Cubs @ Reds: Quintana vs. Castillo (Game 41)

CHC (25-15): LHP José Quintana (4-2, 3.50 ERA)
CIN (19-24): RHP Luis Castillo (4-1, 1.76 ERA)
First pitch 5:40pmCDT

Quintana looks to pick up the Cubs after last night's extra-inning loss. His first start of the year remains his lone disappointing appearance of 2019 to date. Outside of that April 5 loss to Milwaukee, he hasn't allowed more than 3 runs in a start. He's also been effective at keeping the ball on the ground, a healthy strategy for anyone pitching in the Great American Bandbox. Joey Votto is 7-14 in his career against Quintana.

Luis Castillo has looked like an ace in the early going. In addition to striking out well over a batter per inning, he's getting ground balls at a frightening 59.3% rate. There are still walks available for more discerning batters. Last time out he pitched 6 innings of scoreless ball and allowed only two hits, but he also put five runners on via the walk. Daniel Descalso is 4-10 with 2 HR and Kyle Schwarber is 3-6 with 2 HR. Castillo's changeup is much improved in 2019, but lefties have still fared much better than righties against him. Rizzo, 2-12 with 3 strikeouts, should continue to rest his back anyway.

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So facing Castillo tonight, followed by Scherzer, then Strasburg. Pretty good (or unlucky) run of high quality opposing pitchers this week

Cubs reinstate Victor Caratini from 10-day IL and Taylor Davis has been optioned to Iowa. 

what crackhead put today's lineup together?

rizzo supposedly due back saturday "at the latest"

i miss "good heyward"

that was fun for a few weeks.  he hit homers, and got some singles, and hella walks...

come back, dude.

okay, i'm done with t.chatwood.

sigh.  hope he can turn things around...no one's gonna want this contract even at a discount unless he can show some stabilty.

LOL. What did Chatwood do wrong? He gave up an ultimately meaningless run in two innings because of three bouncing balls through the IF. 

he gave up 3 singles in a row to start the 7th.  he gave up 2 walks in a row in the 6th.

he only had 1 run scored on him, thankfully, but that 2ip 5h 2bb 1k wasn't pretty.

he's had a semi-decent run recently that made him look like more than a waste of roster space...only 1 bad outing in early may...a great one the last time out before last night.  last night he looked very vulnerable.

he's also throwing almost nothing but fastballs lately.  i dunno if that is a good long-term plan when everyone knows they're gonna get a steady diet of fastballs.  he doesn't even trust his cutter anymore it seems.

He‘s had a lot more good outings than bad, and last night was far from his worst. He still walks too many but it’s hard to see last night as the straw that breaks the camel’s back. 

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  • Eric S 2 hours 38 min ago (view)

    And Joe pinch hits for Descalso again today - now 205/277/316 on the year. But no need to put a jumpy-jump in the parking lot during spring training like they did last year for TLS so it balances out. 

     

  • crunch 3 hours 2 min ago (view)

    tommy lastella hit his 12th homer of the year...grand slam.

     

  • tim815 3 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Not sure why any of the teams would only have enough talent for one XSL game.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 47 min ago (view)

    aww...cubs were a pest all game, but couldn't overcome.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 50 min ago (view)

    omfg chatwood...with the bat.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 51 min ago (view)

    RIP heyward's bat.

    shout out to bo jackson...that was a clean break.

    it was a swing/miss with no contact so it's doubtful it was a cracked bat.

     

  • Eric S 5 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Bullpen reclamation project Kyle Ryan’s ERA now 5.06. Bummer

     

  • crunch 5 hours 34 min ago (view)

    wow baez...also, wow rizzo.

    call overturned, but that was a hell of an "almost" play.

     

  • crunch 8 hours 25 min ago (view)

    he's thrown so little of his other stuff lately that i can't even guess and sure don't know.

    he's always been fastball-heavy, but it's almost exclusively fastball now.

    he gets movement on a 95-97mph fastball...that's a positive about it if he's gonna continously offer it up.

     

  • VirginiaPhil 8 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Control problems?

     

  • crunch 8 hours 54 min ago (view)

    schwarber / baez / rizzo / contreras / heyward / almora / descalso / lester / bote

    i guess we're in for 2-20 random games of "pitcher hits 8th" before suddenly deciding that's not a thing anymore...again

     

  • crunch 15 hours 17 min ago (view)

    it had to feel good for him to get that standing O at the home ballpark.

    he's still throwing almost nothing but fastballs exclusively, though...wonder what's up with that.

     

  • Hagsag 16 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Chatwood is becoming a force in the BP.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    ALMORA GRAND SLAM!!!

    way to break a tie.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    rizzoh!!