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!
crunch 13 min 6 sec ago (view)
it's either that or montgomery/chatwood...i'll take AA
Hagsag 35 min 58 sec ago (view)
Phil, thanks. You are the Man!
tim815 41 min 33 sec ago (view)
Anything on what happened in the DSL facility?
I have an odd tweet that makes today's postponements today not weather related.
Eric S 1 hour 22 min ago (view)
Alzolay started yesterday for the Iowa Cubs and would track to take what was supposed to be Hendricks next turn in the rotation - perhaps Adbert gets his first MLB start this upcoming week. That would get my vote.
Andy 1 hour 31 min ago (view)
I shall do my best to turn things around. My first game at Dodger Stadium.
JustSayin' 1 hour 38 min ago (view)
Jim Brower, a former MLB pitcher who had a pretty solid career, was the Cubs' Minor League Pitching Coordinator through 2017. He was replaced by Brendan Sagara, for whom WHO? would be a fair comment. Sagara's highest level of pitching experience was a cup of coffee with the independent Evansville Otters in the Frontier League. I think it's fair to say development of the pitching-heavy 2016-18 draft classes has been disappointing, perhaps VERY disappointing. I can't say this is Sagara's fault but it is definitely occuring on his watch.
crunch 2 hours 26 min ago (view)
last thing i wanna hear about a dude who throws 85-88mph is "shoulder issues"
crunch 2 hours 34 min ago (view)
schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(CF) / caratini / cargo(RF) / darvish / russell
Eric S 2 hours 34 min ago (view)
Was that before or after Hendricks going on the 10 day IL with right shoulder inflammation?
crunch 2 hours 36 min ago (view)
k.hendricks to the 10-day IL with "right shoulder inflamation"
rowan wick up because whatever.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 47 min ago (view)
Because they never play more than four days in a row, AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Cubs #2 will only need four SP each.
The pitchers at AZL mini-camp who are (right now) stretched-out to start are Brendon Little (rehab), Carlos Ocampo, Jose Miguel Gonzalez, Chi-Feng Lee, Misael Garcia, Richard Gallardo, and Luis Ramos, and Keegan Thompson may be ready for an AZL SP rehab assignment soon.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 53 min ago (view)
The Cubs are down to five catchers at AZL mini-camp (draft picks Ethan Hearn, Wyatt Hendrie, and Jake Washer have not yet officially signed), so Mesa Rehab Coach (and ex-minor league catcher) Tyler Pearson has been taking on some extra duties, catching bullpen side-sessions and warming up pitchers in the pen. (He caught Craig Kimbrel the other day).
So I would not be surprised if the Cubs sign a NDFA college senior catcher or acquire an experienced catcher from indy ball to help out.
Arizona Phil 4 hours 3 min ago (view)
Not counting 2019 draft picks and rehabbers, the Cubs top prospect in the AZL this season is SS Luis Verdugo (he's one of the Cubs Top 10 position player prospects).
Verdugo was supposed to go to Eugene with 2B Reivaj Garcia this past week, but was left behind at Mesa when SS Dixon Machado was reinstated from the Iowa IL last Tuesday and SS Luis Vazquez (who had been playing SS at Iowa) needed to go somewhere where he could play SS every day. (Vazquez was assigned to Eugene).
Craig A. 4 hours 24 min ago (view)
Bring him up!
Arizona Phil 4 hours 37 min ago (view)
HAGSAG: As far as I know he's still with the Cubs.
Hagsag 4 hours 41 min ago (view)
Phil, has Jim Benedict left the Cubs Organization? Thanks.