Cubs vs. Diamondbacks: Darvish vs. Greinke (Game 19)

CHC (9-9): RHP Yu Darvish (1-2, 6.11 ERA)
ARZ (10-10): RHP Zack Greinke (2-1, 5.79 ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

Yesterday's win brought the record to .500. The division standings now resemble pre-season expectations, with the top four teams within 2.5 games of each other.

Darvish looked much improved in his fourth start, going 5.1 IP and striking out 8. Still, he walked 4 and has allowed 4 homeruns in 17.2 IP this season. His stuff has been fairly electric all season. He'll continue to work on his command coming off his mostly lost 2018. There's not a lot of history against Darvish on the Diamondbacks' roster, but they've been a little below average against righties this year.

Zack Greinke's ERA still bears the burden of his opening day loss, in which he allowed 4 HR in only 3.2 IP. His three starts since have been much better, and last time out he went 7 innings for the win. A number of current Cubs have succeeded against Greinke in limited exposure, with a team slash of .311/.354/.467 against him in 90 ABs. Heyward, however, is 3-18 with 6 strikeouts and may find himself getting a rest.

It looks like the wind will still be blowing in off the lake for the game, albeit with a bit less violence than yesterday. Hold onto your hats.


this game is dildos.


Dildos are much more fun than this game was.


people are looking at me weird, i gotta go.

The Cubs have recalled RHP Alec Mills from AAA Iowa, and placed LHRP Randy Rosario on the 10-day IL. Mills was actually recalled to the Cubs MLB Taxi Squad yesterday, which is why RHP Ryan Williams was activated by AAA Iowa prior to yesterday's game. It's likely that Mills will "piggy-back" with Tyler Chatwood (if necessary), and then be optioned back to Iowa tomorrow.  


A club can recall a player from a minor league Optional Assignment and place the player on its "Taxi Squad" for one day. If the player is not added to his club's MLB Active List by 3 PM (Eastern) the next day or at least three hours prior to the scheduled start of the next day's game (whichever is later), the player must be removed from the Taxi Squad and returned to his minor league assignment. A player on the Taxi Squad does not count against his club's MLB Active List or the minor league affiliate's active roster, and the player does not accrue MLB Service Time while on the Taxi Squad. The most common reasons to recall a player and place him on the Taxi Squad is when a club is considering whether to place a player on the Injured List (or other MLB inactive list) but has not yet decided, or if a trade is imminent but has not yet been consummated.

The Rosario move has been changed to an Optional Assignment to Iowa, and Rosario will not count against the Iowa 25-man active roster until he physically reports to the team (he has 72 hours to report).  

Also, Rasario can be recalled without spending the full ten days on Optional Assignment if he replaces a player on the Cubs MLB 25-man roster who goes on an MLB inactive list (IL, Paternity, Bereavement, etc), which he could not do if he was on the 10-day IL. 

One other thing about Rosario is that the Cubs don't have to concern themselves with "protecting" Rosario's last minor league option year, because it's a fourth minor league option, and it disappears next season whether it's used this year or not. So even if Rosario does not use a minor league option this season, he will be out of minor league options next season anyway. (That also applies to Alec Mills). 

RHRP Tony Barnette goes to AAA Iowa on an Article XIX-C Minor League Rehab Assignment. Barnette last threw (one inning - ten pitches - 1-2-3) at EXST on Thursday. 

Remember that for players on an MLB injured list, the player must agree to a minor league rehab assignment, and the player gets to decide where he goes and how long he stays. Also, a player on an Article XIX-C Minor League Rehab Assignment does - NOT - count aganist the minor league affiliate's active roster limit, and there is no limit on how many players on an MLB IL can be assigned on an Article XIX-C Rehab Assignment with any one affiliate. However, Extended Spring Training is - NOT - considered to be a Minor League Rehab Assignment. And the maximum number of days a player can spend on a Minor League Rehab Assignment (30 days for pitchers and 20 days for position players) is not affected by the player moving from one affiliate to another during the course of the rehab assignment. 

It's quite different for players on a minor league injured list (including a player on an MLB 40-man roster who is on an Optional Assignment to the minors). The MLB club gets to dictate to the the player where he goes and how long he stays (subject to the 30- day lmit for pitchers and 20-day limit for position players). However, a player on a full season affiliate's IL can - ONLY - be sent to Extended Spring Training for rehab (and again, with no time limit because EXST is not considered to be an "official" rehab assignment) prior to the start of the short season leagues in June, and then a player on a full-season affiliate's IL can be sent on an "official" Rehab Assignment (in the case of a Cubs minor leaguer on the Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, or South Bend IL) - ONLY - to Eugene or to one of the two Cubs AZL teams once their season starts). And no more than three minor league players can be on a Rehab Assignment with any one short-season affiliate at any one time. 

So (for example) a player on the Iowa IL cannot be sent on a rehab assignment to Myrtle Beach or South Bend. He either goes to Extended Spring Training (with no time limit) in April, May, and the first half of June, or (after the start of the short-season leagues in mid-June) to Eugene or to AZL Cubs #1 or to AZL Cubs #2. And a maximum of three minor leaguers can be on an "official" rehab assignment at Eugene, a maximum of three with AZL Cubs #1, and a maximum of three at AZL Cubs #2 (for a total of nine combined between Eugene, AZL Cubs #1, and AZL Cubs #2) at any one time.

And (as is the case with players on an MLB IL who are on an Article XIX-C Rehab Assignment), a player on a full-season minor league affiliate's IL who is assigned to Eugene or to one of the two Cubs AZL teams does - NOT - count against the short-season affiliate's roster limit.  

With both Addison Russell and Oscar de la Cruz scheduled to finish their respective suspensions and be reinstated from the Restricted List in a couple of weeks, look for the Cubs to transfer Brandon Morrow and Victor Caratini to the 60-day IL to make room on the 40 for Russell and ODLC. 

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  • erich081 3 hours 19 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 3 hours 35 min ago (view)

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


  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 7 sec 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 5 hours 20 min ago (view)

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


  • crunch 6 hours 19 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 6 hours 47 min 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 7 hours 33 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 13 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,


  • George Altman 14 hours 4 min ago (view)

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


  • Mike Wellman 16 hours 12 min ago (view)

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


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 34 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 17 hours 6 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 43 min 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 6 hours ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.



  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 8 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 8 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?