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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  • Mike Wellman 10 min 17 sec ago (view)

    The Hey, Hoe, Hen alignment...

     

  • crunch 33 min 43 sec ago (view)

    zobrist / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / caratini / heyward / hoe / hendricks

    this lineup seems to be a popular thing.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Lots of games where they failed to add on.

    Lots of games Strop has single handedly blown, too.

     

  • Charlie 4 hours 39 min ago (view)

    There are so many candidates. The early season losing streak comes painfully to mind.

     

  • Charlie 4 hours 39 min ago (view)

    JHey's swing looks like it slipped into groundout mode. That Nico lineout was heartbreaking. :(

     

  • Charlie 4 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Threw Vanmeter a curve and changeup that both looked great on TV, though Vanmeter didn't offer.

     

  • Mike Wellman 6 hours 24 min ago (view)

    First thing I'll point to, depending on the final order of finish, is the fact that, for the second year in a row we took the lead off of Hader in the 8th inning of a key late-season game @ Milwaukee & couldn't keep it. The second thing will be the game we led 5-0 after 7 & managed to lose. Nats next face Marlins. Cards come to town licking their chops/beaks to finish us off...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 31 min ago (view)

    They’re toast. Can’t finish games, can’t finish series, and it looks very much like they won’t finish this season.

     

  • Hagsag 10 hours 47 min ago (view)

    The Cubbies are in a tough situation. If they make the playoffs, they will have earned it!. Enjoy the ride folks.

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Reds win season series 11-8 - possibly the first thing you point to should the Cubs miss the post season

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Long looking swing for JHey ... and Nico - oof

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Heard Len say Descalso’s name and about had a heart attack. Then heard him say “pinch runner” and settled down a bit

     

  • Charlie 17 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Contreras's receiving didn't do Norwood any favors in that Vanmeter at-bat. And Norwood needed some favors.

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Gotta do better than three hits in nine innings in a start by Mahle - this one is on the bats

     

  • crunch 17 hours 36 min ago (view)

    4th pitcher of the inning coming in...neat

     

  • crunch 17 hours 41 min ago (view)

    ugg