Cubs vs. Angels: Hamels vs. Skaggs (Game 13)

CHC (4-8): LHP Cole Hamels (1-0)

LAA (7-6): LHP Tyler Skaggs (1-1)

First pitch 1:20pmCDT

The Cubs take on the Angels in a weekday matinee attended, presumably, by truants and the unemployed. There’s no rain in the forecast for these rapscallions.

The Angels come into town in third pace, shocked by Seattle’s hot start (13-2). What remains of future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols gets the start at 1B. Mike Trout is out with a groin injury, unfortunately for fans and fortunately for Cubs’ pitchers.

Cole Hamels takes the mound for his third start of 2019. Three walks issued in the latter start have been the difference between good and bad. He’s defied his age so far with the Cubs, looking like an ace at times and maintaining his velocity surprisingly well for someone beginning his 14th major-league season. The Cubs have returned to normalcy lately, and Hamels needs to keep that going. Jonathan Lucroy is 8-21 against him with 2 HR (1.242 OPS). Simmons is 5-35 against the lefty.

Tyler Skaggs made a career high 24 starts in 2018 and is in search of his first MLB season not limited by injury. Every Cub but Rizzo (0-3) will be facing him for the first time. Lineups are already posted, and Heyward takes the day off while Schwarber gets a start in the 8-spot against the lefty. Zagunis gets a rare start.

Caratini, one of last night’s offensive heroes, is going to hit the IL with an injury to his left hand.

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amora/bryant/rizzo/baez/contreras/bote/zag(RF)/schwarber/ham

t.davis called up.  caratini left hamate fracture confirmed.

Caratini surgery is Monday.

Almora had the same injury when he was in the minors and was back in 4-5 weeks. The surgery excises the broken fragment as it’s too small to heal with any fixation such as a screw, plus the results are good with no long term residual with excision. The fragment that breaks is called the hook of the hamate.

welcome to wrigley field t.skaggs.

we're on day/game 2 of some mic on the cubs broadcast playing a constant buzzing noise somewhat lightly in the background.

c'mon guys...fix your stuff.  it sounds like a field of cicadas.

sweet..returned from break with the issue resolved (for now)

Toy Story Infinity starring Buzz Lightly? On a Sinclair channel coming to you next year.

ha.

last night i was worried my TV was on it's way out until i checked twitter and saw others were sharing my misery.  today i was at work with earbuds in and it was especially annoying.

cubs win!

these last 2 games have been good for the soul.

Baseball is a lot more fun when the rotation performs. Really nice to see 10 groundball outs and 0 walks from Hamels. More of that.

Alburt Pujols's wraith can still hit dingers, if anyone was wondering.

As harsh and prolonged as his decline with the Angels has been, I will never stop being impressed with what a tremenouds hitter he was in his prime.

he's got 2 more seasons after this one unless he's cut.  it doesn't seem like he's ready to take his broken down body home without being forced to do so.

he should catch/pass mays (5th) on the career HR list, but arod (4th) will probably be out of reach.

great piece headlining mlb.com most of today...it's worth a read if you have some time to spare.

"They had 1 career AB, 1 career hit. Nothing else."

https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-ultimate-one-hit-wonders

....includes ex-cub roe skidmore (1970) who sinlged in his one and only MLB plate appearance.  they have fake/mock baseball cards for the 5 players they profile, but it's worth mentioning to those that care about baseball cards that roe skidmore does have a legit 1971 topps card.

Interesting and a good read.

eloy hit his 1st MLB homer tonight @NYY...and his 2nd...

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  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 51 min ago (view)

    Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 38 min ago (view)

    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

    Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 40 min ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 43 min ago (view)

    And then the active list roster limit will expand from 26 to 28 on September 1st (max 14 pitchers in September). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 46 min ago (view)

    The "26th man" who was added for doubleheaders will now be the "27th man" and he can be a pitcher. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    ATL signs cole hamels 1/18m...a'ite then.

    also, z.wheeler 5/100+ to the phillies.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    I think without the off-field issues, a front-office might at least be tempted to gamble on Russell's youth and dreams of his upside. But with what we all know about him now, the challenges of improving both on and off the field are too great to gamble on.

     

  • George Altman 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    This was the easiest non-tender decision, maybe ever. As if there weren't enough off-field reasons alone, there were even more baseball reasons. He became a sub .700 OPS hitter with bottom of the order OBA results. His defense, formerly his strength, became inconsistent due to attention deficit issues. He turned himself into bench infielder with suspect skills which is someone you don't pay more than $1--1.5M/yr.

     

  • crunch 2 days 23 hours ago (view)

    he was due for a 3.5-4m payday (3.4m last year) at a minimum, anyway.

    it's as good of a time as any to cut him loose.  nico hoener's spring just became a lot more important.

     

  • Craig A. 2 days 23 hours ago (view)

    Addison Russell, to no one's surprise, was  non-tendered. I still think he has the talent to excel in the major leagues, but it'll take a new attitude for him to realize his potential. It can't be easy to deal with his baggage in front of millions of fans. I won't forget his contributions in 2016, or that beautiful play that used to be the banner of TCR.

     

  • crunch 4 days 18 hours ago (view)

    keuchel doesn't have draft pick compensation attached to him and he's a decent enough ground ball pitcher...that will be attractive to a lot of clubs.  that would put 3 lefties in the cubs rotation (pending a trade) again, though.  not sure they want to go for that look again.

    that said, i still imagine the cubs are probably looking to make this thing happen via trade.  it's hard to tell what their $$ situation is, but they've done a great job signaling they're not looking to spend $$ this offseason.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 42 min ago (view)

    Looking for impact starting pitchers, but won't be shopping at the top of the market? So I guess they won't be in the market for impact starting pitching.

    Still hoping they find a taker for Q.

     

  • crunch 5 days 2 hours ago (view)

    "Patrick Mooney of The Athletic writes the Cubs are in the market for impact starting pitchers but won't be shopping at the top of the market."

    darvish, lester, hendricks, Q, (???, a.mills, t.chatwood)...pending trades

    d.keuchel?  r.porcello?  trade target pitcher?

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 3 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: I suspect going into his age 30 season and coming off a great year as a pinch-hitter, LaStella wanted a chance to be an everyday player, and since that obviously wasn't going to happen if he stayed with the Cubs, TLS (or his agent) may have asked the Cubs to trade him somewhere he could get that opportunity.

     

  • crunch 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    dunno any official reasoning, but his D is miserable and they decided to "upgrade" there with descalso for similar loot as well as getting a trade piece back.  the whole a.russell thing was lingering over the team.

    it's not like descalso is great with the glove, but la stella plays a miserable 2nd and meh 3rd.

    i do wonder if things would have turned out differently if russell wasn't due to miss significant time.

     

  • Sonicwind75 5 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Was just thinking about this, maybe that isn't a good thing for TLS?  I wonder if Maddon will use TLS differently after seeing his success last year.  That's my gripe with people complaining about Theo trading away a player that turns into an All Star.  If TLS had stayed with the Cubs, Maddon would most likely kept using him in the same manner and with the same results.