Cubs vs. Mariners: Lester vs. Hernandez (Game 138)

CHC (74-63): LHP Jon Lester (11-9, 4.36 ERA)
SEA (48-81): RHP Félix Hernández (1-4, 6.02 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT

Lester gave his team six innings of one-run baseball against the Mets in his final August start. Today, he and his supporting cast will go for a two-game sweep against the visiting Mariners. Kyle Seager with two homeruns off of the lefty, and Dee Gordon is 2-8. Most other Mariners have only a few at bats against the veteran.

Félix Hernández battled shoulder issues for much of the season, missing most of May and all of June and July and returning to the majors in late August. In two starts since that return, he's pitched 11.2 innings and allowed five earned runs on eight hits (three homeruns) and four walks, collecting seven strikeouts along the way. Heyward is 3-12 and Lucroy 3-16 off of the man who once was King. Castellanos and Rizzo are each 2-5 with a homerun.

The Cubs made use of several players from the expanded roster yesterday's win, starting Robel Garcia and using Underwood and Wieck out of the bullpen. Zobrist has yet to make his highly anticipated(?) return, Javy will probably continue to rest his injured thumb, and Contreras is still making his way back to the active roster.

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zobrist(2nd) / cast / rizzo / bryant / schwarb / contreras / heyward / russell(SS) / lester

also, d.holland is back...

For all Joe’s talk of giving guys soft landings, Joe really doesn’t seem to be a big fan of a soft landing.

brewers have released jeremy "smoke 2 joints" jeffress.  all-star last year...fodder this year.

he was put on waivers without being claimed.

sigh...

bryant scratched with right knee soreness...an ongoing issue.

zobrist(2nd) / schwarb / cast / rizzo / contreras / happ(3rd) / heyward / russell(SS) / lester

STL's recent surge is nothing short of black magic

https://www.mlb.com/video/dejong-s-strange-single

naw.  no.  i'm calling the cops.

j.soler is the new single-season HR king for KC...hit his 39th tonight.

Calling up Contreras with minimal rehab time is paying off early.

zobrist and contreras with a hell of a return.

rizzo gave the ball ryan court (SEA) hit to the 1st base coach and into the SEA dugout.  it was ryan court's first hit at wrigley field.

aside from a single season with the cubs in AAA (he never got his callup) he's got strong connections to the cubs beyond his minor league season as a fan growing up and even though his professional career.  he's from elgin, IL.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/bas...

lester with an ugly as hell 0 run 6 inning outting.  he never got hit hard, but SEA took advantage of a bit of wildness and contreras not being "split second" fast behind the plate (contreras still looks sharp back there).  SEA didn't do anything with that advantage, though.

he left em loaded 3 times.  phew.

cubs win!  cards win.

Somehow the Nats won too. What a disaster for the Mets. 

Brewers and Phillies win too. 

Cubs continue the season of no traction. 

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  • JustSayin' 13 hours 26 min ago (view)

     I hear you but welcome to the world of Theo.  The team is always a step or two away from the World Series in his mind, whether that is true or not.  Therefore, the thing to do on the margin is to trade top prospects or younger guys on the roster for that missing puzzle piece, not build for the future.  I had a front-row seat for this as a Red Sox fan.  If Pedro Martinez doesn't insist the Red Sox sign David Ortiz for table scraps and Chris Bryant isn't the no-brainer second pick in the draft, we'd all be wondering what happened to that Theo guy who was in the Red S

     

  • Cubster 14 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Shogo Akiyama is a lefty bat, career BA at.301 w/ Seibu Lions.  Recent OBPs: .419, .385, .398, .403 and .392. HR 20-15 in last 3 seasons Stolen bases, 12 in 2019, 18 in best season (2016). Defense supposedly plus-plus, 7-10 assists (10 in 2016). Clearly a leadoff hitter.

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    christian yelich committed internet homicide on yu darvish...

    https://twitter.com/ChristianYelich/status/1195462...

     

  • Charlie 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Little in the offseason could make me happier than the Cubs finding ways to retain the good MLB players who came up with them while remaining competitive. This Javy extension talk makes me much happier as a fan than the Bryant and Contreras trade talk.

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    "Javy Baez. The two-time All-Star shortstop and 2018 MVP runner-up already has begun negotiations on a potential long-term extension with the Cubs, according to sources."

    also, some talk of being linked to shogo akiyama (CF, Japan, 32yo in April)

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/cubs/2019/11/15/20966...

     

  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.

    w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend).  braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.

     

  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    nice.

    it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control.  he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.

    Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A. 

     

  • crunch 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    nice info...

    i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.

    he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection. 

    STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them. 
    EXAMPLES: See my lists above. 

     

  • crunch 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    "There are no untouchables," Epstein said.

    In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.

    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28066390/there...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.

    That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.

     

  • crunch 5 days 9 hours ago (view)

    i wonder where the cubs will go with things.

    there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone.  as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team.  the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.

    bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...

     

  • Hagsag 5 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!

     

  • crunch 5 days 9 hours ago (view)

    "According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."

    by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him.  i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information.