#Cubs lineup vs Phillies

The Cubs will try to avoid being swept Sunday at Wrigley Field when Jason Hammel takes the mound in the series finale against the Phillies. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber C

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Coghlan LF

Castro SS

Hammel P

Russell 2B

* Hammel is 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA (24 ER/91 1/31 IP) in his last 15 starts after posting a 5.19 ERA (10 ER/17 1/3 IP) in his first three outings of the season. Since this stretch began on April 27, Hammel’s 2.36 ERA is sixth-lowest in the National League, behind only Zack Greinke (1.29), Jacob deGrom (1.98), Clayton Kershaw (2.18), Shelby Miller (2.31) and Gerrit Cole (2.34).

* Looking ahead to the Cubs’ three-game series vs. the Rockies, here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-5, 3.66) vs. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (6-4, 4.62)
Tuesday: TBD vs. TBD
Wednesday: LHP Jon Lester (5-8, 3.32) vs. RHP Eddie Butler (3-6, 4.77)

Right-hander Dallas Beeler was expected to start Tuesday night for the Cubs.


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# We are no good. This team has a long way to go to be good.

Aloha Cubs2317- I know today was frustrating. It is hard sometimes to try and find the silver-lining in a sweep by the worst team in baseball. But the Cubs starting pitching is one of the best in the MLB. Maybe not today. The relief pitching is another story for this team and I am sure the FO will be addressing this situation. I also believe the young hitters will come around but remember, for most of them this is this first full year and you cannot expect them to be a Trout-Harper out of the gate. Hang in there. Mahalo!

I don’t think many are expecting first year guys to be Harper/Trout out of the gate but the simple fact is I watched a very bad team play over the last recent period. As for the starting pitching, not much difference between 4th and 15th place if a team can’t score runs…there is no denying this simple point. I look at the lineup and I see maybes, could-bees and no names along with one or two for sure; again just a simple fact and a somewhat funky way to build a team. I’m not even totally sold on Russell to this point and only time will tell on him. This is not a glass half empty thing just the fact of the matter currently and I could not fault any fan that expected more almost four years in; there is plenty of time to finish well but also to finish sub 500. We have players playing all over the place, catcher pitching and no consistent lineup…really!

k.g. with all due respect….after all the ballyhoo and hype regarding the awesomeness of Kris Bryant’s hitting prowess and his prodigious minor league surge I believe some can indeed expect HIM to be the next Trout-Harper. It is what we were fed, told to believe from the hype preceding his promotion to the ML club. Maybe you and I did not buy into that but I say it is not unreasonable if some fans did expect Bryant to be the next coming of Trout-Harper. I think it is time to accept this team is not ahead of schedule and the schedule remains a playoff run in 2016 when left field, center field, closer, shortstop, starting pitching and catcher are all improved. Quite a few things to accomplish when looking at the bigger picture, too many things to accomplish in time for a small chance at the second wild card spot this season. Might as well let the stew simmer a while longer and get it right for 2016. My one hope is that a playoff contender sees the indescribable, intangible, cosmic, off the charts value of the great David Ross and blows Theo away with an offer he can’t refuse so Ross has the opportunity to single handedly save another team and lead that team with his catching savant powers and his .180 ba to the world series. We can hope…

Aloha fonzie, LOL! Boy you have it out for Ross! I know it is nothing personal. Well his stock went up yesterday(relief appearance, hr)! You never know, the FO could put a package deal together including him? Also, I think Bryant will be fine. Major league pitching at this moment has his number, but he will make the adjustments and mature, then those pitchers better watch out and same for the other young hitters. Take care now. Mahalo!

Yes, k.g. Ross single handedly “saved” the bullpen…and hit his annual homerun in a meaningless at bat…..Yippee! He certainly paid off as THAT is the reason the just had to have him on the team, to mop up as a pitcher. He is the glue holding this team together an no doubt the single and only reason the Cubs are over .500. Sigh. Let’s have a parade. I agree about Bryant and think the same of Russell and Soler. All three are just working through a slump.

Aloha fonzie- I am glad you understood my “sarcasm” in regard to Ross. Barring a big deal from the FO before the 31st, I do not think Ross will be dfa’d, traded etc.. I know you would love for that but I just do not see it happening unless the following: a team in contention needs with catching problems needs some insurance then it could work out plus they need some infield help up the middle and would love a switch hitter at the cf position, though Fowler had an all right series against the Phillies. Still, I myself am very interested in seeing what the FO does. One scenario: San Diego is not happy where things are this year after all the big trades they made at the end of last year. So, they are willing to trade away some of the expensive pieces to teams in contention but will need something back. What if they are able to move Upton? They need someone in the outfield, could they move Venable to LF and put a Fowler in CF for them. Then let us say they could use an upgrade at SS over Amarista, so Castro could fill that hole for them and I think the change of scenery will help him. Just to sweeten the deal, throw in your Ross so that the young staff there can have a veteran catcher to go with Norris. What do the Cubs get back in return? Well of course…closer Craig Kimbrel. With that move, the Cubs move 3 players off the roster and add only 1, which leaves 2 spots that could go to Montero/Wada when they come back and possibly a spot for Baez. How does that sound? Take care now. Mahalo!

Aloha k.g. I know I rant about how over rated (not without value mind you) Ross is and that for the measly two year contract as a player just to “pick his brain” and have him mentor….who? Schwarber? Scwarber wasn’t even supposed to be in the big leagues this season so all fingers still point to Lester insisting Ross be his personal catcher…yada, yada, yada…you know where I’m going with this. I absolutely realize Ross is here as Lester and or Theo’s “guy” and Maddon is going along to get along, completely understood. So my comments about Ross being traded were in jest, I truly do not think that. But, your comment(s) are humorous and have lightened the mood. Thanks for that and your welcome sarcasm. Also, I would not want to be the team that considers Castro an upgrade. I look forward to seeing how this plays out at the deadline but in reality I would rather have the FO work out some contracts for the longer term than the shorter term and I think that is going to continue to be their MO. Upgrade now but keeping in mind next season at the same time. They may forego a “big name” pitcher and go after an up and coming, soon to be stud that is now under the radar. Have a great night k.g.!

Aloha fonzie and dcee- well, the issue tonight, which has been an issue all year long is relief pitching and late into the innings. The Cubs were up 7-4 going into the 9th and are now losing 8-7! I the young players will come around and with help from coaching and veterans mentoring I know will be just fine. The hitting will come and I did not expect it to be awesome this year. But the relief pitching has been abysmal and I would not mind a trade by the FO for a Kimbrel because he is signed through 2017 with an option for 2018. Papelbon is a shorter term option. So I agree with you in terms of having a longer term approach because this team needs some stability in the personnel department, meaning not so many changes. Tonight the the struggling offense provided more than enough to win but the pitching did not, especially the relief. Maybe this is one area they can address before the 31st. Hang in there, there is still a lot of ball left. Mahalo!

Aloha fonzie & dcee! Wow, give the young guys credit tonight, the fought and fought back late and Bryant topped it off. My wife coined the phrase early on in for the Giants 2009/2010 seasons, “torture ball.” This was a big game to pull out. Go Cubbies! Mahalo!

I absolutely agree with The Ross issue; if they liked him for the bench/locker room then hire him for the bench, not as a player just for Lester. I am confused when someone comments how many holes there are in the lineup then comments upgrade but keep next year in mind; what next year with so many holes? If they bring home a pitcher than what with the lineup holes; these guys were advertised as the hole fillers! So let’s see, pitching, closer, left, center and second should they trade Castro and if they fill those spots from down on the farm here we go again with the needs more time…next year, really?

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