#Cubs Hammel starts vs Dodgers

Jason Hammel starts Friday night for the Cubs in the first of three games in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Dexter Fowler also is back after missing two games because of a sore shin. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Denorfia RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Castro 2B

Szczur LF

Montero C

Hammel P

Russell SS

Despite losing their last two games to the Giants, the Cubs have won 21 of their last 27 games overall. They are second in MLB with 40 home runs in August.

The Cubs have a tough assignment Friday, facing Clayton Kershaw, who is 5-0 with a 0.90 ERA (7 ER/70 IP) over his last nine starts, with 82 strikeouts and seven walks.

Hammel picked up the win in his last start against the Braves on Sunday. He gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings while striking out eight. Hammel is 2-1, 5.40 ERA (17 ER/28.1 IP) over his last six starts.


Why are Schwarber and Coghlin out? Denorfia has not played that well in the outfield compared to Coghlin and we could use their bats. What is Maddon’s thinking here?

Do you seriously have to ask why two lefties are sitting against the most dominant lefty since Randy Johnson? Are you new to the sport of baseball?

Maddon is going with right handed hitters

Yes, Mershaw is a great pitcher. BUT – a lot of his success may be due to having his reputation as a “great pitcher” intimidate the batters before they get to the plate. Their mind set is already in place to strike out. Let’s put the nerves on the back burner, forget his stats, and hit the bloomin’ ball! 😀

Ummm, no. Kershaw is good because he’s the most talented pitcher in the game today.

Norman Vincent Peale was a friend of our family. He wrote “The Power of Positive Thinking”. No matter what you are facing, even the very best pitcher in baseball, your mind-set on the plate is of prime importance. And that is what I meant. Intimidation is not an option!

I feel your pain Doug …. I’m positively thinking/hoping the stupidity stops…

No one cares about Norman peele…. Back to Cuba baseball

Do you really think maddon is intimidated by someone? Highly unlikely

Actually Donald Trump cares about Peale. I heard him say so earlier this week. Seems the `Donald` was a member of the preacher`s church in N.Y.C. back in the day, and has nothing but `high praise` for the man. Trump is a fool who lacks substance, but he`s succeeded thus far in persuading large numbers to `buy into` his flawed message.{What he claims about Peale may actually be true. Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn occasionally.} As for Kershaw, yes, he`s an outstanding southpaw who is especially effective at Chavez Ravine, but if it is a case of choosing just one, I`m going with MadBum, especially if the subject is the postseason.

Vin Scully reported last night that the long ball struck by Anthony off Kershaw traveled 441 ft. Said that qualifies as the longest home run Clayton Kershaw has ever surrendered to a left handed batter.

Aloha jhosk- I am a little concerned right now because the offense and starting pitching has not been present, defense not great. I did not get to see the 7th inning but I heard that Lester imploded. I am curious if there was bad defense behind him or did he make a lot of mistake pitches? Pretty scary that we are relying heavily on Arrieta tomorrow to stop the bleeding. The Cubs had owned the West Coast Division but not right now and when they return home after the Reds they play an AZ team that can hit. I hope the pitching can regain its form because the Giants are coming back in the WC and have an easier schedule than the Cubs. Boy, it is going to be a roller coaster til the end of the season! Mahalo!

Yes, k.g. I did see that seventh and recall Jon being hit hard. His inability to hold runners due to his reticence to throw to first base continues to be troubling. His catcher has virtually `no shot` at throwing out potential base stealers in most instances. At least one runner easily stole third on Lester at one point in the contest; it was not the seventh inning. There was a ball driven to right center which should have been caught by Coughlan and eluded him. Vin Scully correctly pointed out that Chris took a curious route to the ball, and that was why there was no catch. Chris initially traveled laterally, and instead should have gone back. (Not sure if that was the seventh inning either.) If we are fortunate enough to see a WC playoff game, and that is certainly not a given, as you suggest, there should be no doubt as to which pitcher starts that game. It`s Arrieta. On another subject, and for what it`s worth, and I know it`s not much, am predicting Japan wins today`s game in Williamsport. As is almost always the case, the international teams are more fundamentally sound and disciplined than the American entries, and that is the case in 2015.

Aloha jhosk- well your prediction came true, Japan wins the LLWS 18-11! That looks like a football score! I am hoping this Cubs team can score like that again but hold the opposition to a few runs like Arrieta has during August! Take care now. Mahalo!

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