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.

(ノ ゜Д゜)ノ ︵ ┻━┻

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 17 hours 13 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 15 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 10 min ago (view)

    Corey Black still has a job.


  • Charlie 20 hours 18 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 32 min ago (view)

    Couldn't have said it better myself, unfortunately.


  • JustSayin' 1 day 9 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 15 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.