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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  • Eric S 14 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Woo Hoo!!! Cubs win a crazy one!  KB with another late inning, game winning homer - good stuff!

     

  • crunch 14 hours 24 min ago (view)

    schwarb set the cubs team record for fastest to 100 by a cub a bit less than a week ago.  bryant would have won a couple MVP awards in a row the past couple years.

     

  • Eric S 14 hours 26 min ago (view)

    That was a good send by the butterman - great throw by Yaz Jr

    Try as he might, Eddie Vedder can’t find da butterman

    Thanks. I’ll show myself out now

     

  • Eric S 14 hours 30 min ago (view)

    200th home run of the season by KB probably would have set some kind of record too

     

  • crunch 14 hours 32 min ago (view)

    the inital graphic was KB #200, but i was like...hold on...

    it was technically true in the loosest sense of the phrase.

     

  • Eric S 14 hours 39 min ago (view)

    That would have been pretty cool if it had been KB’s 200th home run in less than five full seasons!

     

  • crunch 14 hours 41 min ago (view)

    this game, though...wow...this game.

    200th team homer of the season.

     

  • Eric S 14 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Yes. Just like that

     

  • Eric S 15 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Funny (ha ha) to remember that at one point in this game Yu had retired 12 straight Giants

     

  • crunch 15 hours 8 min ago (view)

    "i am required to say it's a see-saw battle." - len

    "it's going to come down to the kicking game." - jd

     

  • Eric S 15 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Oof. The lead off walk - horrible. That second hit allowed (which tied the game) on the ankle high fastball - tuff luck. 

     

  • crunch 15 hours 15 min ago (view)

    oh yeah...so cubs win 21-22 on a walk off bote grand slam...gotcha.

     

  • Eric S 15 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Sounds about right. Howevuh ... Home Game!

     

  • crunch 15 hours 28 min ago (view)

    d.holland still sucks.

    cubs tied this one out of sheer suck going on both sides of this game.  i'm waiting for the cubs to lose this one 18-17 in a few hours.

     

  • Eric S 15 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Cubs need their three-hole hitter to start stepping up at the plate and do something crazy like driving in the two-hole hitter

     

  • Eric S 15 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Somebody wake up Grandpa Joe and remind him that having Holland face righties i— any righty — is a no-no