Cubs @ Rockies: Series Thread (Games 108-110)
The depleted Chicago Cubs continue their season with a three-game series in Colorado. Can hot-hitting Raphael Ortega give the the B-squad the spark needed to take defeat the Rockies? See below for the mid-week pitching matchups.
Game 108, Tuesday, August 3, 7:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Zach Davies (6-7, 4.39 ERA)
COL: LHP Kyle Freeland (1-6, 4.52 ERA)
What's less exciting than watching your franchise trade a Cy Young runner up for a junkballer with one remaining year of control? Might it be watching your franchise fail to turn him around in useful trade at the deadline? Possibly it is getting ready to watch that junkballer pitch in one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in baseball history.
Kyle Freeland has had a series of disappointing seasons following his breakout 2018, when he pitched over 200 innings and kept his ERA under three despite calling Colorado his home. It is an unfortunately familiar tale for breakout starting pitchers on the Rockies. He's pitched into some hard luck lately, going six and seven innings and allowing one run each while losing both of his last starts.
Game 109, Wednesday, August 4, 7:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Alec Mills (4-4, 4.55 ERA)
COL: RHP Jon Gray (7-6, 3.62 ERA)
Like most of his starts this year, Alec Mill's last start was okay. He went six innings while allowing four runs, three earned, and losing to the Reds. He's never faced the Rockies or pitched in Colorado, so this should be a new and fun experience.
Jon Gray was taken on spot after Kris Bryant in the MLB draft but remains a member of the 4th place Rockies by virtue of having one year of club control remaining. His peripherals don't pop quite as much as they might in other years, but he's still the ace of the staff and is putting up pretty good overall numbers. Most recently he earned a victory in San Diego, going 6.1 and allowing two earned runs.
Game 110, Thursday, August 5, 2:10 pm central
CHC: RHP Jake Arrieta (5-10, 6.20 ERA)
How long Jake Arrieta remains in the Cubs' rotation probably depends on two things. First, whether he starts hitting his spots with his fastball. Second, how long it takes Keegan Thompson and Justin Steele to get stretched out in the minors. Arrieta gave four innings in his return from his IL break, and he took a loss despite allowing only two earned runs in that time. He and the team have provided no clear narrative explaining his lack of success--or pointing toward a possible solution--and it's becoming difficult to imagine his Cubs' career ending anywhere but a release. That said, a two month hot/warm streak would be a welcome consolation and a decent epilogue to Arrieta's time with the Cubs.
crunch 1 hour 10 min ago (view)
m.rodriguez to 10d IL, a.morgan returns.
Jackstraw 11 hours 15 min ago (view)
I like that the team was absolutely committed to not losing back-to-back games on a walk-off passed ball.
Eric S 21 hours 37 min ago (view)
And the funny thing is Rucker was the only Cubs pitcher tonight to post 0 runs allowed in the box score. You know things are really out of hand when Ross gives the okay for a Maples appearance.
George Altman 22 hours 50 min ago (view)
Is there a reason Preciado hasn't been in an ACL game in about a month?
crunch 1 day 5 min ago (view)
i'd like the 2021 version of whatever d.ross is smoking bringing m.rucker into a bases loaded, 2 run lead in the 4th situation.
dude saw the situation and said "gimmie that guy with the 8.44era 1.59whip" as the first pen option to protect a lead.
rucker has been in 13 games and given up runs in 8 of them.
crunch 1 day 15 min ago (view)
hendricks last 7 starts...
9er, 1er, 4er, 8er, 6er, 1er, 7er
3.68era - 1.29whip ...to... 4.81era - 1.35whip
Cubster 1 day 24 min ago (view)
Hendricks becomes hammered?
Do we miss the 2021 version of Jake Arrieta?
Eric S 1 day 35 min ago (view)
Rivas in the outfield is a no go
Eric S 1 day 36 min ago (view)
Thanks for posting the video. He seems a little hesitant on the base paths. Crazy thing is he's clearly out-pitched the Cubs staff ace since joining the Cards - WTH has happened to the Professor?
crunch 1 day 37 min ago (view)
cubs get a 7 run lead in the 3rd...tie game in the 4th.
crunch 1 day 55 min ago (view)
"Please Hammer Don't Hurt Em" - some dude in 1990
"Okay." - JD Hammer 2021
Cubster 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
bit of an odd pause/delay in the middle of the video for some reason. there was a better cut video of his baserunning out there, but it seems to have been removed from Twitter.
long story short, he's as timid about baserunning as he is about throwing a baseball anywhere but to a catcher off of a mound. we saw a little of that with the cubs, but not piling up a bunch in a single inning.
Eric S 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
I searched the internets and struck out finding video of Big Jon's baserunning exploits
crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
i highly suggest seeking out a highlight reel of his baserunning tonight.
Eric S 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
Looks like after tonight, Jon Lester will need just one more win to reach 200 career wins - notwithstanding it helps the Redbirds, hope he gets it this year.