Cubs vs. Marlins: Hamels vs. Alcantara (Game 32)
CHC (19-12): LHP Cole Hamels (3-0, 3.19 ERA)
MIA (9-24): RHP Sandy Alcantara (1-3, 4.86 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT
The Cubs polished off their sweep of the Cardinals in dominating fashion and now take on the less imposing last-place Miami Marlins.
Cole Hamels starts off the four-game set. He's shown some frustration over his last two starts, in which his walk total ballooned from 3 to 12 on the season. Even with the recent command issues, he's kept the ground balls coming and the scoring mostly suppressed. He earned a win against the Marlins on April 17 in his best start of the season: 7IP, 8 strikeouts, 0 runs. A long time NL East-er, Martin Prado has a whopping 72 ABs against Hamels and an .819 OPS against.
Sandy Alcantara goes up against the veteran lefty. If he throws enough strikes, his fastball is fearsome. His strikeout to walk ratio has trended the wrong way over his last two starts. The Cubs scored 5 off of him in that Hamels win on April 17, but they struck out seven times in the process. Javy went 2-5 with three strikeouts.
The weather looks pretty spotty for all four days of this series. As of now, it looks like they should get tonight's game in.
Jackstraw 59 min 59 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 1 hour 4 min 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 45 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 15 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 26 min ago (view)
We’re nearing August and Strop’s ERA is a tick under 5.50 - #notafluke
Charlie 8 hours 8 min ago (view)
I had to ditch this one after the 7th to get some sleep, and, boy--right choice.
Eric S 8 hours 13 min ago (view)
To everyone in Cub nation except the folks that matter. Exasperating.
Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 29 min ago (view)
I think its past time where Strop shouldn’t be the 8th inning guy anymore....
erich081 16 hours 16 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 32 min ago (view)
Robel’s 454 foot splashdown - 6th longest homer by a Cub this season
Arizona Phil 17 hours 57 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 17 min ago (view)
Last hurrah as a starter before the Cubs trade for an outfielder who gets on base?
crunch 19 hours 16 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 44 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 30 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,