At least the Cubs didn’t draw the Dodgers in this one, Kershaw or no Kershaw, and they don’t have to travel yet again. We can only hope the Cubs don’t feel the same frustration and cynicism about being stuck in this position that many of us do at home. I guess we can always point to the 2006 Cardinals. It’s important to remember that one of the most notable things about 2016 was that the best team actually managed to win. Given what a messy season it has been, it would be only fitting if these playoffs were equally messy, and anything can happen.
- OBP: Nolan Arenado (.374)
- ISO: Trevor Story (.273)
- HR: Arenado (37)
- R+RBI: Arenado (212)
- wRC+: Arenado (131)
- BSR: Carlos Gonzalez (3.3)
- DRS: DJ Lemaheiu (+18)
- SP K/9: German Marquez (10.40)
- SP BB/9: Marquez (2.59)
- SP FIP: Marquez (3.34)
- RP K/9: Adam Ottavino (12.98)
- RP BB/9: Scott Oberg (1.68)
- RP FIP: Ottavino (2.74)
- WAR: Arenado (5.7)
- OBP: Ben Zobrist (.379)
- ISO: Javier Baez (.266)
- HR: Baez (34)
- R+RBI: Baez (212)
- wRC+: Baez (131)
- BSR: Baez (4.2)
- DRS: Albert Almora (+9)
- SP K/9: Cole Hamels (8.72)
- SP BB/9: Kyle Hendricks (1.99)
- SP FIP: Hamels (3.42)
- RP K/9: Carl Edwards Jr (11.75)
- RP BB/9: Jesse Chavez (1.22)
- RP FIP: Chavez (2.40)
- WAR: Baez (5.5)
The Rockies have a weirdly lousy (park adjusted) offense this year, and are somehow in the playoffs on the back of pitching and defense.
Injuries, transactions, vengeance pacts, etc.
Morrow is done for the season, and Strop probably won’t be back until the NLDS if that happense. Bryant had a week where Joe gave him some ‘proactive’ rest for his may or may not be still bum shoulder, and was hit on the wrist by a pitch earlier this week. That didn’t stop him from hitting a 5000 foot home run in his return. There were rumblings that Schwarber was having some back tightness last week and didn’t seem to play as much as you normally see him.
No big news on the Rockies side, injury wise, that I can see.
ERA, FIP, xFIP, projected ERA listed for each pitcher
Tuesday: Kyle Freeland, LHP (2.85, 3.67, 4.22, 4.71) vs Jon Lester, LHP (3.32, 4.40, 4.43, 3.54), 7:05 PM CT
Kyle Freeland seems to be a pitcher in the mold of Kyle Hendricks – he won’t necessarily blow you away, but he’ll keep you off balance and manage contact as well as he can. He’s pitching on three day’s rest in this one, so the Cubs could once again see a lot of the opposing bullpen. As we have seen, that’s not something you want to hear about any of these playoff teams other than the Cubs.
Lester is coming off six shoutout innings against the Pirates that looked like they would be anything but scoreless. Lester certainly has the experience when it comes to pitching in big games, and of the Cubs starters he’s still the guy I would want to see on the mound in a must win game…..assuming Hendricks isn’t available.