Cubs See High-Speed Black and Rally to Tie at Riverview Park

Jhonny Pereda drilled a game-tying two-out two-run single in the bottom of the 7th and then he tied the game again with an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, as the Cubs rallied to tie the Giants in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.

The game was called after ten innings of play with the scored tied 4-4.

Kevin Encarnacion singled twice, walked, drove-in a run, and scored another for the Cubs, and Chuckie Jones drove-in two runs with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly and scored a run, Evan Potter reached base twice (HBP and a single), stole a base, and scored two runs, and LHSP Nik Turley hurled four innings of shutout ball for the Giants.

Veteran MLB RHP Felipe Paulino got his second EXST start for the Cubs, throwing two shutout innings (29 pitches - 20 strikes), allowing two singles and no walks, with four strikeouts and a 1/1 GO/FO.

Veteran MLB RHRP Daniel Bard saw his first Cactus League EXST game action (he pitched in an intrasquad game two days ago), and threw one inning (17 pitches - 10 strikes), allowing one run on two hits (both singles) and a HBP, with no walks or strikeouts, 

Veteran LHRP Daniel Schlereth threw in his second Cactus League EXST game for the Cubs, and he labored through his one inning of work (26 pitches - only 11 strikes), allowing a run on one hit (a single), three walks, and two WP (but also two strikeouts),   

The Cubs trailed 3-0 going into the bottom of the 7th, and then proceeded to tie the game with a three-spot off Giants fireballing RHRP Ray Black (Eloy Jimenez lead-off double off the LF fence, Kevin Encarnacion RBI single to right, and two walks to load the bases, and then the two-out two-run Jhonny Pereda line-drive RBI single once Black had left the game).

Despite blowing the lead, Black was getting his fastball velocity up to triple digits today, topping out at 101 MPH. (He was clocked at 102 last Saturday in a Cactus League EXST game versus the Angels in Tempe). The Cubs knew about him, so a couple dozen of the players who weren't in the game crowded around behind the screen watching the radar gun readings, shouting out each time he hit 100 or 101. It's not often you seen triple-digit fastballs at Extended Spring Training. 

Black is an interesting case, because he had TJS in high school and then after being drafted by the Giants in 2011 (7th round out of the U. of Pittsburgh), he missed the next two seasons with a torn labrum. He finally returned to the mound last season, and he racked up an incredible 71 strikeouts in only 35.1 IP (that's 18.1 K per 9 innings) and only 4.3 hits allowed per 9 innings (combined) at Augusta and San Jose, which got him a spot on the Giants MLB 40-man roster post-2014 despite having only one year of pro game experience and no experience above "A" ball.  

While the Cubs were playing the Giants in the Cactus League EXST game on Field #6, the rest of the Cubs EXST contigent was engaged in a seven-inning intrasquad game on Field #4.

LHP Carson Sands (Cubs 2014 4th round pick - North Florida Christian HS - Tallahassee, FL) was one of the starting pitchers in the intrasquad game, and he was outstanding, hurling 3.1 IP of hitless shutout ball (one walk and four strikeouts).

Conversely, RHP Jose Zapata was unable to retire a batter, allowing five runs on a single, a double, a triple, and two walks. Zapata is attempting to come back after suffering a cervical fracture in an off-season car crash in the Dominican Republic post-2013, the same crash that almost killed Kevin Encarnacion. 

Here is the abridged box score from today's Cactus Leagie EXST game (Cubs players only), followed by the box score from the intrasquad game: 


