Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Hendricks vs. Ray (Game 24)

CHC (12-11): RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-3, 3.54 ERA)
ARZ (15-11): LHP Robbie Ray (0-1, 3.95 ERA)
First pitch 8:40pmCDT

It's a rematch, following the Cubs 2-1 series win at Wrigley this past weekend. Hendricks got his first win in that series, going 7 IP with 11 strikeouts and generally looking like he'd figured some things out. He allowed only 5 baserunners an was backed by the Cubs offense for 5 runs to beat Merrill Kelly.

Robbie Ray pitched a shortly thereafter but was out-dueled by Tyler Chatwood(!). Ray held the Cubs to 1 run in 6 innings on 4 hits and a 1 walk. The Cubs squeaked out the win thanks to Baez's aggressive baserunning and David Bote's 9th-inning magic.

The Cubs' offense couldn't back a solid pitching performance yesterday. Arizona is reputed not to be the bandbox that it once was, but the Cubs offense has OPS-ed .851 on the road compared to .711 at home. On the other hand, Cubs' pitching clearly has preferred home cooking. They've been top 3 at home by most measures and in the bottom 3rd on the road. I propose that position players steal some hotel soaps and towels and that the pitchers bring their familiar toilet seats on the road. It can't hurt.

It will be Darvish vs. Godley on Saturday and Quintana vs. Weaver for the Sunday matinee.

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LHRP Randy Rosario has been optioned to AAA Iowa, which means one of the rehabbing pitchers (Montgomery, Cedeno, or Barnette) will likely be reinstated from the IL prior to tonight's game in Phoenix. 

Cubs have recalled RHRP Dillon Maples from AAA Iowa (he replaces Randy Rosario on the 25). 

AZ Phil and Mrs. AZ Phil will be at tonight's Cubs - D'backs game at Chase Field. Please feel free to stop by and say hello. We will be the ones wearing Cubs hats.  

It's not an Extended Spring Training game, but I guess it will have to do. 

I saw you. You look kind of like Robert Redford before he aged.

almora/bryant(LF)/rizzo/baez/contreras/bote(3rd)/zobrist(2nd)/zaguinus/hendricks

zag finally gets another start.  nice.

watching the TOR broadcast waiting for the late game...they are vlad jr crazy tonight.  he picked up a lazy foul ball grounder in very ordinary manner in the top 2nd for his 1st "play" of the game and got a cheer/ovation.  his 1st AB coming up soon...

HUGE full-park standing O as he walks to the plate.  vlad sr is bursting with pride.  "vladdy" chant going big...

...and he grounds out...and gets a standing O.

if he hits a homer tonight the rogers center might collapse.

damn...2nd AB he missed a homer by a few feet on a leaping catch in LF.  he got crazy lift on that considering he hit it pulled off the end of the bat.  that 80 hit tool with power could be scary stuff when he matures.

d.maples walks 2 guys to lead off the inning, then Ks 3 in a row...that is peak dylan maples.

welcome back discount bin carlos marmol.


Dillon Maples is unhittable

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 50 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 11 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 11 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    "According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, 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 4 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 12 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • Charlie 3 days 14 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 1 hour 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 6 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 12 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 16 hours ago (view)

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

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  • crunch 5 days 10 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 14 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 15 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 15 hours ago (view)

    Got to get Taylor Davis back.

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 15 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).