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  • game restarting...degrom on the mound, hammel taking his AB.

    crunch 17 min 32 sec ago
  • rain delay...bah.

    crunch 1 hour 22 min ago
  • Indians extend their streak.

    Darwin Barney gets tagged with the loss.

    Mornington Crescent 1 hour 29 min ago
  • delayed until 7:20 -EST- (tarp off the field)...

    CLE/TOR in the top 18th in case you're bored. 2nd baseman r.goins pitching for TOR...hit 90mph so far. 1ip 2h 1bb 0k, 0 r/er (bb was ibb). he threw a fastball/change mix. crowd loved it. d.ross is not impressed.

    d.barney strands j.lake at 2nd in the bottom 18 for the cubs bluejays...to the 19th!

    -cubs game has begun-

    d.barney pitching the 19th!!! ...and he gives up a HR to c.santana facing his 1st batter. he's exclusively throwing 83-86mph fastballs. 1ip 1h 0bb 1k, 1 r/er (struck out m.napoli)

    CLE wins...longest MLB game of the season.

    crunch 1 hour 44 min ago
  • BRADSBEARD: Javier Assad was still pitching into the 6th inning, and the first batter he faced reached base on an E-4 (that was Assad's 70th and final pitch of the game). Then Leathersich relieved Assad and retired the second batter 4-3 on the first pitch of the AB (the runner at 1st base advanced to 2nd on the play), and then on an 0-1 pitch the third batter in the inning (second one faced by Leathersich) lined into an inning-ending 6-4 DP (baserunner doubled off 2nd base). When calculating GO/AO, double plays and triple plays count as only one out. 

    I guess the plan for Leathersich was to pitch just one inning (three outs). Still, I was surprised he did not pitch at least part of the next inning. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 22 sec ago
  • Wow. The site actually loaded without an error! Happy 4th all, and Go Cubs!

    The E-Man 2 hours 56 min ago
  • OK -- my 4th of July resolution is to try to stay more positive. So -- 10 games to the AS break, meaning the Cubs will be in first place at the break! First time since...2008? Also, hopefully, Willson, KB and Javy learned something about Familia yesterday that they can use in the future.

    billybucks 3 hours 31 min ago
  • Hmmm, my math might be fuzzy but if he retired 3 batters with 3 pitches, how did he get a 1/1 GO/AO ratio?

    bradsbeard 4 hours 56 min ago
  • Pls DFA Peralta when Richard comes back. Richard 1 IP, O R, O ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks in first rehab appearance. We really need to trade for a LHRP.

    chitownmvp01 5 hours 13 min ago
  • "The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/source-red-sox-b...

    Rob Richardson 8 hours 52 min ago
  • The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

    johann 9 hours 8 min ago
  • Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.

    Thanks for the reporting Phil.

    QuietMan 9 hours 20 min ago
  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 21 min ago
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    Almora needs to go to a "Baseball 101 class" to learn situations. Against STL, with Rosenthal struggling, the Cubs down a run,and the top of the order up, he gets thrown out at 3rd by the best catcher in baseball. Dumb. Last night's throw to 3rd, allowing the go-aead run to go to 2nd and eliminating the possibility of a game-saving DP, was dumber and most high-school CFs woudl be yanked from the game for such a bonehead throw. Talented kid, but he needs to learn to think about the situation before every pitch.

    billybucks 12 hours 29 min ago
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 12 hours 45 min ago
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 12 hours 46 min ago
  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 21 hours 20 min ago
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 21 hours 51 min ago
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ? That's a basic play that he completely fucked up and probably cost them the game.

    Then, after the Zobrist double -- Familia threw the exact same pitch about 12 times in a row -- low & inside sinker, NEVER in the strike zone -- and the Cubs just swing and swing and lose the game. Although, I knew we were in trouble when Travis didn't score on Zobrist's double that bounced back past the outfielder. Hey, how about this for a scouting report on Familia -- if you're a RH batter, make him throw you strike 1 before you swing.

    Man, I hate losing to the Mets. This trend of losing to good teams has really gained momentum. Not good. Fuck.

    billybucks 22 hours 13 min ago
  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 22 hours 45 min ago
  • UH OH! RALLY TIME!

    crunch 22 hours 55 min ago
  • Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce

    jacos 23 hours 6 min ago
  • Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.

    Eric S 23 hours 15 min ago
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best.

    fixed that for ya.

    crunch 23 hours 21 min ago
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best. Hind sight is easy but Peralta had nothing.

