Cubs @ Atlanta: Darvish vs. Fried (Game 6)

CHC (1-4): RHP Yu Darvish (0-1)

ATL (2-3): LHP Max Fried (0-0)

First pitch 6:20pmCST


The first two games of my tenure as gameday poster haven't . So, in lieu of writing the post myself, I forced a bot to watch what has felt like 1000 hours of Cubs baseball and had it script out a game. Here's a sample:




An EVIL PLAYER holding an OBLONG PIECE OF WOOD and wearing a HEADSHELL walks to home plate.


I am ready to compete. My team has forgotten past failures.

FRIENDLY PLAYER 2 wiggles his FINGERS. EVIL PLAYER 1 swings his OBLONG WOOD and hits the BASEBALL.


The baseball is full of malice and I am afraid.


I am unable to help you because I must stay in my corner.


I believe in you. People will blame me for your failures.


Do not worry, friend. We will help later with our OBLONG WOOD.


We will also be present later.

The EVIL PLAYER circles the bases. He is compelled by the universe and cannot stop.


I am not current with my memes.

Anyway, there's another game tonight. Raise your hopes at your own risk!


high quality pre-game content right there.  10/10.  A+.

the hope for victory is today's desire.


I can't wait until we get to the All your base are belong to us part.

Iowa roster announced.

Pitchers: Robinson,Rea,Swarmer,Underwood,Maples,Norwood,Mekkes,Wick,Ryan,Collins,Carasiti,Webster,Duensing.







Baldonado and Bernard on IR

Thanks Hagsag!

We will have to check with Phil to see if any of: Tseng, Clifton,Tazawa,Markey,Kontos,Markey,Black, Hultzman,E. Castillo,or Hannemann are still in camp.

HAGSAG: The only player unaccounted for right now is RHRP George Kontos.

He was absolutely, positively, definitely on the Iowa roster this morning - AFTER - players were moved to the Eugene roster and to the 7-day and 60-day injured lists, and so Iowa had 26 players on its Active List just prior to the Cubs releasing the I-Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster (which then all of a sudden did - NOT - include Kontos), so he may have been released sometime today (TBD). 

Thanks Phil.

it's one thing to play crap baseball, it's another to do it while you're playing in the park where "the tommy hawk chawp" plays for at least 2 hours per game.

phew...this pitching...

no words...just waiting for it to get better...

AZ PHIL - Have the Cubs released anymore players now that the rosters are starting to get "set"?  I may have missed some, but I think the last one I see posted on here was Rob Z and the handful that included Singleton (was pulling for him, family shooting story etc) and Austin Fillire (sp?) who was the MIT future Moneyball GM grad that I thought would be interesting.  I may have missed any other cuts though.

cubbies.4ever: The Cubs haven't released anybody since March 28th, although George Kontos may have been released yesterday (TBD).

Otherwise the Cubs are retaining extra minor league players by either assigning them to the Eugene reserve list (while they physically remain with their respective full-season club), or place them on an injured list at Iowa, Tennessee. Myrtle Beach, or South Bend (and some of those players are remaining with their full-season club as well, while others are at the UAPC in Mesa). 

There is no roster restriction related to minor league service time for the short-season affiliates until July 1st and the Eugene reserve list isn't needed for other players (players who were at Extended Spring Training and 2019 June draft picks) until NWL Opening Day in mid-June, so it just requires a couple of strokes of a keyboard to temporariliy move a player from the Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, or South Bend roster to the Eugene reserve list even though the player doesn't actually go anywhere.   

And again, I say "temporarily" move a player to the Eugene reserve list, because minor league service time restrictions for short-season leagues go into effect on July 1st. 

So right now the Eugene reserve list is functioning as a sort of unofficial inactive list for the four full-season affiliates.  

The pen was brutal (to put it nicely) again tonight.  Edwards 3G 1.0IP (and he's not a one batter specialist) 45.00 ERA.

Edwards needs a visit to Iowa .