CACTUS LEAGUE EXST GAME - CUBS VERSUS GIANTS 

FIELD #6

CUBS LINEUP
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 0-5 (K, F-9, 5-4-3 DP, 4-3, L-8)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 0-5 (K, 4-3, F-9, P-4, E-6)
3. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 1-5 (F-8, F-9, 2B, K, L-5, R)
4. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 2-4 (P-1, 1B, 1B, BB, K, R, RBI)
5. Adonis Paula, 1B: 1-3 (1B, K, BB, 6-3, BB, R, PO)
6. Andrew Ely, 3B: 0-3 (F-9, BB, BB, F-7, K)
7. Ho-Young Son, SS: 1-3 (1B, 4-6-3 DP, P-4, BB, R, PO)
8. Alberto Mineo, C-DH: 1-4 (K, 2B, P-5, F-7)
9. Jhonny Pereda, DH-C: 2-3 (F-8, BB, 1B, 2B, 3 RBI)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Felipe Paulino: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/FO, 29 pitches (20 strikes) 
2. Daniel Bard: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/FO, 17 pitches (10 strikes) 
3. Brad Markey: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (16 strikes) 
4. Daniel Schlereth: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 0/1 GO/FO, 26 pitches (11 strikes) 
5. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 2/1 GO/FO, 24 pitches (17 strikes) 
6. Jordan Brink: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 16 pitches (9 strikes) 
7. Corbin Hoffner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/FO, 25 pitches (16 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. P Felipe Paulino: E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 2nd) 
2. C Alberto Mineo: E-2 (overthrow on stolen base at 2nd base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Alberto Mineo: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)

WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with tempratures in the 70's 

ATTENDANCE: 12 

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EXST CUBS INTRASQUAD GAME 

NOTE: Tyler Alamo and Tyler Pearson served as Designated Hitters for both squads. 

FIELD #4 

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-3 (6-3, K, K)
2. Tyler Alamo, DH #1: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED THIRD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
3. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 1-3 (F-8, 3B, K, R, RBI)
4. Varonex Cuevas, 1B: 0-2 (K, F-8 SF, 3-1, RBI)
5. Tyler Pearson, DH #2: 0-1 (K, BB)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED THIRD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
6. Yohan Matos, C: 1-2 (BB, F-9, 1B, SB)
7. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-3 (K, L-8, F-7)
8. Jose Paniagua, LF: 0-3 (F-8, L-8, K)
9. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-1 (6-3)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED SECOND TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
10. Calvin Graves, DH #3: 0-2 (P-6, F-9)
11. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: NO AB
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Roberto Caro, CF: 1-4 (5-3, F-7, 3B, K, R, RBI)
2. Danny Gutierrez, RF: 2-4 (P-6, E-9, 2B, E-5, R, RBI, SB)
3. Tim Saunders, SS: 1-3 (F-7, 2B, BB, K, 2 R)
4. Roney Alcala, 1B: 2-4 (2B, K, 1B, 4-3, R, RBI)
5. Bryant Flete, 2B; 1-2 (K, 3B, BB, 2 R, RBI, SB)
6. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-3 (F-8, 3-2 FC, 1B, 2 RBI, SB)
7. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 0-3 (F-7, F-8, P-3)
8. Miguel Rico, C:  1-2 (E-5, 1B, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED SECOND TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
9a. Tyler Alamo, DH: 0-1 (F-7)
9b. Tyler Pearson, PH: 0-0 (BB, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED THIRD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Jesus Camargo: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2/8 GO/FO, 51 pitches (35 strikes) 
2. Jose Zapata: 0.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 23 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Pedro Araujo: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1GO/FO, 37pitches (23 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Carson Sands: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2/4 GO/FO, 45 pitches (26 strikes) 
2. Jae-Hoon Ha: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 0/3 GO/FO, 22 pitches (13 strikes) 
3. Hector Perez: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 32 pitches (22 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS:
1. 3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. CF Robert Garcia: E-8 (fielding error allowed batter to advanvce an extra base) 
3. 3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
4. C Yohan Matos: E-2 overthrow on stolen base at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1 
C Miguel Rico: E-2 (overthrow on stolen base at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)  

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Yohan Matos: 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above)

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Rico: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above) 

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Finally.... Haha! Love that the team ran into the clubhouse instead of lining up to congratulate him.

FINALLY !!!

Whew - glad I made it under the five minute rule

*gently places banning stick back in its diamond encrusted case

Maybe time for Wood to start playing outfield. Or go to the bullpen. Or ...

Or stop with the Schlitter homage.

Must have been great seeing Ray Black firing pitches over 100mph. That is incredible after his surgeries. Hopefully Dylan Cease will come thru like that after his TJ.

This pitching is unbearable. Unwatchable.

david ross is pitching the bottom 8th...because whatever.

76 mph cheese 1ip 0h 0bb 0k. lulz.

T Wood started this shit parade last week when he surrendered a grand slam to the cardinals in the first inning with a 5-0 lead. The strain on the already shitty bullpen began thusly, and here we are again with him just getting POUNDED. I like him as a guy, but as a pitcher right now he is KILLING us.

