Cubs vs. Brewers: Series Thread (Games 16-19)
The Cubs start a 4-game home series with the second most wins and the best winning percentage in baseball. These 4 games give them a chance to add to their substantial early season lead in the division and to continue to beat up on their division rival, the Brewers.
Game 16, Thursday, Aug. 13
CHC: RHP Yu Darvish (2-1, 2.12 ERA)
MIL: LHP Brett Anderson (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
Yu Darvish was awesome in game one of the series and helped the Cubs to a 13-3 record. He earned his third win.
Game 17, Friday, Aug. 14
CHC: RHP Tyler Chatwood (2-1, 5.40 ERA)
MIL: RHP Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 2.53 ERA)
After two very strong starts to open the season, Chatwood did not have his good stuff in the third. He allowed 8 earned runs in only 2.1 innings to Kansas City. The good news was that he did not walk anybody. The bad news was that he allowed 11 hits including 2 homeruns.
Woodruff has allowed no more than 2 earned runs in each of his 4 starts so far, including a loss to the Cubs on July 24.
Game 18, Saturday, Aug. 15
CHC: RHP Alec Mills (2-0, 1.38 ERA)
MIL: RHP Adrian Houser (1-1, 2.65 ERA)
Mills missed his last opportunity to pitch due to the Cardinals layoff. He'll be pitching for the first time in 11 days. He has kept run scoring to a minimum in his first two stats by mixing speeds and inducing weak contact. His performance filling in for Quintana is a big part of the tremendous start to 2020.
After two sterling performances to start the season, Houser lost his last start to Minnesota. He allowed 4 earned runs in 5 innings on 6 hits including a homerun.
Game 19, Sunday, Aug. 16
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (2-0, 1.06 ERA)
MIL: RHP Josh Linblom (1-0, 5.68 ERA)
Lester continued a streak of solid performances to start the season by holding Cleveland to one run in six innings. All three of his starts have approached masterful, lacking only duration to break into that next level. His strikeout rate has been low so far this year, but he has held opponents to only 7 hits in 17 innings.
Remember Josh Lindblom? He's back after two seasons in the KBO, now preparing for his 118th MLB appearance and 10th MLB start. So far this season he has struck out 20 batters but managed only 12.2 innings in three starts. He's also sported a 1.58 WHIP in that time and allowed 4 homeruns.
Following the series, the Cubs plan to continue the home stand with games against the Cardinals.
Hagsag 4 hours 5 min ago (view)
Cardinals have two games left with Detroit, not the Cubs.
blockhead25 9 hours 46 min ago (view)
Ahh, 2 games against the Tigers, but seems to imply they'd only play those games if it will impact which teams make the playoffs. If the Cardinals win their last 2, I don't believe the other games could impact which Team makes it. Why would Detroit have any incentive to win those games? Well, hope the Cubs won one of the next 2 so it doesn't matter.
crunch 10 hours 31 min ago (view)
yeah, it may be another team. i just know they have a possible monday double header...unless i got that wrong, too.
blockhead25 11 hours 2 min ago (view)
Cubs? We played the cards the full 10 slate?
if Cards make playoffs, I would think they'd want nothing to do with having to play a double header Monday to improve playoff seeding.
crunch 11 hours 10 min ago (view)
the cubs may or may not have to play a doubleheader vs STL on monday depending on the next game or 2...i think
blockhead25 11 hours 13 min ago (view)
How did the Cubs not just clinch the division?
Aren't the Cards only scheduled for 58 games?
beat Cards can do is 31-27. Worst Cubs can do is 33-27.
crunch 11 hours 32 min ago (view)
j.baez is batting left handed...and hits a double.
CWS have a position player "pitching"
crunch 11 hours 34 min ago (view)
2nd contreras homer...no bat flip, no staring down the pitcher, quick trip around the bases, into the dugout.
crunch 11 hours 35 min ago (view)
i wish more non-AFL winter league was televised. dominican, puerto rico, etc...you can straight up showboat if you've earned it on a play without having to deal with retaliation (most of the time). bat flips, pitcher celebrations, swagger home run trots, etc...all fair game. it's you know...fun.
Craig A. 11 hours 58 min ago (view)
Plunking a guy for a bat flip only proves the pitcher has thin skin and short fingers. I'm glad Contreras scored.
Cubster 12 hours 14 min ago (view)
I goofed wrt Bluejays/Astros. They clinched a WC #2 and 8 seed but Houston has a lock on West div team 2. The Indians will be 7 seed and wild card #1, abd team #3 from the central
crunch 12 hours 15 min ago (view)
hey, guess who just got a fastball in the back.
crunch 13 hours 4 min ago (view)
that contreras bat flip, tho...
Cubster 14 hours 33 min ago (view)
Cards lose game 1 of DH w Brewers
crunch 15 hours 42 min ago (view)
happ / rizzo / contreras(DH) / heyward / baez / schwarber / caratini / kipnis / hoerner(3rd)
eloy will not start this weekend for CWS and may be unavailable to pinch hit, too (foot injury).
Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 51 min ago (view)
Even more of a shame when you consider we gave up a decent prospect for him