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.
QuietMan 34 min 3 sec ago (view)
So whatever happened to the don't pitch Mills the day after Hendricks plan?
crunch 48 min 19 sec ago (view)
rizzo / contreras(DH) / heyward / schwarber / maybin(CF) / kipnis / baez / caratini / bote
Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 26 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:
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 6 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 14 min ago (view)
hendricks starts the game giving up back to back homers. wtf...
crunch 21 hours 42 min ago (view)
happ / rizzo / contreras / schwarber(DH) / maybin(LF) / heyward / baez / kipnis / bote
George Altman 22 hours 58 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 19 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 13 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.