all this crazy virus stuff going on...as players consider multi-game road trips through FL/TX/AZ/CA.

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 58 min ago (view)

    With players dropping like flies and others opting-out, methinks the MLB season could resemble the last three innings of a Cactus League Spring Training game.

     

  • Cubster 21 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Cubs first Wrigley game is vs Brewers per Sun-Times. Full Schedules to come out in an hour.

     

  • Cubster 22 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Dodger stadium Covid testing site was closed without notice today. Long lines, pissed off people. ClusterF*cked Americans as the virus spreads. Here is the WSCR link that says KB is pissed about the lax testing by MLB.

    https://670thescore.radio.com/cubs-kris-bryant-cri...

     

  • Cubster 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Dodger's Stadium is a testing site. Except, you can't just get a test. You have to be symptomatic. Cough, cough...this is really not going well.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Worrisome. Astros and Nats cancel workouts because of Covid testing delays.

    Trumpy: "Anyone who wants a test, can get a test." 3-6-20. Four months ago.

    https://khn.org/news/donald-trumps-wrong-claim-tha...

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    "Yu Darvish threw his new pitch, a two-seam/splitter hybrid, during his first intrasquad game appearance on Saturday.

    Darvish, who already had 10 different pitch variations in his arsenal, is calling this new pitch "The Supreme.""

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

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