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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  • Arizona Phil 1 day 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 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Max Fried or Bryse Wilson


  • crunch 1 day 17 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 1 day 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 2 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 3 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 3 days 18 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.


  • crunch 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    the ricketts got a brazillian dollar tax break...they need to trickle that down and flex on the entire league.

    we gonna get grandal, rendon, castellanos, g.cole, strasburg, ryu, a.chapman...maybe sign bumgarner and odorizzi to work the pen.


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: If the Cubs trade Quintana and his new club pays 100% of his 2020 salary his new club assumes 100% of his salary AAV liability, but if the Cubs agree to pay a portion of Quintana's 2020 salary as part of the trade, whatever portion of Quintana's 2020 salary that is paid by the Cubs would count against the Cubs 2020 AAV. 


  • Charlie 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Thanks for that Boston context--I hadn't realized the trend there. If the Cubs did decide to pick up Quintana's option and then trade him (assuming the Cubs would not agree to pay part of the contract as part of the trade), do they have to do that by a certain date in order for Quintana's contract not to count against them for the CBT? I haven't been able to find any dates attached to the CBT in a quick internet search.


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    My presumption in the Cubs declining Jose Quintana's 2020 club option as well as declining the club options on the veteran relievers who have one and non-tendering Addison Russell (and this also applies to Joe Maddon not returning as manager in 2020) is that after the monumental late-September collapse of 2019 on the heels of the 2018 Game #163 and Wild Card game defeats Ricketts will no longer accept the Cubs payroll going over the CBT threshold ($208M AAV in 2020) or extending a manager making $5M a year.   


  • crunch 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    i actually like ATL the team...the fans and the 3+ hours of tommy hawk chawpin' non-stop is beyond annoying before even getting into how messed up it is they're still doing that in 2019.  it's all they do, just that 1 single thing...for hours...

    fans were so upset about not getting foam hatchets pre-game yesterday (that was the club's way to "dial it back") they were busy letting the "PC police" know they're here to chant and chop as loud as they could before the first pitch was even thrown.

    it took about 10 runs to shut them up.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Damn. Atlanta was the only team in the NL I was hoping would advance. I don’t know what I was hoping in LA vs WAS series. Cataclysmic event? (Side note, I live in the DC area, what a dreadful group of fans. They deserve nothing good ever.)


  • crunch 4 days 21 hours ago (view)

    i live in the south.  my personal hell has been ATL fans by a huge amount more than STL (or even CWS) fans.

    i've made my decision to sell out my people for personal comfort.


  • Hagsag 4 days 21 hours ago (view)

    No more reports. I am sick.


  • crunch 4 days 21 hours ago (view)

    ...and m.fried walks j.flaherty (STL's starting pitcher) to make it 5-0

    they were highschool teammates, btw.

    ...and d.fowler gets a 2 RBI double.  7-0, 1 out, men on 2nd/3rd

    ...and wong makes it 9-0...still only 1 out.

    the lack of tommy hawk chawping is it's own music.

    10-0 on a passed ball.  pile it on.  see you in 2020 ATL.