I've had enough of EJax and Cokehead too.

as far as end-rotation replacement, at least wada is waiting in the wings (he's paid $4m, so he's not an afterthought). good to know that if t.wood continues he may end up doing long relief while wada slips into the rotation. it's at least an option (one not named jokisch).

Travis was one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball last year (in NL ERA, second worst only to...EJax, I believe), so this should not be a surprise to anyone. I'm sure he's a fine fellow, but, if they are to make any effort for the wild card this year, he needs to be gone. Soon. The evidence is quite compelling.

And at some point Wada won't be "rehabbing" anymore at AAA. He's throwing a fair amount of pitches and having success. I'm guessing one of these days we are going to wake up to Jackson either traded for nothing or DFAed and Wood moved to be the longman and Wada called up to be in the rotation. 

Tsuyoshi Wada's 30-day Minor League Rehab Assignment could be cut-short, but if it goes the full 30 days he would have to be reinstated no later than May 17th (next Sunday). The only thing that could change that is if he he were to suffer a relapse related to the groin injury that landed him on the DL in Spring Training, or a new/different injury. 

The Cubs could ask Wada to accept an Optional Assignment to Iowa once he completes his Minor League Rehab Assignment (he agreed to be optioned to the minors with Baltimore in 2013 and again with the Cubs last season), but he has $2M in potential performance bonuses in his 2015 contract (he didn't have performance bonuses in 2013 or 2014), so the Cubs would probably have to guarantee some or all of the $2M in performance bonuses before he would accept an Optional Assignmenmt to the minors this time. (Wada has Article XX-B status because of his NPB service time).  

Travis Wood has not yet reached five years of MLB Service Time, so he does not have to give his permission before he can be sent to the minors. He is out of minor league options, but the Cubs could place him on Outright Assignment Waivers and then if he is not claimed, they could outright him to the minors.

If Wood is placed on Outright Waivers and is claimed by another club, that club would assume his contract and would have to pay 100% of what is left of his 2015 salary (about $4.5M), and the Cubs would receive the $20,000 waiver transfer fee.

Because he has accrued at least three years of MLB Srrice Time, Wood can elect free-agency if he is outrighted. He could accept the assignment and defer free-agency until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (in which case he would continue to receive his 2015 salary), or elect free-agency immediately and receive no termination pay (saving the Cubs about $4.5M). Of course, the Cubs would get nothing back for him if he is outrighted and elects free-ageny... they would just save payroll.   

On the other hand, Edwin Jackson has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time, so he cannot be outrighted without his consent. He can be released, but if the Cubs release Jackson they are on the hook for what remains of his 2015 and 2016 salaries (about $8M+ left this season, and the entire $11M next season), minus only the pro-rated MLB minimum salaries in 2015 & 2016 if he signs a major league contract with another club (pro-rated minimum left this season would be about $400K, and then the entire $500K+ next season, for a savings of just under $1M, with the Cubs paying the rest).

 

Going for a split of the first 6 games against the worst team in baseball -- c'mon, Kyle, it't time to show something.

I turned the game off just before Ross came in to pitch. When I saw it in the comments I thought it was a joke. The real question is: is he available for an inning today?

Yeah, no kidding. This pitching staff is on the brink of calamity.

Possible dumb question, but Google was no help really: Is there a site where I can sort through hard-hit percentage and or speed-off-bat / exit velocity numbers? Or are they proprietary and available only in those faketeams.com articles? (I'm curious in part because of Coghlan's fairly enormous BABIP woes, and I wonder where his hard-hit numbers are, but also for future reference.) Thanks in advance and/or sorry for not finding the answer myself if it turns out to be obvious.

It doesn't help you with accumulated numbers, but you can use the MLB App, go to the box score, and choose "Feed" and you'll see the speed of the ball hit and where it was hit. Not quite what you're looking for but helps at least to see on a game by game basis.

Thanks O&B. Saw in the twitter feed a reference to baseballsavant.com, and their info is about the most comprehensive I can find.

it's a shame this isn't lester vs garza and everyone just tries to bunt on the pitchers all game. that would be a special circus of pitcher errors.

