|CHICAGO CUBS ( QUINTANA )|
ST LOUIS ( FLAHERTY )
|907||CHICAGO CUBS||-125||Ov 8.5,+100||-120||Ov 8.5,-110|
|908||ST LOUIS||+115||Un 8.5,-120||+110||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-23||-2.8||22-30||4.7||0.257||0.333||0.403||0.735||3.5||0.214||0.302||0.348||0.650|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||3-4||4.1||0.221||0.309||0.336||0.646||3.1||0.206||0.276||0.346||0.622|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-9||-4.3||8-9||4.4||0.224||0.309||0.372||0.681||4.7||0.276||0.331||0.410||0.742|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.9||3-4||3.7||0.258||0.303||0.411||0.714||5.6||0.255||0.345||0.438||0.783|
|6/3/2018||LESTER(L)||@ NY METS||MATZ(L)||2-0||W||-150||7.5 un||U||5||4||1||3||7||0|
|6/11/2018||QUINTANA(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GUERRA(R)||7-2||W||-115||8.5 un||O||10||8||0||8||5||2|
|6/12/2018||CHATWOOD(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ANDERSON(R)||0-4||L||110||9.5 un||U||2||3||1||7||6||0|
|6/13/2018||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||CHACIN(R)||0-1||L||100||8.5 ov||U||6||9||1||4||4||0|
|6/15/2018||LESTER(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||13-5||W||-110||8.5 un||O||14||6||2||9||6||2|
|6/16/2018||HENDRICKS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||6-3||W||-125||8.5 ov||O||10||13||1||9||8||2|
|6/17/2018||QUINTANA(L)||@ ST LOUIS||FLAHERTY(R)|| |
|6/18/2018||CHATWOOD(R)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)|| |
|6/19/2018||MONTGOMERY(L)||LA DODGERS||HILL(L)|| |
|6/20/2018||LESTER(L)||LA DODGERS||STRIPLING(R)|| |
|6/21/2018||HENDRICKS(R)||@ CINCINNATI||HARVEY(R)|| |
|6/22/2018||QUINTANA(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)|| |
|6/23/2018|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|6/24/2018|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|6/8/2018||WEAVER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||HARVEY(R)||7-6||W||-130||9.5 ov||O||8||7||0||13||12||1|
|6/9/2018||WACHA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)||6-4||W||100||9.5 un||O||7||6||0||10||10||0|
|6/10/2018||MARTINEZ(R)||@ CINCINNATI||DESCLAFANI(R)||3-6||L||-120||9.5 ov||U||11||9||0||5||8||1|
|6/11/2018||FLAHERTY(R)||SAN DIEGO||LYLES(R)||5-2||W||-175||8.5 un||U||12||6||0||4||6||1|
|6/12/2018||MIKOLAS(R)||SAN DIEGO||STRAHM(L)||2-4||L||-180||8.5 ev||U||5||3||0||7||3||0|
|6/13/2018||WEAVER(R)||SAN DIEGO||LAUER(L)||2-4||L||-190||8.5 ev||U||8||5||0||10||6||0|
|6/15/2018||WACHA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||5-13||L||+100||8.5 un||O||9||6||2||14||6||2|
|6/16/2018||MARTINEZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||3-6||L||+115||8.5 ov||O||9||8||2||10||13||1|
|6/17/2018||FLAHERTY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|6/18/2018||MIKOLAS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)|| |
|6/19/2018||WEAVER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||VELASQUEZ(R)|| |
|6/20/2018||WACHA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|6/21/2018||MARTINEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GUERRA(R)|| |
|6/22/2018||FLAHERTY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ANDERSON(R)|| |
|6/23/2018|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|6/24/2018|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: 017 92-70, first place, lost to Dodgers in NLCS
MANAGER Joe Maddon (fourth season)
ADDITIONS: RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Brandon Morrow, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Steve Cishek, LHP Drew Smyly, C Chris Gimenez
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Wade Davis, C Alex Avila, C Rene Rivera, RHP Jake Arrieta, RHP John Lackey
OUTLOOK: World Series or bust. The acquisition of Darvish, who finalized a $126 million, six-year contract in February, gives Chicago a strong rotation, and the lineup is young, deep and dangerous. A franchise-record six players (Rizzo, Schwarber, Bryant, Happ, Baez and Contreras) belted at least 20 home runs last year, including a major league-record five in an age 25 or younger season. Chicago also scored more than 800 runs in consecutive seasons for the first time since the team surpassed that mark for three consecutive years from 1929-1931. The Cubs have made it to the NL Championship Series for three consecutive seasons, winning it all in 2016 to end a 108-year drought, and there's no reason to think they won't be in the mix for another title this year.
