Cubs vs. Red Sox: Series Thread (Games 77-79)

The Cubs welcome the Red Sox and former Cub Rich Hill to Wrigley for the holiday weekend. See matchups below.


Game 77, Friday, July 1, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Adrian Sampson (0-0, 1.69 ERA)

BOS: LHP Rich Hill (4-4, 4.09 ERA)


Game 78, Saturday, July 2, 6:15 pm central

CHC: RHP Alec Mills (0-1, 9.87 ERA)

BOS: RHP Josh Winckowski (3-1, 3.60 ERA)


Game 79, Sunday, July 3, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Keegan Thompson (7-3, 3.34 ERA)

BOS: TBD

Comments

Daydreaming about the line-up for next year & beyond... what do y'all think about putting Happ at 1B? 

My thinking is: 1) I would love to see Happ extended (I know that is a big IF right off the top); 2) lots of interesting RHB in the mix for 2023 & beyond. Not so much w/ LHB; 3) Easier to add LHB in the LF spot, either internally or externally; 4) The minors are heavy on quality OF prospects coming soon; 5) Allows for a good mix of players between the 1B & LF slots depending on performance & optimization for a given game.

I was at the game today. Surrounded by Red Sox fans, reminded me of a Cardinals game. They were pretty arrogant after the top of the second, but as the day went on they changed their tune.  When Hansel Robles walked Simmons, they (justifiably) were screaming that they couldn't walk a hitter like that. And then Morel came up, and Robles started out with nothing but fastballs. I was thinking "Didn't the scouting report say Morel can hit anybody's fastball?" And then he did hit a fastball for a home run. The Sox fans went nuts. I confess to a certain degree of Schadenfreude. And later on the F-bombs started. 

Also, I think Ross did a great job of managing the lineup and bullpen. The starting lineup was slanted toward Rich Hill (who was classic Hill: 72mph curve ball, 88 mph "fastball."), but Ross pinch hit for the righties, and, thanks to the positional versatility of the team, managed to keep good defense on the field. One of the Sox fans said, "They moved the second baseman to center field? Wow." I think he also did well to use Hughes and Effross when they could do the most good, and then Martin was good, and soon-to-be-ex-cub-Robertson (my best to him in the postseason) was routine in the ninth. 

Fun day at the ballpark. 

angels sign villar.

unless he's planning on pitching that won't help much with the team's issues...much like firing joe maddon didn't help the team's issues.

The Cubs just pulled the classic Mills for Leiter Jr. bait & switcheroo on the Red Sox and they fell for it!

bote in the 9th as a defensive replacement...at 1st base.

4th career appearance at 1st in the majors (1 start).

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Adbert Alzolay
Javier Assad 
Ben Brown
Jeremiah Estrada
Kyle Hendricks
Codi Heuer 
* Brandon Hughes
Ryan Jensen
Caleb Kilian 
Mark Leiter Jr
Ethan Roberts 
Manuel Rodriguez
Michael Rucker
Adrian Sampson
* Justin Steele 
Marcus Stroman
Keegan Thompson
Erich Uelmen 
Hayden Wesneski
Rowan Wick

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Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes
P. J. Higgins 

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Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Zach McKinstry
Christopher Morel
* Alfonso Rivas
Patrick Wisdom

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Alexander Canario
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki 
Nelson Velazquez

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