Cubs Game Post 9/16


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3. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
5. Franmil Reyes (R) DH
6. Jordan Luplow (R) RF
7. Oscar Mercado (R) LF
8. Austin Hedges (R) C
9. Yu Chang (R) 2B
1. Ian Happ (S) CF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Kyle Schwarber (L) DH
6. Javier Baez (R) SS
7. Jason Heyward (L) RF
8. Cameron Maybin (R) LF
9. Nico Hoerner (R) 2B
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The Cubs rallied to take a 5-3 lead Tuesday, but Jeremy Jeffress had a rare off-day, allowing a game-tying homer to Francisco Lindor in the 9th. Chicago bounced back and walked off a win on two consecutive hit by pitches the last of Cameron Maybin with the bases-loaded. Jon Lester was good in his last start, going six strong innings.

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    That wild pitch that allowed Lindor to score reminded me of game 7 and his wild pitch to Rossy that allowed 2 runs to score.
    I'll never forget that game--none of us will.
    Now we were going to have to score at least 1 run tonight, we just have to score at least 1 more than that.

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    We hear about a catcher's time to 2nd with a throw, but i'd like to see timing how fast an infielder can catch and release the ball. Javy has to be in the top 5.
    He is must see even if he's not hitting, and for all the times he gets caught like he did today, he will do something like last night that just has us shaking our heads in admiration.

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    He is one of the quickest applying a tag that I have seen. You gets so frustrated with him and then he does something spectacular

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    It’s a drone delay! I’ve never seen this before.
    Did you see Lindor putting hands on the ump? He did it a number of times and it’s good the ump took it the right way.

  • Lots of hard hit balls off of Lester tonight. Good call by Ross to pull him. Need the bullpen to pull through with a day off tomorrow.

  • Whole season right there....

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    Karinchak was a 9th round pick. If a pitcher has an 80 grade FB I’d take a chance on him before then. Again, draft elite talent and work with him.

  • Ednel Javier Baez.


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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I’ll have another. Keep them coming

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    I’ll have another. Keep them coming x

  • Good to have the real El Mago back. I'm starting to feel a little sorry for the Tribe.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Speaking of feeling sorry, I lamented last season that Zobrist didn't get the proper send-off that he had earned. I hadn't thought about this, but Lester is talking about it in his post-game comments: six years has flown by. This may have been his last start at Wrigley, and he nearly shed tears talking about how there were no fans to share this moment with.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    There is an answer for that. He can take his 10 mil buyout and then sign a team friendly contract. He was great and worth every penny he got but father time has caught up. He can still be useful but the 25 mil option would not be a wise investment.

  • In reply to Theodore Anderson:

    It's certainly a possibility that he could re-sign on a one or two-year deal. That wouldn't hurt my feelings in the least.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Do you guys really want Lester back? Time to move forward, Cubs should be able to find a better, and/or less expensive alternatives. At least I hope so.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    As a true #5 for about 28 starts at about $8 million or less, yes, I would want Lester back.

    The problem is with #3 and #4. If we don’t secure true mid-rotation guys and he ends being your #3. That won’t fly.

    I would love to have Marquez spend a year in the big leagues with Lester seeing how a professional championship pitcher goes about his daily work to get over 162 games.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Lester just tweeted that he wants to come back to the Cubs next year.

    I commented exactly what you just said, that I'd love to see him work with Brailyn. People need to understand his presence goes far beyond stats on a website. Of course he wouldn't be back to anchor the top of the rotation, but a 1 or 2-year deal at $8-10M/yr to provide 150 competitive IP at the BOR and provide veteran leadership?

    Sign me, and Big Jon, up!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yeah - at that price tag - he's definitely worth a contract. Especially since he would be a good guy to have around kids like Marquez, and/or Alzolay while the work to adjust to potential rotation spots. A rotation of Darvish, Hendricks, Mills, Marquez,/Alzolay and Lester would be pretty good IMO. Nobody really flashy - just a bunch of guys who all know how to pitch.

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    You have some good points, but Mills, with some of the minor league guys could fill the #5 starter spot for a fraction of whatever Lester will cost.

    It will be interesting to see how the Cubs approach the rotation next season. MLB teams seem to have many approaches to building a starting rotation.

    Hopefully Lester pitches well the rest of 2020.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    I hear what you are saying about cost. But I would be of the opinion that his professionalism would be worth it as a #5 to mentor a young phenom like Marquez. If all goes to plan Marquez is the #1 we have wanted. I prefer Lester’s leadership over how Grace “showed” Kerry Wood how to be a big leaguer. That would be money well spent.

  • Cubs win! StL and MIL split their DH. ATL lost. Double Dips all around! Lots of single digits now...

    Clinch a playoff berth: 5. Closest chaser is now CIN/MIL (see below).
    Clinch the division: 8 (7).
    Clinch the nr 2 seed: 10

    CIN swept a 4-gamer from PIT and is now tight in the race for a playoff spot. Based on Win Pct, CIN is now in 2nd place, StL 3rd and MIL 4th in the division, but StL is still in 2nd for Countdown purposes because of fewer games played and fewer losses, while both CIN and MIL are «tied» because they have the same number of losses.

    The only game of relevance for the Countdown on Thursday is StL at PIT, the start of a 5-game set, including StL’s 3rd DH this week.

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    Anyone who wants another may get one.

  • I will take the win and the hit that produced it every time, but man, JAvy sure loves to do a full reach and chase those outside pitches.

    Just glad he made contact.

    Anybody worried about Schwarber right now?

  • In the only game last night with direct implications on the Cubs playoff chances, StL lost, decreasing the division Number. The new Magic Numbers heading into the weekend’s series:

    Clinch a playoff berth: 5.
    Clinch the division: 7 (6).
    Clinch the nr 2 seed: 10.

    As a reminder, even though CIN is in 2nd place and a half game ahead of StL and MIL is in 4th place a half game behind StL, StL is the closest chaser for the division (fewest losses), while both CIN and MIL are the closest chasers for clinching a playoff spot (same number of losses).

    MLB announced the playoff schedule earlier ths week, but I still saw nothing about whether the 2-game series btw StL and DET will be made up or not.

    Weekend series of note: CIN hosts CWS, MIL hosts KCR, StL continues its 5-game set in PIT, and ATL plays at NYM.

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    In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    Can you explain something to me. StL is closest to us so do we want StL to lose or what's the best way for us to clinch the division? Who are watching to lose? Thanks.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Cubs’s wins and StL losses are the easiest path to the division crown. Although if StL loses too much, other teams come into play.

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    Watching the Cubs to win 7 games the rest will take care of itself

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