|CHICAGO CUBS ( MONTGOMERY )|
TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )
|929||CHICAGO CUBS||+100||Ov 8,-110||+115||Ov 8,-110|
|930||TAMPA BAY||-110||Un 8,-110||-125||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||62-54||-21.2||54-57||5.0||0.251||0.325||0.422||0.747||4.5||0.238||0.311||0.394||0.706|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.4||4-3||8.0||0.331||0.419||0.521||0.940||3.3||0.252||0.320||0.383||0.703|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-27||-9||24-19||4.0||0.231||0.303||0.384||0.688||5.2||0.268||0.333||0.432||0.765|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||1-6||2.7||0.224||0.278||0.374||0.652||4.0||0.206||0.271||0.284||0.555|
|9/5/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BRAULT(L)||3-4||L||-160||8.5 un||U||8||8||1||8||4||0|
|9/6/2017||QUINTANA(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||1-0||W||-125||7.5 ov||U||3||6||1||6||6||0|
|9/7/2017||LESTER(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)||8-2||W||-135||7.5 un||O||13||7||0||8||11||0|
|9/12/2017||QUINTANA(L)||NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||8-3||W||-290||8.5 un||O||11||8||0||7||9||0|
|9/13/2017||LESTER(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||17-5||W||-270||8.5 ov||O||16||10||0||10||9||1|
|9/14/2017||TSENG(R)||NY METS||LUGO(R)||14-6||W||-210||9.5 un||O||14||3||1||11||6||3|
|9/15/2017||LACKEY(R)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||8-2||W||-120||9 ov||O||8||4||0||7||6||1|
|9/16/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||4-1||W||-145||9.5 ov||U||10||12||0||6||5||0|
|9/17/2017||QUINTANA(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||4-3||W||-180||9 ov||U||11||12||1||10||11||0|
|9/19/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|9/20/2017||LACKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|9/21/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||QUINTANA(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||SUTER(L)|| |
|9/24/2017||LESTER(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||ANDERSON(R)|| |
|9/25/2017|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|9/26/2017|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|9/8/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)||3-9||L||110||8.5 un||O||5||7||1||12||6||0|
|9/9/2017||ANDRIESE(R)||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)||0-9||L||235||7.5 ov||O||8||8||2||15||11||0|
|9/10/2017||COBB(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)||4-1||W||130||9 un||U||9||8||1||5||5||1|
|9/11/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||1-5||L||+130||8.5 ev||U||8||9||2||4||6||0|
|9/12/2017||SNELL(L)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||2-1||W||+135||8 un||U||5||3||0||3||4||0|
|9/13/2017||ARCHER(R)||NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)||2-3||L||-125||7.5 ev||U||9||9||1||10||11||0|
|9/19/2017||ARCHER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|9/20/2017||SNELL(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|9/21/2017||ANDRIESE(R)||@ BALTIMORE||YNOA(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||COBB(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)|| |
|9/26/2017|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: 2016: 103-58, won World Series
Manager: Joe Maddon (third season)
Who's new? OF Jon Jay, RHP Wade Davis, LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Koji Uehara, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Eddie Butler
Who's gone? OF Dexter Fowler, IF/OF Jorge Soler, LHP Aroldis Chapman, LHP Travis Wood, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Jason Hammel
Projected lineup: LF Kyle Schwarber (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI in two games), 3B Kris Bryant (.292, 39, 102), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.292, 32, 109), 2B Ben Zobrist (.272, 18, 76), SS Addison Russell (.238, 21, 95), RF Jason Heyward (.230, 7, 49, 11 SB), C Willson Contreras (.282, 12, 35), CF Jon Jay (.291, 2, 26 with Padres) or Albert Almora (.277, 3, 14 in 47 games)
Rotation: LH Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA), RH Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10), RH Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13), RH John Lackey (11-8, 3.35), LH Brett Anderson (1-2, 11.91 in four games with Dodgers) or LH Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.52 with Mariners and Cubs) or RH Eddie Butler (2-5, 7.17 with Rockies) or LH Rob Zastryzny (1-0, 1.13 ERA in eight games) or RH Alec Mills (0-0, 13.50 in three games with Royals)
Key relievers: RH Wade Davis (2-1, 1.87, 27/30 SV with Royals), RH Pedro Strop (2-2, 2.85), RH Hector Rondon (2-3, 3.53, 18/23 SV), RH Koji Uehara (2-3, 3.45, 7/9 SV with Red Sox), RH Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1, 3.75), RH Justin Grimm (2-1, 4.10), LH Brian Duensing (1-0, 4.05 with Royals)
Hot spots: Fifth Starter. Of all the candidates vying to replace Hammel, who signed with Kansas City as a free agent, most have plenty of upside but didn't log many innings last year. That includes Anderson, who had one productive season and one unproductive season for the Dodgers. Keep an eye on southpaw Montgomery, who tossed two shutouts as a starter for the Mariners in 2015, came to the Cubs last year in a midseason trade, then was effective as a reliever. Last time he was on the mound, he recorded the save in Game 7 of the World Series.
