Cubs @ Cleveland: Series Thread (Games 14 &15)

Following a long layoff, the Cubs take on their 2016 World Series opponents in Cleveland. The Cubs will take the opportunity to realign their rotation and, hopefully, to pad their lead in the NL Central.

Game 14, Tuesday, August 11, 6:10pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (1-0, 0.82 ERA)
CLE: RHP Adam Plutko (1-0, 2.57 ERA)

Lester did not earn a decision in his last start despite pitching six innings and allowing only one earned run.

Adam Plutko will be making his second start and third appearance of 2020. He has a career 4.99 ERA in 196.2 innings at the MLB level.


Game 15, Wednesday, August 12, 5:10pmCDT
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-1, 3.54 ERA)
CLE: RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-1, 2.50 ERA)

Hendricks bounced back nicely in his last start, going seven innings and picking up his second win of the season.

Carlos Carrasco defeated Cincinnati on August 6, striking out 8 over 6 innings. He allowed 1 hit and 4 walks. He's struck out 23 batters in 18 innings this season.


Next up, the Cubs take on the Brewers over 4 games in Chicago.

Comments

I find it odd that they were basically able to totally re order the rotation and didn't move Hendricks to a home start this weekend against he team he tossed a shutout against.

KB, Rizzo, Javy, Schwarber, Willson, Happ, JHey, Caratini (DH), Kipnis, Lester

happ moving up...nice.

also, ross seems to really love caratini getting ABs.

As well he should, Victor is a really good hitter. I am glad to see him getting these opportunities.

Agreed. Still a lot of swing and miss in the lineup and Caratini's make solid contact/line drive approach helps balance that out, particularly against righties 

I like Bote's bat in the lineup as well with spelling KB at third and getting into the 2B rotation (Nico hasn't lept out ahead of the competition)

anyone that doesn't enjoy watching oliver perez pitching isn't my friend and can't borrow any of my stuff.

He's the anti-Kimbrel 

Oliver Perez alone is worth the price of admission - more kinds of "deliveries" than Baskin-Robbins has flavors. 

Happ's bat being on fire is pleasing to the eye

Rea bringing the heat 94-96 - and retires the heart of the Indians lineup in order.  He's looked impressive in his two appearances. 

Rea has been a very nice surprise so far. Hopefully he can keep it up this year and going forward. We have a few more years of team control.

Cleveland Game 2: KB (LF), Rizzo, Javy, Willson, Happ, JHey, Bote (3B), Caratini (DH), Kipnis

Schwarber was in initial lineup but removed due to a knee contusion - I imagine a result of the hard breaking ball which popped him in the knee last night. 

That one looked like it got all bone. Here's hoping it didn't go full Todd Hollandsworth.

early returns on that bomb to LF are looking good.

this game is now "bryant watch"...also will 4 runs be enough for kimbrel?  gotta imagine he's due to get work even if it's not a save situation.

So we keep Phegley ostensibly to get Caratini into lineup as DH and have a different backup C so we don't get caught in the exact situation we knowingly and avoidably put ourselves in tonight?

Fly the W. 

no kimbrel...but another decent jeffress outing

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. 

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  • QuietMan 30 min 26 sec ago (view)

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

     

  • crunch 44 min 42 sec ago (view)

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

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 23 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 19 hours 3 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 19 hours 10 min ago (view)

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

     

  • crunch 21 hours 38 min ago (view)

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

     

  • George Altman 22 hours 55 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 16 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 1 day 9 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 8 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 17 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.