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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  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 37 min ago (view)

    There are going to be a lot of high-profile arbitration-eligible non-tenders on December 2nd as well, and there will not be much of a trade market for high-priced players during the off-season, either. 

     

  • Cubster 3 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Cards decline Kolten Wong option. It's going to be tough sledding out there.

     

  • Hagsag 6 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Phil, we all are so glad you are getting to somehow "view" these games. Stay safe my friend.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Someone to keep an eye on in 2021 is RHRP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter. 

    He was selected by the Cubs from the Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft and the Cubs  immediately converted him from a mediocre AA first-baseman to a full-time pitcher, having seen him throw garbage innings in blow-outs for the Pirates AA Altoona affiliate in 2019.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Good to see Roederer and Velasquez  providing some production. From what I've followed they haven't been up to much. Granted this season isn't great for development

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have added OF Brennen Davis to their AZIL Active List roster. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    "He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable."

    reggie golden flashblacks...if BP was a game he'd be an all-star.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 22 min ago (view)

    Unfortunately for the Cubs, all of their Top 10 position-player prospects (M. Amaya, Davis, Hearn, Howard, Made, C. Morel, R. Morel, Quintero, Roederer, and Strumpf -- listed alphabetically) are two or more years away from the big leagues, in most cases more like three or four or even five years away. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 38 min ago (view)

    TIM: One of the things people wonder about when they see a young shortstop for the first time is does he have the arm and range necessary to play SS or would his tools maybe be better suited for 2B, 3B or OF. So far at Instructs Kevin Made has shown all of the attributes of a SS, and he is an advanced hitter (for his age) as well. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    AZBOBBOP: Ethan Hearn showed off his plus-arm by back-picking a runner off 1st base last week. You don't see catchers with the confidence to attempt pick-offs much out here. 

    He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable. His hitting (contact and barreling) has improved at instructs, and that's one of the things he needed to improve.

    His receiving should improve with experience as well. 

     

  • azbobbop 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?

     

  • tim815 3 days 6 hours 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 3 days 23 hours 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 4 days 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 4 days 21 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • bradsbeard 5 days 2 hours 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.