Cubs @ Dodgers, August 28, 2016: Totally Got This One

My god, this is an absolute disaster of a matchup, isn’t it? The Dodgers are sending Brock Stewart — who started the year in A-ball — to the mound against the best team in baseball, and are facing a top-of-the-rotation lefty starter — which they’ve struggled against all year — in Jon Lester.

It’s a game and series loss waiting to happen, but that’s why they play the game.

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Cubs
Dodgers
1:10 PM PST
Los Angeles
CF
Fowler
LF
Kendrick
LF
Bryant
SS
Seager
1B
Rizzo
3B
Turner
2B
Zobrist
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Russell
CF
Hernandez
RF
Heyward
RF
Segedin
3B
Baez C Grandal
C
Ross
2B
Culberson
P
Lester (L)
P
Stewart (R)

Brock Stewart started his 2016 campaign in high-A, and it’s ending with Dodgers fans yelling at him that he’s not already a mid-rotation starter. Still, it’s hard to argue that he hasn’t been terrible, as he’s currently toting an 11.25 ERA, 8.69 FIP, and 4.99 DRA. That runs in stark contrast to his minor-league campaign, where he has a 1.68 ERA and a 126/18 K/BB ratio in 118 innings of work, which is exactly why he ever got the call to begin with.

Stewart works with a three-pitch mix of a fastball at 92-94 mph that tops out at 96, along with a slider and changeup. All three will have to be working today to get through the Cubs, and since he’s likely been better than he’s shown thus far, this game would be a nice time to start showing it.

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Jon Lester faces a Dodgers lineup that is 27th in the league hitting against left-handed pitching, and though the destruction of Madison Bumgarner just a handful of days ago provides hope, logic would hammer that hope into submission as an outlier amongst general terribleness.

Lester hasn’t actually been quite as good as the stats say, as he has a 2.81 ERA, but a 3.71 FIP and 3.59 DRA. Whether that matters much facing the Dodgers lineup is yet to be seen. In terms of stuff, Lester works 91-93 mph with a fastball, and throws both a cutter and a curve, while working in an occasional change.

Um … pray.

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Speaking of the Dodgers lineup, seeing Charlie Culberson become the starting second baseman against lefties is confusing. The lineup is already struggling, and I’d much rather take a prayer with Joc Pederson or basically anybody else in the lineup, while Howie Kendrick starts at second. Hopefully me saying this means he goes 4-for-4 with two homers.

In terms of the guys who will arrive in September, expect Austin Barnes, Casey Fien, and Louis Coleman

…but not Jose De Leon.

Julio Urias isn’t going anywhere either, which makes sense since he’s currently one of the best starters.

Come on baseball, be weird.

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