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Place:    Wrigley Field   Chicago, IL


Fri. Aug. 18
Starting Pitchers:[/u]     J.A.Happ     LH (Jays)    6-8   3.63  ERA
                                   Jake Arrieta  RH (Cubs)  12-8  3.73 ERA
Time:                           2:30PM
TV/Radio:                     Sportsnet,  The FAN 590


Sat. Aug. 19
Starting Pitchers:         Nick Tepesch  RH (Jays)   1-2  5.25  ERA
                                  Jose Quintana LH (Cubs)  3-2  3.86  ERA
Time:                          2:30PM
TV/Radio:                    Sportsnet,  The FAN 590


Sun. Aug. 20
Starting Pitchers:         Marco Estrada  RH (Jays)  5-8  5.08 ERA
                                  Kyle Hendricks RH (Cubs)  4-4  3.45 ERA
Time:                          2:30PM
TVRadio:                     Sportsnet,  The FAN 590


Source:  MLB.com
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Re: Series 40: Blue Jays @ Cubs (Fri. Sat. Sun., Aug. 18 to 20, 2017)
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2017, 03:55:31 AM »
The Toronto Blue Jays take on the N.L.'s Chicago Cubs in Interleague play, in only their second visit since 2005 to iconic Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs (63-57) are atop their N.L. Central division though just 1.0 games ahead of second-place Milwaukee Brewers.  The Cubs, who started the first half of the season slightly below .500, have since roared to life and clinging to their division lead in the process.  They are tied for second in MLB with 52 home runs.

The Blue Jays (59-62) just came off their most recent ten-game homestand with a 7-3 record.  The Jays, the Rays, and the Orioles all share one thing in common -- they are all 10.5 GBL Boston Red Sox in their A.L. East division.  But for these teams nowadays, the lead is a foregone conclusion.  There is something else they're all vying for and that is the WC spot.  The second WC spot and they are all tied at 3.0 GB for that one.

Thus, with the Blue Jays success in this August month so far, in particular, their successful homestand, their work is cut out for them as the battle for that WC spot begins in earnest.  With every department clicking -- pitchers, reliever, hitters, etc. -- the Jays are certainly in the hunt, even though most pundits believe it is too late for them to gain the necessary steps to do so, mainly because the Jays haven't been consistent all season long until this August month when it seems to have come together.

That sounds like a tired old tune, and hopefully that tired old tune has now been put to the back burner.  Onward the Jays march and (keep your fingers crossed) upward!

GO JAYS GO!
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Re: Series 40: Blue Jays @ Cubs (Fri. Sat. Sun., Aug. 18 to 20, 2017)
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2017, 10:21:47 AM »
A pitcher with his 2nd career start versus Archer and we won! A rare series win versus TB to boot! Although 3 games out of wildcard we still need to jump over SEVEN teams! What a log jam in the American league.

The Cubs maybe in the clear now but if they loose a few they will drop not just out of the playoffs but the wildcard as well. Both teams will playing for their lives so should be fun.
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Re: Series 40: Blue Jays @ Cubs (Fri. Sat. Sun., Aug. 18 to 20, 2017)
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2017, 10:32:26 AM »
My 2 favourite MLB teams. Looking forward to taking in this series. Both teams on decent runs and needing to keep winning.
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Re: Series 40: Blue Jays @ Cubs (Fri. Sat. Sun., Aug. 18 to 20, 2017)
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2017, 03:28:08 AM »
Blue Jays 4  Cubs 7

Oh well, call it a lesson from the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.  Chicago scored five runs on nine hits on Jays starter J.A.Happ and sustained that lead well into the eighth inning.

Meanwhile, Cubs starter ace Jake Arrieta limited the Jays' bats to just one run on six hits inside of six plus innings.

The Jays scored three runs in the eighth to narrow Chicago's lead to one run - now 5-4 from 5-1 earlier, thanks to Ryan Goins' two-run RBI single and Kevin Pillar's RBI double.  Goins hit his 47th RBI this year.

Alas, Chicago's Javier Baez had other plans as his two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth proved the winning runs for the Cubs.


http://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/toronto-blue-jays-chicago-cubs-1.4253582
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Re: Series 40: Blue Jays @ Cubs (Fri. Sat. Sun., Aug. 18 to 20, 2017)
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2017, 01:16:16 AM »
Blue Jays 3  Cubs 4

With a throng of Blue Jay faithful, and Don Cherry belting out "take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch, on a bright sunny afternoon here in hitter-friendly Wrigley Field, the Jays just couldn't get ahead of the Cubs on the scoreboard.

Jays starter Nick Tepesch pitched just a little over three innings having allowed one run, relived by Danny Barnes, while Cubs starter (and ex-Chicago White Sox) Jose Quintana continued his mastery over Toronto's hitters, who interestingly, have yet to showcase any homeruns in this series.
As anyone can tell, the Jays are quite effective when slugging long balls over the outfield fences.  Not so, not yet in these losses against the Cubs.

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“This ball park, you’ve got to hit home runs,” Jays manager John Gibbons said after falling 0-2 in the series following a rallying 7-3 homestand. “We haven’t hit one yet. You’ve got to score like that.”

The Jays also need to improve their road record if they are even remotely serious about challenging for that last WC spot.

The fact that the Jays could hold their own against these World Series Champion Cubs shows that there was potential for a victory if not for some evaporated long ball offence.

Game recap:
http://nationalpost.com/sports/baseball/mlb/chicago-cubs-grind-out-second-win-over-toronto-blue-jays/wcm/0b4aa01b-dc9b-4a32-87f4-35aee777c801
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Re: Series 40: Blue Jays @ Cubs (Fri. Sat. Sun., Aug. 18 to 20, 2017)
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2017, 06:32:28 PM »
That bottom of the 10th pretty well sums up the entire season.
8 blown saves for Osuna now, that's not good!
Pretty epic meltdown: 2 strikeouts where the out wasn't recorded (don't know what the hell Lopez was thinking on the 2nd one, throw the damn ball to 1st!) and the HBP on Heyward who looked lost the entire AB!

Lost in the whole debacle was another outstanding catch by Pillar straight into the brick and ivy earlier in the game!  :o


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Re: Series 40: Blue Jays @ Cubs (Fri. Sat. Sun., Aug. 18 to 20, 2017)
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2017, 08:34:07 AM »
When the Jays were in town -- stay classy Chicago!

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