|CHICAGO CUBS ( LESTER )|
TAMPA BAY ( SNELL )
|979||CHICAGO CUBS||-125||Ov 8,-110||-120||Ov 8,+100|
|980||TAMPA BAY||+115||Un 8,-110||+110||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||21-12||+4.8||16-14||5.7||0.277||0.355||0.452||0.807||4.0||0.243||0.307||0.385||0.691|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7.4||4-3||8.1||0.323||0.413||0.532||0.945||3.0||0.229||0.289||0.361||0.650|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-28||-10.6||24-20||4.0||0.228||0.299||0.380||0.679||5.1||0.266||0.330||0.430||0.760|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||1-6||2.3||0.199||0.248||0.333||0.581||4.1||0.208||0.268||0.305||0.573|
|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)||2-1||W||145||8 ov||U||6||4||1||1||1||0|
|9/20/2017||LESTER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|9/21/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||LACKEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||SUTER(L)|| |
|9/24/2017||QUINTANA(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||ANDERSON(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||LESTER(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||@ 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)||1-2||L||-155||8 ov||U||1||1||0||6||4||1|
|9/20/2017||SNELL(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)|| |
|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||SNELL(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||@ 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.
|Cubs try to keep momentum going against Rays|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Chicago Cubs got a warm welcome in manager Joe Maddon's return to Tropicana Field on Tuesday, and they will try to get out of town with a two-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays when the series concludes Wednesday.
The first-place Cubs (84-66) have won seven straight, but the Milwaukee Brewers matched them Tuesday night with a win to stay 3 1/2 games back in the National League Central. Chicago is gearing up for a four-game series at Miller Park this weekend.
"I feel like we're playing really good baseball right now," said Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber, who hit a solo home run as a designated hitter Tuesday, a role he could pick up again if the Cubs return to the World Series. "The way that our guys are just going out there and competing, it's really good to see, especially this time of year. It's getting to crunch time."
Unlike some of the NL's other leading teams, the Cubs are peaking in September, on the mound and at the plate. Momentum is an important thing in the final two weeks of the regular season as well.
"We just have to keep this same pace we're going at and not worry about however many games we've won or whatever it is," Schwarber said after Chicago's 2-1 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday. "Just take it a day at a time and keep that same focus every day, like we've been doing. Good things are going to happen."
On Wednesday, those efforts will start with Cubs pitcher Jon Lester. The left-hander was to pitch Tuesday but had that start bumped back a day, which means he won't pitch against the Brewers on Sunday. Lester (11-7, 4.30 ERA) and took the loss against the Rays on July 4, giving up six runs on five innings.
The Rays know Lester well from his Boston Red Sox days -- he is 13-10 in his career against Tampa Bay with a 4.22 ERA, and the 10 losses are the most he has against any major league team. By comparison, he is 15-4 against the Baltimore Orioles, 13-6 against the New York Yankees and 15-9 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Tampa Bay, struggling to stay mathematically alive for the second American League wild card, will counter with lefty Blake Snell (3-6, 4.25 ERA). Snell hasn't lost in his past nine starts, the longest stretch of its kind by a Rays starter this season, after going without a win for much of the season.
Snell pitched well against the Cubs in July at Wrigley Field, allowing no runs in five innings. He was in line for the win until the Rays bullpen took a loss.
Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash, trying to stay optimistic despite his team dropping eight of 11 games, focused on the pitching and defense coming off a tough loss Tuesday in which the Rays were held to one hit.
"Our bullpen came in in some high-leverage situations to keep it right there and give the opportunity to the offense to get right back in there or tie it up," he said. "They did everything they could."
|Last Updated: 12/17/2017 1:20:14 PM EST|