Outlook: There hasn't been a back-to-back champion this century. For opponents of the Cubs, that might be the most tangible nugget of hope. Most of the key players return from a powerhouse team that played historically good defense, got no fewer than 165 innings from each of its top five starters, and featured a deep lineup led by NL MVP Kris Bryant. In the bullpen, two-time All-Star Davis is capable of replacing closer Chapman if he's healthy. Among the Cubs' regular position players, only Zobrist and new center fielder Jay are over 30 ' everyone else is either entering or in the midst of his prime. This is a strong outlook.
|TAMPA BAY: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Kevin Cash (third season)
Who's new? OF Colby Rasmus, OF/1B Rickie Weeks Jr., RHP Tommy Hunter, RHP Jumbo Diaz, C Wilson Ramos, C Derek Norris, OF Mallex Smith, RHP Jose De Leon, RHP Shawn Tolleson
Who's gone? 2B Logan Forsythe, IF/OF Steve Pearce, OF Desmond Jennings, OF Mikie Mahtook, C Hank Conger, IF/OF Taylor Motter, C Bobby Wilson, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Enny Romero, RHP Steve Geltz, LHP Dana Eveland, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Tyler Sturdevant, RHP Dylan Floro
Projected lineup: DH Corey Dickerson (.245, 24, 70), CF Kevin Kiermaier (.246, 12, 37, 21 SB), 3B Evan Longoria (.273, 36, 98), 2B Brad Miller (.243, 30, 81), RF Steven Souza (.247, 17, 49), LF Colby Rasmus (.206, 15, 54 with Astros), SS Tim Beckham (.247, 5, 16), 1B Logan Morrison (.238, 14, 43), C Curt Casali (.186, 8, 25)
Rotation: RH Chris Archer (9-19, 4.02 ERA), RH Jake Odorizzi (10-6, 3.69), RH Alex Cobb (1-2, 8.59 in five starts), LH Blake Snell (6-8, 3.54), RH Matt Andriese (8-8, 4.37)
Key relievers: RH Alex Colome (2-4, 1.91, 37/40 SV), RH Tommy Hunter (2-2, 3.18 with Indians), RH Danny Farquhar (1-0, 3.06), LH Xavier Cede'o (3-4, 3.70), RH Erasmo Ramirez (7-11, 3.77), RH Jumbo Diaz (1-1, 3.14), RH Chase Whitley (0-0, 2.51)
Hot spots: Shortstop and catcher. Tim Beckham and the combination of Curt Casali and newly signed Derek Norris are holding down the fort while Matt Duffy and Wilson Ramos recover from injuries. Beckham and Casali or Norris can at least try to make the situation awkward by hitting. That wasn't their strong suit last year, but the Rays will need someone to bat eighth and ninth while Ramos (knee surgery; out until July) and Duffy (Achilles surgery; out until May) heal.
Outlook: How do you fix a team that ranked eighth in the AL in ERA and 14th in runs scored? If you're the Rays, you trade away your second-best hitter (Forsythe) for a pitcher who will start the season in Triple-A (De Leon), then sign an outfielder with a .641 OPS (Rasmus) to be your second-highest paid player. Expectations for a team with the third-lowest payroll in the game shouldn't be high to begin with. Getting Duffy and Ramos back from the DL will help, but not enough to slow rumors of Archer, Cobb and Odorizzi getting traded if they pitch well.
|Rolling Cubs face sliding Rays|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- So much has changed since the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays last met in early July.
When the Cubs won the finale split a two-game set at Wrigley Field, it moved them to 42-42, while the Rays came out of the series with a 44-42 record.
Fast-forward to Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
Chicago is 83-66, looking much more like the defending World Series champions, winners of six straight. Chicago holds a 3 1/2-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers atop the National League Central.
The Rays, meanwhile, are 73-77 and have dropped three of four and seven of their past 10. They are five games back of the Minnesota Twins, who hold the second American League wild-card position, with 12 games to play.
The Cubs will go to Milwaukee for a pivotal four-game series this weekend, but first, manager Joe Maddon gets to return to oppose the team he managed from 2006-14.
"(I'm) really looking forward to seeing so many people who I owe a debt of gratitude to," Maddon told the Tampa Bay Times. "I don't have any negative feelings at all in that building."
Maddon posted a 754-705 record with the Rays, leading the team to its only World Series in 2008.
Both scheduled Tuesday starters are going up against teams with which they played in the minors. Rays right-hander Chris Archer was in the Cubs' system in 2009-10 before he was traded to Tampa Bay, and Chicago left-hander Mike Montgomery was in the Rays' system from 2013-14 before he was traded to the Seattle Mariners.
The Rays salvaged a win against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday to end a three-game slide, getting a late home run from catcher Jesus Sucre at a time when every possible win is critical to staying alive for a postseason berth.
"They tied it up, and he answers right back," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. "Those answered runs carry a lot of weight when they happen for us, or against us, and we saw that again (Sunday) in our favor."
Archer (9-10, 4.06 ERA) actually has a higher ERA than last year when he was 9-19. He pitched well in Chicago against the Cubs in July, getting the win in a 6-5 game that saw him strike out eight batters in six innings. He gave up three runs on eight hits.
For his career, he is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against the Cubs.
Montgomery (6-8, 3.57 ERA) hasn't had as much luck against his old team -- he hasn't pitched against the Rays this season but is 0-3 with a 3.60 ERA in his career against them.
After the upcoming two-game series with the Cubs, the Rays have their next seven games on the road -- four at Baltimore and three at the New York Yankees. It would likely take a 10-2 finish, if not better, for Tampa Bay move ahead of five teams to capture a playoff berth.
The Rays return home for their final three games against the Orioles, but realistically, the two games vs. Chicago might be their final contests as postseason contenders.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2017 2:54:56 PM EST|