2 on and 2 out with the 8-hitter up. It sure would be nice if this were Russell, instead.

expand rosters, pitch nothing but relievers, pinch hit for them every time...profit (why don't we see this more in sept?). the problem with hypothetical situations like "well, it'd be nice if a real batter was getting more ABs" is someone can just say "well, they'd walk/pitch-around him anyway to get to the pitcher" or a bunch of other dismissive things such as the extreme claim that someone has no idea what's going on to begin with because they're not on board with it. it's a no-win. at least when this is going on maddon shifts the lineup in a way that a traditional "2 hitter" doesn't exist...which is one of the most archaic leftovers from the traditional lineup construction method (contact and/or 2nd speed guy hits 2nd). i think getting the 3/4/5 hitters moved up for more ABs over the course of a season is a lot more benefit than the (sigh) "possible negative" of having the 8/9 swapped. hopefully if maddon abandons the pitcher hitting 8th thing he doesn't abandon how he treats the top of the lineup. that said, he's had a half-raging boner for batting the pitcher 8th since before spring training began...who knows how long it will last.

So which prospects do we send to Philly?

Braun is such a consistent dick.

I don't think there's anyone I dislike more than Ryan Braun right now and listening to Len and JD they agree with me. Rarely hear JD talk that blatantly about disliking someone.

JD -really- doesnt like braun...he's taken more than 1 shot at him recently and a few harsh ones today.

I have the sound down with babies sleeping on me. What has JD been saying?

JD was talking about how braun was working on a getting a pitch in the ribs over a bat flip as well as how much braun thinks he's better/special/etc than everyone else. the tone was as nasty and cold as the things being said. it wasn't anything so angry/harsh that it will make the sports/sports-gossip media, though (maybe).

You are exaggerating. It wasn't overly nasty. It was just pointing out that he's being a dick. And I think most people in the game agree. It's nothing new at this point.

im not exaggerating, we just define "nasty" differently. JD was rather cold and to the point, talking about how he was earning a ball in the ribs over a bat flip followed immediately by a rant about how much braun thinks of himself. that's generally not the kind of talk you get from guys not named hawk. https://twitter.com/search?q=JD%20braun&src=typd twitter noticed.

Far (Bryant) Farther (Rizzo) Farthest (MONTERO!!)

more like rosscrap. ugg...THIS IS THE BREWERS. c'mon.

That may be the worst 2 hitters to hit back-to-back HRs in baseball history. Looks like Rosscup's moment has passed.

guess the bullpen implosion dart fell on Zac Rosscup today

I feel like we have Rizzo Montero Lester and maybe Fowler and Castro playing at MLB level right now. Rizzo is in his own league. The rest are crapshoots right now.

Soler and Russell are both hitting well in May. .367 BA for Soler and .333 for Russell.

Yeah. Still you can tell they're learning. Hammel and Rondon are probably there too

I just am hoping they can keep it at .500 or a little above somehow. It doesn't help when the bullpen sucks so bad. I wish they'd cut eJax loose. He's done. If he can't keep the team down two runs in the middle innings, I don't get what else there is for them to try him out for.

If they can battle at .500 and then Grimm/Ramirez/Rondon can get their groove back by the all star break, it could come together. But I really don't know what we've got here, very hard to read this team. They might be just plain bad (mostly talking pitching but certainly the jury is out on some young guys - actually not just young guys), we'll see.

Also it will be REALLY fun to play some teams other than Pitt Mil St.L too ...

free baseball!

That interference call on Ross seemed like the ump made up a new rule.

How can he possibly assume they would have gotten Fowler at 1st? There was no way. That said, Ross did lift his elbow. But the ball was out of his hand before contact AND Fowler beat it by a mile! Ridiculous.

is lifting an elbow a new rule? He was touching the bag and didn't raise his arm to deflect the ball, it was within his body. He did stick out his elbow in front of him and I'm not doubting it was to disrupt the play, I just don't recall that ever being a rule as he never extended it from his body.

Totally agree with you in every way. I'm surprised Maddon didn't go apeshit.

this pen is killing my will to live

Sorry to go off-topic, but if the Bulls can't beat this wounded Cavs team, Thibs needs to go. He's a very good regular-season coach, but, really, so what? The Bulls try harder than most teams during the season, so they win games. Thibs doesn't have "another gear" for the playoffs. Now, back to "I thought I would feel good about the Cubs being .500 after 30 games, but I really don't..."

