40 players on RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players on 60-DAY DL
36 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus four players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Felix Doubront
* Eric Jokisch
* Zac Rosscup
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Rafael Lopez
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
* Ryan Kalish
60-DAY DL: 3
James McDonald, P
Justin Ruggiano, OF
* Ryan Sweeney, OF
Dallas Beeler, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
2015 Draft Pick Race
Updated through 9/18/14 - 9 games left for Cubs.
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in next year's draft on top of their regular pick. The teams with the 10 worst records have their first round pick protected if they signed a qualified free agent this offseason.
Our jeremiad had no apparent effect -- one day later and no one (not even Transmission) has been fired. So, back to what's happening on the field.
GAME THIRTY-EIGHT IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
WASHINGTON NATIONALS (13-25, 4th, 10.5 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (15-22, 5th, 8.5 GB)
Wrigley Field, 7:05 PM CDTWeather: TV: WCIU, DirecTV 744 Radio: WGN, XM 186
Carlos Zambrano, RHP
1-2, 3.88 ERA, 48 2/3 IP
54 K, 33 BB, 6 HR
233/359/439, .300 BABIP
Nationals vs. Zambrano:
Daryle Ward: 6-25, 240/269/280, 3 K
Royce Clayton: 3-16, 188/188/313, 5 K
Cubs vs. Hernandez:
John Mabry: 12-21, 571/591/952, 2 HR, 2 K
Aramis Ramirez: 6-19, 316/316/737, 2 HR, 4 K
Henry Blanco: 5-15, 333/412/400, 2 BB, 2 K
Neifi Perez: 8-30, 267/290/300, 1 BB, 1 K
Juan Pierre: 18-68, 265/296/294, 2 BB, 6 K
For the last few years, I've wondered if Carlos Zambrano might be a sort of Livan Hernandez 2.0 -- a big, beefy righty capable of putting up 200-inning seasons over and over without succumbing to injury. Up until this season, the comparison would have been a compliment. This year, though, Livo has struggled mightily. He's still a horse, averaging 104 pitches and more than six innings per start, but batters are hitting over .300 against him, something they've never done to him in his career.
That number should come down into the .275 range, but it might not happen this year, and I'm actually optimistic it won't start heading down tonight. The current Cubs roster has hit him well, with John Mabry and Aramis Ramirez leading the way. Meanwhile, Zambrano has handled the current Nats, allowing no home runs and giving out only three walks, two to Jose Guillen (who's hurt) and one to pitcher Brian Lawrence.
I don't know why I'm optimistic about tonight's game -- maybe it's because I've been travelling over the last three weeks and haven't actually witnessed much of the current skid -- but I am. Whatever it takes, I guess.
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Stanton talk is just the talk of bored reporters/fans. It doesn't make any sense. The salary alone would scare me off. I seriously doubt TheoCorp has any interest in Stanton. If they had gone the other way and built a pitching staff of young studs they might, but there's no need now. Roll the dice on what you have and shore up the starting pitching.
Nothing. The allure of Stanton would have to be that he puts up WAR numbers above whatever is left of Rizzo, Baez, Castro, Bryant, Soler, Alcantara, Almora, Russell once a number of them are traded for him. In other words, whatever is left of this group plus Stanton is more WAR than the group without him. Also, the Cubs have to be OK paying him $12-15M in 2015, probably $20M+ in 2016, and a $200M plus 6 year contract beginning in 2017.
Improved? At least the numbers seem to say he was the worst in baseball in 2014. In his defense, it's a cumulative counting stat, so he has more opportunities to hurt his score than part-time players, and he's partly being penalized for catching so many innings. But the number is what it is.
I'm wondering if the South Bend Silverhawks will become the South Bend Cubs. The owner has already mentioned they will grow Ivy on the OF walls and do something that is Cub Marquee-like. Supposedly they will announce those type of changes next Thursday.
Actually, I am pretty sure Captain Happy hates Valbuena. He was 1-3 with a Run and a Walk on Tuesday, 2-4 with Run and RBI on Wednesday, 2-5 with a Run and RBI on Thursday, and then he is BENCHED Friday. WTF??!?!??! He clearly hates him and is out to get him. Free Valbuena!!!