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.
KingKongvsGodzilla 10 hours 22 min ago (view)
AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!
crunch 19 hours 51 min ago (view)
jim hickey new nats pitching coach.
bradsbeard 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there.
tim815 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.
big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.
too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).
bradsbeard 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 49 min ago (view)
I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability
Hagsag 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?
tim815 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.
crunch 2 days 19 hours ago (view)
yup, they're gonna try. starts in about a month.
Hagsag 3 days 2 hours ago (view)
Has it been announced whether there will be a DR winter league this winter?
tim815 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
That's as good of news as we'll get for awhile.
Arizona Phil 3 days 11 hours ago (view)
TIM: If nothing else, signing a boatload of IFA (35) in the 2019-20 ISP is a pretty good indicator that the Cubs fully intend to run two DSL teams into the forseeable future.
tim815 3 days 11 hours ago (view)
Of the 11 new guys, I'm leaning on Marino Sandy and Jerry Torres to be the most likely to reach full-season ball or get traded
Arizona Phil 3 days 13 hours ago (view)
OF Ian Miller (outrighted to the minors on 9/3) elected free-agency just prior to the 10/15 deadline, and the Cubs have signed RHRP Juan Gamez (who they released on 9/9) to a 2021 minor league contract.
bigsky33 4 days 18 hours ago (view)
Phil, were you watching from outside the stadium?