Cubs @ Brewers: Quintana vs. Woodruff (Game 7)

CHC (1-5): LHP Jose Qunitana (0-0)
MIL (6-1): RHP Brandon Woodruff (1-0)
First pitch 7:10pmCDT

Last night, the Cubs lost their fifth game in a row, matching their longest losing streak of the on only the 6th game of the season. This series against the division-leading Brewers would be a great time to turn things around.

Quintana made his first appearance in relief of Darvish on March 30. He looked good, allowing 2 unearned runs in 4 innings while striking out 8. Maybe he can pitch a little more to contact today. The team desperately needs to avoid exposing the struggling pen. Lorenzo Cain has 87 at bats against him and has slashed .280/.314/.415. As per the new normal, watch out for NL Player of the Week, Christian Yelich.

Brandon Woodruff, a redhead with a , faced the Cubs 4 times 2017-2018, apparently (2 starts, 2 relief appearances). Nobody has collected more than 5 ABs against him. He has the typical reliever’s repertoire: a fastball he uses 60% of the time, with a slider and a changeup to go with it. The changeup was good last year, but Maddon will probably get Schwarber and Descalso in there anyway.


theres always next year... maybe...

"Scott Merkin of reports that the White Sox had preliminary talks with pitching prospect Dylan Cease's camp during spring training about a contract extension."

damn...they locked up eloy and tried to get cease.

Why, you were expecting to get him back?

If you want to lock up somebody who is actually with the Cubs, try Nico Hoerner before they trade him at midseason.


looks like we're giving the pitcher-8th thing a rest for a game or 20 or who knows

MIL hitting in the bottom 1st, 2 runs, 32 pitches thrown, 2 errors...

great game so far.  go cubs.

Heyward up, runners on 1st and 2nd, 1 out. He fouls out and I consider it a good outcome versus a 4 6 3 dp.

I’d like to thank the entire Cubs organization for getting the worst/crippling portion of the season out of the way on the early side. And doing it with gusto!

this season is starting to suck a little bit.

On par with the offseason

What is happenning?

When does Maddon get himself tossed?

Q is out on the mound taking monster bites of a s**t sandwich wondering when someone else is gonna get a chance to feast

pen hasn't even gotten up.

descalso out here hitting 2nd deck homers...damn

This has the makings of a stress free viewing summer.

Home opener will be a bit anti climatic if we are 7 games out of first.

Last 4 World Series winners are a combined 7-20 this year.   At least we are in good company.

at least the bats are ready to play major league baseball.

now we need 4 starters and most of a bullpen to join them.

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heyward hit a nice HR tonight...also hit a deep one just foul earlier in the night.

that's a nice change from the weak popouts and almost everything else on the ground up the middle.

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  • crunch 40 min 46 sec ago (view)

    HOU/NYY postponed.


  • crunch 4 hours 17 min ago (view)

    as expected, joe maddon to be the new manager of the angels.

    btw, it is unlikely tonight's HOU @ NYY (10/16) will happen because of rain that's going to start 3-4 hours before game time and carry well into the night.


  • crunch 16 hours 16 min ago (view)

    world series will be played in DC for the first time since 1933.  neat.


  • crunch 18 hours 54 min ago (view)

    and it's only getting worse...i mean, better.

    7 runs to pad out the 1st.


  • Craig A. 18 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Oof. Hudson leaves the game after giving up five runs on singles and doubles and only getting one out. 


  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 25 min ago (view)

    The thing about Kris Bryant is that he would probably be traded only to a club that feels that it under-achieved in 2019 and where the owner is exerting pressure from the top and who therefore will over-pay for two years of Kris Bryant. 


  • Charlie 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, it seems like I lean more toward overvaluing Bryant than most commenters here. Also, I completely stopped following prospect lists once the Cubs were good again, so I'm out of the loop on Pache especially. I had imagined that the Cubs would be looking more for immediate major league value rather than a projectable prospect, but I guess if you really like Pache you don't mind waiting a couple years.


  • K Dub 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Excellent breakdown, Phil. Thanks. 

    I'm sure you heard. QO value was set at $17.8 million the day after you made your post.


  • K Dub 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Pache, Wright, Muller and Riley feels light to you, Charlie? I respect your opinion, but I would jump at it. I highly doubt the Braves would do it, though. Were talking 2 years of Bryant at what could be 18 million and 28-30 million in his last year of arbitration. 

    The Cubs would be hurting their chances next year and building for 2021 in a deal like that, but that's rebuilding/retooling in one fell swoop. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: Austin Riley is actually a third-baseman but he had to play LF for the Braves in 2019 because he was blocked by Josh Donaldson, and Cristian Pache is considered to be the best defensive centerfielder in the minors and his bat has improved enough over the past year or two to where he is now rated in or just outside the top ten overall prospects in MLB.

    So a package that includes Riley and Pache and one of the Braves young MLB or MLB-ready SP would probably be more than enough to get the Cubs to bite.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    Max Fried or Bryse Wilson


  • crunch 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    t.skaggs story keeps getting deeper.

    allegations the team knew about skagg's drug abuse (also his family).  teams are required to report this to MLB.


  • Charlie 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Except for the headline, the linked post reads more like a trade hypothetical than a trade rumor. I like the idea of looking at this package as a discussion point for expected return for Bryant. I would say it feels a little light to me. It's deep, with two decent outfield prospects with upside and two OK pitching prospects. But Riley doesn't help the team solve the CF problem right now, so he's either redundant to Bote or sort of a Schwarber replacement. Muller's inflated BB% at AA this year worries me a bit too.


  • Cubster 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    I might have missed something and it's been talked about regarding a KB trade rumor from about 10-9-19. 

    Braves receive: 3B Kris Bryant 


  • crunch 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    they get 3 guys and the cubs get 1 guy.  sounds like a slam dunk for the angels.  pencil trout in the cubs lineup.  he's got upside.


  • Jackstraw 5 days 19 hours ago (view)

    I'd hate to part with both Kemp and Chatwood, but if it will bring that Trout guy back, we could even throw in Almora.