Thibs is killing the Bulls with his refusal to bench Noah. He's terrible right now. And why the love for Heinrich over Snell? The defense doesn't even bother guarding Heinrich anymore.

Bulls are equally wounded now.

But you gotta win those home games.

Bulls have too many offensive options to have Noah taking any shots that aren't just putbacks imo. He is incredibly valuable defensively though so I understand playing him.

Series ain't over, anything against Lebron wasn't going to be a cakewalk. Any game where you can have James go 10/30, you'd think was a win, but shots weren't falling for anyone except Rose today.

Game 5 win would be nice to set up a Game 6 home clincher opportunity.

 

Bulls done, no Pau, no chance.

I believed before the game yesterday that it was a must win for both teams...whoever won that one would take the series. Only way through now for the Bulls that I see is that some of their key guys get healthier by not playing while some Cavs get further banged up by continuing to play. I think a loss tomorrow night is a foregone conclusion so I might be tempted to trot out as many B-teamers as possible and get ready to try to win games 6&7. No Gasol for me tomorrow night, however he feels. If he plays 10 mins and tweaks his leg again, that will end the year for him so why bother.

he's already been ruled out

not seeing that on the Internet, just said he didn't practice today, which why would he? All I've seen is listed as questionable.

radio scuttlebutt

so not ruled out

correct

Two games that came down to buzzer beaters, I feel they're pretty evenly matched teams now with the Gasol injury. If the fucking Clippers can run over the Rockets without Chris Paul for 2 games, the Bulls certainly are capable...whether they will is another question. I don't buy much into home court advantage until Game 7 frankly.

But I do agree that regardless of injuries or what not, this was about as golden an opportunity for Bulls to advance to the finals as they have had in years. They blow this, they need to try a new coach and a few new players (although I can't imagine the core will change much).

 

 

Noah trying to score on one leg, Butler not scoring, no other options besides Derrick, same story since 2011.

FG% this series for Bulls

Rose .400, Butler .398, Noah .250, Brooks .238, Mirotic .286, Snell .364, Dunleavy .484 (1/7 in Game 4 though), Gasol  .516, Gibson .619

of course Lebron is .377 and Irving at .364, JR Smith been at .500 in his 2 games though.

I think it'll be another down-to-wire game tomorrow and Game 6. Gasol would certainly help, but don't think he'll back before Game 6.

Yeah, if Bulls can't get past Lebron this year, they might never. The Cavs lost Love right before the series started, Irving is really banged up, and Lebron is banged up. Also, the Bulls have their 'superstar' healthy. This year is their opportunity!!!

I'm not too optimistic about the Bulls' chances after they lost game 4....but they almost won it without him, so I'm not giving up just yet.

could be worse, could have the Cavs coach

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/10/davi...

Wow -- Schwarber leads the Southern league in both OBP and Slugging. Get that man a left-fielder's glove, stat!

Can anyone explain to me why the Bears are typically the top story in the Tribune feed, even in their offseason, when they are the shittiest and shittiest run team in town, with Bulls and Hawks heading deep into the playoffs and Cubs and Sox regular season in full swing. I don't get it ...

Same reason the NFL draft gets a month of non-stop coverage ("see the all-new Mock 5.0!"), despite the fact that all the pre-draft analysis is meaningless. According to the talking heads, in the day before the draft, the Bears were either going to: trade up, trade down, or stay put. The NFL is a juggernaut, despite the fact that many players wind up crippled, either physically or mentally, or both. The media thinks Chicago is a "Bears town", and I think they are right. A good Bears team generates much broader interest than a good Bulls or Hawks team. And, regarding baseball, as my wife would say, sarcastically, "What, are there A HUNDRED more games left in the Cubs season?" Uh, no, honey -- more like 132.

My wife also keeps saying to me -- "you mean they're playing again??!" We got married last fall and this is her first exposure to regular season baseball on a daily basis.

who had may 10th in the pool for the "honeymoon is over for maddon" in the major media outlets? j.rogers wrote it, so some will hate it before they read it anyway. http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/i... it's not harsh or even accusatory...it's rather fair for the most part, he got a lot of direct quotes for the piece.

