Cubs @ Pirates (Game 54)
The Cubs dropped the last two Wrigley games for the 2020 series and their offense remained in what feels like a season-long slump. Their lead over the Cardinals stands a 3.5 with 7 Cubs games remaining. They'll defend their lead on the road beginning with a 4-game series against the distant last-place team in the NL Central.
CHC (31-22): LHP Jon Lester (2-2, 4.91 ERA)
PIT (15-38): RHP JT Brubaker (1-2, 4.79 ERA)
First pitch 6:05 pm central
Jon Lester had a strange final regular season start at Wrigley. He allowed only 2 earned runs in 5 innings, but he also struck out only one batter and surrendered a lot of hard contact. The start prior was probably his best of the season: 6 innings of shutout ball with a season high 8 strikeouts. He's earned 0 decisions in two starts against the Pirates this year, the first a solid start that the lineup could not back up and the second a poor start that he was bailed out of. Lester's track record against Pirates' veterans is solid.
Since defeating the Cubs on Sep. 3, Brubaker has lost two starts in a row. The first loss was a stinker in which he allowed 7 eared runs in 5.1 innings. The second was an undeserved loss to the Reds in which he allowed only 1 earned run in 5.1 innings.
Hagsag 48 min 35 sec ago (view)
I agree crunch.
crunch 1 hour 59 min ago (view)
check out this box score from DSL M's/Yanks yesterday
43 runs, 28 hits, 31 walks, 14 errors (only 1 HR)
crunch 3 hours 37 min ago (view)
the "cleveland indians" are now the "cleveland gaurdians"
they totally blew this. the "cleveland spiders" was the right call.
cubbies.4ever 15 hours 17 min ago (view)
Triandos $2.1 MIL is the 2nd highest non 1st rd pick signing bonuses by Cubs, only Dillon Maples 14th rd $2.5 MIL (no pool limits in 2011) is more. Maples $2.5 MIL is a MLB record (and likely always will be) for anyone drafted below the 3rd rd.
cubbies.4ever 15 hours 30 min ago (view)
2nd Rd - James Triandos signs for $2.1 MIL overslot of $823,600. Leaves the Cubs $5,070 left in bonus pool with 19th and 20th rd unsigned
crunch 16 hours 8 min ago (view)
cards take 3 of 4.
cubs 47-50 and firmly in 4th place.
cubs take on arizona next. they're on a 4 game winning streak, bringing them to 30 wins on the season.
crunch 16 hours 54 min ago (view)
d.maples hits e.sosa in the skull (helmet) with a 95mph fb. he's up and walking, but he got smacked hard. if this was boxing he would have been down for a few 10-counts.
i can't believe they're letting him stay in the game. boog really can't believe it.
crunch 18 hours 7 min ago (view)
...and righty arenado gives him #20
crunch 18 hours 50 min ago (view)
6 pitches in...alzolay gives up a homer.
19 homers, 16 to lefties (#19 was to a lefty, too).
crunch 19 hours 55 min ago (view)
s.alcantara down, t.megill up
Arizona Phil 20 hours 45 min ago (view)
At the halfway point of the 2021 minor league season, here are the Top 10 post-2021 Rule 5 Draft eligibles and Top 3 players eligible to be post-2021 Rule 9 minor league 6YFA who are most-likely to be added to Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster):
RULE 9 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS:
Arizona Phil 23 hours 13 min ago (view)
Although the MLB Trade Deadline means players on MLB Reseve Lists (and MLB 60-day IL) and players who were outrighted off MLB reserve lists after signing a 2021 contract can't be traded after 4 PM (Eastern) on 7/30, players can be claimed off Outright Assignment Waivers through the balance of the MLB season.
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
DJL: They are not Signed for Future Service.
crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
bryant's hamstring is taking wednesday off
cubbies.4ever 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
15th Rd - BJ Murray signs for $125,000, 17th rd Christian Olivio $75,000. Neither affecting Cubs money pool. Cubs still have positive $794,460 not including the alotted money for 2nd rd James Triados. Other than the 2 that said no right away, only 2nd - Triados (HS), 16th Leigh (NCAA), both expected to sign, and 19rd Avitia (HS) and 20th Cunningham (HS) both have given no indicition either way are unsigned
Sonicwind75 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
Fangraphs updated their team prospect lists with 2021 draftees. Jordan Wicks listed 8th with 45 future value. Triantos (15th), new acquired Bryce Ball (19th) and Christian Franklin (22nd) all received 40+ future value grades.
Updated their top 100 also and Brennen Davis moves up to 17th overall.