    Eric S 23 hours 30 min ago
  • make that just peralta...

    crunch 23 hours 30 min ago
  • a.soriano new OF fielding coach?

    crunch 1 day 34 min ago
  • Why is Almora jumping up on catches?

    jacos 1 day 36 min ago
  • "Tommy La Stella (hamstring) will remain on his minor league rehab assignment through at least Friday."

    should be an interesting roster shuffle once these guys trickle back in. i imagine patton or peralta are on the hot seat for la stella's return.

    crunch 1 day 55 min ago
  • 6 pitches, 2 run lead.

    neat.

    crunch 1 day 2 hours ago
  • So am I. Point remains.

    Old and Blue 1 day 11 hours ago
  • Not certain why the site has been slowed. Worked much of Wednesday on it and will continue today. Sorry for the inconvenience. I will probably take it offline for a while, but it will be up before the game against the Mets.

    WebAdmin 1 day 20 hours ago
  • Mine has been really slow to load -- on different computers from different locations.

    JoePepitone 1 day 22 hours ago
  • Anybody else have issues accessing the site this afternoon/evening?

    Eric S 1 day 23 hours ago
  • Boras is 63, maybe he'll be retired or dead by the time Bryant, Russell, Almora, Albertos all hit free agency. Doubt he will be before Jake hits there though.

    cubbies.4ever 2 days 2 hours ago
  • Interesting choices when guys get healthy.

    LaStella, Fowler & Soler replace Coghlan, Almora and Sczcur? I assume they don't want Almora to sit.

    Despite MIggy's demise, I assume they keep him around to mentor Contreras?

    billybucks 2 days 3 hours ago
  • I believe Willson now has more CS than MIggy. The kid has an arm. Also, Russell is amazingly good on those plays at 2nd.

    billybucks 2 days 5 hours ago
  • oh yeah...thanks joe/billy.

    poor outing, still got the win, go cubs.

    crunch 2 days 5 hours ago
  • Although it felt like it, Jake didn't lose to them -- he got the W. (Assuming you are referring to Monday's game)

    billybucks 2 days 7 hours ago
  • Arrieta didn't lose to the Reds. He got the win -- he just didn't pitch like we expect him to.

    JoePepitone 2 days 7 hours ago
  • almora's 1st HR!

    crunch 2 days 7 hours ago
  • it's not like this CIN team is lost-cause horrible, but aside from defense and power this is a truly horrible team.

    kinda crazy arrieta lost to them and yesterday's game had to go 15 innings for the cubs win.

    crunch 2 days 7 hours ago
  • It looked like Hamilton got screened by Duvall and that Duvall just barely deflected the ball off of his glove--redirecting it slightly without taking away much of its momentum.

    At least it didn't turn into a Schwarber/Fowler situation. Hamilton and Duvall are both pretty important youngish players for the Reds.

    Charlie 2 days 7 hours ago
  • he walked off the field on his own. aside from a concussion watch and some attention to his leg/knee that buckled a bit under him, the biggest thing hurt was probably his pride after the ball knocked off his skull.

    crunch 2 days 8 hours ago
  • After last night, an inside-the-park HR seems kind of run-of-the-mill somehow.

    Sounds bad for Hamilton. Hope he's okay--listening on the radio.

    Brick 2 days 8 hours ago
  • SHOW ME THE MONEY: Jose Albertos has signed with Mega-Agent Scott Boras.

    Albertos has already received his signing bonus and won't see any additional significant money until he reaches the big leagues, so this is a long-term investment for the Boras Corporation.  

    Other Cubs represented by Boras include Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Albert Almora Jr. 

    Arizona Phil 2 days 8 hours ago
  • I am glad Joe is managing this team and not Old and Blue!

    Hagsag 2 days 11 hours ago
  • Baez had Maddon's ass last night. I didn't hear the reason for taking Contreras out last night but whatever game management thingy it was, you don't take out your second hottest hitter. Or is he third? Anyway, you don't take him out. The guy can probably play anywhere in the field, anyway. Did anybody see that nice catch in left he made? I don't think he got a late start on that, just tracked it damn well for a catcher.

    They tried to get Javy out on a pitch that often gets him, - catcher wanted it high and outside, didn't get and instead the pitcher grooved it. I thought it was fitting that the most excited guy in the dugout was Mallee.

    Old and Blue 2 days 12 hours ago
  • Per Fangraphs...

    Bryant took over NL lead in WAR after yesterday's effort. 3.9. Rizzo's at 2.8 and 8th in the league. Rizzo actually with better offensive numbers (161 wRC+ versus 146 for Bryant), but Bryant gets a good bump because of defense and position(s) played.

    Fowler with a 2.8 WAR as well (9th), Zobrist with a 2.7 (14th).

    M. Carpenter leads NL with 163 wRC+ just ahead of Rizzo who is 2nd.

    Rob G. 2 days 19 hours ago
  • Amen

    jacos 2 days 20 hours ago

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