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



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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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  • First.Pitch.120 1 hour 49 min ago (view)

    I did 3/4 of a PhD in Ames, IA... no need to apologize. That's time that can jade anybody. The best parts of my years there were 1) Cubs on local AM radio (pre cell network streaming) so I could listen to them on a run, and 2) being able to go see the I-cubs whenever I wanted. Was at a game there on July 4, 2007 & I saw a guy sitting 1 section over, a couple rows up and I thought "that looks like Barack Obama". Turns out it was the whole Obama family... Gotta love IA in a pre-caucus year. 


  • Mike Wellman 4 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Magic # = 7 after Colin Rea labors to 13th win vs. baby Brewers (at expense of Jimmy Nelson) & Memphis loses. No sign of Zobrist. Almora runs hitting streak to 2 games. Jim Adduci = a pro’s pro; guy’s a ball player by trade...


  • crunch 13 hours 27 min ago (view)

    paul dejong (STL) took out the M in  the "BIG MAC LAND" sign @STL with a big HR...lights went out on the letter and everything.  epic-ish.


  • crunch 13 hours 33 min ago (view)

    i know bote will be back in a couple weeks, but dude has been hitting damn well since mid-july after having a big june/july slump.


  • Eric S 13 hours 39 min ago (view)

    David Bote sent down to Iowa today prior to Cishek’s activation off the IL tomorrow — nice of the Cubs do their part to help the I-Cubs down the stretch


  • Cubster 14 hours 31 min ago (view)

    And the Brewers are being no hit by Hudson thru 6.


  • crunch 15 hours 43 min ago (view)

    never really considered how that might be cool for people used to seeing those midwest fields as an everyday occurance.  in the south-east US you rarely see the vastly massive acerage of farm-against-farm-against-farm-etc...

    also, i spent a good amount of time out in corn fields in ames, iowa in my last job.  everyone wanted to go work the research fields in hawaii, but we always ended up in iowa.


  • Sonicwind75 17 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Hey, I'm pretty excited about the Field of Dreams game.  I grew up on a farm in middle of nowhere Iowa and my brother and I spent a lot of time trying to hit baseballs into a corn field.  I'm seriously considering coming back next summer from Texas to go to that game if prices aren't super stupid expensive.  Added bonus, I won't have to listen to A-Rod and Mendoza ignorantly discussing corn and no, you don't eat field corn like you would sweet corn. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    That is truly staggering. Shame on the rest of the Central that we are only one loss behind the pissboys, we should have been buried by now with that kind of stat.


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    ...and strop gives up a hit then walks the bases loaded.

    ...and he closes it out with a K.  neat.

    this is the 1st cubs road series win since May 17-19 @WAS.


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    strop comes in to get the last out, but it has to be some kinda slow-walk back in a game that wasn't a save situation.

    homer, hbp, k, k...looks healthy.


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    welcome back kimbrel.

    1st pitch goes about 10 miles outside the park by marte.


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    one takeaway from this game...a slew of cubs players were fans of Hey Arnold! when they were kids.


  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    woo, a good cubs away game.


  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    heyward / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarb / caratini / kemp(2nd) / Q


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    so stoked for the williamsport game.

    the increasing amount of off-site games is a bit concerning (middle of nowhere Field of Dreams field, really?), but I love this one.  it's played out great so far and giving the kids playing in the LL series some primo seats (hope this continues) is a great touch.