Cubs @ Miami: Hamels vs. Alcantara (Game 17)

CHC (7-9): LHP Cole Hamels (2-0, 3.79 ERA)
MIA (4-14): RHP Sandy Alcantara (1-1, 4.24 ERA)
First pitch 6:10pmCDT

Hamels takes the mound as the Cubs go for the sweep in Miami. The lefty pitched 8 innings in his last start allowing a solo HR as the only scoring. He’s done a good job keeping guys off the bases, and his 50% GB rate bodes well for his season. It would be encouraging to see him suppress HRs a bit more. Watch out for Martin Prado, who has slashed .319/.347/.478 against Hamels in 69 ABs.

The Cubs will face yet another young fireballer in Sandy Alcantara. Miami picked him up in the Ozuna trade prior to the 2018 season. He’s made 9 big league starts so far and has a career 3.71 ERA in that role. Walks have been an issue for him in that time, and he hasn’t accumulated the strikeouts to match. You can credit his solid ERA to GB% and generally outperforming his peripherals. I expect the patient Cubs’ lineup to give him some trouble and maybe even tag him for his first homerun allowed of the season. He pitched 1.2 IP against the Cubs across two relief appearances with STL in 2017. I imagine some of the vets are looking forward to facing a familiar pitcher at some point. Heyward remains the hot bat and David Bote went 2-4 with a 2B and a BB yesterday.

The Cubs have tomorrow off and will then face Arizona at home. After the horrid 1-6 start, the Cubs have enjoyed a respectable 6-3 stretch. Keep on the sunny side, Cubs fans!  


AZP, how many teams precede Cubs in the waiver process on Swihart?

MIKE W: MIL, OAK, NYY, and BOS are the only MLB clubs with a lower (worse) waiver claim priority than the Cubs right now because the previous season's standings are used to determine waiver claim priority through the first 30 days of the MLB regular season, but beginning on the 31st day of the 2019 MLB regular season (April 27th), MLB standings as of 9 AM (Eastern) on the morning the player clears waivers will be used to determine waiver claim priority. 

Is this guy with OPS+ of 82,  OPS of .679, and .3 WAR for his career. I like the 44% CS with Boston but think I'll pass.

GEORGE A: Swihart was a 1st round pick when Theo was Red Sox GM, so (for better or for worse) that might have somer influence on the Cubs interest. 

Thanks,  Phil. I'd see him as an upgrade for the next 6 weeks over Davis. At $910,000 I would hate that to be any factor in bullpen help this summer.

Also switch-hits, fwiw...

Upgrade over T. Davis, in any case & we gotta keep Willy C. fresh/en fuego...

playing MIA is the best.  i mean, this is just great.  awesome.  cool.  neat.

i cannot believe this "going split screen" and showing a commercial (with audio) while live gameplay is happening is a thing.

it's not just a cubs broadcast thing, either.


The trade off for shorter commercial breaks. 

someone's gonna hit a homer or some other exciting play while a washed up actor tells me about liquor or insurance.

plus, if you don't have a big TV the action is kinda hard to see on the split screen.

we're most likely not too far away from ads being on screen full time via "watermark" graphics on the corner of the screen.  some networks are already playing with that on some programming.

Sell everything + ? = profit.

”Strike one brought to you by Bowlmor lanes: keep those strikes coming!... ”ball one brought to you by Fifth Third Bank. The curious bank, member FDIC”

How much more do you think it costs to have an advertisement read during the game compared to a commercial during the break?

Those on-air readings get national coverage via MLB tv.

dunno if anyone else watched the MLB series in Mexico (regular season, reds/cards...and it was a good one), but they had ads on their batting helmets.

teams/players could not opt out and had to wear them.

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  • erich081 4 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Brach in during a one run game where the ball seems to be flying out of the park? I too like to live dangerously.


  • Eric S 4 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Robel’s 454 foot splashdown - 6th longest homer by a Cub this season


  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 13 min ago (view)

    RHP Aneuris Rosario (2014 IFA - Dominican Republic) has been reinstated from the Disqualified List. Now 24, Rosario spent four seasons in the DSL (2014-17) and was the one-time closer for DSL Cubs #1. He hasn't pitched since 2017.  


  • Charlie 6 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Last hurrah as a starter before the Cubs trade for an outfielder who gets on base?


  • crunch 7 hours 32 min ago (view)

    i wonder why almora's started almost every game the past week+, especially since he's sucked at it...and he even got to hit leadoff for a game or 2.


  • Charlie 8 hours 32 sec ago (view)

    Oof. Almora and Maldonado as starters is going to be rough on the offense. Better hope for at least a Garcia triple.


  • crunch 8 hours 46 min ago (view)

    schwarber / baez / bryant / rizzo / garcia(2nd) / heyward / almora / maldo / a.mills

    ham gets a AAA rehab start tomorrow.  also, i could do with less almora.


  • QuietMan 15 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,


  • George Altman 15 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.


  • Mike Wellman 17 hours 25 min ago (view)

    I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!

    i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.


  • Charlie 18 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

    He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

    That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022. 


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.



  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.


  • Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?