Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Quintana vs. Weaver (Game 26)
CHC (13-12): José Quintana (3-1, 3.21 ERA)
ARZ (16-12): Luke Weaver (2-1, 3.33 ERA)
First pitch 3:20pmCDT
Quintana starts the rubber game in search of a 4th straight quality start. He's gone 7 in each of his last three games and stuck out 25 batters while walking only 3 in those 21 innings. Adam Jones has given him trouble in the past. He has 9 hits including 2 homeruns in 17 ABs.
Weaver has been good for the D-Backs since coming over in the Goldschmidt trade. Last time out he held the Pirates to 1 run in 6.1 IP. He's only given up 2 homeruns in 27 innings of work this season. The Cubs must've beat up on him the last two seasons; Zobrist, Rizzo, Heyward, and Baez all have OPS of 1.000 or higher against him.
The off day tomorrow allows the Cubs to leave it on the field today. They'll swing over to Seattle for a 2-games series Tuesday and Wednesday.
tim815 3 min 28 sec ago (view)
Anything on what happened in the DSL facility?
I have an odd tweet that makes today's postponements today not weather related.
Eric S 44 min 53 sec ago (view)
Alzolay started yesterday for the Iowa Cubs and would track to take what was supposed to be Hendricks next turn in the rotation - perhaps Adbert gets his first MLB start this upcoming week. That would get my vote.
Andy 53 min 1 sec ago (view)
I shall do my best to turn things around. My first game at Dodger Stadium.
JustSayin' 59 min 59 sec ago (view)
Jim Brower, a former MLB pitcher who had a pretty solid career, was the Cubs' Minor League Pitching Coordinator through 2017. He was replaced by Brendan Sagara, for whom WHO? would be a fair comment. Sagara's highest level of pitching experience was a cup of coffee with the independent Evansville Otters in the Frontier League. I think it's fair to say development of the pitching-heavy 2016-18 draft classes has been disappointing, perhaps VERY disappointing. I can't say this is Sagara's fault but it is definitely occuring on his watch.
crunch 1 hour 48 min ago (view)
last thing i wanna hear about a dude who throws 85-88mph is "shoulder issues"
crunch 1 hour 56 min ago (view)
schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(CF) / caratini / cargo(RF) / darvish / russell
Eric S 1 hour 56 min ago (view)
Was that before or after Hendricks going on the 10 day IL with right shoulder inflammation?
crunch 1 hour 58 min ago (view)
k.hendricks to the 10-day IL with "right shoulder inflamation"
rowan wick up because whatever.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 9 min ago (view)
Because they never play more than four days in a row, AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Cubs #2 will only need four SP each.
The pitchers at AZL mini-camp who are (right now) stretched-out to start are Brendon Little (rehab), Carlos Ocampo, Jose Miguel Gonzalez, Chi-Feng Lee, Misael Garcia, Richard Gallardo, and Luis Ramos, and Keegan Thompson may be ready for an AZL SP rehab assignment soon.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 15 min ago (view)
The Cubs are down to five catchers at AZL mini-camp (draft picks Ethan Hearn, Wyatt Hendrie, and Jake Washer have not yet officially signed), so Mesa Rehab Coach (and ex-minor league catcher) Tyler Pearson has been taking on some extra duties, catching bullpen side-sessions and warming up pitchers in the pen. (He caught Craig Kimbrel the other day).
So I would not be surprised if the Cubs sign a NDFA college senior catcher or acquire an experienced catcher from indy ball to help out.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 25 min ago (view)
Not counting 2019 draft picks and rehabbers, the Cubs top prospect in the AZL this season is SS Luis Verdugo (he's one of the Cubs Top 10 position player prospects).
Verdugo was supposed to go to Eugene with 2B Reivaj Garcia this past week, but was left behind at Mesa when SS Dixon Machado was reinstated from the Iowa IL last Tuesday and SS Luis Vazquez (who had been playing SS at Iowa) needed to go somewhere where he could play SS every day. (Vazquez was assigned to Eugene).
Craig A. 3 hours 45 min ago (view)
Bring him up!
Arizona Phil 3 hours 59 min ago (view)
HAGSAG: As far as I know he's still with the Cubs.
Hagsag 4 hours 2 min ago (view)
Phil, has Jim Benedict left the Cubs Organization? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 4 hours 11 min ago (view)
Several of the younger pitchers and position-players who were at Extended Spring Training but who were not in contention for Eugene Opening Day roster slots went home for about ten days between the end of the EXST Cactus League season (6/1) and the start of AZL mini-camp this past Tuesday (6/11).
crunch 4 hours 15 min ago (view)
incredible waste of money, honestly.
you can get almost 2 weeks of chatwood for that kinda loot. CHATWOOD!!!