Cubs vs. Pirates: Series Thread (Games 91-93)
Welcome back from your well-deserved break. Starting Friday, the Cubs get back at the division battle with a three-game set against the Pirates. They'll try to leave behind a bit of a mid-season slump (one in which the entire division had been mired) and put some distance between themselves and their division rivals. See game-by-game matchups below.
Game 91, Friday, July 12, 1:20pmCDT
CHC: RHP Yu Darvish (2-4, 5.01 ERA)
PIT: RHP Chris Archer (3-6, 5.49 ERA)
Darvish has faced the Pirates twice this year and is 0-1 allowing 8 earned runs in 12 innings pitched. The no-decision was his last start, in which he allowed four earned runs on two homers and no walks in 6.1 innings pitched. He's allowed nine homeruns over his last five starts. Darvish nemeses Cervelli and Chisenhall remain unavailable. Dickerson is also out of the starting lineup with a groin injury.
Chris Archer went five innings and struck out eight while also allowing three earned runs on two homers and three walks against the Cubs. Javy is 7-12 with a homerun off of him.
Game 92, Saturday, July 13, 1:20pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (5-5, 4.36 ERA)
PIT: RHP Jordan Lyles (8-6, 3.72 ERA)
Jon Lester last held the White Sox to three runs, one earned, over 6.1 innings. His only start against Pittsburgh earlier this year was the two-inning affair that was shortened by his injury. He's held current Pirates to a .687 OPS in 214 at bats.
Last time out, Jordan Lyles was clobbered by the Cubs lineup. He allowed seven earned runs on ten hits, including three homeruns, in four innings pitched. Almora, Bryant, and Contreras hit the homers. Rizzo is 3-16 with four strikeouts against him.
Game 93, Sunday, July 14, 1:20pmCDT
CHC: LHP José Quintana (6-7, 4.19 ERA)
PIT: RHP Trevor Williams (3-2, 4.54 ERA)
Quintana earned a win against the Pirates in his last start. He went seven deep, allowing three earned runs and striking out six. Dickerson is 5-11 off of him and Josh Bell is 2-9 with a homerun.
Trevor Williams allowed five earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched but still earned a win against the Cubs in his last start. That's because Adbert Alzolay allowed seven earned runs in only 2.2 innings pitched. Bryant is 3-11 with five walks off of him. Schwarber is 6-17 with two homeruns.
Charlie 4 hours 29 min ago (view)
He didn't walk anybody! Woohoo!
crunch 5 hours 2 min ago (view)
phew...wow. cubs win.
Eric S 5 hours 11 min ago (view)
Hopefully Ryan is more 88-87 tonite instead of 86-85
crunch 5 hours 13 min ago (view)
wow, kimbrel out with 1 out, men on 2nd/3rd.
0.1 ip 2h 0bb 1k
k.ryan coming in.
Wrigley Rat 5 hours 36 min ago (view)
So MLB has changed the rules again. Instead of going from 30 to 28 to 26 players this year, teams will only go from 30 to 28 this Thursday and stay at 28 through the post-season.
Thinking about the Cubs potential moves, I would imagine that Jose Quintana and Brad Weick will be added at some point before the post-season and Rex Brothers, Colin Rea, Justin Steele, and one of Josh Phegley or Daniel Winkler would be sent down to South Bend (or released).
crunch 5 hours 38 min ago (view)
jeffress used in the 8th...easy one for him. looks like kimbrell is still the 9th inning guy.
crunch 6 hours 41 min ago (view)
he's done nothing extordinary out there, but he's looked a lot more comfortable out there this year.
he was especially bad at anything near the line the last few seasons, not making the play or getting over there so late somewhat ordinary popouts looked like great effort. small sample size and all, but it looks like he has a bit more of a clue. if he can be at least average-ish out there, his arm gives him a nice plus on top of it.
Childersb3 7 hours 15 min ago (view)
Anyone else think Souza isn't any better than Almora?
Should Souza's PAs go to Almora?
Eric S 7 hours 17 min ago (view)
Schwarbs looks more comfortable defensively in left field than Souza
Eric S 7 hours 21 min ago (view)
JHey joins the HR crowd - woot woot!!!
Eric S 7 hours 35 min ago (view)
Ideally would prefer Hendricks not pitch right after Mills given their similar profiles
crunch 8 hours 19 min ago (view)
bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarber(DH) / contreras / heyward / souza(LF) / kipnis / happ
Eric S 8 hours 47 min ago (view)
Nick Castellanos with HR number 6 tonight against the Indians. He's just killing it to start the season
crunch 11 hours 8 min ago (view)
i haven't heard anything beyond speculation. i don't even know if it was even addressed in the mlbpa/owners agreement, but i imagine it is in some way.
Sonicwind75 11 hours 13 min ago (view)
Has there been any indication on how much effort will be made to make up the games lost to a team Covid shutdown?
crunch 11 hours 18 min ago (view)
cubs gave d.bote a highlight reel tweet from his 3 notable plays last night.