Cubs vs. Phillies: Lester vs. Nola (Game 48)

CHC: LHP Jon Lester (3-2, 2.09 ERA)
PHL: RHP Aaron Nola (4-0, 4.47 ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

The Cubs hitched their wagon to a pair of big homeruns for last night's 8-4 win. Today they send Jon Lester to the hill to lock down a series victory. Lester was thoroughly out-pitched by Strasburg on Saturday when I had the privilege of attending a fairly uneventful Cubs' loss in DC. He got knocked around for 10 hits and 5 runs in 4.1 innings, easily his worst start of the season. As worst starts go, it's the least bad worst start of any Cubs' starter! Hence, he has maintained an ERA just over 2. Current Phillies have seen him for 162 ABs and earned an OPS of .738 during that time. Sean Rodriguez has 55 of those ABs, with 12 hits, 3 of which were homeruns. McCutchen is 7-32 with 2 HRs. Harper is 3-10 with 6 strikeouts.

Aaron Nola has been a bit off his game in the first quarter of the season, posting a slightly inflated walk rate and allowing a lot more hard contact than he had in the last couple of years. That said, there's only been one clunker in his last five starts and he struck out 12 in 6 innings against the Rockies last time out. Cubs hitters haven't seen that much of Nola, but Rizzo is 2-6 with 2 HRs and put out a light in that hideous beer sign last night to tie Javy at 12. Bryant is 2-7 with 5 strikeouts and recent leadoff man, Schwarber, is 2-8 with 4 strikeouts.

Enjoy surreptitiously following this day game on the job, nine-to-fivers!

Comments

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

wow baez...also, wow rizzo.

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

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

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.

omfg chatwood...with the bat.

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

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

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. 

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  • crunch 4 hours 13 min ago (view)

    A's have decided to not be horrible and to pay their minor leaguers through the end of the season (august)

    "“I changed my mind after spending a lot of time talking to our team,” A's owner John Fisher told the Chronicle. “I concluded I’d made a mistake. I’ve listened to our fans and others, and there is no question that this is the right thing to do. We clearly got this decision wrong. These players represent our future and we will immediately begin paying our minor-league players. I take responsibility and I’m making it right.""

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Chicago Cubs Thumbs Up GIF by NBC Sports Chicago

     

  • Alexander Dimm 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    I'm in.  What more do we need, really.  A beer.  A game or two.  The 162 game season can wait until next year (I hope).  Have fun with a micro-mini season.  Let the powers fight over the labor agreements.  They can finish by next spring, right?

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    2020 quickly shaping up to be the best season ever.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    And a few kegs of beer. Hamberders too.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    they should just play a quick weekend tourney where no one actually wins and everyone gets a small participation trophy.

    declare the fans the MVPs and dedicate the series to everyone who has died in the history of humanity.

    ...then a free live-streamed Nickleback concert hosted by 2Pac's hologram

     

  • Charlie 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    Lol at worrying about a second wave disrupting revenue.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    IN BRIEF (Tribune, from their mini-sports section):    In a letter, MLB rejects players’ plan for 114 gamesNews services Major League Baseball rejected the players’ proposal for a 114-game schedule in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts, telling the union that teams have no reason to think 82 games is possible and now will discuss even fewer.Players made their proposal Sunday, five days after management’s initial economic plan.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Pete Ricketts causing some backspin on their serve...Chi Tribune, Thursday AM:

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Here are the last two Cubs minor league releases from this week (for a final total of 30): 

    Conor Lillis-White, LHP (acquired frrom LAA for Tommy LaStella post-2018 - missed 2019 season with hip flexor injury)

    Alberto Mineo, C-1B (has been quarantined in Italy since he re-signed with Cubs in February) 

    Lillis-White was eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, and Mineo was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 

     

  • Charlie 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Great read from players I came of age watching. Really shows how badly MLB needs to empower their players to speak in real time and not just after retiring.

     

  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    "A conversation: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America"

    https://theathletic.com/1849574/2020/06/02/a-conve...

    d.glanville, j.rollins, r.howard, d.willis, t.hunter, l.hawkins

    unlocked/free article.

     

  • Jackstraw 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    I'm trying to come up with scenarios where saying "The problem I have with you people....." really helps the conversation move forward constructively.  None really jump to mind.

     

  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    i still want proof that tom ricketts and ted cruz aren't the same person

     

  • Cubster 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Tom's older brother is an ass, even with an embarrassing apology.

    Here is the twitter video from Pastor Jarrod Parker: 

    https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/12678894685...

     

  • Cubster 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    I agree.  Laura is the real deal. I think she was the major influence that showed Tom R. and Crane Kenney how to show a "human side" and deal realistically and in a non-threatening way, with the local Chicago politicians. Kenney was clearly clueless in his initial attempts regarding the neighborhood, the Rooftop owners, and the Wrigley Field rebuild.