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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  • crunch 21 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Chicago Cubs Thumbs Up GIF by NBC Sports Chicago


  • Alexander Dimm 21 hours 34 min 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 21 hours 45 min ago (view)

    2020 quickly shaping up to be the best season ever.


  • Cubster 23 hours 5 min ago (view)

    And a few kegs of beer. Hamberders too.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour 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 6 hours ago (view)

    Lol at worrying about a second wave disrupting revenue.


  • Cubster 2 days 9 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 9 hours ago (view)

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


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 18 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 2 days 19 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 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

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

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

    unlocked/free article.


  • Jackstraw 2 days 22 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 2 days 23 hours ago (view)

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


  • Cubster 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

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

    Here is the twitter video from Pastor Jarrod Parker:


  • Cubster 3 days 9 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. 


  • Hagsag 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    I am a Laura Ricketts fan. To hell with the rest of them.