We now know when Cole Hamels will make his Cubs debut, and also what’s going to happen with Tyler Chatwood:
#Cubs Chatwood to the bullpen. Hamels will make 1st start on Wednesday vs Pirates— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) July 28, 2018
This will give the Cubs four lefthanded starters, a situation I can’t recall previously. Joe Maddon recalls three lefty starters during his time as bench coach with the Angels:
It’s no issue for manager Joe Maddon, who recalled last season that during his days as an Angels coach, A’s coach Duffy Dyer told him they didn’t like facing the left-handed trio of Chuck Finley, Mark Langston and Jim Abbott.
So maybe it’ll work. I’m not so sure about having Tyler Chatwood in the bullpen, though, as with all the walks he’s been issuing, that could magnify the problem. Here’s a possible suggestion:
One potential scenario could involve Montgomery and Chatwood “piggy-backing,” with the starting pitcher determined by who presents the better matchup against an opponent and relieved by the other starter in mid-game.
I suppose it might work, giving Mike Montgomery some rest, but Chatwood in that scenario would have to start a clean inning, because with the walk issues you don’t want him coming in with runners on base.
We shall see. Jon Lester should be on target to start Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Today’s full game preview will post at 1:30 p.m. CT, a bit later than usual, I wanted to get this news out quickly.