The first day that a player on an MLB 40-man roster who was optioned to the minors prior to MLB Opening Day and who is not replacing a player placed onto an MLB inactive list (Injured List, Paternity Leave List, etc) can be recalled is this coming Sunday (the 11th day of the MLB regular season), so it's possible that Edwards and/or Rosario (the two pitchers in the Cubs pen with "usable" options) could be exchanged for one or two other relievers on Sunday or Monday, but it won't (can't) happen today or tomorrow, unless somebody on the 25 goes on an inactive list.  

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  • crunch 17 hours 7 min ago (view)

    don't worry, i'm sure even though he was spared from cuts there's some hardship he's being tortured with that he has to unfairly overcome.  #coreystrong #onthecross #yolo #swag #kony2012


  • crunch 17 hours 8 min ago (view)

    there's no way a system like that or something similar to that would work.

    "oh hi." - green bay packers

    *shoves out of way*

    like i said, there's no way that would work.


  • Hagsag 20 hours 4 min ago (view)

    Corey Black still has a job.


  • Charlie 20 hours 12 min ago (view)

    I am ready for MLB owners to give it a f***ing rest. I don't have any outrage to spare on them.

    If they can't afford this crisis, maybe they can surrender franchise rights to the players, grounds crew, concession employees, etc., and MLB teams can be employee owned.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 26 min ago (view)

    Couldn't have said it better myself, unfortunately.


  • JustSayin' 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    These players weren't cut/released; laid off is more like it. Fifty-two minor leaguers let go before any real games played, in two waves. The draft will be five rounds this year, not forty.  This is industrial downsizing, anticipating no traditional season this year and capitulation to MLB demands for a much smaller minor league system in 2021.  Next year or 2022 could also see a labor stoppage in the big leagues, over what promises to be a very tough CBA negotiation.  The game will not be what it used to be after this.


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    i don't blame the ownership/font office for doing what they did with bryant.  it was just kinda bad timing that bryant was the client that boras was finally "i'm sick of this" over.  the cubs were warned that boras was going to make a stand and it dragged on so long there has to be some kind of toll on the boras/cubs relationship.


  • bigsky33 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Hi Phil, yes, hoping for an extended AZ Fall League.  Do you think there will be more cuts?  De La Cruz was the only big sureprise to me. I thought he had some upside. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    It'll be more over when Kris leaves. Or whenever the same thing happens to another of his clients.

    He isn't wrong though...


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Presuming there is no traditional minor league season in 2020, expect an expanded Arizona Fall League (with potentially a new "Florida Fall League" as well) for the best prospects and expanded post-season instructs for other minor leaguers (all TBA). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    My understanding is that the other two Cubs minor leaguers who are to be released are the two post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agents who signed 2020 minor league contracts, Brandon Morrow and Jason Kipnis. The Cubs will then supposedly re-sign them to new minor league contracts without the $100K retention bonus and 6/1 opt-out. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Agreed. Not counting the "4-A" guys, Oscar de la Cruz is the one legit MLB prospect on the list.  


  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view) la cruz had some decent looking spring outings (though late inning spring work isn't exactly challenging).  the years of injuries insanely slowed his progression.  totally wouldn't mind seeing him return in 2021 if the team would still be on his radar after getting cut at a time like this.


  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    that whole "kris bryant thing" is over...but it's never going to be over as long as this ownership group and boras is around.

    boras could have focused this on 29 other teams, especially the more vocal ones because the cubs have been mostly silent.  the cubs aren't the only team out there paying off "creatively financed" loans, either.

    he chose the cubs.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Not looking forward to seeing that list. Hate to see it when a guy you've invested any sort of energy in is given up on.


  • Cubster 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Chi Tribune today. Boras picks, and focused on the Ricketts. 

    Headline writer, fun job: Agent won’t let Cubs get away Scott-free Matt York/AP and Paul Sullivan.

    Boras told his players “the game can not be played without you” and asked them to share the concept with teammates and opposing players when “MLB requests further concessions or deferral of salaries” during negotiations.