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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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Down three in WC with 6 to play, if the answer isn’t “everyone” you’re doing it wrong.

     

  • Hagsag 4 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Do you know who was available to pitch in relief?

     

  • crunch 5 hours 17 min ago (view)

    cubs lose their 6th in a row, 5 in a row by 1 run.

    MIL won and has a 4 game lead for the 2nd WC slot.

    xrays negative on bryant's ankle.

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 24 min ago (view)

    I liked the idea if not the result.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Another Joe Maddon baffling decision. I wonder if Wittenmyer will say it was Theos fault.

    Edit: to stem the tide, he goes with Pedro Strop. Gotta give Pedro the chance to work his way back into postseason favor!

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Even if we allow Hendricks to be called the ace, Lester is a 4. The others are 5s. That’s not a rotation that leads anyone to the postseason.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 41 min ago (view)

    ...and the cardinals have the lead.

    sigh.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 46 min ago (view)

    why is darvish still pitching...

     

  • crunch 5 hours 48 min ago (view)

    you'd assume they have to bring in an ace of some sorts because none of those 6 are any better than a 2-3 slot rotation type as we know them now.

    well, to be fair hendricks is an ace on paper, but even if he keeps doing what he's doing for another decade i dunno if i would ever feel comfortable calling the dude throwing 86mph an ace.  he's earned ace status, though.  meh, semantics...and prejustice against soft tossers...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 10 min ago (view)

    We’d be in deep, deep trouble if that’s the starting 5 next March. I’d think only one of those 3 start the year in the rotation. Trades or maybe FA signings will fill out rotation.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 11 min ago (view)

    that would make the offseason interesting if he did.

    no ham, no darvish, lester pitching like a middle/end rotation guy...

    Q and hendricks locked in with lester...graveman + a.mills + chatwood could compete to slot in, but it's highly unlikely they're the full answer for both slots...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Anybody else getting the feeling Yu might opt out?

    Words I’d never thought I’d say. I’m even more surprised that I’d rather he not opt out!

     

  • crunch 7 hours 30 min ago (view)

    ...and k.bryant screws his leg/knee/ankle reaching trying to beat out a single...which he didn't.

    he's being helped off the field.  neat.

    i.happ playing 3rd because whatever.

     

  • crunch 8 hours 5 min ago (view)

    cards have caught one hell of a case of cubbery in the bottom 1st.

    3 miscues, 1 cubs run.

     

  • Charlie 9 hours 33 min ago (view)

    What a millstone Yelich must have been!

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 20 min ago (view)

    I think he made a few good points but was misguided in laying next to no blame on Maddon. He’s made many questionable decisions and plenty of those decisions have cost the team games.

    Gordo was correct in laying blame on ownership. They hamstrung the front office. I have a hard time believing all they would have added was Descalso and Brach if they could have. Every time they had more money become available they added.