Cubs vs. White Sox: Lester vs. Giolito
CHC (39-33): LHP Jon Lester (5-5, 4.08 ERA)
CHW (35-36): RHP Lucas Giolito (10-1, 2.22 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT
Having squandered the opportunity to join the league-wide pile-on against Ivan Nova last night, the Cubs try to dodge the two-game sweep at the hands of the Sox' best pitcher. Lester heads things up on the run-prevention side. He allowed six earned runs while suffering a loss against the Dodgers last time out. Going back to May 18 he has an ERA of 7.59. Jose Abreu is 6-15 with a homerun off of him.
Lucas Giolito is finally backing up the prospect hype. He leads the AL in ERA and is tied with the Twins' Odorizzi in wins. He most recently defeated the Yankees, contributing six innings and allowing one earned run on four hits and four walks. Current Cubs have seen very little of him. They are 6-41 as a group with eight walks. Javy is 2-6 with the only dinger in the bunch. Schwarber is 1-3 with with 3 walks.
Paging the front desk: The Cubs' offense is overdue for their wake-up call.
crunch 9 hours 32 min ago (view)
corey seager signed a deal for 32.5m a year and that means carlos correa is having a really great day.
Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 7 min ago (view)
Texas has a wildly expensive middle infield. They've also set the market really high for the remaining SS. And they did it single handedly.
crunch 11 hours 34 min ago (view)
c.seager goes to TEX for 10/325.
they've committed to spend 1/2 billion this week (marcus semien added, too).
meanwhile, the cubs complained to the local paper about how their new multi-million dollar sports betting lounge isn't a casino and they sent out a "cyber monday" ad to offer the great deal of it costing nothing to get on the season tickets waiting list.
it already is and will continue to be a hell of a 24 hours. maybe the cubs will *shrug* i dunno...do something worth talking about.
crunch 15 hours 41 min ago (view)
BA released their top-10 cubs prospects list...
1. Brennen Davis
2. Cristian Hernandez
3. Brailyn Marquez
4. Pete Crow-Armstrong
5. Jordan Wicks
6. Kevin Alcantara
7. Caleb Kilian
8. Owen Caissie
9. DJ Herz
10. Yohendrick Pinango
reggie preciado got robbed.
crunch 16 hours 8 min ago (view)
m.scherzer mets 3/130m (wow)
that's more than the entire payroll for PIT last season per year and only a bit less than what BAL, CLE, and MIA paid out.
crunch 16 hours 13 min ago (view)
both are equally useful to a baseball team.
Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 24 min ago (view)
The violinist or the camera staring afficionado?
Hagsag 17 hours 24 min ago (view)
Taylor Davis might be next.
Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 43 min ago (view)
STOP THE PRESSES! They signed someone. Some random lefty RP named Locke St.John.
Sounds like a Bond villain.
Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 44 min ago (view)
That's a good way of looking at it. The race for the top draft pick is a pretty hardcore competition, too.
crunch 18 hours 24 min ago (view)
hey, they're working hard as hell.
just last week tom ricketts and other chicago sports team owners went out of their way to respond to a Tribune article calling sports betting lounges "casinos" by co-authoring a letter to the paper.
DraftKings being happy seems to be the cubs #1 offseason priority.
Sonicwind75 19 hours 18 min ago (view)
Just depends on what your definition of "being competitive" means. Technically the Cubs (barring a strike) will be "competing" against other baseball teams and therefore will "be competitive".
Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 38 min ago (view)
Flurries of activity and Cubs crickets.
BuT wE'rE tRyInG tO cOmPeTe!
Hagsag 22 hours 59 min ago (view)
Hey, Jed didn't lie. He said this wasn't a rebuild.
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
...and that was fake.
you can't even rely on a blue checkmark account anymore on twitter. thanks world.
okay, that was a real account (blue check) who retweeted someone they thought was real. this is inception-level internet stupidity and the account he re-tweeted is now disabled.
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
cubs weren't linked heavily, but m.semien is off the board to the rangers...7/175m
trevor story seems to be the most cubs-linked middle IF'r, but i havent heard anything about story/cubs in weeks.