Cubs @ Phillies: Quintana vs. Vargas (Game 119)
CHC (64-54): LHP Jose Quintana (10-7, 4.23 ERA)
PHI (60-58): LHP Jason Vargas (6-6, 4.09 ERA)
First pitch 6:05pmCDT
The Cubs go to Philly with the Cardinals 2 back and the Brewers trailing by 2.5. It's long past time for this team to put their road struggles behind them if they are going to be taken serious as contenders this year. Quintana is a good candidate to help them get started. He's walked fewer and given up fewer homeruns on the road, and he's pitched 17.2 more innings on the road this season than he has at Wrigley. He was great last time out, allowing one earned run and striking out seven Athletics in seven innings pitched. Happ, Bryant, and Caratini backed him with homeruns in that Cubs win to clinch the series against Oakland. He had a no decision against the Phils on May 21, having allowed two unearned runs in six innings of work. Corey Dickers is 6-14 off of him with a homerun. Joey Bats is 2-26 with 11 strikeouts.
Vargas was sent to the Phils from the Mets on July 29, after the Mets added Stroman to their rotation. The veteran lefty is 0-1 in two starts since the trade, allowing 6 earned runs in 11.1 innings pitched on nine hits and four walks. He faced the Cubs and got a no decision on June 21, allowing four runs, two earned, in 4.1 Most of the younger Cubs haven't seen much of Vargas. Rizzo is 1-11 with four strikeouts. Nick Castellanos is 5-22 with two homeruns. (Ben Zobrist has hit .406 off of him in his career, 32 at bats.)
crunch 13 hours 25 min ago (view)
Charlie 14 hours 20 min ago (view)
Lester pitched 35 innings today.
crunch 16 hours 59 min ago (view)
2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are around...wtf...
Eric S 17 hours 45 min ago (view)
Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?
Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 42 min ago (view)
With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!
Who would have thought?
Jackstraw 18 hours 42 min ago (view)
Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series. Left lots of ducks on the pond. Could take some of the pressure off the pen.
Jackstraw 18 hours 44 min ago (view)
You could hit your thumb with a hammer. Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza. Just sayin.
Eric S 18 hours 48 min ago (view)
I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day
crunch 18 hours 49 min ago (view)
cubs win! about time.
Eric S 18 hours 57 min ago (view)
Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos
crunch 19 hours 29 min ago (view)
K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out
PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.
crunch 19 hours 38 min ago (view)
...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...
2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.
bullpen time. oh. boy. neat.
crunch 19 hours 50 min ago (view)
bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.
crunch 19 hours 53 min ago (view)
2 on, 0 out, and also gets out of that.
btw, bryant has forgotten how to play 3rd base the past 2 innings...da hell...
crunch 20 hours 7 min ago (view)
no one scores! hell yeah. phew.
crunch 20 hours 14 min ago (view)
walking the pitcher to load the bases with 0 outs.
this cubbery is thicker than the humidity.