Cubs vs. Phillies: Quintana vs. Eflin (Game 46)

CHC (27-18): LHP José Quintana (4-3, 3.68 ERA)
PHL (28-19): RHP Zach Eflin (5-4, 2.89 ERA)
First pitch 6:05pmCDT

After dropping the series opener in the 10th, the Cubs send José Quintana to the mound against the Phillies' best starter. Quintana has given up 2 or 3 runs in each of his last 5 starts and has seen his strikeout rate drop from the early going. He's been steady but not great during that time. Former Pirates McCutchen and Sean Rodriguez are a collective 9-23 with 1 homerun off of him. Last night's Phillies hero, Hernandez, is 3-7 with a double, a triple, and two walks.

Zach Eflin has been the best Phillies starter in the early going. He's succeeded by keeping his walks way down and ... *shrugs* posting a high left-on-base percentage? Although Eflin works in the mid-90s with his fastball, he's mostly a pitch-to-contact type. He's using his slider more and to good effect in the early going. He allowed 4 earned runs on 7 hits and two walks in his last start, against the Brewers. Bryant is 6-10 off of him. Current Cubs have yet to hit a homerun against Eflin.

It's forecast to be a cold, windy game, with the wind killing fly balls hit toward right.

Comments

schwarber / bryant / rizzo / contreras / heyward / almora / descalso(2nd) / russell / Q

baez may be back tomorrow.

dat pen tho.

Dear Theo: Please DFA Cedeno 

Your bud,

Eric S

cubs are losing tonight and the cubs lost last night, but it's been a hell of a couple games.

tie game!!!

javy pinch hitting in the 9th with the bases loaded...welcome back.

I had a good chuckle listening to the espn crew question the decision of pinch hitting a cold off the bench Javy for a veteran left handed hitter like Descalso - that discussion became moot pretty quick!

So many good things about the bottom of the ninth. Even Willson‘s at bat - though it didn’t result in a run - was a quality, grinding at bat after falling behind 0-2. Didn’t fall for the outside slider cheese as he’d done in similar situations before. 

CUBS WIN!!!!

javy takes the 1st pitch he sees down the 1st base line into the outfield...no chance.

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  • Charlie 11 min 32 sec ago (view)

    Dang, I miss Javy and Rizz.

     

  • Mike Wellman 37 min 59 sec ago (view)

    The Hey, Hoe, Hen alignment...

     

  • crunch 1 hour 1 min ago (view)

    zobrist / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / caratini / heyward / hoe / hendricks

    this lineup seems to be a popular thing.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Lots of games where they failed to add on.

    Lots of games Strop has single handedly blown, too.

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 6 min ago (view)

    There are so many candidates. The early season losing streak comes painfully to mind.

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 7 min ago (view)

    JHey's swing looks like it slipped into groundout mode. That Nico lineout was heartbreaking. :(

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Threw Vanmeter a curve and changeup that both looked great on TV, though Vanmeter didn't offer.

     

  • Mike Wellman 6 hours 52 min ago (view)

    First thing I'll point to, depending on the final order of finish, is the fact that, for the second year in a row we took the lead off of Hader in the 8th inning of a key late-season game @ Milwaukee & couldn't keep it. The second thing will be the game we led 5-0 after 7 & managed to lose. Nats next face Marlins. Cards come to town licking their chops/beaks to finish us off...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 59 min ago (view)

    They’re toast. Can’t finish games, can’t finish series, and it looks very much like they won’t finish this season.

     

  • Hagsag 11 hours 15 min ago (view)

    The Cubbies are in a tough situation. If they make the playoffs, they will have earned it!. Enjoy the ride folks.

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Reds win season series 11-8 - possibly the first thing you point to should the Cubs miss the post season

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Long looking swing for JHey ... and Nico - oof

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Heard Len say Descalso’s name and about had a heart attack. Then heard him say “pinch runner” and settled down a bit

     

  • Charlie 17 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Contreras's receiving didn't do Norwood any favors in that Vanmeter at-bat. And Norwood needed some favors.

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Gotta do better than three hits in nine innings in a start by Mahle - this one is on the bats

     

  • crunch 18 hours 4 min ago (view)

    4th pitcher of the inning coming in...neat