Cubs vs. Rockies: Darvish vs. Marquez (Game 60)

CHC (33-26): RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.02 ERA)
COL (31-28): RHP German Marquez (6-2, 3.48 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT

Yu Darvish goes to the hill against the Rockies for game two of the series. He's had a string of four OK starts besmirched only by a bad beginning of the 8th on May 25. Last time out, he pitched six one-run innings striking out six and walking three against the Cardinals. The Rockies have seen little of him. Arenado is 3-8 and Trevor Story is 2-6, each with a homerun.

Kyle Freeland got most of the attention in 2018, and is getting it again in 2019 for quite different reasons, but German Marquez established himself as very good starting pitcher last season as well. Despite pitching half his games in Colorado, he posted a 3.77 ERA and struck out 10.56 per nine innings while keeping the walks reasonable and coaxing groundballs at a high rate. It's more of the same this year, except better on most counts. He's been especially tough on the road, with a 2.08 ERA and a .467 OPS against. Milwaukee and Boston were able to get to him for four runs and five runs respectively in their home ballparks this year, so it can be done. Last time out he went seven innings allowing two earned runs against the Blue Jays at home.


schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / cargo(RF) / contreras / heyward(CF) / bote(2nd) / darvish

c.kimbrel to the cubs



i keed 


Darn close to 3/44.  Being reported as 3/43.

Craig Kimbrel has two minor league optiions left, so the Cubs can sign him to a major league contract and then option him to the minors (with his consent) while he gets into game shape.

Obviously it wouldn't be for an extended period of time, just long enough to make-sure he's ready. 


oh snap, kimbrel deal is multi-year.

he turned 31 about a week ago, btw.

3 year deal (2.5 actually, but whatever).

morrow, strop, kintzler, cishek, and probably brach (team/player options) are gone next year pending extension.

Morrow (club option certainly declined), Strop, Cishek, Kintzler, Brach (club option certainly declined), Collins, Cedeno, Barnette (club option very likely declined), Hamels, Zobrist, and CarGo are free-agents post-2019, plus T. Davis, Mills, and Rosario, and maybe Graveman, K. Ryan, Underwood, and/or Webster, too, are likely 12/2 non-tenders (or could be outrighted off roster prior to 11/20). 


per Rosenthal... 3/45, somewhere Jason Schmidt is smiling.

wow, that is $$$ for 60-70 innings of work.

9/18/18, basically...though probably not broken out like that...maybe.

Passan reporting $10m in 2019, $16m in 2020-21 and $1m buyout or Cubs option for 2022.  $43m total. I'm  assuming the $10m this year is prorated so like $6.5m actually. 

GEORGE A: I suspect $10M is what he actually gets in 2019 (so it would be around $16M in 2019 pro-rated down to $10M), then $16M in both 2020 and 2021 and a $16M club option (or $1M buy-out) in 2022. 

Yeah, Phil, that makes sense. You figure they've already saved $3m on Zobrist with at least another $3m for sure. Budget had to include $5-7m for trade deadline deals, so there's his salary.

Question: what do you think Doolittle would cost in players?

first 4 innings...pitcher's duel

everything afterwards...coors field on a windy day


Can't say, across the board.  He might be good at Acrostics.  Or trivia.  He's fucking horrible at pitching a baseball, though.

Gosh, I thought he was going to continue to skate by walking almost a batter an inning. :|

huge "bote" chant as he came to the plate and before pitches he's seeing.

6 RBI night so far.  fans are about it.  reminds me of the "auggie ojeda game".

RBI double.  make that 7 RBIs.  the fans approve.

cubs move back into first by half-game and sign c.kimbrel.

good day for a cubs fan.

Need to find a lefty for the bullpen, Ryan isn’t getting it done.

And the cupboard is pretty bare in terms of LHP in the minors... interesting option though is Wyatt Short (currently at AA). He went from A+ to AA mid year in '18 & is owning AA right now with even better LOOGY splits. Maybe a mid-season bump to AAA & a look later in the summer. A stretch for sure, but he sure looks like a LOOGY. 

There's always Rob Z. Oh, wait...

I believe the lefty will come in a trade. Hopefully in all of this Kimbrel stuff, Brach will be gone. Ryan sent down. Edwards reclaim some of his stuff. Chatwood (formerly Chatwalk) return to a swing-man role. Ian Happ could get traded. Schwarber possibly. Although, I will admit he did a terrific job going the other way last night with a single off Marquez.

Having Kimbrel should create a lot of breathing room for both Strop and Edwards. The bullpen looks way better with them as supporting guys. (I'm a little tantalized by the potential of a playoff bullpen with those three and Morrow, as well. Would be a little like the 2016 post-season bullpen minus the domestic violence factor.)

I'm not keen on trading young position players for reliever rentals. But I am also a bit precious about homegrown youngsters sometimes.

if they do trade for relief talent (or any talent), hopefully it's not another "few months rental"...especially with a 2020 hole in the bullpen a mile wide.

Don't forget Maples. He's close to being very useful.

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  • crunch 41 sec ago (view)

    schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(CF) / caratini / cargo(RF) / darvish / russell


  • Eric S 42 sec ago (view)

    Was that before or after Hendricks going on the 10 day IL with right shoulder inflammation?


  • crunch 2 min 11 sec ago (view)

    k.hendricks to the 10-day IL with "right shoulder inflamation"


    rowan wick up because whatever.


  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 13 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 1 hour 18 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 1 hour 29 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. 1 hour 49 min ago (view)

    Bring him up!


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 3 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: As far as I know he's still with the Cubs. 


  • Hagsag 2 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Phil, has Jim Benedict left the Cubs Organization? Thanks.


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 15 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 2 hours 19 min ago (view)

    incredible waste of money, honestly.

    you can get almost 2 weeks of chatwood for that kinda loot.  CHATWOOD!!!


  • tim815 3 hours 18 min ago (view)

    19 for 1

    I like those odds.


  • Arizona Phil 4 hours 20 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed 19 J-2 IFA since acquiring $750K in International Signing Bonus Pool (ISBP) space from the Orioles in the April deal where the Cubs agreed not to re-claim RHRP Pedro Araujo (selected by BAL in the Major League Phase of the December 2017 Rule 5 Draft). 

    There were no big name prospects among the 19 J-2 IFA who were signed, but the average signing bonus (presuming the entire $750K in ISBP space was used) is about $40,000.  


  • tim815 10 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Reivaj Garcia apparently pronounces his name RAY-vuh.


  • Mike Wellman 11 hours 16 min ago (view)

    AA: 6IP; 0BBs; 9Ks...See the USA in your Alzolay; All the way w/ Alzolay; Lay Lazy Lay; My name is Bert and I’m an Alzoholic...


  • Hagsag 12 hours 42 min ago (view)

    This is turning into "the trip from hell".