Cubs vs. Pirates: Quintana vs. Lyles (Game 88)

CHC (45-42): LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 4.21 ERA)
PIT (42-43): RHP Jordan Lyles (5-4, 3.71 ERA)
First pitch 3:05pmCDT

If you are able to feel excited for baseball after last night's game, then either you are a better fan than I or you did not watch that 9th inning. Either way, kudos. Quintana takes the mound, following a good start against Cincinnati in which he pitched six scoreless innings. The start before that was an atrocious 9-run bashing. It's hard to know what to expect from Quintana lately, but it sure would be nice if he missed some more bats and avoided homeruns for a while. Quintana made his best start of the season against the Pirates back on April 11, pitching seven scoreless and striking out eleven. Current Pirates have a .660 OPS against him collectively. Josh "MVP?" Bell is 2-7 with a homerun. Corey Dickerson is 5-11 with a homerun.

At 28, Jordan Lyles is off to his best start ever. The obvious transformation in his numbers is that he's continued to improve on his strikeout rate going from around 5 or 6 per nine innings 2011-2016 up to 7.11, 8.62, and now 9.09 in the last three years. He's also mostly avoided the HR bug that has plagued pitchers this year, maintaining a reasonable looking 1.02 homers per nine innings. The Cubs are 15-65 off of him. Russell is 3-4 with a homerun. Heyward is 3-7 with a homer. Rizzo is 2-14 with four strikeouts.

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Comments

schwarber / baez / bryant (RF) / rizzo / contreras / garcia(2nd) / bote(3rd) / almora / Q

well, bryant is good to go

3 pitch K for garcia... 

Making up for it with stellar play in the field. 

Missed the Garcia at bat. Any fastballs in the zone?

Nope. But he did make contact with the breaking pitches this time.

Improvement and thanks!

Nice at bat turns into a two out triple for Robel’s first MLB hit. All of Italy rejoices. 

Len making his usual excuses for why Joe didn’t put in an OF for Willson last night. I feel like Len has delved deeper and deeper into becoming a huge homer.

I understand JHey being unavailable last night in the ninth but no one (media) asked if KB was — seems well enough to play RF today.  Len didn‘t bring up KB but should have given KB has played a number of innings in the OF this year and otherwise. Joe has not hit the right buttons often enough in the command ship. Not all on him by any stretch but he’s slumping too. 

Good throw nails him. Sigh 

garcia triple!

welcome to the bigtime

Damn they’re working over Bote with fastballs just above the strike zone. Launch angle guy kryptonite 

that’s the scouting report on almost the whole team.

schwarb, baez, bote, etc

Guess Joe didn’t want to stick around and see how we blow today’s lead!

First a players only meeting, then a team meeting and now Joe’s been tossed from a game. Not much left in the bag. 

Nice job by Robel staying back on the breaking ball for his second hit. 

Surprised Bote staying in the game after taking a fastball(?) off the top of his helmet.

Odds we see benches cleared at some point today? 25% ?slumping team, manager ejected, Bote hit in the head.

Hopefully it doesn’t come down to that. Brewcrew lost 1-0 to the Reds - hold onto this one and Cubs will be tied for the division lead. 

currently the cubs are busy assaulting the ERA of PIT pitchers 

This might be the happiest I’ve ever seen Q with the Cubs - he was stoked coming home on Javy’s single. 

https://twitter.com/cubs/status/1146902340299046913?s=21

Wow - Robel goes yard to dead center!

This lead is almost big enough to put Descalso in the game. 

garcia a double away from the cycle

First Cubs player to homer and triple in his first major league start since ...

Starlin Castro on 5/7/2010

I don't think the fireworks tonight could possibly compare to what could be coming July 12th weekend when the Cubs get the Pirates at home.  Anyone want to take bets on who will be the one to clear the benches, maybe Hamels will be back by then.

clint hurdle was totally unimpressed with maddon’s temper tantrum.  he wasn’t mad...he wasn’t buying it.

I’m going to be at those games. I hope the Cubs start the second half of the season strong. A sweep would be sweet!

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  • crunch 1 hour 16 min ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.

    boo.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 2 min ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.

     

  • Charlie 3 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 11 min ago (view)

    I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.

    Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 18 min ago (view)

    there's always nick castellanos for a chance to rid of edwards...at which point a couple month rental will probably turn edwards into their ace closer or something just as awesome.

     

  • Eric S 4 hours 19 min ago (view)

    The bitter side of me thinks it should have been a two for one trade for Maldonado 

    Anyways, has not been a clean series for the Cubs against the Padres - fortunate to have won the series and a 7-2 home stand is a pretty big dill. Or deal. Or something

     

  • crunch 4 hours 24 min ago (view)

    edwards gonna edwards...blah

     

  • bradsbeard 5 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later. 

     

  • crunch 6 hours 57 min ago (view)

    delay over, game on.

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 34 min ago (view)

    And if Zobrist were to consent to an Optional Assignment to the minors for the purpose of getting into playing shape, it could very well be to AA Tennessee (close to his home in Nashville) rather than to AAA Iowa. He might even just play home games for the Smokies and then work out on his own while they are on the road. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 47 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Ben Zobrist (and Tony Barnette) cannot be reinstated from the Restricted List August 1st - October 31st without special approval from the MLB Commissioner (which would be problematic), and Zobrist and Barnette absolutely will - NOT - (under any cicumstances) be eligible to play in the post-season if not reinstated from the Restricted List prior to midnight on August 31st. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 1 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Pedro Martinez is a bat-first switch-hitting infielder capable of playing 2B-3B-SS (best position is 2B). He runs well and is a savvy baserunner, shows occasional HR power, and is at least as good a hitter as Reivaj Garcia (probably even better). 

     

  • Jackstraw 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    I checked.  You are correct.  No one.  Ever.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    joe sure likes putting kimbrel to work.

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    currently a big fan of hispanic puerto ricans...

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    currently a big fan of hispanic italians...