Cubs @ White Sox: Series Thread (Games 89 and 90)

The Cubs offense put up eleven runs, Quintana went seven innings for the win, Joe Maddon got himself tossed, and Robel Garcia was a double short of the cycle in first MLB start. Lucky for the Cubs, they won't need to top that performance to send fans to the All-Star break happy--a couple of wins would do! The Cubs split a two-game set at Wrigley with the Sox last month. Since their last matchup, the White Sox have not significantly improved. The Cubs, on the other hand, have had the 8th worst ERA- in those few weeks--just ahead of the White Sox at 9th. See the matchups below.


Game 89, Saturday, July 7, first pitch 6:15pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (7-6, 3.89 ERA)
CHW: RHP Lucas Giolito (11-2, 2.72 ERA)

Lester earned a win over Giolito on June 19. In two starts since then, Lester has gone 1-1 allowing 6 runs, only three earned, over 11.2 innings. He struck out 15 in that time. The White Sox have a slightly below average offense overall, but they are 9th in the majors in wRC+ against lefties. Jose Abreu is 6-18 with a homerun off of him.

Giolito has gone 1-0 in two starts since being served his second 2019 loss by the Cubs. He allowed three earned runs in 10.2 innings of work, striking out 11. The Cubs are ninth in the majors with a 106 wRC+ against righties. Contreras is 2-7 with two homeruns off of him. Bote is 2-5 and Javy 3-8, each with a homer of their own. Bryant is 1-9 with four strikeouts.


Game 90, Sunday, July 8, first pitch 1:10pmCDT
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-6, 3.45 ERA)
CHW: RHP Ivan Nova (3-7, 5.92 ERA)

Hendricks's last start was shortened by rain, but he appeared to be healthy after missing two weeks with shoulder impingement. He allowed two earned runs and struck out four in three innings, getting pinned with the loss. Jose Abreu is 6-12 off of him and Yolmer Sanchez is 5-11.

Ivan Nova was effective against the Cubs last month, going five innings and allowing one earned run to earn the win. Since then, he went back to the suffering that has been characteristic of his 2019; he lost both starts, allowing nine runs, seven earned, in twelve innings. Willson is 5-11 off of him, Heyward is is 9-24 with a homerun, and Schwarber is 4-16 with two homeruns and three walks.

Comments

This Friday off-day is freaking me out... not natural.  I'm glad that the MLB schedule makers in their inifnite wisdom crammed more games into Sept & NOT on the day that 1/2 of America is taking off work... three days before the all-star break. On the plus side, the weird off day, 2 game "road trip", & post ASB homestand means that the Cubs will get more than two weeks in their own beds in the middle of the season. 

Don't look now, but the I-Cubs have an 11-game divisonal lead & the Memphis branch of Redbirds is in the basement after last night's walkoff win in front of a capacity holiday crowd that included presidential wannabes Biden & Beto. Last year the I-Cubs went 0-8 @ home vs. Memphis & 2-14 overall.

I Cubs are kicking butt.

Duane Underwood Jr last five outings as multi-inning RP at Iowa: 9.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K

If you are going to throw Javy a slider, it better be in the dirt.

Sorry to hear about Hannemann being released. Met him once, nice guy.

One billion pitches for the WSux pitchers here in the top 5th. Lido left at 87 pitches...

Next stop Chi town, Lido put the money down, let 'em roll
He said one more pitch ought to get it
One last basehit 'fore we quit it

One for the road, whoah, oh oh oh. 

https://youtu.be/HQZBaJAngH8?list=RDHQZBaJAngH8

c.kimbrel vs a 3 run lead.

k, hbp, k, walk, k

cubs win and take control of 1st place.

I am unhappily remembering that even when you have an elite closer you still feel closer drama. I will immediately forget this as soon as the Cubs don't have an elite closer again.

Javy vs. Verlander was entertaining.

verlander reminding the world he's got one of the best curveballs in the game, and the game's history.

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  • tim815 5 hours 15 min ago (view)

    That Kevin Made is already representing offensively seems, on the 1 to 10 scale with 10 being fantastic news, in the 17 or 18 range.

    Nwogu in the 9 to 11 span.

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 19 min ago (view)

    For those of you wondering about catcher Ronnier Quintero (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the 2019-20 ISP), he participates fully in pre-game and Camp Day work-outs and he catches bullpens, and while he has been the bullpen catcher at every AZIL game he has not yet played in a game.

    As a catcher he has a lot to learn, and the Cubs would prefer that Quintero mainly concentrates on receiving and learning how to work with pitchers right now. He can learn about hitting and baserunning later. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 10 min ago (view)

    In adition to the 22 pitchers originally on the Cubs AZIL Active List roster plus RHP Manuel Rodriguez (right biceps strain last March) and LHP Brad Wieck (wearing a brace on his left knee) who are on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL and are rehabbing at AZIL, the Cubs have added four additional pitchers to their AZIL Active List roster:  

    RHP Josh Burgmann 
    RHP Chris Clarke 
    LHP D. J. Herz
    RHP Michael McAvene 

     

  • Charlie 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    iapoce expected to stay.  i'm surprised.  i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.

     

  • crunch 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Cubs fire asst. hitting coach Terrmel Sledge. I knew it was his fault!

     

  • crunch 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    shout out to 1999 1st base gold glove winner rafael palmeiro.  25 starts (28 games total) at 1st...128 starts at DH.

     

  • Charlie 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.

     

  • crunch 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 53 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.

    He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me.