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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  • VA PHIL: It's not better to be a cheetah if you end up with a suspension that keeps you off the savannah for 80 games.  

    Arizona Phil 18 min 46 sec ago view
  • Rob Richardson 48 min 14 sec ago view
  • As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!

    Charlie 57 min 20 sec ago view
  • "Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."

    It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • Thanks, Phil.

    K Dub 5 hours 26 min ago view
  • Hey Phil, I saw where the Cubs recently traded for some additional international pool money. Have they made any recent signings of note?

    azbobbop 11 hours 57 min ago view
  • He had no trouble logging SBs last summer, per the game logs. If he can hit a little bit......... 

    tim815 14 hours 52 min ago view
  • TIM: If you've never seen him, Rochest Cruz is a wiry and - VERY - fast second-baseman who looks like he's about 12 years old.

    He takes a lot of pitches and has a sort of slashing approach at the plate when he does swing (he pulled the 5th inning triple into the RF corner and it could have been an inside-the-park HR if the third base coach hadn't stopped him at 3rd because there was only one out).

    He is a very unusual player. Kind of like Fernando Kelli on uppers. 

    Arizona Phil 14 hours 53 min ago view
  • SONICWIND: If you disregard the affect it would have on club payroll (slight) and the player's minor league option years (substantial) and how it might impact the Cubs MLB 40-man roster later in the season (TBD), the actual best temporary replacement for David Bote for the two or three days he's on Paternity Leave who might enhance their chances to win would probably be Trent Giambrone, but I would be surprised if the Cubs were to add Giambrone to the 25 (and the 40) right now.

    Arizona Phil 15 hours 46 min ago view
  • Rochest Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz.

    He was fun to follow through the DSL last season.

    tim815 16 hours 21 min ago view
  • I hope the Cubs' financial situation isn't so dire that worrying about saving $25k is going to factor on what player they can call up that would best enhance their chances to win. 

    Sonicwind75 19 hours 9 min ago view
  • Fair call, and educational, as usual.

    We shall see.

    tim815 20 hours 59 min ago view
  • Remember that when a minor league player with no previous MLB 40-man roster time is added to the 40 during the 2019 season, his minor league split salary is fixed at $45,300 for his first season on the 40, so if a player like Machin was to get a brief ride on the 25, it would require placing him on the 40 to do that, and once he is added to the 40 -- even if he is outrighted back to the minors after three days in Chicago -- his 2019 minor league salary would jump from about $18,000 (where it is now ) to $45,300, and I doubt that the Cubs would do that if they can just recall a player (Happ

    Arizona Phil 23 hours 29 min ago view
  • Did Court find a new team?

    Hagsag 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Nice call. The perfect chance for a guy like that.

    tim815 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • Too bad Ryan Court isn’t around anymore. Always wanted him to get at least one day at Wrigley. 

    bradsbeard 1 day 10 hours ago view