Cubs @ Cards: Series Thread (Games 55-57)
The Cubs swoop into St. Louis to pick off a few Cardinals this weekend. Kris Bryant and I hope every Cubs player gets boo'd this weekend!
The Cubs have dropped six out of their last ten games, but they remain atop the NL central and 4.5 games ahead of the Cards. Bryant returned to the lineup on Wednesday as DH, after taking some time off to recover from an outfield collision with Heyward. Javy played the field on Wednesday, but he played 3rd base after DH-ing a few games to rest his injured heel. The Cubs have been on a heck of a homerun streak, but have only occasionally translated that into a win. On Wednesday, Kyle Hendricks's strong performance helped the Cubs take advantage of early homeruns by Schwarber and Bryant.
The Cardinals are sliding just under .500 at 27-28. They haven't won a series since before their sweep at the hands of the Cubs during the first weekend of May! Since then, they've lost two series each to the Phillies and Atlanta, as well as one series to the Rangers and another to the Pirates. They split a double-header with Kansas City. On the season, they are 15th in the majors in both runs scored and wRC+. They're pitching is also middle of the pack in terms of ERA. Yadier Molina is day-to-day with a thumb injury.
See game-by-game notes below:
Game 55: First pitch 7:15pmCDT
CHC: RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.40 ERA)
STL: RHP Miles Mikolas (4-5, 4.76 ERA)
Last time out, we got bad Yu. But we got a different version of bad Yu, so that's something! He threw a lot of strikes and the Reds responded by swinging a lot. It worked out, for the Reds--they collected 12 hits and 6 earned runs. He was also sent out for the beginning of the 8th inning to, I think, everyone's surprise. He allowed five earned runs in four innings against the Cards on May 4. Taylor Davis saved that particular day.
Miles Mikolas dodged the Cubs earlier in the month. He went seven decent innings in a loss against Atlanta last time out, allowing three earned runs on seven hits, two homeruns. The start before that he exited in the second, allowing seven earned runs as things went off the rails in Texas. Javy is 3-11 off of him with a homerun. Rizzo is 4-11.
Game 56: First pitch 6:15pmCDT
CHC: LHP José Quintana (4-4, 3.73 ERA)
STL: RHP Jack Flaherty (4-3, 3.77 ERA)
Quintana followed six shutout innings against the Phillies by allowing six runs, five earned, in 5.1 innings against the Reds. It was the first time he'd allowed more than 3 runs in a start since his April 5th clunker against Milwaukee. He had a hard time getting the ball by anybody, allowing 12 hits and striking out only 2. He beat the Cards on May 5, allowing two earned runs in six innings. Goldschmidt, Fowler, and Ozuna have absolutely wrecked him. Maddon might want to start a reliever in left and just Waxahachie swap for those plate appearances.
Jack Flaherty is very good and I kind of hate it. He pitched six shutout innings against Atlanta last time. He lost to Cubs on May third through little fault of his own; he allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings despite striking out nine. Rizzo tagged him for a three-run homerun following walks to Descalso and Bryant.
Game 57: First pitch 1:15pmCDT
CHC: LHP Cole Hamels (4-1, 4.02 ERA)
STL: RHP Adam Wainwright (4-5, 4.94 ERA)
Hamels didn't have much going for him last time, allowing six earned runs on four walks and no strikeouts in four innings against the Astros. It's his first really rough start since March, but he's been struggling with inconsistent command going back to the end of April. He's been able to battle and work around that issue in other starts, but it really caught up to him against the Houston lineup. He posted his lowest zone percentage and first pitch strike percentage of any single start in 2019. He didn't pitch in the last Cubs-Cards series, Ozuna is 9-32 with three homeruns off of him.
Honestly, y'all. I'm not really enjoying Wainwright's decline anymore. His 4.94 ERA isn't even out of character with his performances after his 2015 injury. I sort of admire the way in which he's managed to continue to be a good enough MLB pitcher even though he's nowhere near the kind of starter he was before that injury. Anywho, he he allowed four earned runs despite ten strikeouts against the Phillies last time out. The Cubs contributed six earned runs to his decline on May 5, but he allowed only five hits and two walks while pitching into the sixth. Willson hit a solo homerun off of him. He's 3-13 with three walks and two homeruns off of Wainwright. Addison Russell is 7-18.
The forecast looks good for this weekend.
The Cubs will see the Cardinals again in less than a week, June 7-9.
bradsbeard 3 hours 16 min ago (view)
Great info. Thanks!
Arizona Phil 3 hours 16 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: What happens on 12/2 is each club submits what's called a "Central Tender Letter" to the MLB LRD listing which unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are being tendered a contract and which unsigned players are not being tendered a contract.
The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.
For players being tendered contracts, the CTL must list the club's MLB salary offer, a minor league split salary offer (if the club so chooses), and performance bonuses (if any) the club is offering to the player.
crunch 11 hours 52 min ago (view)
theo walked away from a big payday for an executive in his last season as a cub without having another job scoped out...and according to him he's not even looking one.
something tells me this isn't going to be a fun off-season for cubs fans.
the state of the cubs household aside, i wouldn't exactly be shocked to see theo with the mets, though he's supposedly not on their radar at the moment.
Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 16 min ago (view)
The Cubs have been at the forefront of tone-deaf owners in terms of financial hardship during the pandemic. "The game isn't as profitable as most people think"
tim815 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
The decision on the amount comes later.
bradsbeard 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
At the point when the team makes the initial contract tender, do they have to offer a specific salary, and if so is that the same number the team takes into arbitration? Or does the specific number the teams files at for arbitration happen at a later date?
Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
jdrnym: A player who is signed to a contract that does not include a minor league split salary is paid his full MLB salary while optioned or after being outrighted to a minor league club.
So if a player goes to arbitration and is awarded (let's say) a $2.5M salary by the arb panel, the contract will not include a minor league split salary or performance bonuses, and if the player is sent to the minors he is paid the full $2.5M while in the minors.
Hagsag 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Maybe Trump can give them a loan.
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
it's not exactly looking good when the cubs brass is complaining about "losing 100m in revenue" when a huge chunk of that seems to include Hotel Zachary. it looks like the entire "entertainment complex" is the cubs as far as the Ricketts are concerned...and the team might have to suffer a bit because they couldn't fully realize profits last year. they've publically stated that the big incoming tax credits from the city they're going to realize for stadium work won't help the cubs payroll.
jdrnym 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
If a player doesn't have a split salary in his contract, how much is he making when in the minors (or how is that salary determined)?
crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
we want kyle schwarber to not be mark trumbo so badly...
either way, the NL having or not having the DH needs to be figured out pretty quickly for a lot of off-season sanity.
crunch 3 days 11 hours ago (view)
minor league hitting coordinator chris valaika moves up assistant hitting instructor for the big league team.
looks like a.iapoce's job is safe.
Cubster 3 days 14 hours ago (view)
Jed Hoyer gets a new 5 yr contract that runs through 2025 season.
Cubster 3 days 15 hours ago (view)
BA's list of 19 prospects who impressed at Instructs. One Cub:
Chase Strumpf, 2B, Cubs
Jackstraw 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
Waiting for Ryan Pace to be available. He should be a week from tomorrow.
crunch 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
i haven't even heard a rumor...which is interesting since "virtual" winter meetings start in a couple weeks.
surprised dan kantrovitz hasn't been named "interim GM" or something...which makes me wonder how wide of a net they're casting to fill the position. he was snagged from the A's and was an assistant GM there (and director of scouting for STL).