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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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 18 min ago (view)

    I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.

    That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    i wonder where the cubs will go with things.

    there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone.  as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team.  the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.

    bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...


  • Hagsag 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    "According to Joe Frisaro of, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."

    by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him.  i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information. 


  • Cubster 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office,  as GM


  • Charlie 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    For anyone else who immediately wonders but is not invested enough to look it up, this is not Chris (Ryan) Young, former Padres starter and fisticuffs partner of Derrek Lee, but rather the two-years younger Chris Matthew Young.


  • crunch 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    rev up those off-season rumor fryers...

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.


  • crunch 4 days 8 hours ago (view)

    former padres manager andy green is gonna be ross's bench coach.

    green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Last year the Cubs signed four free-agents to minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft: LHP Alberto Baldonado, OF Wynton Bernard, RHP Corey Black, and RHP Jose Rosario. All four were members of the Cubs organization in 2018 but declined to sign a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent, but then came back to the Cubs after briefly testing the free-agent waters. 


  • crunch 4 days 18 hours ago (view)

    chris young to be named new bullpen coach (former phillies pitching coach)

    mixed messages on whether lester strode will have a new cubs role or leaving the cubs...


  • crunch 5 days 11 hours ago (view)

    t.clifton straight up falling off a cliff sucked to watch happen last year.

    i had a lot of faith in the guy to at least hold his own in AAA, even if he needed another season or 2 after to get ready for prime time.

    he ended up giving out homers like candy on halloween while retaining his high walk and injury rate.

    that said, his career is far from done.  most likely many other teams willing to give him a minor league deal.


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Keep in mind that most free-agents who sign a 2020 minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft are eligible for selection. (The only exception would be a free-agent who is not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, such as a player whose only previous pro experience was in a foreign major league or in an independent minor league, or a player who was released by another MLB organization but is still not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft).  


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    If you're wondering if players who sign minor league successor contracts ever get taken in the Rule 5 Draft, the answer is most definitely - YES -. 

    The Cubs selected RHP Hector Rondon in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft after the Indians signed him to a minor league successor contract, and the Baltimore Orioles selected RHP Pedro Araujo in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft after the Cubs signed him to a minor league successor contract. 


  • Hagsag 5 days 17 hours ago (view)

    Got to get Taylor Davis back.


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 17 hours ago (view)

    So the Cubs were ultimately able to retain five of their seven most-valuable post-2019 minor league free-agent eligibles (Rea, Pereda, de la Cruz, Lugo, and Burks), losing only Clifton and Leal (both of whom are probably looking for a fresh start in another organization after maybe feeling stalled in the Cubs system).