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Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman


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Rockies @ Cubs: Freeland vs Lester (Game 164; NL Wild Card Game)

COL (0-0): LHP Kyle Freeland (0-0, —-)
CHC (0-0): LHP Jon Lester (0-0, —-)
First pitch: 7:00pmCST

We started yesterday morning tied for the best record in the League. Now we're looking down the barrel of an elimination game. Yay, baseball! Of course, if we lose both of these games, we deserve to be eliminated. (I seem to recall saying the same thing about a couple of games in 2003.)

Lester, who went 18-6 with a 3.32 on the season, was 7-4 with a 3.32 at Wrigley. He beat the Pirates on Thursday (6 IP, 0 ER) and went 4-1 with a 1.52 for the month. This is his 22nd post-season start and second Wild Card game, with the other time being a rather forgettable 7.1 IP, 6 ER appearance with Oakland in 2014 .

Lester pitched 5.2 scoreless innings but ended up with a no-decision against the Rockies at Wrigley on April 30. Overall, the big roster is 31-114 (.272) against him. Holliday is 7-15.

Freeland (17-7, 2.85 on the year), lost the matchup with Lester (7 IP, 3 ER). For their careers, these Cubs are 6-38 (.158) against him, which is not encouraging. Bryant is 2-5, and Almora is 2-6. Freeland is 7-5 with a 3.23 away from Coors Field this season—meaning that he pitches better there, for some freakish reason.

If all goes well, we'll see Hendricks start on Thursday in Milwaukee. If not, we'll see you at the Winter Meetings.

Let's go Cubs!


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In reply to by crunch

Certainly more concise than "we doubt Carl's ability to regularly throw strikes in high-leveage situations at the moment".


PITCHERS (11): Jesse Chavez (R), Steve Cishek (R), Jorge de la Rosa (L), Cole Hamels (L), Kyle Hendricks (R), Jon Lester (L), Alec Mills (R), Mike Montgomery (L), Randy Rosario (L), Pedro Strop (R), and Justin Wilson (L)

CATCHERS (2): Victor Caratini and Willson Contreras 

INFIELDERS (7): Javier Baez, David Bote, Kris Bryant, Tommy LaStella, Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rizzo, and Ben Zobrist 

OUTFIELDERS (5): Albert Almora, Terrance Gore, Ian Happ, Jason Heyward, and Kyle Schwarber
NOTE: Gore is the injury replacement for Justin Hancock  

Afbert Alzolay, RHP
Tyler Chatwood, RHP 
Taylor Davis, C-1B  
Brian Duensing, LHP 
Carl Edwards Jr, RHP
Mike Freeman, INF (injury replacement for Mark Zagunis)  
Jaime Garcia, LHP (injury replacement for Drew Smyly) 
Brandon Kintzler, RHP 
James Norwood, RHP
Dillon Maples, RHP 
Jose Quintana, LHP 
Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP 
Duane Underwood Jr, RHP 
Allen Webster, RHP (injury replacement for Yu Darvish)
Bobby Wilson, C 
NOTE: The Cubs could add one additional player who was on a Cubs minor league affiliate's reserve list as of midnight 8/31 to their Post-Season Eligiblilty List to replace Brandon Morrow, but the player would first have to be added to Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster).   

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

While it's not exactly "normal rest," Kyle Hendricks is on three-days rest going into the Wild Card game, so if Lester's pitch count is high after five innings Hendricks should be good to "piggy-back" Lester and go three or four innings to finish the game (if the Cubs are ahead). I would think Hendricks would also be available to throw multiple innings if the game goes into extra innings, although his spot in the batting order would have to be navigated to keep him in the game.

And if Hendricks were to pitch, I would think it would have to be with much more advance notice than relievers get so he can warm-up normally, and also the Cubs would probably want Hendricks to start an inning rather than come into the game mid-inning, so as to replicate a start as closely as possible. 

zobrist (RF) bryant (LF) rizzo (1st) baez (SS) almora (CF) murphy (2nd) contreras (C) bote (3rd) lester (P)

2015 Wild Card Game - I was nervous as hell.  expectations sky high, caught fire the 2nd half of the season, all came down to one make or break game that could make all that work and promise go awahy.

2018 Wild Card Game - meh, if they lose they don't deserve it.  If they win, I may get my heart into it again.

Amazing how a World Series win in between changes perspective.

Anyone gonna join me in Parachat?  I am going to ATTEMPT to do a game recap, but no promises.... VERY rusty with how the web editing software thingies work here... If I take down the entire site, blame Ryan Braun.

In NO way, shape, or form, does this team have the offensive swagger that the 2015, 2016, or 2017 teams had. Things will change my friends for next year. You better believe that.

Am I alone wishing they used Gore to pinch run after Happ’s leadoff walk? Perhaps Freeland pitches differently with Gore pressing on the bases.  Maybe he scores on Bryant’s (cough) single ...

Heyward instead of Schwarber there?  If I'm the Rockies, I like that choice.  He is, statistically, the worst post-season hitter in history.  Attaboy, Joe -- good thinking.

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In reply to by Eric S

Schwarber's performance with men on base has been atrocious this year. But don't forget to evaluate Harper with a skeptic's eye, too. His defensive stats are consistently below average and are horrible in 2018. He's better overall than Schwarber, for sure. But it's not clear that he's enough better to justify swapping those contracts, even if you figure that trading Schwarber gets you some sort of middling starting pitcher or a reliever.

Well, on the bright side, no more 0-1 run outings to endure this season. Also don’t have to watch the Brewers have another celebration in the visitors clubhouse. 

How in the world was Gore allowed to swing on 3-2??? It's not like he's going to get a hit if he swings.  More cluelessness from Joe and team.

Two chances to advance at home, and they score one run in each game.  At least this toothache of a season is over. 

Absolutely so frustrating,  the only thing missing was that our single run wasn't from a solo homer. Such a 2018 way to end the season 

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