|ST LOUIS: 2017 83-79, third place
MANAGER Mike Matheny (seventh season)
ADDITIONS: LF Marcell Ozuna, RHP Miles Mikolas, RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Bud Norris, INF-OF Yairo Munoz
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Lance Lynn, OF Stephen Piscotty, OF Randal Grichuk, RHP Seung-hwan Oh, RHP Juan Nicasio, SS Aledmys Diaz, RHP Trevor Rosenthal
OUTLOOK: The Cardinals have had one losing season since the start of the century, but they are facing immense pressure from fans after finishing behind the Cubs and Brewers in 2017. St. Louis missed the playoffs for a second consecutive year, the first time that's happened since 2007-2008. For the Cardinals to snap that postseason "drought," they'll need bounce-back seasons from several players -- including a healthy Wainwright on the mound and Carpenter at the plate. Few expect the Cardinals to cede the NL Central title to Chicago for a third consecutive year without putting up a fight, but St. Louis will need Ozuna and Pham to produce as expected. If they do, and the Cardinals can bring along their reworked pitching staff, the potential for a return to the playoffs is there.
|Quintana, Cubs go for sweep of Cardinals|
Brandon Morrow got the call Saturday night. It was a call nine days in the making.
The Chicago Cubs' closer had not pitched since June 7, due to his team either winning games in lopsided fashion or losing them. It was only natural that he started out a bit rusty against the Cardinals, allowing singles to Jairo Munoz and Kolten Wong to begin the bottom of the ninth.
But Morrow clicked into rhythm after that. Following an infield out, Morrow threw 99 mph fastballs by Matt Carpenter and Tommy Pham to end Chicago's 6-3 win over St. Louis and give him his 16th save in 17 chances.
Despite a 25-pitch inning in his return, Morrow should be available if needed for Sunday night's series finale at Busch Stadium, where the Cubs will try to score a sweep and win for the 15th time in 20 games.
"I'd like to keep him sharp," Chicago manager Joe Maddon said, "but guys like that can normally throw on the side and stay sharp."
Morrow has been everything the Cubs could have asked for in his first year with the team. Tasked with replacing Wade Davis as the ninth inning man, Morrow has pitched to a 1.59 earned run average, allowing just over one baserunner per inning and whiffing 25 hitters over 22 2/3 innings.
His ninth inning helped spotlight one of the biggest differences between Chicago and St. Louis. While the Cubs have a reliable back end of the bullpen, the Cardinals do not. They have basically two reliable relievers, and Jordan Hicks proved mortal in the eighth inning Saturday night when he ceded his first runs of June on Jason Heyward's two-run homer.
That's put the pressure on St. Louis starters, who for the most part have handled it. The burden now falls on rookie Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.96) to match his outing from a 5-2 win Monday night over San Diego and keep the Cardinals (36-32) from a fifth straight defeat.
Flaherty gave up just three hits and a run in 6 1/3 innings against the Padres, walking one and striking out six to claim his first win since May 20. This will be his first career start against Chicago, although he did pitch a scoreless inning of relief against the Cubs last year.
"We were just throwing with more conviction tonight," Flaherty told mlb.com. "Last time out, I said I really didn't execute well. I feel like it had a lot to do with execution and conviction behind everything, just throwing everything with intent."
The Cubs (40-27) will counter with lefthander Jose Quintana (6-4, 4.09), whose up-and-down season is trending more in a positive direction of late. Quintana is coming off a no-decision Monday night in Milwaukee, where he allowed two runs on four hits in six innings as Chicago won 7-2 in 11 innings.
Quintana has permitted only four runs in his last three starts, covering 17 2/3 innings. He's 3-1 in five career starts against the Cardinals with a 2.67 ERA, beating them twice last year after his mid-July acquisition from the Chicago White Sox.
|Last Updated: 9/25/2018 2:18:27 AM EST|