Cubs vs. Athletics: Series Thread (Games 112-114)
The Cubs are in first place after sweeping the Brewers at home and now prepare for a three-game set against the Athletics. With the Cardinals still hot on their tail, they'll need to keep up the kind of intensity they've shown over the last few days. Although they are 8.5 games back in the AL West, don't expect the A's to go down easy. They are 64-48 and playing for an AL Wild Card spot and are an all around tough opponent. See match-ups below.
Game 112, Monday, August 5, 7:05pmCDT
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (8-8, 3.07 ERA)
OAK: RHP Chris Bassitt (7-5, 3.84 ERA)
Hendricks starts things against the A's. He's coming off seven shutout innings and a win against the Cardinals. He last allowed a run on July 21, against the Padres. Khris Davis is 5-17 off of him, former Cardinal Stephen Piscotty is 4-15, and former Philly Cameron Rupp is 0-7.
Bassitt has accumulated 292 major league innings and 48 starts since 2014, briefly with the White Sox and then bouncing between the minors and the majors with the Athletics. He's spent the majority of 2019 healthy and in the majors. Nick Castellanos is 4-11 with three doubles off of him.
Game 113, Tuesday, August 6, 7:05pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (9-7, 3.86 ERA)
OAK: LHP Brett Anderson (9-7, 4.04 ERA)
Lester surrendered five earned runs in a five-inning loss to the Cardinals last time out. Current A's have a .596 OPS against him in 56 at bats.
Former Cub Brett Anderson is back at it with the A's. He rebounded from his rough 2017 with a decent half-season in 2018 and has improved on that performance this year. His strikeout rate has just about hit bedrock, but he continues to get groundballs more than half the time. He hasn't won since July 5, having lost his last two and getting handed no-decisions in the two starts before that. He's allowed 13 earned runs in 24.1 innings during that stretch. Current Cubs are 6-20 off of him with three strikeouts.
Game 114, Wednesday August 7, 1:20pmCDT
CHC: LHP José Quintana (9-7, 4.40 ERA)
OAK: RHP Homer Bailey (9-7, 5.20 ERA)
Q allowed two earned runs over six innings and got a win as part of the Milwaukee sweep. Going back to the beginning of July, he's allowed sixteen earned runs over 28.2 innings and hasn't had a scoreless appearance since June 29. Current A's have a .860 OPS against him in 63 at bats. Robbie Grossman is 5-20.
The A's picked up Homer Bailey from the Royals after the All-Star break, and he's gone 2-1 in four starts since then. Most recently he got a no-decision while allowing two earned runs in six innings to the Brewers. Rizzo is 11-28 with two homeruns and six walks off of him. Heyward is 7-21 with a homerun.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals take on the Los Angels juggernaut and the Brewers try to make up some ground in a series against the last-place Pirates. Is it time for scoreboard watching yet? The division has been so tight all year that I feel like I've never really not been watching the standings.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 hours 40 min ago (view)
It really speaks to how hard he is to get to that he continually danced out of danger multiple times without his best stuff until the 7th. Once the 8 and 9 guys were on, he definitely shouldn't have turned the lineup over again. Agreed someone needed to be ready to throw 7th
Charlie 10 hours 32 min ago (view)
He was missing badly in the middle of the zone throughout the game. No idea why someone wasn't warmed up to start the 7th.
crunch 14 hours 12 min ago (view)
i wasn't initially on board with the extra wildcard team, but the 1-game playoff and having to start the next round almost immediately after burning a top pitcher really made that "extra slot" earn it's keep competitively.
i don't think i'm going to be won over by a 16-team playoff no matter how it's presented, though.
Sonicwind75 14 hours 44 min ago (view)
I triple that motion. Really liked the 3 in and 2 WCs with a 1 game playoff, best playoff setup of my lifetime. It reinforces the importantance of 162, winning your division and there is a benefit to get that number 1 seed too.
Eric S 17 hours 8 min ago (view)
Unfortunately scoring one run in playoff games is a continuing trend for this core group of Cubs
Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 13 min ago (view)
Hendricks really did a great job today. You could tell he didn't have his best stuff but kept them off the board for 6 innings. Deserved better than the L.
Normally I'd say this one was on Ross for not seeing that Hendricks was done when the 8 and 9 hitters got on in the 7th but.... one run isn't going to win a lot of games.
crunch 17 hours 42 min ago (view)
he also had his first 3-walk game since april 1st, 2019.
Eric S 17 hours 43 min ago (view)
Hendricks battled but the Cubs luck ran out in the 7th.
Lots of Cubs weak sauce on display this afternoon
crunch 18 hours 13 min ago (view)
ATL wins, bottom 13th.
HOU advances over MIN. part of me hopes this sub-.500 team makes it to the world series so more people can push back on this 16-team playoff stuff. it would be eyerolling if it's 2 sub-.500 teams (MIL/HOU).
crunch 18 hours 49 min ago (view)
cubs game suuuuuuuuuuucks. straight garbage.
cin/atl is off the hook (scoreless in the 13th).
crunch 23 hours 47 min ago (view)
happ / rizzo / bryant / schwarber / contreras / heyward / baez / caratini(DH) / kipnis
ABC broadcast (all 3 games, W/Th/F)...
j.osich DFA'd...j.phegley added to be the "3rd/emergency" catcher
btw, the cubs play all early day games this round. wtf...
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Couldn't agree more. It was fine for this nonsense season, but playing a full 162, what's the point of pushing for 100 wins if 80 gets you in, and there's no real benefit to winning 100, as if you lose the wrong two games, you're gone
crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
There's a lot I hate about this playoff format and I hope we get back to 3-in with 2 teams playing a brutal 1-game playoff format.
i don't want to watch 162...or 150...games to see 16 out of 30 teams get a shot at winning it all.
we just watched the cubs drop 3 out of 4 to a team that was 15-38. dropping a playoff series to a team that had the 5th best record and survived a 1-game sudden death playoff has a bit more legitamacy than a team that didn't even have a .500 record (MIL + HOU this year, btw).
Charlie 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
Yay for playoff games taking place in the middle of a workday? I'll be watching this one well after the fact. Enjoy, to all those watching it live on Wednesday afternoon!
champsummers 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
And I did not know he was eligible already. Makes sense..
crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
ex-cub and fun baseball dude Jay Johnstone has died. 74 years old (dementia, COVID).