Cubs vs. Pirates: Quintana vs. Musgrove (Game 12)

CHC (3-8): LHP José Quintana (0-1)
PIT (6-4): RHP Joe Musgrove (1-0)
First pitch 7:056:35pmCDT

If this game isn't rained out, Quintana will make his 3rd appearance and 2nd start. Things have not gone as planned for him, the running theme for Cubs' pitching so far.

Joe Musgrove has been a thoroughly average starter in his career to this point. He's generally stingy with the walks, and he has 9 strikeouts in his 9 innings this season.

Jason Heyward has shown surprising power thus far and I'm excited to see if he can keep that going. He launched a homerun to center field in the cold and the wind last night.

As of now, the forecast for today is pretty ugly. Make backup plans.


Game time moved up to 6:35 CT.

Thanks for the heads up!

You didn't error.  The Cubs announced the change about two hours ago.  Trying to beat the rain.  And the Pirates hopefully.


chris singleton picked up a hometown job as the community outreach director of the Charleston RiverDogs (NYY single-A sally league)

Good deal - glad for him he can stay connected with the game

m.montgomery threw a 26 pitch bullpen today.

he's eligable to come back monday, but they may wait until after the mon-wed @MIA away series to bring him back.

oh blah...scott sanderson died, 62.  he's been sick and bed ridden for quite a while because of compounding illnesses.

I always associate Sanderson with the ‘84 Cubs, forgot he had a significant (23 starts) role with the ‘89 Cubs too (his last season with the Cubs). Played in the majors from age 21 thru age 39, no easy feat. RIP

maddon has been riding the top step of the dugout all night looking like he's searching for an opening to get tossed from this game.  i don't think he's smiled once tonight.

Wish granted

he wasn't hiding it that well.  mark loretta is the stand-in manager...ha.

Bam Bam now six consecutive strike outs carrying over from last night’s 0-4, 4 K outing

You won’t hear it from the broadcast booth though

Caratini continues to hit - getting Willson more rest not looking like much of an issue so far. 

Also: nice hitting by the new guy Descalso - glad to see Q in line for a much deserved win IF the bullpen doesn’t f things up. A big ask I know

aww...rain delay (because of lightning in the area).

cubs lead by 2 after 7 and though there's not much rain this one may not resume.

Q...filthy changeup with slider-like drop tonight.

7ip 4h 1bb 11k, 0r/er, 99 pitches

I was barely following this one and couldn't figure out why pitching was dominating the game so much. Thoughts after watching the highlights: In addition to the good stuff for Q, both starters had the benefit of an extra 3 inches at the bottom of the strikezone. Wow.

d.vogelbomb has 6hr and 4 doubles with his 12 hits on the

Game scheduled to resume 10 pm central 

thanks, nearly missed it.  this time of night i generally switch over to the ARZ feed.  i loved hearing mark grace in the booth and now i enjoy hearing bob brenly again.

Schwarbs may need a rest day tomorrow, now 7 Ks in his last 8 at bats. Happ-esque

Next stop, Geovany Soto-town!

wow, the rain came back with a vengence during the commercial break before the 9th.  from nothing to downpour...

strop picks up the 1st cub save of the season...woo.

Not having to score 10+ runs, and also spinning a shutout, feels like their first bone fide win of the year. And its only April 11th!

Victor Caratini injured left hand on first swing of his last AB. After X-ray, fear is it’s a hamate fracture. Will have CT scan Friday to get more information. Per Jordan Bastian.


that's something that would make him miss close to or a bit more than a month.

wonder if pj higgins will get his shot...t.davis and f.arcia are crap options and higgins has versitility beyond playing C.

The 40 is full, and that isn't going away soon.

Rewatched the PA where VC hurt his hand... you can see him shake out his left hand after the first pitch. You can also see him start the PA w/ the left hand on the knob of the bat. After the first pitch he chokes up considerably... and still hits the warning track. Tough points for VC!

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  • The E-Man 4 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Eh - double meh. How about just getting Curtis Granderson and calling it a day?


  • crunch 4 hours 28 min ago (view)

    c.paddack (SD) with a no-hitter through 7, 82 pitches

    ...and it's gone in the 8th.  now i don't have to watch a SD/MIA game anymore.


  • Eric S 8 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Finally, a Yu win at Wrigley as a Cub and a series win against the Reds. Could definitely get used to that!


  • Eric S 9 hours 9 min ago (view)

    JHey!!! Yu’s gotta be the happiest dude in the dugout 


  • Eric S 9 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Little surprised Maddon pulled Yu after six innings and only 83 pitches - hopefully just trying to keep him fresh (and no injury concern)


  • videographer 10 hours 16 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    What can you tell us about Alexander Guerra and his performance as of late?  2 - 3HR games in two weeks, 1.200 Slg %.  Does he have any kind of value as a prospect?


  • crunch 10 hours 47 min ago (view)

    post all-star break darvish is some good stuff so far, too.


  • Eric S 11 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Home run derby KB is a hell of a lot of fun!!


  • Eric S 11 hours 49 min ago (view)

    I’m trying really hard to reverse jinx it but floundering in a bad way. Seems likely he’ll hit 6 + in a week when the dam finally breaks


  • Eric S 11 hours 50 min ago (view)

    His two strike approach is very commendable on a team with so much swing and miss in it. Hoping he’ll run into an early count fastball soon that exits the park - he’s most certainly due. 


  • First.Pitch.120 12 hours 4 min ago (view)

    Fair points... but with this roster, I don't really care about JJ's power.  More than enough power up & down lineup.  I'm a bit "meh" on speed & SBs, especially in a 4th OF type on a post-season roster.  Call it Post-Traumatic-2018-Terrence-Gore-Disorder (PT'18TGD???). If I had to choose between a 4th OF who can pinch run or who can pinch hit, it's my personal preference for the PH. And anybody who disagrees with me is wrong & probably immoral. 


  • VirginiaPhil 13 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Jay--an outfielder hitting two home runs in 433 PAs with the Cubs.  Hasn't hit more than three in seven years.  Sometimes you give up power for speed, but there's no speed, either, at least in the form of SBs.


  • VirginiaPhil 13 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Williams can carry a tune, if I remember correctly.

    Dempster was unbelievable the other night, hitting only one note on-key, the second to the last word in the song, "ball."  Maybe he can do comedy, but forget about song-and-dance.


  • crunch 13 hours 59 min ago (view)

    almora (really?) / baez / bryant(LF) / rizzo / caratini / heyward / russell(2nd) / bote(3rd) / darvish


  • First.Pitch.120 15 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Jon Jay - Trade Candidate? 

    I noticed that JJ was back from the IL & having a usual JJ quiet-productive start to his season. I think I love the idea of JJ coming back to the north side. Instantly makes the OF deeper no matter what happens with Happ or Zo. Lefty bat compliments AA in CF & can play good D at all 3 spots. Pretty even career R/L splits. Good career PH numbers if coming off the bench. Known quantity in clubhouse. 

    The post-seaon roster starts to feel deep & balanced...  with 13 position players including a bench of:



  • Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 40 min ago (view)

    He is very streaky, both with his hitting for average and his power. I’m not too worried about it from the Cubs standpoint yet. From my fantasy team standpoint  a different matter though.