I think both critiques are fair but also pretty nitpicky- right now the bullpen sucks. So if the pitching is going to blow games, let the starters blow them until the bullpen shows it can do its job. It's a long season, though, so the counter to that is that the starters need to ease in slowly to longer games. Hitting for Montero is also questionable, but just questionable, not "that's dumb". The stats are on Maddon's side, and if Szczur wants to stick, he'll need to learn not to strike out in those situations, and learn fast. He didn't get called up to be a regular. Maybe Castillo would have been a better pinch hitting choice, but I can't help but think that was a bit of a test for Szczur, and, well, he didn't pass. He looked anxious up there on that at bat. Which sucks cuz I really root for him. Overall, much ado about nothing. Team isn't performing, and the bag of magic tricks can only go so far.

yeah, he proposed and fleshed out the "hitting for montero" thing and made a case for it being a wise or at least neutral decision backed up by historic performance. i'm totally on board with wanting to see the SPs work more, though...i think a lot of people are after watching the pen fail at multiple points with multiple arms doing it.

"Cubs signed RHP Felipe Paulino to a minor league contract." he's been looking work since he was released by the...wait for it...rsox during spring training.

4th paragraph of this article, also mentioned last week.

Phil, what is the physical status of Pierce Johnson and Tommy LaStella down there in Arizona. They have both been gone for some time.

Alcantara in AAA so far

233/300/507 (2 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 23 K, 7 BB)

John Andreoli got hot recently, up to

289/407/421

next time they want to do the 5th outfield roster shuffle, might be an option.

Wada up to 27.2 IP with a 3.25 ERA and 23 K vs 10 BB, gotta figure/hope T. Wood has a 1-2 starts left to figure it out

I'm thinking Wood has one more start.

Any interest in Aaron Harang, and if so at what cost?

Maybe? Don't you think they'd give Wada a shot first? I dunno..wood has thrown 2 good starts...1 "meh" start, and 3 bad starts.

I certainly think they will give Wada a start or two, but there have been "rumors" that someone (read the Cubs) have been kicking the tires on Harang.

Any interest in Aaron Harang, and if so at what cost?

No? Okay, for Travis Wood.

Everything says big regression is due for him, low K rate, low BABIP rate, generous HR/FB rate. FIP is 2.96, but xFIP is 4.32. I'd certainly rather see Wada get a chance first.

lineups...

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 2. Juan Lagares (R) CF 3. Daniel Murphy (L) 3B 4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 5. Wilmer Flores (R) SS 6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) LF 7. Anthony Recker (R) C 8. Ruben Tejada (R) 2B 9. Jacob deGrom (L) P

vs.

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF 2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B 3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B 4. Jorge Soler (R) RF 5. Starlin Castro (R) SS 6. Chris Coghlan (L) LF 7. David Ross (R) C 8. Jon Lester (L) P 9. Addison Russell (R) 2B

Cubs face DeGrom, Syndegaard, Harvey and Niese over 4-game set...so many K's.

looks like Mets had change of heart...

1. Juan Lagares (R) CF 2. John Mayberry Jr. (R) RF 3. Daniel Murphy (L) 3B 4. Michael Cuddyer (R) LF 5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 6. Wilmer Flores (R) SS 7. Kevin Plawecki (R) C 8. Dilson Herrera (R) 2B 9. Jacob deGrom (L) P

Based on side-bar post from an hour ago, the wind blowing out and strong. I think the Cubs could use a little ace-ness out of Lester tonight.

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  • crunch 1 hour 4 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.

     

  • Ryno 1 hour 42 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?

     

  • Ryno 1 hour 50 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 

     

  • Eric S 2 hours 11 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 

     

  • Cubster 2 hours 17 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.

     

  • Eric S 3 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Yep

    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:  https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/07/08/craig-kimbrels-intrasquad-performance-is-a-reminder-of-the-concerns-that-already-existed/

     

  • crunch 8 hours 20 min ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season

     

  • BobbyD 18 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 

     

  • crunch 20 hours 50 min ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 53 min ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "

    ow.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 54 min ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.

     

  • BobbyD 22 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    cubs taking full advantage of that "night games deal" with the wrigleyville neighborhood...almost all the home games will be night games.

    8 home day games, 6 on the weekend.

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    deleted that link.  it was a republished-to-feed article, not a new one, so it's not very useful.