Cubs vs. Marlins: Lester vs Smith (Game 33)

CHC (19-13): LHP Jon Lester (2-1, 1.73 ERA)
MIA (10-24): LHP Caleb Smith (3-0, 2.00 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT

Jon Lester was stellar in his last outing, throwing 7 scoreless against the Mariners. He hasn't allowed more than 2 runs in a start this year and has a WHIP just below 1. He was on the IL for the series in Miami and will be facing the Marlins for the first time this season. Curtis Granderson has faced him in 51 ABs over the years and posted an .894 OPS. Martin Prado is 7-16 against him.

Caleb Smith is off to a heck of a start and went 7 while allowing a solo HR last time out against Cleveland. His walk rate is well below his career average in the early going. He's a bit of a flyball pitcher, and the wind will probably be blowing in from CF tonight. He missed the Cubs last time around and nobody has seen him more than 3 times. Bryant is 2-3 with a double and a homer and has heated up recently. Small sample size fun: The best offensive numbers on the Cubs against lefties this year are Baez (1.773 OPS), Schwarber (1.038!) and Heyward (.853). Contreras has struck out 10 times in 29 PAs against left-handed pitchers.

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caleb smith was a cub "for a few minutes" when he was a rule5 pick (returned to the yanks) a couple years ago.

almora/bryant/rizzo/baez/contreras/bote(2nd)/heyward/zobrist(LF)/lester

almora leading off...okay, then.

the wind blowing in just saved lester 3 runs.

wind is the player of the game.

wind cost baez a 3r HR...wind is no longer player of the game.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

what a game.

I'll take it!

Can we say now that KB is not over the hill?

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  • Mike Wellman 31 min ago (view)

    One 2 women umps in MiLB worked the SB series. Pal of our son’s from LL days was SB clubhouse mgr. this year. He spoke highly of Emma’s work but said visiting teams often did not. Also spoke highly of B-Zo on his brief rehab stay when he bought the team McD’s, a la Prez Dollar Menu. So, 2 Cub branches made playoffs so far. Can the big Cubs make it 3?

     

  • JustSayin' 8 hours 46 min ago (view)

    South Bend won seven post-season games.  No team they played won any against them.  So the Midwest League Cubs run the table and win the Championship!  A couple recurring offensive stars, solid defense and lots of strong pitching did the trick.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 37 min ago (view)

    home or away for WAS...they can throw scherzer, strasburg, or corbin at anyone down the stretch and still have an ace for the 1-game wildcard.

    that should play well into their advantage in the last couple weeks as well as the WC playoff.  if the cubs can't luck their way back into 1st it's going to be a hell of a Wild Card if WAS is in no matter who's on top of the WC standings.

     

  • Charlie 12 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Might as well catch the Cards while they're at it ;)

    Last time I can remember the division and the Wild Card race this tight was 2015. Funny how similar and yet how different that situation was!

     

  • crunch 13 hours 10 min ago (view)

    the funny thing is, like early-career randy johnson, batters are extremely uneasy in the box when facing him.  part of that helps lead to weak contact and Ks...it also leads to walks and HBPs, though...

     

  • Craig A. 13 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Cubs better aim for the first wild card. There’ a very slim chance we beat Washington at home. 

     

  • Craig A. 13 hours 56 min ago (view)

    So we keep Maples for intimidation?

     

  • crunch 14 hours 30 min ago (view)

    maples showcasing how he can fall apart from batter to batter...from a sick 3-pitch K to a 2-2 HBP to a 3-1 HBP.

    it's all wild, not retalitory...umps in a bad place since warnings were given based on early HBP's by PIT and maples is tossed.  even PIT doesn't think it was intentional and their dugout is calm.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 20 min ago (view)

    236 homers...franchise record previously set in 2004.

    hoerner puts the team over the top.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 18 min ago (view)

    maddon (whether he's here next season or not) seems to be in no hurry to get him work.  it's actually a bit impressive how we've not heard even a shred of shade about his lack of use from descalso.

    ...but he did see what the organization did to pretty much end tony barnette's career...so there's that.  i think lastella ruined throwing roster movement and player use tantrums for everyone.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 3 min ago (view)

    I can’t imagine they go into next season like that. He’s been insanely bad.

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    He gets infrequent pinch hitting appearances - and seemingly K’s in each one. 

    I guess Descalso is the back up plan to start at second next season should Hoerner get injured while cliff diving or hit by falling space debris in the off season

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Roller coaster crunch.lol

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    i keep forgetting descalso is back with the cubs.  he's practically been shelved on the pine.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjoNZGPQHy_VERs2O...

    South Bend Cubs (YouTube)