Cubs @ Cardinals: Series Thread (Games 14-16)

An early season hot streak brings the 2020 Cubs to a division-leading 10-3 record as they travel to St. Louis for the first time. The Cards (2-3), meanwhile, will be playing only their 6th game of the season following a significant COVID outbreak and a 8-day layoff. The risk of contagion remains the only thing more concerning than the Cubs' bullpen.

Game 14
Friday, August 7, 7:15pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (1-0, 0.82 ERA)
STL: RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

Lester has been both good and fortunate so far. The .091 BABIP certainly helps.

Ponce de Leon has pitched only 4 innings in one relief appearance and one start. He had a 3.70 ERA in 48.2 innings last year.

Game 15
Saturday, August 8, 7:15pmCDT
CHC: RHP Alec Mills (2-0, 1.38 ERA)
STL: RHP Adam Wainwright (1-0, 1.50 ERA)

Alec Mills continue to mix pitches and speeds effectively in his start against the Royals and earned himself his second win. Anything he does beyond eat innings is gravy for the Cubs. So as long as he's pitching like this out of the back of the rotation, I am happy to continue riding the gravy caboose.

Adam Wainwright used sheer veteran know-how and Cardinals-ness to earn 14 wins last year.

Game 16
Sunday, August 9, 6:08pmCDT (ESPN broadcast)
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks
STL: TBD

Hendricks defeated the Royals last time. He went seven innings and allowed two earned runs.

Comments

Tonight's Cubs-Cardinals game postponed due to an additional Cards positive CoViD-19 test.

The additional STL player who tested positive had apparently been out in public with the others who tested positive earlier this week when they were infected, so while the new positive test is not a surprise, the lag/delay in the player testing positive is probably a bit concerning/disappointing. 

Based upon the way MLB handled the Marlins positive tests and the Phillies only potential exposure, I wouldn't be surprised if all three of the Cubs-Cards games this weekend will ultimately be canceled. 

le sigh...

Make the Deadbirds forfeit all three games.

So the Cubs are off until Tuesday. 

i can't even imagine what it's like playing fantasy baseball this season.

It feels like you have no time to let players you know are good figure out how to get out of slumps. It's not ideal, and feels very much like it's not baseball.

i played for decades in various formats.  i got crazy busy 3 years ago, took a year off, and never got back into it.

it's a great way to stay engaged with all the players and introduce yourself to emerging talent other people see that may not be on your radar.

Never played roto baseball but enjoy listening to roto podcasts for the very same reasons you list.

I presume they come back to Chicago for the weekend and travel to Cleveland on Tuesday.

Saved from an August weekend in Stl. Plus, it might eliminate any road games vs Stl. They might do makeups during the 3 game series at Wrigley Mon 8-17 to Wed 8-19 (Thursday 8-20 is a scheduled off day for the Cubs but StL plays the Reds in StL at night) or the 4 game series against the Cardinals at Wrigley Friday 9-4 through Mon 9-7.

"Cardinals' president of baseball operations John Mozeliak announced Friday that Ryan Helsley and Austin Dean are the two players that tested positive for COVID-19."

at least this DET/PIT game has been great.  no cubs til tuesday at the earliest...boo.

at least this HOU/OAK game has been great since the DET/PIT game has ended.  sigh.

ex-cub-for-a-minute derek holland (PIT) had a bad 1st inning today...homer, single, homer, homer, homer in his first 11 pitches.

So much for his offseason workouts with Kimbrel.

Pirates-Cardinals series also cancelled. Maybe they can play the games on Stratomatic with dice or All-Star baseball with spinners?

This was the Pirates only trip to StL but they do have a mid Sept series vs StL in PIT. 
at least the Cardinals can't whine about losing home attendance revenue (but they do lose in Park advertising revs).

They actually did a Strat-O-Matic simulation of the 1981 all star game at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland when the game was cancelled due to the strike, complete with scoreboard display.  Bob Feller did the ceremonial first dice roll.

Phillip Evans suffered a broken jaw and a concussion in his ugly collision with Gregory Polanco Per Jon Heyman.

Cubs have reset the rotation ahead of the series against the Indians: Lester, Hendricks, Darvish, Chatwood and Mills

Mills and Hendricks no longer back to back which makes sense given their similar styles

"Zach Plesac (CLE) was sent home by the Indians and will be quarantined for 72 hours going out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night."

dude, wtf...

STL is going to go 1/2 month without playing a game...more at this point are possible.

they've played 5 games.  some teams have played 16-17 games.

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  • QuietMan 4 min 36 sec ago (view)

    So whatever happened to the don't pitch Mills the day after Hendricks plan?

     

  • crunch 18 min 52 sec ago (view)

    rizzo / contreras(DH) / heyward / schwarber / maybin(CF) / kipnis / baez / caratini / bote

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 57 min ago (view)

    I agree with all of this. I think KB is traded for a SP. I guess here is my guess at the pitchers:

    Darvish

    Hendricks

    Trade Acquisition 

    Cheap FA

    Mills/ Alzolay 

    Bullpen: Mills/ Alzolay, Underwood, Adam, Tepera, Wick, Kimbrel, Ryan, Wieck (Alzolay if he loses the 5th spot battle with Mills is still starter number 6, and likely being groomed to join the rotation either later in the year or 2022)

     

  • Charlie 18 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Frazier beat him on an inside corner two-seamer (albeit belt high), but the Hayes homer came on an 0-2 meatball. Not very professorial.

     

  • crunch 18 hours 44 min ago (view)

    hendricks starts the game giving up back to back homers.  wtf...

     

  • crunch 21 hours 13 min ago (view)

    happ / rizzo / contreras / schwarber(DH) / maybin(LF) / heyward / baez / kipnis / bote

     

  • George Altman 22 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Let's hope so. It would be great next year to NOT have to 'piece together a bullpen'.

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 50 min ago (view)

    DJL: I think that if Lester, Chatwood, Quintana, Jeffress, and Chafin leave via free-agency and do not return or are not replaced by at least one veteran MLB FA SP, the default Cubs 2021 Opening Day pitching staff will be Darvish, Hendricks, Mills (out of options), Alzolay (could be out of options - TBD), and either Rea, T. Miller, Steele, Abbott, Marquez, or D.

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 43 min ago (view)

    I understand that any team can win a three-game series, but if I'm a division winner I'd want to be the #3 seed rather than the #2 seed in both the A. L. and the N. L., because I would rather face the worst second place team (Houston in the A. L. and probably Miami or Philadelphia in N. L.) than the best wild card team (Cleveland in the A. L. and probably Cincinnati or Milwaukee in the N.L.).  

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Maybe, if he makes the roster!

     

  • Charlie 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Jose Martinez is going to hit some big post season homerun, isn't he?

     

  • Cubster 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Is the Chafin experiment over yet?

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    even with the loss the cubs officially clinched a playoff slot tonight, though.

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    oh, it's totally the hitters unless the coach is forcing guys into trying ill advised changes...which is doubtful to the point of obsurdity for this many slumping hitters.

    it's just that a near team-wide hitting outage with no one getting "fixed" isn't a good look for a hitting coach.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    How many hitting coaches would that be over the past five years?

    At a certain point maybe it's just the hitters? I love the current group but we've been burning through hitting coaches recently

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    anthony iapoce might want to start updating his resume...

    i'm not saying it's his fault, but it doesn't seem like much is going right with the bats and it's getting worse over time.