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. 

Recent comments

Subscribe to Recent comments
The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • crunch 7 hours 3 min ago (view)

    "MLB will hold its first-ever pre-draft combine from June 20-28 in Cary, North Carolina.

    The combine will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, with top draft-eligible college and high school players invited. As part of the combine, the top-88 prep players will take part in a tournament through June 26th consisting of eight games."

     

  • crunch 8 hours 27 min ago (view)

    cactus league officials are requesting MLB delay spring training because of elevated COVID cases + deaths.

    their summer peak was 70-80 deaths a week and they're currently at 140-160 deaths a week.

    things should be trending down now that most of people that wanted to kill relatives in order to have turkey dinners in NOV/DEC seems to have peaked.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    $$$$ for trump's defense fund.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    But they got $600 a few months back. Each! That was an unexpected windfall.

    Can't wait to see us acquire a 17 year old, 16 year old, 11 year old (all in the 15-30 range of Blue Jays prospects) and one of the shitty Jays surplus OFs. Randal Grichuk jerseys will be the new hot item among Cubs fans.

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    things are a little tight, we have to be patient with the ricketts family finances.

    when TD Ameritrade was fully/completely sold in october they expected to get 26 billion dollars of value on the transaction, but it only got 22 billion dollars.  the massive slew of millions that didn't fully come to realization on the ricketts side of that sale stings.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Trade Hendricks? Cant be true. We're "going to be competitive this year."

    Sell the team, Ricketts family.

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    "Scott Mitchell of TSN reports that the Blue Jays have discussed a potential trade with the Cubs involving Kris Bryant and Kyle Hendricks.

    Mitchell was responding to a question on Twitter asking whether there was any truth to the rumor that the Jays had talked with the Cubs about a deal for both players, and he answered in the affirmative."

    this timeline sucks.

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    International Scouting Director Louie Eljaua was just on The Score and he mentioned that COVID is causing issues with completing physicals and officially signing guys, but he said they have 24 guys unufficially signed right now.

     

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    These guys are a year apart in age and Miller's easily had the stronger career to date. While I'm not big on Miller, much prefer his more standard injury (TJ) than whatever it is that sapped Foltynewicz's velocity. Folty without velocity just isn't interesting and is likely a much bigger injury risk

     

  • Cubster 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    from an mlb.com article by Jordan Bastian...excerpt on Cubs free agent starting pitching options:

    "Still, the Cubs need some more experienced Major League innings.

    Given the way the offseason has played out for the North Siders, free-agent possibilities could include Chris Archer. Archer missed all of 2020 due to thoracic outlet syndrome, but he hopes to be ready to go by Spring Training. Free agents Mike Foltynewicz, Carlos Rodón, Rick Porcello and Trevor Williams are coming off forgettable '20 seasons but might benefit from the Cubs' analytics team.

     

  • Charlie 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    At this rate, they will need 11 starters in 2021 but like 6 of them will be more or less Alec Mills. The defense will get plenty of practice, at least.

     

  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    i wouldn't be surprised to see jake arrieta come on board since no one else seems to want him and he'll probably have to take a 1yr deal...

     

  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    cubs get their backup catcher...hopefully not their main catcher...

    austin romine 1yr/1.5m

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Look no further than Shelby Miller!

     

  • crunch 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    hank aaron has died.  passed away in his sleep.

    we've lost a lot of HOF'rs and other notables in the past many months.

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs are now the "Little Sisters of the Poor".