D. J. Spins the Tunes at Salt River Fields

D. J. LeMahieu (on Rockies 10-day DL - right hamstring strain) singled twice and drove-in a run with a sacrifice fly, Daniel Jipping doubled and scored and collected an RBI with a sacrifice fly, and SP Jeffri Ocando hurled three innings of perfect baseball, leading the Rockies to a 3-1 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

The game was called with one out in the bottom of the 8th. 

RHP Jose Albertos walked five and threw five wild pitches in 2.1 IP (56 pitches - only 25 strikes) for the Cubs. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):

1. Luis Verdugo, SS: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, 6-3, 5-3)
2a. Josue Huma, 3B:  0-1 (F-9, BB)
2b. Orian Nunez, 3B: 1-2 (P-3, 2B, R)
3a. Henderson Perez, C: 0-2 (K, K)
3b. Ramsey Romano, 1B: 1-2 (P-6, 1B, RBI)
4. Christopher Morel, DH #1: 1-4 (K, K, 1B, K)
5. Abraham Rodriguez, LF: 0-3 (1-3, K, K)
6. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, K, BB)
7. Gustavo Polanco, 1B-C: 0-3 (6-3, K, 5-4 FC)
8. Chris Carrier, RF: 1-2 (6-3, BB, 1B)
9. Rafael Mejia, DH #2: 0-3 (5-3, FC, 4-3)
10. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 1-3 (1B, K, 1-3)

1. Faustino Carrera: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 0/8 GO/AO, 39 pitches (31 strikes) 
2. Sean Barry: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (10 strikes) 
3. Jose Albertos: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 2 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 5 WP, 56 pitches (25 strikes) 



WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


"RHP Jose Albertos walked five and threw five wild pitches in 2.1 IP (56 pitches - only 25 strikes) for the Cubs."

gawd...i dunno what to even think at this point.  he's never been a guy who has total command/control of his stuff, but this season has been especially epic bad.

CRUNCH: Jose Albertos threw a half-dozen fastballs over the heads of the batter, catcher, and umpire off the back screen, and another half-dozen pitches were spiked in front of home plate. I don't see how he can go to Eugene at this point.

BTW, you may remember some of my previous reports, where Albertos was displaying these same tendencies in games in Minor League Camp more than two months ago. And last year he was regularly spiking pitches in front of home plate at the end of Extended Spring Training, before getting squared-away when he got to Eugene.

So this problem did not just suddenly emerge when he got to South Bend, and he has been able to overcome it once before (this time last year).

Hey Phil,


How’d Faustino Carrera look?


KKvG: In each of his last two starts, Faustino Carrera threw so few pitches-per-inning that he was sent out to the bullpen to throw an additional 15 pitches after he left the game. He could have easily thrown five innings yesterday, maybe even six.

Carrera works fast and has outstanding command of all three of his pitches. His FB has arm-side tailing action, he can drop his CV in for a strike anytime he want to do that, and his CH is a plus pitch. The only problem might be that while he does get swings & misses with both his FB and CH, he doesn't really have a true "chase pitch."

That’s pretty encouraging. I’m expecting him to chug along as he has - throwing strikes, logging innings, and keeping the ball in the park this summer for Eugene. It would be really encouraging to hear about an occasional 92 or even 93 this year

RHRP David Garner's 50-day Drug of Abuse suspension ended yesterday and so he is eligible to be reinstated from the Restricted List and could be assigned to Iowa (or any other Cubs affiliate) immediately. 

Garner is in game shape because he has been pitching regularly in Cactus League EXST games. 

It wasn't a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game, but the Cubs did play a three-inning EXST intrasquad game after the Thursday morning Camp Day workout. 

Here is the box score from the game: 

1. Tolly Filotei, LF: 1-2 (6-3, 2B, R)
2. Kwangmin Kwon, DH: 1-2 (5-3, 1B)
3. Luis Ubiera, RF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
4. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 1-2 (1B, F-9, SB)
5. Ramsey Romano, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, L-7)
6. Orian Nunez, 2B: 1-2 (2B, L-8, R)
7. Yonathan Perlaza, SS: 0-1 (3-U, BB)
8. Franklin Tineo, 1B: 0-1 (BB, P-5, R)
9. Raymond Pena, C: 1-2 (HR, 5-3, R, 3 RBI)

1. Ruben Reyes, LF: 0-2 (3-U, F-8)
2. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-1 (1B, BB, SB, CS)
3. Jose Alonso Gaitan, RF: 0-1 (6-3)
4. Kevin Moreno, DH: 0-1 (F-7)
5. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 0-1 (5-3)
6. Fidel Mejia, 2B: 0-1 (5-3)
7. Delvin Zinn, SS: 0-0 (BB, SB)
8. Cam Balego, 3B: 0-1 (F-8)
9. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (K) 

1. Eugenio Palma: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (7 strikes)
2. Luis Silva: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Casey Ryan: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)

1. Yovanny Cruz: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 5/4 GO/AO, 60 pitches (32 strikes) 



Raymond Pena: 1-3 CS 

Eric Gonzalez: 0-2 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 

Since it's Friday, the DSL resumes on Saturday. I'm guessing the camp looks a bit vacant.

Cubs sign Ryan Webb.

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  • Cubster 17 hours 29 min ago (view)


    then said quietly by his elves: although it can take up to 1-2 days (or two tanks of gas) to get through test lines and then 7-14 days to get results.


  • crunch 17 hours 53 min ago (view)

    5 cubs players + d.ross didn't work out with the team today because their tests were dealyed.  4 players + d.ross later came back negative and 1 test will have to be done again because it was compromised during transport and invalidated.

    ...turns out the compromised test was not a player, but a non-player/non-ross Tier 1 employee.  neat.


  • crunch 20 hours 14 min ago (view)

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  • crunch 20 hours 15 min ago (view)

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  • JustSayin' 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    I think what your saying applies to all franchises in all big-time team sports.  The virus is asymptomatic in many carriers.  The national positive test % rate is mid/high single digits.  If your pro sports franchise does 3-4 x better than that, it still means some players and coaches will test positive and things will grind to a partial or complete halt.  At least baseball didn't try to "bubble" in AZ and FL, which are looking like two of the worst (and worst-led) states in which to be located at the currrent stage of the pandemic.


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    rizzo took BP and did some field work today.  also, almora is good to go...he ran into a wall on friday and got a little banged up.


  • Cubster 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Aroldis Chapman is now Covid positive with mild symptoms


  • crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    the COVID-Division should be fun.

    teams from TX, AZ, CA, WA, and CO exclusively playing each other...  CO is all "wtf, really?"


  • Cubster 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    ...and so it goes (per Roto): Astros general manager James Click wrote in a statement that a member of the staff "was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization.” The team is working with MLB and team doctors on testing protocol and cleaning before resuming workouts. 

    Does the visiting team bring a Covid positive bio-weapon to the player's parking lot?


  • Charlie 2 days 22 hours ago (view)

    I've been wondering how this would proceed. Since teams will have to figure out how existing contracts will be paid, I thought there was a *chance* they would proceed with free agency as usual and plan for payment under potential shortened seasons would just be figured out in negotiations with the MLBPA. But that was probably an overly optimistic thought.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Meanwhile Theo shoots down any potential of extension talks. I get that it's a crazy time financially in baseball, but it's really gonna suck when all these players leave after 21 and 22.


  • Cubster 3 days 12 hours ago (view)

    WSox Michael Kopech has opted out of 2020. I didn't see a disclosed reason yet but he is recovering from TJ S 


  • crunch 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

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  • Arizona Phil 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 5 days 18 hours 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.