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 2 hours 42 min ago (view)

    A's have decided to not be horrible and to pay their minor leaguers through the end of the season (august)

    "“I changed my mind after spending a lot of time talking to our team,” A's owner John Fisher told the Chronicle. “I concluded I’d made a mistake. I’ve listened to our fans and others, and there is no question that this is the right thing to do. We clearly got this decision wrong. These players represent our future and we will immediately begin paying our minor-league players. I take responsibility and I’m making it right.""


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  • Alexander Dimm 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    I'm in.  What more do we need, really.  A beer.  A game or two.  The 162 game season can wait until next year (I hope).  Have fun with a micro-mini season.  Let the powers fight over the labor agreements.  They can finish by next spring, right?


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    2020 quickly shaping up to be the best season ever.


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    And a few kegs of beer. Hamberders too.


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    they should just play a quick weekend tourney where no one actually wins and everyone gets a small participation trophy.

    declare the fans the MVPs and dedicate the series to everyone who has died in the history of humanity.

    ...then a free live-streamed Nickleback concert hosted by 2Pac's hologram


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    Lol at worrying about a second wave disrupting revenue.


  • Cubster 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

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  • Cubster 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Pete Ricketts causing some backspin on their serve...Chi Tribune, Thursday AM:


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Here are the last two Cubs minor league releases from this week (for a final total of 30): 

    Conor Lillis-White, LHP (acquired frrom LAA for Tommy LaStella post-2018 - missed 2019 season with hip flexor injury)

    Alberto Mineo, C-1B (has been quarantined in Italy since he re-signed with Cubs in February) 

    Lillis-White was eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, and Mineo was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 


  • Charlie 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Great read from players I came of age watching. Really shows how badly MLB needs to empower their players to speak in real time and not just after retiring.


  • crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    "A conversation: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America"

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    I'm trying to come up with scenarios where saying "The problem I have with you people....." really helps the conversation move forward constructively.  None really jump to mind.


  • crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

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  • Cubster 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Tom's older brother is an ass, even with an embarrassing apology.

    Here is the twitter video from Pastor Jarrod Parker:


  • Cubster 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    I agree.  Laura is the real deal. I think she was the major influence that showed Tom R. and Crane Kenney how to show a "human side" and deal realistically and in a non-threatening way, with the local Chicago politicians. Kenney was clearly clueless in his initial attempts regarding the neighborhood, the Rooftop owners, and the Wrigley Field rebuild.