Royals @ Cubs: Volquez vs. Arrieta (Game 47 Thread)

KC (28-18): RHP Edinson Volquez (4-3, 2.77)

CHC (25-21): RHP Jake Arrieta (4-4, 2.95)


Escobar ss #Fowler cf
*Moustakas 3b Bryant 3b
Cain cf *Rizzo 1b
*Hosmer 1b Castro ss
Perez c *Montero c
*Gordon lf Soler rf
Infante 2b Lake lf
Orlando rf Arrieta p
Volquez p Russell 2b

Interleague! The Royals have not been to Wrigley since 2001. (The last time both clubs had winning records was 2003.) Also, welcome back to Dale Sveum, who’s now their hitting coach and looks much better in the other dugout. If the Twitter chatter is any indication, there is a healthy large numerous KC contingent in town.

There are also in the region, but it looks like we’ll get the game in but maybe with a delay or two. 


Arrieta struggled-ish his last time out (against AZ), going 6 innings and giving up 3 ER. He didn’t factor in the win, thanks to Rizzo’s 9th inning work. have had more than 8 ABs against him. Without the DH Morales sits.

Volquez, who has mostly been in the NL till this past season, is 7-0 with a 2.90 versus the Cubs. He gave up 2 ER in 6 innings and won against the Cardinals in his outing last weekend. Fowler has and some success against him (8-24, 1 HR). It’s interesting that Lake gets the start over Coghlan.

We are catching the reigning AL champs at a good time. They started the season by defying expectations and playing with a chip on their shoulders. They had the best record in baseball after 42 games. But they might be settling in and have fallen back to a tie with the--hang on, is that right?--the Minnesota Twins for first place. KC has lost their last four, including getting swept by the Yanks in the Bronx, and have scored only 5 runs in their last 36 innings.

Let’s hope it stays that way. As Jackstraw and Carlito noted, the Cubs have not won a game since I joined the rotation. (And here I was calling myself “undefeated.”) In either event, I need this one...

Thanks to Trans and everyone for the kind words--and those other things that were said. And thanks again to Rob and to Christian and the entire TCR grounds crew for the countless emails that were flying around yesterday and the mostly seamless transition.

Finally, you might have also noticed that Parachat is back! I’ll be in there holding court for the first half of the game or so. I’ve already swept it out and cleaned up after the animals. (There was some heavy Fabreze action.) Also, quite shockingly, when I opened the door, I found Neifi Perez, wearing nothing but sunglasses and cleats. It turns out he was locked in there the whole time.

Go Cubs!



Unlike Rob's, this line up doesn't suck.

Hammel and Wada will flip flop their weekend starts. Hammel is pushed to Sunday because of a fingernail issue. Alex Rivers will come of the KC DL on Saturday to play RF. (Rios)

and CJ Edwards gets call up to Iowa (Bruce Levine and multiple twitter sources) If things go well, expect him in Chicago after the All-Star break.

Whoze da new guy?

Interestingly no Coghlan.

there is a healthy KC contingent in town
Pfft. Numerous? Sure. Healthy? Probably not.

Heh, fixed.

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  • crunch 6 hours 20 min ago (view)

    i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.


  • crunch 10 hours 39 min ago (view)

    contract rights are retained by the team.

    in normal times this keeps labor relations between employer and player not too volitile with only a handful of player/owner issues.  in times like this you see a system that was not designed for an event like this.

    some owners are being responsible over the players who's contracts they control while other owners make us realize why the guillotine was occsasionally popular during revoltutions/revolts.


  • Jackstraw 11 hours 6 min ago (view)

    So they are all free agents?  Or still under contract and not getting paid?  I'm sure AZ Phil or someone else has covered this but I haven't been keeping up with all the fine points of baseball's problems recently.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Manfred is such a dreadful commissioner. It's his job to walk a fine line and maintain peace in labor relations. Instead he lets the owners do whatever they want.

    Cannot wait for a long, bitter strike after 2021. And for the owners to ultimately turn plenty of fan sentiment against players.


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    "The A's told their minor leaguers Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them their current salary of $400 per week beyond May 31."

    classy.  absolute class act stuff right there.


  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
    The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    A's are furloughing nearly all of their staff through the entire organization...including scouts, which make a shockingly low amount of money.

    the A's are owned by a multi-billionaire who inherited his loot from dad (founder of The Gap)...and him + family spent $10m trying to keep Obama from getting a 2nd term, which i assume is their idea of a good investment in their community...whereas paying loyal employees for years/decades for a few months is...well...*shrug*


  • Ryno 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Depends on who you are.


  • Ryno 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Sorry--Just needed to experience a little normalcy.


  • Ryno 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    That was the dumbest lineup I've ever seen.


  • Hagsag 1 day 20 hours ago (view)



  • Cubster 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    speaking of Trump's trained rats...


  • Hagsag 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Cubster, your comments about President Bone Spurs could not be more accurate. Thanks for posting!


  • BobbyD 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Cubster: I agree with your comments, save one. That the president is "leading" America. He couldn't lead a pack of rats to a NYC dumpster on an August afternoon. The "man" is a f'ing disgrace. 


  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    though the team cheaped out on this offseason (still an overall top-tier payroll), i was at least looking forward to seeing the beginning of the david ross era...and who was going to win the 2nd base job...

    nothing about 2020 baseball feels legit anymore.  just hearing the players talk about it, you'd think they were organizing a casual pickup game for charity at an inconvient time and place...doesn't seem like they're really stoked about it.


  • Cubster 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    June 1st is a week from tomorrow. Given 5 weeks of spring training before starting (July 4th?), the season is on the brink of going bye-bye. It's bad enough in 2020 to be losing prime career years for Javy Baez and Kris Bryant, let alone Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Kyle Hendricks, and Willson Contreras. If one of them gets coronavirus, loses lung capacity, and alters their career arc, Cub fans will for a long time have a bitter taste in their mouths. All for, at best,  a bizarre half-season without fans watching in the ballparks.