Cubs vs. Giants: Hamels vs. Beede (Game 125)
CHC (66-58): LHP Cole Hamels (6-4, 3.69 ERA)
SF (63-62): RHP Tyler Beede (3-7, 5.77 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT
The Cubs swapped Bote for Cishek before the game, bolstering a bullpen that recently got back Craig Kimbrel as well. That plus the two wins the team put together at the end of the road trip should help them put their Pennsylvania struggles behind them. Meanwhile, Cole Hamels prepares to take on the Giants at Wrigley.
Hamels has had two rough starts in a row, with his last being his worst of the season so far. He allowed eight earned runs in two innings of work on nine hits and two walks. This will be his first start against the Giants this season. Brandon Belt is 2-6 with a homerun off of him. Buster Posey is 13-24 with two homeruns, but that was before his power disappeared. Hamels has a 2.35 ERA at Wrigley this year vs. 5.16 on the road and has held batters to .635 OPS in the confines.
Tyler Beede lost to Oakland last time out, allowing four earned runs in four innings of work. He last won on July 14 and has gone 0-4 in the six starts since then with 22 earned runs allowed in 31.1 innings pitched. He lost to the Cubs on July 24 when Javy and Bryant both took him deep.
The Cubs trail the Cardinals by 0.5 games following the off-day and a Cardinals win over the Brewers, putting the Brewers 3 back in the division and 2.5 behind the Cubs. Those rivals face off again today and Wednesday.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 30 min ago (view)
Managerial change making a difference I think. Hopefully the changes to the amateur scouting department also bears fruit
Cubster 3 hours 19 min ago (view)
David Ross might be worthy of a little credit, especially sorting out the bullpen issues.
crunch 3 hours 24 min ago (view)
this team is amazing. i want more than 60 games of this. darvish since mid-season last year has been great stuff.
also, wick got to close. kimbrel hasn't worked in quite a while.
Eric S 4 hours 5 min ago (view)
39 pitch inning by Burnes.
crunch 4 hours 40 min ago (view)
...well, it is true that's the plan...but...umm..."allegedly"
QuietMan 4 hours 50 min ago (view)
Cubs to play double headers Monday and Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Eric S 5 hours 42 min ago (view)
Ha! Hope Nico goes on a heater!
Cubster 5 hours 47 min ago (view)
"Not thrilled"...as if on cue, Nico leads off with a double and a later Schwarbsbomb.
Eric S 7 hours 41 min ago (view)
Updated Bullpen tiers:
Tier 1 (Closer/Firemen)
Wick and Jeffress (interchangeable)
Tier 2 (Preferred Setup roles)
Tepera, Sadler, Rea (!)
Tier 3 (Face lefties exclusively if possible)
Ryan (has to get that fastball out of mid-80s or head to South Bend)
Tier 4 (Long man innings eater)
Tier 10 (reserved for use when either up or down by 10+ runs)
I think that covers it?
Jackstraw 9 hours 10 min ago (view)
Wait. The bullpen can get worse? That's unpossible.
Eric S 9 hours 29 min ago (view)
Here we go again: Nico, Rizzo, Javy, Willson, Schwarber (LF), Happ, Bote, Souza, Caratini
Not thrilled with Nico leading off when the greatest leadoff hitter in baseball history was available but whatever
crunch 9 hours 46 min ago (view)
bryant was supposedly gonna be in the lineup but he has left ring finger and wrist hurties.
Charlie 10 hours 1 min ago (view)
I really think they could play .500 from here and would take the division.
But leave room for at least a week long slump due to bullpen implosion.
Cubster 10 hours 5 min ago (view)
Don't get too giddy but...
One Quarter of the schedule is complete.
Pace is for a 48-12 record which when extrapolated to 162 games is about 130 win season.
Is it all downhill from here?
Cardinals at White Sox game tomorrow is possibly canceled per Sun-Times reporting that Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the postponement.
Eric S 10 hours 31 min ago (view)
Brewers Game 1: KB (LF), Rizzo, Javy, Willson (DH), Happ, Bote (3B), Souza (RF), Nico, Caratini, Darvish
Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
Reds just lost in tough fashion to the Royals. Down 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, one out and rap into a 5-4-3 dp to end it.