Cubs @ Colorado: Quintana vs. Lambert (Game 66)

CHC (37-28): LHP José Quintana (4-5, 3.77 ERA)
COL (34-31): RHP Peter Lambert (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
First pitch 7:40pmCDT

The Cubs couldn't defend a four-run lead, nor were they able to assemble a comeback late in the series opener. Now José Quintana takes the hill and the Cubs work to even the series. Q lost to the Rockies at Wrigley last time. He surrendered six hits and no walks in 7.1 innings. Most of the damage resulted from a pair of doubles in the 4th. Q allowed three earned runs in that outing. He's pitched three games at Coors, and his opponents have gone 18-69 with four homeruns and five doubles, accumulating an OPS of .847. Charlie Blackmon is 4-6 against him, Trevor Story is 4-8, and Arenado is 2-12, but both hits were homeruns.

The Cubs handed Peter Lambert a win in his first big league start. Today, they get a second look at him in the titillating atmosphere of Coors. The Cubs launched three homeruns early in game one before dozing for most of the rest of the match. Rizzo went 3-5 with a homer to boost his Coors Field a bit. The broadcast team spent some time discussing Rizzo's poor Coors stats, but it's worth point out that his early career struggles there didn't help. He went 3-22 with 8 strikeouts in 2011. Take those 24 plate appearances out and he 20-76 with 17 strikeouts, still a little low for Coors but closer to his career averages. Javy went 2-3 against Lambert in his first start.


schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / contreras / heyward / russell / q / almora

this game is dumber than hell.

also, it's looking a whole lot like brad brach might take that player option for 1.35m next season and consider it as doubling his 2020 free agent value.

Coors. Always fun. :\

It seems to me that each year Joe picks out one RP that he just knows can't be as bad as actual results make clear.  Two years ago it was Grimm.  Last year Duenseng.  This year Brach.

Edwards too. Every time he brings CJ into an even mild pressure situation i always go all Regina George and  think “stop trying to make Edwards happen! its never gonna happen!”

Daniel Descalso's & Brad Brach's automatic Article XX-B "no trade" rights expire on Sunday (6/16). 

Brad Brach has a couple of significant roster bonuses related to time spent on an MLB Active List roster in 2019, $500K if 120 days (which would vest on 7/25) and another $500K if 150 days (would vest on 8/24). Also, if Brach were to be released in the near-future the Cubs would be on the hook for his 2019 base salary ($2M) plus the 2020 player option ($1.35M), offset by the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary ($555K) in 2019 and 2020 if he were to sign a major league contract with another MLB club after being released. 

So it would probably be a good idea for the Cubs to release Brad Brach ASAP and hope that he signs with another MLB club. 

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  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 13 min ago (view)

    Craig Kimbrel reinstated from IL, Duane Underwood Jr optioned to Iowa, Mark Zagunis recalled as the "26th man" for tonight's game (special travel required to get to Williamsport so MLB Comissioner permits 26th man for both clubs). 


  • crunch 19 hours 27 min ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 20 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.


  • crunch 23 hours 1 min ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are


  • Eric S 23 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 44 min ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?


  • Jackstraw 1 day 44 min ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.


  • Jackstraw 1 day 46 min ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.


  • Eric S 1 day 50 min ago (view)

    I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day


  • crunch 1 day 51 min ago (view)

    cubs win!  about time.


  • Eric S 1 day 59 min ago (view)

    Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out


    PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    ...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...

    2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.

    bullpen time.  oh. boy.  neat.

    chatwood in.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.



  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    2 on, 0 out, and also gets out of that.

    btw, bryant has forgotten how to play 3rd base the past 2 innings...da hell...


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    no one scores!  hell yeah.  phew.