#Cubs and Hammel face Brewers

Jason Hammel starts Tuesday night for the Cubs in the second game of their three-game series against the Brewers. Hammel is 10-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 14 career starts against the Brewers. Looks like Kris Bryant is getting a breather. He went 0-for-5 on Monday to snap a career-high 21-game on-base streak. Bryant is still batting .375 with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs in his last 28 games.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Zobrist 2B

Rizzo 1B

Soler LF

La Stella 3B

Heyward RF

Montero C

Baez SS

Hammel P



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Aloha folks have not watched first so many innings, I hope Hammel is not running out of gas for the season as they say. Will be interesting to see which pitchers are starting in the post-season, I know of two for sure: Hendricks and Lester. Mahalo.

Yes, k.g., it should be apparent to everyone that Hammel should not be a candidate for starter in the postseason. Could he be carried on the roster as a reliever? I would not recommend that, but no one cares what I believe. It will be interesting to see if the manager places Arrieta before Hendricks in the pecking order, or vice versa.

Aloha jhosk- I think if possible Maddon should use Hendricks and Lester at home for the playoffs. So with that said, I know Maddon wants to rest his players which is good but also has to make sure that they stay in their current position (1st with most wins) so that they have home field advantage throughout the NL side of things. So, they have to win games too so that the next closest team (Nationals) stay in the #2 position. By the way, Hammel has pitched some really good games this year and too bad towards the end it has been a little hard for him. Pat Hughes did say yesterday was hot and muggy so I am sure that did not help at all. But going into the playoffs you have to put your best arsenal forward and at this point it is Hendricks/Lester/Arrieta/Lackey. I hope Montgomery has a good start tonight as this gives another option for Maddon. Take care now. Mahalo!

Hammel must have stopped eating his potato chips, k.g. (smiling) I see Lester as the No. 1 starter in the postseason. Hendricks may be the Rodney Dangerfield of the rotation. One day last week on the MLB Network, Dan Plesac, whom I usually agree with, ruminated about which Cubs` starters need to excel in the upcoming playoffs. He mentioned Lester and Arrieta only. When another panelist asked Dan if he was forgetting the ERA leader, Dan replied that teams in the postseason want starters with “swing and miss” stuff. As for Montgomery, I see his postseason role as that as a left-handed relief specialist who will be called on to come into games to face the likes of Murphy, Harper, Gonzalez, and Belt, i.e. left-handed mashers, in critical situations.

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